Mind the Map Conference 9 - 13 July Istanbul (May 2002)
Press Release (no.36)
10 May 2002
The biggest international conference on design history will take place in Istanbul from 9-13 July at Ayazaga Campus, Istanbul Technical University. Around 120 contributors from 28 different countries will present papers on topics from product to graphic design, from architecture to typography.
There is a sense that design history has been discussed to saturation point (in the Anglo-Saxon world at least). Nevertheless, the conference organisers believe that there is still room for debate enriched by issues stemming from wider interests and concerns because although different countries create, use and manifest design in different ways, it does not mean that the same movements haven't influenced the local traditions. For example;
- the impact of import products and industries in developing countries;
- the potential of newly industrialised countries;
- traditional crafts and the threat they face from globalisation, and so on.
The conference aim is to test the boundaries of design history, moving it from its current largely national or regional base to embrace issues that, hitherto, were considered peripheral. The Mind the Map conference will provide an international platform from which to identify and debate these developing aspects of design history.
If you would like to contribute to the conference or to register as a delegate, please visit Mind the Map website www.kiad.ac.uk/mindthemap/set.htm where there are full details on all aspects of the conference.
The conference is being organised from the UK by the Kent Institute of Art & Design. All academic correspondence should be directed to:
Research Support Office
Kent Institute of Art and Design
Fort Pitt, Rochester
Kent ME1 1DZ UK
Tel: 01634 - 820300