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University College Dublin
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art history, cultural history, visual culture, commemoration, public art, nineteenth century, Irish famine, poverty, Irish photography, migration, Irish diaspora, cultural policy, museums, heritage
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About Me

Dr Emily Mark-FitzGerald is Associate Professor in the School of Art History and Cultural Policy at University College Dublin, Ireland, where her research concerns Irish art history, visual culture, museum/heritage studies and cultural policy from the 19th c. – present. Her specialisations include the visual culture of famine, poverty, migration, and diaspora (painting, engraving, photography, cinema and material culture); memory, commemoration and public art; and Irish cultural policy and institutions. Her acclaimed monograph Commemorating the Irish Famine: Memory and the Monument (Liverpool University Press) was published in 2013 (hardback) and 2015 (paperback). She also co-delivers the MA in Cultural Policy and Arts Management at University College Dublin, one of the longest-running programmes in Europe.

Originally from Los Angeles, Dr Mark-FitzGerald holds a BA in Art History and Spanish from the University of Southern California, an MA in Arts Administration from Indiana University and a PhD in Art History from University College Dublin. She is the recipient of major fellowships and research funding from the US-Ireland Alliance (Mitchell Scholarship), Mellon Foundation/Social Science Research Council, Humanities Institute of Ireland, Royal Hibernian Academy, Royal Irish Academy, Irish Research Council, and Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

Dr. Mark-FitzGerald is a founding editor of Artefact: the Journal of the Irish Association of Art Historians, 2007-9, and the Irish Journal of Arts Management and Cultural Policy, 2013-present. Along with a colleague she represents Art History on the Historical Studies Committee of the Royal Irish Academy. She is a core advisory board member of the International Network for Irish Famine Studies, funded by the European Research Council and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

Active in the Irish arts and cultural community as a curator, policy commentator, and supporter of the visual and performing arts, she is one of the Directors of the Irish Museums Association and Arts and Disability Ireland, and runs the popular blog reflecting on developments in the Irish cultural sector.

Recent Publications


Mark-FitzGerald, Emily (2013) Commemorating the Irish Famine: Memory and the Monument. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press.

Edited books

Corporaal, Marguerite; Frawley, Oona; and Mark-FitzGerald, Emily (forthcoming 2018) The Great Irish Famine: Visual and Material Culture. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press.

Major reports

Mark-FitzGerald, Emily (2016) Irish Museums Survey 2016. Irish Museums Association / University College Dublin, Dublin.

Peer-reviewed journal articles & book chapters

Mark-FitzGerald, Emily (2017) ‘Known Unknowns: Research on Irish Museums since 2008’. Cultural Trends 26:3, 195-215.

Mark-FitzGerald, Emily (2016) ‘The Persistence of Vision: Seeing Eviction in the Nineteenth Century’ In: Rooney, Brendan (eds). Creating History: Stories of Ireland in Art. Dublin: National Gallery of Ireland / Irish Academic Press.

Mark-Fitzgerald, Emily (2016) ‘Irish migration and the museum: histories of public history making’ In: Briggs, Carla; Figgis, Nicola; Mulvin, Lynda; Murphy, Paula (eds). Art History after Francoise Henry: 50 Years at UCD. Dublin: University College Dublin / Gandon Editions.

Mark-FitzGerald, Emily (2016) ‘Famine memory and the gathering of stones: genealogies of belonging’ In: Corporaal, Marguerite and Jason King (eds). Irish Global Migration and Memory: Transnational Perspectives of Ireland’s Famine Exodus. Oxford: Routledge.

Mark-FitzGerald, Emily (2014) ‘Famine memory and the gathering of stones: genealogies of belonging’. Atlantic Studies, 11 (3).

Mark-FitzGerald, Emily (2014) ‘Photography and the Visual Legacy of Famine’ In: Frawley, Oona (eds). Memory Ireland Volume 3: Memory Cruxes: The Famine and The Troubles. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press.

Mark-FitzGerald, Emily (2013) ‘The ‘Irish Holocaust’: Historical Trauma and the Commemoration of the Famine’ In: Pollock, Griselda (eds). Visual Politics of Psychoanalysis: Art in Post-Traumatic Cultures. London: I.B. Tauris.

Mark-FitzGerald, Emily (2012) ‘The Irish Famine and Commemorative Culture’ In: Lindsay Janssen, Vincent Comerford and Christian Noack (eds). Holodomor and Gorta Mór: Histories, Memories and Representations of Famine in Ukraine and Ireland. London: Anthem Press.

Mark-FitzGerald, Emily (2010) ‘Towards a Famine Art History: Invention, Reception, and Repetition from the Nineteenth Century to the Twentieth’ In: David Valone (eds). Ireland’s Great Hunger, Vol. 2: Relief, Representation, and Remembrance. Quinnipiac: Quinnipiac University Press.

Media Coverage
Dr Emily Mark-FitzGerald is a frequent commentator in the Irish national media on Irish cultural policy and the arts sector, as well as in her areas of academic expertise, particularly the Irish famine, and public art/commemoration.
Country Focus
Ireland, United States, Britain, Australia, Canada
Expertise by Geography
Australia, Ireland, North America, United Kingdom, United States
Expertise by Chronology
5, 7, 8, 9
Expertise by Topic
Art & Architectural History, Material Culture, Migration & Immigration, Museums, Public History