Niamh Ní Shiadhail
universitetslektor i keltiska språk vid Engelska institutionen, Avdelningen för keltiska språk
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I was educated at University College Dublin, Ireland, where I graduated with a B.A. degree in Modern Irish and History (2005) and M.A. degree in Modern Irish (2006), before taking up a full-time position as a Teaching Assistant in Modern Irish at the School of Irish, Celtic Studies, Irish Folklore and Linguistics, UCD. Began my doctoral studies in Modern Irish literature at University College Dublin in September 2007, upon the award of a three-year UCD Ad Astra Doctoral Scholarship. Awarded a PhD in Irish-language Literature in 2012 for my thesis, 'Conspóidí creidimh, 1818-c.1848: roinnt fianaise ó fhilíocht na Gaeilge' [Religious controversies, 1818-c.1848: some evidence from Irish-language poetry]. This thesis was awarded the 2013 Johann Kaspar Zeuss Prize for the best PhD thesis in Celtic Studies by Societas Celtologica Europaea.
I have been a lecturer in Celtic Languages, and Director of the Celtic Section at Uppsala University, since August 2012. My research focusses on the Irish-language literature of the nineteenth century: its production and transmission through manuscript culture; interaction of print and manuscript cultures; the form and function of Irish-language poetry, particularly that dealing with political and socio-religious issues; and the influence of political and religious controversies on the expression of identity through Irish-language texts. My current project, 'Religion and identity in Ireland after the Union: Poet as interlocutor?' seeks to provide an insight into the function of Irish-language poets and their poetry by examining poetic responses to three major historical movements of the 1820s in Ireland: 1) the Second Reformation; 2) the campaign for Catholic Emancipation; 3) the Tithe Wars.
My broader research interests encompass expressions of Irish identity through literature more generally, and the respective roles of tradition and innovation in the maintenance and expression of that identity. I have organised two conferences exploring these issues: a one-day symposium, Sealbhú an Traidisiúin, in conjunction with colleagues at the School of Irish, Celtic Studies and Irish Folklore in University College Dublin in 2011; and in 2014, a further one-day symposium, Irish America: past and present perspectives, with Dr Dag Blanck of the Swedish Institute for North American Studies.
I have taught a wide range of courses at universities in Ireland and Sweden, including introductory courses in Celtic history and literature; courses in Modern Irish language from A1-C2 level; as well as specialist courses in subjects as diverse as Classical Irish language and literature (c. 1200-c.1650), the cultural history of the Gaelic revival, and twentieth-century literature in the Irish language.
I also regularly engage in outreach activities to promote the study of Celtic languages to the general public, and to introduce research in Celtic Studies to a broader audience. These activities have included organising visits from Irish-language authors; an exhibition and public lecture on the work of W.B. Yeats; and film showings in both Irish and English at Slottsbiografen, including a documentary film to mark the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising.
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