Researcher

Dr Kasia Jezowska

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Fields of Research (FoR)

Design history, theory and criticism, European history (excl. British, classical Greek and Roman), Cultural studies, Visual cultures

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Biography

I am a Lecturer at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, where I have developed, in collaboration with Dr Rezende, a comprehensive programme in history and theory of design.

My work centers on design as a part of broader social and cultural history of the 20th century. 

I earned my doctorate in History from the University of Oxford where I researched the intersection between political and design narratives during Cold War. My doctoral...view more

I am a Lecturer at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, where I have developed, in collaboration with Dr Rezende, a comprehensive programme in history and theory of design.

My work centers on design as a part of broader social and cultural history of the 20th century. 

I earned my doctorate in History from the University of Oxford where I researched the intersection between political and design narratives during Cold War. My doctoral research formed a backbone of a thematic exhibition 'Back to front. Polish exhibitions on show', which was presented in the Triennale Design Museum in Milan in April 2018. Currently I am working on a manuscript of my first book that examines how authorities in socialist Poland utilised exhibition design to communicate their political agenda to a wide international audience. My new project examines coal in context of formation of national identities in post-war Poland and Australia.

Before joining UNSW in the early 2019, I worked as an Associate Lecturer at the University of the Arts, London across Central Saint Martins, London College of Communication and Chelsea College of Art and as a Visiting Lecturer at the Royal College of Art.


My Grants

UNSW The Associate Dean of Research Philanthropic grant, 2021

UNSW Faculty Research Grant, 2019

Design History Society research and conference grants, 2018, 2016, 2015 and 2012

Arts and Humanities Research Council grant for the doctoral research, 2015–17

Student Travel and Research (STAR) Grants, St Antony’s College, 2018 and 2016

The Centre for East European Language-Based Area Studies Internship grant, the National Museum, Warsaw, 2015

Oxford Noble Foundation scholarship, 2014

Polish Culture around the World grant, The Adam Mickiewicz Institute, 2014 and 2012

Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage Scholarship, 2012


My Qualifications

University of Oxford, DPhil History, 2019

Kingston University & Design Museum, MA Curating Contemporary Design, 2010

University of Łódź, Poland, MA History of Art, 2008

Associate Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (UK), 2017


My Research Activities

My research pioneers the development of design history of Eastern Europe as part of broader cultural history of Cold War Europe. In particular, it offers a new perspective to study the role of design in constructing national identities of socialist states, with Poland as the main focus, through prism of industrial exhibitions. By doing so, my research foregrounds methodological significance of design history for understanding the post-war period and casts a new light on international exchanges within broader creative and political networks.


My Research Supervision


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Areas of supervision

I am available for supervision and welcome applications from MA and PhD candidates interested in design history, theory and criticism, Cold War culture, history of Eastern Europe, exhibitions histories, modernism.  

 


My Engagement

I have been collaborating with design festivals, museums and galleries on developing public engagement programmes such as presentations, gallery talks, educational activities etc. I also curated several thematic exhibitions and contributed to accompanying publications. You can read more about my curatorial outputs in the Publication section on the right.

‘Polish design in the context of the international exchanges during the Cold War period’, February 14–15, Museum of Applied Arts Budapest, 2019, invited talk

‘Display tools for identity formation’, July 26, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, 2016, invited talk

‘Wojciech Zamecznik. Photo-graphics’, April 7, Zachęta–National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, 2016, invited talk

‘The Future is Handmade’, March 19, Kalmar Art Museum, Sweden, 2014, invited talk

‘One-man show. Design history according to Adolf Loos’, January 30, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, 2014, invited talk

 


My Teaching

National Design Histories, BA DDES1200

Global Design Discourses, BA DDES1201

Positions in Design, BA DDES2200

Making of Design Culture, BA DDES3200

Design History and theory, MA SAHT9143

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Location

UNSW Art &Design
Arts, Design & Architecture
Office F218F
Paddington Campus
Crn Oxford Street & Greens Road
Sydney NSW 2021