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Joseph McBrinn MA (Glasgow), PhD (Dublin) was educated and has worked in Ireland, Scotland and France.  He has held teaching positions at the Schools of Art in Dublin and Belfast.  He is an Irish art and design historian and also writes about photography, film, fashion, textiles, craft, architecture and popular culture.  He has lectured widely in Ireland and Britain as well as in Scandinavia, Canada, North America, India and New Zealand.  

He has served as a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Trustees of the Association of Art Historians (AAH) as well as on numerous examining committees and advisory boards in universities and museums.  He has held individual research awards from Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences, An Chomhairle Éalaíon, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Irish Georgian Society, Esmé Mitchell Trust and a Wellcome Trust Medical Humanities Small Research Award as well as contributing to collaborative awards from the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Leverhulme Trust.

He has written and lectured extensively on the modern Irish artists S.R. Praeger (1867-1954) and John Luke (1906-1975) and is currently researching a biography of the Irish Cubist painter Evie Hone (1894-1955). His most recent publications reconsider the intersecting histories of masculinity, disability and queer identity in modern art and design.  He currently serves on the Editorial Boards of the peer-reviewed journals The Journal of Modern Craft and Textile: Cloth and Culture and writes regularly for these and other art and design journals. He has written extensively for the Irish art press including Circa and the Irish Arts Review and he currently writes a column for Source: The Photographic Review.

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Research Output 2008 2018

Fashion: Frida Kahlo

McBrinn, J., 1 Dec 2018, 96, p. 12 13 p.

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Gilbert & George: Hate and Hypocrisy

McBrinn, J., 30 Apr 2018, 93 (Spring 2018), p. 48-49 2 p.

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The Fashion Canon

McBrinn, J., 1 Oct 2018, 95 (Autumn 2018), p. 64-67 4 p.

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The spectacle of masculinity: Men and the visual culture of the suffrage campaign

McBrinn, J., 20 Sep 2018, Suffrage and the Arts: Visual Culture, Politics and Enterprise . Garnett, M. & Thomas, Z. (eds.). London, p. 205-229 24 p.

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‘‘The work of masculine fingers’: the Disabled Soldiers’ Embroidery Industry, 1918-1955'

McBrinn, J., 1 Feb 2018, In : Journal of Design History. 31, 1, p. 1-23 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Design History