18 November, 9 - 10:30pm


Baltimore - Thursday, November 18th, 4 pm-5:30 pm

London - Thursday, November 18th, 9 pm-10:30 pm

Sidney - Friday, November 19th, 8 am-9:30 am

The Design History Society is proud to support Society of Design Arts (SoDA) and AIGA Baltimore for the upcoming talk by the co-editors of the Journal of Design History’s special issue Locating Design Exchanges in Latin America and the Caribbean, Livia Rezende and Patricia Lara-Betancourt.

The talk will focus on what happens when researchers foreground Latin American and Caribbean agency in design, a proposition that underpins the edition. Guided by this challenge, they propose a new approach to the discourse on Latin American and Caribbean design and consider ways to decolonize and globalize the study of design history in and from that region.

AIGA Baltimore and SoDA member Raquel Castedo will host this event, part of the virtual series created to promote the rich and plural histories of Latin American production in design.

For more information and guidelines to register please visit the SoDA website.


Dr. Patricia Lara-Betancourt is a design historian and member of the Modern Interiors Research Centre at Kingston University (London, UK) since 2008. She studied Colombian and Latin American History at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and Universidad Nacional de Colombia; and worked as a University lecturer in Colombia from 1990 to 1997. Among her publications is The Quest for Modernity: A Global/National Approach to a History of Design in Latin America, in Designing Worlds: National Design Histories in the Age of Globalization, ed. by K Fallan and G Lees-Maffei (Berghahn, 2016). Other publications include Complex Interior Spaces in London, 1850-1930: Introduction, in F Fisher, P Lara-Betancourt, V Kelley and P Sparke, eds., The London Journal, 45 (2, 2020); and Architectures of Display: Department Stores and Modern Retail, co-edited with A Lasc and M Maile Petty (Routledge 2017).

Dr. Livia Rezende
is a design historian living on Gadigal land and working at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. She co-founded OPEN, an art and design collective for decolonial praxis. She is New Formats editor of the Journal of Design History and Book Review editor of the Journal of Modern Craft. Dr. Rezende has published widely, her latest research into the institutionalization of modern design in Latin America as coloniality was initiated in her co-edited Journal of Design History’s special issue Locating Design Exchanges in Latin America and the Caribbean (2019) and is forthcoming in Bauhaus Dessau Foundation: Schools of Departure (2021), Design and Displacement (2022) and Building-Object (2022). Her previous research into displays of Brazilian raw materials in World’s Fairs feature in Iberoamericana (Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut, 2021), Designing Worlds (2016), Cultures of International Exhibitions (2015) and Design Frontiers (2014).