Doctoral Research Fellowship in Design History – The University of Oslo

The University of Oslo, Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas, invites applications for a PhD Research Fellowship in Design History. The position is part of the research project Back to the Sustainable Future: Visions of Sustainability in the History of Design (BaSF) funded by the Research Council of Norway, and will contribute to the project’s explorations of the history of sustainability as a key concern in design discourse.

Job description

Back to the Sustainable Future explores the historical conditions for, and development of, sustainable design. Today, sustainability is an essential parameter in all design practice, education, research and mediation. However, this ‘green revolution’ is a glaringly white spot on the design historical map, still awaiting its scholarly historicization.

Back to the Sustainable Future investigates how designers, educators, theorists, critics, promoters, consumers and users have conceptualized visions of sustainability in the history of design since the 1960s. The aim is to trace how notions of sustainability have migrated across time and socio-cultural domains, from design education and social activism via commercial and industrial contexts to mainstream media and consumer behavior. By doing so, we are addressing a significant lacuna in design historical scholarship and thereby expanding the subject matter of the field.

Deadline: September 30 2017

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