Academic Positions

University Curator, Leeds Arts University (2017-)

Curatorial and Exhibitions Manager, Leeds College of Art (2015-17)

Post-Doctoral Fellow, IASH, University of Edinburgh (2013-14)

Research Fellow in Cultural Theory, University of Huddersfield (2011-13)


PhD in History of Art, University of Glasgow (2008-12)

MLitt with Distinction in History of Art, University of Glasgow (2007-08)

MA Hons. First Class in History of Art, University of Glasgow (2003-07)


PG Cert. Research Supervision, University of Huddersfield (2012)

PG Cert. Academic Practice, University of Glasgow (2011)

Recent Publications

C. McAra, ‘Glowing Like Phosphorus: Dorothea Tanning and the Sedona Western’ in Journal of Surrealism and the Americas, volume 10, number 1 (2018). Forthcoming.

C. McAra, ‘Leonora Carrington: “Wild Card”’ in The Space Between: Literature and Culture 1914-1945 (2018). Forthcoming.

C. McAra, ‘Hope Chest: Demythologizing Girlhood in Kate Bernheimer’s Trilogy’ in Girlhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, volume 10, number 3 (Winter 2017): 168-183.

C. McAra, ‘Brass Art: Gestured’ in Corridor 8 (4 December 2017).

A. Kérchy and C. McAra, ‘Interview with Mieke Bal’ in Feminist Interventions in Intermedial Studies, European Journal of English Studies, volume 21, issue 3 (2017).

C. McAra, ‘Dollhouse Architecture: Leonora Carrington and Children’s Literature’ in Gramarye: Journal of the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy, issue 12 (Winter 2017), 35-45.

C. McAra, A Surrealist Stratigraphy of Dorothea Tanning’s Chasm (New York: Routledge, 2017).

C. McAra, ‘A Nonagenarian Virago: Quoting Carrington in Contemporary Practice’ in Leonora Carrington and the International Avant-Garde, edited by J. P. Eburne and C. McAra (Manchester University Press, 2017).

C. McAra, ‘The Malevolent Nostalgia of Tessa Farmer’ in In Fairyland: The World of Tessa Farmer, edited by C. McAra (London: Strange Attractor, 2016), vii-xiv.

C. McAra, ‘Emma’s Navel: Dorothea Tanning’s Narrative Sculpture’ in Intersections: Women/Surrealism/Modernism, edited by Patricia Allmer (Manchester University Press, 2016).

C. McAra, ‘Witch Milk: Samantha Sweeting’s Lactation Narratives’ in ASAP Journal: Experimentalism (May 2016), 261-285.

L. McAra and C. McAra, ‘CALM in the face of Oppression’ in Dangerous Women (26 May 2016).

Recent Papers and Invited Talks

C. McAra, ‘Towards a Feminist Marvelous: Channeling Carrington Through the Animal Languages of Heidi Sopinka,’ SURREALISMS: Inaugural Conference of the ISSS (2 November 2018).

C. McAra, ‘Surrealist Souvenirs: The Prime Minister’s Bracelet and Leonora Carrington’s Postcards,’ Surrealism in Britain 1925-55, The Hepworth Wakefield (6 October 2018).

C. McAra, ‘Lucy Skaer/Leonora Carrington: “Wild Card”‘ in Visionary Artists, Visionary Objects, The John Rylands Library, Manchester (9 February 2018).

C. McAra, In conversation for Leonora Carrington: The Lost Surrealist, Edge Hill University (24 January 2018).

C. McAra, The Artist’s Dining Room: Leonora Carrington, London (19 January 2018). Invitation by Marina Warner.

C. McAra. ‘Making a Statement: Dorothea Tanning’s Critical Writings’ in Surrealist Women’s Writing in the Later 20th Century, Modernist Studies Association: Modernism Today, Amsterdam (12 August 2017).

C. McAra, ‘Chloe Aridjis and the Female Human Animal,’ Leonora Carrington Centenary Symposium, Edge Hill University (30 June 2017). Keynote.

C. McAra, ‘Leonora in Contemporary Practice,’ Leonora Carrington Centenary, La Biblioteca de México, Mexico City (6 April 2017).

C. McAra, ‘Curating the Fairy Tale: A Feminist Practice’ in Fireworks! The Visual Imagination of Angela Carter, RWA, Bristol (9 January 2017).

C. McAra, ‘Dollhouse Architecture: Leonora Carrington and Dorothea Tanning’s Visual Narratives’ by invitation at the National Galleries of Scotland (9 September 2016).

Invited panellist at Distant Love: Surrealism, Women and Helmut Newton at Foam Gallery, Amsterdam (29 June 2016).

C. McAra, ‘Pandora’s Complex: Curatorial Quests for a Feminist Surrealism’ in Feminist Historiographies of Surrealism, European Network of Avant-Garde and Modernism Studies (EAM) biannual conference, Rennes, France (3 June 2016).

C. McAra. ‘Some (Pen) Roses and Their Phantoms: A Curated Dialogue Between Dorothea Tanning and Roland Penrose’ in Roland Penrose: Curating the 20th Century, Association of Art Historians (AAH) Annual conference, University of Edinburgh (9 April 2016).

(In addition to the above, I have guest-lectured on Dorothea Tanning and Leonora Carrington to students at the University of Edinburgh and The Glasgow School of Art).