After reading History at St. Anne’s College Oxford, I studied Design History at the RCA/V&A, where I developed a special interest in the history of material culture and the built environment. In 2007, I completed an AHRC-funded doctorate at the Bartlett School of Architecture, and my thesis was shortlisted for the RIBA President’s Award in 2008.
Before joining Westminster, I completed a knowledge transfer project for the University of Hertfordshire exploring the role of the Chapter House at St Albans Cathedral (William Whitfield, 1982), and taught cultural context at Central St. Martin’s College of Art and Design (BA Graphic Design & Illustration, MA Communication Design).
Outside the world of academia, I have worked as a Senior Live Interpreter for Historic Royal Palaces, and a freelance Education Practitioner in schools and heritage sites across the country. I have an active role in the European Architectural History Network, both as a member of the Publications Committee and, since 2012, as a General Editor of Architectural Histories, the Network's open access peer-reviewed journal. I am also Web Editor for the Network's interactive website.
I provide supervision and teaching support for BA Cultural Context and Diploma History and Theory modules at Westminster
My research looks at how the experience of mass pleasure in Britain has been commodified and defined by the architectural landscape, from seaside towers to cinemas, exhibitions and leisure centres. My approach is highly interdisciplinary, incorporating cultural geographies, histories of tourism and entertainment and, of course, architectural history and theory.
My new book The Architecture of Pleasure (Ashgate, 2013) is the first attempt to define, document, and offer an interpretation of early amusement park landscapes across Britain. It explores the interrelationship between pleasure, technology and the experience of popular modernity in early parks such as Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Dreamland in Margate, and Southend's Kursaal.
This is a selection of publications, more can be found on WestminsterResearch, our online research repository.
Kane, Josephine (2013) The architecture of pleasure: British amusement parks 1900-1939. Ashgate, Farnham. ISBN 9781409410744
Kane, Josephine (2012) Edwardian amusement parks: the pleasure garden reborn? In: The pleasure garden, from Vauxhall to Coney Island. University of Pennsylvania Press, Pennsylvania, pp. 217-246. ISBN 9780812244380
Kane, Josephine (2009) Construction of modern pleasure palace: Dreamland Cinema, Margate, 1935. In: Design and popular entertainment. Manchester University Press, Manchester, pp. 57-78. ISBN 9780719080166
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