About me

Bio

Historian of Design and Material Culture

Keywords

Material Culture Studies; Design History; Art History; Social History; Irish History; Social History of Medicine in Ireland, History of Women; History of Childhood; Visual Culture; Cultural History; Eighteenth-Century History; History of Everyday Life; Fashion History and History of the Family.

Member Details

Full Name

Emma O'Toole

Membership Type

Graduate Historian

Experience

Education

PhD in Visual Culture: National College of Art & Design, Dublin.
Dissertation: ‘A Social and Material History of Maternity & Infancy in Ireland, ca 1730 to ca.1830’.
Supervisors: Dr Anna Moran (National College of Art & Design) & Dr Catherine Cox (University College Dublin).

2007-2008: MA in Design History & Material Culture: National College of Art & Design, Dublin.
Dissertation: ‘The Material Culture of Medicine in the Irish Home, c.1780 – c.1830’.

2003-2007: BA in History of Art & Design and Craft Design: National College of Art & Design, Dublin.

Employment

2017-Present: ESB Fellow, ESB Centre for the Study of Irish Art, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin.
2012-2017: Guest Lecturer, Faculty of Visual Culture, National College of Art & Design, Dublin.
2008-Present: Lecturer & Gallery Education, The Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, Dublin.

Awards

1. Design History Society Student Travel Award (2014).
2. Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship, Irish Research Council (2013-2014).
3. Anna Parnell Travel Grant, Women’s History Association of Ireland (2013)
4. The Cumming Ceramic Research Scholarship, The Cumming Ceramic Research Foundation (2013).
5. Thomas Dammann Junior Memorial Award & Travel Bursary (2012).
6. Thomas Dammann Junior Memorial Award & Travel Bursary (2009).

Publications

Book Chapters

Medicinal Care in the Eighteenth- and Early Nineteenth-Century Irish Home. In: Farrell, E. ed. 'She said she was in the family way': Pregnancy and Infancy in Modern Ireland. London: Institute of Historical Research, 2012, pp. 115-128.