Dr Douglas Clark

    Senior Researcher, Université de Neuchâtel, Switzerland


    Douglas Clark joins the Moore Institute from the Université de Neuchâtel, where he is a Senior Researcher on the ‘Civility, Cultural Exchange, and Conduct Literature, 1500–1700’ project, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation. The CCC team is in the process of creating an open-access database of all the civility, courtesy, and conduct books published in London between 1500 and 1700, alongside a complementary website that will provide users with information on the content, construction, and circulation of these instructional texts.

    Douglas specialises in sixteenth and seventeenth-century British literature, and has published widely on the prose, drama, and poetry of Elizabethan and Jacobean England. His research interests include book history, environmental writing, manuscript studies, moral philosophy, theatre history, and the history of poetics. His most recent article ‘The Will and Testament in English Renaissance Drama: Paper Props, Property, and Ulpian Fulwell's Like Will to Like’ is forthcoming in Renaissance Drama, 50:1 (2022): 1–28. He is currently completing his first book, Performing the Will in English Renaissance Drama.

    While at the Moore Institute, Douglas will be pursuing his new research project on Environmental Poetics in English Manuscripts, 1558–1660. This project determines how environmental thinking shaped poetic practice in sixteenth and seventeenth-century England by examining the ways that poets conceived of humanity’s relationship to both aquatic and terrestrial life. EPEM achieves this goal through a unique analysis of the ecologically conscious verse contained in manuscript miscellanies and commonplace books which have not been fully accounted for in Peter Beal’s Catalogue of English Literary Manuscripts, 1450–1700. Recovering lost poetic voices from these exceptional textual sources and placing them in correspondence with a broad range of printed poetry will more fully reveal how early modern poets conceived of the symbiotic relationship between humanity and the environment. This project, alongside Douglas’ other work on early modern literature and the Blue Humanities, will contribute to his second monograph on The Environmental Poetics of Early Modernity.


    Dr Faith Mkwesha

    Centre of Ethnic Relations and Nationalism (CEREN), Swedish School of Social Sciences, Helsinki University, Finland


    Dr. Mkwesha is an educator, researcher, social justice activist and mother. Currently she is a researcher at the Centre of Ethnic Relations and Nationalism (CEREN), Swedish School of Social Sciences, Helsinki University in Finland. Her research interests are literary and cultural studies, socio cultural, race and ethnic relations, African literature from a post-colonial, decolonial, gender and black/African feminism perspectives. Her PhD is on gender and the nation in Zimbabwe Literature and culture, in conversation with the wider African Literature from Stellenbosch university, South Africa. Dr. Mkwesha is one of the editors of the book, Rasismi, valta ja vastarinta (Racism, power, and resistance) published 2021. She gives lectures in different universities and institutions on different themes on African literature, decolonisation, gender, African and black feminism, anti-racism, indigenous knowledges and ubuntu.

    Dr. Mkwesha has worked extensively in Universities in Zimbabwe and South Africa as a lecturer in English departments and as a dean. In South Africa she was a lecturer at University of the Free State, and Tutor and writing consultant at Stellenbosch University. In Zimbabwe she was lecturer and Post Graduate Director at Solusi University. She was a lecturer and Head of English Department at Belvedere Teachers College. She has travelled extensively in Africa as Education Director.


    Dr Janaina Mirian Rosa

    Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil


    Janaina Mirian Rosa holds Master’s and doctoral degrees in English Literature with a focus on Shakespeare Studies from the English Graduate Program (PPGI) at Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC), Brazil. She was a visiting researcher at the Shakespeare Institute - University of Birmingham as a PhD student, concentrating her research on political aspects regarding productions of Hamlet in Brazil and the United Kingdom. She is currently a teaching staff member at the PPGI in Brazil and a member of Núcleo de Estudos Irlandeses (NEI), an Irish studies research cluster at UFSC.

    Her current research proposes a comparative study of Brazilian and Irish Shakespearean productions of Macbeth, taking into account their critical emphasis in relation to pertinent themes in the play and political issues in each country. The theatrical performances selected for her research offer a debate on the contextual and critical facet of the subject of national identity, as the productions explore atmospheres of political and territorial struggles for control.


    Dr Nicolai Egjar Engesland

    Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies, University of Oslo, Norway


    Nicolai Egjar Engesland (Ph.D.) holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in Old Norse and Celtic Philology from the Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies, University of Oslo. He has also studied Latin and Greek and has been an exchange student in Iceland and in Italy (Diplôme Européen d'Études Médiévales, FIDEM). The last year he has taught several B.A./M.A. courses in Old Irish language and literature as well as a course on Old Icelandic for M.A. students.

    Engesland earned his doctoral degree (2021) on a wide-ranging study of the Old/Middle-Irish grammatical treatise Auraicept na nÉces with a diplomatic edition of that text from the fourteenth-century Book of Uí Mhaine. This edition will be prepared for publishing in print. Engesland is currently preparing a digital edition that is to include other hitherto unpublished witnesses as part of a three-year postdoctoral research fellowship funded by the Research Council of Norway and split between the Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies, University of Oslo and the Classics Department, NUIG. Lecturer in Classics Pádraic Moran will be the mentor of the project.


    Dr Tomás Ó hÍde

    Professor, Department of Languages and Literatures, Lehman College, City University of New York


    Tomás Ó hÍde is a full professor at the Bronx CUNY campus of Lehman College. He lectures in the Irish language programme there as well as having coordinated Irish language programmes for undergraduate students at Queens College, CUNY, and for Ph.D. students at the CUNY Graduate Center. He studied Applied Linguistics at Trinity College Dublin (M.Phil. 1992 & Ph.D. 1998). He is the primary author of four books and has written several journal articles and book chapters.

    Tomás is currently on sabbatical leave from Lehman College. In 2019, he published a volume concerning the first Irish language film, Oidhche Sheanchais (1935). His current project concerns Irish language drama on film from 1950 to present. He is considering films from independent studios, films produced in-house by RTÉ and TG4 commissioned films. Tomás expects to publish the findings of his research at the end of the sabbatical through the Irish language in book form. Funding for the 2021-2022 research year in Ireland has been generously received through the Fulbright Commission. In year two, Tomás intends to translate the work into English to create a volume to which CUNY students can have free access through Open Educational Resources.


    Professor Lorraine Elliott

    Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, Australian National University


    Lorraine Elliott is Professor Emerita (and previously Professor of International Relations) in the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs at the Australian National University. She has worked for almost three decades on various aspects of global environmental politics and ethics, critical human security and non-traditional security (including people movements/migration, food security, climate security) and is currently trying to complete her latest single-authored book on transnational environmental crime at the same time as redirecting some of her research interests to green economy and transition pathways. Lorraine is/has been an expert international reviewer for the IPCC and UNEP, a member of the advisory committee for the intergovernmental Platform on Disaster Displacement and the network of experts of the Global Initiative Against Transnational Crime. She has provided expert input to a range of intergovernmental fora in Southeast Asia and the Pacific, particularly on issues around climate change and migration, illegal wildlife trade and timber trafficking, and low carbon transition pathways. Her research has been funded by the Australian Research Council, the US Institute of Peace, the Macarthur Foundation, the Japan Foundation, the Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.


    Dr Anna Pilz

    Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow, School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, University of Edinburgh


    Anna Pilz is Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures at the University of Edinburgh (2020-2022) with a 3-month secondment at the Moore Institute. Her project investigates a rich archive of Romantic-era travel writing on Ireland and Scotland’s Atlantic coasts (Grant Agreement No. 890850). Anna previously held research fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh, a Carson Fellowship at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society at LMU Munich, and an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship at University College Cork.

    To date, she has published in the field of Irish Studies, with a particular specialism in women’s writing, cultural and literary history, as well as on the intersection between literature and environmental history. Pilz is co-editor of Irish Women’s Writing, 1878-1922: Advancing the Cause of Liberty (Manchester University Press, 2016). Her first monograph on narratives of deforestation and arboreal landscapes in Irish writing is contracted by Liverpool University Press. Together with Seán Hewitt, she co-edited a Special Issue of Nineteenth-Century Contexts on the theme of ‘Ecologies of the Atlantic Archipelago’ (2021).

    She’s an active contributor in a number of research networks in the fields of Irish women’s writing, coastal history, and environmental humanities. For the Irish Women’s Writing (1880-1920) Network, for instance, she co-curates the interview series “Emerging Voices” that seeks to increase the visibility of the work of PhD candidates and early career researchers. She is co-convening the interdisciplinary ‘Coastal History Reading Group’ for the Coastal History Network. Anna strongly believes in building and supporting an inclusive and diverse research culture and currently chairs one of two Writing Support Groups of the European Society for Environmental History’s NEXTGATe initiative.


    Dr Cera Murtagh

    Assistant Professor in Comparative and Irish Politics, Department of Political Science, Villanova University, Pennsylvania


    Dr Cera Murtagh is Assistant Professor in Irish Politics and Comparative Politics at Villanova University. Her research concerns conflict and peace and gender politics, focusing particularly on the mobilization of civic political parties and movements in deeply divided societies. Her work has been published in a number of journals including International Political Science Review and Nations and Nationalism. Dr Murtagh previously worked as Research Fellow at Queen’s University Belfast on an Economic and Social Research Council project entitled Exclusion amid Inclusion: Power-Sharing and Non-Dominant Minorities. She holds a PhD and an MSc from the University of Edinburgh and a BA from NUI Galway. She previously worked as a political journalist in Edinburgh and political researcher in the Scottish Parliament.


    Karen Hanrahan

    Associate Professor in Education, University of Brighton


    Karen Hanrahan is a principal lecturer (associate professor) in Education at the University of Brighton. Her AHRC funded research explores the lives of former Irish women religious (nuns), one of whom is her mother. Her work is located at the interface between a number of disciplines (life writing, sociology, narrative psychology and Irish Studies) and draws on narrative and life history methodologies to explore how these Irish women navigated the transgressive process of leaving convent life following Vatican II (1962-1965) to re-enter the secular world they renounced as teenagers. Her research is concerned with representations of the past and how ethical memory can challenge the imposing ideologies of the present. Other research interests include the role of reflective practice in professional becoming and how biographical methods can lead to transformative learning in Higher Education.
    At NUI Galway Karen is collaborating with Michaela Schrage-Frueh and Margaret O’Neill on a research project funded by the Irish Research Council and in partnership with Age & Opportunity. Restorying Ageing: Older Women and Life Writing explores the potential for older women to restory and modify ageist representations of their later life through an emphasis on foregrounding participants’ views and creativity.



    Lou Burnard

    CLS-Infra fellow


    I am hoping to investigate the feasibility of reviving and bringing up to date the Victorian Plays Project, currently hosted in Galway but apparently inactive since 2015. The goal would be to produce an enhanced digital catalogue, and an accompanying corpus, representing a major collection of English language dramatic texts from the Victorian period, Lacy's Acting Editions. The corpus would combine transcription and images of a balanced selection of titles from the Acting Editions published between 1845 and 1870. These would be consistently and accurately encoded following the Guidelines of the TEI, as would the accompanying bibliographic and other descriptive metadata. The project outputs would be maintained as an open repository on GitHub, with all materials made available under a CC-BY licence.

    My research at Galway will also investigate the applicability of “machine learning” techniques as a means of enhancing the performance of existing OCR platforms, to facilitate the automatic transformation of page images to structured transcripts, leveraging the information provided by the typography of this complex but highly conventionalised material. With the availability of a large and uniformly encoded corpus, a later stage of the project will consider how computational methods may invigorate the investigation of such topics as continuity and change in theatrical discourse, the emergence and mutation of dramatic stereotypes, or the mutual dependency of Victorian theatre and Victorian novel.


    Prof. Sarah Heinz

    Full Professor for English and Anglophone Literatures, Department of English and American Studies, University of Vienna, Austria


    Sarah Heinz is Professor of English and Anglophone Literatures at the University of Vienna, Austria. She taught at a number of German universities before coming to Vienna, and was a visiting researcher at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

    She has specialized in the fields of Critical Whiteness Studies, intersectionality theory, and postcolonial literatures, and she has worked on representations of whiteness, nationality and homeland in 20th and 21st century Irish, British, Nigerian, and Australian cultural production. She is currently working on a project dealing with lockdown narratives and their re-assessment of home and home-making practices during and after the pandemic. She loves hiking, caramel, and enjoys a good crime novel.

    Personal website: www.sarah-heinz.de


    Associate Prof. Agnes Lafont

    Early Modern Literature at the University Paul-Valery, Montpellier 3 (France)


    Associate Professor in Early Modern Literature at the University Paul-Valery, Montpellier 3 (France) and a member of The Institute for Research on the Renaissance, the Neo-classical Age and the Enlightenment (IRCL), a joint research centre of the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3.


    Dr. Inger Marie Okkenhaug

    Volda University College, Norway


    Inger Marie Okkenhaug (Ph.D. University of Bergen 1999) is a Professor of History at Volda University College, Norway. From 2000-2009 Okkenhaug was a researcher at the University of Bergen. In addition to a number of published chapters and articles, Okkenhaug is the author of “The Quality of Heroic Living, of High Endeavour and Adventure. ”Anglican Mission, Women and Education in Palestine, 1888-1948 (2002) and the co-editor of Protestant Mission and Local Encounters in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, (2011) and Transnational and Historical Perspectives on Global Health, Welfare and Humanitarianism (2013). Among her most recent publications are ““Scandinavian Missionaries in Palestine: The Swedish Jerusalem Society, Medical Mission and Education in Jerusalem and Bethlehem, 1900-1948”, «Tracing the Jerusalem Code: Christian Cultures in Scandinavia, Vol. 3., ed. Ragnhild J. Zorgati, (forthcoming) and “Orphans, Refugees and Relief in the Armenian Republic, 1922-1925” in Aid to Armenia, eds. Joanne Laycock and Francesca Piana, (forthcoming). Okkenhaug´s latest book, En norsk filantrop”. Bodil Biørn og armenerne, 1905-1934 (2016) deals with Norwegian mission and humanitarian work among the Armenians in the years from 1905 to 1940.
    Okkenhaug is also a co-producer of a documentary film War, Women and Welfare in Jerusalem, 2009, financed by the Norwegian Research Council.


    Dr. Nivea Canalli Bona

    Visiting Moore Institute Scholar


    Dr. Nivea Canalli Bona is a Brazilian journalist and Ph.D. in Communications who developed her academic career mostly in Brazil. She taught courses in Journalism, Advertising and Public relations for more than 12 years and chaired the Journalism Program at Uninter (Curitiba - PR) for 3 years.
    She got her Ph.D. in March 2014 having done part of the research in Seville, Spain and since then she has been part of two research groups in Brazil (Processocom – Rio Grande do Sul, and COMUNI – São Paulo). She now lives in the USA and carries out independent research focused on Communication in Social Movements, Community, Popular, Alternative and Local Media, and Participatory Media Literacy.
    She has three textbooks published in Brazil and presented her findings at IAMCR and ALAIC conferences in Canada, USA, Costa Rica, Spain, Mexico, Colombia, and Peru. Her most recent publication is a chapter called “Popular Communication in Latin America: A Look at the Actors Who Build Bridges” for the book: The Evolution of Popular Communication in Latin America organised by Ana Suzina, in 2021 and published by Palgrave.
    Dr. Bona believes another communication is possible.
    Her goal for the post-doc visit at Moore Institute at NUIG is to analyze how Buskers in Galway dealt with the Pandemic and the ECoC from a communication point of view.


    Professor Brendan O’Leary

    Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics, University of Pennsylvania


    Brendan O'Leary is a Cork-born US, Irish and European Union citizen, and since 2003 the Lauder Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania—previously he had been Professor of Political Science at the London School of Economics & Political Science.
    He is the author, co-author and co-editor of 29 books and collections, and the author or co-author of hundreds of other items: articles, chapters, encyclopedia articles, miscellaneous publications, and op-eds. A Treatise on Northern Ireland (three volumes) was published in 2019. It won the 2020 James S. Donnelly Sr. prize of the American Conference of Irish Studies for the best book in History and Social Science, and the paperback versions were issued the same year.
    A Member of the US Council on Foreign Relations and an Honorary Member of the Royal Irish Academy, O’Leary was the inaugural winner of the Juan Linz Prize of the International Political Science Association for the study of multinational societies, federalism, and democratization. He is a founding and steering committee member of ARINS (Analyzing and Researching Ireland, North and South), sponsored by the Royal Irish Academy and the University of Notre Dame, and chairs its survey committee. As well as being a scholar, O’Leary has been a political and constitutional advisor, especially on power-sharing, to the United Nations, the European Union, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) of Iraq, and during the Irish peace process to the Governments of the UK and Ireland, and the British Labour Party.
    His degrees are from the University of Oxford (1981, PPE, BA (hons) first class), and the London School of Economics & Political Science (PhD, Robert McKenzie Memorial Prize). He grew up in Nigeria, Northern Ireland, and Sudan.


    Alexander O’Hara

    University of St. Andrews


    Dr Alexander O’Hara is Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Mediaeval History, University of St Andrews and was a Research Fellow at the Institut für Mittelalterforshung in the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna from 2009 to 2016 and a visiting scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He received his doctorate from the University of St Andrews where he held a Donald Bullough and a Carnegie Scholarship. He completed his research Masters at the University of Oxford in 2005 and was a Norwegian Government Research Scholar at the University of Oslo from 2002 to 2003. His research focuses on the inter-relationship between monastic groups and secular elites in the Early Middle Ages, the transformation of the Frankish world in the seventh century, the cult of the saints in the Early and High Middle Ages, early medieval hagiography and its manuscript transmission, and with the Irish monastic founder, Columbanus, and his Italian biographer, Jonas of Bobbio. He has completed a major new translation of Jonas of Bobbio’s three saints’ Lives with Professor Ian Wood published in 2017 with Liverpool University Press as Jonas of Bobbio: Life of Columbanus, Life of John of Réomé, and Life of Vedast. He was awarded a Research Grant from the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) for “The Columbanian Network: Elite Identities and Christian Communities in Early Medieval Europe (550–750)” at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. This project, which ran from 2013 to 2016, explored how the role of monasteries and their relationship to the social world around them was transformed in the seventh century in Europe as monastic institutions became more integrated into social and political power networks. The project focused on one of the central actors in this process, the Irish ascetic exile and monastic founder, Columbanus (c. 550–615), and the monastic network he and his Frankish disciples established in Merovingian Gaul and Lombard Italy. Two further volumes have resulted from this project, a monograph and an edited volume: Jonas of Bobbio and the Legacy of Columbanus: Sanctity and Community in the Seventh Century and Columbanus and the Peoples of Post-Roman Europe, both published by Oxford University Press in 2018.

    He will be giving a series of lectures in Dublin, Galway, and Belfast in November 2018 on Columbanus, Robert Schuman, and the Idea of Europe for the European Year of Cultural Heritage funded by the European Union.


    Deirdre Ní Chonghaile

    Independent Scholar


    Project Title:
    Embodying homage and outrage: Máirtín Ó Direáin’s Ómós do John Millington Synge

    Project Abstract:
    John Millington Synge (1871-1909) and Máirtín Ó Direáin (1910-1988) both inhabited multilingual and multicultural intellectual milieux and engaged intensively with the Aran Islands, Co. Galway, in their work. Yet, scholarship on Synge sometimes fails to connect with pertinent Irish-language sources including Ó Direáin, the poet laureate of Aran and a pioneer of modern Irish poetry. By publishing research conducted bilingually in both Irish and English articles, I aim to help bridge the gaps in knowledge that can occur in the Syngean canon.

    At NUI Galway, I welcome the opportunity to explore how my reading of Ó Direáin’s homage to Synge might correspond with local scholarship including Síobhra Aiken’s work on Ó Direáin (https://www.cic.ie/books/published-books/an-chuid-eile-diom-fein-aisti-le-mairtin-o-direain-1), Dr. Rióna Ní Fhrighil’s Republic of Conscience project (https://www.nuigalway.ie/gaeilge/taighde/roc/), and Dr. Adrian Paterson’s research for the national Yeats2015 celebration, which highlighted parallel concerns for Ó Direáin and the Irish Literary Revival in general. I also aim to explore the performance potential associated with this poem – as a work of poetry and as a critique of Synge’s theatrical opus - with Mary McPartlan, Artistic Director of Arts-in-Action at NUI Galway, and Marianne Ní Chinnéide of the O’Donoghue Centre for Performance, Drama & Theatre.

    Deirdre Ní Chonghaile is a musician, writer, broadcaster and applied ethnomusicologist. She is a graduate of the University of Oxford and University College Cork. She first came to the Moore Institute in 2012 as an IRC Postdoctoral Fellow. Thereafter, she was a Research Associate with the Digital Culture Initiative, and a NUI Postdoctoral Fellow in Irish/Celtic Studies working with Lillis Ó Laoire in Roinn na Gaeilge. Prior to coming to Galway, she was NEH Keough Fellow at the University of Notre Dame and Alan Lomax Fellow in Folklife Studies at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. She is currently completing a monograph about music-collecting in Ireland and producing a new album of sean-nós singing by Treasa Ní Mhiolláin of the Aran Islands.

    Photo Courtesy of Joni Nelson


    Proffessor Dominique Clement

    University of Alberta


    Dominique Clément is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Alberta and a member of the Royal Society of Canada (CNSAS). He is the author of the award-winning books Canada’s Rights Revolution, Equality Deferred, Human Rights in Canada, and Debating Rights Inflation. His edited collections include Alberta's Human Rights Story and Debating Dissent. Clément has been a Visiting Scholar in Australia, Belgium, China, Ireland and the United Kingdom. He has written extensively on human rights, social movements, and legal studies. He has consulted for the Canadian Human Rights Commission, and has served on the board of numerous community organizations, including the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. His websites, HistoryOfRights.ca and statefunding.ca, serve as research and teaching portals on the study of human rights and social movements in Canada.


    Rosemary Power

    CAMPS, NUI Galway


    Rosemary Power works part-time in academic life, mainly in medieval Norse-Gaelic Studies, and also in folk tradition. Her original work was in Icelandic legendary sagas and Gaelic influence; and she then moved to work on the Hebrides in the high middle ages, and the opportunities for cross-cultural contact. She has a particular interest in Iona and in pilgrimage sites and routes in Ireland and Scotland. She has published widely in these fields, both academically and for wider audiences; collected from the folk tradition, and won funding for various community-related projects. Her current work is on the names and other words of Gaelic origin that appear in Icelandic texts, both those that relate to the Viking Age and those of the later period.


    Agnès Lafont

    University Paul Valery – Montpellier 3, France


    Agnès Lafont is Associate Professor in Early Modern Literature at the University Paul-Valery Montpellier 3 (France) and a member of The Institute for Research on the Renaissance, the Neo-classical Age and the Enlightenment (IRCL), a joint research centre of the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3.
    Her essays have appeared in EMLS (Early Modern Literary Studies), Anglophonia (French Journal of English Studies), XVII-XVIII (Bulletin de la Société d'Études Anglo-Américaines des XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles), Cahiers Charles V, Imago. Revista de Emblemática y cultura visual, Revue LISA/LISA e-journal as well as in scholarly collections such as Les Contemporains de Shakespeare (ed. L. Cottegnies, J.-M. Maguin and F. Laroque, Pléiade, Paris, 2009). Her first book is entitled Shakespeare’s Erotic Mythology and Ovidian Renaissance Culture (Routledge, 2013). Her second book is a collection of essays co-edited with Janice Valls-Russell and Charlotte Coffin, entitled Interweaving Myths in Shakespeare and his contemporaries (Manchester University Press, 2017) Dr. Lafont’s third book, also a collection of essays co-edited with Christian Belin and Nicholas Myers, is currently in circulation to presses. It is entitled: L’Image brisée aux XVIe et XVIIe siècles. Breaking the Image in the Renaissance (Paris, Classique Garnier, forthcoming 2019). She is assistant editor for Cahiers Elisabéthains since 2009 http://cae.sagepub.com/
    From July 2012 to December 2012, she benefited from a Research Fellowship granted by the National Council of French Universities (CNU) to work on her first book. She was a visiting professor at The University of Texas at Austin for the 2018 Spring semester.

    Agnès will use her time at the Moore Institute to finalize her critical edition (English text with critical apparatus) of an Ovidian epyllion by William Barksted entitled Mirrha The Mother of Adonis: Or, Lustes Prodigies (1607) which freely translates and adapts Ovid’s Metamorphoses X.298-519 and explicitly offers itself as a prequel to Shakespeare’s Venus and Adonis. It narrates the incestuous love of Myrrha for her father, Cyniras, and the birth of their son, Adonis. She will also provide a seminar open to staff and students of the Institute and NUI Galway to present her project.
    While she’ll be at the Moore Institute, Agnès will primarily be working with Dr. Lindsay Reid as they share a keen interest on Tudor and Early Modern transmissions of classical mythology. They have started working together at the Renaissance Society of America (New Orleans, 2018) and are willing to establish a longstanding collaboration between their respective research centres.


    Alexander O’Hara

    University of St. Andrews


    Dr Alexander O’Hara is Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Mediaeval History, University of St Andrews and was a Research Fellow at the Institut für Mittelalterforshung in the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna from 2009 to 2016 and a visiting scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He received his doctorate from the University of St Andrews where he held a Donald Bullough and a Carnegie Scholarship. He completed his research Masters at the University of Oxford in 2005 and was a Norwegian Government Research Scholar at the University of Oslo from 2002 to 2003. His research focuses on the inter-relationship between monastic groups and secular elites in the Early Middle Ages, the transformation of the Frankish world in the seventh century, the cult of the saints in the Early and High Middle Ages, early medieval hagiography and its manuscript transmission, and with the Irish monastic founder, Columbanus, and his Italian biographer, Jonas of Bobbio. He has completed a major new translation of Jonas of Bobbio’s three saints’ Lives with Professor Ian Wood published in 2017 with Liverpool University Press as Jonas of Bobbio: Life of Columbanus, Life of John of Réomé, and Life of Vedast. He was awarded a Research Grant from the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) for “The Columbanian Network: Elite Identities and Christian Communities in Early Medieval Europe (550–750)” at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. This project, which ran from 2013 to 2016, explored how the role of monasteries and their relationship to the social world around them was transformed in the seventh century in Europe as monastic institutions became more integrated into social and political power networks. The project focused on one of the central actors in this process, the Irish ascetic exile and monastic founder, Columbanus (c. 550–615), and the monastic network he and his Frankish disciples established in Merovingian Gaul and Lombard Italy. Two further volumes have resulted from this project, a monograph and an edited volume: Jonas of Bobbio and the Legacy of Columbanus: Sanctity and Community in the Seventh Century and Columbanus and the Peoples of Post-Roman Europe, both published by Oxford University Press in 2018.

    He will be giving a series of lectures in Dublin, Galway, and Belfast in November 2018 on Columbanus, Robert Schuman, and the Idea of Europe for the European Year of Cultural Heritage funded by the European Union.


    Anne Driscoll

    Brandeis University, Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism


    US Fulbright Scholar 2018-2019, From the Benches to the Trenches: Investigating Wrongful Convictions

    Anne Driscoll is an award-winning journalist (Boston Globe, New York Times, People) who first began investigating wrongful convictions as senior reporter at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University in 2006. Her investigative work directly contributed to the exoneration of Angel Echavarria, who was sentenced to life without parole and served 21 years for a murder he didn’t commit before his release in 2015. Her role with the Justice Brandeis Law Project at the Schuster Institute included seminar-style meetings with undergraduate students to discuss presumed wrongful conviction cases, explore new leads and further case investigations. She was selected as a US Fulbright scholar and worked with the Irish Innocence Project at Griffith College in Dublin for the 2013-2014 academic year and taught law and journalism students journalism skills in order to further investigations of wrongful conviction cases. Through her work, the Irish Innocence Project became one of only two innocence organizations out of 68 recognized by the Innocence Network with a collaborative model of including both law and journalism students as caseworkers. The following year, she was hired as project manager of the Irish Innocence Project at Griffith College Dublin and she organized the first ever International Wrongful Conviction Conference and Film Festival. During her tenure, the Irish Innocence Project also helped obtain the first posthumous presidential pardon of Harry Gleeson, wrongfully convicted and hanged in 1941 for the murder of his neighbor Molly McCarthy in Tipperary.

    Anne is currently a second-time US Fulbright scholar (2018-2019) teaching about wrongful convictions and investigative techniques to law and journalism students at the National University of Ireland, Galway and is also conducting research to establish a National Registry of Exonerations in Ireland. Originally trained as a social worker who spent years counseling court-involved adolescent girls, she remains a licensed certified social worker in Massachusetts and is the author of a self-help series of guidebooks for girls called Girl to Girl. As a journalist, she has devoted her career to covering issues of human rights, social justice, and human development and has sought to make a difference in the world, one story at a time. She was the 2016 recipient of the Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice, is a Moth storyteller and the author of the Amazon Kindle mini-memoir series Irish You Were Here. She has been selected to give a TEDx talk about wrongful convictions on October 21, 2018 entitled Bearing Witness in Jacksonville, Florida.


    Antonio Bibbò

    University of Manchester


    A graduate of the universities of Napoli (Federico II), L’Aquila and Pisa, Dr Antonio Bibbò lectured at the university of Manchester, where he is now an Honorary Research Fellow. As a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow (2014-2017) at Manchester, Dr Bibbò conducted a research project on the reception of Irish literature in Italy (1900-1950). As part of this research, he produced an online database of Irish literature translated into Italian (www.ltit.it), and curated the “Irish in Italy” exhibition (National Library of Rome, 2016; University of Notre Dame - Rome Global Gateway, 2017; UCC, 2019), an online version of which is forthcoming.

    Dr Bibbò has published essays on Irish and Italian studies, modernism, the politics of translation and canon formation. He has produced critical editions of Virginia Woolf’s The Years (Feltrinelli, 2015), Daniel Defoe’s Moll Flanders (Feltrinelli, 2017) and Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest (Feltrinelli, forthcoming) in Italian, and has translated Ezra Pound’s letters to, and essays on, James Joyce (il Saggiatore, forthcoming). He sits on the editorial board of Contemporanea, Rivista di studi sulla letteratura e sulla comunicazione, and of the book series “digitalis purpurea. Studies in Digital Humanities”, Federico II UP. He is currently completing a monograph titled Reception and Perception of Irish Culture in Early Twentieth-Century Italy - Imagining Ireland in Italy.

    During his time at the Moore Institute, Dr Bibbò intends to investigate understudied aspects of the literary relationship between Italy and Ireland at the beginning of the twentieth century. While research to date has made the role of Irish literature within the Italian literary field increasingly clear, questions concerning the involvement of Irish intellectuals and writers in the dissemination of their works abroad still beg further investigation. An analysis of the documents held in the NUIG Abbey Archive - including scrapbooks, logbooks, administrative and production files - could illuminate the extent of such involvement, as well as the connections with Italian mediators of Irish literature.


    Barry Nevin

    Trinity College Dublin


    Barry Nevin is assistant lecturer in French at Technological University Dublin and adjunct teaching fellow in film studies at Trinity College Dublin. He received his PhD in French studies from NUI Galway, where he held an Irish Research Council postgraduate research scholarship and a Galway doctoral scholarship, and fulfilled a visiting research scholarship at the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2013. His central research interests include French interwar cinema (particularly Jean Renoir, Jacques Feyder and Marcel Carné) and Gilles Deleuze’s film philosophy. A monograph based on his PhD thesis (Cracking Gilles Deleuze’s Crystal: Narrative Space-time in the Films of Jean Renoir) was published by Edinburgh University Press in 2018 and his research has been published in a range of journals including French Studies (Oxford UP), Film History (Indiana UP), Studies in French Cinema (Routledge) and French Cultural Studies (SAGE). Additional articles focusing on émigré filmmaking in Hollywood and auteur theory are forthcoming in Nottingham French Studies (Edinburgh UP) and the Australian Journal of French Studies (Liverpool UP). Barry will use his time at the Moore Institute to analyse representations of the male gaze in Feyder’s cinéma colonial. This research will contribute to a journal-article and also forms part of a book-length study of Feyder’s career, which is under contract to Manchester University Press.


    Breandán Mac Suibhne

    Centenary University, New Jersey


    Breandán Mac Suibhne is a historian of society and culture in modern Ireland and associate professor of History at Centenary University, New Jersey. Among his publications are The End of Outrage: Post-Famine Adjustment in Rural Ireland (Oxford University Press, 2017) and Subjects Lacking Words? The Gray Zone of the Great Famine (Quinnipiac University Press, 2017). He is editor of two major annotated editions, viz., John Gamble, Society and Manners in Early Nineteenth-Century Ireland (Field Day, 2011) and, with David Dickson, Hugh Dorian's The Outer Edge of Ulster: A Memoir of Social Life in Nineteenth-Century Donegal (Lilliput, 2000; University of Notre Dame Press, 2001). A founding editor, with critic Seamus Deane, of Field Day Review (2005–), a journal of political and literary culture, he has also edited, with Enda Delaney, Ireland's Great Famine and Popular Politics (Routledge, 2016). While at the Moore Institute, he is working on a book on the Famine.


    Brendan Scott

    Irish Family History Foundation


    Brendan Scott was awarded a Ph.D. in early modern Irish history from NUI Galway in 2004. Since then, he has lectured at Maynooth University, Trinity College Dublin and St Angela’s College, Sligo. Brendan also worked as research officer at Cavan County Museum for three years before becoming manager of the Irish Family History Foundation. He has written and edited a wide range of articles and books on religion and economy including the forthcoming edited collection Society and administration in the Ulster Plantation towns (Four Courts Press, 2019). During his fellowship at the Moore Institute, Brendan will be investigating the port books from early seventeenth-century Ulster.


    Brendan Twomey

    Trinity College Dublin


    Dr Brendan Twomey is a retired banker, having worked for AIB for 39 years. Following his (early) retirement in 2012 he completed a PhD entitled, Personal Financial Management in Early Eighteenth-century Ireland; practices, participants and outcomes in 2018.

    Reflecting this lengthy career in banking Dr Twomey’s current research interests are focussed on financial institutions, financial management strategies, and financial innovation in seventeenth and eighteenth century Ireland. In addition he has a particular interest in researching the financial affairs of Jonathan Swift.

    His publications include:
    ‘Funding the house for fools and mad; Financing Swift’s legacy’, 2018,
    “I will do myself the pleasure of now writing to you’; Louisa Conolly’s letters to her sister, Sarah Bunbury’, in Women and the Country House in Ireland and Britain, T. Dooley, M. O’Rourke and C. Ridgeway (eds.), (Dublin, 2017).
    Sir John T. Gilbert: life, works and contexts (Dublin, 2013)
    ‘Financing Speculative Property Development in early eighteenth century Dublin’, in The eighteenth-century Dublin Town House, Christine Casey (ed.), (Dublin, 2010).
    Dublin in 1707 – A year in the life of the city, 2010 – Maynooth studies in local history, (Dublin, 2010).
    Smithfield and the parish of St Paul- 1698-1745, 2004 – Maynooth studies in local history, (Dublin, 2004).

    Brendan will use his time as a visiting research fellow at the Moore Institute to develop a detailed financial management case study of the O’Connor/ Donelan families of Sylaun County Galway. This research is part of a wider research a project entitled ‘Endurance and emergence: Eighteenth century Roman Catholic landowners cross-generational legal and financial strategies’. The O’Connor Donelan archives in the Hardiman Library in Galway are representative of the surviving records of numerous, locally important, mid-sized Roman Catholic landed families who, in the eighteenth century, and at the height of the ‘penal era’, successfully pursued complex legal and financial strategies aimed at preserving their landholdings and their financial patrimony in what had been termed an ‘endurance’ strategy.


    Bridget English

    University of Illinois at Chicago


    Dr. Bridget English is currently a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She received her PhD in English from Maynooth University, where she was also a lecturer. In addition to the wide array of literature and writing courses she taught at the above institutions she also taught for several years in New York. She is a specialist in modern and contemporary Irish literature and culture, with particular research interests in theories of the novel, modernism, and the medical humanities. Her monograph, Laying Out the Bones: Death and Dying in the Modern Irish Novel (Syracuse U.P. 2017), examines the ways that Irish wake and funeral rituals shape novelistic discourse, arguing that the treatment of death in Irish novels offers a way of making sense of mortality and provides insight into Ireland’s cultural and historical experience of death. Additional publications include book chapters on John McGahern, Anne Enright, and a forthcoming chapter on Irish crime fiction.

    At the Moore Institute, English will conduct research on the themes of medicine, illness, and bodily pain in the context of modernism, and twentieth-century and contemporary Irish writing. This research will contribute to English’s current book project, “Self-Destructive Modernisms: Suicide, Medicine, and Failure in the Modernist Novel” which attends to the ways that the modernist novel registers the conflicts between the empirical knowledge of medicine and the subjective human experiences of modernity in order to determine the role of novelistic narrative in mediating bodily and psychological suffering. Taking the contrast between medical determinism—that psychological phenomena are explained by a combination of environmental and genetic factors—and humanistic medicine as its starting point, this study takes a transnational approach to Irish, American, and British novels in order to consider the ways that medical narratives influence the modernist aesthetics of rational thought and faith in technological innovation. Analyzing a cross-section of novels that related to the themes of suicide and failure—Elizabeth Bowen’s The House in Paris, Samuel Beckett’s The Unnameable, William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night, James Joyce’s Ulysses and Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway—“Self-Destructive Modernisms” interrogates the complex relationship between modernist novels and medical narratives in the transnational context of empire and nation (re) building.


    Caroline Magennis

    University of Salford


    Dr Caroline Magennis is a Lecturer in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature at the University of Salford and Chair of the British Association for Irish Studies. She is a specialist in Northern Irish literature and culture, with particular research interests in theoretical approaches to contemporary fiction. She received her PhD from Queen's University, Belfast, in 2008 and has held research and teaching positions at QUB, the University of Limerick and University College Dublin. Having written widely on these topics, she has recently published chapters in edited collections with Cambridge, Oxford, Palgrave and Routledge.

    Together with George Legg and Maggie Scull, she was the recipient of a Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Reconciliation Fund Grant for #Agreement20, a large multi-media project on the twentieth anniversary of the accord. She has recently published journalistic pieces in The Irish Times and The Independent and hosts literary events for the Irish World Heritage Centre and the Manchester Literature Festival. She sits on the English Association Higher Education Committee and the Steering Board of the European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies. She has also served been on the Executive Council for the British Association for Contemporary Literary Studies since its inception in 2016, and was part of the successful bid to bring the English Shared Futures event to Greater Manchester in 2020.

    During her time at the Moore Institute, Dr Magennis will primarily be working with Dr Rebecca Barr due to their shared theoretical interest in the representation of embodiment and emotions in literature. The main output will be a monograph, Northern Irish Writing After the Troubles: Affect, Intimacy and Literary Form, which is contracted to be published by Bloomsbury’s New Horizons in Contemporary Writing Series in 2021.

    Twitter: @drmagennis


    Chris Collins

    University of Nottingham


    Chris is an Assistant Professor of Drama at the University of Nottingham, U.K. He has published widely on Irish theatre, including two monographs on the work of Irish writer, J.M. Synge (Theatre and Residual Culture [Palgrave: 2016], and J.M. Synge’s The Playboy of the Western World [Routledge: 2016]). He is currently writing his third book on Synge entitled J.M. Synge and the Time of His Life.

    Synge witnessed and wrote about profound changes to Irish society and culture during his short lifetime: 1871-1909. This was a Victorian age of progress, and everything needed to be clocked: from the time it took the Galway train to travel to Dublin, to those cultures of the empire that had supposedly failed to evolve. Synge had a keen interest in how progress should be measured, and his plays and prose offer unique perspectives on the measurement of time and the modernisation of Irish society. Synge’s fascination with time also had a particular personal appeal. As early as 1899 Synge knew he was dying young. Immediately thereafter he set about travelling Ireland, writing prose, verse and plays about spaces and places that were rapidly changing in front of his eyes. His reflections on time helped him cope with his own knowledge that he was dying young. A mixture of biography, social history and critical analysis of his plays and prose, the significance of this project is that it will explore how Synge staged and wrote about linear and non-linear time in the Ireland of his time, both as a reflection on modernisation and as a coping mechanism for the finiteness of time in his personal life.

    Chris will be using his time at the Moore Institute to consult the digital archives of Synge’s diaries, journals and notebooks, as well as the Abbey Theatre and Druid Theatre digital archives.


    Chris Maginn

    Fordham University, New York


    Chris Maginn is Professor of History and the former Director of the Institute of Irish Studies at Fordham University in New York. He received his doctorate from the National University of Ireland, Galway. He has published widely on Irish and British history, with a particular focus on the Anglo-Irish relationship in the Tudor period. His first book ‘Civilizing’ Gaelic Leinster: the extension of Tudor rule in the O’Byrne and O’Toole lordships (Dublin, 2005) was awarded the National University of Ireland’s Irish Historical Research Prize in 2005. He co-wrote, with Steven Ellis, the textbook The Making of the British Isles: the state of Britain and Ireland, 1450-1660 (London, 2007). He is also the author of William Cecil, Ireland, and the Tudor State (Oxford, 2012) and The Tudor Discovery of Ireland (Dublin, 2015). He was the Irish American Cultural Institute/NUIG Fellow in Irish Studies at the Centre for Irish Studies in 2014 and in 2016 he co-edited a collection of essays entitled Frontiers, states and identity in early modern Ireland and beyond: essays in honour of Steven G. Ellis (Dublin, 2016).

    While at the Moore Institute, he will be working on a book which aims to explore how the Tudor kings and queens communicated their rule in Ireland. The research will concentrate on operational forms of communication – like the relationship between the transmission within government circles of information and the influence which that information exerted on the making of political policy – and more abstract forms of communication, like the crown’s use of orality, printed texts, symbolism and political messaging, both to make its power felt and to articulate its aims. Central to the consideration of this latter form of communication will be an analysis of the ultimate failure of the Tudors to counter the widely-held view, expressed at the time and ever since, that their true aim was to conquer Ireland. In addition to this, he will be exploring the history of the town of Galway in the later sixteenth century.


    Ciaran McDonough

    NUI Galway


    Ciaran McDonough was until recently a Postdoctoral Researcher in History at the National University of Ireland, Galway. She was awarded a PhD in 2017 by NUIG for her thesis on nineteenth-century Irish antiquarian cultures. She has published articles on Irish antiquarianism and the Irish language in the nineteenth century in Studi Irlandesi, Studia Celtica Fennica, and Landscapes. She is the co-editor of the forthcoming collection of essays (with John Cunningham),
    Hardiman and after: Galway Culture and Society, 1820-2020.

    Project: During this fellowship, I will work on a book chapter for a collected volume of essays titled Hardiman and After: Galway Culture and Society since 1820. My contribution will cover a biography of James Hardiman, the first librarian of NUI Galway (then Queen’s College, Galway) and his works in their nineteenth-century antiquarian context. James Hardiman (1782-1855) was a leading intellectual of his day, a scholar of music, poetry, folklore and history. In 1820, he published the groundbreaking History of the Town and County of the Town of Galway. On the establishment of the university in Galway in 1849, he was appointed its Librarian, a post he held for the remainder of his life. An important new book, Hardiman and After: Galway Culture and Society, 1820-2020 (edited by John Cunningham and Ciaran McDonough) marks the bicentenary of the publication of Hardiman’s History, in conjunction with Galway’s historic year as European Capital of Culture.


    Claudia Kinmonth

    Royal Dublin Society Library


    Claudia Kinmonth is an independent cultural historian and author of two books for Yale University Press; Irish Country Furniture 1700-1950 (1993) and Irish Rural Interiors in Art (2006). In 2018 she was awarded the Royal Dublin Society's Library & Archives Research Bursary, instigating her forthcoming article for the journal Irish Architectural and Decorative Studies ‘Rags, riches and recycling: 1731-1781…’. Her Moore Institute fellowship facilitates her work for the second edition of Irish Country Furniture (for Cork University Press). Small furnishings will be the subject of its new tenth chapter, including her recent work on for example Noggins, spoons made of horn, and coarse earthenware. In 2018 she was made a Member of the Royal Irish Academy.


    Daniel Fernández Fuentes

    Fundación Cultura de Paz (Spain).


    EDUC-ACTORS: FROM CONTEXT TO TEXT. Rethinking the education on peace, conflict transformation, social justice and global citizenship through the lens of the Arts.

    Education is at the center of the ethical, socio-political and environmental crisis we are currently experiencing. As expressed by UNESCO in its Program of Action for the Creation of a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence, the hope of emerging from this global crisis lies in educating about values, attitudes and behaviors that reflect and inspire sharing through social interaction, fostering the distinctive faculties of the human species: commitment, reflection, imagination and creativity, facilitating interculturality and communication (and not only information). Likewise, the Incheon Declaration resulting from the World Education Forum 2015 urgently urges us to prepare a unified educational agenda that aspires to be holistic and inclusive, based on human rights and dignity; social justice; inclusion; cultural, linguistic and ethnic diversity; and co-responsibility within the wide frame of global citizenship. But what would such a unified educational agenda look like in practice, and what kind of future does it envision?

    UNESCO’s vision would seem to be a world at peace. Yet the meaning of peace is often assumed to be settled by those who advance the cause of peace, even if this entails appropriating the narratives of the oppressed, and even though – as argued by Oliver Richmond and J. P. Lederach – many attempts at conflict resolution have ended in co-optation, i.e. attempts to forcibly abolish disharmony in situations where people are raising legitimate issues about social justice, reconciliation, identity, gender, culture, or development, among others. As Arjun Appadurai states, the transformation of such structural violence involves the defense of communication processes, in a world suffering from endless information: etymological communication implies community, sharing, and common sense, as well as the aspiration to expand what we all have in common.

    Hence, peace should be envisioned as an agonistic process, such that conflict is understood as inherent to social life, and it is a force that holds the opportunity for the transformation of social conditions. A process of learning, at the individual and social level, to make sense of the internal and external violence that exists around and within us. As the victimizer is inside each of us, the human impulse to violence is what needs to be addressed, through participatory processes which aim to transform the ways in which conflict plays out at the micro-level of inter-subjective relations. These necessary participatory processes have set the basis that defines the dynamic pedagogical proposal that I am currently developing, which aims to simultaneously learn and teach how to deal with human inner and outer forms of violence: “EDUC-ACTORS: FROM CONTEXT TO TEXT. Rethinking the education on peace, conflict transformation, social justice, and global citizenship - Towards a participatory, integrative and critical pedagogy inspired in the culture of peace and non-violence, applied through the narratives in first person, the new technologies, informed by the transformative power of creativity and the arts.”

    Such proposal of participatory pedagogy follows the thread proposed by Paolo Freire, seeking to honor the narratives that contest official history and identity – those imposed by the victors as much as through the educational spaces where they are enforced upon victims – thus perpetuating violence. These contesting narratives include not only written or oral rational forms, but all creative expressions, heightening our ability to tell our own stories through the art of music, dance, theater, painting, photography, audiovisuals, digital media, and poetry. Therefore, a model of participatory pedagogy of conflict transformation would be informed by the arts such as Katherine Wood explores: “The arts fundamentally change the discourse around conflict and peace...The transformative power of the arts largely lies in the fact that art operates in the physical, emotional, and existential realms. Existentially, the arts express and interpret the human search for meaning, purpose, community, identity, and values by which to live. These values, material or otherwise, are deeply embedded in the lives of individuals, groups, and nations, with roots in differing views of the world. The arts can open and enlarge someone’s worldview and enhance understanding of another’s, leading to empathy and inclusion.”

    During my research, as a Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights at Rutgers University (2016 to present), I concluded that attempting to rethink peace studies and peace education would require an empirical, global research concerned with context-specific interpretations of peace, staging contestations through the arts, thereby disturbing the ways that metanarratives regarding peace and violence tend to ignore local histories, and contextualized struggles. This journey is leading, as Boaventura de Sousa Santos, Budd L. Hall and Rajesh Tandon urge us, to un-learn in order to be able to “decolonize” our minds and our pedagogical practices, while encouraging us to stand up for encouraging us to generate our own meanings of individual and communal memory, cultural translation and intercultural dialogue. Identifying and exploring good practices of participatory conflict transformation pedagogy informed by the arts, in places where violence is more evident in a daily basis, has to do with the relevance of University as universitas: the word without action is empty, and scientific concepts without experience are vain. These experiences would be sought among significant educators, mediators, artivists, and advocates which invite the arts to facilitate the transformation of inner and outer conflicts in a nonviolent way.

    These indispensable exchanges inform the second phase of the project: a pedagogical pilot proposal which would outline an academic curriculum focused on participatory conflict transformation methodologies which articulate around the languages of the arts. The scope of the previous international research favors a much needed pedagogical approach that acknowledges and integrates Western, Eastern and Indigenous worldviews. The pedagogical curriculum proposal would understand peace as an ever-evolving and dynamic process of nonviolent conflict transformation. An integrative and holistic process, as defined by Linda Groff, which aspires to equal the importance of building positive "outer" peace (Western approach), inner/spiritual peace (Eastern approach), and the urgency to eradicate violence against the environment (Indigenous/Animistic/Earth-based approach).


    David McOmish

    University of Glasgow


    David completed a PhD in Classics at the University of Glasgow (2010), where he also latterly worked as a full-time, fixed-term Teaching Fellow in Latin Literature and Language (2011). From 2012-2015, he was Research Fellow and Lead Researcher on the AHRC-funded Delitiae project at Glasgow, which examined the role and place of Latin Literature and Literary Culture in early modern Scotland. The majority of David's time on the project was spent researching the astronomical and mathematical work of Adam King, an Edinburgh native and long-time Professor of Mathematics and Philosophy at the University of Paris, whose work will be the focus of David's stay at the Moore Institute. More recently, David was Research Fellow at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute in Innsbruck, Austria, where he worked on Adam King’s Latin didactic verse and prose commentary and its function as a conduit for the delivery of the new sciences of the early modern period into the University of Edinburgh in the 17th century. Currently an Honorary Research Fellow, David continues his work on Adam King at the Centre for Research Collections at Edinburgh University, where he is transcribing and critically assessing the large manuscript edition that contains King's prose and verse. In the last year, he has published some of his research findings on the impact of cross-confessional (Calvinist and Jesuitical) ideas upon Adam King's approach to teaching science (History of Universities 31.2, 153-172, Oxford 2018), exploring how King openly embraced the philosophy of protestant reformer Petrus Ramus, while also producing a substantial (and pointed) corpus of pro-Catholic, Counter-Reformation material.

    David will use his time at the Moore Institute to edit and develop the first full critical edition (parallel Latin and English text with critical apparatus) of the poetry of Adam King. He will provide weekly reading groups open to staff and students of the Institute and NUI Galway on a selection of King's poetry. These reading sessions will offer an opportunity to explore the ways in which King's dual confessional identity informs his approach to natural philosophy in his didactic (scientific) poetry and commentary, his Counter-Reformation prose and verse, and his pro-Stuart political propaganda poems.

    This year, David will be presenting his work on Adam King at Scientiae 2019 (held in Belfast this year), and also the Fédération internationale des associations d'études classiques 2019 conference.


    Deirdre Ní Chonghaile

    Independent Scholar


    Project Title:
    Embodying homage and outrage: Máirtín Ó Direáin’s Ómós do John Millington Synge

    Project Abstract:
    John Millington Synge (1871-1909) and Máirtín Ó Direáin (1910-1988) both inhabited multilingual and multicultural intellectual milieux and engaged intensively with the Aran Islands, Co. Galway, in their work. Yet, scholarship on Synge sometimes fails to connect with pertinent Irish-language sources including Ó Direáin, the poet laureate of Aran and a pioneer of modern Irish poetry. By publishing research conducted bilingually in both Irish and English articles, I aim to help bridge the gaps in knowledge that can occur in the Syngean canon.

    At NUI Galway, I welcome the opportunity to explore how my reading of Ó Direáin’s homage to Synge might correspond with local scholarship including Síobhra Aiken’s work on Ó Direáin (https://www.cic.ie/books/published-books/an-chuid-eile-diom-fein-aisti-le-mairtin-o-direain-1), Dr. Rióna Ní Fhrighil’s Republic of Conscience project (https://www.nuigalway.ie/gaeilge/taighde/roc/), and Dr. Adrian Paterson’s research for the national Yeats2015 celebration, which highlighted parallel concerns for Ó Direáin and the Irish Literary Revival in general. I also aim to explore the performance potential associated with this poem – as a work of poetry and as a critique of Synge’s theatrical opus - with Mary McPartlan, Artistic Director of Arts-in-Action at NUI Galway, and Marianne Ní Chinnéide of the O’Donoghue Centre for Performance, Drama & Theatre.

    Deirdre Ní Chonghaile is a musician, writer, broadcaster and applied ethnomusicologist. She is a graduate of the University of Oxford and University College Cork. She first came to the Moore Institute in 2012 as an IRC Postdoctoral Fellow. Thereafter, she was a Research Associate with the Digital Culture Initiative, and a NUI Postdoctoral Fellow in Irish/Celtic Studies working with Lillis Ó Laoire in Roinn na Gaeilge. Prior to coming to Galway, she was NEH Keough Fellow at the University of Notre Dame and Alan Lomax Fellow in Folklife Studies at the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. She is currently completing a monograph about music-collecting in Ireland and producing a new album of sean-nós singing by Treasa Ní Mhiolláin of the Aran Islands.

    Photo Courtesy of Joni Nelson


    Diarmuid Ó Riain

    University of Vienna


    Diarmuid has been a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Vienna since 2013, where he works within the FWF-funded "Visions of Community" special research programme. He also lectures on medieval history at the Department of History. His research in Vienna concerns the relationship between hagiography and monastic networks in Central Europe, with a particular focus on the compilation and transmission of the 12th-century Magnum Legendarium Austriacum (http://mla.oeaw.ac.at/). His publications include a 2015 Analecta Bollandiana article on this hagiographical collection. Diarmuid's doctoral research at University College Dublin related to the archaeology and history of the Irish Benedictine monasteries or Schottenklöster of medieval Germany and Austria.

    While at the Moore Institute, Diarmuid will work on a new critical edition of the Life of St Rónán of Dromiskin, a text that is preserved solely in Austrian and Bavarian manuscripts. His work on the Vita sancti Ronani is part of a wider study of the manuscript transmission of a collection of Irish saints' Lives that circulated in high-medieval Central Europe. Traces of this lost collection, which was almost certainly compiled at the Irish Benedictine monastery in Regensburg in the second half of the 12th century, are found in manuscripts held by various libraries in Central Europe. The close examination of the manuscript tradition of the individual Irish saints' Lives allows the process of the collection's compilation and diffusion in the region to be reconstructed.


    Dieter Reinisch

    Webster University & University of Vienna


    Dieter Reinisch is an Adjunct Professor in International Relations at Webster University and a Lecturer in History at the University of Vienna; he also teaches Gender Studies at the University of Salzburg. He defended his PhD thesis “Subjectivity, political education, and resistance: an oral history of Irish Republican prisoners, 1971-2000” in June 2018 at the Department of History & Civilization, European University Institute, in Florence. His supervisors were Prof. Laura Lee Downs (EUI) and Prof. Alexander Etkind (EUI); his examination board included Dr Sean Brady (Birkbeck) and Prof. Robert W. White (IUPUI). He also holds a Mag. phil from the University of Vienna and an MRes from the EUI. In autumn 2016, he was a visiting researcher at the Faculty of Arts, University of St. Andrews.
    He is also an editorial board member of the open access journal “Studi irlandesi: A Journal of Irish Studies” (Florence University Press); in 2019, he will be a Postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute for Social Movements, Ruhr-University Bochum, researching radicalisation and political violence in the early Weimar Republic. His research stay is hosted by Prof. Stefan Berger.
    As a Moore Institute Visiting Research Fellow, he will research the Ruairí Ó Brádaigh papers held in the James Hardiman Library. The title of his research project is “Ruairí Ó Brádaigh and dissident Irish Republican History Writing”. During his research stay at the Moore Institute, he will work with Dr Niall O’Dochartaigh.
    Splits characterise the history of Irish Republicanism. Contesting groups tend to argue, and often violently fight, over their status as the “true” Republican Movement. While Sinn Féin is widely acknowledged as being the mainstream Republican Movement today, dissident Republican groups claim to be the true heirs of Irish Republicanism to justify the continuation of their armed campaigns. By researching the papers of Ruairí Ó Brádaigh and Brendan Duddy held in the James Hardiman Library, he will analyse the history writing of dissident Republicans.


    Emmet Marron

    NUI Galway


    Dr Emmet Marron works primarily on Early Medieval monastic landscapes, with a focus on the Post-Roman West. Although his background is in Archaeology his work takes an interdisciplinary approach to the topic, with a particular interest in the contrast between hagiographical texts and the archaeological reality, as well as in ethnicity and ethnic identity in the period spanning the 4th to the 8th centuries.
    A graduate of NUI, Galway, from 2008 to 2012 he conducted his Ph.D at the Moore Institute as part of the IRC and Mellon Foundation funded Columbanus’ Life and Legacy Project. His doctoral thesis focussed on the first monastery founded on the continent by the influential Irish monk, Saint Columbanus, at Annegray in Eastern France. Archaeological work carried out as part of Dr Marron’s research at Annegray under the auspices of the Moore Institute (2009-2013) represent the first campaign of archaeological fieldwork carried out by an Irish HEI on the continent.
    In 2013 Dr Marron was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship as part of the Columbanus’ Life and Legacy Project at the Moore Institute, during which time he oversaw the completion of further overseas archaeological fieldwork with collaborative fieldschools at Annegray (France), Bobbio (Italy) and Cleenish (Northern Ireland). During this time, he was also involved in the formation of Making Europe: Columbanus and his Legacy, an international scientific committee drawing together researchers in complimentary disciplines from across Europe to collaborate on the study of St Columbanus in the run up to the 2015 anniversary of the saint’s death. In addition to a series of collaborative fieldwork projects (Cleenish, Annegray, Bobbio), the committee oversaw the successful organisation of three international conferences – held at Bangor, Luxeuil and Bobbio - focussing on different aspects of Columbanus’ influence over the course of the anniversary year.
    Expanding out from the focus on Annegray, in 2016 Dr Marron was awarded a Marie Skłodowska Curie Individual Fellowship for his project The Chronology of Monastic Landscapes in Early Medieval Europe (ChroMoLEME), based at Newcastle University. The project aimed to interrogate the motif of the ‘desertum’, commonly found in hagiographical treatments of monastic foundations, through the use of landscape analysis on a number of key Early Medieval monasteries across Europe – a significant element in the project’s approach to this question was the application of Historical Landscape Characterisation to sites in continental Europe, in contexts where this approach had never been used before. As part of the ChroMoLEME project Dr Marron held a successful conference at the British School at Rome on the question of the ‘desertum’, the proceedings of which will form part of an upcoming edited volume as part of Brepols’ Boundaries, Borders, Landscape series.
    During his time at the Moore Institute Emmet will be working with former supervisor on the Columbanus’ Life and Legacy Project, Conor Newman, to edit the proceedings of the 2015 anniversary conference held in Bangor, Co. Down. To date fellow members of the Making Europe Committee have overseen the publication of the proceedings of the Bobbio and Luxeuil conferences. As such, the Bangor proceedings will represent not only the final volume in an important treatment of Saint Columbanus, but also the successful culmination of work underway at the Moore Institute since 2008.


    Federica Scicolone

    King’s College London


    Dr Federica Scicolone is a Stipendiary Lecturer in Classics at King’s College London and Teaching Assistant at University College London, where she teaches modules on ancient Greek and Latin languages and literatures. In 2018 she received a PhD on Greek verse-inscriptions and literary epigram from King’s College London.
    As a doctoral student, Federica focused on indicators of imaginary and ocular deixis in texts describing and interacting with their (real or fictional) monuments and material contexts of display, to investigate how different deictic devices reflect the various ways in which ancient audiences construed the materiality of texts. Her research interests include Greek epigram, inscriptional poetry, the materiality of texts and the cognitive impact of texts on ancient Greek material culture and religious behaviours. Her current research work focuses on the development of a notion of fiction in Greek religious texts, especially Greek inscribed and literary epigrams and hymns, from the Hellenistic period.
    As a 2019-20 Visiting Fellow at the Moore Institute, Federica will explore any parallel developments of fictive belief in texts relevant to ancient Irish religious experiences from pagan and Christian devotional contexts, e.g. the Irish Ogham inscriptions.


    Federico Ugolini



    Dr Federico Ugolini is an archaeologist and holds a PhD in Roman Archaeology from King’s College London. His research interests include ancient harbour archaeology, especially of the provinces of Eastern Adriatic and Italy. He is interested in Roman harbours and seafaring, including topography, ancient economy, maritime iconography and later antiquarian reception. He is currently doing research on maritime sanctuaries of the Roman Adriatic, and completing work towards his monograph project on the iconography, identity and representation of Mediterranean harbours in the Graeco-Roman world (Bloomsbury)


    Flavia Soubiran

    University of Montreal


    Dr Flavia Soubiran is a film historian, specialized in classical Hollywood. She graduated from Brussel’s Free University in Philosophy (B.A., M.A.) and screenwriting (M.A.). She received her Ph.D. in film studies with excellent grade from the University of Montreal in 2018, where she held an excellence scholarship from the Faculty of Graduate and Postgraduate Studies. From 2015 to 2017, she was a lecturer in the department of film studies, teaching courses on her doctoral thesis, Hollywood cinema and north-american mythologies.
    Her dissertation thesis focuses on the ageing star in classical Hollywood, from the 30s to the 60s, defining a specific sub-genre: the melodrama of the falling star. She published several articles on the subject, with particular emphasis on costume design in Hollywood’s Golden Age, Bette Davis falling star persona, nostalgia and digital cinema. Her fields of interest include: Hollywood melodramas and late 30s comedies, French actors and dandies in Hollywood, Broadway musicals, film-philosophy, dream and memory studies, gender and queer studies. She presented her research at international conferences in Europe and North-America, notably at Northwestern University (English department), ENS Paris (film studies department) and McGill University (philosophy department). Her approach to research and her teaching practice are pluridisciplinary, promoting the dialogue between film, philosophy and the arts. With the support of the Centre for WAM (Women, Ageing and Media) and GRAC (Groupe de réflexion sur l’acteur de cinéma), she is currently preparing an edited collection on contemporary, experimental reinvestments of the melodramas of the falling star in Hollywood, British and Irish film productions.
    As a Visiting Fellow at the Moore Institute, she is affiliated with the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, in collaboration with the Huston School of Film and Digital Media. Her project at the Moore Institute is titled : Performing age and gender on screen: A comparative study of the ageing female performer in contemporary Hollywood and Irish cinema. She will be giving a lecture on the subject, leading to a publication, raising issues about gendered socio-cultural constructions and the masquerade of ageing in contemporary western society.


    Frank Shovlin

    University of Liverpool


    Frank Shovlin is Professor of Irish Literature at the Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool and a British Academy/Leverhulme Senior Research Fellow for 2018-19. He is the author of 3 books on various aspects of Irish writing: The Irish Literary Periodical 1923-58 (2003); Journey Westward: Joyce, Dubliners and the Literary Revival (2012); and Touchstones: John McGahern's Classical Style (2016). He is currently editing an edition of John McGahern's letters for a forthcoming Faber volume and has begun work on McGahern's authorized biography. His time at the Moore Institute will be spent working on the McGahern papers to assist with these two projects.


    Heike Schwarz

    Augsburg University, Germany


    Dr. Heike Schwarz is a post-doc lecturer in American studies and Comparative studies at Augsburg University. She studied American studies, politics, philosophy and law. She is currently writing her habilitation project, or second book, with the working title Psychoterratica: Concepts of Solastalgia and Nature Distress Syndrome in (World) Fiction which includes approaches of the environmental humanities and medical humanities. She has published on fiction, film and graphic novels in the fields of psychiatry and fiction, disability studies, popular culture studies, dementia studies, medical and environmental humanities and ecopsychology. She has received a number of fellowships for studies in Europe and the United States, she is also a Fulbright fellow and recently worked at the University of Pittsburgh as visiting scholar. She co-edited the essay collection Border Stories: Narration of Peace, Conflict and Communication as a book publication of an international conference. The co-edited book with Dr. Tina-Karen Pusse and Rebecca Downes from NUI Galway Madness in the Woods: Representations of the Ecologlical Uncanny will be published this year.

    She finished her PhD project in 2013 with her interdisciplinary study Beware of the Other Side(s): Multiple Personality Disorder and Dissociative Identity Disorder in American Fiction. This study emerged from an interdisciplinary angle including the history of American psychiatric diagnoses and their reflection in American fiction and how both fields were mutually entangled and interdependent.

    The second book project title Psychoterratica refers to an ecocritical and ecopsychological approach to the fiction analysed in the book. This approach is based on the interdisciplinary field of medical humanities, an emerging discipline which pinpoints the relevance of literary representation of illness and diagnoses, shaping a general understanding of (contemporary) diseases and conditions. Combining medical humanities with the field of environmental studies or ecocriticsm, the projects aims at analysing (world) literature in order to unveil mental as well as physical conditions that develop because of environmental and climate change or global warming. Through the literary works, various cultural communities around the world and individual artists express and represent their physical as well as psychological conditions that emerge because of environmental change that literally endangers their indigenous and various other cultural backgrounds. The ecocritical embedment of the study moreover highlights the interconnectedness of human beings with their non-human surroundings and follows, for example, the term “solastalgia” given by Australian anthropologist Glenn Albrecht who defines this term also as “nature distress syndrome” after environmental change. The focus on health and climate change usually entails sociological and empirical studies, whereas in this book project the main sources are literary works in which the interconnection of health and environment becomes obvious. Apart from the WHO and its medical health report approach, the cultural outputs of various communities and artists dealing with environmental change need to be considered and heard.

    At Moore Institute she will continue her research and will also present at the summer school “Posthumanist Ecocriticism”. The Moore Institute fellowship enables her to add an Irish perspective to her interdisciplinary work.


    Helen Sonner



    Helen Sonner holds a BA with Honors in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MPhil in Classics from Trinity College Dublin. She earned her PhD in 2013 from Queen’s University Belfast, where her research examined the history of the word ‘plantation’ in early modern English through 1641. As an independent scholar, she has continued to research this history past 1641 and is currently completing a monograph (Plantation and Propaganda: The Printed Word and the Rise of British Colonialism).
    Dr. Sonner also works as a medical writer on behalf of clinical trials. In this role, she has provided medical writing and regulatory support for a national pediatric trials network established by the US National Institutes of Health, and medical writing for a global pharmaceutical company.
    At the Moore Institute, Dr. Sonner will draw on her experience as both a humanities researcher and a medical writer to explore opportunities for collaboration between the Moore Institute and Galway’s growing clinical trials community. She will also conduct research for a paper that contextualizes contemporary efforts to create global standards for clinical research with William Petty’s methodological innovations in the seventeenth-century Down Survey.


    Hidetaka Hirota

    Waseda University


    Hidetaka Hirota is an Assistant Professor in the Institute for Advanced Study at Waseda University in Japan. He is a historian of the United States with particular interests in migration, law and policy, labor, and transnational history. He received his Ph.D. in History from Boston College, where his dissertation won the university’s best humanities dissertation award. Prior to his current position, Hirota was a Mellon Research Fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia University and a Visiting Assistant Professor of History at the City University of New York-City College.

    Hirota is the author of Expelling the Poor: Atlantic Seaboard States and the Nineteenth-Century Origins of American Immigration Policy (Oxford University Press, 2017). The book received the Donald Murphy Prize from the American Conference for Irish Studies, the First Book Award from the Immigration and Ethnic History Society, and the Lois P. Rudnick Award from the New England American Studies Association, as well as Special Commendation for the Peter J. Gomez Prize from the Massachusetts Historical Society. Hirota’s peer-reviewed articles have appeared in leading journals in the fields of American History and American Studies, such as the Journal of American History, American Quarterly, and the Journal of American Ethnic History. These articles won best essay awards and distinctions from multiple scholarly associations, including the Organization of American Historians Louis Pelzer Memorial Award, the Immigration and Ethnic History Society Carlton C. Qualey Award, and the Society for History in the Federal Government James Madison Prize. As a historian who values public engagements, Hirota frequently contributes editorials on American immigration policy and nativism to major newspapers, such as The Irish Times and The Washington Post.

    At the Moore Institute, Hirota will conduct research on his current book project, “The Business of the Nation: Foreign Contract Labor and the Rise of American Immigration Control,” which examines how the importation of laborers from foreign countries, including Ireland, affected American immigration policy during the long nineteenth century.


    Ivan Flis

    Utrecht University


    Ivan Flis is currently a research fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies at the University of Rijeka in Croatia. He holds a PhD in history and philosophy of science from Utrecht University, the Netherlands and a Master's and Bachelor's degrees in psychology from the Center for Croatian Studies at the University of Zagreb. He is a psychologist turned historian/philosopher of science, with his research focusing on three areas: (1) history of scientific psychology in late 20th century (2) history and philosophy of research methods in psychology and the ongoing replication crisis; (3) and studying and participating in Open Science as a reform movement. His ongoing goal is trying to apply historically-informed metascience (philosophy of science, sociology of science, scientometrics) to constructively criticizing research practices in scientific psychology. During his career, he acted as the editor and editor-in-chief of the Journal of European Psychology Students, Associate Editor of the Directory of Open Access Journals, and the editor of the collaborative history of science blog Shells and Pebbles. He also advocates and writes in support of Open Science and Open Access. During his fellowship in Galway, Ivan plans to investigate the role of Open Science in the current reform debates about the replication crisis in psychology.


    J. R. Carpenter

    University of Plymouth


    J. R. Carpenter is a artist, writer, and practice-led researcher working across performance writing, digital literature, cartography, and media archaeology. Questions about place, displacement, migration, and climate change pervade her work. She was awarded a PhD from University of the Arts London in 2015. During a postdoctoral visiting fellowship at the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library she researched an Island of Demons which appeared on maps off Newfoundland in the early 1500s persisting into the 1700s. Portions of this research were presented through the British Library’s Summer Scholar series and published on the British Library American Collections Blog. She received funding from the Canada Council for the Arts to further this research at the Centre for Newfoundland Studies at Memorial University in St John’s. She has presented keynote addresses based on this research at international symposiums including “On the Inhabitability of Cartographic Worlds” at the University of Paris 8 and “Transient Topographies: Space and Interface in Digital Literature and Art,” the second Galway Digital Cultures Initiative conference, which took place at the Moore Institute in April 2018. She has since been commissioned by the « Mondes, interfaces et environnements à l’ère du numérique » research group at the University of Paris 8 to create a new web-based work based on practice-led research undertaken in the cartographic collections at the Archives nationales in Paris.

    Carpenter is an award-winning author of print and digital poetry. Her web-based work The Gathering Cloud won the New Media Writing Prize 2016 and has since been exhibited in Denmark, Norway, Romania, the USA, and the UK. A print book by the same name was published by Uniformbooks in 2017. Her debut poetry collection An Ocean of Static was Highly Commended for the Forward Prizes 2018. It launched at the British Library in London and has since been presented at Cúirt International Festival of Literature, Edinburgh International Book Festival, and Oslo Poisefilm Festival.

    During her fellowship at the Moore Institute, Carpenter will further her research into phantom islands of the North Atlantic with a particular focus on the islands which the Irish Saint Brendan is said to have landed upon during a voyage begun in AD 512. A Saint Brendan’s Island has migrated westward on maps of the North Atlantic for over 1000 years. Today, a Saint Brendan’s Island hovers just off the larger island of Newfoundland. Carpenter’s research explores the navigational aspects of the narrative of Saint Brendan’s Island, and in the textual and cartographic modes through which it has been propigated over the centuries. How might the medieval navigational narrative be adapted to (or even akin to) contemporary digital narratives as they move through multiple times, places, and media? How might this multi-media story, composed of religious allegory, hearsay, maps, and scraps of manuscripts, be adapted for the web?


    Jacqueline-Bethel Mougoué

    Baylor University


    Jacqueline-Bethel Mougoué is an interdisciplinary feminist scholar of Africa who is particularly interested in how constructions of gender inform the comportment and performances of the body, religious beliefs, and political ideologies in Cameroon. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of History at Baylor University. Mougoué received her M.A. and Ph.D. in history from Purdue University. She holds an additional degree from Purdue, a Graduate Certificate in Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies (WGSS) from the WGSS Program. Mougoué’s first book, Gender, Separatist Politics and Embodied Nationalism in Cameroon is forthcoming with the University of Michigan Press in 2019. Mougoué’s scholarly articles have appeared in Gender & History, Journal of West African History, Feminist Africa, and Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism.

    As a 2019-20 Visiting Fellow at the Moore Institute, Mougoué will be working on her second book project, Manhood, Religion and Transcontinental Networks in Africa. The book will examine the history of the Bahá’í Faith and masculine identities in English-Speaking Cameroon from the 1950s to the 1980s. It examines how religious identities, and extensive networks, shaped the performance of manhood when men converted to Bahá’í— a religion founded in Iran that teaches the essential worth of all religions, that believe in one God. Young men who could not find jobs after attending Christian mission schools, found conversion to Bahá’í an appealing alternative. Through it they found jobs as Bahá’í missionaries, converting Africans throughout the continent, including a king in Benin in the 1970s. Further, they forged extensive social and economic transcontinental networks that would eventually extend to Israel, and lead to marriages that spanned national and racial lines. Through Bahá’í, young men found new ways to (re)claim economic power, social standing, and ultimately, masculine ideals that informed the respect they gained as Bahá’í missionaries. The project draws from a wide array of sources to analyze and visually represent the interplay of ideas about proper codes of conduct for men and constructions of religious authority: birthday cards from the 1950s, oral interviews with men who converted in the 1950s and 1960s, and 1970s studio portraits of Bahá’í converts.


    Jaime Goodrich

    Wayne State University


    Jaime Goodrich is an Associate Professor of English at Wayne State University. She has written numerous articles and book chapters on the lives and writings of early modern Englishwomen, especially Benedictine and Franciscan nuns. She has also published a monograph on the social and political functions of early modern Englishwomen’s devotional translations (Faithful Translators: Authorship, Gender, and Religion in Early Modern England, 2014). She is currently editing the writings of early modern English nuns and writing a book on the interplay between textual production and spiritual life in English Benedictine convents on the Continent. While at the Moore Institute, she will be writing two articles based on research into the rare books currently owned by the monastery of Poor Clares in Galway.


    Jelena Đureinović

    Justus Liebig University, Giessen, Germany


    Jelena Đureinović is an instructor of record in East European History and a Career Development Grant recipient at the International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culture at the University of Giessen. She submitted her PhD thesis in Modern and Contemporary History in 2018, entitled “Glory for the Defeated: Memory of Second World War Collaboration, Resistance, and Retribution in Contemporary Serbia”, and is currently waiting for the defence. In 2017-18, she was a visiting fellow at the Centre for Southeast European Studies at the University of Graz, funded by the Scholarship Foundation of the Republic of Austria. She was also a visiting researcher at the Institute of Culture and Memory Studies of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts in 2016. Jelena has contributed to numerous international summer schools, workshops, and MOOCs as a lecturer. Her paper on legal rehabilitation of Dragoljub Mihailović in Serbia was selected for the Best Doctoral Student Paper Award in category Balkans by the Association for the Study of Nationalities in 2015.
    Jelena’s most recent publications include: “(Trans)National Memories of the Common Past in the Post-Yugoslav Space”, in History and Belonging: Representations of the Past in Contemporary European Politics, edited by Stefan Berger and Caner Tekin (Berghahn Books, 2018), “Law as an Instrument and as a Mirror of Official Memory Politics: The Mechanism for Rehabilitating Victims of Communism in Serbia”, Review of Central and East European Law, 43(2): 232-51 (2018), and “To Each Their Own: Politics of Memory, Narratives about Victims of Communism and Perspectives on Bleiburg in Contemporary Serbia”, Croatian Political Science Review, 55(2): 89-111 (2018).
    Jelena is currently conceptualising her postdoctoral research project on transnational Cold War history and teaching on the same subject at the undergraduate level as the Career Development Grant recipient at the University of Giessen. The postdoc project, under the title “When Red Turned Green Yellow: Ireland and Yugoslavia in the Emerging Cold War”, examines Ireland and Yugoslavia during the fascinating time when both countries had to define and re-define their state identities and negotiate their sovereignty and position in the global political order. The research contributes to national histories of Ireland and Yugoslavia by observing them through the lens of the Cold War that goes beyond the binary understanding of this period reduced to superpower rivalry. The project focuses on three themes: anti-communism and representations of socialist Yugoslavia in Ireland in the immediate postwar period; contact zones such as decolonisation, the Palestine question, and the UN peacekeeping missions; and on the story of two small states searching for their position. The project centres on the theme of state sovereignty in the Cold War, with Ireland still trying to negotiate post-imperial sovereignty after British rule and Yugoslavia establishing a unique form of socialist sovereignty outside the bloc.
    As a 2019-20 Visiting Fellow at the Moore Institute, Jelena will be working with the Irish Newspaper Archive, focusing on the reception of the postwar trials in Yugoslavia in the wider context of Irish anti-communism and its religious dimension


    Jim Patterson

    Centenary University New Jersey


    Jim Patterson is Professor of History at Centenary University, New Jersey, where he served as Provost between 2009 and 2016. He is a historian of late eighteenth-century Ireland with particular interests in agrarian agitation, grass roots politicization and the United Irishmen. He received his Ph.D., with distinction, in Early Modern European History from Fordham University, New York, in 2001. Jim was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for research in Ireland, in 1995-96. He is the author of In the Wake of the Great Rebellion: Republicanism, Agrarianism and Banditry in Ireland after 1798 (Manchester University Press, 2008). He has also published articles in Irish Historical Studies, Eighteenth-Century Ireland, History Ireland, Eighteenth-Century Life and most recently Éire-Ireland (2018).
    While at the Moore Institute, Jim will continue his examination of the political career of the Carlow landowner Walter Kavanagh (1790-1812) with particular focus on the central role played by Kavanagh, a liberal/Whig landowner, in the highly charged politics of south Leinster in late 1790s and early 1800s. To date, he has consulted several of the key sources, including the Rebellion Papers, State of the Country Papers, Home Office Papers and a number of newspapers. His work will benefit greatly from access to the resources of the Hardiman Library, especially the Eighteenth-Century Collections On-line.


    José Francisco Fernández

    University of Almería, Spain.


    José Francisco Fernández is Senior Lecturer in English literature at the University of Almería, Spain. His most recent work focuses on the narrative of Samuel Beckett, Beckett’s reception in Spain, and Beckett and politics, including articles published in specialized journals such as Journal of the Short Story in English, Journal of Beckett Studies, AUMLA, Studi Irlandesi, Arcadia, and Babel, among others. He recently edited, together with Nadia Louar, from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, a special issue of Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd’hui (vol. 30.1, 2018) on the poetics of bilingualism in Samuel Beckett and has contributed a chapter on Samuel Beckett, James Joyce and Wyndham Lewis to the book Beckett and Modernism (Palgrave 2018). He has also translated into Spanish three novels and two short stories by Samuel Beckett. His version of Texts for Nothing (2015) was awarded with the 30th AEDEAN Translation Prize 2016.
    He teaches Anglo-Irish literature in the Master’s Degree in English Studies at the National University of Distance Education (UNED) and is general editor of the journal Estudios Irlandeses. He is lead researcher in a Ministry-funded project on Samuel Beckett’s translations into Spanish (code FFI2016-76477-P) and is Principal Investigator in Lindisfarne, a research group on contemporary literature in English at the University of Almería.
    José Francisco Fernández has a long-standing interest in the work of British novelist Margaret Drabble, and he has edited her complete short stories, A Day in the Life of a Smiling Woman (Penguin, 2011). He is also responsible for the critical edition of Margaret Drabble plays (Syracuse UP, 2018). As a visiting fellow at the Moore Institute he is doing research on Samuel Beckett’s mature fiction and is working on a new translation into Spanish of one of Beckett’s final texts.


    Julie Crawshaw

    Northumbria University, UK


    Dr Julie Crawshaw is Senior Lecturer in Material Culture in the Arts Department at Northumbria University. She has an interdisciplinary background spanning fine art and international development with an anthropological PhD in Planning and Landscape from Manchester University. Her ethnographic research explores the potential for art and artistic inquiry with particular focus on its contributions across planning practice, feminist and Deweyan pragmatism, and cultural management. Funded by the Swedish Research Council, she is currently Co Investigator of ‘Stretched: Expanding Notions of Artistic Practice through Artist-led Culture’ which is a curatorial-ethnographic project exploring expanded forms of art production. Her publications include articles in Landscape Research, Journal of Rural Studies and the Anthropological Journal of European Cultures, as well as a number of sector research and evaluation reports for arts organisations, arts funding councils and local authority consortia. Before academia she worked in arts management. This professional practice informs her teaching as Programme Leader of MA Creative and Cultural Industries Management which is part of Northumbria’s innovative research and teaching collaboration with BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art through BxNU Institute. At Moore Institute she will be working with co-Visiting Research Fellow Dr Menelaos Gkartzios on artistic research and rural sustainability questions. Together they will present aspects of their collaborative transdisciplinary research on ‘doing art in the country’.


    Justin Dolan Stover

    Idaho State University


    Dr Justin Dolan Stover is Assistant Professor of Transnational European History in the field of Violence, War & Conflict at Idaho State University, and serves as Secretary to the American Conference for Irish Studies. He was conferred with a Ph.D. in history from Trinity College Dublin (2011), an M.A. in twentieth century Irish history and politics from University College Dublin (2005), and a B.Sc. in history from Central Michigan University (2003). His research examines the Irish Revolution, 1913-1923, which has framed his publications on a variety of subjects, and include, among other pieces, “Families, Vulnerability and Sexual Violence during the Irish Revolution,” in Perceptions of Pregnancy: From the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Century, ed. Jennifer Evans and Ciara Meehan; “Violence, Trauma, and Memory in Ireland: The Psychological Impact of War and Revolution on a Liminal Society, 1916-1923,” in Aftershock: Psychological Trauma and the Legacies of the First World War, ed. Jason Crouthamel and Peter Leese; and, “Redefining Allegiance: Loyalty, Treason and the Foundation of the Irish Free State 1922-32,” in A Formative Decade: Politics, Economics and Identity in Ireland, 1921-32, ed. Mel Farrell, Jason Knirck, and Ciara Meehan.

    His current research explores the environmental history of the Irish Revolution. Specifically, the environmental impact of guerrilla war and counter-insurgency, localized destruction of property and agrarian conflict, and post-revolutionary landscape reclamation, compensation, and restoration. This work highlights how war damage transcended political, ideological, and class divisions throughout this period, affecting both urban and rural areas, and the roads, bridges, and communications infrastructure that connected them. Methods of destruction were as equally diverse. Trees were felled to block roads, houses and creameries were burned to intimidate enemies and disrupt the agricultural economy, roads were trenched and intentionally flooded, and fields were spiked to prevent grazing. In this sense, larger and more iconic incidents, such the 1916 Easter Rising, the sack of Balbriggan and burning of Cork City in 1920, though devastating, were outliers against much more frequent, low-scale rural and agricultural destruction. Post-revolutionary Ireland was slow to repair damaged landscapes, a fact that presented a nation politically transformed yet physically and socially unhealed. Elements of this work have appeared in Century Ireland; in Paris – Capital of Irish Culture: France, Ireland and the Republic, 1798–1916, ed. Pierre Joannon and Kevin Whelan; and as a podcast, “Toward an Environmental History of the Irish Revolution,” from a talk given at the Institute of Irish Studies Seminar, Queen’s University Belfast. With Dr Kelly Sullivan, New York University, he is editing a thematic issue of the journal Éire-Ireland on Irish environments, and is writing on political ecology in Irish nationalist literature for The Cambridge History of Irish Literature and the Environment.

    While in residence, Dr Stover will continue writing his first monograph, Enduring Ruin: Environmental Destruction and the Irish Revolution, 1916-23, which will benefit from the Moore Institute’s unique research space and collaborative atmosphere, and collections within the James Hardiman Library. Working with his sponsor, Dr Nessa Cronin, Centre for Irish Studies, Dr Stover also hopes to host one of NUI Galway’s Student Academic Skills Training Workshops, and lead an M.A./Ph.D. seminar on methods in Irish environmental history. Further afield, he hopes to meet with members of the Galway Archaeological and Historical Society, and the Irish Heritage Council, while also taking advantage to visit local sites of revolutionary violence where environmental destruction occurred.


    Jyoti Atwal

    Jawaharlal Nehru University


    Dr Jyoti Atwal is Associate Professor at the Centre for Historical Studies, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. In 2017 she was also appointed as an Adjunct Professor, Department of History, Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Limerick, Ireland for a period of 5 years.
    She has authored Real and Imagined Widows: Gender Relations in Colonial North India. New Delhi: Primus Books, 2016. Her area of interest is Indian women in the reformist, nationalist and contemporary perspectives; socio-cultural and religious aspects of women’s lives in colonial and post colonial India; women’s agenda and the nation; autobiographies of women and narratives of the personal and the political domains; politics of representations of gender relations in colonial India; entangled histories of Indian, Irish and British women. She is currently working on a biography of an Irish suffragette, Margaret Cousins (1878-1954). Besides a Masters level course on Women in Colonial India, she teaches an MA and MPhil lecture Course on Women in Ireland: Reforms, Movements and Revolutions (1840-1930) at JNU. In 2017 she received a grant of € 5,500 by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Government of Ireland.
    Since 2015 she is member of the Editorial Board of Women’s History Review ( Taylor and Francis, UK). She is also member of the Advisory Committee of India Study Centre Cork, University College Cork, Ireland. She is a member of the Advisory Committee of PINNACLE Project led by , Prof Deirdre Raftery at University Collge Dublin to examine the professional needs and career trajectories of women teachers in India and in Pakistan. She has been a Visiting Fellow at Triniy College Dublin, Dublin City University and University College Cork. In 2018 she delivered the second V V Giri Memorial Lecture at University College Dublin She has been collaborating for teaching and research with Dr Ciara Breathnach (UL), Dr Sarah – Anne Buckley (NUIG), Dr Conor Mulvagh (UCD), Dr Lidia Guzy (UCC), Prof Jane Ohlmeyer and Prof Eunan O’Halpin at TCD.
    During her Moore Fellowship she will work on Cultural Nationalism and Revivalism in Early Twentieth-Century Ireland and India. India and Ireland share a common colonial past. Both nations evolved methodologies of freedom struggle – varying from revolutionary tactics, to non-violent passive resistance against British control. However, another popular premises that India Ireland share is a literary legacy. While Rabindranath Tagore’s friendship with Yeats in the nineteenth century is well known to Irish and Indian scholars, some of the other significant connections have been ignored. She plans to look at theatre and music as important arenas of forging unity of purpose. She proposes that India and Ireland were both trying to identify symbols to create a national ideal in late nineteenth century. Theatre and music provided a fertile ground for this purpose. Through the Dublin life of James Cousins, W.B Yeats, Lady Gregory and Synge; and through exploration of early years of Abbey Theatre and Irish National Theatre Society, she plans to capture this synergy. The leaders of the Abbey Theatre also embodied vegetarianism and occult. There were regular readings of the Hindu text ‘Bhagawat Gita’ in Dublin circles and promotion of vegetarian restaurants. There has been no study to look at these interactions as potential arenas of forging nationalisms through esoteric universalism and anti-colonial politics. I plan to focus my time in NUI Galway on collections in the Abbey Theatre Digital Archives. I will also consult collections such as the Michael Cusack collection.
    She shall be focusing on the poet and play writerJames Cousins, who was married to Margaret Elizabeth Cousins (co-founder of the Irish Women’s Franchise League). They both moved to India in 1915 at the invitation of the Theosophist or a humanitarian worker or an anti colonial activist in India. Both were fiercelycommitted to voting rights campaign for women and other forms of public service; and most significantly they joined in the Gandhian challenge to colonialism after 1920s. The couple stayed in Dublin from 1902 till 1915 and actively participated in several sessions of occult and planchette writing with Yeats and his group. The politics of women’s voting rights (intertwined with British suffragettes) and anti-colonialism were the two main political agendas of the couple. She plans to submit an article to Irish Historical Studies on this work, and perhaps a similar publication in India. She will use the materials from the research conducted in NUI Galway to frame modules for Irish history course. She will wokr with Dr Sarah-Anne Buckley at the Department of History.


    Kanchana Mahadevan

    University of Mumbai


    Kanchana Mahadevan is Professor at the Department of Philosophy, University of Mumbai. She works in the areas of continental philosophy, political theory and gender studies. She also writes on interdisciplinary subjects such as aesthetics and film. Her special focus is care and decolonization. She has published in journals and anthologies, both nationally and internationally. Her book Between Femininity and Feminism: Colonial and Postcolonial Perspectives on Care (published by the Indian Council of Philosophical Research in collaboration with DK Printworld New Delhi in 2014) examines the relevance of Western feminist philosophy in the Indian context.

    She has taught at the Department of Political Science & Centre for Ethics and Global Politics, Luiss University, Rome as Visiting Professor (April-May 2016) and Visiting Research Professor (April-May 2019). She was Justitia Amplificata Senior Fellow at Goethe University Frankfurt, Frei University Berlin and Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften, Bad Homburg (April, 2018 to May 18, 2018) working on the gendered dimension of the secularism debate in India and the Habermasian post-secular.

    In her project at the Moore Institute she will be working on “Contemporary Indian Aesthetics: Philosophical Interventions”. This project focuses on contemporary Indian art practice through philosophy, gender and the politics of decolonization. Arthur Danto noted that contemporary art can accommodate diversity through its freedom from linear art history determined by the West. Moving beyond Danto, this project argues that such freedom enabled non-Eurocentric art practice in multiple geo-political and socio-cultural global contexts. The Indian context, for instance, demystifies art from stultifying formalisms through interpretations without being restricted to Danto’s cognitivism. Both contemporary Indian visual art and film offer multiple kinds of art practice that are distinctly Indian nevertheless. This project investigates the construction of the Indian art object, as different from the Western, both in form and content. It examines the extent to which diverse and yet related narratives of decolonization, nationalism and cosmopolitanism influence such a construct, which also has similarities with its Western counterpart. It discerns contemporary art practice as opening up an aesthetics in which interpretation, rather than direct perception are integral. This project explores the extent to which gender remains an absent-presence in philosophical theorizations of art, despite its explicit presence in Indian art practice.


    Kathryn Laing

    Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick


    Kathryn Laing lectures in the Department of English Language and Literature, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick. Her teaching and research interests are principally in late nineteenth-century Irish women’s writing, New Woman fiction, modernist women writers, periodical and print culture. She has published widely on Rebecca West, Virginia Woolf, George Moore, F. Mabel Robinson and Irish writer, Hannah Lynch. Recent and forthcoming publications include: ‘Hannah Lynch and Narratives of the Irish Literary Revival’, New Hibernia Review 20:1 (Spring 2016) and ‘An Outpour of Ink’: From the ‘Young Rebecca’ to ‘the most important signature of these years,’ Rebecca West 1911–1920 in Women, Periodicals, and Print Culture in Britain, 1890s-1920s: the Modernist Period, eds. Faith Binckes and Carey Snyder (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2019). Her critical biography, Hannah Lynch: Irish Writer, Cosmopolitan, New Woman, co-written with Faith Binckes, will be published by Cork University Press in May 2019.

    She is the co-founder and administrator of the ‘Irish Women’s Writing Network (1880-1920) Network’, established in 2016 (https://irishwomenswritingnetwork.com). A co-edited collection with Sinéad Mooney, Irish Women Writers at the Turn of the Twentieth Century: Alternative Histories, New Narratives, will be published by EER (Edward Everett Root Publishers), in association with the Network, in 2019. She is also General Editor with Sinéad Mooney of two recently launched series to be published by EER: ‘Key Irish Women Writers’ and ‘Irish Women Writers: Texts and Contexts’.
    While at the Moore Institute she will start new work on late nineteenth-century Irish women writers and their literary and publishing circles. This research stems from a broader interest in the field of turn of the twentieth-century Irish women’s writing and it connects with the second part of her project at the Institute – developing the ‘Irish Women’s Writing (1880-1920) Network’ website. This was set up to facilitate connections and conversations between scholars and to develop a digital platform where information about research and publications on forgotten Irish women writers, forthcoming conferences and other information, can be shared. The aim is to continue development of the website, with the assistance of expertise in the digital humanities available at the Institute, creating a database for retrieved documents, out of print publications, archival material and more.


    Maeve Lydon

    University of Victoria / Carleton University- Canada


    Maeve lives on the traditional territories of the Coast Salish indigenous peoples in what is now called Victoria in British Columbia, on the west coast of Canada. Her Moore Institute research is called - Mapping our Common Ground in Ireland and Canada: The Power of Placenames, Local Knowledge and Community Mapping for Eco-Cultural Restoration and Decolonizing Landscapes. Focusing on the Tim Robinson Archive at NUIG , Maeve wants to research post colonial perspectives on placenames and maps and the politics of translation and cultural revival in Ireland. She wants to address its relevance and application to the Canadian context focused on placemaking, sustainability and the resurgence by Indigenous peoples to recover their own language, culture, land.

    As in the Galway and Ireland of the 1930’s and continuing to the present time, Indigenous peoples and First Nations in Canada, increasingly supported by academia and the immigrant-settler population, are focused on transforming and 'de-colonizing' education and research cultures including revitalizing indigenous languages and ways of knowing and living. Maeve want to situate Robinson's own story and context and navigate how he "found' "lost' placenames and recovered forgotten histories associated with their ''origins'' , and to explore the impact of his work on local and regional communities. She will also explore how Robinson's work could be used in the use/ recovery/ retrieval of indigenous placenames and cultures of placemaking/community mapping in the pan-Canadian context while identifying points of convergence and divergence between the two nations.

    Maeve has published for both academic and community audiences and works in community-campus partnership and network -NGO development with a focus on participatory research and capacity building/training for sustainability and social-environmental justice. A longer term goal for the Fellowship is to increase scholar, student and community based research, projects and partnerships between Victoria/Canada and Galway/Ireland and their respective wild west coasts and vibrant communities, cities and campuses. Besides the research and writing an article Maeve will also give a workshop on community mapping, support the Community Knowledge Initiative (CKI) at NUIG and participate in the 7th EUGEO Conference on the Geography of Europe.

    The daughter of Irish parents from Galway, Maeve works nationally as the coordinator of Community Campus Engage Canada based in Carleton University (Ottawa) and also with the University of Victoria and community groups /NGOs on sustainability projects and community - green mapping.


    Maria del Mar González Chacón

    University of Oviedo


    Maria del Mar González Chacón is a lecturer in English Studies at the University of Oviedo in the Principality of Asturias, Spain. She was awarded her PhD in that institution after reading her thesis on myth and history in the plays of Marina Carr. Her research is focused on Irish contemporary theatre with a special interest in its relationship with classical myths as well as the representation of women’s identity and agency. She has published articles on this field such as "Myths in crisis? Marina Carr’s revision of feminine myths in contemporary Irish Theatre" (The Grove-Working Papers on English Studies 22, 2015), "Re-examining and Redeeming the Tragic Queen: Euripides’" Hecuba" in Two Versions by Frank McGuinness (2004) and Marina Carr (2015)" (Complutense Journal of English Studies 24, 2016), or, most recently, "Irish Penelopes: rewritings of the myth in the Midlands Trilogy and Penelope" (Cuadernos de Investigación Filológica 43, 2017).
    She is currently working on a volume on the presence of Greek myths in the theatre of Marina Carr and is a visiting fellow at the Moore Institute where she performs her research at the James Hardiman Library and the Abbey Theatre Digital Archive.


    Martin Hurcombe

    University of Bristol, UK


    Martin Hurcombe is Professor of French Studies at the University of Bristol, UK, and a specialist of early twentieth-century French political culture, history and literature. His PhD examined the French combat novel of the First World War, arguing that the experience of combat led to a fundamental shift in the way that a generation of French intellectuals experienced time and space and, consequently, the world around them, exploring the political ramifications of these experiences. It was published in 2004 as Novelists in Conflict: Ideology and the Absurd in the French Combat Novel of the Great War. His second book, France and the Spanish Civil War: Cultural Representations of the War next Door, 1936-1945 (2011), studied the extent to which the war beyond the Pyrenees served a utopian function for both the radical left and right in France, offering forms of social reorganisation and new models with which to oppose the French Third Republic. His interest in utopia as critical tool for examining the present and imagining the future is also evident in his most recent book, co-authored with Matryn Cornick and Angela Kershaw: French Political Travel Writing in the Inter-War Years: Radical Departures. He has also published extensively on twentieth-century French crime fiction and, most recently, on the memory of Nazi collaboration in three French, Norwegian, and Swedish crime novels. With Simon Kemp, he is the co-editor of the only study of the award-winning French crime writer Sébastien Japrisot (Sébastien Japrisot: The Art of Crime, 2009). He is also one of the founding editors of the Journal of War and Culture Studies.
    His current project represents something of a departure from his interest in war and culture, however, whilst still combining his fascination with the political, historical, and textual. This new project explores the history of cycling literature in France. The relationship between a range of textual practices and cycling in France is a long and complex one. Moreover, writing about sport, and especially cycling, is a serious business for the French. This project traces the relationship between road cycling, the national and regional press, key authors and journalists (such as Pierre Chany and Antoine Blondin), and the impact of new media on the way that cycling is narrated. It explores ideas of national, regional and political identities as well as issues of class, gender and race. During his visiting fellowship, he will be working closely with colleagues from the research group Sports & Exercise: Attitudes and Representation.


    Menelaos Gkartzios

    Newcastle University, UK


    Dr Menelaos Gkartzios is Senior Lecturer in Planning & Development at Newcastle University’s Centre for Rural Economy in the UK. He has been educated both in Greece and Ireland, and received his PhD in Planning at University College Dublin. His research has focused on mobilities and social change, rural housing, the relationship between art and development, and international comparative research. He has published articles in the Journal of Rural Studies, Sociologia Ruralis, Regional Studies, Geoforum, Population, Space & Place, World Development and Land Use Policy amongst other journals. He has co-edited the first Routledge Companion to Rural Planning and sits on the editorial board of Sociologia Ruralis. Menelaos has been Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Tokyo in Japan, where he taught a module on 'Rural Planning and Development' and conducted research in relation to art festivals in rural Japan. As part of his engagement practice, he leads a collaborative rural art residency programme with Berwick Visual Arts, and he sits on the board of directors of the Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival in Northumberland, England. He currently leads a research network between Newcastle and Tokyo Universities on contemporary arts practice and rural development, funded by the UK’s Research Councils (ESRC and AHRC). At Moore Institute he will be working with co-Visiting Research Fellow Dr Julie Crawshaw on artistic research and rural sustainability questions. Together they will present aspects of their collaborative transdisciplinary research on ‘doing art in the country’.


    Mirko Daniel Garasic

    LUISS University


    Mirko D. Garasic is a Research Scholar at the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights where he is involved in a European Union’s Horizon 2020 Project (I-Consent) on improving the guidelines for informed consent. He is also a Visiting Professor in Neuroethics at IMT School for Advanced Studies, Lucca. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Theory from LUISS University, Rome -where he is an Adjunct Professor in Bioethics. Previously, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Tel Aviv University, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Monash University. Since the beginning of his Ph.D., he worked in four continents and published in five: in 2009 he was a Visiting Scholar at the Ethox Centre, University of Oxford, while in 2010, he spent a semester at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai. During his time in India he also collaborated with the Center for the Study of Ethics and Rights. In the following academic year, he was a Yale University and Hastings Center Visiting Scholar thanks to a Fulbright Scholarship. He participated in numerous international conferences and he has received various awards and grants. Among other venues, his work has been published in the American Journal of Bioethics, BMC Medical Ethics, Medicine, Health Care, and Philosophy, Topoi and The Hastings Center Report. His first book Guantanamo and other cases of enforced medical treatment (Springer, 2015) has been extensively discussed by international scholars in the prestigious Journal of Medical Ethics.

    During his time at the Moore Institute, he will be working on a project concerning the new challenges and opportunities for informed consent and advanced directives specific to wearable robots. He will also give a talk on the need for regulation of cognitive enhancers.


    Mo Moulton

    University of Birmingham


    Mo Moulton is lecturer in the history of race and empire at the University of Birmingham, where they also direct the Centre for Modern British Studies. Mo received their PhD from Brown University in 2010, with funding from the Andrew Mellon Foundation and the Social Science Research Council. That research became Mo's first book, Ireland and the Irish in Interwar England (Cambridge University Press, 2014), which was proxime accesit for the Royal Historical Society's Whitfield Prize. This year, Mo's second book, Mutual Admiration Society: How Dorothy L. Sayers and Her Oxford Circle Remade the World for Women, will be published by Basic Books and Little, Brown.

    At the Moore Institute, Mo will be developing a project on the co-operative movement in the early twentieth century. Building on their first book's comparative and transnational approach, this project seeks to place Irish agricultural co-operatives into a broader story of development economics, colonial policy, and st ate-building in the pre-1945 era. The core hypothesis is that co-operatives functioned not only to solve immediate issues of production and supply, but much more importantly, to enshrine a certain concept of economic citizenship. Through participation in jointly-owned, democratically-governed units of production, farmers, peasants, and producers would come to understand their rights and responsibilities as economic citizens, rooted in a stable rural life while equipped to participate in a shifting global market. Despite their grassroots nature, however, co-operatives were designed, imposed, and regulated through bureaucratic co-operative departments. In Galway, Mo will be making use of the Muintir na Tíre Collection. The movement for community development had connections with the co-operative movement in Ireland and Britain, reflected in records of the Muintir na Tíre Cooperative Film Society and the Muintir na Tíre Cooperative Credit Society Limited. They also look forward to engaging with the Moore Institute Cross-Cultural Encounters Group.


    Patricia Plummer

    Duisburg-Essen University, Germany


    Patricia Plummer is Professor of English and Postcolonial Studies at Duisburg-Essen University, Germany. Her publications, research and teaching focus on English literature and culture since 1700, on Orientalism, travel writing and religion, postcolonial literatures as well as gender and popular culture. She received her doctorate at Mainz University and was Invited Visiting Professor of Interdisciplinary Gender Studies at Koblenz University (2005); more recently she has held visiting research fellowships at The University of Sydney (2015), Australian National University (2016), and has been Visiting Professor at Macquarie University (2019) in order to conduct research on her ongoing project “Gender, Art and Theosophy”, which aims at reconstructing the life and works of the ‘forgotten’ Anglo-Australian painter and theosophist Louisa Le Freimann (1863-1956).
    Patricia Plummer is the author of a monograph on style in Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist (2003) and has, inter alia, co-edited volumes on women’s studies (Perspektiven der Frauenforschung, 1998) and feminist crime fiction (Frauen auf der Spur, 2001). She is a principal investigator within the DFG-funded research group “Ambiguity and Difference: Historical and Cultural Dynamics” (2019-2021; project: “Unveiling Orientalism: Ambiguity in British Discourse on Travel of the Long Eighteenth Century”).

    While at Moore Institute Patricia will focus on gender and popular culture. Her project “Detecting Women and Power in the 21st Century” is connected to and builds on research on innovations in the crime genre in terms of gender, race and indigeneity that she has carried out over the past two decades. Writers hailed as Irish ‘Queens of Crime’ such as Alex Barclay, Tana French, Niamh O’Connor, Louise Phillips, Jane Casey and Jo Spain all began publishing crime fiction in the 21st century. Similar waves of women’s crime writing emerged in the USA in the late 1970s and in Germany in the late 1980s – each inspired by feminist ideas in the wake of the Second Women’s Movement. Given that popular literature and culture reflect on social change and at the same time have the potential to challenge traditions and create new role models, Patricia is interested in finding out what prompted these authors to take to the genre so recently, how they adapt the genre to the Irish context and how they reflect on current debates, e.g. the Suffrage Centenary and the #MeToo-Movement.


    Pippa Marland

    University of Leeds


    Dr Pippa Marland is a Research Fellow in the School of English at the University of Leeds, working on the AHRC-funded ‘Land Lines: Modern British Nature Writing’ project. She received her PhD from the University of Worcester in 2016, where she was also a lecturer, with a thesis on ‘The Island Imagination’ – a study of the representation of ‘islandness’ in contemporary non-fiction. A significant section of the thesis was devoted to Tim Robinson’s Aran writings – Stones of Aran: Pilgrimage and Stones of Aran: Labyrinth – and, indeed, Robinson’s concept of the ‘good step’, a motif that runs through both volumes of the Aran diptych, lies at the heart of the research. She is in the process of preparing a book based on her PhD entitled Ecocriticism and the Island: Readings from the British-Irish Archipelago, due to be published in the Rowman and Littlefield series ‘Rethinking the Island’ series in early 2020. She is also working on a co-edited collection for Routledge – Walking, Landscape, and Environment , forthcoming in 2019. She has published widely on ecocriticism, new nature writing, ecopoetry, and archipelagic perspectives, and was recipient of both the EASLCE and the ASLE-UK and Ireland awards for Best Postgraduate Essay in Ecocriticism, for articles on W.G. Sebald and Kathleen Jamie, respectively. During 2019 she will be taking up a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship, also at the University of Leeds, studying the representation of farming in modern British nature writing.
    While at the Moore Institute as a Visiting Fellow, Dr Marland will be carrying out research on the Tim Robsinon archive in the James Hardiman Library, looking in particular at the way in which Robinson condenses and orders material from his extensive Aran notebooks and diaries into the final, complex and challenging form of the Aran diptych. She will be presenting her findings at a guest seminar for the Irish Studies Spring series at NUI Galway.


    Rosemary Power

    CAMPS, NUI Galway


    Rosemary Power works part-time in academic life, mainly in medieval Norse-Gaelic Studies, and also in folk tradition. Her original work was in Icelandic legendary sagas and Gaelic influence; and she then moved to work on the Hebrides in the high middle ages, and the opportunities for cross-cultural contact. She has a particular interest in Iona and in pilgrimage sites and routes in Ireland and Scotland. She has published widely in these fields, both academically and for wider audiences; collected from the folk tradition, and won funding for various community-related projects. Her current work is on the names and other words of Gaelic origin that appear in Icelandic texts, both those that relate to the Viking Age and those of the later period.


    Sanjin Uležić

    Scuola Normale Superiore, Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences, Florence


    Sanjin Uležić defended his PhD in Political and Social Sciences at Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona in 2017. He was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Scuola Normale Superiore, Florence, where he remains affiliated with its Centre on Social Movement Studies (Cosmos). Sanjin's current research focus lies is the exploration of strategies of non-state armed actors and critical approaches to state behaviour in asymmetric conflict. The personal research project that Sanjin will be working on as a Moore Institute Visiting Fellow looks at the adoption of denial and apologies by non-state actors in violent conflict. In armed struggle, not every act is successful, and at times, military action might indeed harm civilians, including those that in principle might support the non-state actors. This research explores the nature of the public communication that the Provisional IRA were involved in following civilian casualties, with a particular focus on the communication of what can be characterised as public apologies.


    Seán Murphy

    Western Washington University


    Dr. Seán Murphy is associate professor of medieval studies in the Department of Liberal Studies at Western Washington University, where he teaches courses on the cultural history of medieval Europe and the ancient Mediterranean, with particular emphasis on the history of relations between Jewish and Christian cultures and, separately, the history of erotics. A native of the State of Maine, Dr. Murphy earned his A.B., M.A., and Ph.D. at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. He was a lecturer for three years at the University of Toronto, before moving to his current position in Washington State. Dr. Murphy has published widely on attitudes towards ancient Jewish law and imagined Jewishness in Christian cultures of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. His published articles and chapters include focused studies of Peter Abelard (d. 1142) and William of Auvergne (d. 1249) and their respective contemporaries, as well as sustained studies of Christian concerns about “Judaizing” in theology and law.

    As a 2018-19 Visiting Fellow at the Moore Institute, where he is affiliated with the Centre for Ancient, Medieval, and Pre-Modern Studies, Dr. Murphy will complete a book-length project that includes: the first-ever English translation (in fact, the first translation into any language) of William of Auvergne’s De legibus (On Laws); a corrected version of the 1674 Latin edition of De legibus; and an introductory essay and notes on William’s treatise. De legibus integrates a number of theoretical issues in the study of law and religion, including the relation between natural and revealed law, between law and virtue, and between literal and spiritual interpretation of the Bible; it also includes four chapters on the life and law of Muhammad. Fundamentally, De legibus is a study of the Law of Moses, its nature and purpose in ancient Judaism and in Christianity. William promotes, with significant qualifications, ancient Jewish law as a powerful remedy for contemporary Christian idolatry, a highly unusual position in the 13th century, when most Christian intellectuals rejected any literal interpretation and application of the non-moral commands of the Law. De legibus, then, is a crucial source for our understanding of how Christian constructions of Judaism, as well as Islam and paganism, developed in a period of deteriorating relations between Christians and Jews.

    In addition to his work on William of Auvergne, Dr. Murphy, while at NUIG, will begin formal study of Old Irish and modern Irish, renewing an interest in Irish studies that began long ago when he worked as a professional archaeologist on the first excavations (1990) undertaken at King John’s Castle in Limerick City.


    Sonja Tiernan

    Liverpool Hope University


    Sonja Tiernan is currently an Associate Professor of Modern History and Head of the Department of History and Politics at Liverpool Hope University. Sonja has held fellowships at the National Library of Ireland, Trinity College Dublin, Keogh-Naughton Institute of Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame and at the School of Irish Studies at Concordia University. Sonja has published extensively on modern Irish women’s history. Her most recent publication Eva Gore-Booth: Collected Poems (2018) includes a foreword by President Michael D. Higgins; Sonja’s other books include the biography of Eva Gore-Booth first published in 2012 and a volume of her political writings (2015). A monograph, on the history of Marriage Equality in Ireland, is currently in the final stages before the publication process. Sonja has contributed to the Dictionary of Irish Biography on notable Irish feminists including June Levine and Nuala Fennell. While at the Moore Institute she will work on the early stages of a new book project in which she hopes to showcase the history of Irish female activism.


    Stefan Aquilina

    University of Malta


    Dr Stefan Aquilina is Director of Research and Internationalisation of the School of Performing Arts and Theatre Studies Senior Lecturer at the University of Malta. His research focuses on modern theatre, especially Stanislavsky and Meyerhold, but has wider interest in the transmission of embodied practice, amateur theatre, devised performance, and reflective teaching. Aquilina’s publications include Stanislavsky in the World (coedited with Jonathan Pitches, Bloomsbury), Interdisciplinarity in the Performing Arts (coedited with Malaika Sarco-Thomas, University Malta Press), and numerous essays in journals like Studies in Theatre and Performance, Theatre, Dance and Performance Training; Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Theatre History Studies, and Theatre Studies International. His forthcoming monograph, which comes out in 2020 on Bloomsbury, tackles Russian modernism from the point of view of cultural transmission. Aquilina is also the director of the practice-based project Cultural Transmission of Actor Training Techniques (www.ctatt.org).


    Stephen O’Neill

    Trinity College Dublin


    Dr Stephen O’Neill is a teaching assistant and occasional lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast and Trinity College Dublin. He recently graduated with a PhD from the School of English at Trinity, with his thesis examining the representation of the country and the city in Irish novels from 1922 – 1951. In 2017, he also held visiting fellowships with the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts at the University of Georgia, as well as the Faculty of Philosophy, Letters and Human Sciences at the University of São Paulo. In 2018 he published a book chapter on the impact of planning on Belfast literature and culture, and has more recently co-authored a chapter about the three main Belfast newspapers in the twentieth century.
    He is currently researching partition and Irish culture from 1920 to 1953. This book-length project refocuses the study of partition not just on the border but also on the broader real and imagined territories, including the dominant centres of each state, covering the period between the Government of Ireland Act in 1920 and the wake of Éamon de Valera’s international anti-partition campaign in 1951. It investigates how the division of Ireland into two states was interpreted and represented in its immediate aftermath.
    During his time at Galway Stephen will be researching the cartographic vernacular of unionist culture in the 1920s and 1930s. This chapter will examine how the unionist government fostered a range of visual representations in periodicals, exhibitions, and artworks that imaged partition as the logical consequence of forces and themes in Irish history. The intended output will be a monograph on Irish culture and Partition


    Tamara Radak

    University of Vienna


    Tamara Radak received her PhD from the University of Vienna in 2017, with a thesis on narrative closure in the works of James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and Flann O’Brien. Her work has appeared in James Joyce Quarterly, European Joyce Studies, Irish Studies in Europe, The Review of Irish Studies in Europe and in Flann O’Brien: Problems with Authority (Cork UP, 2017). With Paul Fagan and John Greaney, she is currently preparing an edited collection titled Irish Modernisms: Gaps, Conjectures, Possibilities. During her stay at the Moore Institute, she is working on a monograph tentatively titled "No Sense of an Ending? Modernist Aporias of Closure".


    Tom Walker

    Trinity College Dublin


    Tom Walker is the Ussher Assistant Professor of Irish Writing at Trinity College Dublin. He is the author of Louis MacNeice and the Irish Poetry of his Time (Oxford University Press, 2015), which was awarded the Robert Rhodes Prize for Books on Literature by the American Conference for Irish Studies. Other recent and forthcoming publications include research on the work of John McGahern, the place of the literary within Northern Irish writing, the radio poetry of Richard Murphy, and Irish-British poetic relations in the mid twentieth century. He has also just co-edited a special issue of Modernist Cultures on ‘Collaborative Poetics’. While at the Moore, he will be working with Dr Adrian Paterson and looking at the Abbey Theatre Digital Archive in relation to his ongoing book project 'W.B. Yeats and the Writing of Art'.


    Ultán Gillen

    Teesside University


    Ultán Gillen is a Principal Lecturer at Teesside University, where his teaching includes Irish and French history and the history of political thought. His research focuses on political thought and political culture in Ireland, Britain, and France in the age of the French Revolution and Napoleon. He has published on the Irish Enlightenment, on revolutionary and counter-revolutionary politics and political thought in 1790s Ireland, and on the memory of Wolfe Tone in 1960s Ireland.

    At the Moore Institute, he will be working with Rebecca Barr on ideals of masculinity and friendship among Irish revolutionaries in the 1790s, and on his book project entitled ‘Theobald Wolfe Tone: Revolutionary Democrat’, which seeks to bring to bear the insights of recent scholarship in our understanding of the Enlightenment, political economy, republicanism, and democracy in the Atlantic world on Tone’s political thought.


    Alinta Krauth

    Queensland University of Technology, Australia


    Alinta Krauth is working with another Visiting Fellow Dr. Jason Nelson.
    Alinta Krauth and Dr. Jason Nelson Moore project title: Reading artifacts: Rethinking narrative through virtual objects & collaborative digital writing

    Alinta and Jason plan to spend their time at the Moore Institute exploring how digital tools for virtual art creation such as locative media, interactive game-based programming, biofeedback equipment, and projection mapping, could be used to reveal the hidden narratives behind found objects and museum-style artifacts. They will do this through physical and virtual interactions with Hardiman Library items and archives, and beyond. In doing so, they will use this research to create separate outcomes, rather than working in collaboration.

    Alinta’s current research develops interactive narratives through digital art for geomorphic environments, as well as the inherent animism and anthropomorphism placed onto particular environmental actors across cultures. As such, she is also interested in using the Hardiman library and archives to explore Ireland’s geomorphic history, in order to tie this history into her Fellowship projects.

    Alinta Krauth is a digital artist and researcher in the creative industries. Her practices include projection art, interactive art, sound art, and the inherent connections between these fields. She is interested in how digital art may be applied to highlight environmental destruction, particularly with regards to climate change and habitat destruction. Her research, literary, creative, and hybrid works have been exhibited and published globally. Most notably: her research and practice on interactive controllers for projection-mapped objects and faux-holographic sculptures, interactive screen-based public experiences, how climate change effects the senses, bushwalking as proprioceptive act, and the connection between gravity and proprioception in music listening. Recent exhibitions include ISEA Vancouver, Piksel Norway, and Transmediale Berlin. Recent solo shows have been seen in Art Laboratory Berlin and within the forests of Australia and Norway.


    Alison Baker-Lewton

    Victoria University, Australia


    Project Title in The Moore Institute: The Resonance Project: Sounds of Youth Social Change.

    Alison Baker-Lewton is a Senior Lecturer in Social Pedagogy in the College of Arts and Education at Victoria University in Melbourne. She received her PhD in Psychology in the Public Interest (Community Psychology) at North Carolina State University. Her research draws on critical community psychology, public health and education to explore how inequality impacts young people from marginalized backgrounds, focusing on social identities, sense of belonging and health and well-being. This research has focused on the contexts and ecologies of young people’s lives, including neighborhoods, schools and local arts and sports programs.

    Over the past several years a significant part of her research has examined racialisation as a form of structural violence and its impact on young people in Australia. This has included experiences of both adults and young people of African background who have come to Australia as migrants/refugees, drawing attention to the role of settings and activities (i.e. sports, alternative education, community-based arts) as well as the symbolic resources deployed in the development of identity, belonging, and social action. In her research she has mobilised critical race theories and liberation psychology to map empowered community responses and narratives of resistance. Using visual and sound research methodologies, this work has explored possibilities for social change and activism through public and community pedagogies.


    Álvaro Seiça

    University of Bergen


    Project Title in the Moore Institute: The Art of Deleting: A Study of Erasure Poetry, Practices of Control, Surveillance, and Censorship

    While at the Moore Institute, Seiça is learning from existing research and methodology about archival techniques put in practice at the James Hardiman Library. He is researching the methods related to redaction employed in the digitization of the Abbey Theatre Archive. He is also collaborating with Justin Tonra on the poetry projects EverVerse and eÖ, which are biometrical data-responsive performances created by both that share common affiliations.

    Álvaro Seiça is a writer and researcher. He holds a PhD in Digital Culture from the University of Bergen (2018). His publications include the poetry books Ensinando o Espaço (2017), Ö (2014), permafrost (2012), and the scholarly book Transdução (2017). Seiça has been a PhD Fellow at the University of Bergen (UiB), where he taught courses in electronic literature and digital humanities, and worked with the ELMCIP Knowledge Base. His PhD dissertation “setInterval(): Time-Based Readings of Kinetic Poetry” (2017) was hosted by the Electronic Literature Research Group at UiB, and advised by Scott Rettberg and Chris Funkhouser.

    In 2018, he is starting a 3-year postdoctoral project entitled “The Art of Deleting,” between UiB and UCLA, which is funded by a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship. “The Art of Deleting” aims to analyze practices of erasure poetry as forms of resistance and activism in digital culture. The project investigates various levels of erasure poetry, by focusing on its social, political, and aesthetic dimensions, and by tracing its antecedents.

    @AlvaroSeica / http://alvaroseica.net


    Anastasia Remoundou

    Independent Researcher


    Project title in The Moore Institute: Irish Theatre and Human Rights

    Natasha received her Ph.D. in contemporary Irish versions of Antigone from the National University of Ireland, Galway where she also taught on tragedy, myth, art and philosophy. Before coming to the Moore Institute, Natasha worked as an Assistant Professor of English Literature at Qatar University where she taught Drama and Literary Theory & Criticism and conducted interdisciplinary research on theatre and architecture in Doha, Qatar at the Gulf Studies Centre. She studied for a BA in English and American Literature at Deree-The American College of Greece in Athens and obtained her M.Sc. in Writing and Cultural Politics from the Department of English at the University of Edinburgh.

    Natasha's research interests include the rewriting of Greek tragedy for the contemporary European and Arab stages, cultural theory, critical reception studies, posthumanism, refugee performance, asylum narratives, and interculturalism. She is currently working on her manuscript for her monograph tentatively entitled Performing the Palimpsests: Irish Antigones and Human Rights. Natasha has presented a number of papers and published articles on drama and performance, postmodernism, feminism and interculturalism in peer reviewed journals and edited collections. She has also contributed articles on classical reception for the English National Opera programme note and in 2012 she was an invited speaker at the Royal Irish Academy colloquium “Greco-Roman Drama in Context: Ancient and Modern.” Her most recent publications include a chapter titled “Intercultural Performance Ecologies in the Making: Minor(ity) Theatre and the Greek Crisis” included in the edited collection Interculturalism and Performance Now (Palgrave 2018) and “The Suppliants of Syria: Narratives of Displacement and Resettlement in Refugee Performances of Greek Tragedy” in The Arab Journal of Performance Studies- Interweaving Performance Cultures & Border-Crossing Thinking” (November, 2017). Natasha is also engaged in activism and social work and is a member of various international scholarly communities.


    Barry Sheils

    Durham University, UK.


    Project Title in the Moore Institute: Translating The Post Office: W.B. Yeats, Rabindranath Tagore and Patrick Pearse at the Abbey in 1913.

    Academic Information:
    Assistant Professor in the Department of English Studies
    Before coming to Durham, Barry was an Irish Research Council Fellow at University College Dublin, having previously held an IAS Early Career Fellowship at Warwick University. He also lectured at Swansea University. He received his Doctorate from Warwick, and his BA from Trinity College, Dublin.

    Barry has taught and published on modernism, contemporary British and Irish literature, psychoanalytic theory, and the relationship between sentiment and style. The central focus of his research to date has been on transnational English Studies, especially the reassessment of modernism as a cultural phenomenon connected to processes of globalisation. His first book W.B. Yeats and World Literature: the Subject of Poetry (2015) recast Ireland’s national poet as a poet of ‘world’ English.


    Breandán Mac Suibhne

    Centenary University, New Jersey


    Breandán Mac Suibhne is a historian of society and culture in modern Ireland and associate professor of History at Centenary University, New Jersey. Among his publications are The End of Outrage: Post-Famine Adjustment in Rural Ireland (Oxford University Press, 2017) and Subjects Lacking Words? The Gray Zone of the Great Famine (Quinnipiac University Press, 2017). He is editor of two major annotated editions, viz., John Gamble, Society and Manners in Early Nineteenth-Century Ireland (Field Day, 2011) and, with David Dickson, Hugh Dorian's The Outer Edge of Ulster: A Memoir of Social Life in Nineteenth-Century Donegal (Lilliput, 2000; University of Notre Dame Press, 2001). A founding editor, with critic Seamus Deane, of Field Day Review (2005–), a journal of political and literary culture, he has also edited, with Enda Delaney, Ireland's Great Famine and Popular Politics (Routledge, 2016). While at the Moore Institute, he is working on a book on the Famine.


    Charlotte Chopin

    University of London Institute in Paris


    Project title in The Moore Institute: Settler Colonialism and the Press in Algeria, 1860-1914

    I joined the University of London Institute in Paris in 2012, having previously taught as a postgraduate student at New York University and the University of Southampton. I have lived in Paris, on and off, since 2009, when I first came to use the archives and libraries as part of my PhD research. As a historian, I enjoy being close to the many fascinating historical sites in Paris.

    Teaching specialism: Modern and contemporary history of France and the francophone world
    Qualifications: PhD in French Studies and History, New York University, 2013.
    Research: My research focuses on European settlers in Algeria in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries..
    Publications: 'Pages without borders: global networks and the settler press in Algeria, 1881-1914', Settler Colonial Studies, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/2201473X.2016.1273868
    Connal Parr


    Connal Parr

    Northumbria University, UK


    Project Title in The Moore Institute: Truth, Drama and Reconciliation

    Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow in the Humanities
    PhD, Queen’s University Belfast, 2013; MA, Queen’s University Belfast, 2010; BA, University of Oxford 2003

    Connal’s research emphasises the interconnectedness of history, politics, and culture.
    Connal's doctoral thesis on Ulster Protestant working class politics and culture since 1960 viewed political developments and recent history through the prism of dramatists and writers from this background. His current research builds on his expertise in Northern Ireland to comparatively explore how states such as South Africa, Spain, Chile and others deal with a divided and violent past. It illustrates how the arts and culture resonate with a transitional justice element, playing an active role in conflict transformation and peace-building across the world


    Daniel Watkins

    Baylor University, USA


    Project Title in The Moore Institute: Berruyer and His Book: A Cultural History of the Catholic Enlightenment in France, 1700-1830

    Early Modern and Modern France, Catholicism, Catholic Missionaries, Intellectual History, Cultural History
    Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 2014
    M.A., University of Florida, 2008
    B.A., University of Florida, 2005

    Academic Interests and Research
    My current research focuses on the relationship between the members of the Society of Jesus (a.k.a. the Jesuits) and the culture of the Enlightenment in eighteenth-century France. I am in the process of reworking my dissertation into a book manuscript on the French Jesuit Isaac-Joseph Berruyer's contributions to the Catholic Enlightenment and the culture of Conservatism in post-revolutionary France.
    Selected Publications
    “An Enlightenment Bible in Catholic France: Isaac-Joseph Berruyer’s Histoire du peuple de Dieu (1728-1758),” in Vernacular Bibles in the Middle Ages and Early Modern Era (Leuven: Peeters, 2017).


    Dara Downey

    Trinity College Dublin.


    Project Title in The Moore Institute: ‘Locating the Irish Servant in American Gothic Fiction’

    Associate Researcher at School of English, Trinity College Dublin.

    I lecture and research in American literature, and teaching modules on Contemporary British and Irish Fiction and Supernatural Literature.
    I also have advanced proofreading and copy-editing skills, having edited for both The Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies and the Irish Journal of American Studies for several years. I have tutored privately at every level from Junior Cycle to Masters, and am adept at both giving writing and career advice.
    I am author of American Women's Ghost Stories in the Gilded Age and Vice Chair of the Irish Association for American Studies.


    David Gange

    University of Birmingham


    Project Title in The Moore Institute: Coastal Temporalities: Perceptions of Time on the Irish Atlantic.

    I’m a historian at the University of Birmingham. I’m currently researching coastal lifeways in the British and Irish archipelago, exploring the processes of history that have made diverse coastal communities out of the similar ingredients of land, sea and sky on Atlantic shorelines. To begin this project I kayaked from northern Scotland, via Atlantic Ireland, to the Scilly Isles in 2016-17 for a book entitled The Frayed Atlantic Edge: a Historian’s Journey from Shetland to the Channel (Harper Collins, 2019). I’m now doing the work to turn that jaunt into a research project, publishing articles such as ‘Time, Space and Islands: Why Geographers Drive the Temporal Agenda’, Past & Present, 2018 and ‘Retracing Trevelyan? Historians and the Archive of the Feet’, Green Letters, 2017.

    My previous work explored the intersections between ancient histories and religion in nineteenth-century Britain, including Dialogues with the Dead: Egyptology in British Culture and Religion, 1822-1922 (Oxford, 2013) and an edited collection Cities of God: the Bible and Archaeology in Nineteenth-Century Britain (Cambridge, 2014). I also write for general audiences in magazines, newspapers and a book, The Victorians: a Beginner’s Guide (Oneworld, 2016). I’m spending my time at the Moore Institute exploring contemporary constructions of the Irish coastal past, particularly ideas concerning distinctive perceptions of time on coastlines, whether in deep mapping or fishers’ knowledge projects, geological, archaeological or language schemes, literature, art, music or heritage concerns.


    Debapriya Basu

    Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Assam, India


    Project Title in The Moore Institute: The Examinations of Anne Askew Online

    Debapriya Basu teaches English and literary studies in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, in Assam, India. Her doctoral research is on the printed writings of non-aristocratic sixteenth century women poets, namely Isabella Whitney, Anne Vaughan Locke and Anne Dowriche. Her other interest is digital humanities, specifically digital scholarly editing. Apart from involvement in several projects of digital archiving and hypertexts undertaken by the School of Cultural Texts and Records (SCTR) located at her alma mater Jadavpur University, she has taught modules in advanced text technologies at the SCTR’s postgraduate diploma course on Digital Humanities and Cultural Informatics. She was Project Supervisor in the 'Bichitra Tagore Online Variorum' (a variorum documentary digital edition of Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore's manuscript and printed writings in Bengali and English) and is a contributor in Bichitra: The Making of an Online Tagore Variorum (Springer, 2015), edited by Sukanta Chaudhuri. Her current work involves creating an electronic edition of the works of the English Protestant martyr Anne Askew (available at www.anne-askew.humanities.uva.nl), funded by an Erasmus Mundus fellowship to the University of Amsterdam and supported by IIT Guwahati's Start Up Grant Programme. She has contributed to the University of Edinburgh Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities' 'Dangerous Women' project (http://dangerouswomenproject.org/2016/09/16/anne-askew-2/) in this connection.

    At the Moore Institute Debapriya looks forward to further exploring the possibilities of the electronic scholarly edition of Anne Askew’s texts. Her objective is to expand specific aspects of the pilot as the output of the second phase during the tenure of the Fellowship with input and ideas exchanged with colleagues at the Moore Institute. The Fellowship will enable her to go one step further in the conceptualisation and execution of an edition in which the primary texts are electronically malleable according to the reader’s needs without losing their structural identities, and the notion of the critical apparatus is examined and expanded to include a networked set of digital documents and tools to offer background and context. This will be achieved with support from the Moore Institute’s expert experience in innovations in digital humanities and the special collections of the Hardiman Library.


    Deirdre Flynn

    University of College Dublin


    Project Title in The Moore Institute: ‘It was better if he didn’t look at her’ Female Ageing in Post-Celtic Tiger Fiction - This research project investigates the representation of ageing women in post Celtic Tiger
    Irish fiction, with a particular focus on middle age.

    Dr Deirdre Flynn is a lecturer at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick in English and Drama. Dr Flynn is an experienced teacher and researcher in contemporary, world and Irish Literature and Drama. Her research interests include World Literature, Postmodernism, Haruki Murakami, Irish Studies, Theatre and Feminism. She has written, directed and acted for theatre and worked as a journalist for over 7 years. She is currently preparing a monograph on Haruki Murakami & 2 co-edited collections on Irish Literature.


    Elizabeth Patton

    Johns Hopkins University


    Project Title in the Moore Institute: A Biography of Dorothy Arundell for an edition of her work: Multiple Lives: Dorothy Arundell’s Two Narratives of the Life of Father John Cornelius, SJ.

    Elizabeth Patton is Senior Lecturer in the Humanities Institute at Johns Hopkins University, where she directs the consortium course, Great Books at Hopkins. Her primary research area is post-reformation English Catholicism, with a focus on recovering the lives and writings of early modern women. She had co-edited a scholarly edition of the seventeenth-century biographies of Anne and Philip Howard, Earle and Countess of Arundel, now in its final editing stage.

    She has now published several studies for her next book project, subject of this visit: the recovery, from multiple contemporary translations, of the lost Life of Father John Cornelius, SJ, by Dorothy Arundell, later Dame Dorothea, active participant in the English Mission. By foregounding the persistent authority and authorship of an English Catholic woman, Dorothy Arundell, one whose voice has remained identifiable over four centuries and in three languages other than her own (her original English work almost certainly lost soon after its initial composition), this publication project underscores the fundamentally important role played by Catholic women in the later Elizabethan years, in England and Ireland as well as among communities of exiles on the continent.

    A more recent collaborative project, international in scope and including members of RECIRC, involves the use of mapping tools such as Gephi to trace the activities of early modern women’s networks, specifically Catholic women (including among others both Dorothy Arundell and Anne Howard, Countess of Arundel) working underground in London and England more largely to circulate illicit Catholic devotional texts and to make use of these texts in providing spiritual direction for their co-religionists.


    Ellen Mc Cabe

    Queen's University Belfast


    Project Title in The Moore Institute:Living the Stories We Create: Preparing Students for the Digital Age

    Ellen Mc Cabe received her PhD in Digital Arts and Humanities at NUI Galway. Her research explores what it means to be fully literate in the digital era and considers how education must respond to this at a conceptual, systemic and classroom level.
    Ellen’s work is located at the nexus of disciplinary perspectives from digital media, narrative theory, pedagogy, and drama and theatre studies. Her cross-sectoral focus is reflected in projects created for the National Theatre UK, including a digital exhibition examining the history of Greek Tragedy at the theatre, as well as a series of educational films for A-level students based on The National’s production of King Lear directed by Sam Mendes.
    Ellen received the International Award for Excellence from the Common Ground Technology, Knowledge & Society Community for her paper entitled, “Storytelling and the Dissolution of Categories”. This paper was published in Volume 10 of the Technology Knowledge and Society Collection. She has also published a series of articles for The Guardian and The Irish Times.
    During her time at the Moore Ellen will be working on a book entitled Living the Stories We Create: Preparing Students for the Digital Age. This publication is under contract with Springer and will be published later this year.


    Eric Levin



    Erika Wolters

    Oregon State University, Oregon, USA


    Project Title:
    Sustainability in Practice: The role of worldviews and values on sustainable lifestyles.

    I am the Director of Oregon State University’s Policy Analysis Laboratory (OPAL) and a faculty member in the School of Public Policy. I hold a PhD in Environmental Science, with a concentration on applied social science research and policy. Research interests include environmental politics and policy broadly, with a focus on water policy, climate change, sustainability, and science and policy. Recently I coauthored the book When Ideology Trumps Science: Why We Question the Experts on Everything from Climate Change to Vaccinations (Praeger Publishers, 2017), which examines how embedded beliefs (like political ideology and positivism) create a cognitive bias toward personal beliefs rather than scientific consensus.


    Hilary Bishop

    Liverpool John Moores University


    Project Title for The Moore Institute: The Language of Sacred Space, Mass Sites in Ireland.

    2013, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, PhD, Irish Studies (Human Geography)
    2009, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, MPhil, Irish Studies (Archaeological Heritage Management)
    2008, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom, B A (Hons) First Class, Irish Studies

    Prior to academic study I was employed by a global financial institution for 24 years working alongside senior management to deliver corporate services to a number of blue chip multi-national companies and local government offices before progressing to a management role in Financial Services. I successfully gained qualifications with the Chartered Institute of Bankers and have been employed by Liverpool John Moores University as a Senior Lecturer within the Liverpool Business School since 2009.
    Between 2005 and 2013 I studied with the Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool, where I was awarded the Arthur Frederick Price Memorial Prize, two Bibby Undergraduate Scholarships and a John Lennon Memorial Scholarship.
    I am a member of LJMU Faculty Research and Scholarship Committee and part of the Consumption, Social Engagement, Marketing and Entrepreneurship Research Group at Liverpool Business School.

    Bishop HJ. 2016. Mass Sites of Uíbh Laoghaire Journal of Cork Historical and Archaeological Society, 121 :36-63


    Jason Nelson

    Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Australia


    Dr. Jason Nelson is working with another Visiting Fellow Alinta Krauth both from Australia.
    Dr. Jason and Alinta Krauth Moore project title: Reading artifacts: Rethinking narrative through virtual objects & collaborative digital writing

    Alinta and Jason plan to spend their time at the Moore Institute exploring how digital tools for virtual art creation such as locative media, interactive game-based programming, biofeedback equipment, and projection mapping, could be used to reveal the hidden narratives behind found objects and museum-style artifacts. They will do this through physical and virtual interactions with Hardiman Library items and archives, and beyond. In doing so, they will use this research to create separate outcomes, rather than working in collaboration.

    Jason also comes with a particular interest in representing scholarly writing not just digitally, but interactively, and plans to collaborate with members of staff to achieve interactive scholarly outcomes. Additionally he is interested in creating literary augmented reality walks, locative and app based adventures where the notions of movement and place can be replicated across cultures and geographies via digital writing.

    Coming from Australia, Jason Nelson is a creator of curious and wondrous digital poems and fictions of odd lives, builder of confounding art games and all manner of curious digital creatures. He professes Net Art and Electronic Literature at Australia's Griffith University in subtropical metropolis of Brisbane. Aside from coaxing his students into breaking, playing and morphing their creativity with all manner of technologies, he exhibits widely in galleries and journals, with work featured around the globe at FILE, ACM, LEA, ISEA, SIGGRAPH, ELO and dozens of other acronyms. There are awards to list (Paris Biennale Media Poetry Prize), organizational boards he frequents (Australia Council Literature Board and the Electronic Literature Organization), and numerous other accolades (Webby Award), but in the web based realm where his work resides, Jason is most proud of the millions of visitors his artwork/digital poetry portal http://www.secrettechnology.com attracts each year.


    Jessica Pliley

    Texas State University.


    Jessica Pliley is an associate professor of the history of women, genders, and sexualities at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX. She earned her Ph.D. in comparative women’s history at the Ohio State University in 2010. She is the author of Policing Sexuality: The Mann Act and the Making of the FBI, published by Harvard in 2014, which examines the origins and implementation of the United States’ 1910 White Slave Traffic Act before World War II. She co-edited Global Anti-Vice Activism: Fighting Drink, Drugs and Immorality, 1880 – 1950 with Harald Fischer-Tiné and Robert Kramm (Cambridge, 2016). This collection of essays takes a global history approach to consider the role of regulation of bodily habits to colonial and state modernization schemes of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Her articles have appeared in the Journal of Women’s History, the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, and the Journal of the History of Sexuality, as well as several peer-reviewed edited collections. Dr. Pliley is an advisory board member of the AHRC-funded project, Trafficking Past: Exploring Sex, Work, and Migration in Modern History (https://traffickingpast.uk/), a network of feminist historians of sex work, migration, and gendered forms of labor that is meant to facilitate collaboration through a series of workshops and conferences and by providing a digital space for the exchange of ideas and sources. She is also the co-organizer of Yale University’s Working Group on Modern Day Slavery at the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition (https://glc.yale.edu/ModernSlavery/WorkingGroup), a two-year initiative that will culminate in an international conference in November 2018 and an edited book. Additionally, she is the book review editor of the Journal of Women’s History.

    Her area of research examines the intersections of migration policy and immigration, policing and law enforcement, and sex work and other forms of intimate labor. Her new book-length project, which is in the process of being conceptualized, will tackle the global story of anti-trafficking activism from the 1880s to 2000. She is also looking at how local communities along the US-Canadian border policed prostitution and enforced international anti-sex trafficking conventions.


    Jone M. Hernández

    University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU)


    She holds a bachelor’s degree in Information Sciences and Social and Political Sciences from the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). In 2005 she defended her doctoral thesis in the Department of Philosophy of Values and Social Anthropology (UPV/EHU) titled “Euskara, comunidad e identidad: elementos de transmisión, elementos de transgresión”, a work acknowledged through it receiving the First Marqués de Lozoya Prize awarded by the Spanish Ministry of Culture. She is an assistant lecturer in the Social and Cultural Anthropology degree programme taught at the UPV/EHU. She is Director of the Mikel Laboa Chair, sponsored by this same university.

    She is the author of diverse publications and has taken part in different research projects. Her main areas of research are linked to the anthropology of language and feminist anthropology. She has, regarding these two axes, researched different questions related to the Basque language, Basque culture, women’s participation, young people, sport and free time.
    In recent years bertsolaritza has occupied an important position in her research work. Proof of that are the different publications, lectures and talks given on this topic. Currently the body, emotions, gender… are the main focus of her work, from which she analyses both bertsolaritza and Basque culture in general.


    Judith Hill

    Trinity College Dublin.


    Project in The Moore Institute: The uses of classical models in Irish political monuments erected after 1916

    Born in London and educated at Girton College, Cambridge, Hill moved to Ireland in 1989 where she works as an architectural historian and biographer. Her books include The Building of Limerick (1991),Irish Public Sculpture: A History (1998), and In Search of Islands – A Life of Conor O’ Brien (2009). She is a contributor to the Irish Arts Review, The Irish Times, and Times Literary Supplement.
    Based on her 2011 biography, Lady Gregory: An Irish Life, Hill’s lecture will explore the intersection of culture and craft that occurred when the Abbey Theatre of Dublin toured the United States during the 1911-12 season, led by Lady Gregory, a surprising, yet defining, figure of the Irish Literary Revival. Lady Augusta Gregory was founder of the Abbey Theatre; patron of W. B. Yeats; and a writer of plays, essays, stories, and translations of Irish legends. The Irish American News described Hill’s book as, “A lively biography of this amazing person.”


    Kerry Sinanan


    I specialise in the literature and culture of slavery, abolition and race in the long eighteenth century. My current research is a multidisciplinary project analysing the competing discourses that constructed representations of slave women and their bodies in contemporary literary and historical texts and in the visual arts. The work for this emerged out of research for my monograph, Slave Masters and the Language of Self: Traders, Planters and Colonial Agents, 1750-1834, currently under consideration. At The Moore I am undertaking further research on the background of Nicholas Owen an Irish-born eighteenth-century slave trader who lived on the Guinea Coast in the 1750s.


    Lekan Balogun

    University of Lagos, Akoka. Nigeria


    Project Title for The Moore Institute: "Gender-based Violence, Cultural Trauma and the Collective Guilt"

    Osu/Opo-Sisu: Gender-based Violence, Cultural Trauma, and the Collective Guilt.

    In this project, which combines seminar presentation and dramatised reading of two plays, Lekan Balogun examines how two cultural practices (Osu among the Igbo of southeast Nigeria and Opo-sisu among the Yoruba in the southwest) encourage gender violence, and the social implication of their continued practise by the people. While Osu is similar to the caste system in India in terms of segregation and the Opo-sisu, the custom of leviration in which a widow is given out in marriage to her deceased husband's brother(s) is comparable to the Olah Roma among the Romani from the perspective patriarchal culture, these traditional and agelong cultural practices are examined in light of both contemporary social reality and their economic/political implications

    Lekan Balogun won a doctoral scholarship of the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, for his PhD research in the field of Postcolonial Adaptation & Appropriation (Shakespeare), African and Diaspora Theatre and Intercultural Performance, after his BA & MA (Distinction) in Theatre Arts from the Department of Creative Arts, University of Lagos, Akoka, Nigeria, where he now teach playwriting, literary theory and criticism, Cultural and Gender Studies etc
    Lekan is also an award-winning international playwright; he has written plays for the Royal Court Theatre, London; British Council, Nigeria; Flinn THEATER,Germany; the National Troupe of Nigeria and the Centre for Black and African Art and Civilization(CBAAC) and many others. His areas of research interests include Yoruba rituals and its aesthetics, African masks and performance, Afrocaribbean theatre, African adaptation & appropriation of Greek classics and playmaking.


    Máire Cross

    Newcastle University, UK


    The Project Title in The Moore Institute: The influence of Ireland on the social investigator Flora Tristan (1803-1844).

    The influence of Ireland on the social investigator Flora Tristan (1803-1844)
    My research focuses through an interdisciplinary lens on nineteenth-century political ideas of the early nineteenth-century feminist socialist writer and activist, Flora Tristan (1803–1844).
    I wish to undertake an investigation of the Irish dimension present in a French thinker who is recognised as one of France’s key socialist feminists yet whose intellectual strength is still relatively unexplored. The aim of the study is:
    • to understand the style and scope of Flora Tristan’s knowledge of Ireland in relation to her contemporaries Daniel O’ Connell, Alexis de Tocqueville and Gustave de Beaumont
    • to measure the influence of Irish affairs in a transnational setting of socialist and feminist activism
    • to establish the originality of Flora Tristan’s contribution to political thought as a result of her consciousness of the Irish experience.

    PhD: The Relationship between Feminism and Socialism in the Life and Work of Flora Tristan 1803–44, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 1989
    MA (Distinction): Contemporary European Studies, University of Reading, 1976
    BA (Hons): West European Studies (II (i)), University of Ulster, 1975

    Having worked as Professor of French Studies in the School of Modern Languages from 2005 until my retirement in 2017, I am continuing my research activities as an Emerita Professor. I am the Series Editor (with David Hopkin, Oxford) of the Manchester University Press Studies in Modern French History where we welcome proposals for publication from all parts of the world. I am supervising a PhD student and maintaining my links with the Newcastle Labour and Society History Group. My current research project is a double biography of Flora Tristan and her biographer Jules-L Puech. As the leading scholar of Flora Tristan studies with the first annotated translation of her journal and the first book ever published on her correspondence, I have published and presented papers in French History and in Gender Studies in a wide international community. I was President of the Society for the Study of French History from 2014 to 217. From to 2005 to 2013 I served as President of the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France (ASM&CF) and was on the executive committee of the Association of University Professors and Heads of French from 2003 to 2013. I am a member of the editorial board of the journal French History and a trustee of the Society for the Study of French history (SSFH). 2015 saw my appointment to the positions of Head of Research of the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies (CNCS), Durham University, a position I held for 18 months.
    Publications: Cross MF. Regeneration through Empire: French Pronatalists and Colonial Settlement in the Third Republic. French Studies 2016, 70(3), 456-457.


    Máirín MacCarron

    University of Sheffield


    Project title for The Moore Institute: ‘History and Science: medieval and modern’

    Máirín MacCarron works on early medieval British and Irish history and is at the forefront of ground-breaking interdisciplinary approaches to study of the past. She is completing her first monograph, Bede and Time, which examines intersections between theology and the medieval science of computus in early medieval Britain and Ireland. Her cross-disciplinary research collaborations with physicists in the growing area of network science demonstrate the value and utility of her interdisciplinary approach, as seen in a selection of her most recent publications: ‘Network analysis of the Viking Age in Cogadh Gaedhael re Gallaibh’, with J. Yose, R. Kenna & P. MacCarron, Royal Society Open Science 5 (2018), which attracted positive reports in the national and international media, and the inter-disciplinary essay collection Maths Meets Myths: quantitative approaches to ancient narratives, ed. R. Kenna, M. MacCarron & P. MacCarron (Springer Verlag 2017).


    Margaret O’Neill

    University of Limerick


    Project title in The Moore Institute: Women and Ageing: Private Meaning, Social Lives

    My primary research lies in twentieth century and contemporary Irish women's fiction, popular culture, and cultural theory. I am currently Project Coordinator for the Gender ARC research consortium in the University of Limerick. This year I will visit the Moore Institute NUI Galway on a Visiting Research Fellowship. I previously lectured in English in the University of Limerick. Previous roles include: Project Fellow in Digital Arts and Humanities in the An Foras Feasa research institute; Lecturer in College Writing (NU in Ireland at DBS); Seminar Leader (feminism, postmodernism & Irish studies) at Maynooth University; Writing Centre Tutor at Maynooth University. I am Co-Editor of the Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists (IACAT) Journal. I received a PhD in English from Maynooth University, supported by the Irish Research Council. I hold a Level 9 Specialist Diploma in Teaching, Learning & Scholarship in Higher Education (First Class Honours). I am registered with the Teaching Council of Ireland.


    Margaret Scull

    King's College London


    Project Title in The Moore Institute: Blessed are the Peace Makers’: The Catholic Church and the Northern Irish Troubles

    Dr Maggie Scull is a Teaching Fellow in Modern British and Irish History at King's College London. Her interdisciplinary research explores the relationship religion and politics in the contemporary period. She examines the ‘soft power’ influence religious leaders still possessed in British and Irish politics after the Second World War. She is currently working on a monograph exploring the Catholic Church's response to the conflict in Northern Ireland, 1968-98. In 2016, she co-organised the ‘Rethinking the 1980/81 Hunger Strikes’ Project with Dr Alison Garden, which examined the legacy of the strikes for British and Irish politics and culture. Currently, she is co-organising the ‘Agreement 20’ project, a two-day symposium at the Irish World Heritage Centre in Manchester marking the twentieth anniversary of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement.


    Matthew Noone

    University of Limerick


    Project Title in The Moore Institute: ‘One should listen to sean-nos like Indian rag’: Irish music Orientalism- a performative response.

    Matthew 'mattu' Noone (THE BAHH BAND, MARTIN HAYES & DENNIS CAHILL, AnTARA, JIGGY), is an Australian-Irish ex-indie rocker and well-known performer of the 25 stringed lute called sarode. After beginning his musical career as a guitarist and drummer in Brisbane and Sydney in the mid 90's, Matthew fell in love with the sarode in a trip to India in 2003. He has studied North Indian Classical music for over a decade with Sougata Roy Chowdhury in Kolkata and more recently with UK based sarodiya, K. Sridhar. He has performed Indian music across the globe and was a founding member of successful fusion group, The Bahh Band. He has recorded with a host of contemporary Irish musicians such as Tommy Hayes (AnTara), Sean Tyrell and Ronan O 'Snodaigh and has collaborated with Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill. Matthew plays two unique hybrid sarodes which were created with funds from the Music Network. He is also an Irish Research Council scholar and completed a practice based PhD research into Irish-Indian musical sympathies in the Irish world Academy in the University of Limerick.

    This research project focusses on the supposition of Irish-Indian musical connections, most notably the idea of sean-nos singing bearing a strong resemblance to Indian classical music (Ó Ríada, 1962; Feehan, 1982; Quinn, 1987). It is an extension of my previous research in exploring Irish traditional music and Orientalist discourse through an Arts Practice and performance based methodology (Noone, 2016). This research will use the collaborative artistic practice of two musicians (Matthew Noone on the sarode and sean-nos singer Lillis O Laoire) as a case study to explore the veracity of Irish-Indian musical sympathies.


    Monica Mulrennan

    Concordia University, Canada.


    Project title in The Moore Institute: Uncovering the historical and cultural dimensions of seaweed harvesting in Ireland

    Monica Mulrennan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment at Concordia University in Montreal. She was born, raised and educated (PhD, UCD) in Ireland. Her research is centred on indigenous-led strategies of conservation/environmental stewardship that draw upon indigenous institutions of knowledge and practice, and enhance local authority over decisions affecting the lives, lands, seas and resources of indigenous communities. She has worked closely with the James Bay Crees (Eeyou Istchee), in northern Quebec for more than twenty years and is one of the lead researchers on an ambitious proposal to create the Tawich (Marine) Conservation Area in the eastern part of James Bay.

    She has maintained a research partnership since the early 1990s with indigenous Torres Strait Islanders in northern Queensland, Australia. This work has focused on the documentation and mapping of Islander knowledge, customary tenure and resource harvesting practices. Her most recent work is focused on the connections of indigenous Islander women to seaspace.
    The research she will conduct during her time with the Moore Institute represents a departure from her work with indigenous coastal communities. Monica hopes to contribute to the documentation of the history of seaweed harvesting along the Atlantic seaboard. She is particularly interested in the system of customary arrangements that evolved over the centuries for access and rights to collect seaweed.


    Nadia Smith

    Boston College


    Project Title for The Moore Institute: Path Breaking Women of the NUI, 1908-1980.

    Nadia Smith received her PhD in modern Irish history from Boston College, where she has also taught. She is the author of A 'Manly Study'? Irish Women Historians, 1868-1949 and Dorothy Macardle: A Life, as well as articles on Irish women's history and historiography. She has a secondary interest in film history and has contributed essays to Film Notes, published by the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her work has been recognized by the Fulbright Commission and the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences. As a Moore Institute Fellow, she plans to undertake preliminary research on NUI Galway's female academics, and their contributions to scholarship and public life, using the resources of the Hardiman Library, particularly the Archives and Special Collections. She contributed to the exhibition Path Breaking Women of NUI Galway, 1912-1922 and Beyond, which received support from the Moore Institute, as a keynote speaker.


    Olivier Szerwiniack

    Université de Picardie Jules Verne


    Project title in The Moore Institute: The Epistula ad Dardanum: an annotated critical edition and translation with a study of its sources, manuscript diffusion, iconography and posterity.

    I will talk about the textual problems of the short letter known as Epistula ad Dardanum de diversis generibus musicorum (Letter to Dardanus about different kinds of musical instruments) during the colloquium organised by Dr Bisagni about this text and medieval music on the 24th of May.
    The Epistula ad Dardanum de diversis generibus musicorum is a fascinating text, of probable Irish origin, which provides descriptions and allegorical interpretations of the musical instruments mentioned in the Bible. Falsely attributed to Jerome, this text has been widely diffused throughout medieval Europe in more than 70 manuscripts dating from the 9th century onwards. Several of them are accompanied by illustrations depicting the biblical instruments.
    This short letter raises many questions concerning its author, its date of composition, its sources, its influence on medieval iconography of musical instruments and its posterity. To answer all these questions, a critical edition based on all the known manuscripts is urgently needed. Over the past year, Dr Bisagni and I have begun to collaborate towards the production of such a critical edition. Thanks to a scholarship provided by the University of Picardy Jules Verne, where I am Maître de conférences (equivalent to senior lecturer) of Classical and Medieval Latin, Dr Bisagni spent the month of June 2017 in Amiens and we were able to discuss the project and plan the work ahead. As far as I am concerned, my main task consists in analysing all the copies of the text of which the Institut de recherche et d’histoire des Textes (IRHT-CNRS) in Paris has a microfilm. In particular, I am comparing these copies in order to establish the stemma codicum (the genealogical tree of these manuscripts). Moreover I am analysing the contents of the manuscripts in order to understand in which scholarly context the Letter to Dardanus was most frequently copied : biblical exegesis, allegory, or music theory. I am also trying to determine the exact relationship between the Letter to Dardanus and Rhabanus Maurus’ chapter on music, De musica et partibus eius, included in his encyplopedic work De mundo (On the World) written in 843. As there is no critical edition of De mundo, I must look at the 9th century Rhabanus manuscripts to find variant readings and possible indications of sources written in the margins of those manuscripts

    Senior Lecturer (Maître de conférences) of Classical and Medieval Latin at the Université de Picardie Jules Verne, Amiens. My PhD was about the study of Latin historians by Irish scholars in the Middle Ages : « Recherches sur l’étude des historiens latins par les Irlandais au Moyen Âge », 22 January 2000, Paris, École Pratique des Hautes Études, IVth section ; Mention : « Très honorable avec les félicitations du jury à l’unanimité » ; Supervisor : Pierre-Yves Lambert ; Jury : François Dolbeau (ÉPHÉ IV), Pierre Flobert (SorbonneÉPHÉ IV), François Kerlouégan (Besançon), Bernard Merdrignac (Rennes) and Pádraig Ó Riain (UCC). I also got a Diploma of Study of Old Irish in June 1992 at Trinity College Dublin (Jury : Liam Breatnach and Damian McManus).


    Patrick Ball


    Project Title in The Moore Institute: Come Dance with Me in Ireland: A Pilgrimage to Yeats Country


    Patrick Duggan

    University of Surrey


    Project Title in The Moore Institute: Radical Political Performances.

    Director of the Institute of Performance and Urban Living; Senior Lecturer in Theatre and Performance.

    PhD (Leeds), MA (QMUL), BA (Warwick)

    Research Interests:
    I am interested in why we (still) make theatre and performance: what is it for, what does it do culturally, politically, socially, aesthetically? Within this overarching frame, my research interests lie in critical approaches to contemporary performance and the relationship between performance and the wider socio-cultural and political contexts in which it is made. My work is engaged with poststructuralist and political philosophy, is interdisciplinary in nature and particularly focused on questions of spectatorship, witnessing, trauma and ethics and is concerned to explore the socio-political efficacy of theatre, performance and other cultural practices. While at the Moore Institute I will be researching non-traditional performance forms (e.g.: protests or political presentations) that relate to the history of the Troubles, alongside more recognisable forms of theatre that seek in some way to understand that history.


    Paul Carter

    RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia


    Project Title in the Moore Institute: The impact of deforestation on Irish culture: a sylva sylvarum for treeless places.

    Brought up in the UK, Paul Carter is a writer and artist who lives in Melbourne, Australia. He has previously explored the poetics of sustaining places in unsustainable times with colleagues at NUI (Galway). On this occasion he is drawing on the Tim Robinson archive, held at NUI (Galway), to gain an insight into the impact of deforestation on the Irish psyche. Deforestation is a symptom of rapid colonisation throughout the Anglophone diaspora. Besides its obvious environmental impact, it threatens the spirits of place (evidenced in myth, song, toponymy and medicinal practice) said to reside in woods, trees and plants more generally. What is the cultural impact of this legacy of loss, and what role have artists and writers in addressing its implications for reafforestation (whatever form that may take)? Paul hopes that the study commenced here will be the basis of a network of methodologically convergent projects that examine these issues across Europe.

    Among his publications are: The Road to Botany Bay (1987), The Lie of the Land (1996), Material Thinking (2004), Dark Writing (2008) Meeting Place (2013) and Places Made After Their Stories (2015). He has two forthcoming publications: Decolonising Governance: Archipelagic thinking (Routledge) and Amplifications: poetic migration, auditory memory Bloomsbury). As a public artist, he delivers work through his design studio, Material Thinking, co-convened with his architect son; their most recent work is ‘Passenger,’ a seven-part memorial to a Nyungar resistance fighter distributed through the fabric of Perth’s new civic centre, Yagan Square. Paul is Professor of Design (Urbanism), RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.


    Peter Glazer

    University of California, Berkeley.


    Peter Glazer is a playwright, director, writer and scholar. Come Dance With Me in Ireland - A Pilgrimage To Yeats Country, developed in residence at the Moore Institute in 2016, is his second collaboration with Celtic harpist Patrick Ball. Glazer created the award-winning musical Woody Guthrie’s American Song, which has seen over 100 productions in the US since its premiere in 1988. Other theater pieces Glazer has written or co-written include Foe, adapted from Nobel Prize winner J. M. Coetzee’s novel, Michael, Margaret, Pat and Kate with singer-songwriter Michael Smith, O’Carolan’s Farewell to Music with Patrick Ball, and Heart of Spain – A Musical of the Spanish Civil War, with composer Eric Bain Peltoniemi. With storyteller Joel ben Izzy, he is developing a musical based on ben Izzy’s book The Beggar King and the Secret of Happiness, and is presently adapting Karen Shepard’s novel The Celestials for the stage. His book Radical Nostalgia: Spanish Civil War Commemoration in America, was published in 2008. Glazer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.


    Ruud Van Den Beuken

    Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands)


    The Project Title in The Moore Institute: Identity formation at the Dublin Gate Theatre.

    Ruud van den Beuken is a lecturer in the Department of English Language & Culture at Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands). He has been awarded the Irish Society for Theatre Research's (ISTR) New Scholars’ Prize (2015) for his research on postcolonial mythological plays, and in April 2017, he received his PhD (cum laude) for his thesis on cultural memory and national identity formation at the Dublin Gate Theatre. He is the Assistant Director of the NWO-funded Gate Theatre Research Network and the recipient of the 2017 Education Award for best junior lecturer in the Faculty of Arts at Radboud University.
    As a visiting research fellow at the Moore Institute, Van den Beuken will utilize the unique new resources that are offered by its ongoing project to digitize the Gate Theatre’s archives. His aims in studying these materials is twofold: on the one hand, he will finalise the manuscript of his book on the Gate Theatre’s role in Irish cultural identity formation by incorporating many previously inaccessible archival resources. On the other, he will chart and study these materials to pave the way for the expert meetings, the conference and the exhibition that will be organised in 2018, 2019 and 2020 by the recently established Gate Theatre Research Network, which will study the Gate’s engagement with issues of cosmopolitanism, cultural exchange and identity formation in a broader European context.


    Sara Crangle

    University of Sussex


    Project Title for The Moore Institute: “Mina Loy’s Feminist Rejuvenation of Satire”.

    My research interests include: vanguardism (political and aesthetic); the quotidian (viscerality, taste, abjection, affectivity); and, increasingly, satire.

    My book, Prosaic Desires: Modernist Knowledge, Boredom, Laughter and Anticipation, addresses the intersections between high modernist writers--James Joyce, Gertrude Stein, Virginia Woolf, Samuel Beckett--and philosophical thought. In this regard, I have written on everyday emotions, the relationship between subjectivity and otherness, and about the recasting or reconsideration of human desire so that it is not confined to the much-discussed spheres of sexuality or power. The book explores banal longings such as the desire to laugh, or risibility, and boredom--the desire for any desire at all. Philosophers I've written about in relation to these affective states include Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Bataille, Merleau-Ponty, Heidegger, and Levinas.

    In 2010, I brought the archive of the poet, visual artist, and activist Anna Mendelssohn (1948-2009) to Sussex Special Collections. Also known as Grace Lake, Mendelssohn was devoted to an international vanguard tradition, one artistic and political in scope; radicalism, feminism, and Mendelssohn's Jewish heritage are key concerns of her work. I am currently editing Mendelssohn's poetry and prose for publication.
    In 2010 I published an edited volume of Mina Loy's previously unpublished fiction and essays, and I am currently completing a monograph about her satire, which is forthcoming with Edinburgh University Press. The book is entitled Mina Loy: Anatomy of a Sentient Satirist, and considers Loy's satire as one engaged in a pursuit of intimacy, one inextricable from violence and aggression. My proposal for the Moore Institute was centred on a reworking of a chapter from this volume.


    Sean Borodale

    Bath Spa University & Trinity College Cambridge


    Project Title in The Moore Institute: Lyrigraphs: theatre of writing; theatre of reading.

    Sean Borodale is one of 2014's Next Generation Poets. He is currently Resident Artist&Writer at Bluecoat, Liverpool, and was Creative Fellow at Trinity College Cambridge from 2013-15. His second collection, Human Work (a poet's cookbook) was published by Jonathan Cape in February 2015.


    Shonagh Hill

    University College Dublin


    Project title in The Moore Institute: Embodied Mythmaking: A Genealogy of Women in Irish Theatre

    Dr. Shonagh Hill has recently completed an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship at University College Dublin.

    She is preparing the manuscript for her first monograph titled, Embodied Mythmaking: A Genealogy of Women in Irish Theatre. The primary purpose of her visit to the Moore Institute is to undertake research in the Abbey Theatre Archives at NUIG. Shonagh has published articles on women and performance/ Irish theatre in peer reviewed journals and edited collections. Her most recent publication, ‘Feeling Out of Place: The “affective dissonance” of the feminist spectator in The Boys of Foley Street’, was published in the edited collection Performance, Feminism and Affect in Neoliberal Times (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). Shonagh is engaged in national and international scholarly communities as a member of the Irish Society for Theatre Research and is a member of the Feminist Research Working Group of the International Federation for Theatre Research.


    Sinéad Moynihan

    University of Exeter


    Project Title for The Moore Institute: “The No-Place in Us All”: The Seaside Resort in the Irish Literary Imagination, 1960 to present.

    Sinéad Moynihan is a Senior Lecturer in Twentieth-Century Literature at the University of Exeter. Her research and teaching interests cluster around Irish, American and Transatlantic Literature and Culture, particularly in relation to questions of race, migration, displacement and diaspora. She has recently completed a book manuscript - Ireland, Migration and Return Migration: The “Returned Yank” in the Cultural Imagination, 1952 to present - which is forthcoming with Liverpool University Press. Her previous major publication, the outcome of a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship, was "Other People's Diasporas": Negotiating Race in Contemporary Irish and Irish-American Culture (Syracuse, NY: Syracuse UP, 2013).

    At the Moore Institute, Moynihan will work on a new project that identifies the seaside resort as an important space in Irish literature of the past fifty years. Specifically, it argues that just as British and Irish seaside resorts were undergoing profound transformation – what John K. Walton refers to as “the traumatic changes of the 1970s and 1980s” – the seaside resort emerges in Irish literature as the backdrop for various kinds of personal and social rupture, ranging from adolescence, mental breakdown, marital break-up, spousal death and suicide to the social transformations we associate with modernity: emigration, internal migration, suburbanisation and secularisation


    Siobhán O’Gorman

    University of Lincoln


    Moore Institute Project Title: Theatre, Performance and Design: Scenographies in a Modernizing Ireland

    Siobhán O'Gorman is currently completing her monograph, Theatre, Performance and Design: Scenographies in a Modernizing Ireland, which is forthcoming with Palgrave Macmillan. The book will contribute to international scholarship in two broad ways. Firstly, it proposes recently expanded understandings of scenography as frameworks for uncovering more holistic theatre and performance histories, tracing further-reaching genealogies of contemporary practice. Secondly, it will offer the first major study of scenography in relation to Irish theatre, a field in which literary critiques have, until recently, dominated historiography. Siobhán began researching this project at Trinity College Dublin as a recipient of the Irish Research Council’s Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship from 2013 to 2015. While working at the Moore Institute, she will draw on the James Hardiman Library’s extensive archival collections on Irish theatre to further her historiographical work on Irish performance design.

    Siobhán is currently a Senior Lecturer and MA Theatre Programme Leader at the School of Fine & Performing Arts, University of Lincoln. She co-edited with Charlotte McIvor the first book to focus specifically on devised performance within Irish contexts, Devised Performance in Irish Theatre: Histories and Contemporary Practice (2015). Her work also has appeared in several edited collections and such journals as Scene, Irish Studies Review and the Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance. She is on the editorial board of Studies in Costume & Performance and recently became co-editor of the journal Performance Ireland (formerly Irish Theatre International). Siobhán has organised several conferences and theatre-focused initiatives, as well as presenting her own research at over 30 national and international events. She is on the executive committee of the Irish Society for Theatre Research and was part of the production team for the Irish exhibition at the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space in 2015.


    Susan Jones

    University of Oxford


    Susan Jones is Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford and Fellow of St Hilda’s College. She has published widely on Joseph Conrad, nineteenth- and twentieth-century women’s writing, the periodical press, and modernism. Formerly a soloist with the Scottish Ballet, Glasgow, she also writes on the history and aesthetics of dance. She is founder and director of Dance Scholarship Oxford (http://www.torch.ox.ac.uk/dansox) and author of Literature, Modernism, and Dance (Oxford University Press, 2013). She was awarded a Leverhulme Fellowship 2017-18 to work on Samuel Beckett and choreography.


    Tanguy Philippe

    University of Western Brittany (Brest, France)


    Project Title for The Moore Institute: A contribution on how to ‘read’ sport and the sport culture

    I am a senior lecturer in sport studies and anthropology at the Faculty of Sport and Education in Brest. My research focuses on the acculturation of sports and on cultural dynamics. During my master, I researched on the wrestling culture in Brittany and Ireland, in relation with the Celtic revival periods. In my PhD dissertation, I have raised the issue of the acculturation of sport by exploring the cultural history of the wrestling styles along the Silk Roads (researches in Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Turkey, Armenia) and in the context of migration between the Northwest Europe and North America (researches in Brittany, Scotland, Ireland, England, Canada and the USA). I aim to develop an interdisciplinary and comparative/cross-cultural approach on the construction of body and sporting cultures. During my research at the Moore, I will research about the social representations on sports and games how they express meanings and how they are ‘read’.

    Recent publications :
    Philippe, T. (2017). Wrestling in 19th to early 20th century Ireland and the ethnic stereotype of the Irish fighter in the USA. In Travel in France and Ireland : Tourism, Sport and Culture. Collection Studies in Franco-Irish Relations, Oxford : Peter Lang.
    Philippe, T. (2017). From Prize fighting to Pride fighting. In Rencontres Bretagne – Ecosse. Brest : Editions du CRBC.


    Ailbhe McDaid

    Independent Scholar


    Neither here nor there, and therefore home: The Politics of Migration in Contemporary Irish Poetry


    Alinne Balduino Pires Fernandez

    Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil


    Making Room for Women's Theatre on the Brazilian Stage: Case Studies involving Irish and Northern Irish Female Playwrights


    Amy Prendergast

    Trinity College Dublin


    Selected and Revised by Mrs Griffith: Elizabeth Griffith, translation, transmission and cultural transfer


    Anders Ingram

    Independent Scholar


    Texts, Transmission and Cultural Exchange (TTCE)


    Anna Pilz

    University College Cork


    Lady Gregory's Drama: The Playwright and Her Audiences.


    Audrey Robitaillié

    Queens University Belfast


    Cé Leis í? Fairy abductions in Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill's Poetry


    Beatriz Kopschitz Xavier Bastos

    Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil


    The Theatre of Tom Murphy: Translation and Intercultural Practice in Brazil


    Bernhard Bauer

    NUI Maynooth


    The Multilinguistic Early Medieval Celtic Glossing Tradition on Bede and Priscian


    Brian Dolber

    California State University, San Marcos


    Sustaining the Unsustainable: The Creative Industries and Newoliberalism in Post- 2008 Ireland


    Brian Stone

    California State Polytechnic Institute, Pomona


    Saints, Scholars and Druids: The Art of Rhetoric in Early Medieval Ireland


    Cahal McLaughlin

    Queens University Belfast


    Documentary Film and the Archive


    Catherine Manathunga

    Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia


    Transnational encounters among universities in Ireland, Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand: 1850's to 1900's.


    Cathy Fitzgerald

    Independent Scholar


    Ecosophic Catrographies: Beyond Landscape Towards Life-Sustaining Transveralism


    Christopher Maginn

    Fordham University, New York


    Years of no forward policy: Ireland and the Mid-Tudor polity, 1571 - 1575.


    Claire Jowitt

    University of East Anglia


    Critical Edition of Richard Hakluyt, The Principal Navigations, 1598 - 1600


    Daniel Sokatch

    CEO, New Israel Fund


    Human Rights in Israel-Palestine: Insights from Other Struggles


    Emer O’Toole

    Concordia University, Canada


    The Lady Vanishes: A sholarly experiment on writing out and writing in


    Federico Luisetti

    University of North Carolina


    Writing in the Anthropocene: Pier Paolo Pasolini's Petrolio


    Fergus Campbell

    Newcastle University


    Academic and Creative Approaches to the History of the Easter Rising in Galway


    Gerald Power

    Metropolitan University, Prague


    The 'New English' in Tudor Ireland


    Gerry Kearns

    NUI Maynooth


    The Geographical Turn


    Helga Woggon

    Independent Scholar


    Winifred Carney - Life, Letters and Memoirs


    Hywel Meilyr Griffiths

    Aberystwyth University, Wales


    Writing historical flooding and drought in Ireland


    Jackie Ui Chionna

    Independent Scholar


    The Life of Emily Anderson, OBE,(1891 - 1962): Preparation of a Book Proposal for a Biography of Emily Anderson, Professor of German at UCG, renowned Mozart and Beethoven Scholar and British Secret Service Operative


    James Livesey

    University of Dundee


    The Edge of the World: Irish Intellectual History 1500 - 2000


    Joseph Twist

    NUI Galway


    Islam and the Enlightenment Today: Post-Secularism and Post-Atheism in Contemporary German Culture


    Kate Houlden

    Anglia Ruskin University


    Gender, Sexuality and World-Literature


    Kong Fatt Wong Lin

    Ulster University


    Neural Plausibility of Decision Making Models


    Kylie Thomas

    University of the Free State, South Africa


    Photography, Resistance and Transnational History


    Laura Lovejoy

    University College Dublin


    States of Decline: Irish Modernism, Degeneration and the Body


    Marion Krauthaker

    University of Leicester


    Diversity in the Modern Languages Curriculum


    Maureen O’Connor

    University College Cork


    The Fauna in Tim Robinson's West


    Michael Rubenstein

    Stonybrook University, New York


    Life Support: Fictions of Energy and Environment


    Norma Clarke

    Kingston University, London


    Oliver Goldsmith and Ireland


    Peadar Ó Muircheartaigh

    Aberystwyth University, Wales


    Agallamh na Scoláirí (The Discourse of the Scholars): Charles O'Connor, James McLagan and negotiating the Gaelic past in an eighteenth century present


    Richard Butler

    University of Leicester


    Religion and town planning in Galway, 1930 - 1965


    Roderick Coover

    Temple University, USA


    Mass Extinction and Human Relations: a Cycle of Combinatory Films


    Rosemary Power

    Independent Scholar


    Brjansbardagi - The Battle of Clontarf in Old Norse sources - Independent tradition or textual transmission


    Ruth Canning

    Independent Scholar


    Personal and Corporate Petitions During Ireland's Nine Years' War, 1594 - 1603


    Sasha Handley

    University of Manchester


    Displaced Sleepers in the Early Modern British Isles


    Scott Rettberg

    University of Bergen, Norway


    Mass Extinction and Human Relations: a Cycle of Combinatory Films


    Silivia Loeffler

    NCAD Dublin


    Maritime Crossroads: Rootedness and Displacement in the Irish Diaspora


    Treasa de Loughry

    University College Dublin


    Fuelling Global Post-Fordism: Gender and the Avant Garde in Rachel Kushner's Telex from Cuba and the Flamethrowers


    Trisia Farrelly

    Massey University, New Zealand


    The Political Ecologies of Plastic Waste


    Veronica Johnson

    Independent Scholar


    The Film Company of Ireland and Dublin Cinemas


    Vicky Angelaki

    University of Reading


    Internationalizing the Abbey Theatre: Gazing outwards, Looking In.


    William Taylor

    University of Western Australia


    Building Austerities: Irish antiquarian and non-conformist (Quaker) sources of ascetic restraint in architecture


    Alain Dubreucq

    University Jean Moulin/Lyon3 (France),


    Sancti Columbani opera omnia. Towards a new edition of St Colombanus’s works


    Angela Byrne

    University of Greenwich, London


    Environment and Science in Ireland’s Boglands in the 18th and 19th Centuries


    Bernard Adams

    Freelance biographer and playwright


    Writing A Certain Temerity, a biography of Mary O'Malley, founder of the Lyric Players Theatre in Belfast


    Breandán Mac Suibhne

    Centenary College, Hackettstown, NJ 07840, USA


    At The Famine Pot: A Whispered History Of Ireland’s Great Hunger


    Christine Cusick

    Seton Hill University


    'The Tideline between Place and Story': Reimagining Ecological Boundaries in Ireland


    Christopher Warren

    Carnegie Mellon University


    Distant Reading the ODNB


    Clíona Ó Gallchoir

    University College Cork


    “Eighteenth-Century Irish Women’s Writing”


    Colin Reid

    Northumbria University


    The Irish Political Imagination: Political Thought and Ireland Under the Union, 1800-1922


    Dalene Swanson

    University of Stirling, Scotland


    Global Citizenship discourses and the ethics of Internationalisation in Higher Education: a comparative study of Ireland and Scotland


    David O’Shaughnessy

    Trinity College Dublin


    Staging Enlightenment: Irish Playwrights in London, 1750-1800


    Dominique Barbet Massin

    Curator of libraries, in charge of medieval manuscripts and digitalization


    The Insular gospels in their liturgical context.


    Eileen Gillooly

    Columbia University


    “Establishing a pilot program of scholarly exchange between the Moore Institute at NUI and the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University”


    Elaine Sisson

    Institute or Art, Desigh and Technology, Dun Laoghaire


    Culture, Experiment and the Irish Free State: Scenograpny, Modernity and Desigh 1922-1937


    Ellen Scheible

    Bridgewater State University


    “Body Politics: Homemaking and Nation-making in Modern and Contemporary Irish Fiction”


    Francis Devine


    Frank Cinato

    French National Centre for Sceintific Research


    Irish glossators of the Priscian manuscript St Gall MS 904


    Gabor Gelleri

    Aberystwyth University


    ‘Education by Travel in 18th-19th-century France, in a European context’


    Gregory Madden

    Utah State University, USA


    Impulsivity and Short Termism


    Guy Cuthbertson

    Liverpool Hope University


    Edward Thomas and Ireland


    Heather Ladd

    University of Lethbridge


    Diary of a Man of Leisure: A Digital Scholarly Edition


    Ian Rae

    King’s University College at Western University, London, Ontario, Canada.


    “Modernism and the Irish Roots of Canada’s Most Famous Stage.”


    Indalecio Lozano

    University of Granada


    Papaver somniferum and opium in Arabic medicine (7th to 17th centuries)


    Jennifer Hillman

    University of Chester


    From Anxiety to Ecstasy: Female Spiritual Writings and the Religious Emotions in Seventeenth-Century France


    John Halsted

    University of New Hampshire, Durham, USA


    Toward an Integrated, Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Social Capital Policy


    Justin Carville

    Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire,


    The Ungovernable Eye: Photography, Ethnography and Race in Ireland


    Laurent Jaffro

    Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne


    ‘Jonathan Swift, Weak Agents, and Economics as Second-Best Ethics’


    Louise Lowe

    The Abbey Theatre/ANU Productions The LIR (TCD)


    THE MECHANICS (engaging the Abbey Theatre Archive)


    Lucy Shipley

    Independent Scholar (ex University of Southampton)


    From Italy to the Atlantic: contextualising Irish and British collections of Etruscan ceramics.


    Maria Beville

    Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick


    New Materialism and Contemporary Irish Fictions


    Maria McGarrity

    Long Island University, One University Plaza, Brooklyn, New York


    Irish Literature and the Modern Nation: Encountering the Primitive Sublime Across the Atlantic


    Maurice Fitzpatrick

    University of Cologne


    “John Hume in America”


    Outi Paloposki

    University of Turku, School of Languages and Translation Studies, Department of English


    Translation and nationalism: a comparative study of Ireland and Finland


    Padraic Kenney

    Indiana University


    “Approaches to Global Research in the Humanities”


    Padraic Killeen

    Trinity College Dublin


    Shades of ‘The Dead’: A Comparative Analysis of John Huston’s 1987 film adaptation of James Joyce’s ‘The Dead’ and the Abbey Theatre’s 2012 stage adaptation


    Patrick Ball

    Professional Harpist and Storyteller


    Music of a Lost Kingdom: William Butler Yeats, the Celtic Revival and the Cláirseach


    Paula McFetridge

    Artistic Director Kabosh Theatre Company, Belfast


    A theatrical dramatization to mark the 50th anniversary of the NI Civil Rights Movement


    Peter Buckingham

    Linfield College, McMinnville, OR, USA


    “‘The Finest of All the Young Republicans’: Liam Mellows and the Galway Years, 1914-1916”


    Peter Glazer

    University of California, Berkeley


    Music of a Lost Kingdom: William Butler Yeats, the Celtic Revival and the Cláirseach


    Rosie Lavan

    University of Oxford


    Representing Derry, 1968 – 2013


    Salvatore Scifo

    Department of Public Relations and Publicity (English), Faculty of Communication, Maltepe University (Istanbul, Turkey)


    Community Radio and the Irish connection: tracing the development of a concept in the United Kingdom


    Sandra Janssen

    University of Oldenburg


    The totalitarian subject: On the figure of ‘selflessness’ in psychology, political theory and literature of the 1930s and 1940s


    William Desmond

    Institute of Philosophy, KU Leuven, Belgium


    Poetry and Prayer: Reading Seán Ó Ríordáin’s “Cad is filíocht ann?/ What is poetry?”


    Adrian Guelke

    QUB -emeritus



    Alexis Tadie



    Religious, Spiritual, and Psychological Aspects in Premodern Literature: The Meeting of Irish and Continental Medieval Studies


    Allison Macleod



    The culture of argument in Early Modern Europe


    Bernard Adams

    Freelance Biographer & Playwright


    Failed Masculinities and Queer Possibilities in the Films of John Huston


    Brad Pasanek



    Inane and Mechanical Phraseology: Bigrams, Bots, and Poetic Diction


    Brian Fykenberg

    Department of Celtic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University


    A biography of Mary O'Malley, founder of the Lyric Players Theatre


    Bríd McGrath

    Independent scholar


    The Composition of Galway City Council, 1603-1649


    Carrie Griffin

    Bristol - independent scholar


    Ink Recipes and Domestic Culture: Women and Textual Production in Ireland and Britain, 1500–1700


    Charles Barr

    East Anglia, UK; St. Mary's Twickenham


    Hollywood (and British) Film Makers in Ireland.


    Claudia Kinmonth

    Freelance Historian


    Irish Country Furniture 1700-1950


    Cóilín Parsons

    Georgetown University, Washington, DC


    Telescopic Modernism: The Novel and Global Scale


    Derek Gladwin

    University of Alberta


    Spatial Justice in Irish Literary and Visual Cultures


    Dianne Hall

    Victoria University, Melbourne


    Gender, Violence and Families in Early Modern Ireland


    Elizabeth Patton

    Johns Hopkins University, USA


    A methodological case study of the recovery of a female voice absorbed into a male-authored historical tradition: Dorothy Arundell and her Life of Father John Cornelius


    Ellen McWilliams



    Transatlantic Affinities: Readings of Irishness in North American Women’s Writing


    George Ferzoco



    The Figure of Pope Celestine V in the Performing Arts (Song, Theatre and Moving Image)


    Helen O’Shea

    University of Melbourne, Australia


    Listening to East Clare Music


    Ian McBride

    Kings College London


    The Truth about the Troubles: Dealing with the Past in Northern Ireland


    Iwan Michelangelo D’Aprile

    University of Potsdam


    Encyclopedic Narratives and Economic Knowledge Around 1800


    Jack Fennel

    University of Limerick


    History, Horror and the Irish Imagination.


    Jessica Cooke

    life member; Clare Hall, Cambridge


    Oral Tradition as a Source for the Monastic Past: Ecclesiastical History and Béaloideas of Annaghdown, County Galway


    Joan Allen

    Newcastle University


    Working-class political and religious networks: the role of the Irish Catholic press in Britain, 1884-1890


    Jodi Schneider

    INRIA Méditerranée, Centre de Recherche, Sophia Antipolis, FRANCE


    Crowd annotation


    John Gibney

    Editor, 'Decade of Centenaries': http://www.decadeofcentenaries.com


    'A short history of Ireland, 1500-2000'


    Lorenzo Bosi

    European University Institute, Firenze, Italy


    Contentious Politics in Northern Ireland During the Troubles


    Maria McGarrity

    Longisland, NY


    Irish Literature and the Modern Nation: Encountering the Primitive Sublime


    Martin McCleery

    Visiting Postdoc Fellow at QUB - ended Sept 2014


    Randall Collins’s Forward Panic Pathway to Violence and the 1972 Bloody Sunday Killings in Northern Ireland


    Michael Neiberg

    United States Army War College


    War and Peace in the Wider Irish-American World, 1861-1922


    Padhraig Higgins

    Mercer County College, Trenton, New Jersey


    Poverty and Social Policy in Eighteenth Century Ireland


    Paul Fagan

    University of Vienna


    Positions of (Dis)Trust: James Clarence Mangan, the Irish Comic Tradition, & the Literary Hoax


    Per Landgren

    Senior Visiting Research Associate at the Faculty of History, Oxford University 2010-


    Intellectual Networking during Sweden’s Age of Greatness: Johannes Schefferus and His International Correspondence


    Peter Webster

    British Library


    Understanding the shape of the Irish web: a pilot project in the web archive


    Peter Killeen

    Arizona State University


    Decision-Making in Action


    Raymond Mullen

    Queen’s University Belfast


    John McGahern and Marcel Proust: Times Past, Times Regained


    Rhys Dafydd Jones

    Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol & Aberystwyth University


    Post-secular communities? Religion, belonging, and community in rural Connacht


    Robert Baines

    University of Evansville, Indiana


    The Philosophy of Finnegans Wake


    Shelley Troupe

    Maynooth University


    Druid and Murphy: Archaeology of a Relationship


    Tim Collins

    Independent Scholar


    Mapping Sliabh Aughty’s Songscape: 1850 – 2015


    Timothy Madigan

    St. John Fisher College


    Thomas Duddy and Irish Thought


    Westley Follett

    University of Southern Mississippi


    Early Medieval Céli Dé texts and their manuscript witnesses


    Adam Kaul

    Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, USA


    Project Title: Busking on the Streets of Galway: Money, Meaning, and Mobility.


    Breandán MacSuibhne

    Centenary College, New Jersey, United States


    The End of Outrage: The Politics of Post-Famine Adjustment


    Brendan O’Leary

    Lauder Professor of Political Science, University of Pennsylvania, USA


    Research for a monograph provisionally entitled Understanding Northern Ireland: Colonialism, Control and Consociation.


    Brett Hirsch

    The University of Western Australia, De Montfort University


    ‘Our Author he hath found’: Early Modern Drama and the Mysteries of Authorship Attribution


    Bridget Martin

    University College Dublin


    The depiction of the psychai of the dead on fifth-century B.C. Greek funerary vases and what it can contribute to our understanding of common, contemporary belief concerning the dead.


    Carl Wennerlind

    Department of History, Barnard College, Columbia University


    Atlantis Restored: Mysticism and Political Economy during Sweden’s Age of Greatness.


    Chris Maginn

    Associate Professor of History, Fordham University, New York


    The Tudor Discovery of Ireland


    Efram Sera-Shriar

    Modern History, Dept of Humanities, Leeds Trinity University.


    Tales from the Voyage of the Adventure and Beagle: Ethnography and Observational Study in Early Nineteenth-Century British Travel Literature


    Eleonora Destefanis

    Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici, Università del Piemonte Orientale “Amedeo Avogadro”, Vercelli-Italy


    “Early Medieval Ecclesiastical Sculpture: Ireland and Continental Europe”


    Ferdía Stone-Davis

    Georg–August–Universität Göttingen, Germany


    Call and response: the musical configuration of desire


    Frank Shovlin

    Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool


    ‘Touchstones: John McGahern’s Classical Style’


    Gerald Power

    Metropolitan University Prague


    The New English in Tudor Ireland


    Giles Bergel

    Faculty of English Language and Literature, University of Oxford


    Ballads in collections, ballads in traditions: ballad scholarship and the digital turn in textual studies


    Hélène Lecossois

    Senior Lecturer in English, Université du Maine, Le Mans, France


    J. M. Synge and Post-Famine Ireland


    Iain Biggs

    Visiting Research Fellow, University of the West of England, Bristol


    Developing an artful ‘mycelial’ thinking in relation to rural environments


    James Moran

    Associate Professor and Head of Drama, University of Nottingham, UK


    D.H. Lawrence and Irish Drama


    Kathleen Costello-Sullivan

    Associate Professor of Modern Irish Literature, Le Moyne College, Syracuse, NY


    “John McGahern and the Literature of Recovery”, Introduction chapter to book project, Narrative, Memory, and Trauma in the 21st-Century Irish Novel


    Kevin James

    Department of History, University of Guelph, Canada


    ‘The Irish Hotel: A Social and Cultural History, 1840-1922’


    Lisbeth Buchelt

    Associate Professor, Medieval British and Irish Studies, Department of English, University of Nebraska—Omaha


    Speech and Silence in Early Irish Literature


    Mary Mullen

    English Department, Texas Tech University


    Anachronistic Forms: The Nineteenth-Century Novel’s Misplaced Modernity


    Mayesha Alam

    Institute for Women, Peace and Security, Georgetown University (USA)


    The Northern Ireland Constitutional Convention revisited


    Paul Arthur

    Honorary Professor in Peace Studies at the University of Ulster


    The Northern Ireland Constitutional Convention revisited


    Roger MacGinty

    Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies, Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute, and Department of Politics, The University of Manchester


    Everyday Peace: Conflict calming and avoiding techniques used in deeply divided societies


    Roger Savage

    Department of Ethnomusicology, The Herb Alpert School of Music, University of California, Los Angeles


    History, Song, and Place in Irish Memory and Imagination


    Rónán McDonald

    University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia


    Modernism, Nihilism and the Irish Revival


    Sandra Mayer

    University of Vienna, Department of English


    The (Not So) Secret Fall of Oscar Wilde: Literary Celebrity Construction and its Dramatic Afterlives


    Véronique Montémont

    Université de Lorraine (France), and ATILF-CNRS (France)


    Women’s Diaries during Wars and Conflict in the XXth century


    Ann Heymann

    Historical Harp Society of Ireland


    Charlotte J Headrick

    Oregon State University


    Patricia Burke Brogan's Eclipsed: Claiming Its Rightful Place in Irish Theatre History


    Gerald Dawe



    Exchanging Messages: Irish writing and crisis


    Günther Lottes

    Potsdam, Germany


    Political Medievalism – a neglected political language in early modern Europe.


    Jack Ritchie

    University of Cape Town


    Malte Rehbein

    Universitat Wurzburg, Germany


    Lecture “Close reading, distant reading and in between: visualizing spaces of knowledge in early medieval scholarship”


    Patrick Joyce

    Univ of Manchester


    "The State of Freedom: Making the Liberal Leviathan, Britain and Ireland c.1800-1950"


    Scott A Davison

    Morehead State University


    "On the Pointlessness of Petitionary Prayer"


    Alexandra Parvan

    University of Pitesti, Romania


    The practical relevance for mental health and well being of Augustine's theory on evil and suffering


    Claire A Culliton

    Kent State University


    Paris/Dublin 1924 Summer Olympic Games, Art Competitions, and the new Irish Free State


    Dominic Power

    Uppsala University


    Regional Development and Competitiveness in the Creative and Cultural Industries


    Eamonn Maher

    IT Tallaght


    Assessing a literary legacy: case of John McGahern 1934-2006


    Ellen McWilliams

    University of Exeter


    Women and Exile in Contemporary Irish Fiction


    Gabriel Paquette

    Johns Hopkins University


    The end of empire and the birth of Portugese liberalism, circa 1815-1850


    James Lyttleton

    Independent Scholar


    Colonial Settlement in the Atlantic World; the Calvert Estates in Ireland and North America in the 17th century


    James M Smith

    Boston College


    Reading Irish Childhood


    Joan Fitzpatrick Dean

    University of Missouri


    Historical Pagentary in 20th Century Ireland


    José Lanters

    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


    The Theatrical Oeuvre of Thomas Kilroy: The Art of Imperfection


    Keith Busby

    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


    The Place of Ireland in Medieval Francophonia


    Ondrej Pilny

    Charles University Prague


    Irish Drama and Central Europe


    Raingard Esser

    University of the West of England, Bristol


    Region, Memory, Agency in Eastern & Western Europe


    Robert Savage

    Boston College


    Screening "the troubles": the role of television in presenting conflict in Northern Ireland


    Shaun Richards

    Staffordshire University


    Space and Place in Irish Drama


    Timothy White

    Xavier University


    Lessons from the Northern Irish Peace Process