call for papers
deadline - 25th February 2005
design sites and histories research group convenes
7-9 september 2005
the design history society annual conference
sir john cass department of art, media and design
london metropolitan university
Design: Sites and Histories Research Group at London Metropolitan University
invite submissions for the annual, international Design History Society
conference to be held 7-9 September 2005.
'locating design' is concerned with a consideration of design in/and place.
It is also seeks to maintain an interdisciplinary approach to thinking about
design and its place in cultural history. For, design and place are both
material and imagined and both design and place are co-constitutive. The
East End of London – where this conference is to be held – is instructive of
these ideas, demonstrating the immense investment of design /material
culture in the construction of place. Here in the East End, the vestigial
material culture of 17th century immigrant Huguenots and 19th century East
European Jews, or a forgotten furniture and rag industry continue to haunt
East London through the sites and sounds of current day Bengali
‘Banglatown’, fused uneasily with recently relocated design studios and the
vogueish strut of Hoxton/Shoreditch style. This East End site suggests that
the confluence of ‘design’ and ‘place’ across local and global networks is
as historically resonant as it is significant today.
We invite participants to think of design as contingent upon place and of
the networks and linkages between design in/and place as a complex that is
affiliative and layered. This lends further meaning to the ‘social life of
things’ as formulated by Arjun Appadurai. By design we ask that
participants consider both object and process. And, by place we do not only
mean ‘landscape’: we suggest that place in (post-colonial) global societies
– or rather a global sense of place - is a complex interaction of the body,
language/discourse, history and environment.
'locating design' will consider the place of design thinking at
interdisciplinary intersections. Thus, papers are invited from design and
architectural history, material culture studies, history, historical and
cultural geography, visual culture studies, cultural studies, cultural
history, art history, gender studies, film studies, philosophy or any other
area of study or practice that engages with the inter-connection of design
in/and place. locating design is particularly keen to invite papers from
professional visual arts practitioners, and from postgraduate students.
Participants are asked to consider:
design as process and object, as material and as imagined
place as material, as imagined, as discourse
Thus sub-themes might include design in/and:
place as material: city, home, museum, body, landscape;
place as imagined/space: urban, rural, suburban, national, local, global,
place as language and as discourse: archive, image, language, history,
inter-/ disciplinary methodologies.
Papers that consider design in/and the East End of London are especially
Papers proposed may be single papers, or a whole panel of 3 papers.
Proposals must follow strictly, all the guidelines given below. All
proposals sent by email must be saved as a word document and by proposer’s
1. proposal for a 25 minute paper: title, suggested theme, no more than 350
word abstract clearly communicating structure and argument, 50-100 word
biography of proposer with full professional/institutional affiliation and
contact email or address.
2. proposal for a full panel of 3 x 25 minute papers: include convener’s
name, panel title, an abstract of no more than 150 words for the full panel
clearly outlining its thematic interrogation, titles and 350 word abstracts
for each paper clearly communicating structure and argument, and 50-100
word biography of each speaker with full professional/institutional
affiliation and contact email or address.
Do not exceed given word counts for abstracts: longer abstracts will be
rejected. All session chairs will be arranged by conference conveners.
All proposals must be received by 25th February, 2005
Please send all proposals to dipti bhagat at [log in to unmask] All
attachments must be saved as a Word.doc, by proposer’s name and be formatted
in 12 point Times font. Or post to Dipti Bhagat, Academic Convener, locating
design, John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design, London Metropolitan
University, 41 Commercial Road London, E1 1LA. Or see