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Institute of Art Design and Technology (IADT)
Design and Visual Arts

 Contact details
Contact personDr Elaine Sisson
Senior Lecturer 
Address CoDublin - Dun Laoghaire (Ireland) 
Phone353 0861026867 
 Organisation details
Employees (in Depart.)51-250 
Organisation TypeSecondary or higher education establishment 
 Research Focus

 Fields of activities:
» History
» Literature
» Performing arts
» Visual arts
» Other humanities
» Cultural studies
» Architecture and design
» Education (incl. training, pedagogy, didactics)
» Journalism, mass media and communication

 Brief description of your activity focus
Modernism and European Design, Visual and Material Culture. Design for Performance. Spatial Design for Performance. Costume and Theatre Design.

 Details about Expertise / Competences / Technologies
Teaching and Research: Senior Lecturer in Visual Culture specializing in Irish cultural history; research interests
include Modernism and European Design, Visual and Material Culture. Performance design (theatre, spatial, costume
design). Irish design in an international context. 19c and 20c Irish cultural history. Courses taught: History of
Performance; History of Thought and Visual Culture; Design and Material Culture; Shakespeare in Performance;
Modernism and the Avant-Garde; Research Methods; Film, Narrative and Character; Historical Research Methods for
Costume Design; Screenwriting and Literature; Shakespeare on Screen;

2008-2011 (secondment) IADT Fellow at The Graduate School of Creative Arts & Media.I was part of the core team to
secure PRTLI funding for the initial project. Recruited graduate students, wrote and developed strategic
documentation, implemented strategic plans, secured funding bids, developed external academic and industry links,
involved in peer to peer training, initiated and ran a conference on Film and Education (filmsense) at IADT 2010, and
a Dance Symposium (The Many Bodies of Contemporary Dance) at Dance House/ Dance Festival, 2010. Co-hosted and
organized two major GradCAM Art and Research Conferences (2009. 2010). Curated a 5 week Performance Strand at
DLR5-8 in 2010 as part of an EU-EACEA funded project Creative Policies for Creative Cities Network undertaken by an
artist-research collective from GradCAM to develop new ideas in public culture.

Selected Publications:
2011 (with Linda King) Ireland, Design and Visual Culture: Negotiating Modernity 1922-1992 (Cork University Press)
2004, repr 2005 Pearses Patriots: The Cult of Masculinity at St Endas (C University Press)

Chapters/Articles in Books/Journals
2015: Materialising the Past in Lisa Godson and Joanna Bruck (eds) Object Matters: The Visual and Material Culture
of 1916. Liverpool University Press.
2015: “Visual Shrapnel” (with Linda King) Canadian Journal of Irish Studies. Concordia University,
2014: ‘Research Visibility and the “Emergent” Practices of Creative Media.”. Restating the Value of
the Humanities (editors Jane Conroy and Margaret Kelleher). Published under the auspices of the Humanities Serving
Irish Society Consortium, Royal Irish Academy, Dublin
2011: “Materiality, Modernity and the Shaping of Identity (with Linda King) in Ireland, Design and Visual Culture.
Cork University Press
2010: “A Note on What Happened: Experimental Influences on the Irish Stage 1919-1929.” Kritika Kultura Spring
2011: “Experimentalism and the Irish Stage.” in Ireland, Design and Visual Culture. Cork University Press.
2009: “Landscapes of the Imagination: JM Synge’s Travel Writing” Cambridge Companion to J.M. Synge. (Ed.) P.J.
Mathews Cambridge University Press
2009:“Boyhood and the Nationalist Imagination.” The Legacy of P.H. Pearse. (Eds.) Róisín Higgins and Regina Uí
Chollatáin. Dublin, Irish Academic Press.
 Research Activities

 Project participation
Project #1
Project TypeNational
Project TitleGraduate School of Creative Arts and Media
Specific ThemeDoctoral training for Creative Arts Practitioners
Project websitewww.gradcam.ie
CoordinatorDr Mick Wilson
Project #2
Project TypeOther (International)
Project TitleCreative Policies for Creative Cities (EC-EACEA Strand 2)
Specific ThemeCultural Regeneration
Project websitewww.gradcam.ie
CoordinatorNollaig O Fhiongaile

 International and national projects beyond EU Framework Programme
1.Artist As Citizen: European Publics and the European City (Graduate School of Creative Arts & Media) 2008-2011 EU
EC-ECEA Strand 2 (€80,000)
2. “Creative Policies for Creative Cities” (Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media/IADT/Educult,Vienna/University of
Ulster 2009-2010 EC-EACEA Strand 2
3. MA by Research: “Site Specific Performance and the Development of Audiences for Theatre” (IADT: Lead Supervisor)
2008-2010 TSR Strand I (€40,000)
4. Graduate School of Creative Arts & Media (DIT/NCAD/UU/IADT) 2007-2011 HEA PRTLI IV – GradCAM I €2,000,000

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