Imagined Poland. Constructing representations of the nation state at the international exhibitions of industry, craft and design, 1948-1974
Supervisor: Professor Paul Betts, Dr Mikolaj Kunicki
I am an AHRC-funded DPhil candidate in Modern History.
My doctoral research, which I am currently completing, evolves around the concept of an Imagined Poland during the Cold War period. The thesis offers the first in-depth analysis of how design, craft and architecture were used by political authorities, trade representatives and creative intelligentsia in a joint effort to construct an image of the nation state at international exhibitions. My thesis examines this process through a detailed study of written and visual archival material as well as oral-history interviews complemented by a selection of secondary sources in the fields of Cold War studies and cultural history.
Since 2012 I have been working as an Associate Lecturer in Contextual and Theoretical Studies at the University of the Arts London across the product, graphics, ceramics and architecture programmes.