In my research, I have been investigating the cultural and political implications of design practices and objects with an interest in new materialist theoretical frameworks, which help us talk about material objects and processes in critical terms. In design education, I specialize in in-depth qualitative research and the use of participatory and generative design methods. I am also the co-initiator and co-coordinator for the STS TURKEY Turkish Scholarly Network for Science and Technology Studies. My current research interests are as follows:
- design theoretical and practical issues surrounding body and biopolitics,
- design activisms; social design, participatory design practices and open-source approaches, and in these,
- the use of new materialist theoretical frameworks; including actor-network theory and STS-inspired methodologies, new materialist feminisms, anthropologies of Alfred Gell and Tim Ingold.
PhD (2012) in Architecture and Design, the University of Brighton, UK
“Material objects and everyday nationalism in design: the electric Turkish coffee maker, its design and consumption” (link)
MSc (2006) in Industrial Design, METU, Turkey
BID (2003), METU, Turkey
I have taught at METU, Atılım University and Leeds Metropolitan University, UK. I have designed and run critical and contextual studies, design studio and research courses on both undergraduate and graduate levels. I currently teach the following:
ID 201 Industrial Design I
ID 501 Advanced Project Development in Industrial Design
Undergraduate theoretical courses
ID 321 Design and Culture (formerly Meaning in Design)
ID 707 Critique of Design I
ID 723 Design Cultures and the Human Body
You can find the course syllabi at the Design Cultures and Critique Blog.
KAYGAN, H., Pınar KAYGAN & Özümcan DEMİR. (2019) “A pen that ‘looks like a CEO in a business suit’: gendering the fountain pen”. Journal of Gender Studies, 28 (1), 86–96. (Paper available for download here.)
GÜRDERE AKDUR, S. & H. KAYGAN. (in press) “Social design in Turkey through a survey of design media: projects, objectives, participation approaches”. The Design Journal.
KAYGAN, H. (in press) “Performing Turkish design in products, collections and exhibitions: expanding the archive, seeking depth”. Design Culture: Objects and Approaches, eds Mads Nygaard Folkmann, Hans-Christian Jensen, Guy Julier, Anders V. Munch and Niels Peter Skov. London: Bloomsbury.
KAYGAN, H. (2016) “Electric Turkish coffee makers: capturing authenticity for global markets”. Objects in Motion: Globalizing Technology, eds. Nina Möllers and Bryan Dewalt, pp. 92–111. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press.
KAYGAN, H. (2016) “Material semiotics of form giving: the case of the electric Turkish coffee pot”. Design Issues, 32 (2), 78–90. (Paper available for download here.)
TAŞDİZEN, Burak & H. KAYGAN. (2016) “Ahlak dışı nesneler: Ulus’ta kentsel dönüşümün bir psikocoğrafyası” [Immoral objects: a psychogeography of urban transformation in Ulus]. Ankara Araştırmaları Dergisi, 4 (2), 89–103. (Paper available for download here.)
KAYGAN, Pınar & H. KAYGAN, eds. (2014) UTAK 2014 Bildiri Kitabı: Eğitim, Araştırma, Meslek ve Sosyal Sorumluluk, 10–12 September 2014, METU, Ankara. Ankara: METU Faculty of Architecture. (Book available for download here.)
KAYGAN, H. (2013) “Global design history”. Book review. Journal of Design History, 26 (1), 128–230.
KAYGAN, H. & Guy JULIER, eds. (2013) “Global design activism survey”. Design and Culture, 5 (2), 237–252. (Paper available for download here.)
KAYGAN, H. & Osman ŞİŞMAN, eds. (2013) “Tasarım ve biyopolitika”. Special dossier. Arredamento Mimarlık, 272 (October 2013), 106–119.
KAYGAN, H. (2010) “Milliyetin tüketimi: gündelik nesnelerde milliyet” [Consumption of the nation: nationalism in everyday objects]. Yeni Sol, Yeni Sağ, ed. Armağan Öztürk, pp. 443–472. Ankara: Phoenix.
KAYGAN, H. (2008) “Panopticon’dan Facebook’a: Foucault ve görsel kültür analizi”. [From Panopticon to Facebook: Foucault and the analysis of visual culture]. Toplumsal Üzerine Yeni Perspektifler, ed. Armağan Öztürk, pp. 91–112. Ankara: Dipnot.
KAYGAN, H. (2008) “Marketable emotions or engaging interactions: towards a conquest of emotionality”. METU Journal of the Faculty of Architecture, 25 (1), 177–190. (Paper available for download here.)
AY, Utku & H. KAYGAN. (2018) “Between loyalty and autonomy: design, making and consumption of fan-made fandom products”, CCT 2018: Consumer Culture Fairytales, 28 June–1 July 2018, University of South Denmark, Odense.
DEMİR, Çiğdem & H. KAYGAN. (2018) “Bilimsel ve teknolojik perspektiflerin kesişim noktasında bir deneyim olarak doğa” [Nature as an experience in the intersection of scientific and technological perspectives]. STS TURKEY 2018: Toplum için Bilim ve Teknoloji Çalışmaları Konferansı, 10–11 September 2018, METU, Ankara.
GÜRTEKİN, Betül & H. KAYGAN. (2018) “Bir otoetnoğrafik anlatı: stüdyo ortamında kamera kullanımı ve bedenleşme” [An autoethnographic narrative: camera operation at studio environment and embodiment]. UTAK 2018 Bildiri Kitabı: Tasarım ve Umut (12–14 September 2018, METU, Ankara), eds G. Töre Yargın, A. Karadoğaner & D. Oğur, pp. 359–374, Ankara: METU Faculty of Architecture.
İLHAN, Ali O., H. KAYGAN & Şebnem TİMUR ÖĞÜT. (2018) “Uses of ANT in design research: towards a critical dialogue”. EASST 2018: Making Science, Technology and Society together, 25–28 July 2018, Lancaster University, UK.
KAYGAN, H., Özümcan DEMİR, Fatma KORKUT & Itır GÜNGÖR BONCUKÇU. (2017) “Encounters and shifting identities: students’ experiences of multi-stakeholder participatory design”, DMA 2017: Research Perspectives on Creative Intersections, 7–9 June 2017, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong.
KAYGAN, Pınar, Selin GÜRDERE, Arsev AYDINOĞLU, H. KAYGAN & Özümcan DEMİR. (2016) “ ‘Do you know what a sensor is?’: peer learning in interdisciplinary design teams”, Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching: Frameworks and Practice Conference, 7 April 2016, University of Sheffield, UK.
TAŞDİZEN, Burak & H. KAYGAN. (2016) “Between open-source and commerce: micropolitics of authorship and originality in a knitting community”. 15th Annual STS Conference: Critical Issues in Science, Technology and Society Studies, 9–10 May 2016, Graz, Austria.
TUNCEL, Yunus & H. KAYGAN. (2016) “Interactions in idle time: online-offline, public-private intersections in mobile interface use”, Leisure Studies Association Conference 2016, 5–7 July 2016, Liverpool John Moores University, UK.
AYDIN, Hatice S. & H. KAYGAN. (2015) “Replacement, displacement: materiality of cardboard on the street”. 4T: Design in Times of Turmoil, 14–15 May 2015, Yaşar University, Izmir.
IŞIK, Hande & H. KAYGAN. (2015) “Reading the body: assessing emerging health and wellness technologies and interactions”. 12th Annual Conference of the German Society of Design Theory and Research (DGTF): Reassembling Relationships: People, Systems, Things, 16–17 October 2015, Fachhochschule, Potsdam.
TAŞDİZEN, Burak & H. KAYGAN. (2015) “Immoral objects: a psychogeography of gentrification in Ulus”. 4T: Design in Times of Turmoil, 14–15 May 2015, Yaşar University, Izmir.
SÜNER, Sedef & H. KAYGAN. (2014) “Tasarım aktivizmi olarak katılımcı tasarım ve tasarımcının katılım deneyimi: ODTÜ Asistan Dayanışması örneği”. UTAK 2014 Bildiri Kitabı: Eğitim, Araştırma, Meslek ve Sosyal Sorumluluk, 10–12 September 2014, METU, Ankara. Ankara: METU Faculty of Architecture.
TUNA, Nur Nagihan & H. KAYGAN. (2014) “Beyond prevention: exploring the new technologies of graffiti”. 5T: Design and Resistance (Izmir: Yaşar University, 2017), eds. Tevfik Balcıoğlu & Gülsüm Baydar, pp. 162–175. 15–16 May 2014, Yaşar University, Izmir.
TUNCEL, Yunus & H. KAYGAN. (2014) “Abstracted objects: creating the soundscapes of Gezi Park”. 5T: Design and Resistance (Izmir: Yaşar University, 2017), eds. Tevfik Balcıoğlu & Gülsüm Baydar, pp. 106–114. 15–16 May 2014, Yaşar University, Izmir.
ÇELİKKAYA, Esma Burcu & H. KAYGAN (2013) “Gendering of toys by affordances: the case of Lego”. 5T: Gendered Perspective in Design (Izmir: Yaşar University, 2016), eds. Tevfik Balcıoğlu & Gülsüm Baydar, pp. 358–373. 9–10 May 2013, Yaşar University, Izmir.
SÜNER, Sedef & H. KAYGAN (2013) “Rethinking gender stereotypes: a queer eye to home”. 5T: Gendered Perspective in Design (Izmir: Yaşar University, 2016), eds. Tevfik Balcıoğlu & Gülsüm Baydar, pp. 56–69. 9–10 May 2013, Yaşar University, Izmir.
KAYGAN, H. (2011) “The delegation of tradition: investigating the nation in product development of electric coffee makers”. The 21st Annual ASEN Conference: Forging the Nation, 5–7 April 2011, London School of Economics.
KAYGAN, H. & Pınar KAYGAN (2011) “For a feminist sensibility in design: electric Turkish coffee makers”. The 2011 Design History Society Conference: Design Activism and Social Change, 7–10 September 2011, The University of Barcelona.
KAYGAN, H. (2008) “Tasarımda milli kimliğin varoluş koşulları” [The conditions of existence of national identity in design]. 3. Türkiye Tasarım Tarihi Topluluğu Konferansı: Kimliklerin Tasarımı, 12–13 May 2008, Izmir University of Economics.
KAYGAN, H. & Osman ŞİŞMAN (2008) “ ‘Cheapness is not a sense, George!’: an economic critique of design and emotion discourse”. The 6th Conference on Design & Emotion 2008, 6–9 October 2008, Hong Kong Polytechnic.
KAYGAN, H. (2007) “Nationality inscribed: an iconological analysis of Turkish design”. The 7th International Conference of the European Academy of Design: Dancing with Disorder, 11–13 April 2007, Izmir University of Economics.
KAYGAN, H. (2006) “Türkiye’de tasarım veya Türk tasarımı üzerine” [On Turkish Design or Design in Turkey]. 3. Ulusal Tasarım Kongresi, 19–21 June 2006, Istanbul Technical University.
KAYGAN, H. (2004) “Towards a conquest of emotionality”. The 4th International Conference on Design and Emotion, 12–14 July 2004, Middle East Technical University.
Thesis Supervision (complete)
Pınar Şimşek, 2019, “Designing for the new generation workspaces”, MS Thesis.
Utku Ay, 2017, “Design, making and consumption of football fandom products by a university-based football fandom group”, MS Thesis.
Burak Taşdizen, 2017, “Politics of the knitting pattern: ethnography of knitting practice and a women’s knitting community”, MS Thesis.
Ahu Yolaç, 2017, “Multiplayer online gamers’ subcultural interactions: body as a bridge in between real and virtual lives”, MS Thesis.
Ceren Köktürk, 2016, “Design guidelines for lunch box as compact home experience”, MS Thesis.
Yunus Tuncel, 2015, “Between work and leisure: interactions with products in public idle time”, MS Thesis.