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Papanek Symposium 2015

Papanek Lecture and Symposium 2015

Papanek Foundation University of Applied Arts Vienna Austria

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 9:00 AM - Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 5:00 PM (CEST)

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Émigré Design Culture:
Histories of the Social in Design

This international symposium examines the significance of Austrian and Central European émigré and exile architects/designers in promoting a progressive culture of debate in the USA, around the needs of society and strategies for social inclusion. The culture of the social in design that emerged in the US from the 1920s to the 1960s was defined by collaboration. The symposium is the first to address the pivotal role played by émigré and exile networks, in New York, Boston, Chicago, Aspen, and L.A., in shaping a new social agenda within design.

Cutting-edge research will bring to the fore the ways in which architects and designers utilized their Viennese and European schooling to confront political realities of World War II and beyond. The lessons adapted by prominent figures such as Josef Frank, Richard Neutra, Frederick Kiesler, Eva Zeisel, Bernard Rudofsky and Victor Papanek prompt the revising of discussions that originated on Vienna's famous Ringstrasse; illuminating design's role in the creation of progressive social communities.

Leading scholars in the fields of architectural and design history, cultural history and anthropology consider the critical contribution of émigrés and exiles in forming new humanistic directions in design. This historical appraisal opens a new forum in which to debate the role of the social in design and its relevance for today's global perspective.

Speakers include: Eve Blau (Harvard University, USA); Todd Cronan (Emory University, USA); Ruth Hanisch (TU Dortmund, Germany); Barnaby Haran (University of Hull, UK); Pat Kirkham (Bard Graduate Center, USA); Oliver Kühschelm (University of Vienna, Austria); Christopher Long (University of Texas at Austin, USA); Monica Penick (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA); Robin Schuldenfrei (Courtauld Institute of Art, UK); Felicity D. Scott (Columbia University, USA); Anna Vallye (Washington University in St. Louis, USA).

Convened & Curated by: Dr. Elana Shapira
Directed by: Prof. Dr. Alison J. Clarke
Supported by: Bryleigh Morsink

Organized as part of the FWF (Austrian Science Fund) research project award 'Émigré Cultural Networks and the Founding of Social Design', Department of Design History and Theory, University of Applied Arts Vienna.

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When & Where

Exhibition Centre Heiligenkreuzer Hof
Schönlaterngasse 5
1010 Vienna

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 9:00 AM - Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 5:00 PM (CEST)

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