landscape, memory & identity in modern ireland
Areas of expertise
As a cultural and historical geographer I have spent much of the last ten years exploring the relationships between landscape, memory and identity in modern Ireland. Informed by scholarship in Geography, Cultural Heritage and Irish Studies I have been especially interested in exploring the symbolic dimensions of the urban landscape.
I am currently working on a monograph which examines the dynamic relationship between space, time, memory and ideology in shaping sites of cultural heritage. This extends my research on Ireland in a number of new thematic directions and will explore three key strands of inquiry: performative landscapes; landscapes of conflict; and Irish diasporic landscapes. In foregrounding the significance of the material landscape, this work advances a more nuanced interpretation of aspects of Ireland's past and present and argues that landscapes of Ireland provide much more than a passive backdrop for the representation of the past.