Talks and Papers

  • McAra, C. ‘Dollhouse Architecture: Leonora Carrington and Dorothea Tanning’s Visual Narratives’ part of Surreal Encounters at the National Galleries of Scotland (9 September 2016).
  • McAra, C. ‘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).
  • McAra, C. ‘Some Penroses and Their Phantoms: A Curated Dialogue Between Dorothea Tanning and Roland Penrose’ in Roland Penrose: Curating the 20th Century, chaired by Patricia Allmer and Colin Rhodes, Association of Art Historians Annual Conference, University of Edinburgh (9 April 2016).
  • McAra, C. ‘In Conversation with Rachel Maclean,’ part of the British Art Show 8, Leeds Art Gallery (6pm, Tuesday 13 October 2015)
  • McAra, C. ‘Bibliographic Surrealism: Dorothea Tanning and Galesburg Public Library’ for The Stirling Maxwell Centre, University of Glasgow (5 March 2015).
  • McAra, C. ‘Lactation Narratives: The Embodied Fairy Tales of Samantha Sweeting,’ Intermedial Body Politics: Towards a Feminist Analysis of Image/Text Dynamics, panel with Anna Kérchy at ESSE 2014 conference, Košice, Slovakia (30 August 2014). Subsequently presented at at Motherhood and Creative PracticeLondon South Bank University (2 June 2015).
  • McAra, C. ‘Nonagenarian Viragoes: Creative Ageing and Centenarian Surrealism,’ Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (27 November 2013).
  • McAra, C. ‘Once Upon a Rocking-Horse: Hiraki Sawa’s Poetics of Space’ at Dundee Contemporary Arts (24 October 2013). Speaker’s fee and travel fully funded by DCA.
  • McAra, C. Round table discussion on Dorothea Tanning with Ilene Fort (LACMA) at Gallery Wendi Norris, Sans Francisco (12 January 2013). Travel and accommodation fully funded by Gallery Wendi Norris. Published.
  • McAra, C. ‘Preposterous Surrealisms: “Mieke Bal’s” Visual Intertexts,’ Out of Time, Association of Art Historians 38th Annual Conference, Open University, Milton Keynes (29-31 March 2012). Participation, accommodation and travel fully funded by the University of Huddersfield.
  • McAra, C. Alice Culture: The Endurance of Wonderland, invited chair and speaker at Tate Liverpool (19 November 2011). Participation, accommodation and travel fully funded by Tate Liverpool.
  • McAra, C. ‘Of Paper Cut-Outs and Other Worlds,’ Der andere Conan Doyle/The Other Conan Doyle, Universität Leipzig (21 May 2011). Published.
  • McAra, C. ‘Dorothea Tanning’s History of Art: Painting, French Theory and Visual Intertexts,’ invited paper for The Institute for Art History, University of Glasgow (27 April 2011).
  • McAra, C. ‘“A Child’s Garden of Verses”: The Motif of the Child from Impressionism to Surrealism,’ Impressionist Gardens, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid (11 February 2011). Participation, accommodation and travel fully funded by University of Glasgow.
  • McAra, C ‘“Blind Date”: Dorothea Tanning’s Surrealist Anti-tale,’ Anti-tales: The Uses of Disenchantment, University of Glasgow (13 August 2010). Published.
  • McAra, C. ‘Fairy Tale Fetishism in Surrealism?’ Dada and Surrealism in Play, Association of Art Historians 36th Annual Conference, University of Glasgow (16 April 2010).
  • McAra, C. ‘Surrealism as Metaphor: The Image in Leonora Carrington’s Visual Narratives and Short Stories,’ The Image in the Short Story in English, University of Angers (19 March 2010).
  • McAra, C. ‘Awakening from Surrealism? Recurrent Narratives in the Late Paintings of Dorothea Tanning,’ Painting: Series, Space and Style, Research Forum at Tate Liverpool (22 October 2009).
  • McAra, C. ‘Quoting Andersen: Dorothea Tanning’s Appropriation of “The Little Mermaid,”’ First Bonn Workshop, University of Glasgow (12 June 2009). Subsequently presented in a specialist research seminar, Out of Time: Surrealism and Anachronism, at Tate Modern (29 July 2010), and developed as a joint paper with Victoria Carruthers (University of Sydney), ‘A Surrealist Ocean: Dorothea Tanning’s Feminine Metaphors,’ Representations of the Ocean as Social Space, Association of Art Historians 37th Annual Conference, University of Warwick (31 March 2011). Published.
  • McAra, C. ‘Surrealism as Anti-Nursery: The Uses of Disenchantment in the Work of Dorothea Tanning,’ Arts to Enchant: Formations of Fantasy in Visual Culture, University of Glasgow (30 May 2009).
  • McAra, C. ‘Re-reading Surrealism Through Angela Carter: The Femme-Enfant Tears Through the Text,’ The Fairy Tale After Angela Carter, University of East Anglia (25 April 2009). Subsequently presented in response to the work of Francesca Woodman at Shadow Sisters: Women in the History of Photography, Research Forum, Stills Gallery, Edinburgh (26 February 2010), and at Transgression and Its Limits, University of Stirling (30 May 2010). Published.
  • McAra, C. ‘Alice Undone: Re-reading the Work of Max Ernst and Dorothea Tanning Through the Influence of Lewis Carroll,’ New Perspectives on Surrealism and Its Legacies: Sixth Annual PhD Symposium, Tate Modern (28 November 2008). Subsequently presented for The Art History Society, University of Glasgow (17 September 2010), and by invitation at The Wonder of Alice, Tate Liverpool (18 November 2011). Published.
  • McAra, C. ‘Prescription Narratives: Re-reading Joseph Cornell’s Pharmacy Series as Modernist Anti-dote,’ The Apothecary’s Chest: Magic, Art, Medication, University of Glasgow (2 November 2007). Published.