Javier Gimeno Martinez

dr. Javier Gimeno Martinez

  • De Boelelaan 1105

    1081 HV Amsterdam


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Ancillary activities

  • Int. Committee for Design History and Design Studies (ICDHS) | Amsterdam | Bestuurslid | 2017-05-01 - present
  • Tijdschrift voor interieurgeschiedenis en design | Gent | Lid van het wetenschappelijk comité | 2017-05-01 - present
  • Vlaams Architectuurinstituut | Antwerpen | Adviseur | 2021-02-01 - present
  • Vlaams Architectuurinstituut | Antwerpen | Lid van de klankbordgroep | 2021-02-01 - present

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Javier Gimeno-Martínez is a design historian and an Assistant Professor at the Vrije University Amsterdam. He was a visiting scholar in the department of Design History at the Royal College of Art (London, UK) for the year 2009-2010 and member of the editorial board of The Journal of Design History (2008-2012).


He holds a MA-degree in Industrial Design from the Universidad Cardenal Herrera, Valencia (Spain) and an MA-degree on Art History from the Universidad de Valencia. He got his PhD in 2006 from the KULeuven with the dissertation “The Role of the Creative Industries in the Construction of Regional/European Identities (1975-2002): Design and Fashion in Belgium and Spain.”


My research focusses on design and the construction of national identity. My period of study starts roughly in the early nineteenth century with special attention to the second half of the twentieth century and the twenty-first century. My research has studied the subject from different points of view, ranging from state-driven activities for the promotion of design and fashion, the agency of the consumer to create national symbols and the construction of national histories of design. It makes use of theoretical frameworks from both the Humanities and the Social Sciences and implements them to the field of design.


I currently teach "Modegeschiedenis en -theorie" for the BA Media, Kunst, Design en Architectuur and the modules “Methods of Design Analysis: The Meanings of Design” and “The Arts and Crafts of ‘Dutch’ Design” for the MA Design Cultures. I contribute to other modules in these BA and MA programmes.


He was awarded a KULeuven postdoctoral BOF-grant for the project 'Crafts and Design. International Trends and Local Evolution as Defining Factors of Contemporary Applied Arts and Industrial Design in Flanders (1968-2000)' for the academic year 2006-2007 and a postdoctoral research grant by the Research Foundation-Flanders (Belgium) for the project 'The Triumph of Design: A Study of the Changing Cultural Status of Contemporary Crafts andDesign in Flanders (1968-2000)' for the period 2007-2010.



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