Structured PhD in Contemporary Irish Studies at MIC Limerick

Mary Immaculate College, Limerick is launching an exciting new programme, a Structured PhD in Contemporary Irish Studies, in September 2018.

The Structured PhD in Contemporary Irish Studies at Mary Immaculate College (MIC) aims to provide a suite of modules that are focused on contemporary issues in Irish society, politics and culture. The focus will be on contemporary Irish studies, and how, specifically, the study of a series of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary areas of the Irish experience can lead to a clearer understanding of the Ireland of today, which will be a baseline for the study of the Ireland of the future. The modules will be delivered by experts, all of whom have a track record in publishing in their respective fields.

To see the brochure for the Structured PhD in Contemporary Irish Studies programme, please click here.

Closing date for completed applications is 31st May 2018


The Structured PhD in Contemporary Irish Studies at MIC aims to:

  • • Enhance the students’ knowledge of Irish history, literature, culture, society and languages through a theoretically-aware matrix of teaching methodologies and seminars;
  • • Develop students’ ability to understand and use a variety of theoretical approaches to different areas of Contemporary Irish Studies and to encourage an anamorphic perspective on issues which have hitherto been seen as normative and given;
  • • Stimulate interest and research expertise in core areas of contemporary Irish society and culture through a variety of methods and approaches;
  • • Cultivate research skills across a number of subject areas and disciplines in order to achieve a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary perspective on areas of Irish culture, politics, society and ideology.

Range of Modules:*

  • • Irish Communities in Early Modern Europe
  • • Image-Based Research in history
  • • Oral History: Theory and Practice
  • • Poetics and Politics of Irish Identity
  • • Researching Irish Media Audiences
  • • The Development of the Media in Ireland: an Historical and Conceptual Overview
  • • Radio: The Invisible Medium
  • • Families and Communities in Ireland and Britain, 1500-1750
  • • The Irish Revolution 1912-1927
  • • The Literary Tradition in Irish
  • • An Introduction to the Irish Language
  • • Process of Change: The Transmission of Irish Traditional Music
  • • Irish Women’s Writing in the Long Nineteenth Century
  • • Yeats, Joyce and the Language of Irish Identity
  • • Contemporary Irish Poetry
  • • Irish Culture and Ecocriticism
  • • Contemporary Irish Theatre
  • • Europe as a Transnational Space – Theory and Textual Practice
  • • Irish Politics and Society
  • • Musical Life in Nineteenth Century Ireland
  • • Irish Clans, Surnames and Genetic DNA
  • * A selection of these modules will be offered each year
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