intersectional feminist design research lab
intersectional feminist design research lab
university of waterloo, mount royal university, university of illinois
university of waterloo, mount royal university, university of illinois
collaborative; interdisciplinary; interested in making as a method
collaborative; interdisciplinary; interested in making as a method
emergent and iterative
emergent and iterative

about qLab

qlab is located in the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Waterloo, the School of Communication Studies at Mount Royal University, and the College of Fine & Applied Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Our members work with universities, private industry, government, and not-for-profit organizations in the Americas and Europe. The qcollaborative undertakes design research projects that extend and interrogate the lab’s commitments. Our projects are typically collaborative, paced to encourage reflection, and funded (by grants or industry partnerships). We seek to create safer, more inclusive public spaces for marginalized and targeted communities. We are committed to challenging and changing unjust behaviours such as racism, colonialism, (cis)sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ablism, classism, and xenophobia wherever they occur, including in academia, in social justice movements, and in ourselves.

feminist placemaking

We seek to better articulate how feminism does and can operate in public spaces through the lens of performative social media interventions.
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materializing the digital

Through the process of making, thinking, and remaking, we explore the personal, social, and ethical consequences of abstracting people, environments, communities, or experiences into digitally-based data.
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remediating experience

We're considering the nature of spaces co-created by performance, media, text, and interactivity.
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design for social justice

We are interested in projects that pursue strategies for mending existing social fabrics or creating new ones from whole cloth.
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SOME OF OUR PROJECTS

Activating Interpretation

Drawing on a range of theoretical perspectives, we explore a set of working hypotheses about experience design in the digital humanities, focusing primarily on the preparatory and departure experiences that occur in liminal spaces around the principal event.
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Materializing Data

Shame is something that is felt so deeply and is so troublesome and is so disruptive to a person’s life that we wanted to show this in a way that in itself is disruptive. Hence our choice of an equally disruptive material: tampons.
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Theatre for Relationality

“Theatre for Relationality” is developing a new approach to audience development that inspires positive social change through collaboration with community partners.
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events & presentations

The qcollaborative undertakes design research projects that offer potential to extend and interrogate qlab’s commitments. We share our work as much and as often as possible.

qLab on Instagram

Gathering “the personal is political” from across feminist media. Resisting the colonial capitalist heteropatriarchy.