Director, Centre For Mexican Studies
Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies
UCC

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Head of School
School of Lang, Lit & Cultures Office
University College Cork
Cork
Ireland

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I graduated from NUI Galway with a BA in Irish and Spanish and then undertook an MA by Research at University College Dublin with a thesis on the surrealist prose poetry of acclaimed Spanish poet, Vicente Aleixandre. In 1996 I was awarded a PhD from the University of Glasgow on the notion of the monstrous feminine in the work of Mexican writer, Rosario Castellanos. This was later revised for publication as The Monstrous Feminine in the Writing of Rosario Castellanos (2001).

I was appointed as lecturer in Hispanic Studies in UCC in 1999 with responsibility for the direction of the newly established Centre for Mexican Studies. My previous academic appointments included two years as Head of Spanish at the University of Limerick and four years as lecturer in Spanish and Latin American Studies at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. I was Head of the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies from 2008-2013 and am currently Head of the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures. 

As Professor of Spanish since 2008, my research is internationally recognized through my publications, my research supervision, project management experience, peer-esteem indicators, public engagement and as director of a successful research centre, Ireland’s only Centre for Mexican Studies. In my capacity as researcher, I have been an invited keynote speaker at a range of national and international conferences, seminars and workshops. I have served as External Examiner on numerous PhD boards and have been an expert reviewer for numerous international journals. I have supervised 13 PhD students to completion, a large number of Masters theses and am currently supervising 8 research students 4 of whom are co-supervised. I currently serve as Chair to the Association of Mexican Studies in Ireland of which I was co-founder. My teaching interests include Latino fiction, Latin American cinema, feminist theory as well as a final year module on Gender, Violence and Culture on the US-Mexican border.

My research areas cover modern and contemporary Mexican and Mexican American cultural studies with a particular focus on gender. I am Director of the Centre for Mexican Studies where I have led a number of research projects including the Boom Femenino: Reading Contemporary Mexican Women’s Writing (2010) and Transitions and Continuities in Contemporary Chicano/a Culture (2011). Current projects include an edited collection of essays on Juan Rulfo (Rethinking Juan Rulfo's Creative World: Prose, Fiction, Photography) with Dylan Brennan and a larger scale research project on cultural responses to femicide in the US-Mexico border city of Ciudad Juárez.

I work as a referee for numerous journals in my field including

Bulletin of Hispanic Studies (BHS), Bulletin of Latin American Research (BLAR), Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies (JILAS), Bulletin of Spanish Studies, Journal of Feminist Research, Journal of Inter-American Studies Association (FIAR), Hispanic Research Journal, Tesserae: Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies and the Journal of Transnational American Studies. I was

 Chair and founding member of the Irish Association of Mexican Studies and am a member of Society for Latin American Studies (SLAS); the Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland (AHGBI); the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) and WISPs (Women in Spanish and Portuguese Studies). I have taken a leading role as co-convenor of the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences cluster on Identities and as Head of School have overseen the establishment of the Centre for Advanced Study in Languages and Cultures (CASiLaC) in September 2014 with current director, Dr. Patrick Crowley.

          



Research Interests

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My research interests span a number of areas but are primarily located in the area of Mexican cultural studies with a particular emphasis on literature and visual culture including film, photography and art. Most of these research activities are channelled through my direction (since 1999) of the Centre for Mexican Studies, based in the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies. Established in 1997, the centre functions as a research and teaching focus for the department and as a wider university (and community) focus for interest in Mexico. It thus forms an important point of contact with other departments and faculties in U.C.C. and with the wider community of Irish and international organizations and institutions interested in Mexico.

 At present the direction of the Centre involves all of the following activities:

  •  Co-ordination of series of research events – conferences, colloquia, symposia, readings and seminar series of visiting speakers, writers and artists
  • Preparation of applications for research funding to various bodies – funding of varying levels has been received from the Office of the President, U.C.C, E.I.L. and Volunteer Abroad, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Mexico, Embassy of Mexico in Ireland, Bank of Ireland, HLA Nathans Financial among others.

  • Development of academic links with Mexico. Currently overseeing signing of Cátedra John Huston de cine y literatura UDG-UCC to promote research collaboration (2014-2018); negotiating agreements with ITESM – Tecnológico de Monterrey and UNAM – Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, CESAN – Centro de Estudios de América del Norte – Claire Joysmith

  • Cátedra Juan Rulfo. Fundación Juan Rulfo, Mexico D.F.. Led by Victor Jiménez. Involves collaboration with Fundación and other international partners, Stanford and the University of Tokyo.

  • Liaison with Embassy of Mexico who offer vital support to the Centre’s activities.

  • Promotion of Centre nationally and abroad. In June 2007, I took part in major publicity exercise conducting an interview with journalists from Mexican major national daily newspaper, La Reforma and participating in a TV promotional segment for U.C.C. and the Centre for Mexican Studies. Extensive article on Higher Education in Ireland appeared in June 2007 in which major emphasis was placed on the activities and students of the Centre for Mexican Studies along with photographs of some of the Centre’s postgraduate students

  • Outreach activities including collaboration with external bodies such as E.I.L Intercultural Learning and their affiliated project, Volunteer Abroad with projects in Mexico.

  • Hosting of visual arts exhibitions on Mexico open to the public. The role played by exhibitions of this nature is integral to the work of the Centre in that they showcase excellent contemporary work on Mexico to the university and wider community and are also integrated into undergraduate teaching programmes thereby facilitating undergraduate and graduate understanding of Mexico and the wider cultures of Latin America: Exhibitions thus far have featured work by artists, Leonel Maciel and Nishizawa and photographers, Elsi Pérez Jarillo, Maeve Hickey, Tina Modotti, Graciela Iturbide among others. Recent exhibitions include Alma López, Celia Herrera Rodríguez (2011) Cora Murphy (2012); Rubén Ochoa (2012); Yamina del Real (2014)

  • Collaboration with external bodies such as Munster Literature Centre, Tigh Filí, Cork City Library, Fastnet Film Festival, Cork Film Festival, ISLA – Irish, Spanish and Latin American Literary Festival in association with the Instituto Cervantes, among others. The Aztec art prints on display in the O’Rahilly building are on permanent loan to the Centre for Mexican studies from the Munster Literature Centre. 

Current Projects

Investigating Cultural Responses to femicide in Ciudad Juárez

I am currently completing a monograph provisionally entitled, The Meanings of Murder: Cultural Responses to Femicide in Ciudad Juárez with a particular focus on artistic and visual responses in the form of detective fiction, documentary cinema, art as well as gestures of commemoration and memorialisation. This project involves a major public engagement dimension and has included to date public lectures and interviews, film screenings, readings, documentary involvement, various grant applications, among other activities.

The research project is ongoing since 2012 and thus far involves:

  •  

    monograph in progress: The Meanings of Murder: Cultural Responses to the Ciudad Juárez Femicides (3 chapters completed). For completion 2015;

  • edited book chapter: 

    ‘Moving Subjects: The Politics of Death in Narratives of the Juárez Murders’ in Catherine Leen and Niamh Thornton (eds.) "This World is My Place": International Perspectives on Chicana/o Studies. London: Routledge 2014: 88-108;

  • documentary film: 'Mass Murder in Mexico', What in the World Series (broadcast RTE 4th Dec 2013) in collaboration with Peadar King;
  • plenary or invited lectures in: Queen's University Belfast (Nov 2012);University of Nantes (April 2013); University of Groningen (Nov 2014); the Institute of Advanced Study, London (Sept 2014); the Allison Peers Memorial Lecture, University of Liverpool (Sept 2013);
  • IRC advanced project grant application to lead the creation of a digital archive of materials relating to the femicides (deemed unsuccessful but very highly ranked just outside funded project threshold);
  • research events hosted by the Centre for Mexican Studies: The Violent Border (Research Symposium, Feb 2013) and Violence, Trauma and Performance in the Hispanic World (Research Symposium and Graduate School Master Class 8th -9th  May 2014);
  • ongoing doctoral projects;
  • research collaboration with colleagues at the University of Groningen, University of Nantes, New York University, University of California, Los Angeles and Queen’s University Belfast;
  • public engagement activities including Death on the Border, a collaboration with Amnesty International involving a public lecture, readings and documentary screenings with invited activists and authors (7th Feb 2014) and A Stroll in the Abyss: The Life and Work of Roberto Bolaño (Making sense of the still unsolved killings of women in Ciudad Juárez ), Cork City Library (24th April 2014).

Re-thinking Juan Rulfo's Creative World

I am also co-editing a collection of essays on Juan Rulfo entitled, Re-thinking Juan Rulfo's Creative World: Photography, Prose, Film (Oxford: Legenda 2015) with Dylan Brennan. This collection gathers essays from established and emerging Rulfian scholars and counts among its aims the dissemination of work by Mexican scholars in translation.



Books

YearPublication
(2000)Monstrous Projections of Femininity in the Fiction of Mexican Writer Rosario Castellanos.
Finnegan, Nuala; (2000) Monstrous Projections of Femininity in the Fiction of Mexican Writer Rosario Castellanos. Lampeter: Edwin Mellen Press. [Details]

Book Chapters

YearPublication
(2006)'Contemporary Mexican Cinema (1989-1999): Nation, Space, Identity. Preface'
Nuala Finnegan; (2006) 'Contemporary Mexican Cinema (1989-1999): Nation, Space, Identity. Preface' In: Contemporary Mexican Cinema (1989-1999): Nation, Space, Identity. Lampeter: Edwin Mellen Press. [Details]
(2006)''So What's Mexico Really Like?': Negotiating the Global, Framing the Local in Y tu mama tambien by Alfonso Cuaron'
Finnegan, Nuala; (2006) ''So What's Mexico Really Like?': Negotiating the Global, Framing the Local in Y tu mama tambien by Alfonso Cuaron' In: Latin American Cinema and the International Market (forthcoming). [Details]
(2000)'The Harp in Latin America'
Finnegan, Nuala; (2000) 'The Harp in Latin America' In: Encyclopaedia of Contemporary Latin American and Caribbean Cultures. [Details]
(2000)'Corín Tellado'
Finnegan, Nuala; (2000) 'Corín Tellado' In: Encyclopaedia of Latin American and Caribbean Cultures. [Details]
(1996)'Claribel Alegría'
Finnegan, Nuala; (1996) 'Claribel Alegría' In: Encyclopaedia of Latin American Literature. [Details]
(2011)'`La voz chica': Re-imagining the Family in Gustavo Loza's Al otro lado (2005)''
Finnegan, Nuala; (2011) '`La voz chica': Re-imagining the Family in Gustavo Loza's Al otro lado (2005)'' In: New Mexican Cinema. I.B. Tauris: I.B. Tauris. [Details]
(2012)'`Otro modo de ser: Rosario Castellanos''
Finnegan, Nuala (2012) '`Otro modo de ser: Rosario Castellanos'' In: Companion to Latin American Women Writers. London: Tamesis: London: Tamesis. [Details]
(2007)'`So What's Mexico Really Like?': Framing the Local, Negotiating the Global in Alfonso Cuarón¿s Y tu mama también¿'
Finnegan, Nuala; (2007) '`So What's Mexico Really Like?': Framing the Local, Negotiating the Global in Alfonso Cuarón¿s Y tu mama también¿' In: Contemporary Latin American Cinema: Breaking into the Global Market. London: Rowman and Littlefield. [Details]
(2006)'Time, Space, History: Contemporary Mexican Cinema (1989-1999). Preface'
Finnegan, Nuala (2006) 'Time, Space, History: Contemporary Mexican Cinema (1989-1999). Preface' In: Time, Space, History: Contemporary Mexican Cinema (1989-1999). Lampeter: Edwin Mellen Press. [Details]
(2003)'Isabel Allende's Self-Writing: Trespassing the Boundaries of Fiction and Autobiography. Preface'
Finnegan, Nuala (2003) 'Isabel Allende's Self-Writing: Trespassing the Boundaries of Fiction and Autobiography. Preface' In: Isabel Allende's Self-Writing: Trespassing the Boundaries of Fiction and Autobiography. Lampeter: Edwin Mellen Press. [Details]
(1999)'Isabel Allende and The Importance of Being Feminist in La casa de los espíritus'
Finnegan, Nuala (1999) 'Isabel Allende and The Importance of Being Feminist in La casa de los espíritus' In: Viajes por España y América Latina: Essays in Honour of John C McIntyre. Glasgow: University of Strathclyde Press. [Details]

Edited Books

YearPublication
(2010)
Finnegan, Nuala; Lavery, Jane (Ed.). (2010) The Boom Femenino in Mexico: Reading Contemporary Women's Writing. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. [Details]
(2005)
Finnegan, Nuala; Veiga, Martín (Ed.). (2005) Reading Spanish and Latin American Literatures: New Directions in Research. Cork: Department of Hispanic Studies. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

YearPublication
(2006)''En un pais come este: Contesting the Nation, Resisting Modernity in Demasiado amor by Sara Sefchovich''
Finnegan, Nuala; (2006) ''En un pais come este: Contesting the Nation, Resisting Modernity in Demasiado amor by Sara Sefchovich''. Bulletin Of Hispanic Studies, * (*):*-* [Details]
(2005)'Order, Progress and Female Transgression in La insólita historia de la Santa de Cabora by Brianda Domecq'
Finnegan, Nuala (2005) 'Order, Progress and Female Transgression in La insólita historia de la Santa de Cabora by Brianda Domecq'. Revista Canadiense De Estudios Hispánicos, 29 (2):413-429 [Details]
(2001)'Reproducing the Monstrous Nation: A Note on Pregnancy and Motherhood in the Fiction of Rosario Castellanos, Brianda Domecq and Angeles Mastretta'
Finnegan, Nuala (2001) 'Reproducing the Monstrous Nation: A Note on Pregnancy and Motherhood in the Fiction of Rosario Castellanos, Brianda Domecq and Angeles Mastretta'. Modern Language Review, 96 (4):1006-1015 [Details]
(2000)'Light Women/Light Literature: Women and Popular Fiction in Mexico since 1980'
Finnegan, Nuala; (2000) 'Light Women/Light Literature: Women and Popular Fiction in Mexico since 1980'. Donaire, * (15):18-23 [Details]
(2000)'Feminine Dis-ease in Ciudad Real by Rosario Castellanos'
Finnegan, Nuala; (2000) 'Feminine Dis-ease in Ciudad Real by Rosario Castellanos'. Journal of Hispanic Research, 2 (1):45-60 [Details]
(1999)'At Boiling Point: Like Water for Chocolate and the Boundaries of Mexican Identity'
Finnegan, Nuala; (1999) 'At Boiling Point: Like Water for Chocolate and the Boundaries of Mexican Identity'. Bulletin of Latin American Research, 18 (3):311-326 [Details]
(2000)'Feminine Dis-ease in Ciudad Real by Rosario Castellanos'
Finnegan, Nuala (2000) 'Feminine Dis-ease in Ciudad Real by Rosario Castellanos'. Hispanic Research Journal, [Details]

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
1989Faculty of Arts, Department of Spanish, First Prize, Final Degree Results BA, NUI, Galway National University of Ireland, Galway
1989Faculty of Arts Award for first-placed Arts Graduate, NUI, Galway National University of Ireland, Galway
2011OHTLI Mexican Government Medal Mexican Government
2010Teaching Fellowship - NAIRTL National Academy for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning
2014Broadcasting the Americas: Academic Reflections and Media Practice on Politics and Culture Erasmus IP Programme

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
LASA, Latin American Studies Association Member15-JUN-05 /
Triskel Arts Centre Board of Management Member16-JUL-14 /
AHGBI, Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland Member14-APR-08 /
SLAS, Society of Latin American Studies Member15-FEB-95 / 04-DEC-14
Irish Association of Mexican Studies Chair and Founder Member12-APR-12 / 20-NOV-13
WISPs - Women in Spanish and Portuguese Studies member01-FEB-05 / 01-DEC-14

Conference Contributions

YearPublication
(2011)Transitions and Continuities in Contemporary Chicano/a Culture,
Nuala Finnegan, Ana Cruz Garcia, Niamh McNamara, Catherine Leen, Wilfried Raussert; (2011) This conference explored the notions of transition and continuity as they are articulated in recent Chicano/a culture including drama, film, television, literature, theory, art, music, performance and theatre and other genres and narrative modes including corridos, mitos, folklore. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Transitions and Continuities in Contemporary Chicano/a Culture, Centre for Mexican Studies, University College Cork , 24-JUN-11 - 26-JUN-11. [Details]
(2006)*Tina Modotti: Meditations on Modernity,
Nuala Finnegan; (2006) Lecture on exhibition of works by photographer, Tina Modotti. [Invited Oral Presentation], *Tina Modotti: Meditations on Modernity, Office of Public Works, Dublin, Ireland , 22-JUN-06 - 22-JUN-06. [Details]
(2005)(ILAS) Irish Latin American Studies Annual Conference,
Nuala Finnegan; (2005) *. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], (ILAS) Irish Latin American Studies Annual Conference, University College Cork , 18-JUN-05 - 19-JUN-05. [Details]
(2004)Globalization and Marginality,
Finnegan, Nuala; Bufacchi, Vittorio; (2004) The Value of Testimony: Philosophical and Literary Approaches. [Oral Presentation], Globalization and Marginality, University College Cork , 26-MAY-04 - 27-MAY-04. [Details]
(2004)Postcolonialism and Literature,
Nuala Finnegan; (2004) Postcolonial Problems: Literature, Feminism and Power in Mexico since 1980. [Invited Oral Presentation], Postcolonialism and Literature, University of Liverpool , 10-NOV-04 - 12-NOV-04. [Details]
(2004)Reflections on Recent Mexican Fiction,
Nuala Finnegan; (2004) Finding oneself: Love and Tourism in El amor que me juraste by Silvia Molina. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Reflections on Recent Mexican Fiction, University College Cork , 22-JAN-04 - 22-JAN-04. [Details]
(2009)Annual Conference: Latin American Studies Association (LASA), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,
Nuala Finnegan; (2009) Uncertain Stories: Ethnography, Autobiography and History in New Mexico', `The Transnational Imaginary in Mexican and New Mexican Culture, convened by Dr. Claire Lindsay, University of London. [Oral Presentation], Annual Conference: Latin American Studies Association (LASA), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil , 07-JUN-09 - 12-JUN-09. [Details]
(2006)Meditations on Modernity: Tina Modotti,
Nuala Finnegan; (2006) Meditations on Modernity: Tina Modotti. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Meditations on Modernity: Tina Modotti, . [Details]
(2004)Postgraduate Research Symposium in Hispanic Studies,
Nuala Finnegan; (2004) *. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Postgraduate Research Symposium in Hispanic Studies, University College Cork , 18-NOV-04 - 19-NOV-04. [Details]
(2003)Hispanic Cinemas: The Local and the Global,
Nuala Finnegan; (2003) 'Framing the Local, Negotiating the Global: Narrative Encounters in Recent Mexican Cinema'. [Oral Presentation], Hispanic Cinemas: The Local and the Global, Institute of Romance Studies, University of London , 28-NOV-03 - 29-NOV-03. [Details]
(2003)Irish Latin American Studies Association, Annual Conference,
Nuala Finnegan; (2003) 'Love and tourism in Contemporary Mexican Fiction'. [Plenary Lecture], Irish Latin American Studies Association, Annual Conference, National University of Ireland, Galway , 27-MAR-03 - 27-MAR-03. [Details]
(2003)Latin American Studies: Legacies and Possibilities,
Nuala Finnegan; (2003) 'In a country like this: Place, Nation and History in Sara Sefchovich's Demasiado amor'. [Oral Presentation], Latin American Studies: Legacies and Possibilities, National University of Ireland, Galway , 18-OCT-03 - 19-OCT-03. [Details]
(2002)Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland, Annual Conference,
Nuala Finnegan; (2002) Dialogues with the Past: Brianda Domecq and La insolita historia de la Santa de Cabora. [Oral Presentation], Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland, Annual Conference, UCC , 10-APR-02 - 14-APR-02. [Details]
(2001)Sex, Violence, Nation: Reflections on Modern Mexican Fiction,
Nuala Finnegan; (2001) Finding 'oneself': Love and Tourism in El amor que me juraste by Silvia Molina. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Sex, Violence, Nation: Reflections on Modern Mexican Fiction, University College Cork , 08-MAY-01 - 08-MAY-01. [Details]
(2000)WISPS (Women in Spanish and Portuguese Studies) Annual Conference,
Nuala Finnegan; (2000) 'Light Women/Light Literature': Women and Popular Fiction in Mexico since 1980. [Oral Presentation], WISPS (Women in Spanish and Portuguese Studies) Annual Conference, University of London , 13-MAY-00 - 15-MAY-00. [Details]
(1999)Women's Studies Conference, University of Limerick,
Nuala Finnegan; (1999) Problems with Feminism in the Work of Rosario Castellanos. [Oral Presentation], Women's Studies Conference, University of Limerick, University of Limerick , 15-JUN-99 - 16-JUN-99. [Details]
(1999)Crossing Boundaries: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Latin America,
Nuala Finnegan; (1999) Isabel Allende and the Importance of Being Feminist in La casa de los espiritus. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Crossing Boundaries: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Latin America, University of Limerick , 29-JUN-99 - 02-JUL-99. [Details]
(1998)Dirty Women: Metaphors of Femininity in Some Short Stories by Rosario Castellanos,
Nuala Finnegan; (1998) Dirty Women: Metaphors of Femininity in Some Short Stories by Rosario Castellanos. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Dirty Women: Metaphors of Femininity in Some Short Stories by Rosario Castellanos, . [Details]
(1998)SLAS (Society for Latin American Studies), Annual Conference,
Nuala Finnegan; (1998) Monstrous Mothers: Representations of Pregnancy and Maternity in some Mexican Women Writers. [Oral Presentation], SLAS (Society for Latin American Studies), Annual Conference, University of Liverpool , 17-APR-98 - 19-APR-98. [Details]
(1998)Researching Women's Writing: Why Bother?,
Nuala Finnegan; (1998) Researching Women's Writing: Why Bother?. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Researching Women's Writing: Why Bother?, . [Details]
(1997)Feminine Dis-ease in Ciudad Real by Rosario Castellanos,
Nuala Finnegan; (1997) Feminine Dis-ease in Ciudad Real by Rosario Castellanos. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Feminine Dis-ease in Ciudad Real by Rosario Castellanos, . [Details]
(1996)Culture/History/Society,
Nuala Finnegan; (1996) Greasers, Lovers, Senoritas and Whores: Reflections on the Success of Como agua para chocolate. [Oral Presentation], Culture/History/Society, University of Aberdeen, Scotland , 26-AUG-96 - 28-AUG-96. [Details]
(1996)Gender and Writing in Latin America,
Nuala Finnegan; (1996) Gender and Writing in Latin America. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Gender and Writing in Latin America, . [Details]
(1995)SLAS (Society for Latin American Studies) Annual Conference,
Nuala Finnegan; (1995) The Road to the Centre: Female Space in the Work of Rosario Castellanos. [Oral Presentation], SLAS (Society for Latin American Studies) Annual Conference, University of Wales, Swansea , 24-MAR-95 - 26-MAR-95. [Details]
(1994)AHGBI (Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland) Annual Postgraduate Conference,
Nuala Finnegan; (1994) La palabra enemiga/The Enemy Word: Discourses of Power in Balun-Canan by Rosario Castellanos. [Oral Presentation], AHGBI (Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland) Annual Postgraduate Conference, University of Birmingham , 06-JAN-94 - 08-JAN-94. [Details]
(2012)After the Celtic Tiger: Irish Identities in Flux,
Linda Connolly and Nuala Finnegan (2012) Co-organised one day symposium keynote Dr. Patrick Lonergan NUIG. [Conference Organising Committee Member], After the Celtic Tiger: Irish Identities in Flux, UCC , 03-MAY-12 - 03-MAY-12. [Details]
(2011)Understanding Identities,
Linda Connolly and Nuala Finnegan (2011) CACSSS Identities Research Cluster Interdisciplinary Symposium. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Understanding Identities, UCC , 08-SEP-11 - 08-SEP-11. [Details]
(2014)New Directions in the Performance of Violence and Trauma in the Hispanic World,
Helena Buffery; Nuala Finnegan; Cara Levey (2014) Symposium. [Conference Organising Committee Member], New Directions in the Performance of Violence and Trauma in the Hispanic World, Cork , 08-MAY-14 - 08-MAY-14. [Details]
(2013)Imaginaires et Inter-culturalité Europe-Amérique: réception et genres,
Finnegan, Nuala (2013) Viajes Violentos: La adaptación teatral de 2666 de Roberto Bolaño. [Keynote Speaker], Imaginaires et Inter-culturalité Europe-Amérique: réception et genres, University of Nantes, France , 10-APR-13 - 12-APR-13. [Details]
(2011)Gender, Discourse, Identity: Symposium by Advanced Research Consortium on Gender Studies,
Finnegan, Nuala (2011) Gender and the Violent Nation in Mexico. [Keynote Speaker], Gender, Discourse, Identity: Symposium by Advanced Research Consortium on Gender Studies, National University of Ireland, Galway , 09-MAY-11 - 10-MAY-11. [Details]
(2010)Inaugural Lecture as Chair of Spanish,
Finnegan, Nuala (2010) Inaugural Lecture on the occasion of the appointment to the Chair of Spanish. [Plenary Lecture], Inaugural Lecture as Chair of Spanish, University College Cork , 24-FEB-10 - 24-FEB-10. [Details]
(2014)Echo Chambers, Gender Reverberations: XVth Annual WISPs Conference,
Finnegan, Nuala (2014) Annual Conference of the Women in Spanish and Portuguese Studies Association. [Plenary Lecture], Echo Chambers, Gender Reverberations: XVth Annual WISPs Conference, University College Cork , 07-NOV-14 - 09-NOV-14. [Details]
(2015)Research Seminar Series, Department of Hispanic Studies, University of St Andrews,
Finnegan, Nuala (2015) Invited lecture in School of Modern Languages Seminar Series. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Research Seminar Series, Department of Hispanic Studies, University of St Andrews, University of St. Andrews, Scotland , 26-FEB-15 - 26-FEB-15. [Details]
(2013)The annual E Allison Peers Symposium, hosted by the Department of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies, University of Liverpool,
Finnegan, Nuala (2013) Remember Them?: Ethical Responses to Femicide in Ciudad Juárez. [Keynote Speaker], The annual E Allison Peers Symposium, hosted by the Department of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies, University of Liverpool, Victoria and Albert Gallery, University of Liverpool, UK , 27-SEP-13 - 27-SEP-13. [Details]
(2015)Research Seminar Series, Department of Hispanic Studies, University of St Andrews,
Finnegan, Nuala (2015) Trauma and Renewal in two recent documentary narratives of the Ciudad Juárez femicides. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Research Seminar Series, Department of Hispanic Studies, University of St Andrews, University of St. Andrews, Scotland , 26-FEB-15 - 26-FEB-15. [Details]
(2014)Trauma and Performance in the Hispanic World,
Finnegan, Nuala; Taylor, Diana; Buffery, Helena (2014) Multidisciplinary Workshop on Approaches to Trauma Studies in the Hispanic World. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Trauma and Performance in the Hispanic World, University College Cork , 08-MAY-14 - 09-MAY-14. [Details]
(2015)5th Society for Irish Latin American Studies (SILAS) international conferenceconference conference,
Finnegan, Nuala; Levey, Cara; Brehony, Margaret (2015) Entangled Histories and Cultures. [Conference Organising Committee Member], 5th Society for Irish Latin American Studies (SILAS) international conferenceconference conference, University College Cork , 25-JUN-15 - 27-JUN-15. [Details]
(2014)XVth WISPS (Women in Spanish and Portuguese Studies) Annual Conference: Echo Chambers, Gender Reverberations,
Finnegan, Nuala (2014) Testimonial Screams: Reverberations of Gender Violence in the theatre adaptation of Robert Bolaño’s 2666. [Keynote Speaker], XVth WISPS (Women in Spanish and Portuguese Studies) Annual Conference: Echo Chambers, Gender Reverberations, University College Cork , 07-NOV-14 - 08-NOV-14. [Details]
(2014)Specular Ghosts: Memory and Trauma in Mexican Visual Culture,
Finnegan, Nuala (2014) Trauma and Renewal in two recent documentary narratives of the Ciudad Juárez femicides. [Invited Lectures (Conference)], Specular Ghosts: Memory and Trauma in Mexican Visual Culture, Institute of Latin American Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London , 12-SEP-14 - 12-SEP-14. [Details]
(2001)Centre for Mexican Studies, Mexican Week,
Soledad Loaeza, Adrián Lajous (2001) Featuring readings and lectures by visiting Mexican academics. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Centre for Mexican Studies, Mexican Week, University College Cork , 30-OCT-00 - 03-NOV-00. [Details]
(2014)Mexican and Mexican American Studies: Pathways, Explorations, Approaches,
Finnegan, Nuala (2014) International Conference on Mexican Studies. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Mexican and Mexican American Studies: Pathways, Explorations, Approaches, Centre for Mexican Studies, University College Cork , 03-JUN-14 - 05-JUN-14. [Details]
(2012)Las orillas de las cosas: Reflections on the Work of Juan Rulfo,
Finnegan, Nuala; Brennan, Dylan (2012) Workshop with invited speakers from US, UK, Mexico, Italy and Ireland to address the visual aspects of Rulfo's work. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Las orillas de las cosas: Reflections on the Work of Juan Rulfo, Centre for Mexican Studies, UCC , 29-MAR-12 - 29-MAR-12. [Details]
(2011)Gender and the Violent Nation: Responses to the Ciudad Juárez femicides,
Nuala Finnegan (2011) Analysis of recurrence of certain tropes in visual responses to the Ciudad Juárez femicides. [Plenary Lecture], Gender and the Violent Nation: Responses to the Ciudad Juárez femicides, National University of Ireland, Galway , 09-MAY-11 - 10-MAY-11. [Details]
(2013)Fronteras culturales y recepción Europa-América: La adaptación de las obras literarias en el cine y el teatro,
Nuala Finnegan (2013) Examination of the transnational reception of visual art in the context of the Juarez femicides. [Plenary Lecture], Fronteras culturales y recepción Europa-América: La adaptación de las obras literarias en el cine y el teatro, University of Nantes, France , 12-APR-13 - 14-JAN-13. [Details]
(2014)Postgraduate Hispanic Studies Conference of Ireland and the UK,
Finnegan, Nuala (2014) A stroll through the Abyss: Confrontation and Paralysis in Roberto Bolaño’s Encounter with Ciudad Juárez. [Keynote Speaker], Postgraduate Hispanic Studies Conference of Ireland and the UK, University College Dublin, Ireland , 23-JUN-14 - 24-JUN-14. [Details]
(2012)Latin American Research Forum,
Finnegan, Nuala (2012) Altars in the Desert: Cultural Responses to the Ciudad Juárez Femicides. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Latin American Research Forum, Queen's University Belfast , 12-NOV-12 - 12-NOV-12. [Details]

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
NCEA - National Council of Educational Awards Member of evaluation panel for new degrees. Subject specialist in Spanish.1998 / 2001
Irish Association of Mexican Studies Chair2012 /
Irish Research Council of Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) Interim Council Member, Modern Languages panel of assessors1998 / 2001
Faculty of Arts Postgraduate Studies Committee Member2004 / 2005
University Sabbatical Committee Chair2009 /
School Executive Management Committee Member2011 /
Visual Arts Committee Membership of this committee is by Presidential nomination.2003 / 2007
Latin America Strategy Group Chair2013 / 2014
Emeritus Professor Committee Academic Council Nominee2012 / 2014
Academic Council, UCC Elected Member of Faculty of Arts2005 / 2006
Board of Women's Studies Member2005 / 2014
Faculty of Arts Research Committee Member2003 / 2006
College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences Executive Member2013 / 2014
Board of Film Studies Member2002 / 2014
Royal Irish Academy, Sub-Committee on Languages To advise on Spanish within an overall national policy on languages2004 / 1006
Triskel Arts Centre Member of Board of Management2014 / 2014

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
University College Cork Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies01-OCT-03 / 15-SEP-08
University of Limerick Lecturer and Head of Spanish01-JAN-98 / 30-SEP-99
University of Strathclyde, Glasgow Lecturer01-OCT-93 / 31-DEC-97
University College Cork Professor15-SEP-08 /
University College Cork College Lecturer01-SEP-99 / 01-OCT-03
Colby College, Maine, US Visiting Professor01-JAN-03 / 30-JUN-03

Languages

 LanguageReadingWritingSpeaking
Portuguese Fluent
Irish FluentFluentFluent
English
Spanish FluentFluentFluent

Consultancy

 ClientDescription
Reader for Peter Lang Publications
Member of Language Planning Conference Sub-Committee of the Royal Irish Academy Committee for Modern Language, Literary and Cultural Studies
University of Manchester Press

Reader for manuscripts in Mexican Studies

Cambridge University Press

Reader for manuscripts in Mexican Studies

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Reviewer for promotion to Full Professor

University of Calgary Press

Reader of manuscripts

Cork University Press

Reader for various manuscripts on Latin America

Reader for University of Toronto Press
Undergraduate Awards

Judge 2011-2013

University of Manchester Press

Reader

Outreach Activities

 Description

Fastnet Film Festival, Schull, May 2013. Curation and Presentation of Programme of Mexican Short Cinema.


360 Degrees: A Photographic Exhibition by Rubén Ochoa.
January-April 2011 

Public Debate and Film Screening

Lives on the Line: Femicide in Ciudad Juárez
Film Screening, Blood Rising
Q & A with director, Mark McLoughlin
author, Kama Gutier
academic, Professor Nuala Finnegan
6 February 2014

Curation and Art Exhibitions
Centre for Mexican Studies

My Inner World

Exhibition of Photography by Daniel Weisenstock
Boole Library, University College Cork
January-March 2013

Our Lady and other 'Queer Santas'

Exhibition of Multi-media art by Alma López
Centre for Mexican Studies, O'Rahilly Building, UCC, June 2011

360 Degrees
Exhibition of Photography by Rubén Ochoa
O'Rahilly Building, UCC
March-June 2011

MEXICORK - Perspectives on Mexico
Exhibition of work by various artists including Esther Guinzberg and Yamina del Real (sponsored by Centre for Mexican Studies), Cora Murphy, Brian Maguire, among others.

Cork Vision Centre, North Main St, Cork, June 2014

Postcards from Mexico 

Exhibition of paintings by Cora Murphy
Centre for Mexican Studies, O'Rahilly Building
February 2012






Centre for Mexican Studies
Public Readings Organized


Alberto Blanco, September 1999

Carlos Fuentes, April 2000

Carmen Boullosa, February 2000

Pura López Colomé, November 2000

Alvaro Bravo, May 2000

Agustín Basave, September 2004

Ignacio Duran, March 2006.

Francisco Segovia and Myriam Moscona, May 2007.

Alicia Kozameh, October 2007

Ana García Bergua, October 2008

Juan Villoro, October 2009

Christopher Dominguez Michael, November 2012

Lorna Dee Cervantes, June 2014


Centre for Mexican Studies. Public Lecture Series on Mexico. 2006-2007.

Fastnet Film Festival, Schull, Ireland. Introduction and Opening, 2011

Public Interviews

Public Interview with Mexican artist, Yamina del Real
Centre for Mexican Studies, UCC
5 June 2014

Public Interview with Irish artist, Brian Maguire
14th April 2014
Glucksman Gallery, University College Cork

Public interview with Director, Guadalajara Film Festival, Ignacio Trujillo
Fastnet Film Festival, Schull, Co. Cork
May 2013

Public Interview with Mexican actor, Diana Bracho
Fastnet Film Festival, Schull, Co. Cork
May 2013

Media Work

TG4 - News Feature on "Our Lady and Other Queer Santas"
June 2011

Newstalk - Morning Radio with Shane Coleman
News feature on "Our Lady and Other Queer Santas"
June 2011

TV3 - News Feature on "Our Lady and Other Queer Santas"
June 2011

Feature on Day of the Dead in Mexico,
RTE Arts programme, ARENA
October 2008

RTE 1, Ryan Tubridy Show on Mel Gibson's Apocalypto
January 2007

RTE 1, Ryan Tubridy Show on Elections in Argentina
March 2007

BBC World, Literary Prizes in Latin America - Rómulo Gallegos
June 1997

TV presenting
Moondance Productions for TG4/BBC for documentary on William Lampart (Don Guillén de Lamport)

Film & Arts Festival Liaison

Irish Film Institute, Eustace St, Dublin
Lecture Series, Facing South: Films from Latin America
October-November 2014

Ballymaloe Literary Festival
July 2014
Book Club: Food and Mexico

Ballymaloe Literary Festival
July 2013

Cork Film Festival
Introduction and Presentation of Mexican Short Film Series
October 2008

Fastnet Film Festival
Presentation and Introduction, Mexican Short Film Series
May 2012

Kinsale Arts Festival
Presentations and Introductions, Cuban Cinema
July 2009

Kinsale Arts Festival
Presentations and Introductions, Mexican Golden Age Cinema
July 2008

Public Lectures

Después de Lucía: Screening Violence
Irish Film Institute
4 November 2014

A Stroll Through the Abyss: Reflections on the Work of Roberto Bolaño
Cork World Book Fest
Cork City Library
17 April 2014

New Waves in Mexican Filmmaking
Cork Film Festival
Triskel Arts Centre, Cork   
12 October 2008

Cuban Cinema: Past and Present   
Kinsale Arts Festival, Co. Cork   
14 July 2009

Golden Age Cinema: Buñuel and Fernández
Kinsale Arts Festival, Co. Cork
14 July 2008

Viva Mexico!: From the Golden Age to the Present Day Revival
Cork City Library, Grand Parade, Cork   
6 October 2007

Tina Modotti: Meditations on Modernity
Modotti Retrospective, by invitation of the Embassy of Mexico
Office of Public Works, Dublin  
22 June 2006


Kinsale Arts Festival, July 2008, Public Lectures and Film Screenings: Panorama of Mexican Cinema

Corona Film Festival, Cork: Public Lecture on Mexican Cinema.
October 2008

My Inner World: An Exhibition of Photography by Daniel Weinstock. Boole Library, UCC: January-March 2013

Schools & Community Liaison

Dia de Muertos/Day of the Dead project. 
Annual Día de Muertos/Day of the Dead altar in UCC with members of the Mexican community and local schools. Involves workshops and public readings/events.
Since 2005.

Cork City Library, Lectures on Cinema Series, 2007-2008: New Mexican Cinema
 

Journal Activities

 JournalRoleTo / From
Bulletin Of Latin American Research Referee-
Bulletin Of Hispanic Studies Referee-
Journal Of Inter-American Studies Referee-
Journal Of Iberian And Latin American Studies Referee-
Journal Of Feminist Research Referee-
Hispanic Research Journal Referee-
B Span Stud Referee-
Journal Of Transnational American Studies Referee-

Other Activities

 Description

Visiting Appointments


University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, U.S.
Visiting Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Spring 2008
Colby College, Maine, U.S.
Visiting Professor, Latin American Studies
Spring Semester, (Jan-June 2003)

University of Berkeley, California, U.S.
Visiting Fellow, Department of Spanish and Portuguese
1999

University of Texas, Austin
Visiting Scholar, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, 1994

External Examining

External Examiner, Undergraduate Programmes, University of Durham, 2011-present
External Examiner, Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programmes, Hispanic Studies, University of Birmingham, 2007-2010
External Examiner, Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programmes, University of Liverpool, 2003-2007
External Examiner, Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programmes, Spanish Waterford Institute of Technology 2006- present
External Examiner, Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programmes, Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), 2004-2008
External Examiner, MA and M.Litt in Latin American Studies, University of Aberdeen 2008-2011 External Examiner, Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programmes, Institute of Technology, Sligo, 1999-2002
External Examiner, Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programmes, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT), 1999-2002 External Examining of Research: External Examiner, Ph.D, Queen's University Belfast, November 2011 External Examiner, Ph.D, University of Manchester January, 2008
External Examiner, Ph.D, University of Canterbury, Kent, January 2008
External Examiner, Ph.D, University of Nottingham, September 2007
External Examiner, Ph.D, University of Sheffield, January 2007, June 2009
External Examiner, Ph.D, University of Durham, December 2006
External Examiner, Ph.D, Trinity College Dublin, October 2002
External Examiner, Ph.D, University of Birmingham, June 2001

External Examiner, Ph.D, University of Limerick June 1999
 


Service on Appointment Panels at other Institutions: Vice-Dean of Research, University of Limerick, 2014 Lectureship in Spanish, National University of Ireland Maynooth, 2014 Lectureship in Spanish, University College Dublin, 2011 Lectureship in Spanish, University of Limerick, 2011 Lectureship in Spanish, Dublin Institute of Technology, 2009, 2010 Lectureship in Spanish, National University of Ireland, Galway, 2008.

Centre for Mexican Studies

Public Readings

Readings organized at the Centre for Mexican Studies include Mexico’s most eminent cultural figures, Carlos Fuentes and José Emilio Pacheco:

Alberto Blanco, September 1999

Carlos Fuentes, April 2000

Carmen Boullosa, February 2000

Pura López Colomé, November 2000

Alvaro Bravo, May 2000

Agustín Basave, September 2004

Ignacio Duran, March 2006

Francisco Segovia and Myriam Moscona, May 2007

Alicia Kozameh, October 2007

Ana García Bergua, October 2008

Juan Villoro, December 2008

Ana Clavel, January 2008

Christopher Domínguez Michael, October 2012

Helen Blejerman, April 2013

Brian Maguire, January 2013

Josebe Martínez, February 2013

Peadar, King, January 2014 & 2015

Yamina del Real, May 2014

Teaching Interests

                          


Recent Postgraduates

 Graduation YearStudent NameInstitutionDegree TypeThesis Title
2007Lorraine Kelly University College CorkPh.D. (NUI)Fenced in : the limits of the female self in the work of Brianda Domecq
2007Ana Cruz García University College CorkPh.D.Locura y feminidad : representaciones de las loca en la obra de Elena Garro, Susana Págano, Ana Castillo y María Amparo Escandón
2012Karolina Boczarska University College CorkM.Phil.Making Testimonial Cinema: The Case of Federico Garía Hurtado
2015Donna Alexander University College CorkPhDChicano Poetics: Genre and Style in the Work of Gloria Anzaldú and Lorna Dee Cervantes
2012Sarah-May O'Sullivan UCCPhDVersions of the Masculine: Representations of Masculinity in Recent Mexican and Canadian Cinema
2008Aileen Lee UCCM.Phil.Ana Castillo: Political Visions from the Periphery
2002Teresa Hurley University of LimerickPh.D.Motherhood and Multivocality in Four Novels by Elena Garro, Rosario Castellanos, Elena Poniatowska and Nellie Campobello
2014Eoin Barrett UCCPhDCampaigns and Counter-Campaigns: Borges and a Cultural History of Argentine Crime Fiction 1924-1976
2014Niamh McNamara UCCPhDFiction Makes a Better job of the Truth: Dialogism and Oppositional Consciousness in the Novels of Helena María Viramontes
2009Orla Borreye UCCPhDIdentity, Gender and Performance in Recent Mexican Cinema
2014Cian Warfield UCCM.Phil.Understanding Zapatista Autonomy: An Analysis of Healthcare and Education
2015Dylan Brennan UCCPhDMuchos Méxicos’: Widening the Lens in Rulfo’s Cinematic Texts
2009Nicole Sigl UCCPhDGlobalization and Identity in recent Mexican and Canadian Cinema

Current Postgraduate Students

 StudentDegree Type
Jaime Moreno Rafael Doctoral Degree
Loenze Claudia Doctoral Degree
Warfield Cian Gearoid Doctoral Degree
Aylward Patrick Joseph Doctoral Degree
Alexander Donna Maria Doctoral Degree
Syms Adelina Bernadette Doctoral Degree
Mc Keon Jacinta Carmel Doctoral Degree
Clancy Fiona Doctoral Degree
Clifford Emer Marie Doctoral Degree

Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2015International Work Placement HS3011International Work Placement
2015Minor Dissertation HS3063Minor Dissertation
2015Politics and Culture in Latin America HS6009Politics and Culture in Latin America
2015US Hispanic Fiction: Latino Writers in Focus HS2046US Hispanic Fiction: Latino Writers in Focus
2015Dissertation HS2007Dissertation
2015Minor Dissertation HS2063Minor Dissertation
2015Year Abroad Language Programme HS3012Year Abroad Language Programme
2015Gender, Violence and Power on the US-Mexico Border HS3054Gender, Violence and Power on the US-Mexico Border