Mitchell Lecture Series: Onkar Kular

The Right to Design
Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 6:00p.m.
LeRoy Neiman Center
37 S. Wabash Avenue
Chicago, IL
United States

The Right to Design is an educational and practice based platform investigating the relationship between design and human rights. The ambition of the platform is to interrogate how the subject of design can be considered beyond current epistemic, institutional and disciplinary demarcations, not only as a basic human capacity, but as a "right" in itself, which not only challenges those very structures which sorts "Design" from "design," but also raises urgent questions of what it might mean to be (seen and included) and act as human in a fundamentally troubled world. The platform operates through a number of public formats, from (mis)reading groups to open assemblies. 

Onkar Kular is Professor of Design Interventions at HDK Academy of Design and Crafts at the University of Gothenburg. His research is disseminated internationally through exhibitions, education and publications. From 2008-2015, Onkar led the postgraduate design programme Platform 13 at the Royal College of Art, London, an interdisciplinary platform that explored the role of design within political and economic systems, culture and society. His work is in the collection of the CNAP, France, and the Crafts Council, UK. He has guest-curated exhibitions for The Citizens Archive of Pakistan, Karachi, and the Crafts Council, UK. Between 2014 and 2016 he was a Stanley Picker Fellow at Kingston University and he is the co-organizer of the educational framework Night School on Anarres. In 2017 he was the artistic director of the first Gothenburg Design Festival. He is currently the Director of the Academy Gallery at the University of Gothenburg and the organizer of the educational platform The Right to Design, which investigates the relationship between design and human rights. Learn more about Onkar Kular here

All lectures and events are free and open to the public, supported by the William Bronson and Grayce Slovet Mitchell Lecture Series. Persons with disabilities requesting accommodations should visit