Dr Kasia   Jezowska
Lecturer

Dr Kasia Jezowska

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

Arts,Design & Architecture
School of Art & Design

I am a cultural historian and at the centre of my research is design history of Eastern Europe. In particular, I am interested in the role of design in constructing the national identities of socialist states, with Poland being the main focus, through the prism of industrial exhibitions and trade fairs. This was the subject of my doctoral research (University of Oxford, 2019) that I am currently turning into a book. Tentatively titled Exhibiting the socialist state. Polish design and national identity during the Cold War, the manuscript argues that in the balancing act of defining what was socialist and what was national and specifically Polish, the political authorities resorted to design. 

My doctoral research formed a backbone of a thematic exhibition 'Back to front. Polish exhibitions on show', which I curated for the Triennale Design Museum in Milan in April 2018.

My new project continues this investigation into 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.

I am a Lecturer in Design History and Theory, and since 2019 I have been developing together with Dr Lazzaro Rezende a comprehensive programme in history and theory of design. Before joining UNSW, 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.

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

Publications

  • Book Chapters | 2021
    Dr Kasia Jezowska
    Jezowska K, 2021, '“A slightly exotic country”: Rethinking Poland’s identity through display at the 11th Milan Triennale, 1957', in Atkinson H; Clarkson V; Lichtman S (ed.), Exhibitions and Transnational Exchange: Art and Design, Borders and Boundaries from 1945, Bloomsbury Academic, London
    Book Chapters | 2018
    Dr Kasia Jezowska
    Jezowska K, 2018, 'News from Elsewhere. The reception of Polish design abroad after 1989', in Frejlich C (ed.), The Other Side of Things. Polish Design after the Year 1989, Kraków Muzeum Narodowe w Krakowie, Kraków
    Book Chapters | 2016
    Dr Kasia Jezowska
    Jezowska K, 2016, 'Instytut Wzornictwa Przemysłowego (IWP) (Institute of Industrial Design Warsaw) (1950–)', in Edwards C (ed.), The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design, pp. 205 - 206, http://dx.doi.org/10.5040/9781472596161-BED-I047
    Book Chapters | 2016
    Dr Kasia Jezowska
    Jezowska K, 2016, 'Projekt (1956–97)', in Edwards C (ed.), The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design, pp. 109 - 110, http://dx.doi.org/10.5040/9781472596154-BED-P094
    Book Chapters | 2016
    Dr Kasia Jezowska
    Jezowska K, 2016, 'Architektura, Poland (1947–89)', in Edwards C (ed.), The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design, pp. 58 - 58, http://dx.doi.org/10.5040/9781472596178-BED-A071
    Book Chapters | 2016
    Dr Kasia Jezowska
    Jezowska K, 2016, 'Arkady (Poland) (1935–9)', in Edwards C (ed.), The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design, pp. 63 - 64, http://dx.doi.org/10.5040/9781472596178-BED-A077
    Book Chapters | 2016
    Dr Kasia Jezowska
    Jezowska K, 2016, 'Escape from Reality: Wojciech Zamecznik’s Exhibition Designs', in Puchała-Rojek K; Ziębińska-Lewandowska K (ed.), Wojciech Zamecznik : foto-graficznie = photo-graphics, Zachęta - Narodowa Galeria Sztuki, Warsaw
    Book Chapters | 2015
    Dr Kasia Jezowska
    Jezowska K, 2015, 'Design in Poland', in Edwards C (ed.), The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design, Bloomsbury, pp. 57 - 61, http://dx.doi.org/10.5040/9781472596154-BED-P054
  • Journal articles | 2018
    Dr Kasia Jezowska
    Jezowska K, 2018, 'The Optimum Imperative: Czech Architecture for the Socialist Lifestyle, 1938-1968', JOURNAL OF DESIGN HISTORY, vol. 31, pp. 298 - 300, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jdh/epy025
    Journal articles | 2016
    Dr Kasia Jezowska
    Jezowska K, 2016, 'Zmagania z ideologią. Pierwsza Polska Wystawa Przemysłu Lekkiego w Moskwie (1949)', Miejsce. Studia nad sztuką i architekturą polską XX i XXI wieku, vol. 2
  • Curatorial Outputs | 2018
    Dr Kasia Jezowska
    Jezowska K, 2018, Back to Front. Polish exhibitions on show, exhibited at: The Triennale Design Museum, Milan, Italy, 16 April 2018 - 22 April 2018
    Creative Written Works | 2018
    Dr Kasia Jezowska
    Jezowska K, 2018, Back to Front. Polish Exhibitions on Show
    Conference Papers | 2015
    Dr Kasia Jezowska
    Jezowska K, 2015, 'Challenging the ideology: the construction of the narrative of the 1st Exhibition of the Polish Light Industry in Moscow in 1949', in Jezowska K; Kunicki M; Czyzewski H (eds.), Post-1945 Poland: Modernities, Transformations and Evolving Identities. Working Papers, Programme on Modern Poland, St Antony's College, University of Oxford, presented at Post-1945 Poland: Modernities, Transformations and Evolving Identities, University of Oxford, 11 June 2015 - 12 June 2015, https://www.sant.ox.ac.uk/sites/default/files/related-documents/post-1945_poland_working_papers_pomp_2016.pdf
    Conference Proceedings (Editor of) | 2015
    Dr Kasia Jezowska
    Jezowska K; Kunicki M; Czyzewski H, (eds.), 2015, 'Post-1945 Poland: Modernities, Transformations and Evolving Identities. Working Papers', Programme on Modern Poland, St Antony's College, Oxford, presented at Post-1945 Poland: Modernities, Transformations and Evolving Identities, Oxford, 11 June 2015 - 12 May 2019, https://www.sant.ox.ac.uk/sites/default/files/related-documents/post-1945_poland_working_papers_pomp_2016.pdf
    Curatorial Outputs | 2013
    Dr Kasia Jezowska
    Jezowska K, 2013, Glass & Cup. Polish Design Stories, exhibited at: Istanbul Design Week, 27 November 2013 - 01 December 2013
    Curatorial Outputs | 2011
    Dr Kasia Jezowska
    Jezowska K, 2011, Design Faction, exhibited at: Łódź, Poland, 20 October 2011 - 30 October 2011
    Curatorial Outputs | 2010
    Dr Kasia Jezowska
    Jezowska K, 2010, Greenhouse, exhibited at: Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 18 September 2010 - 26 September 2010

Awards

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

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