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Dr Kasia Jezowska

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Kasia Jezowska is a Lecturer at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, where she develops teaching and research programme in history and theory of design. Her academic interests centre on the 20th century social and cultural history. 

She earned her doctorate in History from the University of Oxford where she researched the intersection between political and design narratives during Cold War. Her doctoral research formed the backbone of...view more

Kasia Jezowska is a Lecturer at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, where she develops teaching and research programme in history and theory of design. Her academic interests centre on the 20th century social and cultural history. 

She earned her doctorate in History from the University of Oxford where she researched the intersection between political and design narratives during Cold War. Her doctoral research formed the backbone of a thematic exhibition Back to front. Polish exhibition on show, which was presented in the Triennale Design Museum in Milan in April 2018. Currently she is working on a manuscript of her first book that explores the process of formation of Poland's national identity at the international exhibitions during the Cold War period.

Before joining UNSW in the early 2019, she 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 was a Visiting Lecturer at the Royal College of Art.


My Grants

  • 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, 2018
  • 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

Organisation and convening of conferences

  • ‘Welfare state in the post-war period’ (with Alessandro Iandolo), January 24, St Catherine’s College, University of Oxford, 2020
  • ‘Globalising Polish history?’, September 24–25, Christ Church, University of Oxford, 2018 (panel chair)
  • ‘Post-1945 Poland: modernities, transformations and evolving identities’ (with Hubert Czyżewski and Mikołaj Kunicki), June 11 – 12, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford, 2015
  • ‘Designing Socialist Modernities. Perspectives on material culture in post-war Eastern Europe’ (with Rebecca Bell, Jessica Jenkins, Tom Cubbin), May 22, Royal College of Art, 2012

Conference papers

  • ‘Social design for the welfare state: Poland at the International Labour Exhibition in Turin, 1961’, Welfare state in the post-war period, January 24, St Catherine’s College, University of Oxford, 2020
  • ‘Social design for the welfare state. The representation of Poland at the International Labour Exhibition in Turin, 1961’, November 5, UNSW History seminar, 2019
  • ‘Humanising the state. Polish design and welfare at the International Labour Exhibition in Turin 1961', Sydney Post/Doctoral Seminar with Felicity Scott and Charles Rice, July 22, University of Sydney, 2019
  • Distance Looks Back: a thematic conference of the European Architectural History Network, held in conjunction with the 36th annual conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, July 10-13, University of Sydney, 2019
  • ‘“Too tentative”. On the reception of Polish exhibitions at the Milan Triennali during the Cold War’, November 3, Decorating Dissidence: Modernism, Feminism and the Arts, Queen Mary, University of London, 2018
  • ‘Displacement of style? The mid-century modernism in Eastern Europe’, Design History Society Annual Conference, September 6–8, Parsons School of Design, New York, 2018
  • ‘Polish identity in the post-war period’, World Fairs and International Exhibitions: National self-profiling in an internationalist context 1851–1940, March 8–10, University of Amsterdam, 2018
  • Reimagined Poland. Adjustments in representation of the nation-state around 1956’, 15th Biennial International Postgraduate Conference, February 12–14, UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies, 2018
  • Trade and Exchange within and beyond the Socialist World panel presentation, Socialist Internationalism conference, February 3, Birkbeck College, University of London, 2017
  • ‘Temporal Schizophrenia in Polish design history’ (with Agata Szydłowska), Design History Society Annual Conference, September 8–10, Middlesex University, 2016
  • ‘Imagining Poland’ poster presentation, British Association for Slavic and Eastern European Studies Annual Conference, April 2–4, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University, 2016
  • ‘“The truthful image of our present, as we would like to see it”: 1st exhibition of the Polish Light Industry, Moscow 1949’, Post-1945 Poland: modernities, transformations and evolving identities, June 11 – 12, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford, 2015
  • ‘Design Methods for Social Dreaming: challenges, opportunities and potential scenarios’ panel presentation, Design Research Society Annual Conference, June 16–19, Umeå University, 2014
  • ‘Polish Exhibition Design: Re-framing the Past and Designing the Future on the 30th Anniversary of the Polish People’s Republic’, Chaos at the Museum, April 25–27, Central Saint Martins, 2014
  • Exhibitions, Modernisms and Everyday Spectacle panel presentation, The Modernists Studies Association Conference, August 28–September 1, University of Sussex, 2013
  • ‘Design Exhibitions and Exhibition Designs: Representing Poland between 1945–75’, Design/History/Revolution. At the Intersection of Art, Design, Politics, and Historical Studies, April 27–28, Parsons New School for Design, New York, 2012

My Research Supervision


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Areas of supervision

Kasia welcomes applications for MA and PhD topics related to design history and theory, Cold War culture, history of Eastern Europe, exhibitions histories, modernism, design. 


My Engagement

Curatorial projects

  • ‘Back to Front. Polish Exhibitions on Show’, Triennale Design Museum, Milan, 2018
  • ‘Glass & Cup. Polish Design Stories’ (with Bogdan Kosak), Istanbul Design Week, 2013
  • ‘Design Faction’ (in partnership with the British Council), various venues 2011–12
  • ‘Innovation Greenhouse’ (with Pete Collard), Victoria & Albert Museum, 2010

Invited talks and workshops

  • ‘Polish design in the context of the international exchanges during the Cold War period’, February 14–15, Museum of Applied Arts Budapest, 2019
  • ‘Display tools for identity formation’, July 26, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, 2016
  • ‘Wojciech Zamecznik. Photo-graphics’, April 7, Zachęta–National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, 2016
  • ‘The Future is Handmade’, March 19, Kalmar Art Museum, Sweden, 2014
  • ‘One-man show. Design history according to Adolf Loos’, January 30, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, 2014

Service

  • Convenor of a fortnightly Work in Progress Humanities and Design seminar
  • Member of Research Management Committee

Membership

  • Design History Society

My Teaching

  • Design History and Theory 1: National histories DDES1200 (course convenor and lecturer)
  • Design History and Theory 2: Global debates DDES2200 (course convenor and lecturer)
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Location

UNSW Art & Design
E109