Ann Murray



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I am an art historian based in Cork, Ireland. I gained a PhD at University College Cork in 2017 with a thesis entitled The Memorialisation of World War I in the Work of Otto Dix, 1914-1933.

My research focuses on the impact of war on visual culture since World War I, particularly Germany from 1914 to 1945, representations of masculinity in war and the relationship between politics, society and the work of art in relation to memorialisation/memoriography.

I regularly present my work at public events, academic conferences and seminars.   Current research includes a book based on my doctoral research, investigations into the art of Käthe Kollwitz and the textile anti-war art of Australian artist Jenny Bowker. I am also working with Cork-based artist Ben Reilly to develop our linked investigations into memory and traumatised landscapes.

I am a member of the German Studies Association, the Association of Art Historians (UK) and a committee member of the Western Front Association, a UK and Ireland-based organisation that works to stimulate interest in the period 1914-18.

I am interested in collaborating on projects relating to my research interests outlined above.




Ben Reilly-Artist

Some intriguing reflections on combat in this work by Irish artist Ben Reilly. Visit site by clicking on the image of Ben's work above.

With fellow delegates of the German Art panel, Artistic Expressions and the Great War, Hofstra University, New York, Nov 9, 2018.

Hofstra-World War I conference November 2018

German Studies Association – 2018 Conference, 27-30 September 2018

I'll be presenting my research on Otto Dix's war pictures at the German Studies Association conference, Pittsburgh, 27-30 Sept 2018, as part of the War and Violence Network. Click on image above to get the latest news on the conference.

Against a militarised culture: Re-assessing Käthe Kollwitz’s War series in post-World War I Germany

I will give a talk at the study day at the National Gallery of Ireland on 11 Nov 2017, on Kaethe Kollwitz's War series. For more info and the complete list of other speakers, please visit:

New publication

Guernica by Jorg Martin Merz. Click on image for more info...

CFP: The Art of Battle, Rome, 16-17 Nov 2017

Deadline: 15 May 2017. Conference in Eng/Ger/It/Fr. More info here...

Documentary in the making…

Michael Bluett: Wartorn Britain Young British filmmaker Michael Bluett has produced a half-hour long documentary entitled 'Wartorn Britain'. Please have a look at his work by clicking on the image above or at the link below, and if possible, provide him with some feedback. The documentary is part of his MPhil work at the University of Manchester.