Journal of Design History

5 May 2023

Call for Submissions: JDH Explorations

The Journal of Design History (JDH) is launching a new section named Explorations for shorter submissions that can be provocative, reflective, creative, poetic, experimental, or responsive.


The aims of the Explorations section are:

  • To support experimentation with new forms of scholarly communication, collaborative writing and interdisciplinarity.
  • To extend the JDH’s authorship and readership base, support emerging and future scholarship and take steps to become more inclusive.
  • To diversify research dissemination and promote timely responses to key debates

Call for Submissions

The JDH invites submissions for its new Explorations section. As design gains significance in the major debates around our past, present, and future, this section of the JDH seeks to nurture innovative, experimental, and creative interventions in researching and writing about design and its histories.

We encourage explorations that demonstrate design’s engagement with socio-political issues and from social groups and regions underrepresented in the JDH to date, as well as established academics. We are interested in contributions that connect with wider audiences, address racial, gender and social inequalities, highlight alternative narratives in design history, theory and criticism, or address labour conditions underpinning design practices. This is a space for research that demonstrates interdisciplinarity, by highlighting the significance of design to debates within Gender and Race Studies, Material Culture, Science and Technology Studies, Transmedia, Ecophilosophy, and Health Humanities, amongst others, and/or takes account of intersectional analyses of power.

The first call is for written work, such as reflective writing, interviews, opinion pieces, meditations, practitioner statements, etc. Subsequent calls will invite image-led pieces, video, and sound-based contributions. Contributions should be 1,500-4,000 in length, or equivalent, depending on the nature of the submission.

Expression of Interest (EoI) Process

Authors interested in publishing a JDH Explorations contribution should proceed through the following steps:

  • In the first instance, prospective authors submit their intended contribution as an expression of interest (EoI) to the JDH Explorations Editors via the email address:
  • The JDH Explorations Editors will work on the contribution with prospective authors before inviting them to make a formal submission to the Journal’s manuscript management system ScholarOne Manuscripts for anonymised double-blind peer review.
  • Explorations submissions will be peer-reviewed using the standard questions JDH
    reviewers ask about originality, clarity of objectives and consistency of argument. Reviewers evaluate whether the argument is adequately and appropriately supported and check the quality and clarity of the written language. Please note that any figures will require copyright permissions at the acceptance stage.
  • Explorations are published in the Journal of Design History’s online home on the Oxford University Press website. Contributions have their own DOI and are associated to a specific issue of the journal.


To discuss a proposal, please contact the JDH Explorations Editors at
Dr Livia Rezende, University of New South Wales, Australia
Dr Jane Tynan, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, Netherlands


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