New Irish Studies Research Fellows Appointed

The Centre for Irish Studies (CIS) at St Mary’s University College, London, announced today (Tuesday 30th October) that it has appointed three new Irish Studies Professorial and Research Fellows in a three-year, funded commitment to develop its research and postgraduate provision.

Joining the Centre are Prof Mary Hickman, a leading sociologist of the Irish diaspora, co-author of Migration and Social Cohesion in the UK (Palgrave 2012) and co-editor of Women and the Irish Diaspora (forthcoming, Manchester University Press, 2013); Prof Shaun Richards, editor of The Cambridge Companion to Twentieth-Century Irish Drama (2004) and co-author of the seminal Writing Ireland (1988); and Keith Hopper, author of Flann O’Brien: A Portrait of the Artist a Young Post-modernist (Cork UP, 2011) and series editor of ‘Ireland into Film’ (Cork UP, 2001). Keith has also recently completed a study on Irish film director Neil Jordan at the University of Oxford.

Director of the CIS at St Mary’s Prof Lance Pettitt said, “We are delighted to have such eminent Fellows join us for what will be an exciting period of development in Irish Studies in London.”

The new Fellows extend the existing expertise at the Centre for its new MA in Irish Studies, will support its doctoral students, and develop the programme of research, conferences and community links established by the CIS.

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