Conference Programme

The full book of abstracts is available to view here: Book of Abstracts

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Wednesday, 4 September

10.00-3.30 Publication Workshop Sandyford Building 2.07

1.00-5.00 The Journal of Design History Editorial Board Meeting, Sandyford Building 3.01

Thursday, 5 September

9.00 Registration opens, Business and Law School, CCE1 (where all conference sessions take place)

10.00-12.00 Conference Visits

12.00 – 1.00 Lunch

1.00-2.30 Parallel Sessions

Typographic Transactions

  • ‘Typography and indigenous languages of America: the case of the glottal stop, Tai Cossich’, Doctoral Candidate, Royal College of Art, UK
  • A’lphabets, syllabaries, ideograms: negotiating typography as infrastructure in Asia’, Dr Vaibhav Singh, University of Reading, UK
  • ‘Experiments in Publishing: Indian Opinion and the Murty Classical Library of India’, Dr Rathna Ramanathan, Royal College of Art, UK

The Economy of the Home

  • ‘The price of good taste: social status and cultural capital exchange in the design of a 1960s Sydney interior’, Catriona Quinn, Doctoral Candidate, University of New South Wales, Australia
  • ‘British Homes for Irish People in the Irish Free State, 1922-1932’, Tom Spalding, Doctoral Candidate, Technical University Dublin, Ireland
  • ‘The expressive, expansive, and expensive Modernism of Paul Laszlo (or, how one architect rejected the “glorification of economy” in mid-century American design)’, Dr Monica Penick, Associate Professor, The University of Texas at Austin, USA

Education and the Economy

  • ‘Craft and livelihood: developments in formal education in the Federated Malay States, Singapore, and Java, during the boom and depression of the 1900s–1940s’, Dr Mitha Budhyarto and Vikas Kailankaje, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore
  • ‘Pedagogy and Practice in Nottingham Lace: Copying to learn and learning to copy’,
    Dr Amanda Briggs-Goode and Dr Gail Baxter, Nottingham Trent University, UK
  • ‘American Industry & Design Schools: Tracing Influence from Enterprise to Education’, Gretchen Von Koenig, Curator and Lecturer, Parsons School of Design, USA

Design Challenges for Sustainability

  • ‘A Feminist Model of Industrial Design Practice’, Dr Isabel Prochner, Syracuse University, USA
  • ‘From draining swamps to urban activisms: sustainability in the design of Finnish landscapes’, Dr Eeva Berglund, Adjunct Professor, Department of Design, Aalto University, Finland
  • ‘The role of design for craftsmanship in a growth-critical transformation’, Dr Ulrike Haele, Assistant Professor, Institute of Design Research Vienna, Austria

2.30-3.00 Coffee/Tea Break

3.00-4.30 Parallel Sessions

Graphic Persuasion

  • ‘Typography, illustration, and the politics of visualizing immigration to the United States’, Dr Dori Griffin, Assistant Professor, University of Florida, USA
  • ‘Posters as Public Persuasion: mediations of power and ideology in the graphic work of E. McKnight Kauffer between WWI and WWII’, Kristina Parsons, Lecturer and Cataloguer, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, USA
  • ‘Stamp design and soft power: ‘the silent ambassadors of national taste’’, Dr Mary Ann Bolger, Technological University Dublin, Ireland

Approaches to Design History through Archives and Literature

  • ‘Inside the Cash Book: Regional History and the Cost of Design’, Professor Anne Massey, University of Huddersfield, UK
  • ‘“The Industrial Design Complex: Upton Sinclair, Lanny Budd, and Military Modernism During the World Wars”’, Rachel Hedy Rosengarten Hunnicutt, Cataloguer and MA Candidate, Parsons School of Design and Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, USA
  • ‘”The Caoutchouc of Commerce”: India-Rubber and Economic Botany in Nineteenth Century Britain’, Helen Butler-Watts, Collections Move Officer, Victoria and Albert Museum, UK

New Approaches to Design Teaching

  • ‘Redirecting design education: cost, hope and agency’, Sancha de Búrca, Doctoral Candidate and Lecturer, University of Kent
  • ‘The Emotional Cost of Design History: Rethinking the Teaching of Fashion History’, Dr Sarah Cheang and Dr Shehnaz Suterwalla, Senior Tutors, Royal College of Art, UK
  • ‘A Story of Fashion Revolution – the initiative that challenges the cost of fashion’, Catherine Glover, Doctoral Candidate and Senior Lecturer, Northumbria University, UK

Translation and Design

  • ‘“Affordable Luxury”? Bargaining on the Aesthetics of Everyday in Danish Design’, Dr Mads Nygaard Folkmann and Professor Anders V. Munch, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
  • ‘Articulation of Turkish Vernacular Design in the Context of Global Furniture Industry’, Dr Esra Bici Nasır, Lecturer, Izmir University, Turkey
  • ‘A Little Rabbit Making Great Profit’, Wei Huang, Doctoral Candidate, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands

4.45-6.15 Keynote

Fixing Liquidity; Making Change Reasonable – Design, Finance and History
Professor Guy Julier, Aalto University, Finland

6.30-8.30 Reception

Oxford University Press / Design History Society Opening Reception

Friday, 6 September

8.30 Registration opens

9.00-10.30 Parallel Sessions

The Environmental Cost of Design

  • ‘From La Maison to Environnement: the struggle for design, architecture and ecological quality in Belgium (1945-1970)’, Dr Daniela N. Prina, Senior Lecturer, University of Liège, Belgium
  • ‘Design’s Ecological Restraints: Hans Palmstierna and Sweden’s Environmentalist Awakening’, Professor Kjetil Fallan, University of Oslo, Norway
  • ‘The World in the Age of Its Digital Reproduction: Environmental Modelling, c. 1972’, Dr Gabriele Oropallo, Senior Lecturer, London Metropolitan University, UK

Exhibiting  Global and Local

  • ‘The North-East Can Make It: Post-War Design Exhibitions at The Laing Art Gallery as A Strategy Against the Crisis of Local Industries’, Laia Anguix-Vilches, Doctoral Candidate, Northumbria University, UK
  • ‘Design or Decline: The Political and Visual Economies of Olympics Design’, Seungyeon Gabrielle Jung, Doctoral Candidate, Brown University, USA
  • ‘On shoes and beer: The cost of national pavilions at interwar world’s fairs’, Dr Marta Filipová, Research Fellow, Masaryk University, Czech Republic

Design Solutions to Changing Economies

  • ‘Design, Continuums, and Development in a Periphery’s periphery: An account from the Ziro Valley’, Saurabh Tewari, Assistant Professor & Doctoral Candidate, SPA Bhopal & IIT Kanpur, India
  • ‘Experiments in Post-Growth Expertise: Design and Technology Advising in Contemporary Japan’, Dr Sarah Teasley, Reader, Royal College of Art, UK
  • ‘Living Through Making: Between Resistance and Adaptability in Contemporary Artisanal Production’, Daniela Salgado Cofré, Doctoral Candidate, l’Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

Spatial Transformations

  • ‘Reconstruction of an Ancient Chinese Temple: The Perspective from an Abbot’, Professor Xiong Yi and Dr Zhao Quanquan, Nanjing University of the Arts, China
  • ‘Nomadic Murals: where craft meets architecture’, Lisa Mason, Assistant Curator, National Museums Scotland, UK
  • ‘Economy and Artisanship: Unmasking the First Modern Church in St. Louis’, Genevieve Cortinovis, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Assistant Curator, Saint Louis Art Museum, USA

10.30-11.00 Coffee/Tea Break

11.00-12.30 Parallel Sessions

Beyond Money: The Meta Economics Of Fashion 1

  • ‘Street Style: London’s street markets and the informal economies of fashion’, Professor Victoria Kelley, University for the Creative Arts, UK
  • ‘Negotiating Fashionability: Second-hand Dealing, Seconds Trading, Jumble Sales and Street Markets in 1930s London’, Dr Cheryl Roberts, Lecturer, University of Brighton, UK
  • ‘Time to Work: Temporal Formations in the fashion industry’, Dr Agnès Rocamora, Reader, London College of Fashion, UK

Exhibitions and Persuasion

  • ‘Reorienting Identities at the Imperial Fairground: British Malaya and North Borneo’, Dr Jesse O’Neill, Lecturer, Glasgow School of Art, UK
  • ‘Design’s diplomatic turn: Contemporary design festivals as a tool of and for soft power’, Enya Moore, Doctoral Candidate, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
  • ‘Regulating Movement: The ICOM Customs Label for Circulating Exhibitions’, Nushelle de Silva, Doctoral Candidate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Impact of Economic Systems

  • ‘Did design cause climate change? An ecological approach to the British Industrial Revolution, 1750-1850’, Dr Spike Sweeting, lecturer, Royal College of Art, UK
  • ‘Designing Bureaucracy: Self-Managed Economy, Cybernetics and Design in Post-War Yugoslavia’, Dr Rujana Rebernjak, Senior Lecturer, Arts University Bournemouth
  • ‘Designing Socialist Economies: The Cuban Libreta for Industrial Products’, Dr Erica Morawski, Assistant Professor, Pratt Institute, USA

Identity, Design and Economy

  • ‘When Less Was More – Self Expression in a Time of Ration’, Janne Helene Arnesen, Collections Registrar, National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Norway
  • ‘Designing an Inclusive Business for Indigenous Crafts’, Associate Professor Fang-Wu Tung, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taiwan
  • ‘The patchwork archive: exploring chogakbo as institutionalised object’, Christin Yu, Doctoral Candidate, Royal College of Art/Victoria & Albert Museum, UK

Critical Approaches to Design Production

  • ‘The Art and Business of Integration at Container Corporation of America’, Robert Gordon-Fogelson, Doctoral Candidate, University of Southern California, USA
  • ‘Guns and Gloves: Hand and Machine Manufacture, the Price of Design and the Cost of Design’, Professor Grace Lees-Maffei, The University of Hertfordshire, UK
  • ‘Adriano Olivetti’s Vision to Merge Design and Economy: Design Consultants vis-à-vis Reproducibility as a ‘Concrete Utopia’’, Dr Marianna Charitonidou, Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta) ETH Zürich, Switzerland

12.30-1.30 Lunch / PGR and ECR Drop In

1.30-3.00 Parallel Sessions

The Business of the Bauhaus: Bauhaus, Education and Business

  • ‘The entrepreneurial power of design schools as drivers for business models for industry yesterday and tomorrow – case studies: profitable partnerships in architecture and textiles’, Professor Marina-Elena Wachs, University of Applied Sciences, Hochschule Niederrhein, Krefeld
  • ‘Nets Stretched into the Unknown’, Mara Trübenbach, Independent Scholar and Planning Officer, Leipzig, Germany
  • ‘Analyzing Bauhaus in Business and Labor History for Art and Design Students’, Profesor Kyunghee Pyun and Professor Daniel Levinson Wilk, Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York, USA

Beyond Money: The Meta Economics of Fashion 2

  • ‘Equitable Distribution: Acquisition of Clothing in the Second World War’, Sarah Magill, Doctoral Candidate, University of Brighton, UK
  • ‘Least Wanted: Unsaleable Dress’, Dr Annebella Pollen, Principal Lecturer, University of Brighton, UK
  • ‘Wearing history: exploring vintage fashion consumption since 1965’, Dr Liz Tregenza, Lecturer, University of Portsmouth, UK

Copyright and Appropriation

  • ‘Appropriating Images: Creating a shared visual language in graphic design history’, Professor Amanda Horton, University of Central Oklahoma, USA
  • ‘How to Steal and Get Away With It: Graffiti, Graphic Design, and Real Property’, Brian McSherry, Legal scholar, University of Buffalo, USA
  • ‘Something Borrowed/Something Blue: Rethinking Tableware Tradition in the Age of Artistic Copyright’, Peder Valle, Collections Registrar, National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Norway

Alternative Economies and Design

  • ‘The Designing the Change Archive as heritage of alternative economic practices’, Katie Hill, Lecturer and Research Assistant, University of Wolverhampton, UK
  • ‘Designing the Disco Economy’, Dr Catharine Rossi, Associate Professor, Kingston School of Art, UK
  • Fetters and the cultural origins of some bondage objects in 1970s Britain’, Dr Tom Cubbin, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Collaboration and Conflict in Design

  • ‘”Local furniture industry is not interested in baby-sitters”: The resolution to modernize Baltic design in 1955’, Dr Triin Jerlei, Postdoctoral Researcher, Vilnius University, Lithuania
  • ‘The designer as producer: tensions between design and industries in late Soviet Russia’, Dr Yulia Karpova, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
  • ‘Experts of design (technology)’, Denise Ruisinger, Doctoral Candidate, ETH Zurich & Lucerne University of Applied Arts, Switzerland

3.00-3.30 Coffee/Tea Break

3.30-5.00 Keynote

The Costs of Curating: In Conversation:
Professor Aric Chen, Tongji University, Shanghai
Professor Alice Tremlow, Royal Academy of Art The Hague

5.00 -5.45 DHS Annual General Meeting

7.00-12.00 Conference Dinner

Design History Society Gala Dinner

Saturday, 7 September

9.00 Registration opens

9.30-11.00 Parallel Sessions

The Business of the Bauhaus: Bauhaus Objects and Mediation 

  • ‘The Bauhaus and the Business of Window Display’, Kerry Meakin, Doctoral Candidate, Dublin School of Creative Arts, Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland
  • ‘Marcel Breuer, the Wassily Chair and the “frozen” Bauhaus Modernism after 1945’, Dr. Donatella Cacciola, University of Bonn, Germany
  • ‘Shifting Geographies: Herbert Bayer’s World Geo-Graphic Atlas and the Mapping of the Postwar Globe’, Courtney Schum, Doctoral Candidate, University of Bristol, UK

Community and Wellbeing

  • ‘The True Cost: remaking value, designing a sensibility for sustainable clothing’,
    Professor Fiona Hackney, University of Wolverhampton, UK
  • ‘Making makes me feel better: Designing for wellbeing, happiness and social values’, Jill Brewster, Doctoral Candidate and Dr. Colin Wilson, Senior Lecturer, Northumbria University, UK
  • ‘Designs on happiness: the inherent worth of artificial flowers’, Dr Kirsten Hardie, Associate Professor National Teaching Fellow, Arts University Bournemouth, UK

Exploring New Technology

  • ‘Does authenticity matter? Exploring the discourse between hand drawn and CGI image making in communicating the idealised interior’, Douglas Gittens and Anja Bendix, Senior Lecturers, Nottingham Trent University, UK 
  • ‘Cyborg, How Queer Are You? Speculating on Paternalism towards Democratic Posthuman-Centered Design’, Sena Çerçi, Doctoral Candidate, Northumbria University, UK

Commodity Chains

  • ‘Redefining design expertise: how boots ‘made in Canada’ reveal changing design relationships in global commodity chains’, Dr Elise Hodson Post-Doctoral Researcher, Aalto University, Finland
  • ‘Prestige and Profit: Linton Tweeds, Paris Couture, North American and Japanese Ready-to-Wear’, Fiona Anderson, Independent Scholar and Doctoral Candidate, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • ‘”We manipulate these machines – we do”: design in the knit sector in Shetland and Ireland’, Dr Siún Carden, Research Fellow, University of the Highlands and Islands, UK

11.00-11.30 Coffee/Tea Break

11.30-1.00 Keynote

Luxury and Corruption: Re-Thinking Design, Crime and Neoliberalism
Dr Tereza Kuldova, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway

1.00-2.00 Lunch

2.00-2.45 Closing Remarks and the Big Reveal of DHS 2020