Centre for Canadian Studies - About the Centre
The UCD Centre for Canadian Studies serves as a forum for intellectual and academic debate and research relating to historic and contemporary Canada. The Centre’s objectives are:
- The promotion of research and teaching in Canadian Studies at UCD and nationally
- The development of critical mass in Canadian Studies research at UCD
- The provision of a development and funding mechanism for Canadian Studies at UCD
Traditionally, the Centre has aimed to foster these objectives by bringing together a range of Canadian Studies expertise across the UCD College of Arts & Humanities through seminars, conferences and research networking. The Centre also acts as a focal point for the visiting UCD Craig Dobbin Chair in Canadian Studies.
The Centre is, first and foremost, interdisciplinary in its focus, which is reflected in its membership, lectures series, and future plans. Developing further interdisciplinary research and teaching is a key aspect of the Centre’s strategic aims and mission. This interdisciplinary focus is complemented by the annual appointment of the UCD Craig Dobbin Chair of Canadian Studies, with appointees coming from a wide range of disciplines in Canadian universities.
Dr. Paul Halferty is the director of the UCD Centre for Canadian Studies. He joined Drama Studies in the School of English Drama and Film in 2014, and became director of the director of the in November 2016. He is a theatre historian and a queer theatre and performance studies scholar whose research examines the intersection of theatre and identity, primarily sexual, gender, national, and race, focusing on theatre and performance in Canada and Ireland.