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Professor Kerstin Mey

Vice President Academic Affairs & Student Engagement

Time of assuming the current leadership role

In April 2018, Professor Kerstin Mey was appointed Vice President Academic Affairs & Student Engagement at the University of Limerick, Ireland.

Previous experience and education

Over the past 25 years, Kerstin Mey has built a track record of successfully initiating and implementing pioneering academic and research initiatives and cultural projects in higher education. As an experienced leader and senior manager, she led major infrastructure and culture change programmes and set up a range of strategic external partnerships.

After studying for an MA equivalent in Art and German language and literature at Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany, and obtaining a PhD in Art Theory and Aesthetics there, Kerstin Mey held academic positions in universities in Germany and the UK. Before she joined the University of Westminster as Pro-Vice Chancellor and Dean of Media, Arts and Design, and Professor of Contemporary Art and Theory in 2013, she was Director for Research and Enterprise at the University for the Creative Arts, UK. From 2009–2013, she led the research strand Art and its Locations in Interface: Centre for Research in Art, Technologies and Design at the University of Ulster and was Director of the Research Institute of Art and Design there.

Research/Professional interests

Kerstin’s research is concerned with contemporary art in relation to identity formation, digital literacies, cross-disciplinary connectivities, documentation and archives. She gives consideration to participatory and socially engaged creative practices and public pedagogies more generally. Publications include:  the authored book Art and Obscenity (2007); and, amongst others, the edited volumes: with Smite and Smites, Artistic Research (2011); with Kroenke and Spielmann, Kulturelle Umbrüche: Identitäten, Räume, Repräsentationen (2007); On-Site/In-Sight, special issue Journal of Visual Art Practice, Vols. 4.1/4.2 (2005); Art in the Making. Aesthetics, Historicity and Practice (2004) and Sculpsit (2001).

Areas of responsibility

  • Strategic planning and implementation
  • Academic planning and transformation of education across the university
  • Quality assurance: academic quality, departmental/divisional reviews, institutional review
  • External examiner system
  • Graduate and Professional Education
  • Library
  • Cooperative Education and Careers Division
  • International Education, recruitment, partnerships and internationalisation at home
  • Student Affairs (support, access, health, counselling)
  • Student complaints, disciplinary, appeals and Garda vetting
  • Community Engagement
  • Ceremonies – conferring, honorary doctorates, UL40, PVA and other official ceremonies
  • Representation of University on Irish Universities Association (IUA), including Campus Engage Steering Group
  • Board member of National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning on behalf of IUA
  • Liaison with government departments and agencies
  • Deputising for President, as required

Full list of publications:


  • ‘Death Matters’, Art and the Dynamics of Circulation, Suppression, and Censorship, edited by Catha Paquette, Karen Kleinfelder and Christopher Miles, New York, London: Bloomsbury Publishing, Spring 2020
  • ‘Plastic Vanitas’, Mariele Neudecker, Bath Spa: Wunderkammer Press, Summer 2020


  • State Arts Universities in Austria; published and submitted to Federal Ministry for  Education, Science and Research, 2018 (Chair of the working group, with overarching responsibilities for the development of the analysis and policy recommendations)
  • Private Universities in Austria, Analysis and Policy recommendations, Austrian Science Board: 2016 (Chair of the working group and lead author of the publication)
  • Co-editor with Kristina Niedderer, Special Issue, Art, Design and Communication in Higher Education, Vol. 10.2, 2012 (editorial pp. 121–125), ISSN 1474 273X.
  • Co-editor with Smite and Smits, and Contributor: Artistic Research, special issue of Acoustic Space Journal, Vol. 9, published by MPLab, University of Liepaja and RIXC The Centre for Media Culture, Riga, Latvia, April 2011, ISSN 1407-2858.
  • Co-editor with Smite, Medoch and Smites: Energy, special issue of Acoustic Space Journal, volume 8, published by MPLab, University of Liepaja and RIXC The Centre for Media Culture, Riga, Latvia, February 2011, ISSN 1407-2858.
  • Editor and Contributor: Catalogue, ISEA 2009: 15th Symposium on Electronic Art, University of Ulster, 2009, ISBN 978 1 905902 04 0.
  • Interface – Report 2, University of Ulster, 2009, ISBN 978 1 905902 03 3.
  • Author and co-editor with Ruth Morrow and Doris Rohr, Creative Transformations, Coleraine: University of Ulster, 2008, ISBN 978 1 85923 224 8.
  • Author and co-editor with Meike Krönke and Yvonne Spielmann, Kultureller Umbau: Räume, Identiäten und Repräsentationen, Bielefeld: transcript Verlag, 2007, ISBN 978 3 89942 556 7.
  • Author: Art and Obscenity, London and New York: IB Tauris, 2007, ISBN 978 1 84511 235 6.
  • Editor and author: Art in the Making. Aesthetics Historicity and Practice, Bern, New York, Paris, Frankfurt, London, Peter Lang, 2005, ISBN 390676493 1.
  • Editor and contributor: On-Site/In-Sight, special issue Journal of Visual Art Practice, Vol. 4.2, December 2005, ISSN 1470-2029.
  • Co-editor with Yvonne Spielmann: Hybrid Identities in Digital Media, special issue Convergence. International Journal for Research in New Media, Winter 2005, ISSN 1354-8565.
  • Co-editor with Simon Yuill: Cross-wired: Communication, Interface, Locality, Manchester University Press, 2004 (transcript series), ISBN 071907036 8.
  • Editor and author: Sculpsit: Contemporary Artists on Sculpture and Beyond, Manchester University Press, Manchester, 2001 (transcript series), ISBN 071906165 2.


  • ‘Resonances and Discords’, mdw Magazine, Vienna, 2/2018, pp.10-12; see also:
  • ‘Zur künstlerischen Forschung und ihrer gesellschaftlichen Wirksamkeit’ (On artistic research and its societal impact), in: Forschung – Idee und Wirklichkeit, Tagungsband 2015, Österreichischer Wissenschaftsrat, Wien, 2016, pp. 125–144
  • ‘Corpus delicti’, in Abject Visions. Powers of Horror in Art and Visual Culture, eds. Rina Arya and Nicholas Chare, Manchester University Press, 2016, pp. 144–159. ISBN 978 0 97190 9628 0
  • ‘Sculpture’, (revised and extended version) in: Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, ed. by Michael Kelly, Oxford University Press, New York, London, 2nd revised edition, 2014
  • ‘Creativity, Imagination, Values – why we need artistic research’, in: Artistic Research, ed. Rasa Smite, Kerstin Mey, Raitis Smits, MPLab University of Liepaja and RIXC, The Centre for Media Culture, Riga, 2011, pp. 93–107 (bilingual English and Latvian), ISSN 1407-2858.
  • with Susan Benn, ‘Olfact – On A Pedagogy of Curiosity©’ in Senses and the City. An Interdisciplinary View of Urban Sensescapes, ed. Madalina Diaconu, LIT, 2011, pp. 239–256, ISBN-10 3643502486.
  • ‘Afterword: In|ter|ceptions and In|tensions – Situating Suzanne Lacy’s Practice’, in: Suzanne Lacy, Leaving Art: Writings on Performance, Politics, and Publics, 1974-2007, Duke University Press, 2010, pp 327–338, ISBN 978 0 8223 4569 5.
  • ‘It takes two to tango. Artistic Research and impact assessment under the new Research Excellence Framework (REF) UK’, ELIA 11th Biannual Conference, Nantes, France, October 2010 (6 pages):
  • ‘AES+F – More than just a matter of (bad) taste’, in Inside the Death Drive. Excess and Apocalypse in the World of the Chapman Brothers, ed. Jonathan Harris, Liverpool: Liverpool University Press and Tate Liverpool, 2010, pp. 99–118, ISBN 978 1 84631 192 5.
  • ‘Introduction’ and ‘A Life in the File of  …  or “Data Protection”’, in Arkive City, edited by Julie Bacon, Newcastle and Belfast, 2008, pp 132–137, ISBN 978 1 899377 30 5.
  • ‘Permutations: Site and Location, in: This Will Not Happen Without You, edited by Richard Grayson and Pauline van Mourik Broekman, Newcastle 2007, pp 192–195, ISBN 978 1 899277 25 1.
  • ‘Making Porn into Art’, in Pornification, edited by Kaarina Nikunen, Susanna Paasonen and Laura Saarenmaa, Oxford: Berg, 2007, pp 87–98, ISBN 978 1 84520 704 5.
  • ‘The Gesture of Writing,’ in: Thinking through Art, ed. Katy Macleod and Lin Holdridge, London and New York: Routledge, 2005, pp 201–212.
  • ‘Cultural Policy in Berlin Ten Years after Reunification’, in: After the Fall: Central and Eastern Europe since the Collapse of Communism, eds. Roy Bradshaw, Nick Manning, Stuart Thompstone, Olearius Press, St Petersburg and Nottingham, 2003, pp 116–31


  • ‘Introduction’, in: Susanne Bosch and Anthony Haughey: State, University of Ulster, 2010
  • ‘… but where is the art?’ commissioned essay for On Policing Dialogues. An Exploration of Neighbourhood Relations of Power, Exhibition, The Lab, Dublin, 2010
  • ‘On Lyndsay Mann’ – Commissioned essay by Stills Gallery Edinburgh, 2009
  • ‘Introduction’, in: In Place of Passing, ed. Julie Bacon, Belfast: Beyond, 2007
  • ‘The Poetics of Form’, in: Bronislaw Krzyzstof, London, Bielska Biala, 2004.
  • Project coordinator and curator: Body Memory, Art Academy Warsaw, Poland, February 2004, Waschhaus, Potsdam, Germany, April 2004, Dundee August/September 2004 – an interdisciplinary, intercultural exchange and exhibition project between students and staff of three European art schools.
  • Text, in Albatros: Andrew Cranston, Mateusz Fahrenholz, Derrick Guild, The Lonely Piper, Edward Summerton, Galeria Sztuki Wozownia, Torun, Poland, 2003.
  • ‘Introduction’, in Nexus Plexus. Robert McGilvray, DJCAD, University of Dundee and Limerick Institute of Technology, School of Art and Design, 2003.
  • Bodies of Substance: Margaret Hunter, Azade Köker, Ping Qiu. Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh, 2002 (exhibition co-curating, catalogue editor and chief contributor). The show also toured to Galerie M, Berlin, April 2003.