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Exploring through a range of contexts, disciplines, technologies and texts, different ways that can both make and narrate the places of habitation.
A Library of Making
Over the past 15 years Laurene Vaughan has explored through a range of contexts, disciplines, technologies and texts, different ways that we can both make and narrate the places of habitation. In this sense habitation refers to the various sites that we live in – at times analogue or digital, professional or playful. From digital platforms to hand felted body wraps, her practice embraces a spectrum of embodied practices. Congruent with her own creative practice has been her exploration into the pedagogy of practice, particularly in relation to postgraduate studies. This mix has led Professor Vaughan along a labyrinthine path of possibility, where she has sought to make sense of and often challenge the politics of knowledge. This has been a multi-disciplinary adventure, undertaken with an evolving community of colleagues, students and practitioners who together and different ways have sought to challenge and innovate through practice.
Through the proposition of a library of making, Professor Vaughan will discus the value of non-conformist learning trajectories, both within and outside of the academy.
Professor Laurene Vaughan
Laurene Vaughan is a Professor and the Deputy Dean Design, Games and Interaction in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University. Professor Vaughan is a founding Research Leader in the RMIT Design Research Institute. She has been a Chief Investigator on two ARC Linkage grants, and five projects in the Australasian CRC for Interaction Design (ACID). In 2011 – 2012 she held the position of Nierenberg Chair –Invited Distinguished Professor of Design, School of Design, Carnegie Mellon University. She supervises practice based research degrees at RMIT and to date has had 47 successful research student completions.
Professor Vaughan is a designer, maker and writer, who is fascinated by the ways that people design and make their sense of place in both analogue and digital contexts. She is deeply committed to the pedagogy and epistemology of practice as the means for realizing this. Professor Vaughan exhibits, publishes and presents her research internationally. She has co-edited four books, and is currently editing an international collection on Practice Based Design PhDs for Bloomsbury Publishing.