21 May, 6:30 - 8:30pm

Over the past year, we have all experienced unprecedented uncertainty within our respective institutions. Design historians and practitioners have been called upon to reconfigure and adapt their practice to virtual classrooms, studios and labs. Curators, museum professionals and archivists are re-evaluating how to engage with audiences whilst physical collections have been inaccessible. We are also confronting ongoing reticence in diversifying the geographies and identities that we teach and research, reimagining the scope of histories of design. For some, these transitions have been seamless, whilst others have faced overwhelming challenges.

This virtual session seeks to bring together students, lecturers, designers, curators and museum professionals engaged in design teaching and learning to discuss, explore and share experiences. Participants from multiplicity of contexts worldwide will allow us to map a variety of challenges, responses and innovations across our disciplines, career stages and institutions.

We welcome proposals from educators, researchers, practitioners, and curators that consider how you have adapted to and are operating within this new environment. Individual presentations will be no longer that 10 minutes. Themes might include:

  • design teaching and learning virtually
  • decolonising design history and practice in the virtual space
  • alternative/innovative teaching methods
  • new, or adapted theories of learning
  • creating and studying objects in the virtual space
  • engaging audiences virtually

    Proposals of 300 words maximum should be sent to the DHS administrator Jenna Allsopp at designhistorysociety@gmail.com The deadline for submissions has been extended to midnight (GMT) on 13 April 2021.