Conference & Events

11 November 2019

The Design History Society warmly welcomes proposals from individual members and institutions that support research and education in design history to host its Annual Conference in 2021.


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.


In recent years, conferences were hosted in Ahmedabad (2013), Oxford (2014), San Francisco (2015), London (2016), Oslo (2017), New York (2018), and Newcastle (2019). As part of their contribution, convenors are encouraged to edit a special issue of the Journal of Design History, which adds to the long-term impact of the conference.


The conference also provides an opportunity to introduce the global design history community to local collections, exhibitions and sites of significance.



Submitting a Proposal

Proposals should include: a short description of the suggested theme and its relevance to DHS members (300 words); a provisional programme including scope for local visits or tours and potential key note speakers; and information about the viability of the conference such as potential venues, institutional and financial support. Applicants should complete the proposal form provided by the DHS and return it to the DHS Administrator by 31 January 2020 for full consideration by the DHS Executive Committee.
Please visit designhistorysociety.org/conferences to download a proposal form and the conference guidelines. Any questions regarding the application process should be addressed to the Conference Liaison Officer via the DHS Administrator at designhistorysociety@gmail.com. All proposals will be considered in confidentiality by the DHS Executive Committee, whose members are committed to advancing equality and inclusion.

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