Regina Blaszczyk (Leeds): "Fashionability: The Creation of British Cloth for the Global Market"
The Centre of Business History is pleased to announce the upcoming Seminar with Regina Blaszczyk (University of Reading).
Regina Lee Blaszczyk joined the School of History at the University of Leeds as Leadership Chair in the History of Business and Society in 2013. Professor Blaszczyk likes to do things differently! Her career has included jobs as a cultural history curator at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington, DC; as an American studies professor at Boston University; and as director of the Beckman Center for the History of Chemistry at the the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia. From 2005 to 2012, she was a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania while running a consultancy dedicated to America's innovation heritage. She also serves on the editorial boards of Enterprise and Society and History of Retailing and Consumption. From 2009 to 2015, she was an associate editor at the Journal of Design History, the top design history journal in the humanities. Professor Blaszczyk does research on the cultural history of business, with reference to design, fashion, colour, retailing, and advertising. Her work connects the history of the creative industries to big historical themes such as globalisation, material life and social identity, and consumer culture. She also writes about connections between the global chemical industry, the chemical engineering profession, and the creative sector, and about the history of technology.