Centre for Design History

News | New Book – Cosmopolitan Radicalism: The Visual Politics of Beirut’s Global Sixties

The Centre for Design History are delighted to announce that Dr. Zeina Maasri’s new book, Cosmopolitan Radicalism: The Visual Politics of Beirut’s Global Sixties, has recently been published with Cambridge University Press. Her book builds and expands on her funded doctoral studies in History of Design and Material Culture at the University of Brighton and…

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Report | Museum Exhibition Design: Histories and Futures Digital Conference

Sara Woodbury, art historian and curator, reflects on her experience of presenting her PhD research at our digital nearly carbon-neutral conference (NCN), ‘Museum Exhibition Design: Histories and Futures‘ organised by Claire Wintle, Hajra Williams, and Kate Guy   COVID-19 has changed the way we do a lot of things, or at least think about how…

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Podcast | 2 South Asia and Design History research

Listen to the second episode of our new Centre for Design History podcast LISTEN: Podcast | 2 South Asia and Design History research Dr Megha Rajguru, Hajra Williams and Monna Matharu in conversation, discussing their individual research and positionalities as South Asian researchers. This podcast is for the first South Asian Heritage Month taking place between…

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Interview | Graphic Designer Gavin Ambrose speaks to Harriet Atkinson

Harriet Atkinson of Centre for Design History recently interviewed Graphic Designer Gavin Ambrose about his research   Harriet Atkinson: how would you describe yourself?  Gavin Ambrose: I’m a Graphic Designer and educator, working as Academic Programme Leader for Visual Communication at the University of Brighton while running my own design practice studio245 and the off-shoot…

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Podcast | 1. Thresholds: Professor Rupali Gupte and Dr Megha Rajguru in conversation

Listen to the first episode of our new Centre for Design History Podcast.   LISTEN: 1 | Thresholds: Professor Rupali Gupte and Dr Megha Rajguru in conversation (25mins)   Prof Rupali Gupte is an architect and urbanist, practicing and teaching in Mumbai. She is a co-founder of School of Environment and Architecture (SEA). She is…

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Report | Online Workshop Explores Marginalised Histories of Radical Politics and Transnational Solidarity in the Long 1960s

By Struan Gray On 11-12 June 2020 an international group of academics participated in an online workshop, organised by the University of Brighton’s Radical Sixties research project. The workshop built on the success of the 2019 conference – Radical Sixties: Aesthetics, Politics and Histories of Solidarity– providing a space to further interrogate key themes and…

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Report | The ‘Future States’ conference

Dr Tim Satterthwaite, Lecturer in History of Art and Design, looks back on ‘Future States’, CDH’s pioneering online conference on history of magazines. Future States: Modernity and National Identity in Popular Magazines, 1890–1945 was an international conference on the history of magazines, hosted by CDH in March-April this year. Unlike so many academic events that…

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Report | Reflections on a Curatorial Research Opportunity

MA History of Design and Material Culture graduate Sandy Jones reflects on the study stages and career steps that led to a curatorial role in the Design, Architecture and Digital Department at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Fig. 1: The Cast Courts, V&A. December 2019. Photograph: author’s own.              …

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Research in Lockdown: Fashionable Statues

Dr Louise Purbrick, Principal Lecturer in History of Art and Design, discusses the blurring of the everyday, research, and activism. On the day George Floyd was buried, Tuesday 9 June, I was standing, two metres distant from the person in front and from the person behind me, in supermarket queue in the south coast town…

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News | Sabbatical research on decolonising museums and exhibitions

Dr Claire Wintle, Principal Lecturer in Museum Studies and Art and Design History, introduces her forthcoming monograph, and the activities that she will be undertaking as part of her recently awarded University of Brighton research sabbatical.   In the first months of my lectureship at the University of Brighton, back in 2010, I benefited from…

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