What they're doing now

Since it opened in January 2003, scores of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows have researchered at the Humanities Institute.  Many were funded by the HI through a PRTLI cycle 3 grant, and large numbers were funded from other sources like other Higher Education Authority grants, the Government of Ireland IRCHSS scholarships and fellowships, Teagasc Walsh fellowships etc.  This section of the website is to give readers an idea of the calibre of the researchers accommodated in the past and to track their subsequent careers.

Dr Shane McCorristine was a doctoral scholar at the Humanities Institute and was awarded a PhD in History in 2007. His research focused on ideas about ghost-seeing in Victorian and Edwardian Culture and his monograph, Spectres of the Self: Thinking about Ghosts and Ghost-seeing in England, 1750-1920 is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press. He has recently been awarded a three-year CARA Fellowship.  This award, co-funded through the Marie Curie Programme, represents an optimal pathway for the development of a research project which advances upon Dr McCorristine’s doctoral research at the HI, fills a significant knowledge gap in Arctic humanities, and significantly aids career prospects by placing mobility at the centre of the development of the early career researcher. Arctic humanities is an under-researched subject-area in Irish HEIs: with due regard for the increasing relevance of the Arctic in public discourse and the need for closer institutional association within the European Research Area, this project represents a networked specialisation that will benefit Irish HEIs in the long-term. Research will be conducted with Professor Chris Morash, Head of the Department of English, NUI Maynooth, and with Dr Michael Bravo, Convenor of the Circumpolar History and Public Policy Research Group, Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge.

Dr Ross Woods graduated with a Ph.D. from UCD in April 2008. His doctoral research, undertaken at the UCD Humanities Institute, comprised a study of the theme of memory in the later poetry of the Spanish poet José Manuel Caballero Bonald. Having spent the past year and a half at the Dublin Institute of Technology he has recently been appointed Lecturer in Spanish at Victoria, University of Wellington. His monograph on Caballero Bonald will be published in late 2010.

Dr Carole Holohan was based at the HI as a doctoral scholar from 2003 to 2006.  She was funded under the HEA's Programme for North South Collaboration and her Ph.D. in entitled 'Every Generation has its Task: Attitudes to Irish Youth in the Sixties'. Currently she is an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of History and Archives at UCD. Her research project is entitled 'The rediscovery of poverty in Ireland, 1963-74'.

Dr Holly Rogers spent two years at the Humanities Institute whilst doing a postdoctoral fellowship funded by the IRCHSS.  She is now a permanent lecturer in the School of Music at the University of Liverpool and is the Director of the MMus.

Dr Bernadette Cunningham, who was based at the HI for two years, returned to her previous job as deputy librarian of the Royal Irish Academy. The book of her Ph.D. thesis, researched while at the HI, was published by Four Courts Press in Spring 2010, under the title: The Annals of the Four Masters: Irish history, kingship and society in the early seventeenth century. She is the winner of the 2011 Irish Historical Research Prize.

Dr Martin Dowling had a postdoctoral research fellowship at the HI from 2004 to 2006.  From there he joined Queen's University as lecturer in Irish Traditional Music.  His current work is focused on developing, editing, and annotating a database of interviews with performers of Irish traditional music in four cities on the globe (Minneapolis, Rome, Belfast, and Dublin). The fieldwork employs a methodology of semi-structured interviewing developed on the Contemporary Irish Identities research project at University College Dublin (2004-2006). The fieldwork is also informed by an active and reflective practice of performing and teaching traditional Irish music in Belfast. Archival research and writing is currently concerned with material relating to the decades of the Irish Revival (1890 to 1920), particularly the place of Irish traditional music in relation to the origins and early development of the Gaelic League and the Feis Ceoil Association, and the place of music in the literary revival of those decades.

Dr Linda Shortt submitted her Ph.D. in November 2008 after a three-year HI scholarship.  She is currently working as a research assistant to Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Aleida Assmann as part of the Excellence Cluster at Konstanz University in Germany. Her book Romances of Belonging which deals with concepts of belonging (family, generation, Heimat etc.) in twenty-first century German literature will be published by Camden House. Her new research project moves away from a strict focus on German literature, dealing with illness and aging in contemporary Western writing. She is current Lecturer in German at Bangor University.

Dr Joanne Banks completed her Ph.D. in 2007 funded under a Teagasc Walsh Fellowship.  She is currently a research analyst at the Social Research Division of the Economic and Social Research Institute. Her research focuses on a range of educational issues at primary and post-primary such as educational inequality, tracking and curriculum differentiation, disability, special education needs and inclusive education. She is also doing research on pregnancy-related discrimination in the labour market in Ireland.

Dr Éimear O'Connor completed her Ph.D. on Irish artist Séan Keating in 2007.  She is currently a post doctoral research fellow in Irish Art Research Centre, School of Histories and Humanities, Trinity College Dublin

Dr Emily Mark-Fitzgerald completed her Ph.D. on Memorials and Monuments to the Irish Famine in 2007.  She now works as permanent Lecturer in the School of Art History and Cultural Policy at University College Dublin, where she teach both undergraduate and graduate modules, and continues to research in the areas of visual culture, memory and migration.

Dr Claire Bracken completed her Ph.D. on Feminism and Postmodernism in Contemporary Irish Culture from the UCD School of English, Drama & Film.  She is currently Assistant Professor of Irish Literature and Culture at Union College, Schenectady, New York.  She teaches literature and film and is working on a booked called Irish Feminist Futures.

Dr Emma Radley completed her Ph.D. 'Uncanny Interlocutions: The Dynamics of the Real in Contemporary Cinema' in 2007.  She is a Teaching and Research Fellow, GREP in Gender, Culture and Identity and is currently working on an edited edition with Dr Claire Bracken on Irish Visual Culture and Theory and a monograph on Women in Irish Film. 

Dr Susan Cahill completed her Ph.D. 'Bodyscapes: Mapping the Body in the novels of Anne Enright, Colum McCann and Éilis Ní Dhuibhne' in 2007.  She currently holds the post of research coordinator for the GREP Ph.D. programme in Gender, Culture and Identity in UCD.