Anthropology & Design Exhibition & Student Working Group

The New School, New York

About ADX

In the 2020-21 academic year, Anthropology students secured funding to support an Anthropology and Design (ADX) students working group, which hosted a reading group and regular workshops, and worked with The New School’s XReality Center to organize a virtual exhibition and symposium.

2021-2022 School Year

We are so excited to be back for another year. Following the momentum and the interest from last year's exhibition, reading group sessions, and workshops, we look forward to expanding into this year. Currently we are planning to host meetings every Monday from 12:00-1:30 PM via ZOOM (not in person to accommodate schedule and travel needs of many of our participants). Alternating between a general meeting and a reading group every other Monday. Full schedule coming so soon!!!!! For more info, please sign up for our mailing list via the link below.

ALSO if you have any reccomendations for what you'd personally like to see on our reading group syllabus (readings, video, podcasts, gallery visits, etc.) please send them to Lilah ( OR ADX (

See you soon <3

We are actively looking for more students (both social science and design) to participate in organizing the upcoming exhibition. Please contact us at if you are interested! We meet weekly on Fridays at 1pm.

ADX Exhibition 2021

The students of the Department of Anthropology at The New School for Social Research and the Design & Technology program at Parsons School of Design are pleased to issue a call for projects for The New School’s Anthropology & Design Exhibition (ADX) 2021 on April 16, 2021.

ADX invites students from varied disciplinary backgrounds to explore and experiment with anthropological and design research methods that open up new epistemological and creative possibilities, and illuminate our lived experiences and imaginations. The exhibition consists of a virtual reality showcase and a series of virtual moderated panels with artists and presenters. The committee is interested in a wide range of research-informed projects across disciplines that engage with anthropological questions, and ethnographic methods through design, broadly conceived. Works-in-progress may be presented at this exhibition, if you’d like to showcase your methods, process and iterations. Participants should be able to contextualize their project within the broad scope of anthropology and design.

Anthro & Design Reading Group

The Anthro + Design working group is running an almost biweekly reading group (schedule COMING SOON FOR 2021-2022). We’ll meet on alternate Mondays at 12pm, and we hope to have casual but tight conversations of 40 or so minutes on each of the reading group days, followed by open space to relate the readings to work you're doing, or really just talk about anything.

If you are interested in joining us for the Anthro + Design Reading Group series, please quickly drop your name and email via this form. We will send you a confirmation email with our zoom link and folder for the readings.


Anthro & Design workshops are small-group conversations with scholars about their work that intersect anthropology and design. In order to keep the conversations productive for all participants, we are capping the number of participants and we ask that the participants read select works of the guests prior to coming to the workshops.

The workshops are open to all students of The New School until it is filled up. For questions please email

Friday, April 16, 2021 | 2 PM - 3:30 PM EST - Laura Forlano

Laura Forlano, a Fulbright award-winning and National Science Foundation-funded scholar, is a writer, social scientist, and design researcher. She is an Associate Professor of Design at the Institute of Design (ID) and Affiliated Faculty in the College of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology, where she is Director of the Critical Futures Lab. Laura’s research is focused on aesthetics and politics at the intersection of design and emerging technologies. Over the past ten years, she has studied the materialities and futures of socio-technical systems, such as autonomous vehicles and smart cities; 3D printing, local manufacturing, and innovation ecosystems; automation, distributed labor practices, and the future of work; and computational fashion, smart textiles, and wearable medical technologies. Laura received a bachelor of arts degree in Asian Studies from Skidmore College and a master of international affairs degree from Columbia University. She also received a PhD in communications from Columbia University.

For prospective workshop participants, we ask that you come having read the following works (PDFs will be sent to registered participants):

  • Critique as Collaboration in Design Anthropology

  • Participation is not a Design Fix for Machine Learning

  • [OPTIONAL] Stabilizing/Destabilizing the Driverless City: Speculative Futures and Autonomous Vehicles

Friday, April 30, 2021 | 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM EST - Alicia Cheng

Alicia Cheng is a partner of MGMT. design, a collaborative design studio based in Brooklyn. She has worked as a senior designer for Method, New York and was the co-design director at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Alicia has taught and served as a visiting critic at Yale University, Princeton University, the Maryland Institute College of Art, Barnard College, Parsons School of Design, the Cooper Union School of Art and the Rhode Island School of Design. Alicia served on the board of the AIGA/New York chapter and received her BA from Barnard College and her MFA from Yale University. She is the author of This Is What Democracy Looked Like: A Visual History of the Printed Ballot, published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2020.

For prospective workshop participants, we ask that you come having read the following works: