Conference Schedule Available

APRIL 27th and 28th-Parsons New School for Design

All events are free and open to the public and held in  the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center/Kellen Auditorium
Location: 66 Fifth Avenue at 13th Street, New York

The final conference schedule is now available at:

Abstracts and Bios are available at:


Barry Bergdoll Confirmed as Keynote

The keynote speaker will be BARRY BERGDOLL, Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at The Museum of Modern Art, and Professor of Modern Architectural History in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University. Professor Bergdoll will be introduced by Tim Marshall, Provost, The New School.

Welcome to the Conference

CFP: Design/History/Revolution Deadline: December 7, 2011 Conference: April 27& 28, 2012, The New School, NYC

Whether by providing agitprop for revolutionary movements, an aesthetics of empire, or a language for numerous avant-gardes, design has changed the world. But how? Why? And under what conditions? We propose a consideration of design as an historical agent, a contested category, and a mode of historical analysis. This interdisciplinary conference aims to explore these questions and open up new possibilities for understanding the relationships among design, history and revolution. Casting a wide net, we define our terms broadly. We seek 20-minute papers that examine the roles of design in generating, shaping, remembering or challenging moments of social, political, economic, aesthetic, intellectual, technological, religious, and other upheaval. We consider a range of historical periods (ancient, pre-modern, early modern, modern, post- and post-post-modern) and geographical locations (“West,” “East,” “North,” South,” and contact zones between these constructed categories). We examine not only designed objects (e.g., industrial design, decorative arts, graphic design, fashion) but also spaces (e.g., architecture, interiors, landscapes, urban settings) and systems (e.g., communications, services, governments). And we welcome a diversity of disciplinary and inter-disciplinary approaches. This conference brings together scholars from the humanities, sciences, and social sciences with designers, artists, and other creators. We hope not only to present multiple methodological approaches but also to foster conversations across traditional spatial, cultural, and disciplinary boundaries.

We list some possible subject areas below, and encourage you to propose others:

Design and political / cultural / economic revolution
Design and the everyday
Design and technological revolution
Design and government
Design and social movements
Design and surveillance
Design and historicity
Designed landscapes
Design and empire
Design and the sacred
Design and the avant-garde
Design and memory
Design and the print revolution
Design and philosophy/philosophies
Design and literature of design
Design and consumerism
Design and the city
Design and science
Design and the environment
Design and cybernetics
Design and the domestic sphere
Design and education

Please submit a 250-word abstract (maximum) and 1-page CV to: