I am a public and cultural historian with a particular interest in business history, the economy of arts production, religious architecture and oral history. I am currently Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Histories and Humanities at the University of Dublin Trinity College, having been adjunct assistant professor 2019-2020 academic year lecturing on the history and theory of architectural and art history (medieval to modern periods) and supervising research at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
My current research and outreach activities include writing a book about transnational art industry businesses in nineteenth century Ireland, digitizing a unique twentieth-century collection of Irish medieval monuments taken by an American photographer, and membership of the advisory board of the Irish Research Council-funded project "Religious Spaces in Transition" at the University of Limerick
I have extensive experience in project management, social media marketing and academic publishing and have designed award-winning flagship digital cultural heritage resources for Trinity College Dublin and the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) at the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin. (See: http://www.gothicpast.com; http://www.inspiring-ireland.ie and http://dri.ie/dri-launches-atlantic-philanthropies-archives-project)
I hold an honours B.A. from Trinity College Dublin where I also earned my Ph.D for my award-winning study of British and German church art businesses in nineteenth-century Ireland. I have lectured widely on Irish history, art, and architecture at national and international venues; I have also published and presented on national and international media about these topics.
I am experienced in corporate governance of cultural heritage organisations, currently as Treasurer and Executive Committee of IAPH.
Additionally, I am a full member of the following networks: American Conference of Irish Studies, Economic History Society, Society for the Study of Nineteenth-Century Ireland, Irish Modern Urban History Group, Oral History Network of Ireland.
In 2018 I was appointed to the volunteer role of Irish Public History Explorer for the International Federation for Public History – La Fédération internationale pour l'histoire publique, responsible for curating information on a monthly basis about public history news, events, conferences and publications taking place in Ireland.
I have acted as an advisor to and designer of public history projects and as a mentor to early-career researchers working in these fields. I am also knowledgeable about data protection and EU GDPR standards.
|Areas of expertise||
Irish studies; business history; public history; oral history; academic publishing; economic history; social history; religious history; 19th century history; 20th century history; 21st century history; art history; architectural history; arts patronage; medieval history; church furnishings; stained glass; metadata; digital preservation; digital humanities; social media; radio; history matters; technology; teaching resources; e-learning; cultural heritage; cultural tourism; Ireland; Britain; United States; Australia; New Zealand;
Dr. Caroline M. McGee (Professional Historian)
Ph.D., School of Histories and Humanities,
2019 – 2020
2017 – 18
2011 – 2016
2010 – 2011
June – September 2013
|Management & Administrative experience||
Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland
• Additional Role: Library Sub-committee Convenor
2000 – 2009
2019 – 2020
2013 – 2015
2010 – 2012
Lectures & Presentations
The Atlantic Philanthropies Archive Project
March: Presentation on Inspiring Ireland 1916
2015 – 2016
|Committees & Associations||
IAPH Committee (2017 – date)
Council Member, (Library Committee Co-Ordinator),
Research Support Grant, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art (2013)
2018 – PRESENT
2016 – PRESENT
2011 – PRESENT
'Power, patronage and the production of Catholic material culture in nineteenth-century Ireland’ in Figures of Authority in Nineteenth-Century Ireland, Ed. Ingelbein, Raphaël and Galavan, Susan Liverpool University Press, 2020.
"Stained Glass in Ireland" in The Dynamics of Religious Reform in Church, State and Society in Northern Europe, c. 1780-c.1920 : Material Reform, Ed. De Mayer, Jan and Magry, Peter Jan, Leuven University Press, 2020.
'William Pearse: A Spiritual Thing', in '"The End of All Things Earthly": Faith Profiles of the 1916 Leaders', (Dublin, 2016)
‘Visiting 19th-century artists to Ireland” in Painters & Painting 1600 – 1900: Art & Architecture of Ireland, Volume II, ed. Nicola Figgis, (Dublin, 2014)
‘A noble Church in the most Catholic quarter of a bitterly Protestant and Presbyterian city: communicating religious identity in West Belfast at the turn of the twentieth century’ in Belfast: the emerging city, 1850 – 1914, ed. Olwen Purdue, (Dublin, 2012)
|Peer Reviewed Journals||
Spaces of Irish Catholicism: splendour and transnational art industry, Journal of Victorian Culture, 2020, (25), 4.
' Inspiring Ireland: Building History, Making Memory’, Eire-Ireland Journal of Irish Studies: Special Issue – Ireland and the Contemporary, No 52, Numbers 1 & 2, Spring/Summer 2017
'“A Reverence Peculiarly its Own”: the Boys' Chapel at Clongowes Wood College', Studies: an Irish Quarterly Review, v. 103, no. 412, Winter, 2014/2015.
‘"A courageous adventure in the medium": Review of Nicola Gordon Bowe's biography of 'Wilhelmina Geddes: life and work', Artefact : journal of the Irish Association of Art Historians, no. 8, 2016.
Curated and managed Twitter account for @gothicpast posting about Irish medieval architecture and sculpture