• Barcelona, 22nd and 23rd February 2018

    Design and Franco’s regime. II Symposium of the FHD

    The second symposium of the FHD (Design History Foundation) precisely seeks to explore the conditions in which the material and visual culture of Spain during the Franco regime were developed and how design progressed in a context of so many contradictions. The country was faced by an economy and a society in transition from the precariousness of the post-war period through to financial growth and the autarky of industrial ‘development’; a context in which culture happened in a framework of restricted liberties, isolation and also repression. Hence modernisation occurred under conditions of political exceptionality. The design and work of the professionals in this discipline went hand in hand with the dawn of mass communication, tourism and new forms of consumption, while lifestyles were about seeking alternatives to such social realities; both during periods of growth and in the crisis of the seventies.
    Objectives and program HERE 
    REGISTRATIONS ARE OPEN! Registration form

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    The symposium will take place at the Museu del Disseny Barcelona on the 22nd and 23rd February 2018

    Call for papers
    We would like to encourage historians to present 20-minute reports in which they clearly identify: a) the subjects and goals of their research, b) the methodology; c) more general causes of interest.
    Candidates must send an abstract, in no more than 300 words, of their research before 15 November 2017. Once accepted, they will receive the regulations for drafting and presenting texts.

    Collaborates: Museu del Disseny Barcelona

  • Taipei 2016 october

    ICDHS 2016 Taipei Making Trans/National Contemporary Design History

    Making Trans/National Contemporary Design History: The overarching aim of this conference is to explore different possibilities of engagement that advance ‘global’, ‘world’ and ‘transnational’ design histories and studies. The following eight strands that will cover a wide range of themes including local level issues specific to East Asia and inter-Asian connections. Furthermore, topics that have been developed through previous ICDHS conferences (, and the undiscovered, newly emerging ideas in the field of design history and design studies will also be considered for inclusion.

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    The conference took place from the 25th to the 28th October 2016.

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  • 30/09/2013 - Conferences

    ICDHS 2014 Tradition, Transition, Trajectories: Major or Minor Influences?

    The University of Aveiro will host the 9th Conference of the ICDHS – International Committee for Design History and Design Studies – under the theme Tradition, Transition, Trajectories: Major or Minor Influences? 9-11 July, 2014. Prior to the conference, on 8 July, two sessions will be organized: a workshop entitled “The European Province” and a roundtable “The European Province, part II: National approaches and wider issues relating to the global provinces”.

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  • 16/09/2013 - Conferences

    Comunicaciones del Congreso internacional coupDefouet

    Ya se pueden leer y descargar las comunicaciones online.
    El eje temático central del Congreso que tuvo lugar el pasado Junio de 2013 era Las ciudades Art Nouveau, entre el cosmopolitismo y la tradición local. También hubo sesiones sobre contribuciones recientes a la historiografía y presentaciones de tesis doctorales y otras investigaciones en curso, y se debatieron los retos futuros del patrimonio, así como la importancia de los oficios y las artes aplicadas en los orígenes del diseño moderno.
    Se pueden leer o descargar cada uno de los abstracts y textos completos de cada comunicación: pinchar aquí.

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  • 22/04/2013 - Conferences

    Teaching and learning about home and domestic life Conference

    Thursday 27 June 2013, The Geffrye Museum of the Home, London
    The home and domestic life are rich subjects for life-long learning. Home is part of the history curriculum in schools and has become the focus for a growing range of undergraduate courses in subjects such as anthropology, archaeology, architecture, geography, history and literary studies. The home and domestic life are centrally important in the learning and engagement programmes of a wide range of museums, including those specialising in the domestic interior, historic house museums, living history museums and houses associated with notable individuals.

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    The conference, to be held at the Geffrye Museum of the Home, brings together educators working on home and domestic life in schools, universities and the museum and heritage sectors. Papers are invited that address the opportunities and challenges of teaching and learning about home to different age groups and diverse communities. By bringing together educators from a wide range of contexts and places, the conference aims to address the distinctive issues involved in teaching and learning about home and domestic life in the past and present.
    For more information please see the call for papers.

    Please submit a 200 word abstract to Hannah Brown by Monday 22 April (