Maria Mackinney-Valentin

Maria Mackinney-Valentin

M.A., Ph.D., Lektor

  • Fabrikmestervej 6

    1437 København K



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Curriculum vitae


2013 - Associate Professor, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Design School
2010 - Post.doctoral Research Fellow, The Danish Design School
2010 – Ph.D. dissertation defended
2007 – 2008 Maternity leave
2006 – 2007 Ph.D. Scholar, Danmarks Designskole.  On the Nature of Trends: Developing Trend Theory
2005 Research Assistant at MOKO (The Danish Fashion Consortium) under Center for Design Research (CDF)
2004 – 2005 Maternity leave
2003-2004 Freelance writer with assignments for the written press, advertising, PR and publishing.
2002 Project manager and managing editor of the newspaper Dagen
2001 – 2002 Editor in chief of Magazine produced in collaboration with Y&R.
2001 M.A. from Copenhagen University with a dissertation entitled: Plica Ex Plica: Folds and other Baroque Operations in John Donne’s Songs and Sonnets and Robert Burton’s The Anatomy of Melancholy. The dissertation explored the possibility of a Baroque literary tradition in England.
1999 Managing editor of Eurowoman Magazine.
1997 – 1999 Contributing editor to BOMB Magazine, New York, project manager for monography about the artist Janine Antoni (Cantz), studies with Rosalind Krauss at Columbia University, and freelance writer and critic for Danish magazines, newspapers and DR, Danish Broadcasting Corporation.
1994 – 1995 Exchange student at Universiteit van Amsterdam

I hold an MA in English Literature from the University of Copenhagen and a Ph.D. from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Design. My main research interests include identity construction including issues of gender, status, power, and trend mechanisms.

Research area

  • History and culture
  • Fashion history
  • Design history
  • Media history
  • Visual culture
  • Communication
  • Social identity
  • Zeitgeist
  • Consumer behavior
  • Visual culture
  • Fashion and design mediation
  • Visual staging
  • Media culture
  • Fashion and textiles
  • concept development
  • design process
  • trend mechanisms
  • tactility
  • Sustainability
  • Theory and philosophy
  • Post-structuralism
  • Phenomenology
  • Postmodernism
  • Philosophy of design
  • Gender studies
  • Cultural studies
  • Architecture
  • Spatial analysis
  • Urban design
  • Space and modernity
  • Social Interaction and Everyday Life