John Brannigan Admitted to the Royal Irish Academy

Many congratulations to Professor John Brannigan, who was admitted to the Royal Irish Academy on 21 May 2021.

He is the author of seven monographs and many articles and book chapters on authors from Brendan Behan to Pat Barker to Virginia Woolf. His books encompass studies of twentieth-century authors, of literary-critical methodologies (such as New Historicism), as well as studies of significant issues (such as race in Irish literature and culture). His most recent book is the critically-acclaimed Archipelagic Modernism: Literature in the Irish and British Isles, 1890-1970 (2014), which explores new ways of understanding the relationship between literature, place and environment in twentieth-century Irish and British writing.

In recent years, he has also led a series of important research projects, funded by the Irish Research Council among others, on the literary cultures and ecosystems of the Irish Sea and all its coastlines. Between 2010 and 2016 he was editor of the international peer-reviewed journal, the Irish University Review. John Brannigan is currently Head of the School of English, Drama and Film, a role to which he brings his hallmark qualities of empathy, leadership and good humour.

The Royal Irish Academy/Acadamh Ríoga na hÉireann champions research identifying and recognising Ireland’s world class researchers. Its goal is to support scholarship and promote awareness of how science and the humanities enrich our lives and benefit society believing that good research needs to be promoted, sustained and communicated. The Academy is run by a Council of its members. Membership is by election and considered the highest academic honour in Ireland.