about Julia

Dr. Phil. M. A. Julia-Constance Dissel – philosopher, design & art professional

After my studies in philosophy, art history and archeology in Basel, Freiburg and Frankfurt/M. and in cultural and media practice, I got a doctoral scholarship at the Max Planck Institute in Frankfurt/M. and obtained a doctorate in philosophy from the Goethe University Frankfurt/M. in 2012. Since than I have been highly engaged in research and teaching mostly in the philosophy of mind and applied philosophy such as the philosophy and theory of design, technology & art (aesthetics and ethics), which took me to diverse universities – amongst others the University of Oxford (UK), the University Konstanz as well as the HTWG (University of applied Sciences) Konstanz, the University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt and the University of Art & Design (HFG) Offenbach. I’ve received diverse research and teaching fellowships such as the Mathilde-Planck Fellowship by the Ministry for Science & Art (MWK)  Baden-Württemberg and I’ve worked in the BMBF funded Professorship-Program; I implemented research projects funded by the Hessian Ministry for Science and Art (HMWK) at the University of applied Sciences Darmstadt concentrating on Diversity & Equality Issues in design & emerging technologies and from 2020 on I was also visiting professor for ‘Wahrnehmungstheorie’ at the University of Art & Design Offenbach (HFG). Currently I am working for the European University of Technology,   responsible for the build up of the European Culture and Technology Lab + at the University of applied sciences Darmstadt and as  advisory board member of the academic press. 

Besides my academic engagement I am a board member of the AICA Germany – Accociation international Critique d’Art based in Paris and member of the iGDN – the international Gender Design Network in Cologne. I ran my own magazine “Critica- for philosophy and art theory for over six years. After selling I started my own studio & gallery for art and design projects mainly focusing on consulting services (eg. concerning ethical questions in art & design processes) , the buildup of art collections for business partners and exhibition projects –  from a gender equal, diverse, inclusive & all in all sustainable perspective. Aspects of fairness and justice as well sustainability in the art & design business have become more and more important to me.

As a philosopher and art & design specialist it is my interest to create more equitable and sustainable futures through a critical & social-ethical approach to a world shaped by design and technology that still too often seems discriminating, one sited and striving for questionable so-called innovations or decisions.

Project selection

Publication selection

Form und Funktion: Eine kritische Betrachtung zeitgenössischer Designästhetik, in: deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie, Band 68, Heft 3, 2020, S. 410-424.

Philosophische Ästhetik und Design, in: Daniel Feige, Florian Arnold, Markus Rautzenberg (Hrsg.): Schriftenreihe des Weißenhofinstituts zur Architektur- und Designtheorie: Die Philosophie des Designs, transcript Verlag 2019, 308-327.

Mit allen Sinnen. Perspectives of Aesthetics (deutsch /englisch), in: Form, Nr. 283 Juli/Aug 2019, S.97-101.

Design & Gender- zeitgenössische Designerinnen (Hg.), erschienen in IDF-Papers, Institut für Designforschung der Hochschule Darmstadt, Nr.2, 2019.

Design und Philosophie – Schnittstellen und Wahlverwandtschaften (Hg.), transcript Bielefeld 2016.

Philosophie und Design. Eine Einleitung, in: Design und Philosophie, Schnittstellen und Wahlverwandtschaften, transcript Verlag, Bielefeld Januar 2016 , S. 6-17

Kunst oder Design – Zur Abgrenzungsproblematik bei ästhetischen Artefakten, in: Sprache für die Form, Ausgabe 5/ Herbst 2014 www.designrethorik.de

Das Schicksal entscheidet sich in der Sprache. Klaus Krippendorff wagt die semantische Wende: Schriften zur Gestaltung Züricher Hochschule der Künste, von Klaus Krippendorff, Rezension erschienen in: Sprache für die Form, Nr. 4 Frühjahr 2014.

Das Realitätsproblem bei Habermas und die Philosophie des Pragmatismus – Für eine erweiterte Sicht auf den Repräsentationalismus, Karl Alber, Freiburg, München 2012.

media

“Alles ist am Standard Mann orientiert” radio report, Interview by Tanja Küchle vom 20.4.2021 HR Kultur & YOU FM, 20.04.2021 : https://www.hessenschau.de/kultur/alles-ist-am-standard-mann-orientiert,audio-51912.html

Gendersensibles Design, byTanja Küchle 17.4.2021 https://www.hessenschau.de/kultur/gendersensibles-design-pinky-gloves-waeren-in-darmstadt-nicht-entworfen-worden,frauenfeindliches–design-100.html

HMWK Funded Project for University of applied Sciences Darmstadt ‘Gendergerechtigkeit und Diversität in der Designlehre’ 2020-21

exhibition video “just-design for transformation” Schader-Gallery Darmstadt 2021

Conference Lecture on Gender Equality & Diversity Issues in design curricula at
Hessian Universities 2021 as part of the EU Culture Programme “The New European Bauhaus”

Conference Lecture on “the Aesthetics of Design” ADK STuttgart 2020
Diskuthek: lecture ‘ Women and the Bauhaus’, Bauhausjubiläum Staatstheater Darmstadt 2019
Study on Diversity/ Gender Issues in Product Design & female Designers Portraits 2019