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Myra Stuart

The Indigenous Moment

Doctoral candidates Jo Pilcher and Adam Talbot outline a seminar event at the University of Brighton focusing on the symbolic inclusion of the ‘Other’ in the Sydney and Rio Olympic Ceremonies. Olympic ceremonies are frequently among the most-watched television events… Continue Reading →

From Quakers to Cowboys: New Research in Dress History

Hannah Rumball, lecturer in Historical and Critical Studies at the University of Brighton, reviews a recent conference that brought together dress historians from across Europe. The academic calendar seems to be bursting with international dress history conferences, and the University… Continue Reading →

Borders are for Crossing: Design, Art and Migration in the 20th and 21st Centuries

Sandy Jones, MA History of Design and Material Culture student, reports back from a symposium held at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill in March 2017. Borders are for Crossing, a symposium co-organised by the Internationalising Design History cluster… Continue Reading →

Restraint and Excess in Fashion: Costume Colloquium V, 16 – 20 November, 2016, Florence, Italy

by Hannah Rumball and Anna Vaughan Kett University of Brighton lecturers, Hannah and Anna, report back from the fifth Costume Colloquium, held in November 2016 in Florence, where Brighton scholars, past and present, were well-represented. Held biannually, the Costume Colloquium… Continue Reading →

CHOICE Award for The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design has been chosen by Choice, the publication of the American Library Association, as one of their outstanding academic titles of 2016. The Encyclopedia, for which IDH-affiliated researcher Dr Harriet Atkinson was one of six section… Continue Reading →

Creating African Fashion Histories in Museums: a series of projects at Brighton Museum

In this post, Nicola Stylianou, a postdoctoral researcher at the Sussex Africa Centre and member of the Fashioning Africa collecting panel at Brighton Museum, discusses the context for the recent Creating African Fashion Histories conference, which she coordinated. On 2… Continue Reading →

Metis: World Factory

By Alessandro Esculapio On November 16, 2017 the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts at University of Sussex hosted Metis: World Factory, a participatory theatre performance on fast fashion and the global textile industry. Created by Zoë Svendsen in 2015… Continue Reading →

News: College Art Association Annual Conference 2017

by Harriet Atkinson In February 2017 IDH-affiliated University of Brighton researchers Dr Harriet Atkinson and Dr Verity Clarkson, with Dr Sarah Lichtman of The New School, New York, are convening a panel at the New York College Art Association conference… Continue Reading →

ICDHS Taipei 26-28 October 2016 10th Conference of the International Committee for Design History and Studies Conference theme: Making Trans/National Contemporary Design History

Megha Rajguru revisits a selection of papers from the conference and reflects on transnational design histories. The Internationalising Design History (IDH) Research Cluster had a notable presence at the ICDHS conference in Taipei in October 2016. Nine researchers, Dr Leah… Continue Reading →

Event report: Undesign Symposium at University of Applied Arts Vienna

By Lilián Sánchez-Moreno & Giovanni Marmont On the 2nd June 2016 the University of Applied Arts in Vienna hosted the Undesign Symposium. Organised by the Department of History and Theory and convened by Björn Franke, the one-day event was part… Continue Reading →

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