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Elaine Sisson


Dr Elaine Sisson is a cultural historian and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Design and Visual Arts at IADT, Dublin. She has broadcast and published widely on Irish visual and material culture of the late 19th and early 20th century including the book Pearse’s Patriots: The Cult of Boyhood at St. Enda’s (Cork UP, 2004, repr, 2005) and, with Dr Linda King, the first comprehensive collection of essays on Irish design history: Ireland, Design and Visual Culture: Negotiating Modernity 1922-1992. (Cork UP, 2011). Her experience in art and design education includes academic management, programmatic and institutional review, strategic and curriculum development, teaching and learning, and securing research funding. She was one of the founders of the Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media (GradCAM), in Dublin, which offers taught doctoral programmes for creative practitioners. She is the course co-ordinator for the BA Design for Stage and Screen at IADT, is on the Editorial Board of The Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, and is a core member of the EU funded Gate Theatre Research Network placing the theatre history of the Gate Theatre in an international context. Her research interests are in Irish design, material and visual culture of the C19th and C20th; histories of performance; costume, theatre and spatial design; cultures of dissent; Irish modernism and European identity. In 2016 she completed a Fellowship at the Moore Institute, NUI Galway and in 2018, with a team from IADT, she won a National Delta Award in Teaching and Learning Excellence.

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