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 cultural history of Eastern Europe. More broadly, I am interested in the relationship between design and political narratives, industrial exhibitions, and design diplomacy in the 20th and 21st centuries.

I joined UNSW in 2019 to develop a comprehensive programme in design history and theory. Since then, I have been lecturing and convening a range of courses in history and theory for BA and MA students. I am a co-convenor of the Design and Humanities Work in Progress Seminar (with Livia Lazzaro-Rezende). Previously 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 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 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 | 2018
    Jezowska K, 2018, 'News from Elsewhere. The reception of Polish design abroad after 1989', in Frejlich C (ed.), Z drugiej strony rzeczy : polski dizajn po roku 1989 = The other side of things : polish design after 1989, Kraków Muzeum Narodowe w Krakowie, Kraków, pp. 92 - 102, http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/1038456116
    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, '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, '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, '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, '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 | 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 | 2016
    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 | 2016
    Jezowska K, 2016, 'Poster Biennale and awards, Wilanów', in The Bloomsbury Encyclopaedia of Design
    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 | 2022
    Jezowska K, 2022, 'Book Review: Designing One Nation: The Politics of Economic Culture and Trade in Divided Germany', JOURNAL OF CONTEMPORARY HISTORY, vol. 57, pp. 832 - 834, https://www.webofscience.com/api/gateway?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000812313000020&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Journal articles | 2022
    Jeżowska K, 2022, 'Book Review: Designing One Nation: The Politics of Economic Culture and Trade in Divided Germany by Katrin Schreiter', Journal of Contemporary History, vol. 57, pp. 832 - 834, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/00220094221083479e
    Journal articles | 2022
    Jeżowska K, 2022, 'Socialist, Humanist and Well-Designed: The Polish Welfare State at the International Labour Exhibition in Turin, 1961', Contemporary European History, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0960777322000029
    Journal articles | 2022
    Jezowska K, 2022, 'Young Poland: The Polish Arts and Crafts Movement, 1890-1918', JOURNAL OF DESIGN HISTORY, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jdh/epac029
    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
  • Conference Presentations | 2022
    Jones MI; Jezowska K; Miller S; Strecker J, 2022, 'A case study of History Writing, Collaboration and Cultural Heritage: The role of David Jones’ in transforming design and culture in mid-century Australia', presented at 40th Australian Historical Association (AHA) Conference, Deakin University, 27 June 2022 - 01 July 2022, https://web-eur.cvent.com/event/510e58dd-b292-4701-b90f-ea8e3756162c/summary
    Curatorial Outputs | 2012
    Jeżowska K, 2012, Design Faction, exhibited at: Łódź, Poland, 20 October 2011 - 30 October 2011
    Creative Written Works | 2018
    Jezowska K, 2018, Back to Front. Polish Exhibitions on Show, Jezowska K, (ed.)
    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
    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
    Curatorial Outputs | 2016
    Jeżowska K, 2016, Glass & Cup. Polish Design Stories, exhibited at: Istanbul Design Week, 27 November 2013 - 01 December 2013
    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, Glass & Cup. Polish Design Stories, Jezowska K, (ed.)
    Creative Written Works | 2013
    Jezowska K, 2013, What’s for Breakfast? Design from Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia & Georgia, Jezowska K, (ed.)
    Other | 2013
    Jezowska K, 2013, The Modernist Studies Association Review
    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 | 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

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, an exhibition for the Triennale Design Museum in Milan that recontextualised historical material to make it relevant for contemporary audiences. You can read more about my curatorial outputs in the Publication section on the right.

 

My Research Supervision

Julie Gai Oliver, ‘Colonial jewellery displayed in museums and galleries in NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania: the nature of the jewellery and the methods of display. The correlation between museum collections and colonial jewellery narratives.’ PhD Art, Design and Media, Part-Time, since February 2022. Joint supervision with Dr Zoë Veness.

My Teaching

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