Members of the qLab undertake design research that extends and interrogates the lab’s commitments as emergent and iterative practices.
Intersectional feminism informed by Black, Indigenous, trans, and queer feminisms. Thus, qLab projects seek to decenter white, colonial, cis, heteropatriarchal frameworks.
Amplification of work by feminist scholars and activists who identify as women, non-binary, gender non-conforming, BIMPOC, LGBTQ2S+, and/or disabled.
Responsible and responsive as a public research lab, thus, expecting, welcoming, and responding substantively to rigorous critique.
Making that effects demonstrable positive social change, that is contextualized and theorized in academic terms, and that engages with people outside the university with transparency and accountability.
Collaborative, cooperative, and community-based. We value intellectual development from all collaborators in terms of monetary compensation, intellectual property, and/or individualized mentorship.
Generating new concepts, new forms of praxis, and new forms of techne. Through practice, experimentation, and reflection, we strive to discover different means of achieving the preferred futures that our feminisms imagine.
Addressing “wicked problems”, or complex, unsolvable problems that can only be approached by engaging multiple conceptual paradigms, processes, and stakeholders. Rather than solutions, we aim for better ways to move forward together.
At the intersection of performance and technology, because we see that as a volatile site of social change, particularly influential upon young people and hence upon the future, which is not yet well understood.
How feminism does and can operate in public spaces through the lens of performative social media interventions?
Materializing the Digital
What are the personal, social, and ethical consequences of abstracting people, environments, communities, or experiences into digitally-based data?
How can we leverage the history of experience design from corporate settings to reconceptualize and re-situate these practices towards design for social good?
Design for Social Justice
What strategies can help mend existing social fabrics or create new ones from whole cloth?
Research grant exploring how the ‘personal is political’ is enacted as a platform for feminist resistance in film and media across two distinct times periods—the 1960s-1980s and 2010 to present.