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    Research Interests

    My research interests are in contemporary Irish and Scottish writing as well as post-conflict literatures and cultures, with a focus on Northern Ireland. I am specifically intersted in the relationship between politics, ethics, and aesthetics. My work takes inspiration from the field of postcolonial, gender, and trauma studies and political and aesthetic theory, and has both a comparative and interdisciplinary dimension.


    My monograph Subaltern Ethics in Contemporary Scottish and Irish Literature: Tracing Counter Histories (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) develops an innovative Irish-Scottish postcolonial approach by galvanizing Emmanuel Levinas’ ethics with the socio-cultural category of the ‘subaltern’. It sheds new light on contemporary Scottish, Northern Irish and Irish fiction, exploring how these writings interact with interact with recent political developments. It argues that these works register a recalcitrance towards dominant historical paradigms, thereby constructing ‘subaltern counter-histories’ to the alleged (d)evolutionary processes in today’s Atlantic archipelago.  

    My current research explores the role of literature and culture in conflict resolution practices in a British-Irish and African context. 

    From 2013 to 2014, I have been leading an Interdisciplinary Research Group on Art, Performance and Media in (Post-) Conflict Societies, hosted and funded by the Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice. (For more information on the aims and activities of this group, please click on the link.)


    I have taught across a range of undergraduate models.

    At Stage 2, I teach on ‘ENG2081: Irish Literature’.

    I convene the third year module ‘ENG3060: Contemporary Scottish and Irish Fiction: Devolutionary Identities’, which explores the transformed literary landscape of Irish and Scottish fiction since the 1980s in relation to the (d)evolutionary processes of cultural and social change in today’s Atlantic archipelago, concerning in particular the Irish Republic’s economic boom in the 1990s (commonly referred to as the ‘Celtic Tiger’), the Peace Process in Northern Ireland, and the developments towards the reconstitution of the Scottish Parliament in 1999. The course examines how these changes and the issues that they raise are reflected in an indicative selection of Irish and Scottish novels, focusing on the relationship between the formal and stylistic experiments often found in these writings, and the concepts of identity, society, the nation, history, and gender that they draw on, resist, and/or give rise to.



    Willingness to take PhD students


    PhD projects

    I am open to PhD applications in the fields of:
    - Contemporary Irish Literature and Culture, specifically Northern Irish fiction and drama since the 1998 Agreement
    - Comparative studies in Post-conflict cultures, specifically in relation to issues of dealing with the past and reconciliation
    - Comparative studies in trauma and memory studies with a focus on the contemporary Irish cultural context.

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    Frequent Journals

    • Irish Studies Review

      ISSNs: 0967-0882

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1469-9303


      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 0.26 SJR 0.116 SNIP 0.38


    • Nordic Irish Studies

      ISSNs: 1602-124X


    • The Irish Review

      ISSNs: 0790-7850


    • Irish University Review

      ISSNs: 0021-1427, 2047-2153

      Edinburgh University Press

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 0.14 SJR 0.113 SNIP 0.516


    • Contemporary Theatre Review

      ISSNs: 1048-6801

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1477-2264

      Taylor and Francis Ltd.

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 0.17 SJR 0.1 SNIP 0.215


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