Researcher

Dr Livia Lazzaro Rezende

My Expertise

Latin American culture, design and visual culture | Global Design Histories (focus on decolonial methods) | Studies on nationalism & national identity formation through design | Environmental Histories of Design | Nineteenth- & twentieth-century industrial and communication design | Histories of graphic design and printing technologies

 

Academic and Editorial Boards

 

Book Review Editor, The Journal of Modern Craft

Member, Design History Society (Treasurer & Executive Committee Honorary Member, 2013-2016)

Member, College Art Association

Member, Art Association of Australia and New Zealand

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Biography

Livia Rezende is a Lecturer at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, where she supervises, researches and teaches in design history and theory.

 

Dr Rezende has straddled design practice and historical research for nearly twenty years, having worked as a graphic designer for national companies and large corporations; the heritage and creative economy sectors, and the print industries while advancing academic research in Design History...view more

Livia Rezende is a Lecturer at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, where she supervises, researches and teaches in design history and theory.

 

Dr Rezende has straddled design practice and historical research for nearly twenty years, having worked as a graphic designer for national companies and large corporations; the heritage and creative economy sectors, and the print industries while advancing academic research in Design History and Theory. She joined the UNSW Art & Design Faculty in 2019 to form a new team and establish learning, teaching and research in Design History and Theory. 

 

She has convened workshops on development, sustainability, and open source making. Through cross-cultural partnerships and public engagement, Dr Rezende has helped advance new research agendas like ‘Environmental Histories of Design’ (Germany and Norway, 2015-17), ‘Design and Uncertainty in the Global Present’ (India and UK, 2013-14), and furthered widening participation, social inclusion and academic exchange.

 

After receiving her PhD from the Victoria & Albert Museum / Royal College of Art History of Design programme (London, UK), Dr Rezende was awarded a Junior Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) in 2012 to undertake research on the 1922 Independence Centennial International Exhibition in Rio de Janeiro. This followed her doctoral thesis ‘The raw and the manufactured: Brazilian modernity and national identity as projected in International Exhibitions (1862–1922)’, where she discussed national representation through designed artefacts, the management of raw materials and conceptualisations of nature in International Exhibitions and World’s Fairs. 

 

In 2013, she joined the Royal College of Art as Tutor (Research) in History of Design. In 2012, Dr Rezende was awarded a Visiting Professorship by the Rio de Janeiro State University to teach design historical-informed courses at the College of Industrial Design (ESDI). Dr Rezende was Academic Coordinator for the Istituto Europeo di Design, where she managed course leaders and led interdisciplinary ‘Creative Laboratory’ projects in Sustainable and Strategic Design, among others. As the Design History Society’s Treasurer (2013-16), Dr Rezende helped organize events and conferences in the UK, Ireland, Norway, India and the US, and reviewed award applications. She serves as a peer reviewer and scientific and programme committee member for various academic journals and conferences.

  


My Qualifications

2012 – 2013    Postdoctoral Fellowship in Design | College of Industrial Design, Rio, Brazil | Research project: ‘Representation and materialisation of ‘Brazilianness’ at the Independence Centennial International Exhibition in Rio de Janeiro (1922)’

 

2006 – 2010    PhD in History of Design | Royal College of Art / V&A Museum, London | Thesis: ‘The raw and the manufactured: Brazilian modernity and national identity as projected in International Exhibitions (1862–1922)’

 

2001 – 2003    MA in History of Graphic Design | Pontifícia Universidade Católica, Brazil | Dissertation: ‘From the graphic design to the ideological project: Brazilian national identity printed on nineteenth-century labels’

 

1994 – 1997    Bachelor’s Degree in Design |College of Industrial Design, Rio, Brazil


My Awards

    Development through the Creative Economy in China, Arts & Humanities Research Council UK (2017)

•    Royal College of Art Research Development Fund (2015)

•    Royal College of Art, School of Humanities Academic Staff Study Support Fund (2014)

•    Visiting Professorship, Rio de Janeiro State University, Brazil (2013)

•    Junior Postdoctoral Scholarship, Brazilian Council for Scientific and Technological Development (2012)

•    Full doctoral award, CAPES Foundation of Brazil (2007-10)

•    Best Written Work, Museu da Casa Brasileira, Brazil (2005)


My Research Activities

Dr Rezende has been spearheading the study of Latin American design history outside the region. She has co-convened conference panels in the UK and US and has recently co-edited a Special Issue of the Journal of Design History on ‘Locating Design Exchanges in Latin America and the Caribbean’ to consolidate her global critique of modern design as a political tool for development from a decolonial perspective. 

 

She is the co-founder of OPEN, a collaborative inernational research initiative that draws on decolonial methods to explore how our world views translate. Through events, exhibitions and the curation of the web-based exhibition Emotional Practices, OPEN invites people to (re)think individual positions in terms of diversity and difference of experience, to enhance awareness to cultural identity, difference and lived experience. OPEN’s aim is develop art and design practices with transformational capabilities that are inclusive of emotional work, self-care, respect and positionality.

 

Dr Rezende’s interests and methods have been informed by material and visual culture methods of analysis, studies of nationalism, sociology of translation, anthropology, and gender theory. She has expertise on nineteenth- and twentieth-century industrial and communication design, including the development of printing technologies, and the global production of images of modernity.

 

She is the author of several articles and book chapters including:

 

 

Her current book project discusses divergent projects for design fought at the International Design Biennials held in Brazil in the late 1960s amidst a brutal military dictatorship.


My Research Supervision


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Areas of supervision

I have supervised three PhD theses to completion and over thirty MA dissertations. I supervise candidates by thesis-only, and can jointly supervise candidates by practice.

 

I invite candidates to submit a research proposal in the following research areas and methodological approaches:

     

  • Global Design Histories (with emphasis on decolonial methods)
  • Histories of exhibitions, biennials and World’s Fairs
  • Latin American Design Histories 
  • Studies of nationalism & national identity formation through design
  • Environmental Histories of Design 
  • Nineteenth- & twentieth-century industrial and communication design 
  • Histories of graphic design and printing technologies


My Teaching

 

At UNSW Art & Design, Dr Rezende has developed, convenes and teaches postgraduate and core undergraduate courses in Design History and Theory, including:

 

  • National Design Histories (DDES1200)
  • Global Design Discourses (DDES1201)
  • Positions in Design (DDES2200)

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Location

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UNSW Art & Design
Oxford St & Greens Rd
Paddington, Sydney
NSW 2021
Australia

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