Claire I R O’Mahony
Claire’s teaching and research explore the history of modern European decoration. She is Course Director of MSt in the History of Design, University Lecturer in the History of Art and Design, and Director of Graduate Studies for the Department for Continuing Education (until 2016). She served as Kellogg’s Admissions Tutor (2011-14) and chair of various working parties (Size and Shape; Garden; etc.) since being elected a fellow in 2006.
Her research focusses particularly upon how public mural and tapestry projects, temporary exhibition buildings and post-war housing, interior design, furniture, glass, and jewellery, express debates about nationhood and regional politics amidst the wars and occupations of Third and Fourth Republic France (1870-1958); the sympathies and tensions in art nouveau organicism between transcendental pantheism and advances in natural science and the moral and pragmatic dilemmas of industrial processes and handicraft. She is also contributing to the European Union-funded collective project 'Mo Mo Wo' researching the work of European women designers between 1918-2018.
- A Cultural History of Furniture (six volume series) editor of modern period volume; Introduction and chapter on the role of exhibitions (forthcoming Bloomsbury Press, 2016)
- The Rite of Spring Revisited editor of volume; introduction and chapter 'A Bardic Rite: Balletic Scenography for the 1914 Savoy Shakespeare A Midsummer Night's Dream' (forthcoming Rivendale Press, 2016)
- 'Urbi et orbi': Decentralization and Design in Nancy's International Exposition of Eastern France 1909' chapter in volume edited by Dr Marta Filipova Culture of Exhibitions 1840-1940: Great Exhibitions at the Margins (Ashgate, 2015)
- 'War within the walls: Conflict and Citizenship in the Murals of the Hotel de Ville, Paris' Journal of War and Culture Studies, 6.1, (February, 2013) 6-23
- ‘The colony within: Cultural regeneration and the troubadours of Toulouse’s Capitole’ in K Griffiths and D Evans, eds., Institutions and Power in Nineteenth-century French Literature and Culture (SDN with Rodopi Press, 2011)
- 'Cubist Chameleons: André Mare, the camoufleurs, and the canons of art history’ Journal of War and Culture Studies, 3.1, (March, 2010) 11-35
- 'Subjective Objects' and 'René Lalique and the subjectification of the jewel' in O'Mahony, C, ed., Symbolist Objects: Materiality and Subjectivity at the Fin de siècle (High Wycombe: Rivendale Press, 2009) 8-13; 293-328
- 'Fin-de-siècle fantasy to the Western Front: The aesthetic gardens of Nancy', Garden History, 36.2, (November, 2008) 253-72
- 'La Maison d’un artiste: The Goncourts, the bibelot and fin-de-siècle interiority', Writers’ Houses and the Making of Memory, Harald Hendrix, ed. (London: Routledge, 2007) 187-202