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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 -

Features
The swadesi typewriter: mediating modernity, identity, and technology in post-independence India
The swadesi typewriter: mediating modernity, identity, and technology in post-independence India

My research aims to investigate the role played by typewriters for Indian languages in absorbing and shaping the aspirations of the independent nation-state of India following British colonial rule. In particular, my research intends to analyse the ramifications of the ‘swadesi’ doctrine within the context of modernisation, technological innovation, and the quest for self-sufficiency in the decades following Indian independence...

10 June 2016 -

Reports
Siemens Archive Munich Travel Report
Siemens Archive Munich Travel Report

Where do you import products from, if you have little or no native design industry or manufacturing? How do they differ from the products designed for the home market, and how are they advertised and promoted? These are questions that I have been considering in relation to domestic electric products sold in Ireland during the 1950s and 1960s, where the tiny native product manufacturing sector was dwarfed by the range and breadth of products imported from outside the State...

4 May 2016 -

Reports
Ksenija Berk Conference Report: Design and the Notion of Contemporary Heterotopia

My conference paper Design and the Notion of Contemporary Heterotopia presented an original, interdisciplinary research, which joined the field of design history with political theory and philosophy. My research combined the historical method and hermeneutics in order to critically challenge the understanding of how design shapes our world...

3 March 2016 -

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