The Annual Design History Society Conference is a prestigious, international event, which offers a platform for an interdisciplinary approach to research and critical debate in design history. The proposal for the 2018 event should be based on themes or perspectives on cultures of design.

The Design History Society works towards furthering global dialogues on design, and warmly welcomes proposals from individuals and institutions that support and engage in teaching and research in design history. Recent conferences have been hosted in Ahmedabad (2013), Oxford (2014), San Francisco (2015) and Middlesex (2016). The 2017 conference will be held in Oslo.

In addition to bringing your institution to the attention of the design history community, this event can also offer an opportunity for delegates to visit local collections and significant sites in the study of the field.

Application and Assessment Process

All applications will be evaluated by members of the Executive Committee of the Design History Society. The Executive Committee is committed to principles of equity, integrity and confidentiality in the treatment of all applications competing to host the Annual DHS Conference.

Applications must be received by 28 February 2017 for consideration by the Society's Executive Committee. Please e-mail for an application form and guidelines. Any queries regarding the application process can be addressed to the Society's Conference Liaison Officer Portia Ungley at