November 5: Workshop

Fambul Tok, or “Family Talk,” a peacemaking process that emerged in post-civil war Sierra Leone, is built upon the concept of the family circle, and has been used as the prototype for many present-day approaches to restorative justice. Photo by Sara Terry for Catalyst for Peace. Via Urban Omnibus


This week you’ll workshop your final projects in your thematic groups and plan your group presentation.

Our original plan was to design a lesson based on a topic of your choosing; I proposed some options below.



HunchLab Predictive Policing Interface



Amanda Gerety, a staff nurse at Boston Medical Center, checks monitors that track patients’ vital signs. Fewer beeps means crisis warnings are easier to hear, she says. Via NPR.



  • Diana Anderson, “Humanizing the Hospital: Design Lessons from a Finnish Sanatorium,” Canadian Media Association Journal 182:11 (2010).
  • Leonidas Anthropoulos, Christopher G. Reddick, Irene Giannakidou, and Nikolaos Mavridis, “Why E-Government Projects Fail? An Analysis of the Website,” Government Information Quarterly 33 (2016): 161-73.
  • Stacey Chang, “Nobody Wants a Waiting Room,” New England Journal of Medicine Catalyst (February 6, 2019).
  • Tine M. Gammeltoft and Pauline Oosterhoff, “Mental Health in Domestic Worlds,” Medical Anthropology 37:7 (2018).
  • Wendy Gunn, “Medical Design Anthropology: Affects of Product Design Processes within  Global Health Practices,” Anthropology and Global Health Conference, University of Sussex, September 2015.
  • Elizabeth Hallam, “Anatomical Design: Making and Using Three-Dimensional Models of the Human Body,” in Wendy Gunn, Ton Otto, and Rachel Charlotte Smith, eds., Design Anthropology: Theory and Practice (Bloomsbury, 2013): 100-16.
  • Joachim Halse and Laura Boffi, “Design Interventions as a Form of Inquiry” in Rachel Charlotte Smith, Kasper Tang Vangkilde, Mette Gislev Kjaersgaard, Ton Otto, Joachim Halse, and Thomas Binder, eds., Design Anthropological Futures (Bloomsbury, 2016): 89-103 [hospice design].
  • Debbi Long, Cynthia Hunter, and Sjaak van der Geest, “When the Field is a Ward or a Clinic: Hospital Ethnography,” Anthropology and Medicine 15:2 (August 2008): 71-8.
  • Shannon Mattern, “Databodies in Codespace,” Places Journal (April 2018).
  • Michael G. Pratt and Anat Rafaeli, “Organizational Dress as a Symbol of Multilayered Social Identities,” Academy of Management Journal 40:4 (1997).
  • Lee Poechmann, “Anthropology Underutilized in Healthcare Design,” Healthcare Design (May 1, 2011).
  • Shakaid U. Rehman, Paul J. Nietert, Dennis W. Cope, and Anne Osorne Kilpatrick, “What to Wear Today? Effect of Doctor’s Attire on the Trust and Confidence of Patients,” The American Journal of Medicine 118:11 (2005): 1279-86.
  • *Emily S. Rueb, “To Reduce Hospital Noise, Researchers Create Alarms That Whistle and Sing,” New York Times (July 9, 2019).
  • Why Came Out Broken,” The Verge (December 3, 3013) <video: 11:46>.
  • Elizabeth Yuko, “How the Tuberculosis Epidemic Influenced Modern Architecture,CityLab (October 30, 2018).



  • Disabling Technologies” series @ Platypus (Committee on the Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Computing, 2017-19).
  • Wendy Gunn and Christian Clausen, “Conceptions of Innovation and Practice: Designing Indoor Climate” in Wendy Gunn, Ton Otto, and Rachel Charlotte Smith, eds., Design Anthropology: Theory and Practice (Bloomsbury, 2013): 159-79.
  • Aimi Hamraie, Building Access: Universal Design and the Politics of Disability (University of Minnesota Press, 2017).
  • Cassandra Hartblay, “Good Ramps, Bad Ramps: Centralized Design Standards and Disability Access in Urban Russian Infrastructure,” American Ethnologist 44:1 (2017) + check out Hartblay’s “Performance Ethnography” work.
  • Kat Holmes, Mismatch: How Inclusion Shapes Design (MIT Press, 2018).
  • Kat Holmes, “Rethink What Inclusive Design Means,” 99U Conference, New York, May 2019.
  • Devva Kasnitz and Russell P. Shuttleworth, “Introduction: Anthropology in Disability Studies,” Disabilities Studies Quarterly 21:3 (2001).
  • Tariq Rahman and Katherine Sacco, “Ethnography and Design 1: Disability, Design, and Performance,” AnthroPod podcast (June 13, 2017) <29:01>.
  • Gisela Reyes-Cruz, Joel Fischer, and Stuart Reeves, “An Ethnographic Study of Visual Impairments for Voice User Interface Design,” CHI ‘19 Workshop: Addressing the Challenges of Situationally-Induced Impairments and Disabilities in Mobile Interaction, Glasgow, UK, May, 2019.
  • James Staples and Nilika Mehrotra, “Disability Studies: Developments in Anthropology” in Shaun Grech and Karen Soldatic, eds., Disability in the Global South: The Critical Handbook (Springer 2016).
  • Bess Williamson, Accessible America: A History of Disability and Design (NYU Press, 2019).
Norwegian Passport, Neue Design Studio



European beaver (Castor fiber) foraging at dusk, Knapdale Forest, Argyll, Scotland. Via Rewilding Europe

MORE-THAN-HUMAN DESIGN (Still working on this one)


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