DI Webinar – Reem Talhouk

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Working in between technologies of oppression & technologies of revolution

This talk will thread together, what on the surface seem like disparate ongoing research, in to a narrative that depicts the intertwining of technologies of oppression and those of revolution and how people contend with them as they work in between them. Through looking at: (1) the coloniality of humanitarian technologies and design, (2) the ways innovators navigate the coloniality of the humanitarian design and (3) use of technologies by Lebanese Diaspora in support of the 2019 revolution, the talk points to the decolonial cracks that we may situate our technological designs, designing praxis and ourselves.


Reem Talhouk (She/Her) is a Research Fellow in Design & Global Development at Northumbria University. She is also the co-director of the Design Feminisms Research Group and the Design lead at the Global Development Futures Hub. Her research spans designing technologies within humanitarian contexts in what is referred to as the Middle East, Europe and Australia and intersects with issues of health & wellbeing and digital security. Her more recent work has explored the use of social media within agricultural practices in Kenya, the use of technologies within revolutions and decolonising design.

Optional reading

1. Madianou, M. (2019). Technocolonialism: Digital innovation and data practices in the humanitarian response to refugee crises. Social media+ society, 5(3), 2056305119863146. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/2056305119863146

2. Pre-print (attached) of Sarah Armouch, Reem Talhouk, and Vasilis Vlachokyriakos. 2022. Revolting from Abroad: The Formation of a Lebanese Transnational Public. Proc. ACM Hum-Comp. Interact, 6, CSCW2, Article 406 (November 2022), 29 pages, https://doi.org/10.1145/33555131


Running Order

16.00 – Welcome by John Vines and Susan Lechelt

16.10 – Talk by Reem Talhouk

16.40 – Q&A

17.00 – End

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* Please note that this webinar will be recorded *

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