The 8th ICDHS conference, “Design Frontiers: territories, concepts, technologies”, aims to discuss how design history and design studies may push the limits of design knowledge. The frontiers of design may be challenged by the exploration of new territories, by the establishment of new concepts, by the emergence of new technologies, as well as by rediscovering the past and by finding new ways of applying current wisdom.
Deadline for paper proposals: 29 February 2012
History of Design Education
This track welcomes historical studies of design education, particularly comparative studies of design education in different countries, cultures, periods, in its relationship with art and technology education.
Identities and Territories
In this track we expect participants to contribute with discussions on topics such as micro history, collective identities, gender, internationalization, marginalization, globalization, and other studies that focus on design from the perspective of identity and territorial issues.
National Policies on Design
This track invites submissions that study totally or partially state-funded plans and institutions for the promotion of design. Plans and institutions must be studied as signifying practices in both their economic and their cultural dimensions.
Techniques and Technologies
Papers submitted to this track may be concerned with various methodologies and different models of process and practice (for example user centered design, codesign or open design); new territories of practice emerging from cross disciplinary or interdisciplinary collaborations; or histories of technique and practice. Papers may also develop discourse around emerging and enabling technologies that have impacted or will impact on the production, reception and consumption of design; or describe different histories of technologies.
The New Imperialism: the international face of design and design history
Papers submitted to this track should draw attention to the nature of design practice and history in the wider world, beyond the orthodox mapping of activity in the mainstream industrialized nations of the west, therefore helping to redraw the world map of design activity, history and politics in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
This track welcomes papers that relate to the general topic of the Conference, but that do not fit the other tracks.