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Design History Society Student Members Conference Bursary. Report on the 2016 Design History Society Annual Conference
Design History Society Student Members Conference Bursary. Report on the 2016 Design History Society Annual Conference

The Annual Design History Society conference took place between 8 and 10 September at Middlesex University in London. It was followed by The International Conference on Design History and Design Studies organised in Taipei just a few weeks later. The temporal proximity of both events poses a question about the very nature of design history–its fragmentation into global, national or regional variants. Consequently, it makes us ponder a possibility of having a fruitful conversation between scholars dealing with those different design histories. It echoes an important question raised by Penny Sparke in her review of a recent conference in Paris and published on the blog earlier this year: Where is the History of Design Going?

6 January 2017 -

Reports
Review: Creating African Fashion Histories Conference.
Review: Creating African Fashion Histories Conference.

This one-day conference took place at Brighton Museum in collaboration with departments from the University of Brighton and the University of Sussex, and included speakers from USA, Morocco and South Africa. It ran in conjunction with the Fashion Cities Africa exhibition, currently on display at Brighton Museum until 8 January 2017.

8 December 2016 -

Reviews
Review: Colour, Vision and Materiality
Review: Colour, Vision and Materiality

In her article “Sticky Layers and Shimmering Weaves: A Study of Two Human Uses of Spider Silk”, featured in the Journal of Design History (Vol. 29, No. 1, 2016), artist and researcher Eleanor Morgan observes that spider silk has been collected and used for centuries in different parts of the world for varying purposes...

24 August 2016 -

Reviews
Cabin Fever
Cabin Fever

Cabin Fever is an exhibition that documents the historical evolution of the cabin in North America — and, as a counterpoint, in Scandinavia — from the 1800s to present, with a particular emphasis on visual and material representation. The cabin is explored through four main themes: pragmatism; romanticism; the counter-culture...

5 August 2016 -

Reports
Event Report: Tasting the Table

How much can we understand about the tastes, techniques and aesthetics of historic tables without experiencing them for ourselves? Design historians often look to the furniture, flatware, crockery and dressings of consumption to tell us about cultural contexts of taste – both sensorial and cultural. Documentation, however, from published compendiums...

25 July 2016 -

DHS Events
Conference: Artisans and the Craft Economy in Scotland, 1780 – 1914, University of Edinburgh, 9 June 2016
Conference: Artisans and the Craft Economy in Scotland, 1780 – 1914, University of Edinburgh, 9 June 2016

​Funded by the Leverhulme Trust, the ‘Artisans and the Craft Economy in Scotland, c.1780 – 1914’ project investigates the world of artisans and craft in Scotland, demonstrating that the craft economy was not destroyed by industrialisation, but rather it adapted and changed.

20 July 2016 -

Reports
Where is the History of Design Going?
Where is the History of Design Going?

The one-day symposium Where is the History of Design Going? was organised by Stéphane Laurent of the University Pantheon-Sorbonne, Paris, to address the way in which the discipline of Design History has developed in both the UK and France and, more importantly, where it is heading, especially in the latter country.

14 July 2016 -

Reviews
Meet the new DHS Ambassadors
Meet the new DHS Ambassadors

As the Design History Society continues to grow in membership and influence, the Board has appointed two Ambassadors with the aim of promoting the Society as a site of conversation, debate and reflection on design history. The Ambassadors will be utilising Twitter, Instagram and the DHS Blog to keep our members up to date with events and dialogues in the field.

28 June 2016 -

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