Society News

12 September 2017

The Annual Design History Society Conference is a prestigious international event, which offers a platform for an interdisciplinary approach to research and critical debate in design history. The proposal for the 2019 conference should be based on themes or perspectives on cultures of design.

The Design History Society works towards furthering global dialogues on design and warmly welcomes proposals from individuals and institutions that support and engage in teaching and research in design history. Recent conferences have been hosted in Middlesex (2016), Oslo (2017) and the 2018 conference will be held in New York. Information on past conferences can be found on the DHS website here.

In addition to bringing your institution to the attention of the design history community, this event can also offer an opportunity for delegates to visit local collections and significant sites in the study of design history.

Application and Assessment Process

All applications will be evaluated by members of the Executive Committee of the Design History Society. The Executive Committee is committed to principles of equity, integrity and confidentiality in the treatment of all applications competing to host the Annual DHS Conference.

Applications must be received by 19 January 2018 for consideration by the Society's Executive Committee. Please e-mail for an application form and guidelines.

Any questions or queries regarding the application process can be addressed to the Society's Conference Liaison Officer, Portia Ungley, at


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