Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes
Prof.Dr. C.-M. Lerm Hayes (1967) is an art historian and curator, currently working as Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History at the University of Amsterdam.
In her research, Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes focuses on word and image studies, particularly the visual legacies of writers such as James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, W.G. Sebald and Oscar Wilde. Her past research, for example, examined the effects of Joyce on Joseph Beuys, one of the most influential German sculptors of the post-World War II era. In addition to exploring performance art, the historiography of art (Warburg, Giedion-Welcker) and curation, Lerm Hayes also has a keen interest in (public) sculpture, social practices and post-war art histories.
Lerm Hayes previously worked as professor of Iconology at the University of Ulster, Belfast (Northern Ireland). From 2007 to 2011, she was head of the university’s Research Graduate School in the Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment. Lerm Hayes studied at the universities of Heidelberg, London, Bonn and Cologne, where she gained her PhD in 2000. Her PhD, researched with a James Joyce Foundation Scholarship (Zurich), was followed by a fellowship from the Irish Research Council to conduct post-doctoral research at University College Dublin. In 2012, she was a visiting researcher at the University of Cologne.