Michael Pierse

      Phone: +44 (0)28 9097 5390

      For media contact email comms.office@qub.ac.uk
      or call +44(0)2890 973091.

      View graph of relations

      Research Interests

      My research has probed into new frontiers in the neglected area of class in Irish culture particularly in terms of literature. It has been presented in recent years at a wide range of public engagement and academic conference activities. Through successful funded research projects, I have also moved into new multi-disciplinary themes and international contexts. Over the last four years at Queen’s I have:

      • developed research proposals that have secured significant funding (circa £450,000 over 11 research projects), including three grants funded by the AHRC (I am part of a major, £1.5 AHRC award based at Brunel, commencing late 2016). Projects focus on: crowd-sourced festival history; creativity on the margins; northern Irish working-class history and culture; Irish diaspora histories; Irish opposition to the First World War (for further details on all projects see below);
      • published a range of articles in journals, periodicals and books;
      • written more than half of a new monograph, Nationalism and Class in Twentieth-Century Ireland (complete 2018);
      • been contracted to edit (and contribute a chapter and introduction to) what promises to be a ground-breaking, 24-chapter volume, A Cambridge History of Irish Working-Class Writing (now complete and to be submitted to CUP before end 2016);
      • been contracted to co-edit a further collection on diaspora history and culture, Rethinking the Irish Diaspora: After the Gathering (Palgrave, 2017; and organised an associated conference, amongst many other events).

      My first monograph, Writing Ireland’s Working Class (2011), received an excellent REF review and was warmly welcomed by scholars as a substantial contribution to academic knowledge: ‘Sometimes books cross your path in which love and scholarship come together. Pierse writes about the culture of the neglected Dublin urban working class with passion and timeliness. […] This sparkling book will change the scope of Irish studies.’ (Prof Sally R. Munt, Times Higher Education)

      Achievements and Distinctions

      Teaching

      • School of English Student Guidance Officer, since early 2016
      • Rachel Hegarty, School of English (PhD Creative Writing: critical supervisor), from October 2014-present
      • Patrick Toland, School of English (PhD Creative Writing: critical supervisor), from December 2015-present
      • PhD examiner, internal: Cónal MacMichael (23 February 2016)
      • Rachel Hanna, School of English (PhD second supervisor), from March 2016-present
      • Scott McKendry, School of English (PhD Creative Writing: critical supervisor), from October 2016
      • Portia Ellis-Woods, School of English (PhD second supervisor), from March 2016-present
      • Max Meulendijks, School of GAP (PhD third supervisor), from August 2015-present
      • MA thesis supervisor School of English (2016); MA thesis examiner for Institute of Irish Studies (2016)
      • Examiner and teacher to Stage 2, Stage 3 (module convenor), MA in School of English (variously, since 2013)
      • Differentiations in English and Irish: examiner for PhD students, Portia Ellis-Woods, 17 June 2014; Amy Finlay, 19 May 2016; and Jody-Buckley Coogan (through the medium of Irish – for Scoil na Gaeilge), 23 May 2016
      • Stage 3 dissertation supervisor at School of English, 2014-2015; third supervisor on Strategic DEL Studentship, ‘Evolution and the Hygenic City: Darwinian Medicine in fin-de0-siècle Belfast’
      • HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) mentor to PhD student Mr Owen Fenton, 2014-2015
      •  MA mini-module convenor, ‘The God Allusion: A Day with Terry Eagleton’, November 2014
      • BA Stage 3 module convenor, ‘Writing British and Irish Working Class Life’, 2014-present (will become two modules from 2016)
      • Participation in co-devising new Introduction to Irish Literature module (Stage 2) and Fin de Siècle module (English Literature MA); guest lecturing on other MA module
      •  External examination to PhD level (Ms Erika Meyers, Schools of English, University of Edinburgh, September 2014; resubmission June 2015) and internal examination for PhD differentiation (Ms Portia Ellis-Woods, School of English/ICRH, QUB, 2014)
      • Stage 3 dissertation supervisor at School of English, 2014-2015; third supervisor on Strategic DEL Studentship, ‘Evolution and the Hygenic City: Darwinian Medicine in fin-de0-siècle Belfast’
      • HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) mentor to PhD student Mr Owen Fenton, 2014-2015
      • MA mini-module convenor, ‘The God Allusion: A Day with Terry Eagleton’, November 2014
      • BA Stage 3 module convenor, ‘Writing British and Irish Working Class Life’, 2014-present
      • Participation in co-devising new Introduction to Irish Literature module (Stage 2) and Fin de Siècle module (English Literature MA); guest lecturing on other MA module
      • External examination to PhD level (Ms Erika Meyers, Schools of English, University of Edinburgh, September 2014; resubmission June 2015) and internal examination for PhD differentiation (Ms Portia Ellis-Woods, School of English/ICRH, QUB, 2014)
        • Almost a decade’s teaching experience at FE level (Irish National Qualifications Framework levels 5 & 6 – equivalent of 1st/2nd year at third-level education) of Communications and English. My former employer will attest to consistently excellent results from students and to my reputation as a committed and hard-working teacher with outstanding student feedback.
        • Elected in 2009, by fellow staff, as their representative on the College Advisory Sub-Committee (board of management) at Coláiste Íde College of Further Education, at which local political representatives, the Chamber of Commerce and various other stakeholders oversee the running of the college, one of the largest providers of further education in the Republic of Ireland; development of new courses, implementation of a wide range of new educational regulations; membership of School Development and Planning Committee and Information and Communications Technology Group.
        • Promotion to a management ‘Special Duties’ position in 2006: involved administering courses accredited to diverse bodies (FETAC, HETAC, ITEC, City & Guilds, NCEF), innovating in a highly interdisciplinary environment, registration, overseeing examinations processes, devising course outlines, implementing policy, quality assurance and managing public relations.
      • Previous Teaching experience

        Sept 2008-January 2013,

        Sept 2003-Sept 2007:                      Communications and English Tutor (permanent),

        Coláiste Íde College of Further Education, Finglas, Dublin 11

        Summer 2011:                                   Course Director, CELT Ireland, 25 Mountjoy Square, Dublin 1

        Feb 2001-Jan 2003:                          Irish Teacher, City of Dublin VEC, Dublin 4

      Particulars

       

      Qualifications:

      October 2003 – Jan 2009:    Doctor of Philosophy in English Literature, Trinity College Dublin

      Title: ‘Writing Dublin’s Working Class, after O’Casey’

      October 1998 – June 2003: Bachelor of Arts in English and Modern Irish, Trinity College Dublin 

      Other relevant work experience

      • Sept 2007-Sept 2008: Editor, Cavan Echo, 43 College Street, Cavan
      • Nov 2001-May 2004:  Freelance Editing Consultancy (intermittent), Equality Works, Dublin 11

       

      Professional affiliations

      Member of the Irish Labour History Society, the International Association for the Study of Irish Literature, and the Teaching Council of Ireland.

      Forthcoming publications

      Edited collections: 
      • Pierse, M (ed.), A Cambridge History of Irish Working-Class Writing (forthcoming; under contract: to be submitted end September 2016)
      • Pierse, M and Johanne Devlin Trew (eds.), Rethinking the Irish Diaspora: After the Gathering (forthcoming; under contract with Palgrave: 2017)
      • Jeannerod, D., Pagello, F., and Pierse, M. (eds), The Cultures of Popular Culture: Proceedings of the 2013 Royal Irish Academy Conference - Committee for Modern Languages, Literary and Cultural Studies, Dublin: Arrow@DIT, http://arrow.dit.ie (forthcoming: November 2016)

      Articles and chapters:

      • ‘Emigration, counter-culture and writing the Irish working class: Patrick MacGill’s Children of the Dead End (1914), Robert Noonan’s The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (1914) and James Hanley’s The Furys (1935)’, in Pierse, M and Johanne Devlin Trew (eds.), Rethinking the Irish Diaspora: After the Gathering (forthcoming; under contract with Palgrave: 2017)
      • ‘Late capitalism, internationalism and iconoclasm in Brendan Behan’s Richard’s Cork Leg’, in John Francis McCourt and Barry McCrea (eds), Behan: Separating the Myth from the Man (in preparation; due 2017) 
      • ‘Co-creation, community theatre and “disconnected communities”: Where do I belong?– a case study’ (in preparation)
      • ‘Roddy Doyle’, in J. Ward (ed.) Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Contemporary Literature (in preparation: Wiley Blackwell, due February 2017)
      • ‘The People: Race, Gender, and Class on the Contemporary Stage’, in P. Reynolds (ed.), Cambridge New Approaches: New Irish Writing (in preparation: Cambridge University Press, due late 2017) 

      Monographs:

      • Nationalism and Class in Twentieth-Century Ireland (complete 2018)
      • With Feargal Mac Ionnrachtaigh and Margaret Topping, Féile an Phobail: a history of Ireland’s biggest community festival (complete 2017)

       

      Other outputs:

      • Stair na Féile: exhibition curator, August 2016
      • Co-ordinating AHRC crowdsourcing project website: www.feilebelfasthistory.com 
      • Recent development of blog: https://michaelpierseblog.wordpress.com/
      • Report on ‘A Scoping Study of Belfast Working-Class Archives’, with Dr Seán Byers (funded by Irish Department of Foreign Affairs, will be published online at end September 2016)  

       

      Measures of Esteem

      • Winner, Vice Chanellor's Prize for Postdoctoral Research, 20 Nov 2015
      • Referee for Irish Studies Review
      • Referee for Irish University Review
      • Referee for Neohelicon
      • Invited an keynote speaker at various events (see below)
      • Northern Bridge AHRC referee; recently also invited to apply for AHRC Peer-Review College
      • External collaborator on major University College Dublin IRC grant (above) and also on Canadian SSHRC application, ‘Mediated Cities Project: creative economies and the ambient commons’ (currently being revised for resubmission), in collaboration with Dr Michael Jemtrud, McGill University
      • External examiner to PhD level at University of Edinburgh, 2014-5
      • Continuing Professional Development
      • Attended and received certificate for Supervising Research Students, June 2016
      • Applied for membership of HEA September 2016
      • All QUB mandatory training up to date
      • Completed QUB Selection Interview Training on 23 April 2015

       

       

      Administrative, managerial and other experience

      • School of English Student Guidance Officer, since early 2016
      • Invited to participate in Irish Studies MA Working Group and workshop; QUB Marketing workshop 2016
      • Invited by Dr Dominic Bryan to accompany Irish Studies promotional tour of New York universities and speak at CUNY, April 2 2016; lectured also to Dayton University visitors to QUB on 27 May 2016 and lecture each year (voluntarily, since 2013) to Irish Studies Summer School 
      • Invited by Professor John Thompson to participate in ICRH promotional tour of India (South Asian Uni, Delhi Uni, JNU, Jadavpur University, Calcutta Uni, British Council)
      • Regularly invited to speak and participate at internal PGR conferences, funding workshops etc. (Supervisory Awards, PhD training, Marketing Strategy at QUB, Irish Studies group, funding workshop for SoE staff); I spoke at the QUB Supervisory Awards 2016 (May) and will also speak at the QUB Completion and Leadership Workshop for PhD Students in September.
      • Asked to develop Impact Statement for Ref 2020
      • Administration of research funding, on three DFA grants and for my ongoing project, ‘After the Gathering’ (DCAL), and the DFA Reconciliation Fund project ‘The Labour Movement, Working-Class Cultures and Conflict in Northern Ireland Since 1945’
      • Interviewer for AHRC post-doctoral research post on ‘Translating Cultures’ project (PI Prof Margaret Topping), 18 December 2014; completed QUB Selection Interview Training on 23 April 2015
      • Administration and planning of ICRH activities. I have managed the institute’s Twitter account in 2013, was a participant on the Institute’s international outreach tour, University of Vanderbilt, September 2014
      • Blog management (on AHRC projects and my own blog), social media management on AHRC Trans Cultures, with significant impact
      • As Editor of the Cavan Echo (at the time, Cavan’s most widely circulated paper): liaising with local authorities and organisations, reporting to board meetings (to Directors including Peter Quinn and Máirtín Ó Muilleoir), managing journalists, photographers, designers, columnists, technical and administrative staff; preventing libel, reporting on sensitive and potentially incendiary situations, dealing with complaints.

       

      Other Admin and QUB promotional work

      • Invited to participate in Irish Studies MA Working Group and workshop; QUB Marketing workshop 2016
      • Invited by Dr Dominic Bryan to accompany Irish Studies promotional tour of New York universities and speak at CUNY, April 2 2016; lectured also to Dayton University visitors to QUB on 27 May 2016 and lecture each year (voluntarily, since 2013) to Irish Studies Summer School.
      • Invited by Professor John Thompson to participate in ICRH promotional tour of India (South Asian Uni, Delhi Uni, JNU, Jadavpur University, Calcutta Uni, British Council)
      • Regularly invited to speak and participate at internal PGR conferences, funding workshops etc. (Supervisory Awards, PhD training, Marketing Strategy at QUB, Irish Studies group, funding workshop for SoE staff); I spoke at the QUB Supervisory Awards 2016 (May) and will also speak at the QUB Completion and Leadership Workshop for PhD Students in September.
      • Asked to develop Impact Statement for Ref 2020

      Other

      Personal interests/hobbies

      Before taking up my current role at Queen’s University, I participated in voluntary community work, most recently as a Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ireland voluntary mentor (2009-2013) with children experiencing turbulence in their lives. I have also run marathons and races for a number of charities and community groups over recent years, including for East Belfast Mission and for Féile an Phobail.

      In 2016, I was elected by Queen’s University academic staff to the role of Honorary Treasurer of the University College Union; I have an active academic and personal interest in trade unionism and workers’ representation.

      I am also a fluent Irish speaker and have differentiated at PhD level through Irish for Scoil na Gaeilge at QUB.

      View all

      Frequent Journals

      View all »

      View all

      View all

      Contribution to conference papers, events and activities

      ID: 2630654