Call for Papers: The Cost of Design. Newcastle, 5–7 September 2019

The Business of the Bauhaus, DHS Conference 2019

In this centenary year of the Bauhaus, The Cost of Design welcomes proposals for papers that shed new light and offer fresh perspectives on the many relationships between the famous school and business. Reflecting the conference theme of The Cost of Design, papers should consider the ways in which design as a commercial activity, product and system was understood in the studio and workshop teaching, through the professional activities of staff and students, and as an institutional goal. The convenors invite considerations of these issues from the years of the Bauhaus in Germany, as well as the New Bauhaus in Chicago. Papers might also address how ‘the business of the Bauhaus’ went beyond the specific years of the school’s existence, to the subsequent careers and legacies of the Bauhaus staff and students that took place across a wide diaspora.

In particular, the panel convenors highlight the following potential themes:

  • Business in the Bauhaus teaching and curriculum
  • Bauhaus advertising
  • Prospectuses, catalogues, exhibitions
  • Bauhaus design editions
  • Intellectual property
  • Production lists, product lines
  • Sales abroad
  • Bauhaus books as a promotional strategy
  • The contemporary Bauhaus brand

This panel at The Business of the Bauhaus, DHS Conference 2019 represents a collaboration between the Design History Society (DHS) and the Gesellschaft für Design Geschichte (GfDG) Germany. Proposals should be submitted (200 words maximum) with a short CV to the convenors Esther Cleven e.cleven@bauhaus.de and Jeremy Aynsley j.aynsley@brighton.ac.uk by 11 March 2019.

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