Staff profile

Dr Maria Photiou

Research Development Fellow


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am a Research Development Fellow based in Research, Innovation and Academic Enterprise. I am responsible for managing activities that will ensure that our postgraduate research students have the best student experience, and make an effective contribution to their research communities within the University and beyond.

Professional interests

I hold a doctorate in Art History from Loughborough University, for a thesis that examines the work of Greek-Cypriot women artists in relation to the socio-political history and culture of Cyprus.

During 2013 I worked as a Research Associate at Loughborough University, developing an AHRC funded project entitled ‘Narratives of Contested Lands: Homeland, Citizenship and Identity in Cyprus’. My research focuses on contemporary art with a particular interest in looking at concepts of migration, displacement and belonging. 

Currently I am organising the academic session ‘Home, Exile and the Politics of Belonging’ at the Association of Art Historians Conference 2017 

Research interests

Visual Culture, Contemporary Art, Gender Studies, Feminism, Art History and Theory, Identity, Conflict, Displacement. 

Membership of professional bodies

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA)

Member of the Association of Art Historians (AAH)


PhD, Modern and Contemporary Art History, Loughborough University

Recent conferences

I am convening the academic session ‘Home, Exile and the Politics of Belonging’ at the Association of Art Historians Conference 2017 

Recent publications

Photiou, M. ‘Making the Invisible Visible: Writing Women’s Art Histories in Cyprus’ (forthcoming)

Photiou, M. (2016) ‘Be/come Closer to Home: Narratives of Contested Lands in the Visual Practices of Katerina Attalidou and Alexandra Handal’, Third Text (Taylor & Francis), 29 (4-5), 340-355

Photiou, M. (2012) ‘Who Are We, Where Do We Come From, Where Are We Going To? Greek Cypriot Women Artists in Contemporary Cyprus’, Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal (Taylor & Francis), vol. 41, pp. 941-958

Photiou,M. (2012) ‘The Green Line: Greek Cypriot Women Artists’ Politicised Practices – Lia Lapithi and Marianna Christofides’, n.paradoxa, vol. 30 Feminist Aesthetics pp. 83-90