Holly Ryan

Associate Fellow


Dr Holly Eva Ryan is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of History, Politics & Philosophy at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Holly was previously a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Politics, Art and Expression at the Crick Centre, University of Sheffield. Holly’s work is situated at the intersections of social movement studies, visual and international politics. She has written on topics including: street art and resistance in Latin America; collective memory and democracy in Brazil; and, the role of ‘radio popular’ in reframing and contesting indigenous identities in Bolivia. She is presently writing a book about political street art in Latin America.

Holly has previously held teaching and lecturing positions at Kings College London, City University London and Aston University. During her PhD study she spend six months working in Brunei Darussalam as an ERASMUS Mundus Doctoral Fellow. Holly maintains a Visiting Research Fellowship at City University London, where she completed her undergraduate and doctoral training. She is a current co-convener of the PSA/BISA Art and Politics Specialist Group.

Research Interests: Art and Aesthetics; Social Movements and Civil Society; Latin America and the Caribbean; Democratic Practice; Everyday Resistance; Indigenous Politics; Critical International Relations Theory


Journal Articles

Ryan, H. (forthcoming) From Absent to Present Pasts: Civil Society, Democracy and the Shifting Place of Memory in Brazil. Journal of Civil Society

Ryan, H. (2015) Affect’s Effects: Considering Art-activism and the 2001 Argentine Crisis. Social Movement Studies: Journal of Social, Cultural and Political Protest. 14: 1, pp.42-57

Martins, R. and Ryan, H. (2014) Dispositivos de visibilidade e subjetividades: art-action. CIDADES, Comunidades e Territórios. 29


Book Chapters

Ryan, H. (2015) Moving Forwards, Looking Backwards: Os Anos de Chumbo, Tupinãodá and the new politics of memory in Brazil in Fuggle, S. and Henri, T. Return to the Street. London: Pavement Books

Ryan, H. (2013) Between mimicry, amnesia and exploitative rediscovery: Benemeritos de la Utopia and the possibilities for an autonomous Bolivian art in Aramayo, J. (2013) Benemeritos de la Utopia The Aesthetics of Commitment. Bolivia: Arte Para Todos



Ryan, H. (2015) #KiyiyaVuranInsanlik: Unpacking Artistic Responses to the Aylan Kurdi image in Vis, F., & Goriunova, O. (Eds.). (2015). The Iconic Image on Social Media: A Rapid Research Response to the Death of Aylan Kurdi. Available from: http://visualsocialmedialab.org/projects/the-iconic-image-on-social- media

Ryan, H (2015) “The Global Indigenous Movement: Past Achievements, Future Challenges”. Available from: http://www.forestpeoples.org/topics/environmental-governance/news/2015/04/event-report-global-indigenous-movement-past-achievemen



Ryan, H. (2015) What is “Everyday Politics” and why have we been celebrating it with a photo exhibition at the Palace of Westminster?. Timely Interventions Series. Politics Journal Blog. Available from: http://politicsblog.ac.uk/2015/10/07/what-is-everyday-politics-and-why-have-we-been-celebrating-it- with-a-photo-exhibition-at-the-palace-of-westminster/

Ryan, H. (2015) Everyday Politics Competition Launch. Crick Centre News. Available from: http://www.crickcentre.org/crick-centre-launches-everyday-politics-photography-competition-with-the- world-photography-organisation/

Ryan, H. (2015) Street Art and the Political: An Interview with Paulo Ito. The Crick Centre Blog. Available from: http://www.crickcentre.org/blog/street-art-political-interview-paulo-ito/

Ryan, H. (2014) Indignação! Brazilian street art in its historical context. The Conversation AU. Available from: https://theconversation.com/indigna-o-brazilian-street-art-in-its-historical-context-27926