The DHS Annual Conference Memory Full? has been postponed: It will take place in September 2021, in Basel. Whilst we will miss that crucial face-to-face encounter that the Conference provides, we will keep in touch virtually, through a series of student-led events. We aim to support each other throughout the year, celebrate our achievements, and prepare ourselves for a great 2021 meeting.
All sessions will take place over Zoom. Access link and password will be posted on this webpage a few hours before the meeting, and sent in due time to registered attendees.
Booking is essential, find links to eventbrite below.
Design in Quarantine was founded in April of 2020 in order to document and preserve in real time design responses to the Coronavirus pandemic. Inspired by the technique of rapid-response curation in museums, the digital collection of this archive is a real-time example of changing research methods in light of recent events.
In this session, Fleur and Anna will talk about how Design in Quarantine has developed since April, its operation as a digital archive, and how to contribute. Their presentation will be followed by a Q&A.
Design in Quarantine has recently been awarded the DHS Virtual Design History Student Award. Visit the project's website at designinquarantine.com
Anna Talley is a student at the V&A/RCA focusing on modern and contemporary communication design.
Fleur Elkerton is also a student at the V&A/RCA, focusing on medieval design, automata and spaces.
Andrea Foffa and Alex Todd are two of the DHS Ambassadors. In this session, they will be guiding a conversation about what it means to be a design historian. Expect personal views on the methodological detours, anxieties, and joys of learning and practicing design history.
Denise Lai will join the conversation. Denise’s project Wawasan 2020 archive, conducted in collaboration with the Malaysia Design Archive, has recently been awarded the DHS Virtual Design History Student Award.
Andrea Foffa is currently a design history PhD candidate at Kingston University. Andrea has a wide range of research interests, mainly around the ways in which material culture is mediated and how designers engage with mediation in their professional practice past and present.
Denise Lai is a student at the V&A/RCA focusing on the material culture and spectacle of national development blueprints in her home country, Malaysia.
Alex J. Todd is a design historian and educator. Alex lectures in Contextual Studies at the University for the Creative Arts and is currently undertaking PhD research into the political posters of Dutch graphic design collective Wild Plakken, funded by Techne at the University of Brighton.
Gael Welstead (DHS Ambassador) will be joined by Artun Ozguner and Jenna Allsopp in a conversation about the Design History Society’s social media activities and online presence.
This session will be a great opportunity for students interested in design history to learn more about the society and get involved. Expect a relaxed conversation.
Artun Özgüner is a PhD candidate on the V&A / RCA History of Design programme. His research explores the official culture of commemoration of the nascent Turkish state during the early 20th century and its material manifestations through design in monuments, print media, and technology. Currently, he is an associate lecturer in Contextual and Theoretical Studies at the University for the Creative Arts.
Jenna Allsopp and is an AHRC Design Star-funded PhD candidate at the University of Brighton, where she also completed her BA and MA in the field of Design History, with her BA dissertation being awarded the DHS undergraduate essay prize in 2014. Her doctoral research maps new histories of amateur film, exploring how neurodiverse filmmakers use the medium as a form of visual activism, or 'craftivism,' to construct alternative disability narratives.
Gael Welstead works in human centred design. She is fuelled by the relationship between people and design, and the interconnectivity of the systems that make the world go round. In her design historical work she likes to focus on what we can learn from the past in order to better design for the future. Whilst completing her MA in design history ('18) her thesis looked at the design of 21st century city maps and how visual trends were changing the experience of urban space.
For this session, Jennifer McHugh would like to invite you, students interested in design history, to present an element of your research. This can be an image or object, process or practice that reflects your work, something you would like to share in a brief talk of 5-10 minutes. The general conversation will be formed around present ways of conducting research in design history.
Further details and call for contributions will be posted to this page in due time.
Jennifer McHugh is a PhD candidate at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, conducting research in graphic design production in postwar East Central Europe and contemporary archive practice.
Jennifer’s Lightning talks was warded the DHS Virtual Design History Student Award.
We hope to see you all at the DHS Annual Conference for our first face-to-face Student Forum. In the course of the virtual activities, we will be gathering ideas, suggestions, thoughts, to make the most out of the student presence in Basel. Watch this space!
Meanwhile, check the conference’s website for call for papers, programme, and other information: https://www.memoryfull2020.org/
Please direct any further queries to email@example.com with the subject line “Virtual Student Forum”.