Dr Jane Tynan

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Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies Pathway Leader on MA Fashion Communication (Critical Studies)

Central Saint Martins


Jane Tynan is a lecturer on BA and MA design and communication courses at Central Saint Martins. Her research encompasses fashion studies, design history and visual culture. She has taught across a range of arts and humanities courses in Ireland and the UK, is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the CSM Fashion: History, Theory, Curation and Film research group.

Research interests

Social history of fashion and clothing; history of uniform clothing-military and civilian, camouflage; fashion and social identity; fashion and politics; conflict and visual/material culture; the body and war memory; design and activism: gender and design; protest and visual culture.

Research statement

Jane Tynan’s research concerns the history and politics of design. At the moment, she is working on visual and material aspects of warfare, with a focus on uniforms and the body. This reflects her ongoing interest in the ordinary, often transient images, objects and spaces that mediate civil-military relations.

Other projects concern the distinctive images and objects that mark transformations in law and order, protest and politics. Amongst other things, she has published on the history of the trench coat and the role of police uniform in nineteenth century law and order reform. In addition, she has contributed to various conferences and published volumes on conflict and visual culture.

Her recent book is a cultural history of the First World War, tracing the social, economic and cultural significance of uniforms worn by British combatants on the western front. In British Army Uniform and the First World War (2013) she considers how military appearance, in its various forms, embodied wartime beliefs about gender, social class and race. For her current research project, she turns to images of the military body in guerrilla warfare and insurgency.


Mahtab Hanna, Political Jewellery: Silent Protest.

Ahmed Mauroof Jameel, The Third Hand in Creating Comic Books: A Practice-Based Study of Writer-Artist Collaboration.

Yijing Wang, An Investigation into Ethnography through Animation: A case study of the Longhorn Miao people.

Selected research outputs