NCAD Meet the Researcher


We would like to bring your attention to and invite you to the National College of Art and Design, Dublin (NCAD) "Meet the Researcher" programme of talks taking place this semester. The goal of these talks is to highlight some of the research taking place at the college to provide an opportunity for staff and students to engage with their fellow researchers, and to welcome our wider public audiences to experience an active research environment.

The first talk will be given by Feargal Fitzpatrick, head of the Media department, on October 8th at 5pm in the Harry Clark Lecture Theatre, NCAD. The talk will be focus on his current project titled: The Politics of Photography: Ireland, Landscape and Nineteenth- Century Photography.


My current research project, The Politics of Photography: Ireland, Landscape and Nineteenth- Century Photography, examines material that, up to now, has been dealt with largely on an  empirical or canonical basis. The work is a critical-historical account of the relationships between photographic representations of place and Irish manifestations of colonialism, nationalism and capital. Through a contemporary theoretical framework (drawing on the work of Marx, Benjamin, Bhabha and Rancière), it argues that photography’s inception represents a rupture in visual culture – producing a crisis in the politics of representation – and that its consequences have been playing out through landscape imaging for 180 years. Implicated in this process are concepts of place, identity, nation and materiality – turning photographic meaning into something continually deferred, qualified and contingent on historiographical connections between images' moments of production and consumption. The NCAD Meet the Researcher programme is free and open to public audiences.  All welcome. National College of Art and Design, 100 Thomas Street, Dublin D08 K521, Ireland.