Society News

14 July 2016


The CfP for the College Art Association<> 105th annual conference (New York City, NY, 15-18 February 2017) is open for submissions.

The chairs welcome 250-word abstracts on the theme of ‘Exhibitions as Transnational Exchange from 1945: Beyond Euro-America’, which will be the Design History Society<>’s inaugural panel as a CAA affiliate society.

Design History Society

Exhibitions as Transnational Exchange from 1945: Beyond Euro-America

Chairs: Harriet Atkinson, University of Brighton; Sarah A. Lichtman, Parsons School of Design; Verity Clarkson, University of Brighton


Deadline for submission: 30 August 2016

Session Abstract:

This session explores exhibitions as sites of official transnational exchange after 1945. By the end of World War Two, museum exhibitions, industrial and trade fairs, biennials, triennials and world’s fairs increasingly became locations for the display of ‘soft power’, for the exercise of cultural diplomacy between nations.

We welcome twenty-minute papers that extend established geographies, interrogating exhibitions as a focus for transnational exchanges with, or preferably beyond, Euro-America.  Papers might consider such exhibitions through an analysis of their design or material qualities; the content and focus of their displays; or the economic, social or political dialogues and discourses within which they were developed and took place. As the Design History Society’s inaugural session as a CAA affiliate society, this panel intends to contribute to design historical research that explores wider networks, interconnections, and exchanges within and beyond design.

Potential Subject Areas: 1) Art History-Decorative Arts/Textiles/ Design History; 2) Art History-General Art History

Full call for participation and submission information:


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