Mary Immaculate College (MIC) lecturer Dr Eóin Flannery is to take up a prestigious position at Montreal’s Concordia University. Dr Flannery, who lectures in MIC’s Department of English Language & Literature, will spend the Autumn semester at the University as the Peter O’Brien Visiting Scholar, an invite only position, which brings a distinguished scholar to teach within the programmes of the School of Irish Studies.
Dr Flannery was invited on the strength of his research and publications in the field of Irish Studies and Ecocriticism, specifically his 2016 book, Ireland and Ecocriticism: Literature, History and Environmental Justice. As part of the Scholarship, Dr Flannery will teach two undergraduate courses and will give a public lecture to the Canada-Ireland Foundation.
Speaking as he prepared to begin his Scholarship in Montreal, Dr Flannery said: “The School of Irish Studies at Concordia University in Montreal is a flagship centre for research and teaching in Irish literature, language and history, so it is a genuine privilege to have the opportunity to spend a semester in that environment. The Peter O’Brien Visiting Scholarship is one of the most prestigious schemes in the field of Irish Studies, to receive the award is a welcome recognition that my research is valued by peers in my field of research. I am grateful to Concordia for the offer, as well as to my Head of Department, Dr Eugene O’Brien, and to MIC for supporting me in taking up the scholarship.”
Welcoming Dr Flannery was Professor Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin, Head of the School of Irish Studies at Concordia University, who said: “The School of Irish Studies is thrilled to welcome Dr Eóin Flannery from MIC as this year's O'Brien Visiting Scholar. The roster of O'Brien Visiting Scholars is essentially a "Who's Who' in the multidisciplinary field of Irish Studies. Since it was established back in 2004, this prestigious invited scholarship has hosted Irish Studies experts from all over the world, in fields ranging from history, geography and literature to film studies, music, and political science.”
Dr Flannery’s research interests include ecocriticism; Celtic Tiger writing; cultural theory; postmodern and postcolonial literature and theory; the Gothic; visual cultures; and Irish poetry and prose. For more information on the Peter O’Brien Visiting Scholarship click here.