Academic Profile

Academic Profile

Assoc Prof Michael John Kirk Walsh


Associate Professor

School of Art, Design and Media
College of Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences

Email: MWALSH@NTU.EDU.SG
Phone: (+65)6513 7645
Office: ART 3-6

Education
  • PhD (Art Hist) York University 2001
  • BA (Modern Hist) (Hons) Open University 1998
  • Postgrad Cert in Edun (Hist) Cambridge University 1994
  • MPhil (Maritime Studies) University of St Andrews 1991
  • BA (HistofArt,Design&Arch) (Hons) De Monfort University (Leicester Poly) 1989
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)
Research Grant
  • Academic Research Fund Tier 1 (2014-) [by Ministry of Education (MOE)]
  • Academic Research Fund Tier 1 (2015-) [by Ministry of Education (MOE)]
Current Projects
  • A multidisciplinary investigation into the conservation, interpretation, education and policy challenges posed by lime-wash and cement-covered Medieval Italo-Byzantine murals
  • Art Conservation In Famagusta, Cyprus
  • Art Conservation In Famagusta, Cyprus
  • Culture and Conflict / Conflicting Cultures: 'An Old Man's Tears': The War Poems of Eric Bogle
  • 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
  • Open Source Studio
  • 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
  • Michael J K Walsh. (2017). ‘Then in 1915’: Eric Bogle’s And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda,. Journal of Australian Studies, 41(2), 237-251.
  • Michael J K Walsh. (2017). The Armenian Church of Famagusta and the Complexity of Cypriot Heritage - Prayers Long Silent. Palgrave MacMillan.
  • Michael J K Walsh. (2017). British Art and the Great War by James Fox [Review of the book British Art and the Great War by James Fox] History: Reviews of New Books, 45 (1), 17-18.
  • Walsh, M. (2016). The Great War and the British Empire: Culture and Society. Routledge.
  • Walsh, M. (2016, March). Conflict and Culture in Cyprus: A Heritage Project in an Unrecognised State.. Paper presented at Analysis and Conservation of Cultural Heritage Monuments: Challenges and Approaches Across Disciplines, University of Rochester, USA.

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