cfp Design History Society Barcelona 2011

Design History Society Annual Conference, 8-10 September 2011, Barcelona Theme: Design Activism and Social Change

Venues: Universitat de Barcelona and Foment de les Arts Decoratives Convenor: Guy Julier
Organizers: Fundacio Historia del Disseny, Barcelona

Design activism has emerged in recent years as a term to denote creative practices that invoke social, political and environmental agency. Typically, it distances itself from commercial or mainstream public policy-driven approaches. Instead, it embraces marginal, non-profit or politically engaged design theories, articulations and actions.

This conference offers an important opportunity for design students, academics and practitioners to participate in the development of historical enquiry into design activism. It welcomes the presentation of original research that helps deepen and widen our understanding of its practices and theories, contexts and discourses. The types of design expression that this conference includes, but are not limited to, are professional and non-professional industrial, graphic, craft, textile, fashion, urban, spatial, interior, digital and service design.


Closing date for receipt of abstracts: 31 January 2011


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