Dr Lina Hakim


I am a researcher, lecturer and artist particularly interested in overlaps between the material cultures of science, technology, craft, and play. I joined Kingston University in October 2015 teaching Critical and Historical Studies, mainly to Graphic Design students.

I was recently Andrew Mellon Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Victoria and Albert Museum, where I coordinated the V&A Research Institute Pilot Project exploring models of object-led inquiry and developing opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaborative research. I taught 'Key Concepts' on the V&A/RCA History of Design MA programme, examining the latest theories and methodologies in the field, and I ran a ‘Thinking Things' reading group for V&A staff, discussing key texts in object-oriented research.

I also teach 'Science, Art & Design' to undergraduate STEM students at Imperial College, London, where I also supervise an independent study module on the theme of ‘Science Culture and Society'.

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer in Visual and Material Culture


  • PhD Humanities & Cultural Studies, the London Consortium, Birkbeck, University of London
  • MRes Humanities & Cultural Studies, the London Consortium, Birkbeck, University of London.
  • MA Book Arts, Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London
  • BA Graphic Design, American University of Beirut

Teaching and learning


My research concerns ways of studying artefacts and the thinking that they allow, focusing in particular on overlaps between the visual and material cultures of design, technology, art, science, craft and play. 

My doctoral project, ‘Scientific Playthings: Artefacts, Affordance, History', looked at three 19th-century scientific instruments that become toys – the string surface model, the Crookes radiometer and the gyroscope – as case studies to explore the understanding that things afford at the levels of encounter, production, use and re-appropriation. 

My interest in how we learn from made things and from making processes is informed by my training and practice in art and design: it is driven by a tendency to draw things together, attentiveness to skill and craftsmanship, focus on the phenomenological unfolding of made objects at the maker/user interface, an alertness to the significance of meaning and interpretative tools in design, and active engagement with the politics of artefacts as assemblages. 

My current research pursuits include work on case studies for a history of graphic design in the Arab world, studies of research methods at the interface of theory and practice, and an editorial project aiming to reinstate André Breton as a key thinker on object-led inquiry.

Research student supervision

Main supervision

Other supervision


Number of items: 11.


Hakim, Lina (2023) Book Review of: 'Moving objects : a cultural history of emotive design' by Damon Taylor. Journal of Design History, ISSN (print) 0952-4649 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Hakim, Lina (2021) Stones, pebbles, and rocks. Journal of Visual Culture, 20(2), ISSN (print) 1470-4129

Hakim, Lina (2020) Things in lockdown. Rosa Mercedes, 2,

Hakim, Lina [Reviewer] (2015) Object lessons : Making, Knowing, and Growing things - Review of: 'Ways of making and knowing : the material culture of empirical knowledge' by Pamela H. Smith, Amy R.W. Meyers, Harold J. Cook ; 'Making and growing : anthropological studies of organisms and artefacts' by Elizabeth Hallan, Tim Ingold. Huntington Library Quarterly, 78(1), pp. 127-136. ISSN (print) 0018-7895

Hakim, Lina (2015) Gestures, ritual & play : interview with Liam O’Connor. V&A Online Journal, 7, ISSN (online) 2043-667X

Hakim, Lina (2013) Instruments as Playthings : an alternative methodology for the study of scientific artefacts = Pristroje jako hracky : alternativni metodologie vyzkumu vedeckych artefaktu. Teorie Vedy/Theory of Science, 35(2), pp. 197-226. ISSN (print) 1210-0250

Hakim, Lina [Reviewer] (2012) Book Review of: 'Spacesuit : fashioning Apollo' by Nicholas de Monchaux. Critical Quarterly, 54(3), pp. 121-125. ISSN (print) 0011-1562


Hakim, Lina (2017) Dia Al-Azzawi: taking a stand: activism through graphic design. Amsterdam, The Netherlands : Khatt Books. 176p. (Arabic design library, 4) ISBN 9789490939120

Book Section

Hakim, Lina (2023) Designing a scientific instrument : lessons from the Crookes radiometer. In: Atzmon, Leslie, (ed.) Design and science. Bloomsbury Publishing. ISBN 9781350061927 (In Press)

Hakim, Lina (2015) Towards a V&A Research Institute. In: Phongsathorn, Thomas, (ed.) V&A Annual Review. London, U.K. : Cultureshock Media for the Victoria and Albert Museum. pp. 66-69.

Hakim, Lina (2009) What I do with books. In: Bodman, Sarah, (ed.) Artist’s Book Yearbook 2010 - 2011. Bristol, U.K. : Impact Press. pp. 69-75. ISBN 9781906501020

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