Keynote Speakers

Chester Higgins Jr./The New York Times (2010)

Photo by Chester Higgins Jr./The New York Times (2010)

Juliet Kinchin
Curator, Department of Architecture and Design
The Museum of Modern Art

Juliet Kinchin joined The Museum of Modern Art in 2008 as a Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design, focusing on the history of modern design. An internationally recognized specialist in the field, Ms. Kinchin has published books and articles and helped organize exhibitions in Europe and the U.S. on the period from the Art Nouveau to the 1960s, with particular emphasis on the Glasgow Style associated with Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and on Central European Modernism. She is currently an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow where she was formerly a Senior Lecturer in The Department of the History of Art, and Founding Director of the graduate program in Decorative Arts and Design History. She has also held faculty positions in the history of art and design at the Glasgow School of Art, and the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in Design, New York, and has worked as a curator in Glasgow Museums and Art Galleries, and London’s Victoria & Albert Museum.

Ms. Kinchin has organized a number of exhibitions for MoMA, including Century of the Child: Growing By Design (2012) and Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen (2010-11) for which she wrote the accompanying catalogues, and Modern by Design (2010) shown at the High Museum, Atlanta. Her other exhibitions include Shaping Modernity: Design 1880-1980 (March 28-September 30, 2012); Electric Currents (March 28-September 30, 2012); Plywood: Material, Process, Form (2011-present); Seeing Red: Hungarian Revolutionary Posters 1919 (2011); Underground Gallery: London Transport Posters, 1920s-1940s (2010-11); What Was Good Design? (2009-11); The New Typography (20009-10); and Polish Posters 1945-89 (2009). She recently contributed essays to Bauhaus Workshops of Modernity 1919-1933 (2009), and Modern Women: Women Artists at the Museum of Modern Art (2010).

4bisPaolo Volonté
Associate Professor, School of Design
Politecnico di Milano

Paolo Volonté, PhD in Sociology (Milan 2003) and in Philosophy (Freiburg i.Br. 1997), is an associate professor of Sociology of cultural processes at the School of Design of Politecnico di Milano. He is also on the International Advisory Board of Modacult, the Centre for the study of fashion and cultural production of the Università Cattolica di Milano. In 2005 he was a founder, and is now the president of STS Italia (the Italian society for science and technology studies). In 2013 he also founded, with Emanuela Mora and Agnés Rocamora, the International Journal of Fashion Studies (Intellect), whose Issue 1 is forthcoming in March. His main research topics are in the fields of fashion studies, design studies, and sociology of knowledge. With Philip Clarke he is currently carrying out a research project about the profession of fashion styling in three fashion capitals (London, Milan, Paris). Recently he published the articles “Art Seen from Outside: Non-artistic Legitimation within the Field of Fashion Design”, in Poetics, forthcoming (March 2014, with M. Pedroni), and “Social and Cultural Features of Fashion Design in Milan”, in Fashion Theory 14 (2012), n. 4, pp. 399-432. Further recent publications include the books: Vita da stilista: Il ruolo sociale del fashion designer (2008); Il campo sociale della fisica particellare in Italia. Uno studio sociologico (with E. Bellotti and L. Beltrame, 2008); Sociologia: Concetti, metodi, temi di scienze sociali (with C. Lunghi, M. Magatti and E. Mora, 2007). He also edited the books Moda e arte (with M. Pedroni, 2012), Biografie di oggetti | Storie di cose (with A. Burtscher, D. Lupo and A. Mattozzi, 2009), La creatività diffusa. Culture e mestieri della moda oggi (2007).

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