The Design Lectorate (launched September 2017) aims to build a vibrant research culture within the KABK learning community focused on experimental design research and its contributions to practice, education, and knowledge.

This entails nurturing and sharing research conducted by KABK tutors and staff; advising on the integration of research into the curriculum; emphasising links between Leiden University and the KABK; and ensuring the visibility of KABK research within the academy, as well as nationally and internationally.

Additionally the lectorate produces and disseminates research about and through art and design in relation to climate and environment justice. The project at its centre, titled ‘Design and the Deep Future’, in acknowledgement of the geologic concept of deep time, was created for KABK students and staff to engage with, but also to expand the discourse in the interrelated research domains of design history, artistic research, and environmental humanities.

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