Selected Publications


Abdulla, D., 2018. Book Review: Design as an Attitude by Alice Rawsthorn. Design and Technology Education: an International Journal, 23(3), pp.202–208.

Abdulla, D. ‘Design Culture: The challenges and opportunities of introducing a new field in Jordan.’ In Mads Nygaard Folkmann, Hans-Christian Jensen, Guy Julier, Anders V. Munch & Niels Peter Skov (eds.) Design Culture: Objects and Approaches. Forthcoming (February 2019).

Abdulla, D., Ansari, A., Canlı, E., Keshavarz, M., Kiem, M., Prado de O. Martins, L. and Vieira de Oliveira, P., 2019. Decolonizing Design Manifesto. In: E. Resnick, ed., The Social Design Reader. Bloomsbury Academic.

Abdulla, D., Prado de O. Martins, L. and Schultz, T., 2018. Decolonising Design Education: Ontologies, Strategies, Urgencies. In: J. Lindgren, ed., Extra-Curricular. Chicago: Platform Editions.

Schultz, T., Abdulla, D., Ansari, A., Canlı, E., Keshavarz, M., Kiem, M., Prado de O. Martins, L. and Vieira de Oliveira, P., 2018a. Editors’ Introduction. Design and Culture, 10(1), pp.1–6.

Schultz, T., Abdulla, D., Ansari, A., Canlı, E., Keshavarz, M., Kiem, M., Prado de O. Martins, L. and Vieira de Oliveira, P., 2018b. What is at stake with decolonizing design? A Roundtable. Design and Culture, 10(1), pp.81–101.

The Decolonising Design Group, 2017. Design Activism: A Conversation by The Decolonising Design Group. Modes of Criticism, 3(1), pp.55–65.
Abdulla, D. (2017) ‘Collaborative Curricula’, in Cecile Kung et al. (eds.) Open Design for E-very-thing: Cumulus Hong Kong Working Papers. 2017 Hong Kong: Cumulus International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media. pp. 141–143. [online]. Available from: http://cumulus.hkdihongkong2016.org/uploads/files/cumulus_hong_kong_2016_working_papers.pdf.

Abdulla, D. (2016) ‘Only Icons’, in Yasir Suleiman (ed.) Being Palestinian Personal Reflections on Palestinian Identity in the Diaspora. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. pp. 22–24.

Abdulla, D. (2014) A Manifesto of Change or Design Imperialism? A Look at the Purpose of the Social Design Practice. In: Claudio Coletta, Sara Colombo, Paolo Magaudda, Alvise Mattozzi, et al. (eds.). A Matter of Design: Making Society through Science and Technology. 2014 Milan, STS Italia Publishing. pp. 245–260. Available from: http://www.stsitalia.org/conferences/STSITALIA_2014/STS_Italia_AMoD_Proceedings_2014.pdf

Abdulla, D., 2012. We must not maintain the status quo. In: M. Bin Natoof, ed., Mawahib: The Talent Directory. Dubai: Natoof, pp.92–93.


Academic Conference Presentations


Building Platforms: An intersectional space for decolonising, depatriarchalising, and deprecarising the conference from within at Beyond Change: Questioning the role of design in times of global transformations, FHNW Academy of Art and Design, Basel, Switzerland. 8-10 March 2018.

Plenary discussion with Jonathan Woodham and Katarina Serulus (chaired by Jeremy Aynsley) at the International Design Organisations: Histories, Legacies, Values, Centre for Design History symposium, University of Brighton, Brighton, UK. 9–10 November 2017.

“Collaborative Curricula.” Papers presented at the Cumulus Hong Kong: Open Design for E-very-thing: exploring new design purposes conference in Hong Kong, China. 21–24 November 2016. (link)
“Design Culture and the local: the challenges and opportunities of introducing a new field in the Arab region.” Paper presented at the Design Culture: object, discipline and practice conference in Kolding, Denmark. 18–19 September 2014.

“A Manifesto of Change or Design Imperialism? A Look at the Purpose of the Social Design Practice.” Paper presented at 5th annual STS Italia Conference – A Matter of Design: Making Society through Science and Technology conference in Milan, Italy. 12–14 June 2014.

“The ‘good’ design brief: examining the effects of social design projects on communities.” Paper presented at the Goldsmiths Graduate Festival in London, UK. 30 April 2013.
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