Johann van der Merwe’s Details

Head of Department, Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Email: vandermerwejj@cput.ac.za

Johann van der Merwe

Johann van der Merwe

Biographical Info: I am the Head of Department for Research, History & Theory of Design, in the Faculty of Informatics and Design, Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), South Africa. My research focus is a design theory-of-knowing that has culminated in a doctorate (currently being examined), the aim of which is to explicate a gramma/topology of design knowing, itself comprised of such circular feedback systems as cybernetics, actor-network theory, autopoiesis and ontological phenomenology. My next big project will be to begin the planning for a new department provisionally named Theory & Techniques, one that will cut across the (newly formed) four major streams in the faculty (all the existing departments having been merged and consolidated).