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Dr Sabrina Rahman

Public engagement

I am deeply committed to working with audiences outside of the traditional university setting, and impact-based case studies and curatorial work are central to my research.

In 2015 I co-curated the exhibition Bilston's Happy Housing: Otto Neurath's Vision for Post-War Modern Living at the Bilston Craft Gallery. The exhibition engaged with architectural models, grapic design, home furnishings, and photography in order to communicate the culture of everyday life on a social housing estate in the immediate post-war era. I collaborated with local volunteers in conducting and interpreting archival research and design obects, as well as coordinated and moderated a panel discussion ('Where Bilston Meets Vienna') with local historians, city councillor, academic researchers, and curators from Austria and the UK. You can listen to an audio recording of the event here:

https://soundcloud.com/wolverhampton-arts/bilstons-happy-housing-panel-discussion

I have also been mentioned recently (August 2016) in the Guardian Cities project for my research on Otto Neurath's work in the Black Country:

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2016/aug/02/pursuit-happiness-black-country-town-bilston

Contribution to discipline

Since 2013, I have been a Trustee of the Design History Society. In my role as Membership and Outreach Officer, I have coordinated programmes for greater engagement between University academics and members of the public with a general interest in design. I am also a member of the Twentieth Century Society, and a member of the Textile Society.

I have held external examining appointments at Imperial College and London Metropolitan University.