William Shortall


Dr. William Shortall is a short-term fellow in the Keough-Naughton Institute.

Dr. Shortall is an art history PhD graduate from the School of Histories and Humanities, Trinity College Dublin. His research is focused on the intersection between art and politics in post-Independent Ireland. Drawing on Irish, European, and the US archival resources, his research traces national and international exhibitions funded by the nascent Irish administration from 1922 to 1934 and examines how they were harnessed for political purposes. He has written numerous art history articles and given conference papers and invited talks in Ireland and abroad. Billy is the lead researcher on the Irish government’s Decade of Centenaries project to virtually recreate the art exhibition and other events associated with the World Congress of the Irish Race, Paris 1922. He will assist with the upcoming art exhibition at Notre Dame's Snite Museum of Art:, Who Do We Say We Are? Irish Art 1922 | 2022, which is a response to the Paris show, and will deliver a lecture on the event. Some details on the 1922 Paris Congress are available in his short article at, https://www.rte.ie/brainstorm/2021/0831/1243941-world-congress-of-the-irish-race-paris-1922-aonach-na-ngaedeal/