2021 DHS Annual Conference

Memory Full? Reimagining the Relations Between Design and History 2-4 September

Parallel Sessions

All times in Basel time: CEST (UTC + 2)

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Chair: Johannes Bruder



Designing in Real Worlds – Weaving shared histories through design anthropology


Land reclamation as a speculative material practice

Michaela Büsse, Humboldt University of Berlin


The Settler is a Cyborg: Precursory Notes on Martial Design

Ali H. Musleh, University of Hawaii at Manoa, HI Honolulu


Reconfiguring the Border

Mahmoud Keshavarz, HDKV Academy of Art and Design, University, SE Gothenburg



OPEN: Memories, Stories and Recipes for Otherwise Design Histories.


Lead: Livia Rezende, University of New South Wales, AU Sydney, Sarah Cheang and Katie Irani, RCA: Royal College of Art, UK London


Limited to 15 persons. Duration 2 hours. Secure a place here

12:00 – 12:20

Meet the editor: Nina Paim and Mayar El Bakry talk about Design Struggles, presented by Swiss Design Network

12:30 – 12:50

Meet the author: Penny Sparke introduces Nature Inside: Plants and Flowers in the Modern Interior, presented by Yale University Press

13:00 – 14:00


Chair: Dan Huppatz, Swinburne University of Technology, AUS


“Words for a tongue we are losing”

Stefanie Rau, Weißensee Academy of Art and Design DE Berlin


Bark: Situating the memory of a displaced craft

Charlett Wenig, Max-Planck-Institut of Colloids and Interfaces, DE Berlin and Gabriele Oropallo, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, DE Berlin


Designing the Future-Past: Ceramics and the forgetfulness of modernity

Christopher McHugh, Belfast School of Art, Ulster University, IR Belfast


Chair: Michaela Young


Applying the Carrier-bag Theory to Design and Symbolic Violence.

Henry Lee, Parsons School of Design, USA New York; Bryan Howell, Brigham Young University, USA Provo (UT)


Constructed Narratives: Towards a Critical Design History of Chandigarh’s Modernist Furniture

Petra Seitz, University College London; Nia Thandapani; Gregor Wittrick, British Museum, UK London


Reenacting INTEC. Providing a material body to the socialist functionalism of Chile’s Unidad Popular government.

Fernando Portal, University of the Americas, CL Santiago

S31_WORKSHOP B (part 1)


Design History as Site-Specific Practice: Re-mapping the Margins of Institutions and Geographies


Lead: Christina Zetterlund, Linnaeus University, SE, and Sabrina Rahman, Exeter University, UK


Limited to 12 persons. Duration 2 hours. Secure your place here

14:00 – 15:00


Chair: Jane Tynan


A final solution for humanity? Modern Design and the Political Imaginary of Postwar West Germany

Natalie Scholz, University of Amsterdam, NL


The Ideology of the Ideal: The Visual Cure

Peter Fine, University of Wyoming, USA Wyoming


A disembodied memory: furniture design for childbirth assistance in Leningrad, late 1930s

Yulia Karpova, University of Copenhagen, DK

S31_WORKSHOP B (part 1), Continuatiom

15:00 – 15:30

Break: Book Fair / Postcards from Switzerland / Networking on After Session Talks and Riverside Walks

15:30 – 16:30


Chair: Priscila Farias



Design Hegemonies for Development


Facing coloniality of urbanization: Latin-America and Amereida’s geo-poetic of design

Álvaro Mercado, Université Libre de Bruxelles, BE Brussels


Transition Landscape Atlas: Uses of the past in designing spatial development for a post-industrial landscape in Genk

Mela Zuljevic, Hasselt University, BE Hasselt


Artesanías vs Modern Design: Unveiling Design Hegemonies over Traditional Crafts in Chile.

Daniela Salgado Cofré, Université Libre de Bruxelles, BE Brussels


Chair: Rebecca Houze



Altering design histories: women’s modernity in Central Europe


A feminine craft: women and the business of design in Central Europe

Julia Secklehner, Masaryk University, CZ Brno


It’s a woman’s world’s fair. Modernity, design and craft at 1920s exhibitions

Marta Filipová, Masaryk University, CZ Brno


There’s no business like show business: women, commerce and the performativity of modern design

Alexandra Chiriac, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, USA New York


Chair: Sarah Lichtman


A new modus operandi for the critic of interior design spaces

Sara Coscarelli, EINA Centre Universitari de Disseny i Art, SP Barcelona


Stories for industrial design: a close reading of a corded portable electric drill

Berto Pandolfo, University of Technology, AU Sydney


Re-engaging with Design History through the Practical Turn

Wouter Eggink, University of Twente NL Enschede

16:30 – 17:30


Chair: Rebecca Houze



Curating Memories of the City: The Incomplete Yenişehir Exhibition


Creative Remembrance: a workshop and exhibition process for reimagining the city

Cigdem Yonder, University of Liège, Liège BE; Ozlem Yalcinkaya; Seda Sen, Baskent University, TR Ankara


Combating spatial segregation through visualisation of migration memories: The case of “7 Pieces”

Sezen Savran Penbecioğlu, Osmaniye Korkut Ata University, TR Osmaniye


Chair: Penny Sparke


Bea Feitler: Graphic Designer and Brazilian Firebrand

Amanda Horton, University of Central Oklahoma, USA Oklahoma


Interior Decoration as a Profession for Women: Introducing Katherine Muselwhite

Leticia Cobra Lima, University of California, USA Santa Barbara


A missing narrative of Ghana’s graphic design history

Mark Okyere, University of Bern, CH and Eric Anane-Antwi, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, GH Kumasi


Chair: John Potvin



Clothing for children


A Closer Look at Boys in Frocks

Martin Kamer, independent researcher, CH Zug


The Clothes of Three Brothers around 1900

Katharina Tietze, Zurich University of the Arts, CH Zurich


About Boys and Girls

Maria Spitz, Draiflessen Collection, DE Mettingen

17:30 – 18:00

Break: Book Fair / Postcards from Switzerland / Networking on After Session Talks and Riverside Walks

18:00 – 19:30

DHS Opening Greeting at Conference Launch by DHS chair Claire O’Mahony


Welcoming words by Michael Renner, FHNW Academy of Art and Design


Introduction to the Conference by Convenors Meret Ernst and Monica Gaspar


Introduction to the Keynote by Meret Ernst


Keynote 2

Alexandra Midal, Geneva University of Art and Design

Shadows: The Dark Sides of Design History


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11:00 – 11:20

Meet the authors: Robert Lzicar, Davide Fornari, Sarah Klein, Sandra Bischler and Sara Zeller talk about Swiss Graphic Design Histories and its underlying research project.

11:45 – 12:00

Convenors’ Review of Day 1

12:00 – 13:00


Chair: Gabriele Oropallo


Silent witnesses: a groundbreaking idea in the 1st Mill BC changed the ancient textile industry and laid the foundation for modern clothing production

Ulrike Beck, Universität der Künste Berlin DE Berlin


Impossible Vantage: Modeling and the Manufactured Image

Oliver Graney, independent researcher, NO Oslo


Changing aesthetical taste in Ottoman interiors in the 1740s

Nazli Songulen, Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, US Minnesota


Chair: Claire O’Mahony


Capability of Design for ‘Modernizing’ the Memories of History: The Jerusalem Committee’s Ambitious Challenge

Ariyuki Kondo, Ferris University JP Yokohama


Whose memory is it anyway? Indefinite Faces of Modernism: Notes on Industrial Forms / Design in Interwar and Socialist Romania

Mirela Duculescu, National University of Arts Bucharest, RO Bucharest


Houses, Drawing Rooms and Attics: Contemporary Spatial Practices and Historicity of Alternative Memory in Colonial Kodava Houses (1834-1947)

Chinnappa B. G., Field Marshal KM Cariappa College, IND Kodagu


Sibyl Moholy-Nagy: Between Memory and Polemic

Jeffrey Lieber, Texas State University USA Texas


Chair: Sarah Cheang


Rock Cakes, Rations and The Public Good: Performing Postgraduate Design Education

Rachel Carley, Auckland University of Technology, NZ Auckland


An Irish Industrial Tribute to the Blessed Virgin Mary

Tom Spalding, Technological University Dublin IR Dublin


Decolonizing the Concept of Design as the Artificial

Joana Meroz, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, NL Amsterdam

13:00 – 14:00

Break: Book Fair / Postcards from Switzerland / Networking on After Session Talks and Riverside Walks


13.30 – 13.50

Meet the author: Sara De Bondt talks about her book Off the Grid: Belgian Graphic Design History, presented by Occasional Papers

14:00 – 15:00


Chair: Gabriele Oropallo


How to Train your Machine. Learnings from the Domestication of Industrial Products

Wouter Eggink, University of Twente, Vincent Molumby, University of Twente, NL Enschede


Interface Design in Digital History: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue

Camila Afanador-Llach, Florida Atlantic University, USA Florida and María José Afanador-Llach, Universidad de los Andes, COL Bogotá


Chair: Robert Lzicar


Emerging graphic design histories: a roadmap for exploring graphic memory

Niki Sioki, University of Nicosia CY Nicosia


Decolonizing Modernism: Helmi el-Touni and the Politics of Ornament

Zeina Maasri, University of Brighton UK Brighton


Coffee Or Chinese Tea – the trans-cultural exploration of Contemporary Chinese Graphic Design in the 1980s and 1990s

Yun Wang, China Design Museum, China Academy of Art, CN Hangzhou


Chair: Marta Filipová


A Mnemonic Device for Belfast

Kate Catterall, University of Texas, USA Austin TX


The homeland and the chair: Design, memory, and politics in fascist Italy

Ignacio G. Galán, Barnard College, USA New York


Obscure Memory of Typography: Nationalism and the Redesigning of History by Script Reformers in Japan, 1920–45

Toshiki Kawashima, University of Pennsylvania, USA Pennsylvania

15:00 – 16:00


Chair: Fedja Vukic


Forms, Folders, and Files: Supplying Organizational Memory

Jennifer Kaufmann-Buhler, Purdue University, USA Indiana Purdue


The Future of our Collective Memory: Design-driven Approaches for Digital Artefacts

Elena Formia and Michele Zannoni, University of Bologna, IT Bologna


The politics and pragmatics of storage and retrieval: CAD, everyday design practice and the archive

Sarah Teasley, RMIT University, AU Melbourne


Chairs: Davide Fornari, Robert Lzicar and Sara Zeller



Beyond Swiss graphic design


Presence Switzerland in Senegal: A case study in postcolonial graphic design?

Daniel Sciboz, Geneva University of Art and Design, CH Geneva


Design history as a form of activism and repair

Thérèse Moll Elizabeth Resnick, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, USA Boston


Basel – Ulm – Zurich: Principles of graphic design education and their migration across borders

Sandra Bischler, FHNW Academy of Art and Design, CH Basel


Chair: Sarah Lichtman


Our Friend the Atom: Disney, Design, and the Politics of Memory

Monica Penick, University of Texas, USA Austin Texas


Sharp Objects and the power of fictional narratives

Adán Farías, Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, UK London


Objects of a Memory Loss: Dining Tables as a Cultural Agent in Late Ottoman Istanbul

Esra Bici Nasır, Izmir University of Economics, TR Izmir

16:00 – 17:00

Break: Book Fair / Postcards from Switzerland / Networking on After Session Talks and Riverside Walks


16.30 – 16.50

Decolonising Graphic Design: Historical Perspectives from the Arab World

Meet the author: Zeina Maasri talks about her Book Cosmopolitan Radicalism: The Visual Politics of Beirut’s Global Sixties, Cambridge University Press, 2020

17:00 – 18:00


Chair: Catherine Rossi



Nightclubs, Nights Out and In


Club Culture, New Beat and Belgian Fashion

Katarina Serulus, KU Leuven, Flanders Architecture Institute, BE Leuven and Antwerp


The (Im)materiality of Charles Jeffrey’s LOVERBOY 2015 – 2019

Fenella Hitchcock, London College of Fashion, UK London


The Space of MTV: From Inner-City Clubbing to Basement Suburbia

Léa–Catherine Szacka, University of Manchester, UK Manchester


Chair: Artun Ozguner


Title Sequence Designs in Fantastic Turkish Cinema Between 1950-1985

Gürkan Maruf Mihçi, IUPUI Herron School of Art and Design US Indiana and Ozyegin University, TR


Karl Gerstner – A precursor of digital graphics

Jonas Deuter, Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach am Main, DE Offenbach


Reviving the memory of Modernist type designer Joan Trochut

Andreu Balius, EINA-UAB University School of Design and Art, SP Barcelona

S31_WORKSHOP B (part 2)

Lead: Christina Zetterlund and Sabrina Rahman


Design History as Site-Specific Practice: Re-mapping the Margins of Institutions and Geographies

18:00 – 19:30

Introduction by Claudia Mareis


Keynote 3

Jussi Parikka, Winchester School of Art at University of Southampton

A Natural History of Logistics and Other Problem Spaces

19:30 – 21:00

DHS Joint AGM (Chair and Trustees) including Essay Prize Giving Ceremony


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11:00 – 11:20

Meet the author: Claude Lichtenstein talks about The Gravity of Ideas / Die Schwerkraft der Ideen, presented by Birkhäuser Bauwelt Fundamente (in German)

11:45 – 12:00

Convenors’ Review of Day 2

12:00 – 13:00


Chair: Claudia Mareis



Material agency for new design histories of Central Eastern Europe


Designing a coal nation

Kasia Jeżowska, University of New South Wales, AU Sydney


Spatial negotiations: non-human agency in Open Form architecture

Aleksandra Kędziorek, PL Warsaw


From bark beetles to a factory. Towards a multispecies perspective in design history

Agata Szydłowska, Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, PL Warsaw


Chair: Michael Renner


A disorderly archive

Anna Talley and Fleur Elkerton, V&A / Royal College of Art, UK London


HfG-Archiv Ulm Online: from exclusive reality to inclusive virtuality

Carolina Short, University of Waikato, Tomás García Ferrari, University of Waikato NZ Auckland, and Marcela Quijano Salas, independent researcher


Open Graphic Design Archive

Mariana Leão, University of Lisbon and Joana Costa, University of Port,  PT Lisbon and Porto

13:00 – 14:00

Break: Book Fair / Postcards from Switzerland / Networking on After Session Talks and Riverside Walks

14:00 – 15:00


Chair: Zara Arshad



Reconstructing Design Archives: Tracing Alternative Narratives of Design History


An Alternative Archive for the Future: Using archives as a method for the Hong Kong Pavilion at the London Design Biennale 2020

Sunnie Chan, Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile (CHAT) Hong Kong and Vivien Chan, COTCA, University of Nottingham, UK


Singapore Graphic Archives: 10 Years On

Justin Zhuang, independent research, SG Singapore


The Book Society (bookshop) as a Para-archiving Practice

Helen Jungyeon Ku, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea (MMCA), KR Seoul


Wawasan 2020, Malaysia Design Archive
Denise Lai, V&A/RCA and Lim Sheau Yun, Malaysia Design Archive


Chair: Maya Ober


Points of Inversion: Upending Structural Narratives in Design History

Bonne Zabolotney, Emily Carr University of Art and Design CA Vancouver


To See in Reverse: Decoding and Decolonizing Design Language and Thinking

Clara Meliande and Ilana Paterman, Superior School of Industrial Design, State University of Rio de Janeiro, BR Rio de Janeiro


We Missed the Mark: The Impacts of Well-Intentioned, but Racist, Design

Terresa Moses, University of Minnesota and Lisa E. Mercer, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA Minnesota and Illinois

15:00 – 16:00


Chair: Harriet McKay


The Giedions’ World

Almut Grunewald, gta Archives of the ETH, CH Zurich


Data Recovery of Lithuanian Design History: stories and links from visual folders of Antanas Kazakauskas’ archive

Karolina Jakaite, Vilnius Academy of Arts, LI Vlnius


Swiss Game Design Home Computer Era

Beat Suter and René Bauer, Zurich University of the Arts, CH Zurich


Chair: Fiona Anderson


Affecting objects: clothing archives and the edges of the fashion

Ellen Sampson, Northumbria University UK Northumbria


Fashion Design Practice and Zambian Heritage: (re)constructing self and nation through Design

Nkumbu Mutambo, Northumbria University, UK Northumbria


Exhibiting Collective Memory: The Willi Smith Community Archive

Julie Pastor, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, USA New York


Pre-empting loss through ‘fashion memory’: a ‘postconservation’ perspective

Leanne Tonkin, Katherine Townsend, Jake Kaner, Nottingham Trent University, UK Nottingham

Due to reprogramming this session with a fourth speaker late in the process, this session lasts until 16:20 CEST


Chair: Aggie Toppins



Imagining Other Futures: Historical Interrogation and Radical Publishing


Urgentcraft: Radical Publishing During Crisis

Paul Soulellis, Rhode Island School of Design, US Providence


Design Debates, Reader Voices, and the Histories within Design Blogs

Jessica Barness, Kent State University, US Kent


Almanaque: A Collaborative Approach to Design Research and Puerto Rican Identity

Jason Alejandro, The College of New Jersey, US and Laura Rossi Garcia, DePaul University, US Chicago

16:00 – 17:00

Break: Book Fair / Postcards from Switzerland / Networking on After Session Talks and Riverside Walks


16.30 – 16.50

Meet the authors: Monika Dommann and Jonas Voegeli talk about Data Centers: Edges of a Wired Nation, presented by Lars Müller Publishers

17:00 – 18:30

Introduction by Monica Gaspar


Keynote 4

Alfredo Gutierrez Borrero, Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano in Bogotá, Colombia 

Dessobons and Archaeodesign

18:30 – 19:00

Closing remarks by Convenors Meret Ernst and Monica Gaspar

Big Reveal: DHS 2022 conference theme and convenors announcement, moderated by Marta Filipová, Conference Liaison Trustee

DHS closing words by Claire O’Mahony, DHS Chair

Farewell by Michael Renner, FHNW Academy of Art and Design


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