Hailey is broadly interested the intersection between critical theory and visual art and literature from the First World War to the contemporary. She considers themes of the sacred, sovereignity, eroticism political extremity, trauma and desire in avant-garde art and literature of 20th century Europe, in particular in realtion to Dada and Surrealism. Her present research arises out of a long-standing interest in Georges Bataille and his enduring influence and legagcy within French critical thought.
Hailey has written for various online and print publications such as The Modernist Review, 3:AM Magazine, Age of Revolutions, CABLE and the LSE Review of Books and appeared on the 2018 Zero Tolerance Write to End Violence Against Women awards shortlist. She is interested in bringing ideas and discussions to spaces outside the university.
She is a co-founder and Senior Researcher at the Centre of Unsuccessful Submissions.
Hailey is a member of British Association of Modernist Studies (BAMS), the Society for French History and participates in the Dada & Surrealism Research Group led by Edinburgh College of Art.
Hailey obtained MA History of Art (Hons) (2013) and MLitt Art, Politics, Transgression: 20th Century Avant-Gardes (2014) both from the University of Glasgow and in 2014 was awarded the Andrew Millar Prize for History for her postgraduate taught dissertation 'Metaphor and Myth: Georges Bataille and André Masson 1929-1938.
Paris Between the Wars: Radical Art, Community and the Sacred
Hailey's thesis considers Bataille's hugely influential, mutli-modal output during the 20s and 30s as co-produced and influenced by figures including Colette Peignot, Carl Einstein, André Masson and Pierre Klossowski. In particular, this thesis examines the development and expression of the sacred, a concept central to the thought of Georges Bataille and his collaborators during the interwar period. She considers the interwar creative practices of the avant-garde in terms of these sacred(s) as articulations of a tentative anatheism.
Conference Review: ‘Virus of Hate: Responses to Fascism in Psychoanalysis, Surrealism & Modernism’ The Modernist Review issue #5 'Beyond Literary Modernism' January 2019
Scottish International Education Trust 2015-2018
Clark-Mile End Bursary 2016-17
Sutherland Page Trust 2016-17
Glasgow Educational and Marshall Trust 2015-16
Fran Trust Travel Grant June 2017, September 2018
- 'A Matter of Form : Georges Bataille and Carl Einstein in Collaboration' British Association of Modernist Studies, 'New Work in Modernist Studies 2018' 1st December 2018. School of Critical Studies, University of Glasgow.
- ‘Political Sovereignty and the Return to Order in the Avant Garde’ European Network for Avant-Garde and Modernist Studies (EAM) 6th International Conference 'Modernism(s) and Realism(s)' 5-7th September 2018 University of Münster
- "Florid Bullfights and the Stages of Laure" History of Art Postgraduate Symposium May 2018 University of Glasgow.
- '"Imagine a bullfight for you alone:" Surrealism and Laure's Sacred' Aggression, Transgression & the Avant-garde 6th June 2017, Edinburgh College of Art
- 'The Exquisite Corpse: the Social Body in Surrealist Play' Dada 1916-2016: A Century in Revolt 3rd November 2016, Centre for Contemporary Art Glasgow
- ‘Zurich Dada and Nationalism’ GRAMnet (Glasgow Refugee and Migrant Network) Research Open Day 2016, University of Glasgow
- ‘Surrealist Collaborative Play’ written as part of a Group Critical Writing Residency curated by Cooper Gallery at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design.
Paper was presented at 12-Hour Jamming Symposium Friday 25 July 2014, part of GENERATION: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland.
- Spring School: The Arts of Integrating Unesco Chair In Refugee Integration Through Languages and the Arts 9-11th May 2018 (attendee)
- SGSAH GRAMnet (Glasgow Refugee and Migrant Network) bibliotherapy training session 'Getting the Word Out' 10th June 2016 University of Edinburgh
Level 1 History of Art – Graduate Teaching Assistant
2017 Peer reviewer eSharp 'Rise and Fall' Spring issue
2013/2014 Editor-in-Chief GUM.
2011-2012 Arts Editor TLG Magazine.