This session is part of the PhD seminar series “Re-worlding” art and design research.
MAD-Research (PXL-MAD and UHasselt) and ArcK (UHasselt)


Keynote talks:

  • Monica di Sisto, Fairwatch: 'Towards a caring society'
  • Matteo Moretti, 'Designing digital commons'


  • Francesca Forno, University of Trento
  • Alvise Mattozzi, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

Chair: Chiara Bassetti, University of Trento

Monica di Sisto is a journalist and activist expert in local and global cooperation. She
serves as vice-president of Fairwatch, an NGO working on international trade, fair trade
and climate change; she is one of the founders of, and among the writers
of the Manifesto for a caring society. She teaches Models of economic development at the
Pontificia Università Gregoriana (Rome, Italy).

Matteo Moretti is a designer and visual journalist for inclusion and cultural change. Co-
founder of, he does research and design to reduce the distance between
information and experience, with the aim to provide information-rich experiences able to
return the complexity of our world. His projects won the European design award and the
Data journalism award.

Francesca Forno is Associate Professor of Sociology at the Department of Sociology and
Social Research of the University of Trento. Her interests include civic participation and
social movements, political consumerism, collaborative consumption, grassroots initiatives
on social eco-innovation and alternative food networks. A special focus is on the
consequences of the spread of market-based forms of action for citizens’ participation and

Alvise Mattozzi is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Design and Art of the Free
University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy, where he teaches Social studies of design and
Theories of cultural consumption. He is expert in semiotics, sociology, design studies and
science and technology studies.

Chiara Bassetti is Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology and Social
Research of the University of Trento. An ethnographer and ethnomethodologist, often
working in interdisciplinary teams, she is interested in social interaction, cultural
phenomena and collaborative practices. She explored collaboration in several contexts
including grassroots initiatives for socio-economic innovation, performing arts, and the

Learning outcomes

During this seminar, participants will...

  • learn what ethics can mean in art and design research,
  • learn how care (in the form of responsibility for others, for yourself) can be practiced in art and design research.


An important part of preparing for any further professional step is becoming (more) aware of the competences you have developed and/or want to develop. In this seminar, the following competences from the UHasselt competency overview are actively dealt with:

  • personal effectiveness:
    • ethics & (research) integrity
    • responsibility
    • responsiveness to change
    • self-development


For whom?

  • PhD students and other researchers from the Faculty of Architecture and Arts
  • Researchers from other institutions who like to participate are always kindly asked to first contact the coordinators by email ( -

When and where?

  • June 24, 2021 - 12:00-13:30
  • This course will be organized digitally


  • Registration closed since June 20, 2021
  • As places are limited, registering does not automatically imply that you will be able to participate. You will be notified by email in due time.
  • Please cancel your registration at least one week in advance in case you cannot make it (cf. cancellation & no-show policy).

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