Art historian Emily Mark-Fitzgerald will open the 2014-15 Fund for Irish Studies series at Princeton University with a lecture entitled, “Commemorating the Irish Famine,” on Friday, September 12 at 4:30 p.m. at the Lewis Center for the Arts’ James M. Stewart ’32 Theater, 185 Nassau Street. The event is free and open to the public.
Mark-Fitzgerald, of University College, Dublin, is the author of Commemorating the Irish Famine: Memory and the Monument (Liverpool University Press, 2013), a book exploring the history of the 1840s Irish Famine in visual representation, commemoration and collective memory from the 19th century until the present, explaining why since the 1990s the Famine past has come to matter so much in the present. She has also launched a website that catalogues a sample of photographic records and information related to these commemorative monuments in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Britain and the United States – www.irishfaminememorials.com.
Mark-FitzGerald speaks regularly and publishes on the subject of public art, memory and commemoration, museology and the visual culture of migration/diaspora, and contemporary Irish and international art. She is the recipient of major fellowships and research funding from the U.S.-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.
Since 2003 she has taught in University College, Dublin’s School of Art History and Cultural Policy, where she was appointed Permanent Lecturer in 2008. Her teaching and research span both art history and cultural policy at the undergraduate and post-graduate level, informed by previous professional experience as an arts manager and an interest in visual art, its institutions and the public sphere.
Mark-FitzGerald holds a B.A. in Art History and Spanish from the University of Southern California, an M.A. in Arts Administration from Indiana University and a Ph.D. in Art History from University College Dublin. She is a founding editor of Artefact: the Journal of the Irish Association of Art Historians and the Irish Journal of Arts Management and Cultural Policy.