Dr Holly Eva Ryan joined the Department in August 2016. Her research sits at the intersections of visual and international politics. It has a particular emphasis on the relationship between art, power and resistance in Latin America and beyond. Dr Ryan's recently published book 'Political Street Art: Communication, Culture and Resistance in Latin America', examines the relationship between street art forms - graffiti, muralism, wheatpastes and street improv - and politics in Bolivia, Brazil and Argentina. She is currently working on an ESRC New Investigator funded project exploring international friendship, solidarity and twinning practice.
Before joining MMU, Dr Ryan led a research strand exploring 'Politics, Art and Expression' at the Crick Centre for the Public Understanding of Politics, University of Sheffield. In this role she was responsible for organising and delivering a number of prominent research and engagement activities including a global photography competition in partnership with the World Photography Organisation and an accompanying exhibition at UK Parliament. From 2015 to 2017 she was one of five co-convenors of the Political Studies Association's Art and Politics Specialist Group.
Dr Ryan is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has eight years of teaching experience in UK Higher Education, having previously taught and lectured at Kings College London, Aston University and The City University of London, where she completed her PhD in 2013.
PhD International Politics, The City University of London (2013)
MSc(Res) International Relations, The London School of Economics (2009)
BSc(Hons) International Politics, The City University of London (2008)
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Dr Ryan is interested in supervising doctoral projects in the following areas:
She is currently supervising the following PhD students:
HE. Ryan (2016). Political Street Art Communication, Culture and Resistance in Latin America. Routledge.
E. Hannah, HE. Ryan, JM. Scott (2017). Power, knowledge and resistance: between co-optation and revolution in global trade. Review of International Political Economy. 24(5), pp.741-775.
HE. Ryan, M. Flinders (2017). From Senseless to Sensory Democracy: Lessons from Applied and Participatory Theatre. Politics. 38(2), pp.026339571770015-026339571770015.
HE. Ryan (2016). From absent to present pasts: civil society, democracy and the shifting place of memory in Brazil. Journal of Civil Society. 12(2), pp.158-177.
T. Davies, HE. Ryan, A. Peña (2016). Protest, Social Movements and Global Democracy since 2011: New Perspectives. Research in Social Movements, Conflicts and Change. 39,
HE. Ryan (2015). Affect's Effects: Considering Art-Activism and the 2001 Crisis in Argentina. Social Movement Studies. 14(1), pp.42-57.
R. Martins, H. Ryan (2014). Dispositivos de visibilidade e subjetividades: art-action. CIDADES, Comunidades e Territórios.
HE. Ryan (2015). Moving Forwards, Looking Backwards: Os Anos de Chumbo, Tupinãodá and the new politics of memory in Brazil. In: Return to the Street.
HE. Ryan (2013). Between mimicry, amnesia and exploitative rediscovery: Benemeritos de la Utopia and the possibilities for an autonomous Bolivian art. In: Benemeritos de la Utopia The Aesthetics of Commitment.
F. Vis, O. Goriunova The Iconic Image on Social Media: A Rapid Research Response to the Death of Aylan Kurdi.
2018 ESRC New Investigator Award £300,000
2017 BISA Early Career Small Grant £2,000
2017 RCASS Seed Funding £1,150
2016 University of Sheffield SURE 301 Award to supervise a summer research project on visual representations of the Colombian Peace Deal £1,000
2015 ESRC Seminar Series: “Exploring Civil Society Strategies for Democratic Renewal” (Co-Investigator) £30,000
2014 Funding for BISA@40 Workshop: “Protest, Social Movements & Global Democracy” £1,000
2012 BISA “Founders Fund” Award £300
2012 ERASMUS Mundus funded fellowship to the Universiti Brunei Darussalam €12,500
2011 Fieldwork grant from the Department of International Politics, The City University of London £1,000
2009 Full PhD Studentship, The City University of London £55,000
'Art, Expression & Democracy' Multimedia exhibition at Bank Street Arts, Sheffield (April 2016)
Held as part of the seminar series "Civil Society Strategies for Democratic Renewal", funded by the ESRC.
For coverage see:
'Everyday Politics' Photography Exhibition at The Palace of Westminster, London (September 2015)
(Co-sponsored by the World Photography Organisation and The Crick Centre, Univeristy of Sheffield.
For coverage see:
Associate Fellow, The Crick Centre for the Public Understanding of Politics
ERASMUS Mundus PhD Fellow in Anthropology, The Universiti Brunei Darussalam
Honorary Visiting Research Fellow, The City Univeristy of London