Research Seminar: Teresa Almeida

Critical Wearables

Teresa Almeida, KTH Royal Institute of Technology Sweden

Thursday 15th November 4.00pm T-Room, 1.09 Evolution House, ECA


This talk will introduce design-led interventions that explore a variety of wearable technologies and interactions to challenge existing practices of care within women’s health. These include augmented devices and e-textile toolkits exploring ways do-it-yourself (DIY) technology could contribute to creating bodily awareness around pelvic health in women. In applying humour as a tool, these wearable interventions enquire how novel design concepts and devices, together with inventive methods, can support learning of sensitive topics. They critically serve, reconfigure and redefine women’s bodies and explore womancentred design as an approach to (re)think design and the body.

Dr. Teresa Almeida is an artist, designer and researcher interested in designing interactions and prototypes as catalysts for discussion mainly on topics of taboo in, on, and within the female body. Her PhD thesis (2017) contributes a ‘woman-centred design’ approach as novel form of inquiry in design practice research. Currently, she is a postdoctoral researcher in Interaction Design at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden.

Design Informatics, Room 1.09 Evolution House, Edinburgh College Art, 78 West Port, Edinburgh, EH1 2LE