We are extremely happy to announce the Keynote speakers of the 16th edition of Participatory design conference:

Glady Tzul

Gladys Tzul Tzul Maya / K’iche’

Gladys is a Maya K’iche’ sociologists and public intellectual specialized in the study of indigenous forms of government and land ownership in Guatemala. She is also the co-founder of the indigenous women photographers collective “Con Voz Provia» (With Own Voice). Her practice and research work addresses the politics of desire and indigenous forms of communal politics.

In the past decades Gladys has supported several important processes in her territory including the Maya, Garífuna and Xinka Assembly of Indigenous Authorities. Her latest books are Sistemas de Gobierno Comunal Indígena: mujeres y tramas de parentesco en Chuimeq’ena’ (2016) and Gobierno Comunal Indígena y Estado Guatemalteco. Algunas claves para comprender la tensa relación (2018). In 2018 she was recipient of the Voltaire- Preis Für Toleranz Völkeverständigung und Respekt vor Differenz,  a prize given by Potsdam University.

Photo credit: Sandra Sebastian


Arturo Escobar

Arturo Escobar  Colombia / USA    

Arturo is Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His main interests are: political ecology, ontological design, pluriversal studies, and the anthropology of development, social movements, and technoscience. 

Over the past twenty-five years, he has worked closely with several Afro-Colombian social movements in the Colombian southwest, particular the Process of Black Communities (PCN). His latest book Designs for the Pluriverse. Radical Interdependence, Autonomy, and the Making of Worlds (2018; 2016 and 2017 for Colombian and Argentine editions) engages with critical design discourses; making links between design, critical traditions, transitions, autonomia, relationality and collective forms of design.