2014, the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, is an apposite moment in which to reflect upon the relationship of design and craft to conflict. Objects and sites designed for war and peace offer a vibrant nexus of case studies and debates through which to examine the place of conflict in our collective memory.
The conference sessions focus principally on conflicts from the First World War to the present day and reflect the interdisciplinarity of design history’s explorations of a wide range of objects, places and intellectual traditions across a diverse geography of theatres of conflict. The cross-fertilization of war and peace studies, which have often been segregated, is an important aspect of the conference.
2014, the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War will be an apposite moment in which to reflect upon the relationship of design and craft to conflict This conference seeks to bring together researchers from the many disciplines within design history to develop methodological approaches and explorations of a wider range of objects; a more diverse geography of theatres of conflicts and temporality, juxtaposing the often segregated methodologies war and peace studies.
Department for Continuing Education, University of Oxford Thursday 4 to Saturday 6 September 2014 Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA