Design History Society Annual Conference 2024

University for the Creative Arts

5 – 7 September 2024

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Call for Papers

Borders are an ever more pressing issue in the 2020s. Whether geopolitical, human and non-human, or digital and physical, the solidification and liquification of borders raises questions around design's role in creating, undoing and negotiating divides.

The significance of borders today is highlighted by the interlaced ramifications of Brexit, Covid-19, international conflict, the climate emergency, the dissolution of colonial borders, gender binaries and the rise of polarising social media platforms. In this context it seems timely for design history to debate the implications of borders past, present and future.

The 2024 Design History Society (DHS) conference will invite explorations of design’s role in borders and the effect of borders on design and asks how looking at borders and boundaries can help further design history more widely.

Submissions are due Thursday 29th February 2024.


Submission Details


Early Bird

  • Existing Members — £175.00
  • Existing Members Students and Concessions — £115.00
  • Non-Members — £290.00
  • Non-Member Students and Concessions — £230.00

Full Price

  • Existing Members — £200.00
  • Existing Student and Concession Members — £130.00
  • Non-Members — £315.00
  • Non-Member Students and Concessions — £245.00

    The cut off for early bird registration is 31st May 2024.

    The DHS 2024 conference will be taking place in person only. 

The Design History Society offers bursaries for DHS Students and/or precariously employed members. The bursary covers the DHS member concessionary conference fee. For more information please visit the Society’s website.

Travel and Accommodation

UCA Canterbury

Our campus at Canterbury is tucked away a short walk from the city centre, and has been the home of our School of Architecture and Design for more than 60 years. It’s also home to our fine art and visual communication courses. And it’s recently expanded, with the opening of the UCA Doctoral College – the base for our world-leading researchers – a short distance away.  

Main Campus 

University for the Creative Arts 
New Dover Road 

Tel: +44 (0)1227 817 302 

Travelling by train:

Canterbury is served by two train stations: Canterbury West and Canterbury East. High Speed services to Canterbury West run hourly from London St Pancras (54 minutes) and London Stratford International (46 minutes).  

There are regular services to Canterbury East from London Victoria (1 hour 30 minutes) and Dover Priory (28 minutes).  

UCA Canterbury Campus is a 20-25 minute walk from Canterbury West station and a 15-minute walk from Canterbury East. Both stations have taxi ranks outside.  

If you are travelling to the UK via the Eurostar, you will arrive at London St Pancras where you can take a direct service to Canterbury West. 

Travelling by car:

Canterbury is served by the M2 motorway direct from London and the Port of Dover and has Park and Ride facilities located at Wincheap and New Dover Road (more information here). 

International travel

International visitors can reach us using a variety of means:

Ferry: Port of Dover (20 minutes)

Eurostar: London St Pancras

London Airports: City, Gatwick, Heathrow and Stansted airports are all reachable via public transport or car.


There are a number of hotels in Canterbury city centre which are walking distance from the campus (CT1 3AN). Some nearby options include:

Hampton by Hilton Canterbury (11 minute walk). Hampton by Hilton is offering delegates a 10% discount. Please email conference administrator Liz Baxter at to be provided with the link.

Premier Inn Canterbury City Centre (1 minute walk)

Travelodge Canterbury Chaucer Central (5 minute walk)

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