If you have seen Malmo… Making Futures book release!

The long-awaited book Making Futures has finally hit the shelves. It is composed of stories that challenge the perception of what ‘counts’ as successful innovation. The stories form a wide and multi-faceted view of how it is possible to work with design and innovation beyond the search for a ‘killer app’. It reveals how design […]

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Lecture series on urban gardening and archives – Greenhouse Artist Talks

Between October and December 2014, the Living Archives research project hosts public lectures on ‘urban gardening and archives’ in the greenhouse at Slottsträdgårdens kafé, Malmö. The greenhouse becomes a site for research and artistic practice. The Greenhouse Artist Talks lecture series is curated by Veronica Wiman, curator and professor of contemporary art at Tromsö Academy […]


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Lecture: Picking wild food – an act of resistance

On Wednesday, October 15, Zeenath Hasan will give a lecture on the theme ‘Picking wild food: an act of resistance’. The lecture is open to the public and is part of the ‘Artist talks in the greenhouse’ lecture series, hosted by the Living Archives research project, where artists and others are invited to present work […]


Making Futures: Marginal Notes on Innovation, Design, and Democracy

[PUBLICATION] Innovation and design need not be about the search for a killer app. Innovation and design can start in people’s everyday activities. The stories collected in ‘Making Futures’ challenge the dominant perception of what constitutes successful innovations. They recount efforts at social innovation, opening the production process, challenging the creative class, and expanding the public sphere. MIT Press, 2014.

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Reorganisation of Medea

Malmö University is planning to reorganise the research centre Medea starting at the beginning of next year. Ongoing projects will be completed according to plan. New research projects will be conducted at the faculties, while support operations that have been a part of the centre will be assembled under Malmö University’s Department of Innovation and […]


Public Seminar: Living Memories on Sep 23

The Nordic folklore archives (folklivsarkiven) gather stories from people’s lives in the Nordic countries. A major challenge that these archives face today is how to make the archives more accessible and how to renew the collecting methods so that a bigger and more geographically and socially diverse group of contributors can contribute stories. On Sep […]

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Medeas föreståndare mot nya uppdrag

Karin Johansson-Mex, Medeas föreståndare sedan 2011, går vidare mot nya uppdrag. 1 september börjar Johansson-Mex det nya jobbet som temaledare på LU Open Innovation Center, en utvecklingsenhet vid Lunds universitet som bygger och driver stora utmaningsdrivna innovationsprojekt. Precis som på Medea kommer Karin även där att arbeta med processer inom ramen för digitala medier och […]


Making Commons: Public PhD Seminar on Sep 1

Anna Seravalli will defend her doctoral thesis in Interaction Design on September 1. The thesis examines “making commons”, the establishment and management of collaborative organizational forms with the aim to create things and services in a sustainable way – environmentally and socially. Seravalli concludes that local approaches, collective ownership, and the opportunity to try out […]

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Making Commons: Attempts at Composing Prospects in the Opening of Production

[PUBLICATION] This thesis accounts for a designerly inquiry into the swamp of the opening of production. The “opening of production” refers to the rising of openness, collaboration and sharing in processes through which things are made and services delivered. It is defined as a swamp, because it represents a complex landscape where theory and practice meet and where diverse views and understanding of what openness, collaboration and sharing may entail are intertwined. Author: Anna Seravalli.