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Welcome As this latest edition attests, the AHSS Faculty is home to a vibrant research culture. In an effort to raise the profile of our research, we are introducing some key changes. From now on, the

AHSS Research Newsletter

will be published quarterly. Copy for the Newsletter will be collected through the recently launched portal.

European Funding Award

This edition

contains details of important


research awards won by faculty, news


Dr Amanda Haynes from the Department of tion to both the strategies of legal interven-

seminars organised as well as

about conferences

Sociology and Jennifer Schweppe of the tion and the implementation of these rules.

recent publications.

We have

School of Law, both co-Directors of the Hate By engaging with both actors in the criminal

already begun the process of

and Hostility Research Group (HHRG) were justice system and victims and perpetrators

thinking about how we will re-

recently awarded a prestigious funding of hate crime, we will show how each partic-

spond to the new UL Strategic

grant from the European Union Directorate- ipating State manages the prosecution of

Plan for Research due for publi-

General Justice under its Rights, Equality hate crime at key stages of the criminal pro-

cation in January 2016. Over the


next month or so we will be re-

The grant was made to support projects to Decision to Prosecute; (2) Court Procedure

vamping and adding to the re-

prevent and combat racism, xenophobia and and Rules of Evidence; (3) Sentencing.


other forms of intolerance, and the project






Programme. cess: (1) Proof Requirements and Making the

The project partners include long term col-


itself seeks to determine best practices for

Professor Eoin Devereux,

preventing hate crime.

Assistant Dean for Research

Entitled “The Life Cycle of a Hate Crime”, the as well as In Iusticia from the Czech Repub-

laborators of the HHRG, the Irish Council for Civil Liberties and the University of Sussex,

project proposes to examine the application lic, the Latvian Centre for Human Rights and To contribute items for future newsletters, please visit contribute

of criminal laws and sentencing provisions Umeå Universitet from Sweden. The total for hate crime across 5 EU Member States, funding






capturing best practice in the tools utilised €659,950.91 with the EU funding total for UL to combat hate crime across Europe in rela- €166,421.24.

PAGE 7 ahss historian in €2.4 million heritage tourism project

PAGE 2 Award for excellence in innovative language teaching & learning

Page 11 irish research council funding awarded

CENTREhumanities FOR APPLIED LANGUAGE STUDIES (CALS) 2 arts, and social sciences // university of limerick


CENTRE FOR APPLIED LANGUAGE STUDIES 10th International Symposium on Bilingualism

Director of CALS, Dr. Helen Kelly-Holmes, delivered one of the keynote addresses at the 10th International Symposium on Bilingualism, held between 20th and 24th May at Rutgers University in the USA. In her keynote, Helen looked at how established ideologies and policies around bilingualism in relation to teaching and learning Irish clash with individual practices and discussions in online environments. The International Symposium on Bilingualism takes place biennially and is the premier international conference for all aspects of research in bi- and multilingualism. The 11th Symposium will take place at University of Limerick in June 2017, with CALS members Dr. Tadhg Ó hIfearnáin and Dr.

European language label award AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN INNOVATIVE LANGUAGE TEACHING AND LEARNING The Language Learning Hub, School of Mod-

the possibility for UL students to practise the

ern Languages and Applied Linguistics, has

language(s) they are learning with peers who

been awarded a prestigious European Lan-

are native speakers. It also allows the inter-

guage Label (ELL) for its peer-facilitated dis- national students involved in the initiative to cussion groups in languages project. The

integrate better into the UL community and

award was accepted by Catherine Jeanneau

it raises intercultural awareness for all. A

(Co-ordinator of the Language Learning Hub) particularly innovative aspect of the project at a ceremony at Farmleigh House, Dublin,

is that the Erasmus students have the possi-

on Friday 25 September. Awarded by the

bility to enrol on a three-credit module enti-

European Commission, the ELL encourages

tled Peer-tutoring in Languages (LI4001),

new initiatives in the field of teaching and

thus recognising their work on their tran-

learning languages and rewards new tech-


niques in language teaching, thereby promoting good practice.

Máiréad Moriarty chairing.

project team who attended the ceremony on

The activities of the Language Learning Hub

behalf of UL. Other project team members

are central to the CALS research focus on

were Dr Jean Conacher, Barbara Geraghty

New Environments for Language Learning.

and Nuría Borrull.

The peer-facilitated discussion groups and one-to-one sessions in languages make the most of the internationalisation of our campus as the facilitators, who are recruited and trained to deliver the discussion groups to UL language learners, are all Erasmus or International students. The languages involved are French, German, Japanese and Spanish. This project, which was supported by the Faculty of AHSS Teaching Board, opens up

The photo shows the four members of the

APPLIED//LANGUAGE STUDIES (CALS) 3   arts, humanities andCENTRE socialFOR sciences university of limerick

CALS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON NEW PERSPECTIVES ON IRISH ENGLISH CALS scholars are well-known internationally for their inter-disciplinary and diverse scholarship on Irish English as a language variety, as well as for large-scale corpus-building projects, as part of the CALS research strength in Discourse and Identity. It is fitting then that the third New Perspectives on Irish English conference was convened at the University of Limerick. It was supported at UL by AHSS and CALS, and co-organised by CALS members, Dr Elaine Vaughan (UL) and Dr Brian Clancy (MIC) in conjunction with




(Newcastle University, UK). A mixture of highly prolific authors and early-stage scholars from 17 different institutions in 9 countries presented innovative research at NPIE which was held on 18th-19th June. A broad range of themes from a number of different disciplinary perspectives, some more theoretical and some more applied, some on discrete aspects of language, and some on broader questions of use and representation were presented. Over the two days, a full programme with 21 papers – the focus was on Irish English as a distinct variety – with a character influenced by its ecological and historical evolution and, of course, and importantly, by its users. The papers cover themes such as:

Cutting edge research on language policy in CALS Plurilingualism and Language Policy is one of CALS’s three core areas of strength, and Dr. Máiréad Moriarty’s recent volume entitled Globalizing Language Policy and Planning: An Irish Language Perspective is a key contribution to cutting-edge research in this area. Pub-

 critical considerations of how Irish English is represented in the me-

lished in Palgrave-MacMillan’s Language and Globalization series, her book examines the


changing value and function of minority lan-

 the lexico-grammatical and pragmatic characteristics of the variety;

guages and what this may mean for future ef-

 the social relevance of accent;

forts to revive the Irish language. The book

 how Irish English has developed and changed over time;

provides an account of four sites of minority language use including television, comedy, Hip

 how “new” speakers – recently arrived immigrants, for example – use

Hop, and tourism. Each of these sites repre-

Irish English;

sents domains in which the use of Irish has

 locating, creating and being innovative with data sources for the

changed significantly as a consequence of processes of globalization.

variety Pragmatic Markers in Irish

with an interest

meanings, this vol-

used cover most of the exist-



in the English of

ume includes dis-

ing and developing corpora

member Dr. Elaine Vaughan

Ireland. Taking a



of Irish English as well as

and associate member Dr.

broad definition

tional PMs like sure

historical legal depositions,









films, advertising and recent

(Universidad de Extramadu-

markers (PMs) as

associated with Irish

fiction, interviews, recorded

ra) together with Professor

items operating

English, recent glob-


Kevin McCafferty (University



ally-spreading inno-

The volume is a new and

of Bergen) offers 18 studies

structural limits

vations like quota-

exciting contribution to the

from the perspective of vari-


tive like, and studies

CALS research strength in

ational pragmatics by estab-

that encode speakers’ inten-

of tag questions, vocatives

lished and younger scholars


and emoticons. The data sets


clause and





Discourse and Identity.


Schoolhumanities of modernand languages & applied//linguistics 4 arts, social sciences university of limerick


crime genre studies. This has become

O’Connor spoke about her work. The

Dr Kate Quinn (NUI Galway) organized

one of the go-to events for researchers

conference was supported by the Vice-

the Sixth Interdisciplinary Conference

working in this area in the British Isles,

President Academic and Registrar of the

of the Crime Genre Research Network,

Europe and the USA, and the group’s

University of Limerick; the Faculty of

Ireland, "Consuming Crime: Consump-

conferences (NUIG 2005, UL 2007, UCC

Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences,

tion, Commodification and Consumer-

2009, QUB 2011, NUIG 2013) have attract- UL; the School of Modern Languages

ism in Crime Fiction, Film and Televi-

ed presenters from further afield, such

and Applied Linguistics, UL; the School

sion", at UL on 26 & 27 June 2015.

as India, Russia, and Australia. Keynote

of Culture and Communication, UL; the

speakers this year were Prof Evelyne

School of Languages, Literatures and

Keitel (TU Chemnitz, Germany) and Prof

Cultures, NUI Galway; and the Institute

Matthieu Letourneux (Université Paris

for Collaborative Research in the Hu-

Ouest), and Irish crime writer Niamh

manities, Queen’s University Belfast.

This highly successful comparative literature event further promoted the research group's international profile as a key organisation in the growing field of

Udine film forum

Materials Development for TESOL by Freda Mishan and Ivor Timmis was recently published by Edinburgh University Press. This

The Udine Film Forum International Film Stud-

book, one of the series: Edinburgh Textbooks

ies Conference is a major international confer-

in TESOL, is the first comprehensive course in

ence in the area of film studies held in Udine,

materials development in this steadily ex-

Italy, since 1993. In 2015 the conference pro-

panding field. Its core premise is that as mate-

posed an innovative methodological approach

rials are at the centre of language teaching, an

to the historiography of cinema: a focus on

understanding of what goes into creating them

texts without references to proper names. Dr

is an essential part of language teachers' pro-

Mariano Paz offered a presentation on how

fessional development.

this project could be implemented in relation to Argentine cinema, discussing the ways in which theories of style and genre could contribute to the understanding of New Argentine Cinema while, at the same time, avoiding the notion of auteurism and references to specific directors, producers, and actors.

The book advocates a principled approach to the creation of materials, combining a critical awareness of relevant language learning and teaching theory with a critical attitude to existing published materials. The book’s stimulating approach, with thought-provoking, interactive tasks, online resources, and added perspectives from a diversity of research in the field from across the globe, makes it an ideal textbook for use in the language teacher education programmes in international contexts.

School modern languages & applied of linguistics arts, humanities andofsocial sciences // university limerick 5  

conference presentations at eurocall THREE PRESENTATIONS BY MLAL ACADEMICS AT EUROCALL CONFERENCE EUROCALL ( was motion of foreign languages use within searchers from UL made three presentaformally established in 1993 with the Europe and beyond, and provides a Eu- tions: "Blogging and Microblogging in support of the European Commission. ropean focus for the promulgation of Personal and Professional Domains", by During the last 20 years, EUROCALL has innovative research, development and S. Benini, Dr Elaine Riordan, Dr Florence strived to bring together researchers, practice in the area of technology en- Le Baron-Earle; "Gaming and virtual developers and practitioners sharing a hanced



Eurocall worlds Duolingo: A Case Study in Gamifi-

passion for languages and the use of hosts an annual conference in a differ- cation" by Geraldine Exton; and "MOOCs emerging



language ent European city and last August at the for Language Acquisition (LMOOCs): de-

teaching and learning.

University of Padova, Italy, with funding sign and quality" by Liam Murray.

The community is committed to the pro-

from the Assistant Dean, Research, re-

Matsda conference

Practice in TESOL by Fiona Farr was recently published by Edin-

The UL Structured PhD TESOL egates from around the world.

burgh University Press. The book

Summer School/MATSDA Con- The majority of the students

examines how to develop good

ference 2015 on the theme of currently registered on the

teaching practices and get the

Creating Motivation with L2 Structured PhD TESOL attend-

most out of feedback and reflec-

Materials, was supported by ed, two first year students

tion. Building on existing prac-

AHSS Faculty Research Com- (who started in Sept 2014) and


mittee funding.

six second year students (who

knowledge and research, Prac-

started in Sept 2013). These

tice in TESOL covers a range of

doctoral students were also

topics that will comprehensively inform and enhance

asked to prepare and present

preparation for classroom practice. The book adopts three

posters demonstrating their

underlying principles to offer an accessible and highly

research to date in our poster

practical resource for beginning and novice teachers.

This two-day event was held jointly as a Structured PhD TESOL Summer School and MATSDA



plenary speakers, among them internationally renowned experts in the field of TESOL/ELT (English Language Teaching) such as Jeremy Harmer, Alan Maley and Brian Tomlinson. There were a total of 23 parallel sessions presented by del-

and book display room. A total of 70 delegates attended, including, as well as those from Ireland and Britain, delegates from Vietnam, China, Columbia, Brazil, New Zealand, Russia and Turkey.



Drawing on the author’s own experiences and research as a teacher and educator, incorporating international case studies and examples, and including guided tasks and activities that can be carried out in-class, as well as independently outside the classroom, Practice in TESOL is an invaluable practical resource for TESOL student teachers and practising teachers.

Department of history 6 arts, humanities and social sciences // university of limerick

The Limerick Early Modern Studies Fo- ly Modern Europe’ which will take place reference to her experiences of the Earrum held its first ever public event on on 20-21 November 2015 at the Universi- ly Modern Tavern Society, the Irish Rethe 25th September 2015 with a sympo- ty of Limerick.

naissance Seminar, and the Shake-

sium on ‘Collaborative Research in Early

speare in Ireland blog. In his presenta-

Modern Studies’.

The recent symposium explored different aspects of research collaboration in

The Limerick Early Modern Studies Fo- early modern studies. In a paper on rum is a body established to support ‘Research Collaboration and Early Modthe research activities of early modern- ern Studies’, Prof. Graeme Murdock ists across the disciplines at the Univer- (TCD) discussed his experiences of essity of Limerick and Mary Immaculate tablishing early modern research cenCollege, Limerick. The Forum was found- tres at the universities of Birmingham

Council New Foundations Scheme. This funding will facilitate the various startup activities of the research cluster which include the recent symposium and a major international conference on the theme of ‘Moments of Becoming: Transitions and Transformations in Ear-

In a paper entitled ‘In the Tavern, at the University, and Online: Collaborating on the Early Modern in Ireland’, Dr. Edel Semple (UCC) discussed the value and importance



Early-Modern Spanish Print. Some Reflections on managing Iberian Books’, Dr. Sandy Wilkinson (UCD) discussed his experiences as the Principal Investigator of the long-running Iberian Books project which is funded by the Mellon Foundation.

ed in February 2015, following the award and Trinity College Dublin. of funding from the Irish Research

tion on ‘Herding Cats and Cataloguing


institutional, and online fora as a

The concluding ‘round-table’ discussion provided an opportunity to explore how the many insights offered over the course of the symposium might inform the future development of the Limerick Early Modern Studies Forum.

means of stimulating and supporting research collaboration with particular

Sound Heritage network Dr Karol Mullaney-Dignam, Department of History, has been invited to address the first meeting of the newly established Sound Heritage network at the University of Southampton. The network, led by Professor Jeanice Brooks (University of Southampton) and Professor Jonathan Wainwright (University of York), has received substantial funding under the Research Networking scheme of the Arts and Humanities Research Council in the UK. The aim of the Sound Heritage network is to bring scholars of history, historical musicology, and historically informed performance practice together with curators, conservators and visitor experience professionals from the heritage sector, to jointly address issues of research and interpretation raised by music in country houses of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Having researched, lectured and published on several of these issues as they pertain to Ireland, Dr Mullaney-Dignam is one of the network's international experts and will speak at a networking event (study day) on 6th November 2015.

OFlimerick HISTORY 7   arts, humanities and social sciences //DEPARTMENT university of




kets in the Early Modern


World, edited by Richard


and Sophie Mullins, investigates an





portant facet of early


book production.


Bringing together 19 case studies, this volume considers and reconstructs the characteristics of specialist book production in

September 2015 saw the official consultant historian on the pro-

the early modern period. In particular it ex-


at ject, Dr Mullaney-Dignam, worked

plores the motives that led to specialisation

Co. with the curatorial team, conduct-

ranging from the desire for profit on the part of

Cork, the result of a €2.4 million ing archival research in Ireland

risk-taking, entrepreneurial individuals or family

heritage tourism project involving and in the United Kingdom to pro-

firms to the more propagandist or missionising

UL historian, Dr Karol Mullaney- duce exhibition materials and in-

aims of corporate groups who subsidised pro-

form the presentation of the prop-

duction, often without regard for profit. The

erty. She was also responsible for

book also explores the economic and personal

the writing and production of a

pressures and perils that accompanied special-

new guidebook, entitled Ilnacullin:

ist production, which was often a risk-laden en-

The Bryce Legacy.

terprise that could end in financial and social




House Island,

Dignam. The 37 acre island was acquired in 1910 by John Annan Bryce, M.P. for Inverness, Scotland, and brother of James Bryce, British ambassa-

dor to the United States of Ameri- Officially





ca, 1907-13. As early as 1925, the house to the public on 9 SeptemBryces opened the now world fa- ber, Minister of State for Tourism mous island gardens to the public. and Sport, Michael Ring T.D., statIn 1953, the island, its buildings, ed: ‘I am delighted to be here to


collections and gardens were gift- share in the experience that is ed to the Irish people, following Garinish Island, I want to comthe death of the last owner, Ro- mend all the project team for the land L’Estrange Bryce, and taken remarkable job. I am sure that this into the care of the Office of Public new addition will act as a further Works. The project, funded by Fáilte Ireland and the Office of Public Works, involved the restoration of this former family home and the upgrading of the Edwardian picturesque property to provide public access.

magnet to attract more visitors to this unique and wonderful location and so assist the tourist industry in the area and sustain and grow much needed jobs. We are on course for a record year for visitor numbers to Ireland and developing unique places such as

Garinish Island are vital to our Bryce House has been carefully tourism industry, as visitors conconserved to respect its historic tinually look for new experiences.’

Dr Ciara Breathnach, Department of History, has

integrity and reflect the lives and

been appointed by Minister Heather Humphreys

times of its former inhabitants. As

to the Board of the National Library of Ireland.

Department of sociology 8 arts, humanities and social sciences // university of limerick

Motherhood & culture conference CLARE O’HAGAN PRESENTS AT INTERNATIONAL INTERDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE IN MAYNOOTH ture International and Interdisciplinary the issue is privatised and individualConference in Maynooth University, with ised and women are made to carry the support from the

AHSS Faculty Re- responsibility because of the persis-

search Committee.

tence of the gendered order of caring.

The paper explored the dilemma of choice for women who combine motherhood with paid work in Ireland, and is based on empirical research with thirty ‘working mothers’.

The paper demon-

strated that women navigate their own routes between working and caring, attributing success to ‘luck’ and failure to In June, 2015, Dr Clare O’Hagan present-

their own poor choices. This is because

‘Working mothers’ are a silent majority, managing working and caring with little social support. The State’s neo-liberal agenda, combined with individualism and an allegiance to traditional maternal roles has created a society where women cannot voice the difficulties and inequalities they experience as these are constructed as personal failures.

ed a paper at the Motherhood and Cul-

Childhood asthma

Theorising Ireland's Moral Economy Dr Carmen Kuhling was invited to speak at the Consumption,

In September 2015, Dr Lee Monaghan, in

Credit, Health and Welfare Conference in Norway in May

collaboration with Prof. Jonathan Gabe,

2015. The conference was organised as a collaboration be-

University of London, presented a pa-

tween Pufendorf IAS, Lund

per on childhood asthma at the British

University and SIFO, Nor-

Sociological Association Medical Sociol-


ogy Group 47th Annual Conference, Uni-

Her lecture, entitled 'Gift,

versity of York.

Theft and Welfare: Theo-

Financial support, to attend the confer-

rising Ireland's Moral

ence, was provided by the AHSS Faculty Research Commit-

Economy' was funded by

tee and Department of Sociology. The paper emerged from

the Research Council of

a PRTLI-IV funded study, completed in 2011. Two previous

Norway in Lund, Sweden.

papers have been published from the larger study. The cur-

The session was entitled

rent paper explores the embodiment of health identities

'Financialization and Wel-

among young people diagnosed with mild to moderate

fare: A Nordic Perspective'.


DEPARTMENT arts, humanities and social sciences // universityOFofsociology limerick 9  

University College Dublin. This important book fills a number of lacunae. Since 9/11 interest in Islamophobia has steadily increased – as has the number of academic publications discussing the phenomenon. However, theoretical expositions have dominated the field. Lived experiences of Islamophobia, by contrast, have received little attention. In recognition of the importance of addressing this imbalance, this book provides theoretically informed analyses alongside everyday testimonies of anti-Muslim racism in Ireland. This book is original then in the insights it provides in the Ireland, all the


while being set comparatively in an interna-


Carr argues that the failure of the neoliberal

Dr James Carr launched his new book: Experiences of Islamophobia: Liv-

state to collect data on anti-Muslim racism

ing with Racism in the neoliberal era (London & New York: Routledge,

highlights the perpetuation of ‘race’ blindness

2016) on 29th October 2015. The book was launched by Professor Bryan

within governance. Not only does this mean

Fanning from the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice,

that the salience of racism is denied in the lives

tional context.

of those who experience it, but this also enables the state to absolve



challenging the issue and



necessary supports to Muslim communities. The launch of Dr Carr’s book was supported by the Department of Sociology and the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and

Gender review panel for higher education Prof. Pat O'Connor has been



administrative staff), and it

invited by Higher Education

Ryan Shanks from the private

will examine the reasons for

Authority to be a member of

sector. Announcing the re-

continuing gender-inequality

the Gender Review Panel for

view, HEA Chief Executive,

among staff across the sec-

Higher Education. The group

Tom Boland, said,

tor. But importantly it will

has five members including the




Quinn. Professor Pat O'Connor is the only Irish Academic on it. Other members include Professor Paul Walton, York University; Professor Helen


“The review will take as its starting-point an analysis of the current position in higher education in Ireland in respect



gender-equality, this



grades of staff (including







enhancement’ approach to building




achievements to date in this area.”

Social Sciences.

10 Department arts, humanities and social sciences // university of limerick of politics and public administration

BSAI CONFERENCE PPA PhD candidate John Hogan attended the 40th Anniversary Conference of the British International Studies Association in London in June. The





Worlds of Inequality’ and featured a keynote


from Lord Michael Hastings, the head of the Global Corporate Citizenship Committee of the World Economic Fo-

Teaching politics in universities As co-convenor (with Dr. Clodagh Harris of Women for Election. The afternoon of UCC) of the PSAI Teaching & Learning was devoted to showcasing innovative Specialist Group, Dr. Bríd Quinn organ-

approaches to teaching political sci-

ised a conference: Teaching politics in

ence. The conference was also the oc-

our universities: inspiring, inciting and

casion for presentation of prizes. PPA's

enlightening at the NUI offices in Dublin Dr Chris McInerney received the PSAI on September 18th. The keynote ad-

special award for leadership and schol-

dress was given by Professor John Craig arship of Problem Based Learning in of the HEA (UK). One of the highlights of Political Science. The event was cothe day was a roundtable with Noel

financed by the National Forum for the

Whelan, Senator Senator Fiach Mac-

Enhancement of Teaching and Learning

Conghail, Lorraine McIlrath (CKI) and

in Higher Education and the PSAI.

Michelle O'Donnell-Keating, Co-founder

rum. At the conference, John had the opportunity to discuss his PhD research – which focuses upon the role that generalised trust played in the design of the African Union – with a number of academics from a variety of backgrounds. Multiple panel discussions were concerned with individuallevel explanations for the foreign policies of specific states. As well as being thought-provoking, these discussions gave some valuable methodological insight for anyone that is investigating the role of individual leaders in explaining




preferences of states.

New publication on middle east

obscures how power operates, to demonstrate how the ele-

Dr Caitlin Ryan’s book Bodies, Power and Resistance in the

and to highlight how resistance to the occupation can be

Middle East: Experiences of Subjectification and Resistance

found embedded within daily life in the occupied territories.

in the Occupied Palestinian Territories has recently been-

Ultimately, all of these themes can be related more broadly

published by Routledge.

to how women might experience conflict and resist subjecti-

The book examines how exercises of power and processes of security exercised in the Occupied Palestinian Territories have formed Palestinian women as subjects.

ments of Israeli security practices make women insecure,

fication by exposing different ways that subjectifications result in insecurities and resistance to those insecurities. While the book is

specific to women in the Occupied To understand how women experience occupation, this book Palestinian Territories, the exercises examines the various ways in which the occupation is di- of power and enactments of rerected at making Palestinian women into subjects of power. sistance it exposes demonstrate how The work argues that the exercises of power are focused on important it is to take seriously the controlling and disciplining women’s bodies. The objectives feminist argument that ‘the personal are to expose how the exclusions of women’s daily-lived ex- is international, and the internationperiences of conflict in the occupied Palestinian territories al is personal.’

arts, humanities and socialOFsciences // university of limerick 11   DEPARTMENT politics and public administration

public policy conference Dr Bernadette Connaughton presented a paper titled ‘Temporary staff in an institutionalised role : Irish special advisers and the ‘black box’ of the public policy process’ at the second International Conference on Public Policy (ICPP) in Milan, 1st-4th July 2015. Papers presented at the panel explored the policy work of advisers through the lens of extant theories of the policy process. Connaughton’s paper used Kingdon’s ’multiple streams’ approach to recast information of what Irish political advisers do, why they do it and what difference it makes. The research presented in Milan builds on the work begun by a successful panel held at the inaugural ICCP Conference in 2013 (papers from which appear in a special edition of the International Journal of Public Administration). Several members of the panel (including Bernadette Connaughton) contributed to Eichbaum and Shaw (eds) (2010) which presented empirical work on countries with administrative systems derived from the Westminster model. The panel in Milan provided the opportunity to focus on a range of political-administrative systems and this will help lay the foundations of a genuinely compar-

IRC Funding Awarded RORY COSTELLO AWARDED FUNDING FOR RESEARCH ON THE 2016 IRISH GENERAL ELECTION Dr Rory Costello, Department of Politics and Public Administration, has been awarded funding from the Irish Research Council for a project entitled 'Representation beyond political parties: the 2016 Irish general election'. The project will examine the consequences for political representation of the decline in support for established political parties and the rise of Independents and small parties. It will be based on new data on the policy preferences of election candidates and voters to be collected using an innovative website (, run in partnership with the Irish Times and local media outlets in a way that is designed to maximise the public impact of the research. The project is funded through the IRC's New Horizons Research Project scheme.

ative literature on political advisers.

ECPR conference TWO ACADEMICS ATTEND CONFERENCE IN MONTREAL Dr. Bríd Quinn and Dr Andrew Shorten, Department of Politics & Public Administration, recently participated in the ECPR (European Consortium for Political Research) conference in Montreal. Dr Quinn’s paper was entitled: EU territorial policy: pragmatic or developmental? It explored the changing discourse of the EU regarding territorial issues and used Ireland's deployment

guistic justice, and chaired the annual general meeting of the ECPR Political Theory Standing Group.

of Structural Funds and the DARRA e-government project as

Over 1, 300 academics participated in the 59 sections. Partici-


pation in the conference was made possible through support

Dr Shorten gave papers on religious accommodation and lin-

from the AHSS Faculty, the Department of Politics & Public Administration and the DARRA project.

of cultureand andsocial communication 12 School arts, humanities sciences // university of limerick

Cost action funding Dr Ann Marcus-Quinn has collaborated with Professor Alison Black and Professor Sue Walker (University of Reading) to secure funding to deliver a workshop on "Reading to do" as part of her on-going involvement with COST Action IS1404 EREAD Evolution of Reading in the Age of Digitization (E-READ). The workshop, hosted by the University of Reading, will bring together researchers

Celtic studies conference

with an interest in the development of texts for publication (designers, technical


writers and historians), researchers from

An Dr. Emma Nic Cárthaigh and Rí- Ph.D. student, was sponsored by the

other disciplines (neuropsychology and

ona Ní Churtáin (Léann na Gaeilge) AHSS Faculty Postgraduate Research

computer science) and professionals work-


ing in the publication of electronic texts.





15mh Committee to attend the confer-


Na ence, and presented a paper titled:

The workshop aims to augment the stand-

Ceiltis (15th International Congress “Scaipithe i Leabhraibh Léinn: Lea-

ard perspectives of educationalists and

of Celtic Studies) in Glasgow this bharlann Sheáin Uí Ríordáin”, out-

psychologists and provide a balanced and

July. The Congress is a four-yearly lining the research opportunities

interdisciplinary approach to set the agen-

event, and is the largest academic provided by Seán Ó Ríordáin’s li-

da for future research into digital reading.

conference devoted entirely to Celt- brary, which is currently housed at ic Studies. Speakers attended from University College Cork. The Con-

Ieee procomm conference

25 countries, representing some 130 gress included plenary lectures, academic institutions and organisa- round tables, network fora, worktions. An Dr. Emma Nic Cárthaigh shops,




In July 2015, Dr Darina Slattery was an invit-

delivered a paper titled “Insular events. It highlighted the vast range

ed featured speaker at the international

Representations of Christ’s Cross, of subjects relevant to the field of

IEEE ProComm conference, which was held

Passion, and Death and the Necessi- Celtic

at the University of Limerick. Darina's





ty for Lament in The Poems of unique opportunity to liaise with

presentation was titled 'Teaching Online:

Blathmac and The Dream of the renowned international academics.

Analyzing Needs, Designing Learning Activi-

Rood” as part of the Medieval Liter- The next conference will be held in

ties, and Managing Delivery'.

ature sessions. Ríona Ní Churtáin, a Bangor University, Wales in 2019. history, cultural studies and folklore

New publication

studies are presented in the volume.

Rí na Gréine': Aistí i gCuimhne ar An

Is le cabhair deontais i gcomhair tograí

Seabhac is a collection of essays

Gaeilge a d'íoc An tÚdarás um Ard-

based on the proceedings of the inter-

Oideachas trí Choláiste na hOllscoile,

disciplinary Siompóisiam ar An Sea-

Corcaigh a foilsíodh an leabhar seo.

bhac (Pádraig Ó Siochfhradha, 1883-

Seoladh an leabhar le linn Cheiliúradh

1964) which took place at Coláiste Íde,

are explored. Scholars draw on material

Dingle in March 2014. The collected vol-

from the private papers of Ó Siochfhra-

ume also includes other guest contribu- dha and unique insights into twentieth-

tions. Various aspects of An Seabhac's

century Irish life in areas relating to the

life, work and vision of a New Ireland

disciplines of Irish language studies,

an Bhlascaoid 2015. Tá íomhánna ón ócáid ag Ionad an Bhlascaoid Mhóir, Dún Chaoin, 9 Deireadh Fómhair 2015 ar fáil ag anseabhac2013.

arts, humanities and social sciences // university of limerick 13   School of culture and communication

The IYS links the many Yeats societies around the world, making it possible for scholars from around the globe to share their research. For the first conference, some 50 scholars from nearly 20 countries came to Limerick for three days of intellectual exchange and arts events. They experienced a new production of one of Yeats’s dance plays in Hungarian, a multi-media art installation, a concert and contemporary dance performance by members of the Irish World Academy, a poetry reading by award-winning Irish poet (and new member of staff in the School of Culture and Communication) Caitríona Ní Chléirchín, and a postconference tour of Yeats’s famous tower, Thoor Ballylee, in Gort. Delegates were treated to the launch of a major Yeats collection in the UL Library, donated by Prof Michael Gilsenan (NYU). On hand were Senator Susan O’Keeffe, leader of Yeats 2015, the government project sponsoring and linking the hundreds of events taking place around the

International Yeats Society

world this year; and Ambassador István S. Pálffy of Hungary, whose government

generously co-sponsored the play along UL HOSTS FIRST CONFERENCE OF INTERNATIONAL YEATS SOCIETY From 15 to 18 October 2015, in time for the 150th anniversary of the birth of the pre with Limerick 2020. -eminent Irish poet and dramatist W. B. Yeats, UL hosted the first conference of the newly formed International Yeats Society.

Motherhood conference

Dr Yvonne Cleary is a partner in a suc-

Dr David Coughlan, supported by AHSS

presented a paper

cessful Erasmus + Strategic Partnership

Research Funding, attended the Ameri-


project application. The project, entitled, can Comparative Literature Association

World at War: Elizabeth Bowen's The Heat of the Day" and an international conference on Motherhood and Culture: Identity, Diversity and Values, at Maynooth University, 15-17 June, 2015. This conference analysed the cultural meaning of motherhood in the contemporary era. Maggie's presentation was supported by AHSS

Acla conference, seattle

Dr Maggie O'Neill

"Motherhood in a

Research Funding.

Erasmus + funding

TecCOMFrame – A Joint European Academic Competence Framework and Curricula for the Training of Technical Communicators, has received funding of €274,872. The project is led by the European Association for Technical Communication - tekom Europe. The first meeting takes place in Stuttgart, Germany, on October 22nd and 23rd, 2015.

(ACLA) 2015 Annual Meeting at the University of Washington, Seattle, where he co-organised a successful three-day seminar entitled "Seeing Animals" with Elizabeth Wijaya of Cornell University. The seminar's twelve participants came from Canada, Ireland, Japan, the UK, and the US, and they delivered fascinating papers on the representation of human and non-human seeing animals and what they perceive.

14 School arts, humanities of law and social sciences // university of limerick

comparative law conference

Erasmus + grant



On 5th-6th June, the School of Law hosted fessor Esin Örücü of the University of Glasthe 6th annual Irish Society of Comparative gow, who spoke about the changes to the Law Conference.

study of comparative law over the years. The

Over forty delegates travelled from a variety of countries including: Slovenia, Czech Republic, Italy, Scotland, Japan, South Africa, Namibia, UK, Hungary, France, Canada, India,

closing keynote was given by Dr Mia Korpiola of the University of Turku, with an insightful journey into the world of legal cultures and professions.





of Law, is part of a team of 9 who have been awarded


Switzerland, Finland and also from universi- The conference was a great success, and

Erasmus + research grant of

ties in Ireland. The conference featured a mix most sincere thanks are extended to all who


of early career researchers and established helped in organising it: to the organising

application was one of 334


committee of Dr Laura Cahillane, Hope Da-

applications and the suc-

vidson, Michelle Stevenson and Dr Seán P.

cessful project is titled 'Fix

Donlan; to volunteers Kieran fox and Conor

the Fixing: proactive quell-

O’Driscoll; to Carol Huguet and Emma Foley

ing of sports events manip-

in the School of Law Office and to all the


staff in the School of Law, (many of whom


gave up their Saturday to chair a session) for

Northern Ireland, England,

their support! The Conference was partly

Austria, France and Cyprus.

All were very impressed with the beautiful campus at the University of Limerick. Various corners of comparative law were explored, such as family law, human rights, legal history, company law, trusts, international law, ECHR law, medical law, criminal law, judicial process. The conference was opened by Pro-

The successful

The team mem-




funded by a grant from the Faculty of AHSS.

University immersion programme in china

ment’ won the top awards for ‘Best Originality and Presentation’ and ‘Best Academic Performance’. Three UL students – Neasa Peters (Graduate Entry), Alan

The School of Law wishes to congratu-

McCabe (Law Plus) and Adam Corbett

late 10 of our students who, along with

(Law and Accounting) – also partook in

Dr Kathryn O’Sullivan, travelled this

the UIP Debating Competition held in

summer to the prestigious Sichuan Uni- English by over 170 international faculty the impressive Moot Court of the Siversity in China to participate in the from approximately 90 different coun- chuan University Law School. Again the University’s highly respected University tries.

students performed outstandingly with

Immersion Programme(UIP) 2015.

Neasa Peters (UL) and Veronica Adele

The 10 students who travelled from the

This year saw 400+ international stu- School of Law each completed two law dents from around the world partake in courses during their two week stay and

Cijian (National University of Singapore) proving a winning team.

the UIP and attend classes delivered in participated in a number of academic Over the course of the two week procompetitions. One of the biggest compe- gramme, the students enjoyed a deep titions, the Big Bang Theory Science immersion in Chinese history and culCompetition, saw 16 teams compete ture. They visited a range of sites includfrom world-renowned universities in- ing the Giant Panda Breeding Centre, the cluding the National University of Singa- Jinsha Museum and the Wenshu Monaspore, Massachusetts Institute of Tech- tery; climbed Qingcheng Mountain; and nology and the Katholieke Universiteit enjoyed Chinese tea ceremonies. The Leuven. UL was represented by Mary trip was a resounding success and Tumelty (PhD candidate) and Anna Dug- builds on the School of Law’s commitgan (Law Plus) whose project entitled ment to further strengthening our inter‘Case Study: An analysis of the psycho- national ties with our partner institulogical effects of wrongful imprison- tions around the world.

School of law 15   arts, humanities and social sciences // university of limerick

Victims’ Rights: An Agenda for Change conference Victims’ Rights: An Agenda for Change’

Faculty of Arts Humanities and Social

Garda Commissioner, Ms. Noirin O’Sulli-

was held at the University of Limerick on Sciences and Holmes O’Malley Sexton

van, The Honourable Mr Justice Robert

September 11th. This event was organ-

Eagar, Professor Matthew Hall, Professor

ised by Dr. Susan Leahy and Dr. Margaret Fitzgerald-O’Reilly. The conference was a timely one in light of the impending implementation of the Victims’ Rights Directive in Ireland this November. Sponsorship for the conference was provided by the School of Law, the Centre for Crime Justice and Victim Studies, the

Solicitors. The event was a great success and was attended by over 100 delegates includjustice stakeholders such as An Garda judiciary and representatives from vic-

rights within the School of Law.

speakers at the conference included:

Congress was held at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The WSMJJ unites jurists and comparatists around the globe in the study of mixed legal systems (eg, Scotland, Louisiana, South Africa). The Congress theme was ‘The Scholar, Teacher, Judge, and Jurist in a Mixed Jurisdiction’. Dr Donlan presented a paper entitled ‘Taking Hybridity Seriously: The Longue durée and the Grand panorama’. His presentation sought to place legal complexity, including that of mixed systems, into a wider normative, institutional context. He highlighted the conceptual contribution to such discussions by

aims to build upon the important research conducted in the area of victims’

tims’ rights organisations. Keynote

Jurisdictions Jurists (WSMJJ) Congress (24-26 June 2015). The

closed with the launch of Centre for Crime Justice and Victim Studies which

Síochána, the Probation Service, the

Dr Seán Patrick Donlan, attended the World Society of Mixed

and Ms. Ellen O’Malley –Dunlop (Dublin Rape Crisis Centre). The conference

ing representatives from key criminal

WSMJJ Congress in Montréal

Jonathan Doak, Ms, Joan Deane (AdVic)

Alzheimer conference, slovenia The AHSS awarded funding for Hope Davidson, PhD candidate with the School of Law, to attend and present at the 25th Annual Conference of Alzheimer Europe on the 2nd-4th of September in Ljubljana, Slovenia. This reflects the AHSS’s commitment to interdisciplinary




search and comes at a key time as the government has recently published the Irish National Dementia Strategy.

Professors Roderick McDonald and Patrick Glenn. Both taught

The theme of this year’s international annual conference

at McGill and died in 2014. More specifically, Dr Donlan dis-

was “Dementia: putting strategies and research into prac-

cussed an on-going case study of the laws and norms of

tice”. Hope’s research identifies a particular gap in demen-

Spanish West Florida in the early nineteenth century. There,

tia research whereby the law is seen to be lagging behind

Anglophone settlers served as magistrates charged with im-

practice in reflecting how people and their families, togeth-

plementing the Spanish colonial ius commune. But that hy-

er with healthcare professionals make decisions in demen-

brid legal order permitted considerable discretion for local

tia care. In collaborating with colleagues in the School of

customs, including Anglo-American legal customs. Having

Nursing and Midwifery, and in GEMS, she aims to create

served as General Secretary of the association from 2011-

legal research with a strong foundation in practice. Partici-

2015, Dr Donlan was also elected Vice-President at the Con-

pation in the Alzheimer Europe conference enabled her to

gress. His attendance was funded, in part, by Faculty Funding.

network and receive feedback on her work at the very apex of research in this area.

16 Hate arts,and humanities social sciences hostilityand research group // university of limerick

Victims’ rights On September 8th, the HHRG attended a conference on the Victims' Rights Directive held by the Immigrant Council of Ireland in the Mansion House, Dawson




Haynes and Jennifer Schweppe delivered a paper assessing the Heads of Bill which illustrated how Ireland was planning on transposing of the Directive. They particularly assessed the Heads of Bill in the

Out of the shadows launch

context of the requirements of


consideration' to victims of

the Directive to give 'special

Hate crime in Ireland is widespread, yet

civil society organisations and legal ex-

hate crime, and highlighted the

“remains in the shadows” of our criminal

perts as well as 36 barristers. They found a

significant shortfalls in the

justice system, the Irish Council for Civil

consensus that hate crime was underre-

Heads of Bill. This paper was

Liberties (ICCL) has said, as it launched

ported and under-recorded.


research commissioned from researchers at the University of Limerick’s Hate and Hostility Research Group.

Co-director of the University of Limerick Hate and Hostility Research Group Jennifer Schweppe added, “While the state claims




made to the Justice, Defence and Equality Committee.

Disability hate crime

Speaking on Monday 13th July at the launch

that hate crime is being adequately ad-

of “Out of the Shadows: Legislating for

dressed, our research shows that in fact it

Dr Amanda Haynes and Jen-

Hate Crime in Ireland”, ICCL Executive Di-

lives in the shadows, largely invisible in the

nifer Schweppe of the Hate

rector Mark Kelly said:

criminal justice process. There has been a

and Hostility Research Group

system-wide failure to recognise the harms

presented a paper to members

of hate and to provide victims with appro-

of the Irish Congress of Trade

priate protection under the law.”


"This report, a result of Ireland’s only cross -sectoral research project dedicated to the reform of Irish hate crime law, is based on




Crime in Ireland.

wide-ranging interviews with victims of

Dr Amanda Haynes concluded, “The experi-

hate crime, members of the Garda Síochá-

ences of those we interviewed – hate-

While in England and Wales,

na and legal professionals, and on detailed

motivated assaults, vandalism, property

police record disablist hate

review of international best practice on

damage and threats - are simply unac-

crime, and any crime commit-

tackling hate crime. It concludes that there

ceptable. It is not the responsibility of vic-

ted with a disablist motivation

is an urgent need to tackle the problem

tims to avoid being targets of hate crime; it

can be punished more severely

through introduction of robust modern

is the responsibility of the legislature to

by the court, there are no such

legislation that creates dedicated criminal

send a clear message to society that this

processes and procedures in

offences and enhanced sentencing for hate

behaviour is not tolerated. By adopting our

place in Ireland. Those who are

-motivated crime, and introduces better

legislative proposals, the government can

victims of disablist hate crime

reporting and recording of incidents of

do just this.”

are left 'in the shadows' of the

hate crime."

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) is

The report authors Jennifer Schweppe,


School of Law at UL and Dr Amanda

rights watchdog, which monitors, educates

Haynes, Department of Sociology at UL

and campaigns in order to secure full en-

interviewed hate crime victims, members

joyment of human rights for everyone.

of An Garda Síochána, representatives of




criminal justice system. Fear of being targeted because of a disability, Amanda and Jennifer argued, is an obstacle to independent living and full and equitable participation in society.

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