Research Profile

Clíona O'Carroll

Biography

Clíona O'Carroll has been a Lecturer with Béaloideas/Folklore and Ethnology since 2004. Her research interests include public folklore, ethnographic interviewing, oral history and digital preservation, material culture, maritime folklore, migrant experiences, and doing ethnography for broadcast and creative dissemination. Clíona is Research Director (since 2010) with the Cork Folklore Project, a community-based research unit that has collected and archived more than 600 ethnographic interviews exploring the everyday and the extraordinary in Cork’s past and present since its inception in 1996. She directs the narrative mapping project, The Cork Memory Map, where the physical and social landscapes of Cork City are explored through oral history/folklore interviews, with ongoing curated dissemination of stories and memories on an online map. She is currently overseeing a large-scale archive consolidation project, with the development of a digital catalogue and web-based cultural heritage platform for the CFP serving as a case study for the exploration of meaningful assessment of cultural heritage digital dissemination strategies.
Clíona participates in and advises a range of public folklore projects, gives ethnographic/folklore fieldwork training to a number of groups, and has researched and produced a number of ethnographic radio series. After receiving a BA in An Léann Dúchais and Sociology, Clíona studied in the Institute of European Ethnology, Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin, with support from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The ethnographic research for her Doctoral thesis was carried out in Berlin, where she investigated experiences of migrancy and performances of Irishness with Irish migrants and the host society. She was awarded a PhD in Folklore and Ethnology from UCC in 2001.

Research Interests

Research interests include:
  • contemporary urban ethnology
  • ethnographic fieldwork methodology
  • public folklore
  • oral history and everyday experience
  • memory and narrative
  • the anthropology of migration 
  • maritime folklore 
  • material culture. 
My role as Research Director with the community-based Cork Folklore Project provides much opportunity for the exploration of memory, narrative and identity in an urban context. Cork Folklore Project

An interest in the methodology, ethics and aesthetics of the public dissemination of folklore and the embodied experience in a museum context, and in contemporary cultural articulations of marginalised groups has led to a number of collaborations with museums, art galleries and community groups that serve as a basis for research into questions regarding the praxis of cultural representation.

My instigation of the Memory Map Project at the CFP provides an opportunity to research urban life in Cork in the 1940s-1960s, and to investigate the relationship between landscape and memory and issues pertaining to the exploration of negative experiences in oral history. Since June 2010, we been carrying out interviews and accessing our archives with a view to creating a memory map of Cork city. This map will make pictures and audio relating to Cork's past, everyday life and landmarks accessible to the public using a range of formats (a web-based interactive city map and self-directed audio tours containing clips and transcripts from ethnographic interviews along with still images). As well as producing a repository of rich ethnographic data, the memory map will document the personal memories, folklore, occupational lore, characters and stories associated with different areas of the city so that those using it can access the rich tapestry of memory and informal histories that overlay the city. Cork Memory Map

We are currently carrying out a large-scale archive consolidation project (supported in part by the Irish Heritage Council and UCC’s Strategic Research Support Fund), with the development of a digital catalogue and web-based cultural heritage platform for the CFP serving as a case study for the exploration of meaningful assessment of cultural heritage digital dissemination strategies.

My active participation in ethnographic radio projects and community-based folklore collection is proving to be a fertile field for thought and research on the ethics, approaches and dynamic of engaging in public folklore, and a solid base of experience in public folklore production.  Co-ordination of the `Cultures of Cork (How's it goin?, boy?)' project has provided hands-on experience of supervising a large-scale intensive community ethnographic project and engaging with the constraints of interviewing for radio dissemination, while simultaneously maintaining the integrity of the ethnographic endeavour. 


Research Grants

 ProjectFunding
Body
Start DateEnd DateAward
Cork Folklore Project Online Oral History CatalogueHeritage Council02-MAY-1830-NOV-18€4,000.00
Local voices, workdwide conversations - generating a meaningful assessment for the online dissemination of cultural heritage projects.Irish Research Council01-OCT-1330-SEP-17€88,008.00
UCC"Strategic Research Fund 2014"Dr C O'CarrollMiscellaneous01-OCT-1431-OCT-15€5,033.00
Cork Folklore Project Archival Consolidation ProjectHeritage Council01-FEB-1430-JUN-15€8,000.00
Broadcasting Authority of Ireland: The Barreltop Wagon: An Exploration of Cork Traveller Culture, Past and PresentOther: Not Listed05-APR-1008-JUL-11€8,000.00
The Cork Memory MapHeritage Council17-JUN-1026-NOV-11€8,000.00

Publications

Books

 YearPublication
(2006)How's it goin', boy?.
O'Carroll, Cliona; (2006) How's it goin', boy?. Dublin: Nonsuch Publishing. [Details]

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2013)''They are in the sea as well as on the land': Lore and luck of the West Coast'
O'Carroll, Clíona; (2013) ''They are in the sea as well as on the land': Lore and luck of the West Coast' In: Fishing Folk: Boats, Boatmen and Beliefs. Galway: Galway City Council. [Details]
(2012)'Éist le ceol na habhann: ceird na heitneagrafaíochta an lae inniu. (The craft of ethnography today.)'
O'Carroll Clíona; (2012) 'Éist le ceol na habhann: ceird na heitneagrafaíochta an lae inniu. (The craft of ethnography today.)' In: Léann an Dúchais: Aistí in Ómós do Ghearóid Ó Chrualaoich. Cork: Cork University Press. [Details]
(2006)'Cultures of Cork: Community, Ethnicity and Broadcasting'
O'Carroll, Clíona and Desplanques, Marie-Annick; (2006) 'Cultures of Cork: Community, Ethnicity and Broadcasting' In: Sociedade da Información en Espacios Periféricos. Novas Formas de Exclusión Social. Santiago de Compostela: Servizo de Edición Dixital da Universidade de Santiago de Compostela. [Details]
(2004)'Cold Beer, Warm Hearts': Community, Belonging and Desire in Irish pubs in Berlin'
O'Carroll, Cliona; (2004) 'Cold Beer, Warm Hearts': Community, Belonging and Desire in Irish pubs in Berlin' In: Drinking Cultures: Alcohol and Identity. Oxford: Berg. [Details]
(2004)'Performing Ireland: Migrants and Tourists in 1990s Berlin'
O'Carroll, Clíona; (2004) 'Performing Ireland: Migrants and Tourists in 1990s Berlin' In: Communicating Cultures. Münster: LIT Verlag. [Details]

Edited Books

 YearPublication
(2019)Visions and Traditions: The Production of Knowledge in the Tradition Archives
Audun Kjus, Lauri Harvilahti, Clíona O'Carroll, Susanne Österlund-Pötzsch, Fredrik Skott, Rita Treija (Ed.). (2019) Visions and Traditions: The Production of Knowledge in the Tradition Archives Turku: Folklore Fellows Communications. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2015)'Digital Pathways: Questions of Digital Curation for Archives of Everyday Experience'
Clíona O'Carroll (2015) 'Digital Pathways: Questions of Digital Curation for Archives of Everyday Experience'. Béaloideas - The Journal of Folklore of Ireland Society, 83 :34-53 [Details]
(2014)'The children's perspectives: Place-centred interviewing and multiple diversified livelihood strategies in Cork city, 1935-1960'
Clíona O'Carroll (2014) 'The children's perspectives: Place-centred interviewing and multiple diversified livelihood strategies in Cork city, 1935-1960'. Béaloideas - The Journal of Folklore of Ireland Society, 82 :45-65 [Details]
(2013)'Public folklore operating between aspiration and expediency: The Cork Folklore Project'
Cliona O'Carroll (2013) 'Public folklore operating between aspiration and expediency: The Cork Folklore Project'. Irish Journal of Anthropology, 16 (1):23-30 [Details]
(2012)'The Individual and Tradition'
Clíona O'Carrooll (2012) 'The Individual and Tradition'. Béaloideas - The Journal of Folklore of Ireland Society, [Details]
(2009)'Making Witches: Newfoundland Traditions of Spells and Counterspells'
O'Carroll Clíona; (2009) 'Making Witches: Newfoundland Traditions of Spells and Counterspells'. Béascna, [Details]
(2002)'Amongst our own/Put in my place: Locating the learner ethnographer in a context of migrancy'
O'Carroll, Clíona; (2002) 'Amongst our own/Put in my place: Locating the learner ethnographer in a context of migrancy'. Béascna, 1 :1-17 [Details]

Conference Publications

 YearPublication
(2007)III Xornadas SINDUR Sociedade de informacíon en espacios periféricos novas formas de exclusion social
Desplanques, Marie-Annick and Cliona O'Carroll; (2007) Cultures of Cork: Community Ethnicity and Broadcasting . In: Desplanques, Marie-Annick and Cliona O¿ Carroll eds. III Xornadas SINDUR Sociedade de informacíon en espacios periféricos novas formas de exclusion social [Details]

Book Reviews

 YearPublication
(2016)Straw, Hay and Rushes in Irish Folk Tradition: a review.
Clíona O'Carroll (2016) Straw, Hay and Rushes in Irish Folk Tradition: a review. Book Reviews [Details]

Curated Exhibition

 YearPublication
(2018)The Cork Folklore Project Memory Wall.
The Cork Folklore Project; Tomás MacConmara, James Furey and Clíona O'Carroll (2018) The Cork Folklore Project Memory Wall. Curated Exhibition [Details]

Electronic Article

 YearPublication
(2016)The Dresser Project.
Clíona O'Carroll (2016) The Dresser Project. Electronic Article [Details]

Field Guide

 YearPublication
(2007)We each carry around a world in our heads: carrying out an oral history interview.
O'Carroll, Clíona; (2007) We each carry around a world in our heads: carrying out an oral history interview. Field Guide [Details]

Invited Lectures

 YearPublication
(2018)Oral history and folklore archives in the digital realm: the experience of the Cork Folklore Project.
Clíona O'Carroll (2018) Oral history and folklore archives in the digital realm: the experience of the Cork Folklore Project. Invited Lectures [Details]

Online Database

 YearPublication
(2004)BiblioMara: An indexed bibliography of cultural and heritage studies of the coastal zone in Ireland.
Cummins, V.; Desplanques, M.-A.; Good, J.; Kozachenko, M.; O¿Carroll, C.; Ó Crualaoich, G.; Ó Duinín, P.; Ó Tuama, É.; Rea, H.; Rynne, C.; (2004) BiblioMara: An indexed bibliography of cultural and heritage studies of the coastal zone in Ireland. Online Database [Details]

Online Multimedia

 YearPublication
(2016)The Cork Memory Map.
Cliona O'Carroll, Cheryl Donaghue, Colin MacHale and Penny Johnston with the Cork Folklore Project (2016) The Cork Memory Map. Online Multimedia   [Details]

Pamphlet

 YearPublication
(2009)Irish Wake Amusements in context.
O'Carroll Clíona; (2009) Irish Wake Amusements in context. Pamphlet [Details]

Radio Documentary

 YearPublication
(2011)The Barreltop Wagon.
Clíona O'Carroll, The Blackpool Traveller Girl's Group, Karen Harkin, Colin MacHale (2011) The Barreltop Wagon. Radio Documentary [Details]
(2010)The Curious Ear: The Cork Memory Map.
Ronan Kelly, Cliona O'Carroll (2010) The Curious Ear: The Cork Memory Map. Radio Documentary [Details]
(2005)How's it goin' Boy?.
O' Carroll, Cliona (producer) ; Cork Folklore Project (2005) How's it goin' Boy?. Cork: Radio Documentary [Details]
(2004)Waves and Echoes.
O'Carroll, Cliona and McCarthy, Alf; (2004) Waves and Echoes. Radio Documentary [Details]
(2004)It tosses up our losses.
O'Carroll, Clíona; (2004) It tosses up our losses. Radio Documentary [Details]
(2003)Different Voices: Lanesboro.
O'Carroll, Clíona and Connaughton, Marcus; (2003) Different Voices: Lanesboro. Radio Documentary [Details]

Invited Performer

 YearPublication
(2015)Stories From the Sea.
Cliona O'Carroll (2015) Stories From the Sea. Invited Performer [Details]

Other

 YearPublication
(2018)Cork Folklore Project audio interview archive.
The Cork Folklore Project (2018) Cork Folklore Project audio interview archive. Other [Details]

Professional Activities

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2006Department of Education and Science travel grant for academic exchange Department of Education and Science
2000HEA Postgraduate Scholarship HEA
1995DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Postgraduate Scholarship DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service)
1995Norwegian Government Postgraduate Scholarship Norwegian Government
2001IRCHSS Post-Doctoral Fellowship IRCHSS
2010Broadcasting Authority of Ireland Broadcasting Authority of Ireland

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2018)ACIS: Environments of Irish Studies,
Clíona O'Carroll (2018) Layering memory and space, being and belonging in the city: ‘slow’ oral history and the building of rich long-term qualitative resources. [Oral Presentation], ACIS: Environments of Irish Studies, UCC , 21-JUN-18. [Details]
(2018)The craft of memory: social and cultural strategies of remembering and forgetting,
Clíona O'Carroll (2018) PG7004 Master Class Module: Contemporary Theoretical Paradigms in the Humanities and Social Sciences College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences. [Invited Oral Presentation], The craft of memory: social and cultural strategies of remembering and forgetting, UCC , 16-MAR-18. [Details]
(2016)Beyond Text in the Digital Age? Oral History, Images and the Written Word,
Clíona O'Carroll (2016) Oral History Society (UK) 2016 conference. [Oral Presentation], Beyond Text in the Digital Age? Oral History, Images and the Written Word, London , 08-JUL-16 - 09-JUL-17. [Details]
(2016)People and Place: Oral History in Ireland,
Clíona O'Carroll (2016) Oral History Network of Ireland Annual Conference. [Conference Organising Committee Member], People and Place: Oral History in Ireland, Cork , 07-OCT-16 - 08-OCT-16. [Details]
(2015)SIEF 2015: Utopias, Realities, Heritages. Ethnographies for the 21st century,
Clíona O'Carroll (2015) So are all your interviews online?: Digital access, duty of care, and shrugging off the weight of expectation. SIEF 2015: Utopias, Realities, Heritages. Ethnographies for the 21st century. [Oral Presentation], SIEF 2015: Utopias, Realities, Heritages. Ethnographies for the 21st century, Zagreb , 21-JUN-15 - 25-JUN-15. [Details]
(2015)Oral History: Community Engagement and Digital Methods,
Goek, Sara, O’Carroll, Clíona, Johnston, Penny, and Eileen Hogan (2015) Panel Discussion: Doing oral history in a third-level context. [Invited Oral Presentation], Oral History: Community Engagement and Digital Methods, University College Cork , 03-JUN-15 - 03-JUN-15. [Details]
(2014)British and Irish Sound Archives' Annual Conference,
Clíona O'Carroll (2014) Presentation and discussion of the work of the Cork Folklore Project and the Cork Memory Map. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], British and Irish Sound Archives' Annual Conference, Fiontar DCU: Dublin , 16-MAY-14 - 17-MAY-14. [Details]
(2014)Community Voices: Oral History On The Ground,
Clíona O'Carroll and Penny Johnston (2014) Getting to Know Your Digital Audience. [Oral Presentation], Community Voices: Oral History On The Ground, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK , 18-JUL-14 - 19-JUL-14. [Details]
(2014)Making Connections: Oral History and Community in Ireland,
Clíona O'Carroll (2014) Convenor of 'Moments in Oral History' reflection panels for practitioners. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Making Connections: Oral History and Community in Ireland, Kilkenny , 12-SEP-14 - 13-SEP-14. [Details]
(2013)Folk Narrative in the Modern World: Unity and Diversity,
Clíona O'Carroll (2013) Remembering and Inhabiting the City Through Digital Storytelling. [Oral Presentation], Folk Narrative in the Modern World: Unity and Diversity, Vilnius, Lithuania , 25-JUN-13 - 30-JUN-13. [Details]
(2012)Ethnography from Margin to Centre: A Conference Celebrating Twenty Five Years of the Anthropological Association of Ireland,
Clíona O'Carroll (2012) Engaged ethnography operating between aspiration and expediency. [Oral Presentation], Ethnography from Margin to Centre: A Conference Celebrating Twenty Five Years of the Anthropological Association of Ireland, RIA: Dublin , 06-DEC-12 - 07-DEC-12. [Details]
(2012)Voicing the Past: Oral History and Heritage in Ireland,
Clíona O'Carroll (2012) Mapping a community: geographical 'visualizations' of oral heritage. [Oral Presentation], Voicing the Past: Oral History and Heritage in Ireland, Ennis, Clare, Ireland , 28-SEP-12 - 29-SEP-12. [Details]
(2010)Oral History Symposium 'Private Stories, Public Histories',
Clíona O'Carroll and Mary O'Driscoll; (2010) Oral History Network Symposium. [Invited Oral Presentation], Oral History Symposium 'Private Stories, Public Histories', University of Limerick , 23-APR-10 - 23-APR-10. [Details]
(2009)Heritage Care Through Active Citizenship: European Conference on Civil Society Organizations Active in the Field of Heritage. Mechelen, Belgium, 22-23 March 2009,
O'Carroll Clíona; (2009) Poster Presentation on the work of the Cork Northside Folklore Project. [Poster Presentation], Heritage Care Through Active Citizenship: European Conference on Civil Society Organizations Active in the Field of Heritage. Mechelen, Belgium, 22-23 March 2009, Mechelen, Belgium , 22-MAR-09 - 23-MAR-09. [Details]
(2009)NAIRTEL 4th Bologna Symposium (Integrating generic competences in the Curriculum),
Packer, Matt; Feeley, Claire; O'Carroll, Clíona; (2009) Integrating generic competences in the Curriculum. [Poster Presentation], NAIRTEL 4th Bologna Symposium (Integrating generic competences in the Curriculum), UCC, Cork , 30-SEP-09 - 30-SEP-09. [Details]
(2008)Reflexive public folklore in Ireland,
O'Carroll, Cliona; (2008) Public talk as part of the inauguration of the Icelandic Centre for Ethnology and Folklore. [Other], Reflexive public folklore in Ireland, Hólmavik, the Westfjords, Iceland , 01-JAN-08 - 01-JAN-08. [Details]
(2008)Hows it goin boy?: doing ethnography for radio,
O'Carroll, Cliona; (2008) Public talk hosted by the Department of Folkloristics. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Hows it goin boy?: doing ethnography for radio, University of Iceland, Reykjavik , 01-JAN-08 - 01-JAN-08. [Details]
(2008)Children and Migration: Identities, Mobilities and Belonging(s),
O'Connell, Cliona; (2008) University College Cork. [Other], Children and Migration: Identities, Mobilities and Belonging(s), Cork , 04-NOV-08 - 04-NOV-08. [Details]
(2008)9th SIEF Congress, Workshop W210: Migrations and the New Europe,
O'Carroll, Cliona; (2008) Shifting localities. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], 9th SIEF Congress, Workshop W210: Migrations and the New Europe, University of Ulster , 17-JUN-08 - 17-JUN-08. [Details]
(2008)Local and Regional Studies Diploma,
O'Carroll, Cliona; (2008) Learning to listen: an introduction to interviewing for local and regional studies. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Local and Regional Studies Diploma, Dungarvan , 03-APR-08 - 03-APR-08. [Details]
(2008)W330 at 9th SIEF congress,
O'Carroll, Cliona; (2008) Doing ethnography for broadcast dissemination¿. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], W330 at 9th SIEF congress, University of Ulster, Magee Campus , 18-JUN-08 - 18-JUN-08. [Details]
(2008)Inauguration of the Icelandic Centre for Ethnology and Folklore,
O'Carroll, Cliona; (2008) Reflexive public folklore in Ireland. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Inauguration of the Icelandic Centre for Ethnology and Folklore, Hólmavik, the Westfjords, Iceland , 09-JAN-08 - 09-JAN-08. [Details]
(2008)`NarrativEncounters 2008: New Perspectives on Narration¿,
O'Carrolll, Cliona; (2008) City Voices: Exploring Place, Movement and Identity through Broadcast Ethnography. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], `NarrativEncounters 2008: New Perspectives on Narration¿, UCC , 15-FEB-08 - 15-FEB-08. [Details]
(2007)The Globe in a Glass Case: Ethnographic Collections in Ireland,
O'Carroll, Cliona; (2007) Anthropological Association of Ireland (AAI). [Other], The Globe in a Glass Case: Ethnographic Collections in Ireland, National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Dublin , 05-DEC-07 - 05-DEC-07. [Details]
(2007)Academy for Irish Cultural Heritages,
O'Carroll, Cliona; (2007) Doing ethnography in contexts of migrancy. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], Academy for Irish Cultural Heritages, University of Ulster , 03-JAN-07 - 03-JAN-07. [Details]
(2007)Academy for Irish Cultural Heritages,
O'Carroll, Cliona; (2007) Doing ethnography in contexts of migrancy¿. [Invited Oral Presentation], Academy for Irish Cultural Heritages, University of Ulster , 03-JAN-07 - 03-JAN-07. [Details]
(2006)Digitising ethnography symposium,
O'Carroll, Cliona; (2006) Ethnography and digital technology: opportunities and challenges. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], Digitising ethnography symposium, UCC , 06-JAN-06 - 06-JAN-06. [Details]
(2006)Digitising Ethnography Symposium,
O'Carroll Cliona ; (2006) Organiser of Digitising Ethnography Symposium. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Digitising Ethnography Symposium, UCC , 14-JUN-06 - 14-JUN-06. [Details]
(2006)Digitising Ethnography Symposium,
Cliona O'Carroll and Marie-Annick ; (2006) Digitising Ethnography Symposium. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Digitising Ethnography Symposium, University College Cork , 14-JUN-06 - 14-JUN-06. [Details]
(2006)Building on the past ¿ designing the future,
O'Carroll, Cliona; (2006) National Museum of Ireland ¿ Country Life and Mayo County Council. [Other], Building on the past ¿ designing the future, Knock and Castlebar , 30-SEP-06 - 30-SEP-06. [Details]
(2006)Stone Wall Symposium/Siampósiam na Claí gCloch,
O'Carroll, Cliona; (2006) Inis Oírr. [Other], Stone Wall Symposium/Siampósiam na Claí gCloch, Galway County Council , 09-OCT-06 - 09-OCT-06. [Details]
(2005)Mapping the City¿,
O'Carroll, Cliona; (2005) School of Scottish Studies. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Mapping the City¿, University of Edinburgh , 03-JAN-05 - 03-JAN-05. [Details]
(2005)SINDUR Novas Formas de Exclusión Social,
O'Carroll, Cliona; (2005) Cultures of Cork: Community, Ethnicity and Broadcasting. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], SINDUR Novas Formas de Exclusión Social, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain , 01-NOV-05 - 01-NOV-05. [Details]
(2005)III Xornadas SINDUR Sociedade de informacíon en espacios periféricos novas formas de exclusion social,
Desplanques, Marie-Annick and Cliona O'Carroll ; (2005) Ethnicity, Community and Broadcasting. [Invited Oral Presentation], III Xornadas SINDUR Sociedade de informacíon en espacios periféricos novas formas de exclusion social, Santiago de Compostela, Spain , 01-JAN-05 - 01-JAN-05. [Details]
(2005)Talking Objects: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Material Culture Studies,
O'Carroll, Cliona; (2005) AAI. [Other], Talking Objects: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Material Culture Studies, UCD , 31-MAR-05 - 31-MAR-05. [Details]
(2004)Irish Boating Heritage the future,
O'Carroll, Cliona; (2004) The Heritage Council. [Other], Irish Boating Heritage the future, Tullamore , 13-NOV-04 - 13-NOV-04. [Details]

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
Oral History Society (U.K.) Member/
Oral History Network of Ireland Steering Committee Member15-SEP-10 /
The Icelandic Centre for Ethnology and Folklore Advisory Board Member/
SIEF: Societé International d'Ethnologie et de Folklore Member/
AAI: Anthropological Association of Ireland Member/

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Cultural Heritage Actions Working Group, Cork City Council 2013 /
Oral History Network of Ireland Steering Committee Member of Steering Committee and of Conference Sub-committee2010 / 2017
CACSSS External Engagement Committee Committee Member2014 /

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
UCC College Lecturer01-SEP-04 /
Northside Folklore Project, Cork. Special Project Co-ordinator, `Cultures of Cork project for Cork 2005.01-APR-04 / 30-SEP-04
RTÉ Radio 1 Broadcaster01-OCT-03 / 31-OCT-04
St. Michael's College, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada Visiting Professor of Celtics01-JAN-02 / 30-MAY-02
Béaloideas/Folklore and Ethnology, University College Cork. Researcher, Bibliomara Project01-OCT-03 / 01-JAN-04

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
1995Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin Academic Exchange Year (DAAD-Stipendiatin)European Ethnology
2001UCC PHDFolklore and Ethnology
1994UCC BAAn Léinn Dúchais, Sociology

Languages

 LanguageReadingWritingSpeaking
Gaeilge
Castillano BasicBasicBasic
German FluentFunctionalFluent
French FunctionalFunctionalFunctional

Consultancy

 ClientDescription
Galway County Council, Kerry County Council, Galway GAA Digital Heritage Project, Clarinbridge Heritage Group, Béaloideas Chiarraí
Advice and training provided in 2009-2011 to Galway and Kerry County Councils and heritage groups receiving their support (Galway GAA Digital Heritage Project, Clarinbridge Heritage Group, Béaloideas Chiarraí).

Outreach Activities

 Description

The composition of a pamphlet for Cork City and County Councils for use with children (11-16 years) in school oral history projects, outlining the main steps involved in carrying out an oral history interview, introducing central question types and encouraging students to think about their general approach.


The provision of advice and support to individuals applying for Heritage Council grants, including Adrian Roche's successful project application 'Working life in the Cork Docklands from the 1950s to the 1980s, An Oral History'.


Through my involvement with the Cork Folklore Project and as a folklorist and ethnographer, I regularly work in an outreach and advisory capacity with individuals, community groups and state-sponsored bodies active in the heritage arena.

Collaboration with Karen Harkin and the Cork Women's Traveller Network on twenty-minute audio slideshow on older community members' memories of life in Barreltop Wagons, presented in Cork City Museum, Heritage Week 22-29.08.09.


Participatory broadcast project `The Barreltop Wagon: an exploration of Cork Traveller Culture, past and present': funding awarded in the most recent round of BCI Broadcast awards to work with younger Traveller women on an examination of Traveller identity and culture.


Collaboration on exhibition conception and location, editing and presentation of substantial folklore content of Art exhibition 'Grin and Bear It: Cruel Humour in Art and Life', 19 March-05 July, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork.


Advice and training provided to Galway and Kerry County Councils and heritage groups receiving their support (Galway GAA Digital Heritage Project, Clarinbridge Heritage Group, Béaloideas Chiarraí).

Journal Activities

 JournalRoleTo / From
Béascna Referee-
Journal Of Folklore Research Referee01-MAY-14 -

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

Teaching areas include material culture, maritime folklore, public and applied folklore and ethnographic methodology on Béaloideas and Folklore undergraduate and postgraduate levels. I teach the material culture strand on both Béaloideas and Folklore fist year courses, and the third year undergraduate course 'Folklore and Material Culture'. The first year courses deal extensively with Irish traditional material culture and folkways, and the third year course engages with theoretical approaches to material culture, conservation and museum studies and the materiality of social life.

My teaching on courses relating to folklore and tradition archives in Ireland and internationally draws upon ongong work with the Cork Folklore Project and ongoing engagement with the National Folklore Collection.

I have a strong research interest in the nature of the ethnographic interview as a mode of enquiry into the construction of meaning in everyday life, and this informs my teaching of fieldwork techniques.  However, part of this research interest is also in the methodology of teaching ethnographic methodology, so teaching and research inform each other on yet another level.  This area naturally extends to issues relating to public folklore: considerations in 'collecting' or approaching the construction of narrative and meaning in everyday life for display and dissemination. My research into movement, rootedness and cultural contact has underpinned my teaching on qualitative research in today's Ireland.  

Current Postgraduate Students

 StudentDegree Type
Ni Neachtain Aine Doctoral Degree

Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2019Béaloideas: Scéal, Nós is Ealaín BD1001Béaloideas: Scéal, Nós is Ealaín
2019Exploring Material Culture and Folklore FL3001Exploring Material Culture and Folklore
2019The Ethnographic Interview: An Introduction FL3011The Ethnographic Interview: An Introduction
2019Material Culture: Vernacular Traditions FL1011Material Culture: Vernacular Traditions
2019Ethnographic Archives Worldwide FL2014Ethnographic Archives Worldwide
2019Irish Folklore and Culture: An Introduction FL1004Irish Folklore and Culture: An Introduction

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 NameInstituteCountry
Michel Schellekens Centre for Efficiency-Oriented LanguagesIRELAND

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Department of Folklore and Ethnology

Béaloideas agus Eitneolaíocht

5 Elderwood,College Rd Cork,Ireland

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