As part of the Research Cluster “Animals Mediating the Real and Imaginary” at the Arkeologisk Museum at Universitetet i Stavanger in Norway I am a U.S. Fulbright Foundation Research Scholar, to be followed by Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions (MSCA) Fellowship. My project, Eden and Everything After: Imagination, Observation, and Utopian Urgency in “Animalized” Art includes public participation, a museum exhibition, monograph, and catalogue, along with actions meant to address the destruction of the Arctic ecosystem and its role in the Sixth Mass Extinction.

The hub of all my work is the writing and art of Franz Marc and his life’s question regarding the perception of animals and the recovery of our relationship with them.

My website, German Modernism is about all these subjects.


PhD, Art History/Germanistik, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand (2018)

Erasmus Fellow | Universität Kassel (2016-2017)

Master of Arts, Art History, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL (2012)

Master of Arts, Information Science, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL (2009)

Bachelor of Arts, Art History, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL (2008)

Work Shared in CORE

Book chapters
Conference proceedings
Blog Posts

Other Publications

Interview: Melissa Thompson, Andrew Lalino, and Jean Marie Carey. National Public Radio/StoryCorps: One Small Step, 30 July 2019. “It’s One Area Radical Feminists and Hardcore Conservatives Agree Upon.

Interview: James Tapper, The Guardian, 7 November 2019. “How Netflix is Changing the Way We Learn Languages.”What makes for a quality peer review?”

Interview: Eric Schmeider, Abstract: On Textbook and Academic Writing, 20 September 2019. “What makes for a quality peer review?”

Interview: Ilana Kowarski, U.S. News and World Report, 12 August 2019. “How Long Does It Take to Get a PhD Degree?

Ein Manifest der Freundschaft – Trang Vu Thuy (ed.), “Blog des Lenbachhauses,” Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau, Munich, Germany, February 2015. )

Ideological Objects: Zum Vortrag von Isabelle Graw Der Wert des Lebendigen – Malerei als indexikalisches Medium in der neuen Ökonomie, (ed.) Althaus, K., The Lenbachhaus, Munich, June 2013.


Eden and Everything After

From: 21 January 2023-21 December 2023

Opening: 21 January 2023, 14:00


University of Stavanger Archaeological Museum

Peder Klows gate 30A 4010 Stavanger Norway



Tuesday 11 – 20

Wednesday – Sunday 11 – 16

Monday closed.


Information: post-am@uis.no


Online: Twitter |Facebook | uis.no/nb/arkeologisk-museum


Catalogue: Eden and Everything After, Jean Marie Carey and Kristin Armstrong-Oma, eds. University of Stavanger (2023), ISBN 978-82-7760-196-0.


Eden and Everything After explores Eden as utopia in the past, present, and as futuristic visions. It is a meeting point between prehistoric objects, German Modernist art of the Blaue Reiter, and Norwegian contemporary artist Tanja Thorjussen. Animals and their poignant presences weave together these divergent strands as beings imbued with a spirituality and mysticism that inspired past and present artists.


This historic exhibition places prehistoric objects, found materials, and visual arts side by side, combined, or adjacent. These artworks share some special visual or symbolic relationship. Juxtapositions of pieces are seen differently than as by single displays.


The eponymous catalogue is conceived as a tribute to “modernism’s integrative personality,”[1] Franz Marc, and his reimagining of paradise. Contributors to the catalogue include Dolly Jørgensen, Olaya Sanfuentes, Mira Shah, Kristin Armstrong-Oma, Stephanie Lebas Huber, Siv Kristoffersen, Håkon Reiersen, Tanja Müller-Jonak, Laura Hohlwein, Siddarth Sareen, and Ellen Hagen, plus features prose and artwork by Thorjussen. The article “Traumatic Imagination in Franz Marc’s Animalisation of Art” by Julie Kim Rossiter and Jean Marie Carey presents new research on the artist’s last painting, Abstrakte Landschaft mit fabelhaftem Tier (Rotwild) (1915) and analysis of his Skizzenbuch aus dem Felde.


Eden and Everything After opens on 21 January 2023 and will be open through the year at the University of Stavanger Archaeology Museum, 30A Peder Klows gate, 4010 Stavanger, Norway. Please send questions to curator Jean Marie Carey, whose work on the project is funded by the U.S.-Norway Fulbright Foundation and the European Union’s Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions.

Images: Tupilaq Relic Slange. Animal figurine, snake, gold, Bronze Age or Iron Age (1800 BCE–CE 1050), from Hesby, Finnøy. Tanja Thorjussen, 2022. Photo: Annette Græsli Øvrelid, detail of the atelier and the replica of the Paradies mural made in situ by August Macke and Franz Marc in 1912. Photo: Jean Marie Carey

[1] Robin Lenman, “The Internationalization of the Berlin Art Market 1910-1920 and the Role of Herwarth Walden,” in Künstlerischer Austausch – Artistic Exchange, vol. 3, ed. Thomas W. Gaehtgens (1993), pp. 535-542 (537).


Upcoming Talks and Conferences

Jean Marie Carey on “The Banality of Good: Rejecting the Inversion of Evil in Animal Studies through the Work of Franz Marc”

Location: Katholische Hochschulgemeinde, Leopoldstr. 11, 1. OG Saal

Jean Marie Carey (University of Stavanger, Norway) will present on “The Banality of Good: Rejecting the Inversion of Evil in Animal Studies through the Work of Franz Marc.”

The Rachel Carson Center Lunchtime Colloquium is free and open to the public. The talk starts at 12:30, but feel free to come at 12, bring a lunch, and socialize.

For more information on the Lunchtime Colloquium series, please click here.

Please note: The talk will be recorded for the public representation of the Rachel Carson Center and made available on the RCC’s YouTube channel. By attending the event, participants consent to being filmed or photographed.



  • Historians of German, Scandinavian, and Central European Art (HGSCEA)

  • European Association of Archaeologists (EAA)


  • New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies

  • Italian Art Society

  • College Art Association

  • German Studies Association