Mahmoud Keshavarz is a Senior Lecturer in Design Studies at HDK-Valand Academy of Art and Design, University of Gothenburg. He holds a PhD in Design and Docent in Cultural Anthropology. His work focuses widely on the politics of design and the design of politics and how different material practices shape everyday perception and possibilities of (un)doing politics. His current research particularly examines intersections between design, anthropology, border politics and the question of (de-)coloniality and addresses the violent yet imaginative capacities of materialities of (im)mobility. His articles and essays have appeared in Design Issues, Borderlands, Design Philosophy Papers, Design and Culture, Journal of Modern Craft, Law Text Culture, and e-flux among others.
Keshavarz is the author of The Design Politics of the Passport: Materiality, Immobility, and Dissent (Bloomsbury 2019), Co-Editor-in-Chief of the journal Design and Culture, and a Research Associate at Engaging Vulnerability, as well as founding member of Decolonizing Design and Critical Border Studies.
contact: mahmoud.keshavarz [at] hdk.gu.se