My research will be the first in-depth study of art fairs. It aims to define a typology of the art fair, embedding it into the context of other cultural events such as biennales, festivals and other fairs while at the same time delineating them from these, acknowledging the unique context of the art market as dealing with unique, high-value objects or singularities. Importantly, it will offer new perspectives on how art fairs reflect wider societal and economic changes as an embedded agent.
My study hopes to determine the value of the approach as a catalyst in drawing out these intangible, yet integrated components of the history curriculum. It will also explore the use of drama in delivering ‘contested’ histories, developing recommendations of the HA (Historical Association), which can encourage students’ to appreciate the many challenging and conflicting interpretations of the past.
Contemporary right-wing organisations appropriate history in exclusive ways: They build upon narratives related to national histories and forge visions of the past that highlight the unique role of their group as the vanguard of society. My PhD project will study these processes of reframing narratives about the past in contemporary society using a comparative approach and narrative examples from Austria and Northern Ireland.