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Report: DHS Conference Bursary by Joana Baptista Costa and Mariana Leão - Open Portuguese Graphic Design Archive: statements as interruptions of institutionalised unit
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Report: DHS Conference Bursary by Joana Baptista Costa and Mariana Leão - Open Portuguese Graphic Design Archive: statements as interruptions of institutionalised unit

30 June 2022 -

In this blog report the awardees of the DHS Conference Bursary, Joana Baptista Costa and Mariana Leão talk about the Open Portuguese Graphic Design Archive, an initiative they lead in order to "problematise the processes of the historiography of graphic design and question the authorities and the powers that define objects, themes and authors."

Call for short film submissions - NEW TURKISH DESIGN?
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Call for short film submissions - NEW TURKISH DESIGN?

29 June 2022

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Provocative Objects: Bacchantes Vase by René Lalique
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Provocative Objects: Bacchantes Vase by René Lalique

22 June 2022 -

Welcome to the next edition of our Provocative Places and Objects blog series, in which our Ambassadors look more at places and spaces that challenge and confront us as design historians. This month, Wiktoria Kijowska looks at the Bacchantes Vase by René Lalique in the context of fakes and copies.

Latino Design Histories held by the Society of Design Arts Baltimore and Aigia Baltimore is back!
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Latino Design Histories held by the Society of Design Arts Baltimore and Aigia Baltimore is back!

20 June 2022

June 30th, 6 PM - 7:30 PM ET The Society of Design Arts Baltimore (SoDA) and Aigia Baltimor are back with the...

Welcome to the new members of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Design History.
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Welcome to the new members of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Design History.

20 June 2022

Join us welcoming the new members of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Design History with these reflective words...

Report: DHS Conference Bursary by Leanne Tonkin - Postconservation model in contemporary textile and fashion conservation
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Report: DHS Conference Bursary by Leanne Tonkin - Postconservation model in contemporary textile and fashion conservation

14 June 2022 -

Leanne Tolkin is a PhD researcher and a textile and fashion conservator. In this report Leanne talks about the ‘postconservation’ model that extends the legacy and appreciation of fashion artefacts beyond a representational conservation approach. After all, if a fashion item is designed to degrade, what are the archival implications in conserving, documenting processes and ‘performance’ of the applied characteristics of such artefacts?

Provocative Places: the Colosseum, Rome
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Provocative Places: the Colosseum, Rome

8 June 2022 -

Welcome to the next edition of our Provocative Places and Objects blog series, in which our Ambassadors look more at places and spaces that challenge and confront us as design historians. This month, Alexandra Banister looks at the Colosseum in Rome, and discusses issues surrounding much-visited architectural sites of historical importance which were designed for inhumane purposes.

Announcing Dr Sally-Anne Huxtable as incoming Chair of the DHS
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Announcing Dr Sally-Anne Huxtable as incoming Chair of the DHS

8 June 2022

We are pleased to confirm that Dr Sally-Anne Huxtable has been appointed as incoming Chair of the Design History...

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Report: Student Research Access Award by Sophia Tai

8 June 2022 -

In this report, Sophia Tai takes us through her journey into the archives in the search of the history and character of the Tamil script, the official language in Sri Lanka, Singapore and Malaysia. Tai's research journey was supported by a DHS Student Research Access Award.

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Hidden Histories: Gender in Design interview: Barbara Jaffee
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Hidden Histories: Gender in Design interview: Barbara Jaffee

26 May 2022 -

Our final Hidden Histories: Gender in Design seminar examines pedagogic histories and practices. Ahead of the event, our Ambassador Alexandra Banister asked Barbara Jaffee, Associate Professor Emerita of Modern Art and Design History at Northern Illinois University, more about her research into the work of the art historian Helen Gardner.

Provocative Objects: A dressing table designed by Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann
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Provocative Objects: A dressing table designed by Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann

24 May 2022 -

Welcome to the next in our "Provocative Objects" series, in which DHS Ambassador Wiktoria Kijowska looks at a dressing table designed by Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann which can act as a window into the role of imported exotic materials in French furniture production during the interwar period.

Hidden Histories: Gender in Design interview: Sofia Fernández
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Hidden Histories: Gender in Design interview: Sofia Fernández

24 May 2022 -

Our final Hidden Histories: Gender in Design seminar examines pedagogic histories and practices. Ahead of the event, our Ambassador Alexandra Banister asked Sofia Fernández, Research Associate in the Industrial Design Programme at the University of Applied Sciences, Berlin, more about her research into gender studies in university design programmes in Germany.

Hidden Histories: Gender in Design interview: Alyona Sokolnikova
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Hidden Histories: Gender in Design interview: Alyona Sokolnikova

19 May 2022 -

This week’s Hidden Histories: Gender in Design seminar looks at design amidst the Cold War. Alyona Sokolnikova, independent researcher, writer, curator and teacher, and founder of the Women Designers: USSR research project, spoke to DHS Ambassador Alexandra Banister about her work on women designers in the Soviet Union, 1960-1980.

Hidden Histories: Gender in Design interview: Bettina Siegele
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Hidden Histories: Gender in Design interview: Bettina Siegele

18 May 2022 -

This week’s Hidden Histories: Gender in Design seminar looks at design amidst the Cold War. Our Ambassador Alexandra Banister interviewed Bettina Siegele, Assistant Professor and PhD Researcher in the Department of Architectural Theory at the University of Innsbruck, about her research into feminist approaches to architectural history ahead of her paper on the architect Karola Bloch.

Hidden Histories: Gender in Design interview: Francesco Guida
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Hidden Histories: Gender in Design interview: Francesco Guida

17 May 2022 -

This week’s Hidden Histories: Gender in Design seminar looks at design amidst the Cold War. Francesco E. Guida, Assistant Professor in the Department of Design at Politecnico di Milano, spoke to our Ambassador Alexandra Banister about his research ahead of his paper on women pioneers in the Golden Age of Italian graphic design.

DHS Reading Groups 2022
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DHS Reading Groups 2022

17 May - 5 July

Online

The DHS Reading Groups are a new initiative of the Design History Society to support emerging researchers interested...

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DHS Virtual Seminar Spring 2022 series "Hidden Histories: Gender in Design"
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DHS Virtual Seminar Spring 2022 series "Hidden Histories: Gender in Design"

12 May - 26 May

Virtual

Convened by Alex Banister and Claire O’MahonyThursdays 19.30-21:00 hrs GMT via Zoom Our upcoming seminar...

Parisa Heidari: 'The role of women in the development of endowment in Islamic lands – A case study: women acquaintances in Safavid and Ottoman rule'
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Parisa Heidari: 'The role of women in the development of endowment in Islamic lands – A case study: women acquaintances in Safavid and Ottoman rule'

12 May 2022 -

As part of our Hidden Histories: Gender in Design seminar series, Parisa Heidari, Master in Architecture Studies at the School of Architecture in the University of Tehran, and Hamed Mazaherian, Associate Professor at the School of Architecture in the University of Tehran, presented as part of a wider discussion on ‘Archives and Beyond: Strategies for Historical Research in Gender in Design’. Due to technical difficulties with their pre-recorded talk, we have transcribed their presentation into a blog post.

Hidden Histories: Gender in Design interview: Laura Martínez de Guereñu
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Hidden Histories: Gender in Design interview: Laura Martínez de Guereñu

12 May 2022 -

Session six of our Hidden Histories: Gender in Design seminar series looks at collaboration and collective practice. Ahead of her paper on Lilly Reich’s contributions at the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition, Martínez de Guereñu tells our Ambassador Alexandra Banister more about her research.