Design Field Notes: Karen Nakamura

Lecture | February 11 | 4:30-5:30 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Karen Nakamura is a cultural and visual anthropologist who researches disability in contemporary Japan at the University of California, Berkeley. Her first project was on sign language, identity, and deaf social movements and resulted in a monograph and edited volume. After that, her second project was on schizophrenia and community-based recovery in Japan and this resulted in a book, its translation, and two films.

She is currently running the Berkeley Disability Lab and the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society Disability Studies research cluster while finishing a third project which explores the intersections of disability, gender, and sexuality, which will result in a book titled: Trans/Japan. After that, she is working on a project on prosthetic, replacement, and augmentation technologies in contemporary Japan and the USA.

About Design Field Notes:
Each informal talk in this pop-up series brings a design practitioner to a Jacobs Hall teaching studio to share ideas, projects, and practices. This semester, Design Field Notes and the Institute's other public programs engage questions of inclusion, accessibility, and justice under the title For Whom? By Whom?: Designs for Belonging. To learn more about upcoming events across our series, visit programs.jacobshall.org.

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