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Linda King


Linda King is an historian and educator, specialist in analysing Irish design and visual culture as social and cultural history. She is Senior Lecturer in Design History and Visual Culture at the Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT), Dublin. She is also a Board Member of National Museum of Ireland (2018-) where she chairs the Strategy and Engagement Committee and sits on the History of Ireland Galleries Advisory Board. Linda was awarded her PhD from Dublin City University for an interdisciplinary analysis of Aer Lingus advertising which contextualised the influence of Seán Lemass on the travel and tourism industries. Her current research interests similarly focus on regional modernisms as expressions of national identity and nation-building. She is co-editor of the landmark publication Ireland, Design and Visual Culture: Negotiating Modernity, 1922–92 (2011) and has published widely on her research, both nationally and internationally. She has written several essays for Royal Irish Academy publications including on the Irish design industries, Irish tourism publicity, Irish philanthropic architecture and, most recently, has provided the first historical overview of Irish graphic design practices. Linda is a regular contributor to radio and television programmes including as the design curator/consultant for the television series, National Treasures (RTÉ1, 2018). She also writes on aspects of US design history and previously worked at the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York. She is a member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA) and the Irish Association of Professional Historians (IAPH). 

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