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AHSS research IRC FUNDING AWARD Dr Ciara Breathnach, Department of History, has successfully secured Irish Research Council funding. Dr Breathnach has been awarded â‚Ź329,181 for the project titled Irish Record Linkage, 18641913. The project will provide an innovative demonstrator for the re-use of Public Sector Information (PSI). The project will apply linked data technologies to birth, death and marriage (BDM) records, more commonly known as vital registration (VR/ PSI) data (1864-1913) to reconstitute families and create longitudinal health histories. The reuse of the data offers an opportunity to estimate VR underreporting, a problem that continues to hamper World Health Organisation (WHO) efforts in reducing maternal and infant mortality rates.


NEW PROFESSOR OF LAW The Faculty is delighted to welcome Professor Shane Kilcommins to the School of Law in January 2014. Shane Kilcommins is a graduate of UL (BA 1994), the University of Wales, Aberystwyth (Ph.D. 1999), and University College Cork (MA, 2007). Prior to moving to UL, he was a professor in law at UCC where he lectured in evidence law, jurisprudence, criminology and penology. He is an examiner in criminal law for the Law Society of Ireland, and an external examiner at UCD, TCD, and DCU. He was previously visiting Fulbright scholar at Temple Law School, Philadelphia. He is a Director of ACJRD (Association of Criminal Justice Research and Development), and a member of the Expert Advisory Group to Transparency Ireland. Prof. Kilcommins has acted as deputy editor of the Judicial Studies Institute Journal and the Irish Journal of Legal Studies, and acts as a lay member on mental health tribunals. He was previously the director of the Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights in the Faculty of Law, UCC. He has co-authored various funded research reports on discrimination, victims of crime and integrative learning. His book publications include Regulatory Crime in Ireland; Criminal Law in Ireland: Cases and Commentaries; Terrorism, Rights and the Rule of Law: Negotiating State Justice in Ireland; The Introduction of Community Service Orders; Crime, Punishment and the Search for Order in Ireland; and Alcohol, Society and Law. He has written various articles on penology and criminal justice in journals such as the Irish Jurist, the Holdsworth Law Review, the Juridical Review, Criminology and Criminal Justice, the International Journal of Insurance Law, Cambrian Law Review, the European Journal of Criminology, International Review of Victimology and the Journal of Higher Education. He was appointed to the Office of the Inspector of Prisons in May 2013 and is currently co-editing a book on integrative learning for Routledge.


In the autumn semester of 2013 activities in CALS focussed both on research and on practice impact. Four PhD researchers had successful vivas and will graduate in January 2014, bringing the total PhD completions in the Centre in 2013 to seven. A major development in research in CALS was the launch of the PhD programme in TESOL in September 2013, with a first intake of students from countries as diverse as Brazil, Indonesia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, the USA and Ireland. In the context of the participation of CALS in the Institute for the Study of Knowledge and Society (ISKS), the Centre has been awarded €5,000 by ISKS to organise a series of workshops on the topic of ‘Applied Language Studies as Usable Knowledge’. The four objectives of the series are: to highlight the role that language plays in usable knowledge; to start a conversation about that role between

members of CALS, members of ISKS, the wider UL research community, members of the public and relevant professional communities; to encourage the development of new research networks, cross-disciplinary and crossfaculty projects that include members from outside the University; and to support long-term, sustainable projects that will lead to funding applications, excellent publications, and knowledge transfer.

The autumn semester of 2013 saw the appointment of the first two ISKS/ FAHSS fellows, Dr Ciara Breathnach from the Department of History and Dr Patricia Moran from LLCC. Both have had a busy and successful term as fellows.

line was 16 September the reprieve from teaching was, without question, key to Ciara’s success in the Research Project Grant scheme. Ciara has completed two ISI-rated articles (Medical Humanities and Medical History) and two essays for conference proceedings with prestigious publishers (Liverpool University Press and the Institute of Historical Research, London).

As an ISKS/FAHSS Fellow Ciara was able to accept invitations to deliver a seminar at the University of Edinburgh Modern Irish History Seminar, which was jointly hosted by the Edinburgh History of Medicine Seminar, a workshop in medical humanities at the Queen’s University Belfast and a conference paper for the Discovery Programme’s autumn conference which was held in Dublin in association with the Agricultural History Society Of Ireland and the Irish Environmental History Network. In August the Irish Research Council announced a number of new schemes and Ciara used her fellowship to plan an interdisciplinary bid with Dr Sandra Collins and Rebecca Grant at the Digital Repository of Ireland. As the dead-

community. In addition, the workshops will identify and target a particular practitioner or public community. The workshop series will begin in early 2014, and will focus on the following topics: Forensic Linguistics; Health Communication; Localisation and Translation; and Language learning for specific purposes. If you are interested in participating in any of the workshops or would like to find out more about the series, please email helen.kelly.holmes@ul.ie

Much of the research in CALS has applications in the context of language teaching and learning, and these are regularly the subject of workshops and seminars. In the autumn semester of Each workshop will focus on a particu- 2013 several colleagues participated lar real world problem and domain of in a series of workshops entitled language usage, which relates on the “Learning through sharing: best pracone hand to one or more of the three tices of Computer Mediated Communiresearch strands within CALS (1. New cation in language teaching/ learning. In September 2013 CALS held an Learning Environments for Language election for the position of Associate Learning; 2. Discourse, Society and Director, as Dr Jean Conacher had Identity; and 3. Plurilingualism and Language Policy), and, on the other, to stepped down from that role at the another discipline, centre or grouping end of the spring semester. Dr Helen within ISKS or the wider UL research Kelly-Holmes was elected unopposed. Approaches with Edinburgh University Press. Patricia’s work on Rhys this semester forms part of this edition of essays, which she is co-editing with her long-time colleague and collaborator, Erica L. Johnson of Pace University.

Both Ciara and Patricia will present some of the work that they have done as ISKS/FAHSS fellows at seminars Patricia Moran has used her fellowship next semester. Drs Eoin Devereux to complete a fifty page portion of her (Sociology) and Rory Costello (Politics new monograph; an essay drawn from and Public Administration) will take up this portion is now under review at ISKS/FAHSS fellows in the spring seTwentieth Century Literature. Patricia mester. was also able to present a short version of her research at a symposium in ISKS also launched a research start-up Paris in October. Patricia has also scheme in the autumn and work on the completed research on honour killings funded projects will take place next in the UK and Europe and drafted a year. The funded projects are on strucchapter on this material. She is current- ture and agency in the contemporary ly working on an essay drawn from this politics of gender and sexuality material that focuses on two contempo- (Gender ARC at UL and NUIG), aprary novels, Elif Shafak's Honour and plied languages as usable knowledge Nadeem Aslam's A Map for Lost Lov(Centre for Applied Language Studies), ers. A 3000 word discussion of honour explaining political change in Ireland killings will appear in Psychoanalysis, (Politics and Public Administration), and Culture, and Society. She has revised the All Ireland Hate Crimes Research and expanded a book proposal that is Symposium (Centre for the Study of going out to publishers on this topic. Emotions in Society). Patricia has also worked on a contract for Jean Rhys: Twenty-First Century

Responding to HIV/AIDS in Africa: Connecting Public Administration, Policy and Communities

Substantial strides have been made in recent months students have been recruited across the partner countries and towards the Irish Aid funded and UL led research initi- a series of national level workshops have just been completed ative on HIV/AIDS policy research. Readers may remem- in South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda. These workshops were ber that the purpose of this three year project was to examine the relationships between actors involved in the implementation of HIV/AIDS policy. The project sees a programme of collaboration between the Department of Politics and Public Administration and the Department of Psychology along with three African Universities in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Makerere University, Uganda. In line with these research objectives, four PhD

attended by UL faculty Tom Lodge, Helen Basini, Chris McInerney, Orla Muldoon and Maura Adshead along with representatives from our project partners. The workshops allowed the doctoral students to present their research proposals to the policy community and begin initial engagement on the objectives of the research with members working at all levels of HIV/AIDS policy and public administration.

Dr Helen Kelly Holmes was a plenary speaker at the Fifth International Language in the Media Conference, held in Queen Mary University of London, September 28-30. The title of her plenary lecture was "‘U + 2 = 100,000’: Participation, change and practice in minority language media" http://linguistics.sllf.qmul.ac.uk/LangMedia2013 .

Annual International Political Economy Group (IPEG) conference The Annual International Political Economy Group (IPEG) conference took place at UL and was hosted by the Department of Politics and Public Administration on the 13-14th September, 2013. The conference was organised by Dr Owen Worth and Joanna McDarby from PPA. It attracted speakers from Ireland, the UK, mainland Europe, Canada, the US and Central Asia. The theme of the conference was ‘Austerity and

Social Fall-out’ and there were papers on austerity, sovereign debt, the financial crisis, social democracy and resistance and transformation. Area studies focussed on Ireland, Iceland, the UK, Japan and China, Latin America and the forthcoming independence referendum in Scotland. Peadar Kirby (below) gave an excellent keynote address on ‘IPE and the Environment’.

STRUCTURED PHD TESOL September 2013 saw the launch of the Structured PhD in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) in the School of Languages, Literature, Culture and Communication (LLCC), Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Limerick - the first programme of its kind in the Republic of Ireland.

ology. In addition, students choose electives from a suite of modules offered by LLCC and the Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL). The core modules include a Winter School run between Autumn and Spring semesters, given by external experts (including adjunct professors and external examiners) associated with the School of Languages; the Winter School is open to other PhD researchers affiliated to UL. At the end of The programme is designed for experienced English Language Semester two, following completion of the structured part of teachers, practitioners and researchers working in international the programme, PhD TESOL students can locate either in Irecontexts. We welcomed a total of seven students at the start land or in their home country, although attendance is expected of the academic year, six international students, from Brazil, at some research events, such as the summer school in Year two Indonesia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, the USA and one student from and the postgraduate conference in Year three. In order to Ireland, to this a four-year programme, the first year of which maintain the momentum that the launch of the new programme is taught on campus at the University of Limerick. In the first has created, we have brought forward the second running of two semesters (Autumn and Spring), core modules are attendthe programme from 2015 to 2014, when we look forward to ed – these include Sociolinguistics & discourse studies, Lanwelcoming an equally internationally diverse cohort. guage learning materials development and Research methodDr Michael Griffin of the School of LLCC was invited to address the 'Restoration to Reform' seminar at the University of Oxford in December 2013. The topic of his seminar was 'The Go-Betweens: Poetry and the Musical Cultures of Eighteenth-Century Ireland'.

JD13: ON TOUCHING LE TOUCHER The School of Languages, Literature, Culture and Communication hosted the conference "JD13: On touching Le toucher" in September. This was the first time that the University of Limerick had hosted this annual event, where an interdisciplinary group meets to discuss a selected text by the French philosopher Jacques Derrida.

The two-day event saw delegates from Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Singapore, Switzerland, and the UK engage with Derrida's On Touching—Jean-Luc Nancy through a series of reading sessions as well as papers presented by Dr Clare Connors of the University of East Anglia, Jp McMahon of University College Cork, Forbes Morlock of the Syracuse University in London, and Dr John Phillips of the National University of Singapore. The conference was the first of two events planned as part of a research project

on “Narrative and Embodiment” supported by the Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, and led by Dr Yianna Liatsos with Dr Sinead McDermott and Dr David Coughlan of the English Section. JD13 was organised by Dr Coughlan, and received support also from the School of Languages, Literature, Culture and Communication.

Dr Brid Quinn (Department of Politics and Public Administration) was invited to be a panellist for the Allingham lecture (by Minister for the Environment, Communities & Local Government, Phil Hogan) in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal in November 8th, 2013. Bríd has been involved in meetings with the Minister about local government reform both as an independent expert and as a member of the Political Studies Association of Ireland Local Government Specialist Group.


Llosa’s depic"on of Casement by Laura Izarra The University of Notre Dame and the University of (Universidade de São PauLimerick collaborated to organize a hugely successful lo) and Eoin Flannery and well-aended conference in Tralee, Co. Kerry re(Oxford Brookes Universicently. The conference aracted scholars from North and ty). 260 people aended South America and Europe to the spot where Casement, a the Siamsa Tíre Auditoriglobal humanitarian and interna"onal poli"cal figure, was ar- um the same evening to rested for impor"ng guns into Ireland as part of the 1916 Re- hear Jimmy Deenihan, bellion during World War I. Mayor of Kerry, Cllr. Seamus Cosaí T.D., Minister for Arts, Mac Gearailt welcomed delegates to the conference and Heritage and Gaeltacht launched two exhibits celebra"ng Casement’s legacy in Kerry Affairs, introduce Notre and his human rights work in Brazil. The exhibits were sponDame’s Robert Schmuhl, sored by the Kerry Library, the Universidade de São Paulo, who spoke eloquently on Brazil, and the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. ‘Roger Casement and Notre Dame Professor Robert Norton, associate vice president America,’ before Zyber for academic affairs and research, University of Notre Dame, Theatre group presented the premiere of Remember Caseofficially opened the conference at the Wetlands Center and ment, a new play specially commissioned for the conference. introduced former Keough-Naughton NEH Fellow John Gibney, who presented a counter-factual account of how the Saturday saw keynotes by Nollaig Mac Congáil on Casement course of Irish history might have been altered had Caseand the Irish language and presenta"ons by Tina O’Toole ment’s German guns arrived in "me for the 1916 Rising. The (University of Limerick), Margaret O’Callaghan (Queen’s Unifirst day concluded with Michael Brunnock performing new versity Belfast), Kurt Bullock (Grand Valley State University) songs inspired by the life of Roger Casement. Friday morning and John McAuliffe (University of Manchester). The conferbrought delegates on a tour of Casement sites throughout ence concluded with Michael Griffin, conference co-organiser Kerry, including Banna Strand and Casement fort (pictured and head of the English Sec"on at the University of Limerick, above). Day two also consisted of keynote addresses by Angus introduce Patrick Mason (Former Ar"s"c Director, Abbey TheMitchell and Lucy McDiarmid as well as presenta"ons by Mi- atre), who offered a stunning and moving performance of his chael Cronin (Boston College), Ma Horton (University of Cali- play The Dreaming of Roger Casement. The conference banfornia, Berkeley), Leopoldo Bernucci (University of California, quet at Ballyseede Castle was treated to an impromptu perDavis), Ma Campbell (University of York). There was also a formance by Michael Brunnock with songs from his forthcomlively panel discussion on Nobel prize winner Mario Vargas ing tribute album to Casement.

‘Context of ‘Kristallnacht’ Ireland and the Germanspeaking refugees 1933-45

- A colloquium on German-speaking exiles, Irish helpers and the national and international context 75 years ago’ The 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht was commemorated by the University of Limerick with the two-day 14th Limerick Conference in Irish-German Studies ‘Context of ‘Kristallnacht’ Ireland and the Germanspeaking refugees 1933-45 – A colloquium on German-speaking exiles, Irish helpers and the national and international context 75 years ago’. The event, organised by Dr Gisela Holfter, Joint Director of the

Centre for Irish-German Studies, reminded of the horrific events 75 years ago but also remembered the German exiles who managed to overcome the restrictive immigration policy and the Irish people who helped them. The conference combined academic contributions on historical, literary and psychological aspects of the event with moving personal stories of refugees who came to Ireland as children and personal reflections of family members. Others talked about their memories of their parents’ efforts to help the refugees, of support and the lasting impact the refugees had on the families, the lifelong friendships. Starting with the opening speakers, the Austrian Ambassador and the First Secretary of the German Embassy, all speakers offered poignant, individ-

Learning through sharing: best practices of Computer Mediated Communication in language teaching/learning workshop The aims of this innovative workshop series are to share examples of good practice in the use of Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC) for language teaching/learning/support in university settings, engage in dialogue about the application of CMC in language teaching/learning and offer hands-on experience of different types of CMC technologies through practical workshops. During the Autumn semester 2013, four workshops were successfully held. They attracted close to 50 attendees ranging from LLCC faculty members and postgraduate students to associate members of CALS. The series was launched on the 4th of October by Dr Robert O’Dowd from the ‘Universidad de León’ (Spain) who presented an online platform developed

ual perspectives on the legacy of Kristallnacht and German-speaking exiles in Ireland. Altogether there were over 80 participants, including Irish writer Hugo Hamilton. There was also considerable media interest in the event including a radio interview on RTE Drivetime with one of the speakers whose parents came to Ireland as refugees. The conference was part of an ongoing research project on the German-speaking refugees 1933-1945 that has been running at the Centre for Irish-German Studies for more than ten years and has been supported by grants from the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Austrian Academy of Science, DAAD, Royal Irish Academy, and the University of Limerick.

with EU funding and designed to facilitate collaboration between university classes. The following three workshops drew on the expertise of LLCC faculty members: Dr Elaine Riordan focused on the affordances of chat and discussion forums, Dr Liam Murray explained how the learning experience can be enhanced through the use of blogs and finally Dr MarieThérèse Batardière examined the challenges of online intercultural interactions and provided some guidelines for designing and implementing an online discussion forum. This workshop series is supported by the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty Development Teaching Fund and jointly organised by representatives of three units of the School of Languages, Literature, Culture and Communication: Dr Marie-Thérèse Batardière, Section leader in French and member of CALS, Deirdre Ní Loingsigh, Stiúrthóir na Gaeilge, Aonad na Gaeilge and Catherine Jeanneau, administrator of the Language Resource Area. Four additional workshops will take place in the Spring Semester 2014.

International conference "Gender and Sexuality in the Crime Genre” Dr Kate Quinn (NUI Galway) and Dr Marieke Krajenbrink (LLCC, UL) organized "Gender and Sexuality in the Crime Genre", the Fifth Interdisciplinary Conference of the Crime Genre Research Group, Ireland, NUIG 21 & 22 June 2013. This highly successful comparative literature event further promoted the research group's international profile as a key organisation in the growing field of crime genre studies. All of the group’s previous conferences (NUIG 2005, UL 2007, UCC 2009, QUB 2011) have attracted presenters from a wide range of countries worldwide, and this has become one of the go-to events for researchers working in this area in the British Isles, Europe and the USA. This year’s conference has attracted speakers from over twenty countries including our first delegates from Kuwait, Russia, India, Taiwan and South Africa. The theme was chosen to align with the research alliance between NUIG and UL under the Gender Arc. Keynote speakers were Prof Lisa Downing (Professor of French Discourses of Sexuality, Birmingham) and Dr Andrew Pepper (Academic at QUB and Crime Writer). The conference was supported by The NUI Galway Millennium Fund; The Gender Arc (NUIG-UL); The School of LLCC (UL) and The School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures (NUIG).

Dr. Lillis O’Laoire (NUIG), Dr Marieke Krajenbrink (UL), Prof Lisa Downing (University of Birmingham), Dr Andrew Pepper (QUB), Dr Kate Quinn (NUIG)


DR DAVID FLEMING Historians of Ireland, especially those of the early modern period, have very few opportunities to research overseas and even fewer to descend on the warm shores of California. Yet occasionally fortune favours them. Dr David Fleming (above), who is currently working on a monograph on the life and politics of Edmund Sexten Pery, speaker of the Irish House of Commons between 1771 and 1785, was awarded the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Fellowship to travel to the Hungtington Library in Los Angles to consult the Emly (Pery) papers last summer. The AHSS faculty research fund supplemented the award to allow him to stay for a six-week period.


Dr Hannan (above right) is continuing her research on the factors influencing child and family wellbeing employing data from the Growing up in Ireland Study, ‘Growing up in a OneParent Family: School and Neighbourhood Influences’. Dr Amy Healy has been employed to work on this project which focuses on decisions made about school choice among parents. The work follows on from the previous IRC study which assessed the selective nature of non-marriage within Ireland. It has particular interest in the effect of DEIS school status on child development. The project runs until August 2014.


The Hungtington Library has one of the largest collections of early modern European manuscripts in the world, and has a significant amount of British and Irish political papers. Besides the sumptuous Library and archives, readers can enjoy the galleries (which house an impressive collection of eighteenth-century British masterpieces, besides other European and American art) and the many gardens. These provided opportunities for lunch-time excursions, though for the most part days were spent in the air-conditioned archive rooms, while the temperature outside soared to the high thirties.


I'm currently working with three interdisciplinary research clusters 'Performance, Text, Context'; 'Discourse Power and Society' (which has a conference coming up in April); and 'Limerick Soundscapes' (see www. limericksoundscapes.ie). This particular cluster is made up of colleagues from the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, Dept. of CSIS, Dept. of Sociology and Dept. of Media, Mary Immaculate College and we are staging the 'Urban Soundscapes and Critical Citizenship' conference in March (see www.soundandsociety2014. wordpress.com). I recently became an official member of the Ralahine Centre for Utopian Studies and we are currently preparing a workshop on Critical Pedagogy, led by Dr. Michael Kelly. I'm working on an edited collection of essays with my sociology colleagues Eoin Devereux and Martin Power, entitled David Bowie: Critical Perspectives (Routledge). I spent my sabbatical in Australia at Monash University and the University of Melbourne, where I was invited to give seminars and teach. I also presented at the Global Irish Studies Centre in Sydney. I’m now co-supervising Sytske Ingram at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at the University of Melbourne with Prof. Cathy Falk. Sytske is a Fulbright Scholar working on Tasmanian vernacular music.

LATEST PUBLICATIONS Professor Anthony McElligott Professor Margaret Harper School of Languages, Literature, Culture and Communication Yeats Annual Vol. 19, Yeats's Mask, ed. Margaret Mills Harper and Warwick Gould. The Mask, a symbolic object used for disguise, as protection, and in performance in many cultures and for most of human history, has been associated with practices as various as ancient religious ritual and contemporary psychoanalysis. That the Mask had an enduring fascination for the poet W. B. Yeats is well known, but recent scholarship suggests the need for a new attention to the subject. Various essays in this collection study Yeats’s poetics, dramaturgy, and philosophical texts by working with the mask in various guises: as object symbolic of the human body as well as synecdoche for ideas of self and agency, as ritual object, and

Department of History Rethinking the Weimar Republic Authority and Authoritarianism, 19161936 “McElligott's impressive mastery of an enormous body of research guides him on a distinctive path through the dense thickets of Weimar historiography to a provocative new interpretation of the nature of authority in Germany's first democracy.” Sir Ian Kershaw, Emeritus Professor of Modern History at the University of Sheffield, UK This study challenges conventional approaches to the history of the Weimar Republic by stretching its chronological-political parameters from 1916 to 1936, arguing that neither 1918 nor 1933 constituted distinctive breaks in early 20thcentury German history. Dr Tina O’Toole School of Languages, Literature, Culture and Communication The Irish New Woman explores the textual and ideological connections between feminist, nationalist and anti-imperialist writing and political activism at the fin de siècle. This important new book is the first in-depth study to foreground a new generation of Irish literary writers, effecting a paradigm shift in the critical reception of fin de siècle cultural production.

Launch of the fifth volume of Socheolas: The Limerick Student Journal of Sociology. Now in its fifth year, the journal is produced, edited and managed by a small team from within the Department of Sociology with the current edition edited by Dr. Martin Power and Dr. Amanda Haynes. In launching the journal Professor Paul McCutcheon Vice President Academic noted how the journal has been commended by faculty who teach Sociology on the island of Ireland and beyond and it is real example of how UL’s students are both pioneering and connected, mixing as it does teaching and research excellence. The latest volume contains a wide range of articles which are timely and critically engaged with issues of importance in Irish Society. They examine the print media’s coverage of the banking crisis; print media coverage of crime; media coverage of the Union Flag Protests in Belfast; workplace based legislation and issues concerning occupational therapy. Since it commenced publication in 2009 the editorial team has worked with over 60 students to produce a high quality journal which is freely available online.

AHSS Research Newsletter February 2014  

AHSS Research Newsletter February 2014  

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