This event has been moved to 29 April 2021, 13.30 BST. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause to participants.
The editorial project “World History of Design,” initiated by the late Victor Margolin, is one of the most ambitious and challenging projects in the history of our discipline. Volumes 1 and 2 were published by Bloomsbury in 2015. They are the result of Victor’s many years of teaching design history, his world travels, his library of books and catalogues collected over the years, and his friendships with designers and design historians around the world. After his passing, Sylvia Margolin and Rebecca Houze decided to continue the third and fourth volumes with a new approach. They invited diverse authors from different regions of the world to contribute chapters on specific regions, countries and times. However, what demands should a contemporary world history of design fulfil today? How can a national approach contribute to a design historiography in an age of globalisation? How can national design histories reflect transnational and local processes? And, how can they be embedded in a global discourse on design history?