Senior Lecturer (Fashion Promotion)
Originally from the States, Elizabeth worked in printing and publishing in NYC before settling in Manchester, though sadly arriving within weeks of the Hacienda club shutting its doors! She trained as a graphic designer for print and screen and continue a studio-based graphics practice. Elizabeth lecture in critical theory, brand development, and graphic communication practice within fashion communication and across multi-disciplinary areas in the School of Art.
Elizabeth's research is multidisciplinary in nature. She seeks connections between cultural memory, autoethnography, human geography, dress, identity, disability, and wellness. Her interest in how society has had to change and adapt through the wearing of covid face masks during the pandemic, and the resultant mental health crisis and mask refuser activities, she co-organised and co-led the January 2021 international symposium Face Off: The Provocation and Possibilities of Masks and Head Coverings, hosted by the Manchester Fashion Institute.Elizabeth's paper for the conference, ‘Who is the Sick One Here: Mask Refusal and Ambivalent Social Identity in COVID America’, explored the links between American cultural memory of ‘The Frontier’ and the cultural trope of ‘Pioneer Spirit’ in the visceral rejection of the covid mask as a symbol of fragility and sickness.
Elizabeth is also interested in the ways in which collaborative learning enhances students' creativity, self-confidence, and sense of self. Her practice-based doctorate, The Artist’s Book: Making as embodied knowledge of practice and the self, considered the role of creativity and the pedagogy of making in the development of identity via working through personal and cultural memory with visual practice. Elizabeth is a visiting lectuerer at Pearl Academy India, developing The Global Artisan Project, a collaborative, co-creative projects which connect undergraduate fashion students with Indian Artisans. She and her Pearl Academy colleagues presented a paper introducing this project at the Future of International Fashion and Design Education hosted by Istituto Marangoni in 2022.
Elizabeth has co-edited the Bloomsbury Press book entitlted Memories of Dress: Recollections of Material Identities with her colleagues Dr Alison Slater (Art and Performace) and Dr Susan Atkin (MFI), due for publication in early 2023. Her solo chapter written for the book, entitled 'The American Look: Memories of Not Fitting In', introduces the term ‘body dressing work’ to articulate the Elizabeth's experience negotiating the social norms and expectations of clothing the suburban American female body with the anxiety of living with a spinal deformity. Her chapter demonstrates that the cultural myths of America, which have developed through official and popular channels, are embedded into expectations of the body politic and the dressed body corpus: what we ought to fit into. Elizabeth's research into body dressing work has been highlighted in The Guardian newspaper in 2022.
Elizabeth has delivered two conference papers on the significance of the rise of women's sportswear design in the early part of the twentieth century in America, one in 2018 at the First Annual Conference of Clothing and Costume Design, the other in 2022 at the Annual Conference of the Association of Design Historians.
Elizabeth's handbound artist's books have been exhibited in the UK, Ireland, Germany, and the United States. She has been recognised by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) for her leadership in teaching and learning by recognised as a Senior Fellow of the HEA (SFHEA).
Academic and professional qualifications
PhD: The Artist's Book: Making as emodied knowlege of creativity and the self (2017), University of Chester (pass with no corrections)
MA Visual Culture (2008), MIRIAD, Manchester Metropolitan University (Distinction)
Postgraduate Certificate of Eduation (2004) Higher, Further & Adult Education
BA (Hons) Graphic Design (2003) Manchester Metropolitan University (First Class Honours)
Awards & Recognitions
Awarded Senior Fellow recognition from the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA, 2015)
Awarded Associate Professional status from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (APCIM, 2018)
2018-2019 Senior Lecturer, Academic Professional Development, University Teaching Academy, MMU
2017-2018 Staffordshire University, Head of Department of Art & Design
2013-2016: Senior Teaching Fellow, Faculty of Arts and Media, University of Chester
2009-2017 University of Chester, Programme Leader in Fashion Marketing and Communication, Senior Lecturer Graphic Design, MA Design, MA Fine Art and Senior University Teaching Fellow
Academic service (administration and management)
2017-2018 Staffordshire University, Head of Department of Art & Design
2013-2016 Senior University Teaching Fellow for the Faculty of Arts & Media, University of Chester
Elizabeth lectures, and supervises projects, in visual communication methods and skills as well as critical, contextual studies across Manchester Fashion Institute's Fashion Communication courses: BA(Hons) Fashion Promotion and BA(Hons) Fashion Art Direction.
Elizabeth also supports Manchester School of Art interdisciplinary collaborative visual practice units of study.
Elizabeth lectures in research enquiry and research methods across all of Manchester Fashion Institute's masters courses:
- MSc Fashion Buying and Merchandising Management
- MSc Fashion Business Management
- MSc International Fashion Marketing
- MSc Luxury Fashion Marketing
At previous institutions she lectured in research enquiry, esearch methods, and visual communication portfolio development across these courses:
- MA Design
- MA Fine Art
- MA Education
Postgraduate research supervision
Elizabeth supports research-led students in their postgraduate enquiry, particularly the interdisciplinary spaces and intersectionality of practice-as-research and practice-led study.
- Practice-based PhD candidates
- Practice-based MRes candidates
External examiner roles
MA Creative Direction (Fashion), Solent University
Projects and initiatives
Forthcoming Bloomsbury publication:
Kealy-Morris, E., Slater, A., Atkin, S. (Eds.) (2021) Memories of Dress: Recollections of Material Identities, London, UK: Bloomsbury Press.
Please visit my portfolio website for further information on the exhbitions below:
December 2016 – Foyer Gallery, University of Chester, Chester, UK
The Artist’s Book: Making as embodied knowledge of practice & the self
June-July 2010 -- People’s History Museum, Manchester UK
Chorlton-on-Medlock: remembering a destroyed Manchester community
July 2016 – Galway, Ireland
Clarke, S. and Kealy-Morris, E. (2016). a strange field. Handbound artist book. Impressions Art Book Exhibition, Galway International Arts Festival. 11-24 July.
July 2016 – Euskirchen, Germany
Dilworth, A. and Kealy-Morris, E. (2016). Sailm. Handbound artist book. Förderkreis Contemporary Art Gallery, Euskirchen, Germany. 8 July – 21 August.
- October 2012 University of Chester Department of Art & Design Exhibition, Contemporary Art Space Chester Gallery, Chester, UK
- June 2010 University of Chester Department of Art & Design Exhibition, CUBE, Manchester, UK
- October 2008 MA Graduate Show, Holden Gallery, MMU, Manchester UK
- June-July 2008 Testing Time, MIRIAD, Chatham Gym, MMU, Manchester, UK
- June-July 2006 Testing Time, MIRIAD, Holden Gallery, MMU, Manchester UK
- July–October 2006 0161 Manchester, Urbis, Manchester, UK
Consultancy and advisory roles
The Manchester Fashion Network
Fashion Careers Fair: Panel Presentation: Social Media: Making your presence count, Manchester, United Kingdom
Recognition as a Senior Fellow from the Higher Education Academy for my leadership in Teaching and Learning (2015).
Visiting and honorary positions
2020-2022: Visiting Lecturer at Pearl Academy New Delhi and Mumbai delivering Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) projects.
Membership of professional associations
Affiliate Professional membership with the Chartered Institute of Marketing (APCIM)
Professional Status membership of the Business of Fashion
Please visit my portfo website for access to all still and moving image of my creative practice:
- Practice as research / research as practice (the handbound artist book)
- visual communication
- visual methodologies and methods
- performative autoethnography
- visual ethnography
- visual culture
- cultural memory
- cultural memory and dress
- 'The American Look' -- the historic and contemporary expression of "Americanness" through dress
- Dress and belonging
- Dress and exclsuion
- Dress and health
Elizabeth is a member of:
- Manchester School of Art Research Centre (MSARC) (Core Researcher)
- Fashion Research Hub
- Fashion, Health and Materials Research Group
Slater, A., Atkin, S., and Kealy-Morris, E. (eds.) (2023) Memories of Dress: Recollections of Material Identities, London: Bloomsbury Academic.
Gupta, S., Kealy-Morris, E., Srivastava, I. (2023), 'The Global Artisan Project: A collaborative, co-creation project connecting fashion undergraduates and Indian artisans' in K. Scott, C. London, and B. Curt (eds.), The Future of International Fashion and Design, London: Routledge.
Perry, P., Neary, R., Kealy-Morris, E., Scott, K. (2023), 'International Collaborative Project Framework', in K. Scott, C. London, and B. Curt (eds.), The Future of International Fashion and Design, London: Routledge.
Collaborative Conference Presentations
Gupta, S., Kealy-Morris, E., Srivastava, I. (2022), 'The Global Artisan Project: A collaborative, co-creation project connecting fashion undergraduates and Indian artisans' at The Future of International Fashion and Design Conference, Istituto Marganioni, 29 September.
- ‘The American Look’: The Transformation of Women’s Sportswear in 1930s and 1940s America', Association of Dress Historians Conference 2022: Fashioning the Body for Sport and Leisure: A History of Dress and Textiles, London, 30 September.
- Gupta, S., Kealy-Morris, E., Srivastava, I. (2022), 'The Global Artisan Project: A collaborative, co-creation project connecting fashion undergraduates and Indian artisans' at The Future of International Fashion and Design Conference, Istituto Marganioni, 29 September.
- January: Who is the Sick One Here?: Mask refusal and ambivalent social identity in America
- October: Impact of International Virtual Mobility and Collaboration on Fashion Students' Practice.
- Collage: Visually connecting the disconnected
- From the PDF to Instagram TV: Broadening your fashion campaign's reach
March 2021 and 2022
- Handbound Bookmaking: Introduction to Folded Book Structures
- The Legacy of Craft in the West (Pearl Academy, Delhi and Mumbai)
- Branding: Creating Voice, Differentiation, and Influence (Pearl Academy, Delhi and Mumbai)
January 2021: Face Off: The provocation and possibilities of the face mask and head scarf (international online symposium, Co-organiser)
Expert reviewer for journals and publishers
Reviewer: International Journal of Fashion Design, Technology and Education
Reviewer: Journal of Dress Historians
Elizabeth is involved in writing a number of bids, both interdisciplinary collaborative bids and single-focused.
Kealy-Morris, E., 2016. The Artist’s Book: Making as embodied knowledge of practice & the self, Foyer Gallery, University of Chester, 8/12/2016 - 16/12/2016.
Kealy-Morris, E., Clarke, S., 2016. Impressions Art Book Exhibition, Galway International Arts Festival, Galway International Arts Festival, 11/7/2016 - 24/7/2016.
Kealy-Morris, E., Dilworth, A., 2016. Gorderkreis Contemporary Art Gallery, Gorderkreis Contemporary Art Gallery, Euskirchen, Germany, 8/7/2016 - 21/8/2016.
Kealy-Morris, E., Clarke, S., Bodman, S., 2017. 'Artist’s Book Yearbook 2018-19', University of the West of England.
Kealy-Morris, E., 2016. 'A Walk of Twenty Steps', http://www.ekealymorris.com/a-walk-of-twenty-steps.html.
Kealy-Morris, E., Dilworth, A., 2016. 'Sailm', Förderkreis Contemporary Art Gallery, Euskirchen, Germany.
Kealy-Morris, E., Clarke, S., 2016. 'a strange field', United Kingdom.
Kealy-Morris, E., 2012. 'Leaving (a work in progress)', Contemporary Art Space Chester Gallery, Chester, UK.
Slater, A., Atkin, S., Kealy-Morris, E., 2023. 'Memories of Dress: Recollections of Material Identities', Bloomsbury, London.
Kealy-Morris, E., 2023. 'The Allure of the Luxury Fashion Brand Publication: Consuming the fashion product as media'. In Barnes, E., Armstrong, K. (eds.) The Palgrave Handbook of Fashion Marketing, Palgrave, London.
Kealy-Morris, E., 2023. ''The American Look': Memories of not fitting in'. In Atkin, S., Slater, A., Kealy-Morris, E. (eds.) Memories of Dress: Recollections of material identities, Bloomsbury Academic.
Atkin, S., 2023. 'Nostalgia, myth and memories of dress: the cultural memory of Madchester'. In Slater, A., Atkin, S., Kealy-Morris, E. (eds.) Memories of Dress: recollections of material identities, Bloomsbury.
Slater, A., Atkin, S., Kealy-Morris, E., 2023. 'Introduction'. In Slater, A., Atkin, S., Kealy-Morris, E. (eds.) Memories of Dress: Recollections of Material Identities, Bloomsbury Visual Arts.
Slater, A., 2023. 'Remembering Respectability: Collective Memories of Working-Class Dress in Wartime Lancashire'. In Slater, A., Atkin, S., Kealy-Morris, E. (eds.) Memories of Dress: Recollections of Material Identities, Bloomsbury Visual Arts.
Jenkinson, J., 2023. 'Wardrobes and Soundtracks: Resources for Memories of Youth'. In Slater, A., Atkin, S., Kealy-Morris, E. (eds.) Memories of Dress: Recollections of Material Identities, Bloomsbury Visual Arts.
Kealy-Morris, E., 2023. '“‘The American Look’: The transformation of women’s sportswear in 1930s and 1940s America', Journal of Dress History.
Kealy-Morris, E., 2015. 'The bookbinding workshop: Making as collaborative pedagogic practice', Art, Design & Communication in Higher Education, 14 (2), pp. 119-129.
Kealy-Morris, E., 2013. 'The artist book: Making as visual method', Journal of Writing in Creative Practice, 6 (2), pp. 247-275.
Kealy-Morris, E., 2021. 'Who is the Sick One Here?: Mask refusal and ambivalent social identity in America', Face Off: The provocation and possibilities of the mask and head coverings, Virtual, 13/1/2021 - 14/1/2021, in https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tv459AmP54Y&list=PLH3AdxkKlfaZEHhob2ncPUsDt97jiY557&index=8.
Kealy-Morris, E., 2018. 'Social media: making your presence count', The Fashion Network Conference, Manchester, 30/5/2018 - 30/5/2018.
Kealy-Morris, E., 2017. 'The Shift Dress as Cultural Meaning', Culture Costume and Dress International Conference, Birmingham City University, 10/5/2017 - 12/5/2017, in https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=RyRLDwAAQBAJ&pg=PA124&dq=Culture,+Costume+and+Dress&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiLkOe9-pnZAhUqLsAKHTgZAUkQ6AEIJzAA#v=onepage&q&f=false, 1 (1), pp. 122-131.
Kealy-Morris, E., 2016. 'A Walk of Twenty Steps: The return of the girl with the crooked spine from an upstanding town', College Book Arts Association National Conference, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, 6/1/2016 - 9/1/2016.
Kealy-Morris, E., 2015. 'The Persistence of Memory', The International Journal of Art & Design Annual Conference, Glasgow School of Art, 6/11/2015 - 7/11/2015.
Kealy-Morris, E., 2015. 'The Bookbinding Workshop: Making as collaborative pedagogic practice', Group for Learning in Art & Design Annual Conference, Sheffield-Hallam University, 26/2/2015 - 27/2/2015.
Theses and Dissertations
Kealy-Morris, E., 2017. 'The Artist's Book: Making as embodied knowledge of practice and the self'.
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