The annual conference of the Design History Society, University of Ulster, 9-11 September 2004, seeks to investigate the politics of design in the broadest sense – from the politics of global corporations to the politics of the personal.‘The Politics of Design’ was chosen because of its location in Belfast, Northern Ireland, a society where politics is embedded in its design from wall murals to the planning of urban space.
The conference seeks to make a positive contribution to the development of design in its post-conflict location by bringing together international scholars to investigate the politics of design, both historical and contemporary. It aims particularly to contribute to debates about design heritage and cultural diversity.
This interdisciplinary international conference will bring together design historians, social anthropologists, and scholars from other disciplines, as well as critics, curators, practitioners in the cultural industries and designers from all over the world.
Professor Hal Foster, Princeton University
A little dictionary of design ideas
Professor Bill Rolston, University of Ulster
Political wall murals in Northern Ireland
Roundtable discussion: Politics of designing for the 21st century
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