Jenifer NÍ GHRÁDAIGH

Post-doctoral Researcher
Department of the History of Art
University College Cork
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Research interests:
My research interests are focused on the art and architecture of medieval Ireland, particularly the 10th-12th centuries. A core interest is exploration of the power and role of art, both in socio-economic terms (for example, artistic patronage as an empowering act for royal women), and in its expressive ideological possibilities (for instance the changing depictions of Christ’s crucifixion, triumphant or suffering, in public sculpture on high crosses).  Historiography, especially its divisive disciplinary implications, and the influences on current methodologies of antiquarianism, is a complementary research area.

Select Publications:
‘Christ on the cross in early medieval Ireland’, Archaeology Ireland, Vol. 23 No.4 (Winter 2009), pp. 26-30

‘Locked up, locked in, always looking for doorways’, in Lost and Found, vol.2, ed. J. Fenwick, Wicklow, 2009, pp. 125-39

‘Authorship denied: Margaret Stokes, Rev. James Graves and the publication of Petrie’s Christian Inscriptions’, Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Vol.138, 2008, pp.134-44

‘Depicting the evangelists, defining sacred space: the round tower at Devenish, Co. Fermanagh’, in Approaches to Religion and Mythology in Celtic Studies, eds.  K. Ritari & A. Bergholm, Newcastle, 2008, pp. 68-98

‘Agha church: architectural iconography and building ambiguities’, in Carlow: History and Society, eds. T. McGrath & W. Nolan, Dublin, 2008, pp. 53-83

‘A legal perspective on the saer and workshop practice in pre-Norman Ireland’, in R. Moss, ed. Making and Meaning in Insular Art: Proceedings of the 5th International Conference of Insular Art, Dublin 2007, pp.110-25

‘‘But what exactly did she give?’  Derbforgaill and the Nuns’ Church’, in Clonmacnoise Studies II, ed. Heather King, Dublin 2003, pp.175-207

Funded Projects:
Christ on the Cross
(Funded by the IRCHSS)

Current Teaching:
Medieval contributions to undergraduate team-taught courses

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