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
Kasia Jeżowska is a historian of design and culture and in particular, she is interested in the political role of design in the 20th and 21st centuries. She was awarded a doctorate in History from the University of Oxford in 2019 for a dissertation on the industrial exhibitions and trade fairs in the post-war period. 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 2018.
Her current book project, tentatively titled Socialist by design. Statecraft, industry, and the national style in Cold War Poland, 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 an investigation into the political potential of industrial exhibitions, placing coal at the forefront of this inquiry.
She joined the University of New South Wales in Sydney in 2019 where she has developed and convened, together with Dr Livia Lazzaro Rezende, a comprehensive history and theory of design programme. Prior to that, 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
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.
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