Conference Programme

Contact Dr Janine Barker at with any queries regarding the information below. Subject to change. Final version to be confirmed Monday 19th August.


Wednesday, 4 September
10.00-3.30 Publication Workshop


1.00-5.00 The Journal of Design History Editorial Board Meeting


Thursday, 5 September
9.00 Registration opens


10.00-12.00 Conference Visits


12.00 – 1.00 Lunch


1.00-2.30 Parallel Session One


Typographic Transactions


  • Typography and indigenous languages of America: the case of the glottal stop            Tai Cossich, Doctoral Candidate, Royal College of Art, UK
  • Alphabets, 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, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore
    Dr 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, Professor, Nottingham Trent University, UK
    Dr Gail Baxter, Research Fellow, 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
  • 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, Senior Tutor, Royal College of Art, UK
    Dr Shehnaz Suterwalla, Tutor, 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, Associate Professor, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
    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


7.00-9.00 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, Nanjing University of the Arts, China
    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
    Dr Fang-Wu Tune, Associate Professor, National Taiwan University of Science and Tehnology, 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, Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York
    Professor Daniel Levinson Wilk, Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York


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


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 Design History Society Gala Dinner


Saturday, 7 September
9.00 Registration opens


9.30-11.00 Parallel Session


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, Northumbria University, UK                                    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, Senior Lecturer, Nottingham Trent University, UK                         Anja Bendix, Senior Lecturer, 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