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
iCinema Centre for Interactive Cinema Research

I am a historian, and at the centre of my research is the design history of Eastern Europe. In particular, I am interested in the political role of design in the 20th and 21st centuries as part of projects of international diplomacy. In 2019 I joined the University of New South Wales in Sydney as a Lecturer (US. Assistant Professor) in Design History and Theory, where, together with Livia Lazzaro Rezende, I have been responsible for a comprehensive programme in the history and theory of design. Before this, I worked as an Associate Lecturer at the University of the Arts, the University of Hertfordshire, and as a Visiting Lecturer at the Royal College of Art, London.

My 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 employed to present itself vis-a-vis other countries as a socialist yet distinctly unique country. It expands on my doctoral project (University of Oxford, 2019), which examined the role of design, craft and architecture in imagining ‘modern Poland’ in the three post-war decades.

My scholarly interest in design diplomacy has developed in parallel to my curatorial practice. Over the last fifteen years I collaborated on exhibition projects and public programming with design industry partners, governmental bodies and cultural institutions. I developed thematic exhibitions and temporary displays for the London Design Festival, Milan Design Week, Istanbul Design Week and Victoria and Albert Museum, London. In 2018 I curated Back to Front: Polish Exhibitions on Show, a thematic exhibition for the Triennale Design Museum in Milan which recontextualised historical material to make it relevant for the contemporary audiences.

My new project Coal Nations and Carbon Cultures continues this investigation into the political potential of industrial exhibitions, 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 both Poland’s and Australia’s longstanding reliance on this increasingly problematic material resource.

Location
UNSW Art &Design Arts, Design & Architecture Office F218F Paddington Campus Crn Oxford Street & Greens Road Sydney NSW 2021
  • Book Chapters | 2022
    Jeżowska K, 2022, '"A slightly exotic country": Poland’s contentious debut at the 11th Milan Triennale, 1957', in Atkinson H; Clarkson V; Lichtman S (ed.), Exhibitions Beyond Boundaries. Transnational Exchanges through Art, Architecture and Design from 1945, Bloomsbury Academic, London, https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/exhibitions-beyond-boundaries-9781350088481/
    Book Chapters | 2018
    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
    Jezowska K, 2016, 'Arkady', in Edwards C (ed.), The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design, pp. 63 - 64, http://dx.doi.org/10.5040/9781472596178-BED-A077
    Book Chapters | 2016
    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
    Jezowska K, 2016, 'Poster Biennale and awards, Wilanów', in The Bloomsbury Encyclopaedia of Design
    Book Chapters | 2016
    Jezowska K, 2016, 'Instytut Wzornictwa Przemysłowego', in Edwards C (ed.), The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design, pp. 205 - 206, http://dx.doi.org/10.5040/9781472596161-BED-I047
    Book Chapters | 2016
    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
    Jezowska K, 2016, 'Polish Design', in Edwards C (ed.), The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design, Bloomsbury, pp. 57 - 61, http://dx.doi.org/10.5040/9781472596154-BED-P054
    Book Chapters | 2016
    Jezowska K, 2016, 'Escape from Reality: Wojciech Zamecznik’s Exhibition Designs', in Puchała-Rojek K; Ziębińska-Lewandowska K (ed.), Wojciech Zamecznik. Photo-graphics., Zachęta - Narodowa Galeria Sztuki, Warsaw
    Book Chapters | 2013
    Jezowska K, 2013, 'Warsaw XXX. An interview with architect and designer Jacek Damięcki', in Disruption. An investigation on the idea of disturbance, subversion and irritation in art and design practice
    Book Chapters | 2012
    Jezowska K, 2012, 'New Needs in an Augmented World by Ludwig Zeller', in New Talents Biennale
    Book Chapters | 2011
    Jezowska K, 2011, 'Design Faction', in On Show. Temporary Design of Fairs, Special Events and Art Exhibitions
  • Journal articles | 2023
    Jeżowska K, 2023, 'Designing One Nation. The Politics of Economic Culture and Trade in Divided Germany’ by Katrin Schreiter', Journal of Contemporary History
    Journal articles | 2023
    Jeżowska K, 2023, 'Humanist, socialist and well-designed. Polish welfare state at the International Labour Exhibition in Turin, 1961', Contemporary European History
    Journal articles | 2018
    Jezowska K, 2018, '‘The Optimum Imperative: Czech Architecture for the Socialist Lifestyle, 1938-1968’ by Ana Miljacki', Journal of Design History, vol. 31, pp. 298 - 300, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jdh/epy025
    Journal articles | 2016
    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, pp. 128 - 146
    Journal articles | 2014
    Jezowska K, 2014, 'Reinventing the high heel. Marloes ten Bhomer on engineering the shoe', Disegno
  • Curatorial Outputs | 2018
    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
    Jezowska K, 2018, Back to Front. Polish Exhibitions on Show
    Curatorial Outputs | 2016
    Jeżowska K, 2016, Glass & Cup. Polish Design Stories, exhibited at: Istanbul Design Week, 27 November 2013 - 01 December 2013
    Conference Proceedings (Editor of) | 2016
    Jezowska K; Kunicki M; Czyzewski H, (eds.), 2016, '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
    Conference Papers | 2015
    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
    Creative Written Works | 2013
    Jezowska K, 2013, What’s for Breakfast? Design from Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia & Georgia, Jezowska K, (ed.)
    Creative Written Works | 2013
    Jezowska K, 2013, Glass & Cup. Polish Design Stories, Jezowska K, (ed.)
    Curatorial Outputs | 2013
    Jezowska K, 2013, What’s for Breakfast? Design from Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia & Georgia, exhibited at: , 24 June 2013 - 03 July 2013
    Other | 2013
    Jezowska K, 2013, The Modernist Studies Association Review
    Curatorial Outputs | 2012
    Jeżowska K, 2012, Design Faction, exhibited at: Łódź, Poland, 20 October 2011 - 30 October 2011
    Other | 2012
    Jezowska K, 2012, Modernities on display
    Other | 2011
    Jezowska K, 2011, Łódź Design Festival review, https://design.britishcouncil.org/blog/2011/nov/24/lodz-design-festival/
    Curatorial Outputs | 2010
    Jezowska K, 2010, Innovation Greenhouse exhibition, exhibited at: Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 18 September 2010 - 26 September 2010

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