Fields of Research (FoR)Design history, theory and criticism, European history (excl. British, classical Greek and Roman), Cultural studies, Visual cultures
Dr Kasia Jeżowska is a historian and at the centre of her research is the design history of Eastern Europe. In particular, she is interested in the role of design in constructing national identities through the prism of industrial exhibitions and trade fairs, with Poland being the central case study. She was awarded a doctorate in history from the University of Oxford in early 2019. Her doctoral research formed a backbone of a thematic...view more
Dr Kasia Jeżowska is a historian and at the centre of her research is the design history of Eastern Europe. In particular, she is interested in the role of design in constructing national identities through the prism of industrial exhibitions and trade fairs, with Poland being the central case study. She was awarded a doctorate in history from the University of Oxford in early 2019. Her doctoral research formed a backbone of a thematic exhibition 'Back to front. Polish exhibitions on show', which she curated for the Triennale Design Museum in Milan in April 2018.
Her current book project is tentatively titled Designing socialist diplomacy. Industry and identity at the Polish exhibitions during the Cold War. It argues that industrial exhibitions and trade fairs were powerful tools that the state used in their diplomatic endeavours to present itself vis-a-vis other countries as a socialist yet distinctly unique country.
Her new research Coal Nations and Carbon Cultures, continues to investigate industrial exhibitions' political potential, placing coal at the forefront of this inquiry. By examining the complex relationship between natural resources, industrial products and national identity, the project seeks to explain Poland's and Australia's longstanding reliance on this increasingly problematic material resource.
She joined the University of New South Wales in Sydney in 2019 to work as a Lecturer in Design History and Theory. She is responsible, together with Dr Livia Lazzaro Rezende, for a comprehensive history and theory of design programme. Prior, she worked as an Associate Lecturer at the University of the Arts, University of Hertfordshire, and as a Visiting Lecturer at the Royal College of Art.
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
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 Supervision
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.
I have collaborated 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
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