Michael McKenna

    Michael McKenna

    Postgraduate research student

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    Research Interests

    I am a final year PhD candidate in the School of Arts, English & Languages where I have also completed an Undergraduate Degree in French Studies (2009-2013) and a Masters Degree (2013-2014). My research interests in Memory Studies and Archive Studies are a result of my earlier BA and MA education at Queen’s where I focused on the Atlantic Slave Trade, tracing links between the subjugation of the Irish and African diaspora. I began to explore this in my MA dissertation by investigating sources of ‘Alternative Archival Practices’ (such as historical fiction) in relation to the Salem Witch Trials and the Irish Slave Trade.
    Upon completing my Masters degree, I received an AHRC funded Collaborative Doctoral Award in co-operation with Queen’s University and the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and I also spent the first year of my PhD working as a HASTAC scholar, a project that aims to develop and promote the Digital Humanities. Continuing on from the research in my MA dissertation, my doctoral thesis also explores the ethics of commemoration in our archives, linking the project to current debates on the preservation of textual and material artifacts from our individual and collective pasts.
    A major focus is placed on questions related to the changing function of national archives and museums in the digital age of global communications and circulation. In an increasingly multicultural world where static conceptions of nationhood, community, home and belonging have been replaced by more fluid models of identity formation, the challenge of accommodating changing demographics, histories and memories, which are at once multiple and collective, is pressing.

    Teaching

    Undergraduate French (Grammar, Essay Writing, Translation)

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