Staff Research Profiles


Dr Flavio Boggi - Research activities embrace the artistic culture of late medieval and early renaissance Tuscany. He is also interested in Emilian Trecento painting and has co-written two books on the Bolognese artist Lippo di Dalmasio, most recently with Bononia University Press. [MORE]


Dr Mary Healy - Research centres on East-West dialogues in art history and visual culture from 1860 to the present. With a particular focus on European Orientalism and cross-cultural representations, women’s art and gender theories, Dr Healy has a monograph forthcoming with Ashgate entitled French women Orientalist artists, 1860-1962: cross-cultural contacts and Western depictions of difference. [MORE]


Dr Simon Knowles - Research interests are centred on nineteenth- and early twentieth-century art, on Victorian painting and on urban representation in the second half of the nineteenth century. [MORE]


Dr Sabine Kriebel - Research centres on twentieth-century German art, particularly the art and politics of the Weimar Republic, the history and theory of photography and montage, and issues surrounding aesthetics and politics. She recently published Revolutionary Beauty. The Radical Photomontages of John Heartfield[MORE] 


Recent Staff Publications

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Flavio Boggi and Robert Gibbs, Lippo di Dalmasio. "Assai valente pittore" (Bologna: Bononia University Press, 2013). Publisher's website (external link).  More...

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Mary Healy, ‘Uncovering French Women Orientalists: Marie Elisabeth Aimée Lucas-Robiquet (1858-1959)'. Women's Studies: An Inter-Disciplinary Journal,  44:8, (December 2015), pp. 1178-1199. Publisher’s website (external link). More...

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Simon Knowles, 'Suburban Identity in Paul Maitland's Paintings of Cheyne Walk', Journal of Victorian Culture, Vol 19, Issue 1 (April 2014), pp. 43-62.  More...

Publications-Revolutionary Beauty

Sabine Kriebel, Revolutionary Beauty. The Radical Photomontages of John Heartfield (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2013). Publisher's website (external link).  More...

Current Student Research


Name & Degree Thesis Working Title Supervisor(s)

Sarah Kelleher


'Sculpture's Metamorphoses: A study of the work of Maud Cotter, Dorothy Cross and Alice Maher since 2000'

Dr Sabine Kriebel

Dr Ed Krčma

Matthew Whyte


'Michelangelo’s Sistine Sibyls: Religion and Femininity in 16th-century Rome' Dr Flavio Boggi

Completed Student Research


Year, Name & Degree Thesis Title & Supervisor External Examiner


Emma Rowe


'Mexican Muralism in the 1930s: Beyond Revolution and the Pre-Columbian'

Dr Sabine Kriebel

Prof Frederick Schwartz (University College London)


Simon Knowles


'Changing Perspectives, Altering Perceptions: Picturing the Victorian London Street as Narrative Space'

Dr Flavio Boggi

Dr Paul Barlow (Northumbria University)

Prof Margaret MacDonald (Glasgow Unversity)


Elaine Hoysted


'The Art of Death in Childbirth in Renaissance Italy: A priviliged Status in Motherhood' [MORE]

Dr Flavio Boggi

Dr Catherine Lawless (Trinity College Dublin)


Rachel Warriner 


'Towards a Modalité Féminine: Beyond the Symbolic in the Work of Mary Kelly and Nancy Spero'

Dr Ed Krčma

Dr Jo Applin         (Courtauld Institute of Art)


Kirstie North


'Salvage Operations: Art Historical Memory and the Archive in Contemporary Art'

Dr Ed Krčma

Prof Margaret Iversen (University of Essex)


Sinead Meehan 


'Remembering a Revolution: Dublin, 1916-2016. Visuality, the production of space and the construction of national identity'

Dr Simon Knowles

Dr Declan Long         (NCAD)


Stefania Sapio


'The mechanical origin of an authentic photographic affect'

Dr Kirstie North

Dr Francis Halsall (NCAD)


Ann Murray


'The Memorialisation of World War I in the Work of Otto Dix and the Dresden School, 1914-1934'

Dr Sabine Kriebel

Prof James A Van Dyke (University of Missouri)

Conferences, Workshops and Research Symposia


12-14 September, 2013: War in the Visual Arts.

An international, interdisciplinary conference, organized by Ann Murray, PhD candidate in History of Art, that will bring together multiple perspectives on representations of war in visual culture. It is intended that the conference will lead to the formation of a multidisciplinary, international scholarly community with its own calendar of events and digital presence.

Please click here to go to the conference website.


10-11 May, 2013: Doubt and Visual Representation

This was the inaugural History of Art Postgraduate Conference.

We encounter doubt every day. From the inane to the important, doubt infiltrates almost every thought, feeling and circumstance. Yet, what is doubt? Can doubt be defined? What does doubt involve? Thinking about artistic production and visual representation, in what ways can doubt be a catalyst for change? How might doubt alter our perception? Is doubt problematic or productive? Is doubt historically specific or contingent? By means of an interdisciplinary approach, this conference aims to explore the issue of doubt in modern and contemporary art and visual culture. The theme of doubt and visual representation will be analysed through a variety of  topics from multiple and dynamic perspectives, looking at doubt in painting, drawing, photography, architecture, philosophy and from practitioners’ perspectives also.

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14-15 September, 2012: Feminism: Activism: Modernisms

This conference, co-organized by Rachel Warriner, PhD candidate in History of Art, seeks to explore how feminist activism has intersected with modernism and postmodernism in the arts, examining the tensions, connections, and contributions made to modernisms by participants in the women’s movement and by individual feminist activists. Looking at phenomena ranging from early futurist claims for the autonomy of the female practitioner to an artistic and literary engagement with the second wave of the women’s movement, and the relationship between feminism and poststructuralism, this conference considers a variety of approaches from across the twentieth and twenty first centuries in order to interrogate activist feminism and its relationship to the modernist artworld.

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9-10 December, 2010: Renaissance Now!

Renaissance Now! is the theme of this two-day conference at University College Cork, Ireland. The title is intentionally ambiguous. We wish to focus on the concept of Renaissance as it applies to a particular time and place still regarded as crucially important for world-wide ways of life and thought. However, even this outlook is open to our questioning. What indeed, does it mean to be doing Renaissance Studies Now! not only in terms of the field itself, but in terms of what our field has to say to contemporary society? In the past, the field of Renaissance Studies has drawn themes and orientations from particular concerns of the moment, without losing the rigorous focus, and has given back crucial insights. What Now? To facilitate a many-sided discussion, the conference is articulated in ten parts relating to chief areas of this transdisciplinary and multifaceted field within the humanities and social sciences: History, Languages and Literatures, History of Science, Cultural Studies, Classical Studies, Gender Studies, Art History, Philosophy, Sociology, Politics.

The debate on Renaissance versus Early Modern as periodical concepts has only served to sharpen perceptions of what is at stake in the notion of a Renaissance not that there is yet substantial agreement on this or on any other aspect of the period’s ontology. Perhaps in a time of ‘Renewal’ and ‘Reform ’ of social, political and economic systems, with all the attendant dangers and benefits, the notion of ‘ Renaissance ’ and all this has entailed, holds a certain appeal. The conference will attend to the deepest resonances and draw some conclusions.

Conference Organisers: Brendan Dooley, Daragh O’Connell, Stephen Boyd, Flavio Boggi, James Knowles, Melanie Marshall, David Edwards, Jason Harris.


15-16 September, 2010: Making in Two Modes

Please find attached a flier for an interdisciplinary conference, Making in Two Modes, organised by Dr. Ed Krčma and Dr. Liam Lenihan, which will take place at the Crawford Art Gallery. The conference seeks to explore the work of practitioners, from the Romantic period to the present day, who both write and make visual art. Such concurrent ‘making in two modes’ raises significant questions regarding the relationship of text to image, and of both to different forms of thought. Papers will be given by art historians, literary scholars, philosophers and artists on makers ranging from P.B. Shelley and William Blake to Paul Gauguin and D.G. Rossetti, Mel Bochner and Tacita Dean.


12 July, 2010: Symbolic Orders

Symbolic Orders is a post-graduate conference including speakers from History of Art, English, French, Philosophy and Visual Culture. The papers will address a range of subjects that explore the ways in which established modes of thinking influence our perception of arts practices. Part of The Avant festival and kindly supported by the Lewis Glucksman gallery.


29-30 March, 2010: Envisioning Christ in the Early Medieval West

History of Art in collaboration with the School of English will be hosting an interdisciplinary conference on the theme 'Envisioning Christ in the Early Medieval West' during Holy Week 2010.

Click here for the programme, including speakers' profiles and their abstracts.

History of Art

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5 Perrott Avenue, University College Cork, CORK, Republic of Ireland.