Dr Jane Tynan

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

Central Saint Martins

Biography

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. She is series editor for Palgrave Studies in Fashion and the Body.

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.

Her other projects concern the distinctive images and objects that mark transformations in law and order, protest and politics. 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.

Publications include British Army Uniform and the First World War: Men in Khaki (2013) and the forthcoming Understanding Uniform: clothing and discipline in the modern world (2019), both of which explore uniform as an embodied social practice. For her current research project, she turns to images of the military body in guerrilla warfare and insurgency.

Students

 

Miriam Phelan, Crisis, Commemoration and Dress: Designing Memory of the Revolutionary Period in Ireland, PhD candidate, Royal College of Art, second supervisor with Sarah Cheang

Ray Kinsella, Post-war Britain’s First Youth Subculture: The Jazz Scene in Soho, 1945-1950, PhD candidate, University of the Arts London, second supervisor with Roger Sabin, Central Saint Martins

Lydia Kaye, Digital Anthropology, wearable technology and gender, PhD candidate, University of the Arts London, second supervisor with Jaimie Brassett, Central Saint Martins

Yijing Wang, Ethnography through Animation: A case study of the Longhorn Miao people, PhD candidate, University of the Arts London, Director of Studies, Central Saint Martins

Mahtab Hanna, Silent Protest: political jewellery in Iran, PhD candidate, University of the Arts London, second supervisor with Caroline Broadhead, Central Saint Martins

Ahmed Jameel, Collaboration in Graphic Novels, PhD candidate, University of the Arts London, second supervisor with Roger Sabin, Central Saint Martins

Selected research outputs