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DESIGN AND TIME: Design History Society’s 2016 conference
8-10 Sept, Middlesex University, London

Design and Time - Design History Society’s 2016 conference

8 September - 10 September
School of Art & Design, Middlesex University, London

Design and Time is the theme for the Design History Society’s 2016 conference, to be held from 8th-10th September and hosted by the School of Art & Design, Middlesex University in London. Confirmed keynote speakers are Elizabeth Guffey (Purchase College, State University of New York) Jeremy Till (Central St Martin’s, University of the Arts, London), and Leslie Atzmon (Eastern Michigan University).

Please see the conference website designandtime2016.co.uk for full details.  

Bookings are now open via the Middlesex University online shop.

The conference theme of ‘Design and Time’ explores the idea of the temporal turn. There has been sustained research and debate across a number of disciplines recently about different global perspectives on time, the rhythms of work and time and the increasing speed of life and communication between different communities. In what ways can the discipline of design history respond to these challenges? How can the past inform the present and the future in terms of design? How has time been designed?

The Design History Society is the leading organisation that promotes the study of global design histories, and brings together and supports all those engaged in the subject - students, researchers, educators, designers, designer-makers, critics and curators. The Society aims to play an important role in shaping an inclusive design history.

The Call for Papers has now closed. We have received a large number of excellent proposals, and these will now be forwarded to a panel for double-blind peer review. The panel will be aiming to ensure both the quality of the papers, and that we have a balanced and varied conference programme overall.

If you have submitted a paper – thank you! We are aiming to complete the peer review process by the end of April, and will let you know whether or not your paper has been accepted by the beginning of May.

Potential themes to be explored in 20 minute papers include:
1. Discipline: How can the discipline of design history analyse the theme of time? How does this articulate with other disciplinary approaches?
2. Archive: How can design history respond to the challenges of the digital, with the new ways of archiving, accessing and interpreting knowledge? How do these innovations feed into accounting for the history of design beyond the timeline?
3. Object: How has the passing of time been captured by designed objects, from railway timetables through to digital devices?
4. Process: What part does memory and the passing of time play in design, and in co-design?
5. Heritage: How has design incorporated the past into the present and into the future? Can there be timeless design?
6. Materials: How do the themes of decomposition and patina, sustainability and survival inform our understanding of design?
Individual papers are welcome; proposals of a panel of speakers addressing interrelated themes are also encouraged.