ICDHS 2012: Design frontiers: territories, concepts, technologies (Sep 2012, São Paulo Brazil)

Dates: 3-6 September 2012
Location: University of São Paulo • Mackenzie Presbyterian University, São Paulo, Brazil
Website:  www.fau.usp.br/icdhs2012
Deadline for proposals: 29 Feb 2012

8th Conference of the International Committee for Design History and Design Studies

History marks territories that in some way or another are reflected in design. Since the first ICDHS conference, held in Barcelona in 1999, significant steps were taken to draw attention to the nature of design studies, practice and history in a wider world context. Parallel to that, the configuration of design landscapes has been significantly altered by education, technology and national state policies intended to promote local industries and sites by means of design.

The 8th ICDHS conference, “Design Frontiers: territories, concepts, technologies”, aims to discuss how design history and design studies may push the limits of design knowledge. The frontiers of design may be challenged by the exploration of new territories, by the establishment of new concepts, by the emergence of new technologies, as well as by rediscovering the past and by finding new ways of applying current wisdom.



Deadline for paper proposals: 29 February 2012
Notification of acceptance: 1 May 2012
Deadline for author registration: 1 July 2012


Papers are expected to address one of the conference tracks, and to make an original contribution to the field of design history and design studies. Paper proposals will be selected by the ICDHS members and the scientific committee to cover different areas, methods, approaches and positions.

All proposals should be submitted via EasyChair system.

Submissions should be prepared according to the conference guidelines available in the conference website.

Official language for submissions is English only.

Papers selected might be indicated to be presented orally or in poster format. All selected papers will be published in the conference proceedings.

Authors of the best papers will be invited to submit extended versions for publication in a book of selected papers to be published by Editorial Designio.


TRACK 1 | History of Design Education
This track welcomes historical studies of design education, particularly comparative studies of design education in different countries, cultures, periods, in its relationship with art and technology education.
Track Chairs: Haruhiko Fujita (Osaka University, Japan) & Silvio
Barreto Campello (Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil)

TRACK 2 | Identities and Territories
In this track we expect participants to contribute with discussions on topics such as micro history, collective identities, gender, internationalization, marginalization, globalization, and other studies that focus on design from the perspective of identity and territorial issues.
Track Chairs: Oscar Salinas Flores (National University of Mexico,
Mexico) & Clice Mazzilli (University of São Paulo, Brazil)

TRACK 3 | National Policies on Design
This track invites submissions that study totally or partially state-funded plans and institutions for the promotion of design. Plans and institutions must be studied as signifying practices in both their economic and their cultural dimensions.
Track Chairs: Javier Gimeno-Martínez (VU University Amsterdam,
Netherlands & Artesis University College of Antwerp, Belgium) & Cyntia
Malaguti (University of São Paulo, Brazil)

TRACK 4 | Techniques and Technologies
Papers submitted to this track may be concerned with various methodologies and different models of process and practice (for example user centered design, codesign or open design); new territories of practice emerging from cross disciplinary or interdisciplinary collaborations; or histories of technique and practice. Papers may also develop discourse around emerging and enabling technologies that have impacted or will impact on the production, reception and consumption of design; or describe different histories of technologies.
Track Chairs: Paul Atkinson (Sheffield Hallam University, UK) &
Charles Vincent (Mackenzie Presbyterian University, Brazil)

TRACK 5 | The New Imperialism: the international face of design and design history
Papers submitted to this track should draw attention to the nature of design practice and history in the wider world, beyond the orthodox mapping of activity in the mainstream industrialized nations of the west, therefore helping to redraw the world map of design activity, history and politics in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
Track Chairs: Jonathan Woodham (University of Brighton, UK) & Denise
Dantas (University of São Paulo, Brazil)

TRACK 6 | Open Strand
This track welcomes papers that relate to the general topic of the Conference, but that do not fit the other tracks.
Track Chairs: Victor Margolin (University of Illinois at Chicago, US)
& Priscila Farias (University of São Paulo, Brazil)


About Fil Salustri
I'm a design methodologist and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada. Adjectives that describe me include: secular humanist, meritocrat, and long-winded. Some people call me a positivist too, as if that were a bad thing. Go figure. My real home page is http://deseng.ryerson.ca/~fil.

6 Responses to ICDHS 2012: Design frontiers: territories, concepts, technologies (Sep 2012, São Paulo Brazil)

  1. Pingback: ICDHS 2012: Design frontiers: territories, concepts, technologies (Sep 2012, São Paulo Brazil) « Erik Champion

  2. Hello:
    I have to point out that the website for this conference does not work.


    Otherwise I would love to attend this conference!

  3. I just tested the conference website and it is working. Please try to access again. If you experience any difficulties, please contact us directly at .

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