CFP: Design History / Design Heritage

We invite paper proposals for our panel 'Design History/Design Heritage' confirmed for the College Art Association annual meeting in New York City, February 13-16, 2019 in New York City, USA.

This panel invites papers that examine the relationship between design history and heritage studies. At their intersection are questions of ownership and identity. How are sites and artefacts of cultural heritage claimed, defined, or constructed and to whom do they belong? How do we study intangible heritage, which is not located in objects or places, but rather in a worldview or a way of life? Whether tangible or intangible, heritage denotes something we inherit, a birthright provided to us through our inclusion in a given group, be it familial, national, ethnic, or by another marker of identity, such as the shared "world" heritage designated by UNESCO. Diverse, wide-ranging examples of designed heritage include maps, guidebooks, illustrated encyclopedias; archives, databanks, digital resources; museums and exhibitions; architecture and landscape; furnishings, dress, and other aspects of material culture; performances, pageants, and rituals. Related to these topics are also activities that address heritage, for example, through legislation and international charters; preservation and conservation; cultural appropriation, looting, and repatriation. Definitions of heritage are tied to different, and competing, political agenda and ideologies. While some approaches to heritage are influenced by an academic Marxist-inspired "history from below," of public engagement, public history, and social and cultural history, others derive from the heritage "industry," a sub-branch of the tourist industry. In examining the interfaces of design and heritage therefore, this panel welcomes studies of design heritage from diverse points of view, methodological approaches, time periods, and cultural contexts.

Proposals must be submitted by August 6th 2017, and should include:

1. Completed session participation proposal form, (editable PDF, and available from session chairs on request). Make sure your name appears EXACTLY as you would like it listed in the conference program and conference website.

2. Paper/project abstract: title plus a maximum 250 words, as a single paragraph MS Word Document. Make sure your title and abstract appear EXACTLY as you would like them published in the conference program, Abstracts 2019, and the CAA website.

3. Covering email explaining your interest in the session, expertise in the topic, and availability during the conference.

4. A shortened CV (2 pages).

5. CAA Member Number and Confirmation of Current Individual CAA membership valid until February 16, 2019 is required.

Proposals should be sent directly to both session chairs by August 6th 2018:

Prof Grace Lees-Maffei, University of Hertfordshire, UK –

Prof Rebecca Houze, Northern Illinois University, USA –

Key Dates:

August 6 2018: Deadline for paper proposals

August 31: Organizers of Sessions Soliciting Contributors finalize session information and notify accepted contributors

Mid-September: CAA 2019 Annual Conference schedule finalized

October 8: CAA 2019 Annual Conference schedule posted on CAA website; online conference registration opens

December 16: Early conference registration closes

December 17: Advance conference registration opens

February 8 2019: Advance conference registration closes.


Lucie K. Morisset