Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Prof Michael John Kirk Walsh

Chair, School of Art, Design & Media
Professor
Professor, School of Art, Design and Media

Email: mwalsh@ntu.edu.sg
Prof Michael John Kirk Walsh

Biography
Before joining NTU in 2011 Michael J. K. Walsh was employed at Eastern Mediterranean University (Famagusta, Cyprus) where he successfully nominated Famagusta for inclusion in the World Monuments Fund Watch List (twice) and acted as team coordinator for the United Nations project ‘Cultural Heritage Data Collection in the northern part of Cyprus’. He has also edited and co-edited four books on the cultural history and heritage protection of Famagusta. These are: Medieval Famagusta: Studies in Art, Architecture and History (Ashgate in 2012), Crusader to Venetian Famagusta (Central European University Press, 2014), Ottoman to British Famagusta (CSP, 2015) and The Armenian Church of Famagusta and the Complexity of Cypriot Heritage: Prayers Long Silent (Palgrave, 2017). His second research tangent is related to Modernism and the Great War and this has resulted in several books such as This Cult of Violence (Yale University Press, 2002), A Dilemma of English Modernism (University of Delaware Press, 2007), Hanging a Rebel (Lutterworth Press, 2008), London, Modernism and 1914 (Cambridge University Press, 2010), Australia and the Great War: Identity, Memory and Mythology (Melbourne University Press, 2016) and The Great War and the British Empire: Culture and Society (Routledge, 2016). He has just completed a monograph about poet / songwriter Eric Bogle called 'An Old Man's Tears: Eric Bogle, Music and the Great War' which will be published by Routledge in January 2018. Michael was Associate Chair (Research) at ADM from 2012 - 2016, is currently Deputy Director of the University Scholars Program, and fellow of both the Royal Society of Arts and the Royal Historical Society.
Research Interests
My research falls under the umbrella term 'Conflict and Culture' and can be subdivided into three main categories:
1. British (and imperial) cultural production in the first two decades of the 20th century (especially in relation to the Great War)
2. Heritage in Conflict and Post-conflict Zones: Famagusta, Cyprus.
3. Twentieth century music biography (with an emphasis on protest and pacificism)
Current Projects
  • Art Conservation In Famagusta, Cyprus
  • Emergency Conservation and Restoration of the Art and Architecture of Famagusta
  • Heritage Conservation, Visualization and Education: Protecting Regional Culture of Universal Significance in a Globalizing World
  • Monetary Academic Resources (MAR)
  • Visualising Famagusta: Creating a Virtual Museum of the Orthodox Cathedral of Saint George of the Greeks in Famagusta as a Pilot Study for Other Endangered Sites Worldwide
  • ‘Animated Installations And Other Creative Solutions To Increase Cultural Heritage Experiences In The Underground Time Corridor Of XIXIA Tomb Museum (Yinchuan, Ningxia Hui autonomous Region, PRC)'
Selected Publications
  • Walsh, M. (2019). Famagusta Maritima: Mariners, Merchants and Mercenaries. Brill.
  • Walsh, M and R. Bernardello. (2018). Heritage Visualisation and Potential speculative Reconstructions in Digital Space: The Medieval Church of St. Anne in Famagusta, Cyprus’. Disegnarecon, 11(21).
  • Walsh, M. (2018). The Show Must Go On’: Bernie Tormé, Randy Rhoads and Ten Days in 1982. Rock Music Studies, 5(3), 314-323.
  • Walsh, M. (2018). Eric Bogle, No Man’s Land, and the Grave of Willie McBride at the Somme. Contemporary British History, 12(2).
  • Walsh, Michael J K. (2018). Eric bogle, Music and the Great War: An Old Man's Tears. Routledge.

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