|jessica kelly <contact by email>|
list of members
university of hertfordshire
Jessica Kelly is Lecturer in Design History and Theory. Following a BA in History, Jessica graduated with distinction from the V&A/RCA Masters in Design History in 2007 with a dissertation which won the RCA Society + Thames and Hudson Art Book Prize. Jessica also won the Clive Wainwright Memorial Prize, 2006. In addition to her contribution to the research community at UH, Jessica’s external research activity includes participation in the AHRC funded Vienna Café research project at the Royal College of Art. In particular, Jessica is working on the organisation of an exhibition on the historical and contemporary Vienna Cafe, to be held at the Royal College of Art in October 2009. She is also a member of the conference team for Writing Design: Object, Process, Discourse, Translation, the Design History Society Annual conference to be hosted by the tVAD Research Group at the University of Hertfordshire in 2009. Jessica is completing a PG Cert in Higher Education and is an accredited supervisor, currently supervising a Research MA in fashion.
Jessica’s research interests focus on design discourses with specific focus on the communication of the relationship between the designed environment and the body. Jessica’s MA dissertation, entitled ‘Positive Health’, investigated the discourses that surrounded the design of hospital buildings and health education material (graphics and exhibitions) during the interwar period in Britain. The research analysed design discourses and their relationship to perceptions of health and modernity during the period. Jessica is extending her research through further study of health education material from the interwar period. In particular, this research is analysing the design and design discourses in terms of the social, cultural and political ideas surrounding design and the ‘healthy body’ at this time. Several publications are planned from this ongoing research.
Main supervisory interests include:
‘Better planned, better equipped and a more hygienic’: the modern hospital building and social responsibility in interwar Britain’, paper for ‘History and the Healthy Population: Society, Government, Health and Medicine’, Social History of Medicine Society' Annual Conference, Glasgow, 3-5 September 2008.
‘"The Hospital of the Future": hospital design and modernity in the 1930s’ - Forthcoming
‘"Unknown and yet Known": First World War memorials and modern identity’ - Forthcoming
‘Positive Health: hospital design in England in the 1930s’ presentation to the Architecture and Humanities Research Association’s Annual Student Research Conference, University of East London, September 2007.
‘Surreal Things’, Conference Review, Design History Society Newsletter, July 2007, No. 113, ISSN 1473-9614, p. 3
‘Modernisms: review of the Modernism Conference at the V&A’ with Ellie Herring, in The Newsletter of the Design History Society, October, 2006, No. 111, ISSN 1473-9615, pp. 10-11