Fiona Loughnane

BA, M.Litt

CID Lecturer

History & Theory of Photography, Visual Culture,Visual Anthropology, Archives, Postcolonial Studies, Irish Studies

Fiona Loughnane is a CID lecturer in the School of Visual Culture and is lead lecturer/ co-ordinator of the CEAD course 'An Introduction to Visual Culture'. She has previously worked as an associate lecturer with the Open University, and for the Education Dept. of The National Gallery of Ireland. She has a Diploma in Art & Design (GMIT 1993), BA (UCD 1997), M.Litt (NCAD 2005) and is currently a PhD candidate in the Dept. Of English and Media, Maynooth University, where she is researching the photographic cultures of mission

'Irish Catholic Mission Photography' and 'A Document of Civility and Unity: The Maxwell Presentation Album' in Ryan, Salvador (ed) The Treasures of Irish Christianity III : To the Ends of the Earth (forthcoming 2015)

'Visual Culture and the Moderns'(review) Artefact, Issue 5, 2011, pp 83-85

'F.E. McWilliam and Surrealism in Britain' in Coulter, Riann (ed) The Surreal in Irish Art, Banbridge: F.E.McWilliam Gallery and Studio, 2011, pp 34-41

'Power, Privilege and a Little Nostalgia' (review) Artefact, Issue 4, 2010, pp 77-78

'Materialism and Idealism: The Influence of Salvador Dalí on Colin Middleton' Artefact, Issue 2,  2008,
pp 29-44

Conference Papers
'Mombasa Chicks are Calling to Ireland : The Missionary Photographer as Ventriloquist'
ACIS/CAIS, University College Dublin 11-14 June 2014

'Personal Memories, Institutional Narratives and Public Propaganda'
'Missionaries, Materials and the Making of the Modern World'
Emmanuel College, Cambridge 15-17 Sept 2014

'Secular and Religious Tourism in the Xavier Mission Guild Album'
'Under the Influence: The Jesuits in Ireland'
Belvedere College, Dublin 19-20 Sept 2014

'Competing Masculinities in a Victorian Photograph Album: The Christian Brothers in India'
History of Education Society 'Transnationalism, Gender and Teaching'
Bewley's Hotel Ballsbridge (hosted by UCD), Dublin 21-23 Nov 2014

'Distance and Proximity, Pity and Compassion: Propaganda Images of an Irish Catholic Mission'
International Conference of Photography and Theory, 'Photography and Politics and the Politics of Photography' (ICPT)
Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, Cyprus 5-7 Dec 2014

My PhD research critically investigates the photographic economies of Catholic missions from Ireland to Africa in the twentieth century; with a particular emphasis on photograph albums.These rich and complex artefacts occupy not only a space between cultures, but also between the personal and the institutional, the visual and the material. These albums have been located and recorded through extensive, original archival research in Irish missionary institutes.The distinct characteristics of these archives, and the role of the photograph album as an archive within the archive, provide a provocative example through which different approaches to colonial knowledge are explored. In particular, I am concerned to track the concept of 'humanism' in its travel through the discourses of colonialism and religious evangelism, to question whether the recuperation of humanism within contemporary social-ontological models of photography, is desirable or possible. 

Invited speaker at: the National Gallery of Ireland; Dublin City Gallery – The Hugh Lane; The Irish Museum of Modern Art; The Butler Gallery, Kilkenny; Limerick City Gallery (EVA); Dublin Contemporary; The Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda; and the FE McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge.

Involved in the 'What Is' programme with the Education Dept. of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, writing an introductory text for the booklet 'What is Photography?' and giving talks on the topic, both in the Irish Museum of Modern art and other venues. More recently I gave a talk and provided a text on the topic 'What is Surrealism?'.

From 2009-2012, an editor of Artefact, the journal of the Irish Association of Art Historians.

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