Visiting Fellowships

Humanities Institute Visiting Fellowships are aimed at tenured humanities academics from universities outside Ireland interested in spending research leave at UCD. Nominations can be sent by Humanities Institute members to humanities@ucd.ie with a copy of the applicant's CV and a short paragraph detailing their reasons for coming to UCD. Proposed dates should also be given. Visitors wishing to be nominated can contact an Institute Member relevant to their research area with a proposal. There is no remuneration associated with a visiting fellowship. Fellowships will be hosted by the UCD Humanities Institute in conjunction with a host school relevant to the visiting fellow’s disciplinary affiliation and interests. The visiting fellow will be expected to maintain a presence at the Humanities Institute and to deliver a research paper at the Institute during the course of the fellowship. Fellows staying longer than one month will also be expected to deliver a series of student-driven seminars or workshops. Decisions on the award of fellowships will be taken by the Humanities Institute Management Committee in consultation with the relevant Head of School.

Visiting Fellows

September 2017 - August 2018

I am a scholar of early modern Spain. I am particularly interested in the ways that cultural phenomena reflect and respond to historical circumstances and see the inauguration of literary genres as a key site for understanding this dynamic relationship. My first book, The Moor and the Novel: Narrating Absence in Early Modern Spain (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) engages both literature and history to uncover fundamental connections between nationalist violence, religious identity, and the birth of the novel. (http://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9781137299925 .)

My current book project centers on a comparison of the empire-wide celebrations (literary, theatrical, and musical) surrounding the birth of the Hapsburg prince, Felipe Próspero (1657), for which the first zarzuela was written. I have also published articles on an array of topics, including Cervantes’s Don Quijote, Ginés Pérez de Hita, and the vihuela music of early modern Spain. In my teaching, I endeavor to create connections between the early modern world and our own, placing special emphasis on topics such as race, religion, gender, and nationalism as seen in early modern texts. I have twice taught for the University of New Mexico’s study abroad program, Conexiones, in Cáceres, Spain, and encourage all students to consider making study abroad a part of their college education.

Research Interests

  • 16th- and 17th- century Spanish literature, especially the novel and Cervantes
  • Cultural and interdisciplinary studies
  • Secular music, in particular the vihuela repertoire and early zarzuela
  • Festival culture of the Hapsburg Empire

Email: mbquinn@unm.edu

August - September 2017

Dr Dymphna Lonergan is a faculty member of the Department of English and Creative Writing at the University of Flinders, Adelaide, Australia. 

Dr Lonergan has pioneered much of the research on the historical and sociolinguistic context of Irish Language in Australia. The purpose of the fellowship is to further her research in this context in three areas

  1. improving her Irish language skills and knowledge of sources;
  2. further her research into the Irish language entries in the 1911 census;
  3. bringing all the linguistic strands together with regard to the use of the contested word 'shiela'. Having found a reference to St. Shela's Day in an 1832 Sydney newspaper it would appear that there are Irish language links. This day has only been referred to in the geographical context of St Shela's day in Newfoundland so this new discovery is relevant to the theories of Oz 'sheila', which she has examined at length in her monograph Sounds Irish.

In collaboration with the Head of School it is proposed that Dr Lonergan will provide lectures on the Irish Studies BA and MA programmes during her visit while also giving a seminar on her research.

Email: dymphna.lonergan@flinders.edu.au

Past Fellows

March 2017

Kylie Thomas is a Research Associate at the Institute for Reconciliation and Social Justice at the University of the Free State, South Africa and a Visiting Fellow at the UCD Humanities Institute. She completed her PhD at the University of Cape Town in 2007 and her MA at the University of British Columbia in 1999. She is a transdisciplinary scholar whose work focuses on political violence; feminist, queer and anti-racist activism and art; and the history and theory of photography, with a particular focus on South Africa during and after apartheid. She is the author of Impossible Mourning: HIV/AIDS and Visuality after apartheid (Bucknell UP & Wits UP: 2014) and co-editor of Photography in and Out of Africa: Iterations with Difference (Routledge: 2016). She currently holds a European Holocaust Research Infrastructure Fellowship at the Netherlands Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Amsterdam where she is working on a book project on women photographers and resistance to repressive regimes.

Dr Thomas will give a lecture on Monday 27 March at 2pm entitled:

Re-turning History: Photography against Forgetting in post-apartheid South Africa

In this lecture, Kylie Thomas will share some of her current work on photography and traumatic histories. She will argue that the capacity of photographs to re-turn history does not only lead to the melancholic state brought about by the realization that we are too late to intervene in the disasters that have preceded us, but can serve as a galvanizing force for resistance. She will focus on the work of the Burning Museum Collective and their visual interventions that make use of photographs of the past to interrupt the amnesia of the present. 

Contact: kyliethomas.south@gmail.com

September 2015 - August 2016

Jewel L. Spangler is Associate Professor of History at the University of Calgary in western Canada, and specializes in the early United States.  Her 2008 monograph, Virginians Reborn: Anglican Monopoly, Evangelical Dissent, and the Rise of the Baptists in the Late Eighteenth Century, examined the origins of the American Bible belt.  She is currently completing a manuscript titled “The Richmond Theatre Fire of 1811 in History and Memory.” The fire, which was the worst urban disaster in U.S. history to that point, provides an access point for analyzing how Americans conceptualized the workings of their society and the meanings of their nationhood on the eve of their second war with Britain. 

https://hist.ucalgary.ca/profiles/jewel-l-spangler

September - December 2015

MARGUERITE HELMERS is Rosebush Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Her book Harry Clarke’s War: Ireland’s Memorial Records, 1914-1918 was published by the Irish Academic Press in December 2015. She is the co-author of Defining Visual Rhetorics (2004), several edited works on visual culture and travel writing, and is the series editor of the Visual Rhetoric Series at Parlor Press. Her recent publications include articles on the First World War in the Journal of War and Culture Studies, The Space Between, and a forthcoming book titled Languages and the First World War: Memory and Representation (Palgrave, 2015). A past fellow at the Center for Twentieth Century Studies and the Institute for Research in the Humanities at UW Madison, in 2015 she was a fellow at the Humanities Institute, University College Dublin. While in Dublin, she researched issues of conflict and crisis: the Irish involvement in the First World War and the internment of republican prisoners between 1916 and 1923.

http://uwosh.academia.edu/MargueriteHelmers

August - October 2014

Jason Hemingway, is a lecturer in Anatomy and Anthropology the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa and worked with Professor Ron Pinhasi in UCD Archaeology during his time in UCD.

July - August 2014

Dr Fintan Walsh is Senior Lecturer in Theatre and Performance Studies at Birkbeck, University of London and Co-Director of the Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre.
 
While a Visiting Research Fellow in summer 2014 he worked on his monograph Queer Performance and Contemporary Ireland: Dissent and Disorientation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). The book examines queer performance produced across Ireland since the first stirrings of the Celtic Tiger in the mid-1990s, up to the passing of the Marriage Equality referendum in the Republic in 2015. While unprecedented economic expansion stimulated the growth of certain aspects of LGBTQ culture during this time, the book charts how a great deal of queer performance illuminated the darker social consequences of frenzied capitalism, systemic state failings and pernicious cultural crises.
 
Tracking scenes of dissent and disorientation across diverse sites and contexts, the book foregrounds performance that animates interactions between gender and sexuality, and issues relating to migration, religion, place, age, economics and class, ethnicity and national identity. It considers how performance engaged with same-sex partnership and marriage debates, but perhaps queerer still, offered some remarkably nuanced perspectives on interpersonal intimacy, social support, public participation and cultural belonging, with the capacity to inspire and provoke beyond an Irish or LGBTQ context.
 
 
http://www.bbk.ac.uk/english/our-staff/full-time-academic-staff/fintan-walsh
 
http://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9781137534491

June - July 2014

Dr Van Hattum was awarded a research grant for her project on the language of the poor in nineteenth-century Dublin. She used her time in Dublin to visit the UCD James Joyce Library and the Diocesan Archives to further her research. She also obtained funding to recruit a research assistant to assist with the transcription of famine relief letters for the 19th Century Irish Dialect IrEPL project which was aimed at the collection of materials and transcriptions for the intent of constructing a digital corpus dedicated, as the title indicates, to the 19th Century Irish dialect, especially the less affluent rural areas.

September 2013 - August 2015

Dr Jody Allen Randolph was a visiting fellow at the Centre for the Study of Gender, Culture and Identities at the Humanities Institute for a two year period. Previously she lectured in the graduate program in the School of English, Drama & Film at University College Dublin, and served as Assistant Dean of the British Studies at Oxford Programme at St. John’s College, Oxford. During her graduate studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara she held research fellowships from the Andrew Mellon/Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center and University of California Regents. Jody’s research and teaching specialties are Irish literature and culture and Anglophone literatures.

Dr Allen Randolph is among the most esteemed international scholars in the field of poetry criticism, and her work has been particularly groundbreaking and important in the area of poetry by women in Ireland. One of the first scholars to write extensively on the work of contemporary Irish women poets, beginning this work in the 1980s, Dr Allen Randolph's work has been of vital importance to subsequent development not just of feminist scholarship in the field, but also to the visibility and critical recognition of the work of women writers in Ireland and internationally.

Her most recent books are A Poet’s Dublin, co-edited with Paula Meehan (Carcanet 2014), Eavan Boland (Cork University Press, 2014), and Close to the Next Moment: Interviews from a Changing Ireland (Carcanet 2010).

 

September 2012 - August 2013

Cara Delay received her Ph.D. in Comparative History from Brandeis University. Her research focuses on Irish women, religion, and culture in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

She has been awarded a year-long research Fulbright and will spend the 2012-2013 at The University College Dublin Humanities Institute, Ireland, conducting research on her project, Desolate Journeys: Reproduction and Motherhood in Ireland, 1950-2000. This project investigates women’s experiences of reproduction, contraception, abortion, and motherhood in late twentieth-century Ireland. It also explores the ways in which late twentieth-century Irish society perceived and represented reproduction and motherhood. I will complete archival research in Dublin and Belfast and also conduct oral histories with women in order to demonstrate that women’s bodies were and are central to debates about Ireland’s place within Europe, as well as to definitions of Irishness itself.

She is currently completing her book manuscript on lay Catholic women in modern Ireland.  Her work has been or will be published in Eire-Ireland, New Hibernia Review, US Catholic Historian, and Feminist Studies, and her essays "Churchings and Changelings Childbirth in Modern Irish History" and "'Ever So Holy':Girls, Mothers, and Catholicism in Irish Women’s Life-Writings, 1850-1950" are forthcoming in volumes published by Irish Academic Press and Four Courts Press. She has received grants and awards from the American Association of University Women and the American Conference for Irish Studies.

http://history.cofc.edu/about/faculty-and-staff/delay-cara.php

September - December 2012

Guoqi Xu is Professor of History at the University of Hong Kong, China. He received his Ph.D from Harvard University and is one of the world’s most prominent scholars in the fields of modern China and international history. Professor Xu was a fellow at Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University in 2008-09 and taught from 1999-2009 at Kalamazoo College (USA) as the Wen Chao Chen Chair of History and East Asian Affairs.

He is the author of Strangers on the Western Front: Chinese laborers in France during the Great War and their role in China’s search for Internationalization (Harvard University Press, 2011, Chinese edition will be forthcoming from Shanghai People’s Press); Olympic Dreams: China and Sports, 1895-2008 (Harvard University Press, 2008, chosen to be the best book of 2008 by International Society of Olympic Historians in 2009); China and the Great War: China’s Pursuit of a New National Identity and Internationalization (Cambridge, UK and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005 and 2011; Chinese edition by Sanlian Shudian, Shanghai, 2008 in its prestigious series of classics in humanities); Wenming de jiao rong: diyi ci shijie dazhan qijian de za fa huagong (Chinese Laborers in France during the First World War) (in Chinese and French editions) (Beijing: Intercontinental Press, 2007); and Meiguo waijiao zhengce shi (History of American Foreign Policy, 1775-1989) (in Chinese, co-author) (Beijing: The People’s Press, 1991).

Professor Xu is currently working on two projects: Chinese and Americans: a shared history (under contract for Harvard University Press) and Asia and the Great War (under contract for Oxford University Press). Besides academic writings, Professor Xu has also written for main media in the world and his articles have appeared in places such as the New York Times and Washington Post. He has been often interviewed by world media in China, Canada, UK, India, USA and elsewhere.

http://www.history.hku.hk/people/staff-xu-guoqi.html

August - October 2012

Gregory Castle's research interests are primarily in Irish studies, with emphases in the Irish revival, nationalism, education and literary and cultural history, though his work on the Bildungsroman concerns English as well as Irish writers. Another primary interest is transnational Modernism. His theoretical interests are broad, but he favors historicist approaches (especially Frankfurt school critical theory), postcolonial studies and psychoanalysis.

Castle's first book, Modernism and the Celtic Revival (Cambridge University Press, 2001), was the “runner-up” for the Robert Rhodes Prize for Books on Literature, sponsored by the American Conference for Irish Studies (ACIS) in 2002. In this book, he explores the textual means by which anthropology and ethnography contributed to the formation of Irish culture. The “ethnographic imagination” of Revivalists like W. B. Yeats, J. M. Synge and Joyce contributed a great deal to the creation of the Irish “subject”; it had a profound impact on both the ideology of the Free State (1922) and on literary Modernism.

Castle has also published an anthology of postcolonial theory, Postcolonial Discourses: A Reader (Blackwell, 2001), organized by region (India, Australia/New Zealand, Africa, Caribbean, Ireland) and prefaced by general essays by leading figures like Homi Bhabha, Gayatri Spivak, Edward Said and others. His latest book, Reading the Modernist Bildungsroman (University Press of Florida, 2006), is the first full-length study of British and Irish Modernist Bildungsromane and features analyses of works by Thomas Hardy, D. H. Lawrence, Oscar Wilde, James Joyce, and Virginia Woolf. Drawing on Theodor W. Adorno’s theory of “negative dialectics,” Castle argues that the Modernist Bildungsroman witnesses the failure of its own narrative telos (the dialectical harmony of social responsibility and personal desire) – a failure that does not prevent the Modernist hero from perfecting (or trying to perfect) what Johann von Goethe and Wilhelm von Humboldt called “inner culture” (Bildung). The instauration (to use Adorno’s term) of Bildung exemplifies the radical conservatism of Modernism, a position that paradoxically serves the progressive ends of finding alternatives to socially pragmatic educational systems and the vision of the subject that they aspire to produce.

The Blackwell Guide to Literary Theory was published February 2007. It consists of an introduction, a history of twentieth-century literary theory, discussions of sixteen major theories, short biographies of influential theorists and sample readings of literature from a variety of theoretical perspectives. It includes a timeline and a substantial glossary. The volume is designed for undergraduates and new graduate students (as well as instructors with no background in theory).

Castle's current research project (working title: Inventing Souls: Pedagogies of Irish Revivalism) focuses on the pedagogical methods and educational theory of nationalist and Revivalist groups. In this new work he argues that projects of “political education” had a significant impact on a broad spectrum of Revivalist and nationalist groups, including the physical-force Republicans who fought in the Easter Rebellion in 1916 and in the wars that led up to the Free State in 1922. The study will include chapters on Daniel O’Connell and the Repeal and Emancipation movements; Charles Gavan Duffy, editor of the Nation and, later, eminence grise of cultural nationalism; “Fenian Unionist” Standish James O’Grady, the historian Yeats considered the “father of the Revival”; Bram Stoker, whose Dracula can be read as a parable of Anglo-Irish history; Padraic Pearse, teacher and educational theorist, leader of the 1916 Rebellion and one of the signatories of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic; and of course W. B. Yeats, and his cohorts in the Literary Revival.

Castle's teaching areas are late-nineteenth and twentieth-century British and Irish literature, with an emphasis on modernism and the Irish Literary Revival. Many of his undergraduate courses focus on Irish studies, though he also teaches courses on British modernism and postmodernism, the Bildungsroman, postcolonial studies and literary theory. Recent courses have focused on Irish poetry, the “sense of the past” in modernist literature, nationalism and identity in the Irish novel, and “the subject at risk” in postcolonial fiction. In recent courses on Irish literature and Modernism, he has been incorporating film, painting and mural art. Recent graduate seminars have focused on Yeats and the Celtic Revival, the Irish Gothic, Quare Joyce, and Joyce and Psychoanalysis. Castle regularly teach a graduate course on Critical Theory.

https://webapp4.asu.edu/directory/person/29039

September 2011 - January 2012

UCD College of Arts and Celtic Studies and UCD Humanities Institute are pleased to announce the award of a Fulbright Visiting Fellowship at UCD to Professor Keith Kintigh, Arizona State University

Keith W. Kintigh is professor in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University.  An archaeologist, his career-long commitment to understanding political organization in middle-range societies has focused on the Cíbola area along the Arizona-New Mexico border near Zuni Pueblo. This constitutes most of the independent field work he has undertaken (with graduate students) in his 21 years at Arizona State University and continues to be a major focus of his independent research effort. In addition to extensive excavation, Kintigh and his team have surveyed on the order of 100km² and recorded more than 900 archaeological sites in the area. In years past, he also engaged in extended fieldwork in Morocco and Peru.

Dr Kintigh's other major research focus has been on the development and application of quantitative methods in archaeology. Recent efforts are largely devoted to the topics of diversity and spatial analysis. Through this work he was invited to be a member, secretary and vice president of Commission 4 (Data Management and Mathematical Methods in Archaeology) of the Union Internationale des Sciences Préhistoriques et Protohistoriques.

Dr Kintigh will be based at the UCD Humanities Institute as a Fulbright Professor from September 2011 to January 2012. He will teach a level 5 module (HII 50010 – ‘Digital Humanities’ 5 credits – semester 1) on digital humanities. This module will focus on eliciting and unpacking the diverse research needs entailed by interdisciplinary research in the humanities. It will take the form of reading and discussion of overview reports on digital humanities, cultural heritage, and cyberinfrastructure and discussion of case studies of extant digital humanities projects. The core of the teaching will revolve around graduate student research interests. This module will also draw on the resources of the Irish Virtual Research Library and Archive (IVRLA) – a joint UCD Library and UCD Humanities Institute project in digital humanities funded by the HEA under PRTLI Cycle 3 (http://digital.ucd.ie/view/ivrla:1).

Professor Kintigh’s work at UCD will build on the teaching of Professor Michael Shanks, visiting professor in digital humanities at UCD Humanities Institute and UCD John Hume Institute. Michael Shanks, director of the Stanford Humanities Lab, will next visit UCD in November 2011 to deliver a workshop on the humanities, design and creativity.

http://www.public.asu.edu/~kintigh/

October - November 2010

Art historian Margaret MacNamidhe’s autumn-semester fellowship is an opportunity for her to complete a book on Picasso’s early work. His under-valued canvases of 1907—the radical Demoiselles d’Avignon painted just a year later would eclipse them—are a special focus. Previous work was on French Romantic painting; a forthcoming book, Delacroix Alone (Penn. State Press), is based on her dissertation (2001; Johns Hopkins University) and was supported by an IRCHSS post-doctoral fellowship. Before Johns Hopkins, a Fulbright post-graduate scholarship brought her to the School of the Art Institute to Chicago while the National College of Art and Design in Dublin was where she went as an undergraduate (Fine Art, Painting).

April - May 2010

Robert L. Hohlfelder is Professor of History at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has published many articles and chapters on ancient seafaring and maritime archaeology and is the author of King Herod’s Dream: Caesarea on the Sea (with Kenneth Holum, Norton 1988) He has edited several volumes including The Maritime World of Ancient Rome (University of Michigan Press 2008). He has participated in numerous archaeological excavations, both terrestrial and maritime, including, as Senior Marine Archaeologist, the Persian War Shipwreck Survey, 2003-6 and DANAOS – Deepwater Archaeological Survey off Southern Crete, 2007-8. He has received research grants and awards from the National Geographic Society, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Philosophical Society and the University of Colorado.

http://www.colorado.edu/history/robert-l-hohlfelder