Dr. Akshay Kumar Rathore, PhD
Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Education and Academics
Postdoctoral Research Associate: University of Illinois at Chicago, USA (Sept 2009-Sept 2010)
Postdoctoral Research Scientist: University of Wuppertal, Germany (Sept 2008 to Sept Aug 2009)
Ph.D.: University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada (2008)
M.Tech.: Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-BHU), Varanasi, India (2003)
B.E.: Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture and Technology, Udaipur, Raj., India (2001)
Assistant Professor: National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore (Nov 2010-March 2016)
Lecturer: University of Victoria, BC, Canada (May to Dec 2007)
Lecturer: Mody Institute of Technology and Science, Lakshmangarh, Raj, India (2003-2004)
Dr John Potvin received his PhD in 2005 from Queen's University and has taught at a number of universities including York University and the University of Toronto and in 2005 was appointed Assistant Professor at the University of Guelph. In 2012, he came to Concordia University as Associate Professor and teaches on the intersections of art, design and fashion. His research largely while not exclusively focuses on the ways the male body, competing masculinities and dissident sexualities are performed, represented, memorialized and perceived through various modern design and material and visual cultures since the late 19th century in Europe and North America. He has published several essays in books and journals including The Journal of Design History, Journal of Interior Design, Senses and Society, Genders, Home Cultures, Visual Culture in Britain and Fashion Theory.
He is the author of Material and Visual Cultures Beyond Male Bonding (Ashgate 2008), Giorgio Armani: Empire of the Senses (Ashgate 2013) and, more recently, Bachelors of a Different Sort: Queer Aesthetics, Material Culture and the Modern Interior in Britain (Manchester University Press 2014), which won the Historians of British Art Book Prize. In addition to being editor of The Places and Spaces of Fashion (Routledge 2009) and Oriental Interiors: Design, Identity, Space (Bloomsbury 2015) he is also co-editor of both Material Cultures, 1740-1920: The Meanings and Pleasures of Collecting (Ashgate 2009) and Fashion, Interior Design and the Contours of Modern Identity (Ashgate 2010). He serves on the editorial boards of several international peer-reviewed journals and was book review editor for Interiors: Interiors, Design and Architecture (2011-13).
His current SSHRC-funded project, Deco Dandy: Designing Masculinity in 1920s Paris explores the fashion, painting, performance and design cultures of the much-neglected interwar dandy. In spring 2016 he was awarded a four-year Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Grant to explore ‘Sexuality, Masculinity and Shame in Interior Design: From Professionalization to Queer Theory, 1869-2015’.
Research & Teaching Interests
§ The cultures of modernism in art, design and fashion
§ Histories and theories of the interior
§ Sexuality, gender and design
§ Material and visual cultures of masculinity
§ Queer theory and feminism
§ The design and visual cultures of Orientalism
§ The bodies, space and time of design
§ Fashion, legacy and the spaces of display
§ Fashion and tailoring in the age of globalization