Society News

10 October 2018

The Design History Society warmly welcomes proposals from individual members and institutions that support research and education in design history to host its 2020 Annual Conference.

The DHS Annual Conference is an international event that plays a leading role in promoting and consolidating design history research. Each year the conference is hosted by a different institution that works closely with the DHS to organise the conference on a theme chosen by the convenor. The conference brings together scholars, practitioners, educators, museum professionals, and others who engage with design in their research and work. It provides an ideal environment for exploring current questions and generating new debates in global design history and allied fields.

Past conferences have been hosted in Ahmedabad (2013), Oxford (2014), San Francisco (2015), London (2016), Oslo (2017), and New York (2018). Each conference is unique, reflecting the current climate in both research and society at large, the distinct culture of the hosting institution, the convenors' expertise, and the Society's strategic vision. The conference also provides an opportunity to introduce the international design history community to local collections, exhibitions and sites of significance.


Proposals should include a short description of the suggested theme and its relevance to DHS members; a provisional programme, including scope for local visits or tours, and suggested key note speakers; and information about the viability of the conference, such as potential venues, institutional and financial support (500 words). Applicants should complete the proposal form provided by the DHS and return it to the DHS Administrator by 17 January 2019 for full consideration by the DHS Executive Committee.

Please contact the DHS Administrator at for a proposal form and guidelines. Any questions regarding the application process should be addressed to the DHS Conference Liaison Officer, Dr Gabriele Oropallo, via the Administrator. All proposals will be considered in confidentiality by the DHS Executive Committee, whose members are committed to principles of equity and inclusion.



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