Black in Design 2023: The Black Home

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Event Description

The Black in Design conference, organized by the Harvard Graduate School of Design African American Student Union (GSD AASU), recognizes the contributions of the African diaspora to the design fields and promotes discourse around the agency of the design professions to address and dismantle the institutional barriers faced by Black communities. The fifth biannual conference, The Black Home, will take place in person September 22 – 24, 2023 at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy St, Cambridge, MA 02138.

Yaad, ile, lakay. All languages have a word for home, shelter, a claim to a place, to a delineated territory of heritage. However, the experience of Black people across the world has created a unique yet divergent practice of creating and claiming home. This year’s Black in Design conference explores the Black home’s multidimensionality — as a literal structure that shelters, as a reflection of culture and traditions, and as spaces that are not entirely physical. The conference brings together keynote panels, workshops, and conversations that discuss and expand these themes with different thought leaders involved in designing and creating various interpretations of Black homes. The goal is to establish a broader understanding and alternate ways of experiencing the Black home in an effort to reinforce the ideals of Black communities living across the country and larger diaspora and to help plan for the future.

To purchase tickets and/or learn more about Black in Design 2023, visit the Black in Design website. To stay up to date on speakers, programming, accommodations, and more, subscribe to the Black in Design listserv!

Anyone requiring accessibility accommodations should contact the Public Programs Office at (617) 496-2414 or [email protected].