24 February 2021

CfP: Teaching and Learning, Design History and Practice in the Virtual Space
Friday 21st May 2021 at 6:30pm (GMT)

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

This virtual session held by the Design History Society 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 by 5pm (GMT) on 31 st March 2021


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