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  • Palgrave Studies in Fashion and the Body | London | Book Series Co-Editor | 2020-09-16 - present
  • Journal of Design History | London | Editorial Board Member | 2021-01-28 - present

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Jane Tynan is a cultural historian who holds degrees from Ulster University and University College Dublin. For her PhD, from University of the Arts London, she explored the significance of khaki uniform to the cultural legacy of the First World War. She joined Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in 2020 from Central Saint Martins in London where she taught history and theory of design and led the MA Fashion Critical Studies. She has been a visiting lecturer at Goldsmiths -University of London, University of Oxford and University College Dublin.


Jane Tynan’s interdisciplinary research combines historical investigation with questions about the social meaning of material forms. She is interested in design as a practice that can engender (or erode) public trust and has developed research on materiality in solidarity cultures of resistance. Recent work has examined the modernity of uniform and its critical role in the development of policing, the military and its spread to civil society since the nineteenth century. Much of her work focuses on practices of bodily (self) fashioning as a way of understanding how the social self is made and remade. She has published in Journal of War and Culture Studies, Journal of Design History and has contributed book chapters to various edited volumes. She is currently writing a book on the trench coat for the Bloomsbury series Object Lessons, encompassing themes of gender, class, technology, work, survival, the city and violence.  

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  • Design History
  • Trust
  • Solidarity
  • Design Cultures
  • Culture, race and identity
  • Gender
  • Power and resistance
  • Politics
  • Transnational
  • Violence
  • The Body


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