Society News

13 July 2015

The Design History Society is a UK based membership organisation, working to shape design history scholarship and practice in HEIs in the national context. Internationally, the DHS works to promote and support all those interested in or engaged in design history - students, researchers, educators, designers, designer-makers, critics and curators. The DHS publishes (with Oxford University Press) the Journal of Design History, the leading academic publication in its field. Our highly regarded Annual Conference is now an international event that brings together current interdisciplinary research about design and design history.

The DHS is an incorporated charitable organisation (incorporated in December 2013), governed by an elected Executive Committee (as the Board of Trustees), supported by a Society Administrator and based in Farringdon, London.

The DHS is looking for nominations for successors to our existing Research Grant Officer and Conference Liaison Officer, who step down this year. The successful candidates will serve on the Design History Society Committee (Board of Trustees) from (November) 2015 to (December) 2018. As a subject specific society working increasingly in an international context we need Officers who can demonstrate knowledge of wide ranging, and strategic design history research, teaching and learning in the UK context and an excellent track record of and commitment to developing international design history.

The new Officers will be responsible for the governance, strategic direction and continuing development of the DHS. The Officers will work with Trustees and the Society Administrator to enhance design history scholarship through supporting high quality research and teaching and learning in an international context. Nominees must currently be or be willing to become a member of the Design History Society.

This is an unpaid, voluntary role (reasonable expenses are reimbursed) that demands a commitment of time across the year including some weekends and travel to London and to the DHS Annual Conference. The initial term is for three years. Applicants must be resident in Britain. A full application is required, with a CV and a completed nomination form, which will act as a covering letter. A detailed role description is provided in an attachment along with the nomination form to complete. Completed applications must be sent by email and received by 5.30pm, 30th July 2015.

Short listed nominations will be presented to the Design History Society Annual General Meeting for proposal and confirmation; the AGM is to be held at the DHS Annual Conference 2015, California College of Art. The role will commence formally in November 2015.

Please download role descriptors and nomination forms from the DHS Vacancies page.

DHS Governing Document: The DHS Constitution can be download here.

DHS Trustees Annual Report 2014 can be found here.

The Design History Society is a Registered Charity. Charity Number: 1155117


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