Centre for Irish Studies
The distinctive features of our taught and research programmes foreground the University’s longstanding commitment to the cultural traditions of the West of Ireland and the research achievements of academic staff across several disciplines.
Ø Our bilingual approaches to literature, history, and culture enables students to develop a more inclusive and comprehensive approach to cultural production by studying both Irish and English language material.
Ø Irish Music and Dance Studies develop the dynamic relationship between students and the artistic practices of the region where the traditions of Irish music and dance are particularly strong.
Ø Place Studies encourages students to consider the deep attachment to place as a signature element of the Irish imagination, and migration and dislocation as defining aspects of the Irish experience.
Ø A commitment to interdisciplinarity requires students to work across the traditional boundaries between individual disciplines, including Irish, English, History, Geography, Political Science and Sociology.
Since its inception in 2000, the Centre for Irish Studies at NUI Galway has established itself as one of the premier locations worldwide for interdisciplinary research and advanced teaching on the cultural, social and political endeavours of Irish people.
TAUGHT PROGRAMMES AT THE CENTRE FOR IRISH STUDIES
MA in Irish Studies
The MA in Irish Studies is a one year programme drawing on the
disciplines of English, History, and Irish and including sociological
and political science perspectives. The programme focuses on the
nineteenth and twentieth centuries and provides a critical interrogation
of key junctions and issues in the historical, cultural and social
development of modern Ireland. The approach is interdisciplinary
throughout, aiming to provide a comprehensive overview of the Irish
experience since the early nineteenth century.
Customised Programmes in Irish Studies
Summer School in Irish Studies
The annual Summer School in Irish Studies at NUI, Galway was inaugurated in 1984 and continues to offer a diverse programme of interdisciplinary study for undergraduate and graduate students. The modular course structure allows a considerable degree of flexibility to students and is designed to reflect developments in the world of Irish Studies since the programme was first established. The full menu of courses is as follows:
RESEARCH AT THE CENTRE FOR IRISH STUDIES
The Centre for Irish Studies has a long-standing commitment to supporting international research initiatives in the field of Irish Studies. In particular, the hosting of Visiting Scholars makes a significant contribution to the intellectual life of the Centre by providing a platform for wider discussions among the Irish Studies community at NUI Galway. With the generous assistance of funding agencies, including the Leverhulme Foundation, the Irish American Cultural Institute, the Fulbright Commission, the Irish Research Council, Foras na Gaeilge, and the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies at NUI Galway, the Centre has hosted emerging and established scholars from Europe, the Americas, Australia, New Zealand and Asia.
IACI-NUI Galway Fellowship in Irish Studies
In partnership with the Irish American Cultural Institute, the Centre for Irish Studies offers an annual Visiting Fellowship in Irish Studies to enable a scholar from the United States to further her/his research at NUI Galway. For further details, contact Samantha at email@example.com
Comhrá Ceoil: Research in Irish Music and Dance Studies
Irish Music and Dance Studies is central to teaching and research at the Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway, drawing on cognate disciplines of ethnomusicology, cultural history, spatial and cultural geography to expand the field of Irish Studies internationally. There is a vibrant post-graduate research cluster in music and dance studies, a thread which also runs through the fabric of undergraduate teaching.
For a number of years now, a music and dance studies reading group, Comhrá Ceoil, has been meeting regularly as a forum for debate and discussion. Comhrá Ceoil draws together strands of research, discourse and practice in the field and encompasses a variety of research driven initiatives and events, both on and off campus. It provides a robust but collegial environment to develop new ideas and revisit old paradigms of discussion on the matter of music, dance and Irishness.
Ómos Áite: Space/Place Research Group
Ómós Áite grew from a conversation about the contested role of place in Irish culture and this informal dialogue developed into the formation of an interdisciplinary research group that now meets on a monthly basis at the Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway. Membership ranges from Irish Studies to cognate disciplines across NUI Galway, while also including musicians, dancers, artists and community partners concerned with spatial and environmental issues in their work.
Doctoral Research in Irish Studies
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Centre for Irish Studies
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