27th Nov 2015
Friday 27th November 9.30-5.30pm, M2, Grand Parade, University of Brighton
This one-day symposium considered design as a tool of government diplomacy from the early Cold War to the present day. Combining a range of interdisciplinary perspectives, speakers explored how design has been used as an object of transnational diplomacy from 1945 to the present day – from buildings, to interiors, to objects, to fashion and beyond. Speakers included Susan Reid (Loughborough University), Fredie Flore (University of Leuven), Sonnet Stanfill (V&A), Tom Wilson (Design Museum), Claire Wintle (University of Brighton), Meghen Jones (Alfred University), Katarina Serulus (University of Antwerp) and Michael Thomson (Design Connect).
Further developments and publications are in development and we are working towards the next step in this developing network of scholars working on the area of diplomacy by design.
Write ups from attendees on the day can be found here:
Tania Messell (a PhD student aligned to the IDH at Brighton, writing about ICSID): http://blogs.brighton.ac.uk/idhbrighton/2015/12/02/2nd-post/.
27th November 2015, Room M2 at Grand Parade, University of Brighton
10.00 Welcome - Professor Jeremy Aynsley, University of Brighton
10:10 Introduction - Dr Harriet Atkinson and Dr Verity Clarkson, University of Brighton, symposium co-convenors
10.20 Keynote talk: Professor Susan Reid, Loughborough University - Cold War Dialogue: Designing the USSR Pavilion at Brussels ’58.
Chair: Dr Harriet Atkinson, University of Brighton
11:30 Fredie Flore, University of Leuven, 'Interior Design and Postwar Diplomacy. A Case-study on the Belgian Royal Library'
12:00 Tom Wilson, University of Brighton and Design Museum, London - 'Beautiful and Made of Fine Materials’: Design and Diplomacy at the Commonwealth Institute, London, 1958-62
12.30 Dr Claire Wintle, University of Brighton - Displaying Independent India Abroad: Cultural diplomacy and collaborative design at the Nehru Memorial Exhibition
Chair: Dr Verity Clarkson, University of Brighton
2:15 Sonnet Stanfill, Victoria & Albert Museum, London - La Moda: fashion and diplomacy in post-war Italy
2:45 Dr Meghen Jones, Alfred University - The Politics of Japanese Ceramics in Cold War America
3:15 Katarina Serulus, University of Antwerp - Cold War Diplomacy: Design Exchanges between Brussels and Moscow, 1973-1974
4.15 Michael Thomson, Design Connect in conversation with Professor Jonathan Woodham, University of Brighton - Contemporary design and diplomacy – what now?
4.45 Panel discussion, chaired by Professor Jeremy Aynsley
5:15 Closing remarks
5.30 Conference close
This symposium was supported by the University of Brighton’s Internationalising Design History research group.
Image for conference: © Victoria and Albert Museum, London English silver Leopard flagon from the Kremlin collection dated 1600-1, on display at the exhibition Great Britain: USSR (Victoria and Albert Museum,1967). [Press photo V&A Archive VX.1967.001]