Centre for Design History


AHRC Leadership Fellowship Success for Dr Harriet Atkinson

Centre for Design History researcher Dr Harriet Atkinson has been awarded a prestigious Leadership Fellowship by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. During the project, entitled “The Materialisation of Persuasion”: Modernist Exhibitions in Britain for Propaganda and Resistance, 1933 to 1953, Harriet will investigate how exhibitions mounted in British public spaces, from workers’ canteens to…

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CDH Lunchtimes | Ben Roberts and Matthew Cornford

28 November 2018 1pm-2pm G7 Pavilion Parade University of Brighton   Ben Roberts UoB’s new Artistic Director will be highlighting some of his work prior to arriving in Brighton, in particular recent projects at Modern Art Oxford and the Artists’ Research Centre. Before briefly introducing the upcoming launch of Brighton CCA at Grand Parade: the…

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Seminar | Hawon Ku

30 October 2018 5:30pm-7:00pm M2 Boardroom, Grand Parade University of Brighton   “Her Lady’s Room: Portrait of a Lady in Colonial Calcutta” Dr. Hawon Ku (Seoul National University (South Korea) SOAS (UK))   While Lady Impey is well known for her collection of paintings depicting India flora and fauna, this paper begins with a painting…

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New Visions: Capturing the Latest Thinking on Contemporary Photographic Culture

A report from Annebella Pollen on the launch of her latest book, sponsored by Creative Futures Brighton   The Creative Futures-funded panel discussion and book launch of Photography Reframed took place on 10 October 2018 in the newly-refurbished lecture theatre on University of Brighton’s Edward Street campus before a standing-room only audience. Three guest speakers…

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The Printed and Digital Page: Reassessing Form, Content and Methodologies – TECHNE PhD Workshop, Kingston University

Report by Liz Tregenza The Printed and Digital Page: Reassessing Form, Content and Methodologies, was the third in a series of student led events designed to assist doctoral students in the process of their research. The event was supported by TECHNE. Held at Kingston University, the event brought together staff and students from The University…

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basel beyond change

Conference Report

March 2018 saw two members of the Centre for Design History contribute to the Swiss Design Network Research Summit annual conference ‘Beyond Change: Questioning the role of design in times of global transformations’ at FHNW Academy of Art and Design, Basel​, Switzerland. Addressing 500 delegates, Professor Cheryl Buckley’s keynote ‘ On the Record: Researching Women…

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Guernica Remakings

Flying the Flag for Picasso’s Guernica

Dr Benjamin Hannavy Cousen, artist and author of the article Memory, Power and Place: Where is Guernica, reviews Nicola Ashmore’s 2017 book, Guernica Remakings.   In a recent essay in the London Review of Books, the art historian T. J. Clark provocatively proposes that ‘Perhaps… we turn to Guernica with a kind of nostalgia’. He…

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Wolfsonian Klinger

News from the Wolfsonian, Florida International University

Jeremy Aynsley, Director of the Centre for Design History reports from the USA Over the past eighteen months, I have been guest curator for the exhibition Julius Klinger Posters for a Modern Age that opened on 5 October at the Wolfsonian Florida International University, Miami Beach. Julius Klinger (1876-1942) was a Viennese-born poster designer, graphic artist…

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Making and Unmaking the Environment: Reporting on the Design History Society 2017 Annual Conference

By Tania Messell, Lilian Sánchez-Moreno and Dora Souza Dias This year the DHS Annual Conference, held at the University of Oslo, was not only an opportunity to engage with fellow design historians, but also a moment of celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Society and the 30th Anniversary of the Journal of Design History….

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