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Mary Kelly

Lecturer in Contemporary Art History, Theory and Gallery Studies
University College Cork

Dr Mary Kelly (née Healy) is a Lecturer in Contemporary Art History, Theory and Gallery Studies & Programme Director of the MA in Global Gallery Studies at University College Cork, Ireland. She is also a Research Associate at the Centre for Gender and Women's Studies, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Her former academic posts and awards include: Research Fellow at CGWS,TCD (2013-2016); Language Bursary from the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris (2014); 3 x Irish Research Council New Foundations Awards (2012-14); Lecturing and Research Fellow in the History of Art and Visual Culture, Department of History, UL (2012-13); Government of Ireland Scholar (2010-11), Fulbright Scholar in the Humanities and Visiting Researcher, Department of History of Art, Yale University (2010-11), Guest Lecturer UL (2008-2012) and UL Research Scholar (awarded 2008-2011, accepted 2008-2010). Dr Kelly’s research employs a comparative discourse which bridges Orientalism and cross-cultural representations; 19th- to 21st-century European art historiography; transnational women’s art and gender theories; contemporary art from the Middle East and North Africa; and the role of fine art galleries in societies. She is also interested in post-1945 decolonisation and postcolonial theories and their impact on artists’ identities, art making and art history. She has published her research in peer-reviewed platforms, for example: 2 invited chapters with the British Museum (major exhibition, 2019); articles published in Cultural & Social History (2018) and Women Studies (2015); a monograph with Ashgate (T&F Group, 2020) and an edited book with The British Academy (2020). Kelly was the principal organiser of 'East-West Dialogue in Art History and Visual Culture: Europe, North Africa and the Middle East’ an international symposium at Trinity College Dublin in association with the Chester Beatty Library, 2014 (Funded by the IRC). She has presented her work at numerous international conferences and symposia such as ‘Museums in Arabia’ 2019 at King’s College London and an invited paper at Qatar Museum Authority’s 2015 conference at the National Portrait Gallery, London. Through her research and university teaching, Dr Kelly emphatically claims that the understated dialogue in art and visual culture can be harnessed and used in innovative ways to generate a positive exchange of ideas between Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. In addition, as a part of her teaching at University College Cork, Dr Kelly runs student fieldwork in art institutions across the United Arab Emirates.


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