Activities FHD

  • 09/11/2018

    Success of the 10th+ 1 Congress of the ICDHS, Back to the Future. The Future in the Past, held in Barcelona

    Thank you very much to all of you who have accompanied us at the 10th + 1 conference of the ICDHS, Back to the Future. The Future in the Past, celebrated in Barcelona. It has been three intense days of debate, knowledge exchange and sharing of research carried out by scholars from around the world on topics related to Design History and Design Studies.

    Throughout the 29th, 30th and 31st of October more than 130 communications were presented, distributed among 14 strands, as well as an open session dedicated to research and work in progress ( With over 180 entries from all five continents, it can be concluded that the conference has been a success, both in terms of participation, as well as from the organizational point of view and the quality and variety of the presentations.

    In the coming days, the book of abstracts and the proceedings book will be published on the ICDHS website (, as well as images of the various activities held during the days of the conference.

    Organized by the University of Barcelona, ​​the Museu del Disseny de Barcelona, the Design History Foundation, and the Contemporary Art History and Design Research Group of the University of Barcelona (GRACMON), with the collaboration of the Diputación de Barcelona, ​​this conference has had two characteristics that have made it unique: the fact of returning to Barcelona, ​​the city that saw these meetings born in 1999 and that symbolizes and marks the end of one stage and the beginning of another; and the fact that the main promoter of these meetings, Anna Calvera, died at the beginning of the year, which gave us the strength to get the conference off the ground, as a tribute to her and her intellectual legacy. This conference has been celebrated in his memory.

    Barcelona passes the baton to Zagreb, venue of the next conference of the International Committee of Design History and Design Studies in 2020, which was presented by Fedja Vukic at the closing lecture held at the Museu del Disseny auditorium.

    Thanks to all the authors, participants, volunteers, organizers and staff of the three venues of the congress —Museu del Disseny, Auditorium of the University of Barcelona and Can Jaumandreu, UB— for achieving with their enthusiasm and involvement the success of the ICDHS 10th+1 Conference!

    See you in Zagreb 2020.

    (Photos by Xavi Padrós)