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Dr Elizabeth Kramer

Senior Lecturer

Department: Arts

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Before joining Northumbria University in 2009 as Senior Lecturer in Design History, Elizabeth Kramer held a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship in Historical Studies at Newcastle University (2007-9), during which time she conducted research on the material culture of manias.  This expanded upon her research on the Japan mania in Victorian Britain (1875-1900) conducted during a previous postdoctoral fellowship in Material Culture-Textiles for the AHRC Research Centre for Textile Conservation and Textile Studies (2005-7).  Her interest in what we can learn about the participants in, and critics of, manias as informed by the material culture associated with them as well as her interest in Anglo-Japanese artistic exchange stemming from the topic of her PhD, "Art, Industry and Design: Japanese and Anglo-Japanese Textile Culture in Victorian Britain, 1862-1900", completed at The University of Manchester in 2004.

Dr Kramer is a longstanding member of the Design History Society.  She is a member of the Editorial Board for Visual Culture in Britain published by Routledge.  She is also a member of the AHRC Peer Review College. 

At Northumbria Univesity, Dr Kramer is also a member of the Northumbria UniversityVisual and Material Culture research group.


Design Studies PhD June 30 2004

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Fashion and East Asia: Cultural translations and East Asian perspectives, Cheang, S., Kramer, E. 1 Oct 2017, In: International Journal of Fashion Studies
  • Batmobama and ObaMarx: The meanings of the material and visual culture of Obama Mania, Kramer, E. 1 Nov 2013, In: Journal of Design History
  • ‘Not So Japan-Easy’: the British reception of Japanese dress in the late nineteenth century, Kramer, E. 2013, In: Textile History
  • From specimen to scrap: Japanese textiles in the British Victorian interior, 1875-1900, Kramer, E. Mar 2009, Material cutlures 1740-1920: the meanings and pleasures of collecting, Farnham, Ashgate
  • Japanese inspiration and the ‘art’ of Victorian art embroidery, Kramer, E. 2009, In: Text
  • Re-evaluating the Japan mania in Victorian Britain: the agency of Japenese and Anglo-Japanese wares, Kramer, E. 2009, Networks of Design, Boca Raton, Universal Publishers
  • Master or Market?: The Anglo-Japanese textile designs of Christopher Dresser, Kramer, E. 2006, In: Journal of Design History

PGR Supervision

  • Massimiliano Papini Start: 01/10/2016
  • Catherine Glover Start: 01/03/2018


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