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Áine Mahon

Lecturer/Assistant Professor

School Of Education
Roebuck Offices
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: 01 716 7945
Email: aine.mahon@ucd.ie

Biography

Dr. Áine Mahon is Assistant Professor in the School of Education at UCD, a position she has held since September 2015. She researches and teaches in the Philosophy of Education and the Philosophy of Literature.

Áine was awarded a B.A. with First Class Honours from Trinity College Dublin (2005), an M.A. with Distinction from Queen's University Belfast (2006) and a Ph.D. from the University of Nottingham (2009).

For the 2010/11 academic year, she was the recipient of the prestigious Simon Research Fellowship from the University of Edinburgh's Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities. From 2011-2013, Áine held an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship in the School of Philosophy at UCD.

Also in 2013, she was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar in the Department of Philosophy at The New School for Social Research (New York). 

Áine is secretary of SWIP-Ireland (the Society for Women in Philosophy, Ireland) and takes particular responsibility for the Society's mentoring initiatives. She is a founding member also of Philosophy Ireland, a consortium of academics and teachers currently collaborating on the introduction of philosophy as a short course on the newly reformed Junior Cycle. 
 
 *Tá an-dúil ag Áine sa Ghaeilge agus is aoibhinn leí í a labhairt lena comhghleacaithe agus lena mic léinn. Scaoiligí amach í!*



Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 2017.
Title: University College Dublin Seed Funding (jointly awarded with Dr. Danielle Petherbridge)
Year: 2016.
Title: Educational Studies Association of Ireland SIG Recognition (for Philosophy Ireland)
Year: 2015.
Title: Royal Irish Academy Charlemont Grant
Year: 2015.
Title: Society for Applied Philosophy Research Grant
Year: 2014.
Title: National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning Disciplinary Funding
Year: 2013.
Title: Fulbright Visiting Scholar's Award
Year: 2013.
Title: University College Dublin Seed Funding
Year: 2013.
Title: Society for Advancement of American Philosophy Research Grant
Year: 2012.
Title: Irish Research Council New Foundations Award
Year: 2011.
Title: Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship
Year: 2011.
Title: Irish Research Council New Ideas Award
Year: 2011.
Title: British Society of Aesthetics Research Grant
Year: 2010.
Title: University of Edinburgh Simon Research Fellowship
Year: 2006.
Title: Arts and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Funding
       

Conference Contributions

Áine Mahon and Elizabeth O'Brien (2017) Risky Subjectivities in Philip Pullman's Northern Lights. [Invited Oral Presentation], Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain Seminar Series, Gregynog Hall Conference Centre, University of Wales , 24-JUL-17 - 26-JUL-17.
Áine Mahon (2017) Stanley Cavell, Shakespeare and The Event of Reading. [Oral Presentation], Annual Conference of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain, New College, Oxford University , 31-MAR-17 - 02-APR-17.
Áine Mahon (2016) Derrida and The School. [Oral Presentation], Annual Conference of the Society for Women in Philosophy, Ireland, National University of Ireland, Galway , 09-DEC-16 - 11-DEC-16.
Áine Mahon and Declan Fahie (2016) Ethics and Educational Research. [Oral Presentation], European Conference for Educational Researchers, University College Dublin , 23-AUG-16 - 26-AUG-16.
Áine Mahon (2016) Just Decide Already: Philosophy, Literature, Education, America. [Oral Presentation], Joint Conference of the Irish and British Associations of American Studies, Queen's University Belfast , 07-APR-16 - 09-APR-16.
Áine Mahon (2016) Moral Education and Contemporary America: On Cora Diamond and Eimear McBride. [Oral Presentation], Annual Conference of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain, New College, Oxford University , 31-MAR-16 - 02-APR-16.
Áine Mahon (2016) The Anxiety of Education: Stanley Cavell as Perfectionist Philosopher. [Oral Presentation], Seminar Series on Pragmatism and Philosophy of Education, Roehampton University, London , 14-MAR-16 - 16-MAR-16.
Áine Mahon (2015) Losing Our Way: Pragmatism, Perfectionism and Education as Anxiety. [Oral Presentation], Summer Institute in American Philosophy, University College Dublin , 10-JUN-15 - 12-JUN-15.
Áine Mahon (2015) Reversals of Pedagogy and Power: Language Education and the Irish Primary School Classroom. [Invited Lecture], Visiting Speaker Series, Institute of Education, University College London , 22-OCT-15 - 22-OCT-15.
Áine Mahon (2015) 'Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself': Ethics and Education in David Foster Wallace. [Oral Presentation], Visiting Speaker Series, Texas A&M University , 10-DEC-15 - 11-DEC-15.
Áine Mahon (2015) Moral Education and Literature: On Eimear McBride's A Girl is a Half-formed Thing. [Oral Presentation], Aesthetics and the Feminine, University College Cork , 15-JUL-15 - 16-JUL-15.
Áine Mahon (2014) Philosophy with Literature and Literature with Philosophy. [Oral Presentation], Philosophy and Literature Graduate Symposium, University College Dublin , 15-JAN-14 - 17-JAN-14.
Áine Mahon (2014) Difficulties of Reality in Cora Diamond and David Foster Wallace. [Chaired Session], Philosophy, Literature, America, University College Dublin , 30-MAY-14 - 31-MAY-14.
Áine Mahon (2013) Marriage and Moral Perfectionism in Siri Hustvedt¿s The Summer Without Men. [Invited Lecture], Annual Conference of the Society for U.S. Intellectual History, University of California, Irvine , 13-NOV-13 - 22-NOV-13.
Áine Kelly (2013) Style and Philosophy in Martha Nussbaum and Henry James. [Chaired Session], Annual Meeting of the Society for Advancement of American Philosophy, Richard Stockton College, New Jersey , 14-MAR-13 - 15-MAR-13.
Áine Mahon (2013) Fraudulence, Obscurity and Exposure: The Autobiographical Anxieties of Stanley Cavell. [Chaired Session], Visiting Speaker Series, Fordham University, New York , 13-DEC-13 - 14-DEC-13.
Áine Kelly (2012) A Dance of Frenzy, A Dance of Praise: Fred Astaire Acknowledges America. [Invited Oral Presentation], Meeting of the White Rose Aesthetics Forum, University of Sheffiled , 13-JUN-12 - 13-JUN-12.
Áine Kelly (2012) Achieving Their Country: Richard Rorty and Jonathan Franzen. [Oral Presentation], The American Style in Philosophy, School of Philosophy, University College Dublin , 11-JUN-12 - 12-JUN-12.
Áine Kelly (2012) Richard Rorty's Moderate Polemics. [Oral Presentation], The Acknowledgement of the Aesthetic, University of Edinburgh , 20-JUN-11 - 20-JUN-11.
               

Publications

Books

Áine Mahon (2014) The Ironist and the Romantic: Reading Richard Rorty and Stanley Cavell. London: Bloomsbury. [Details]

Book Chapters

Áine Mahon (2017) 'Wittgenstein, Education and Contemporary American Philosophy' In: Michael A. Peters and Jeff Stickney (eds). A Companion to Wittgenstein on Education: Pedagogical Investigations. New York: Springer. [Details]
Áine Mahon (2015) 'Fraudulence, Obscurity and Exposure: The Autobiographical Anxieties of Stanley Cavell' In: Christopher Cowley (eds). The Philosophy of Autobiography. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. [Details]
Áine Mahon (2015) 'Difficulties of Reality in David Foster Wallace and Cora Diamond' In: Philip Coleman (eds). David Foster Wallace: Critical Insights. Salem, New Jersey: Salem Press. [Details]
Áine Kelly (2013) 'A Dance of Frenzy, A Dance of Praise: Fred Astaire Acknowledges America' In: Andrew Taylor and Áine Kelly (eds). Stanley Cavell, Literature and Film: The Idea of America. New York: Routledge. [Details]
Áine Kelly (2013) 'Stanley Cavell and the Claims of America' In: Andrew Taylor and Áine Kelly (eds). Stanley Cavell, Literature and Film: The Idea of America. London: Routledge. [Details]
Áine Kelly (2011) 'Princes, Frogs and Crafted Men: Storytelling in The Claim of Reason' In: James Loxley and Andrew Taylor (eds). Stanley Cavell: Philosophy, Literature and Criticism. Manchester: Manchester University Press. [Details]

Edited Books

Andrew Taylor and Áine Kelly (Ed.). (2013) Stanley Cavell, Literature and Film: The Idea of America. London and New York: Routledge. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Áine Mahon (2018) 'Losing Our Way: Pragmatism, Perfectionism and Education as Anxiety'. Journal of Philosophy of Education, . [Details]
Áine Mahon and Elizabeth O'Brien (2017) 'Risky Subjectivities in Philip Pullman's Northern Lights'. Studies in Philosophy and Education, . [Details]
Áine Mahon (2017) 'Derrida and the School: Language Loss and Language Learning in Ireland'. Ethics and Education, 12 (2). [Details]
Áine Mahon (2017) 'Moral Education and Literature: On Cora Diamond and Eimear McBride'. Journal of Philosophy of Education, 51 (1). [Details]
Áine Mahon and Fergal McHugh (2016) 'Lateness and the Inhospitable in Stanley Cavell and Don DeLillo'. Philosophy and Literature, 40 (2). [Details]
Áine Mahon (2015) 'Marriage and Moral Perfectionism in Siri Hustvedt and Stanley Cavell'. Textual Practice, 29 (4). [Details]
Áine Mahon (2014) 'Achieving Their Country: Richard Rorty and Jonathan Franzen'. Philosophy and Literature, 38 (1). [Details]
Áine Mahon (2014) 'This is said on tiptoe: Stanley Cavell and the Writing of Philosophy'. Irish Journal of American Studies, 3 . [Details]
Áine Mahon (2014) 'Style and Philosophy in Martha Nussbaum and Henry James'. Journal of Philosophical Research, . [Details]
Áine Kelly (2012) 'A Radiant and Productive Atmosphere: Encounters of Wallace Stevens and Stanley Cavell'. Journal of American Studies, . [Details]
Áine Kelly (2010) 'Stylists in the American Grain: Wallace Stevens, Stanley Cavell and Richard Rorty'. European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy, . [Details]
Áine Kelly (2010) 'Pragmatism and its Inheritance: Richard Rorty and Stanley Cavell'. Yearbook of the Irish Philosophical Society, . [Details]

Other Journals

Áine Mahon (2016) 'Stanley Cavell, Shakespeare and The Event of Reading' JOMEC Journal: Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies 10 . [Details]
                                                                                                                                         

Research

Research Interests

My research expertise lies at the intersection of Philosophy of Education and Philosophy of Literature. I'm particularly interested in the ways in which the ideals of liberal education might be explored through an engagement with poetry, drama, fiction and film. 

In developing these and related ideas, my work has returned consistently to a cluster of contemporary American philosophers - among them Richard Rorty, Cora Diamond, Stanley Cavell and Martha Nussbaum. My work is framed also by close readings of contemporary Irish and American fiction; in recent years I have published on the work of Siri Hustvedt, Jonathan Franzen, David Foster Wallace and Eimear McBride. 
 
My first monograph, The Ironist and the Romantic: Reading Richard Rorty and Stanley Cavell, was published by Bloomsbury in 2014 and I have published widely in a range of international journals in my field (Journal of Philosophy of Education, Philosophy and Literature, Ethics and Education, Studies in Philosophy and Education, Textual Practice). I have received grants, fellowships and prizes from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Society for Applied Philosophy, the Irish Research Council, the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, the Royal Irish Academy and Fulbright Ireland.  

In addition to my individual research, I work collaboratively with a number of colleagues in Ireland and the UK. With Dr. Amanda Fulford of Leeds Trinity University, I am currently co-authoring a paper on the lecture as a mode of address. With Dr. Fergal McHugh of University College Dublin, I have recently published a paper on the themes of "Lateness" and "The Inhospitable" in the work of Cavell and Don DeLillo. 
 
I have developing research interests also in Children's Literature. I currently convene a postgraduate module featuring a diverse array of literary texts from children's picture books to young adult fiction. Building on the emergent themes from the module I have just published a co-authored piece, "Risky Subjectivities in Philip Pullman's Northern Lights"with M.Sc. student, Elizabeth O'Brien. This piece has just been published online by Studies in Philosophy and Education (August 2017).  

I am involved also with a number of academic and community networks. As co-secretary of the Society for Women in Philosophy, Ireland, I take a particular interest in the development of mentoring initiatives for postgraduate and early career women. Following the introduction of Philosophy as a new subject in the Irish curriculum, I have been working also with a number of colleagues from the recently established network, Philosophy Ireland. For more information on our activities, please see www.philosophyireland.ie. 

In line with this individual and collaborative work, I am interested in supervising Masters and Ph.D. students in any of the following research areas: Philosophy of Education, Philosophy of Literature, Ethics and Education, Children's Literature, Philosophy for Children, Philosophy and the Irish School.  

 

 

 

 

   

Current Postgraduate Students

Shane Cusack, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)   -   Thesis Co-Supervisor

Teaching

 

Modules Coordinated

201700   EDUC42780     Education: Children's Literature
201700   EDUC42830     Education: Philosophy of Education
201700   EDUC42650     Education: Philosophical Perspectives
201700   EDUC20030     Education: Education for Democracy
       

Collaborators

Internal Collaborators

Dr. Shane Bergin (UCD School of Education)
Dr. Declan Fahie (UCD School of Education)
Professor Judith Harford (UCD School of Education) 
Ms. Elizabeth O'Brien (UCD School of Education)  
Dr. Danielle Petherbridge (UCD School of Philosophy)
Dr. Clara Fischer (UCD School of Philosophy)
Professor Maria Baghramian (UCD School of Philosophy)   

 
  

External Collaborators

Dr. Amanda Fulford (Leeds Trinity University)  
Professor Naoko Saito (Kyoto University)  
Professor Claire Katz (Texas A&M University)  
Dr. Charlotte Blease (Harvard University & UCD) 
Dr. Sheena Hyland (National College of Ireland) 
Mr. Gerry Dunne (Trinity College Dublin & Marino Institute of Education)
Ms. Marelle Rice (Philosophy Ireland)