Dr. Lisa Godson holds degrees from Trinity College Dublin (MA) and the Royal College of Art (MA, PhD) and is Co-Director of the MA Design History and Material Culture at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. Recent publications include Making 1916: Material and Visual Culture of the Easter Rising (co-editor, Liverpool University Press, 2015); Design Learning in an Age of Austerity (co-editor, 2015); The Secret Lives of Objects (editor, 2016); ‘Charting The Material Culture of the Devotional Revolution’ (Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy 116C); the forthcoming Modernism and Sacred Architecture (co-editor, 2017) and her monograph “How the Crowd Felt”: Religion, Ritual and Material Culture in the Irish Free State (2017) as well as articles and reviews for the Journal of Design History, Design and Culture, Irish Geography and Material Religion. She was college tutor in Critical and Historical Studies at the Royal College of Art where she was also Learning and Teaching Fellow, and the NCAD Fellow at the Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media, Dublin.
Godson often works with creative practitioners – the award-winning feature documentary Build Something Modern on modernist architects in Africa was based on her research and concept and she is currently research collaborator on the major Arts Council/Create/Artangel project In the Shadow of the State with artists Jesse Jones and Sarah Browne. Current research includes the Irish Research Council-funded Making Memory: the Material and Visual Culture of Commemoration in Ireland since 1800 and a project on gender and the design of medical instruments. She writes a monthly column on design and material culture for the Irish Times.