Office Hours 2012-13: Tuesday 12.30 - 3.30pm
Born: 29 November 1958. Citizenship: U.S. Marital Status: Single.
University of Chicago, Ph.D., Anthropology 1999
University of Chicago, M.A., Anthropology 1987
University of Washington, Seattle, B.A., Anthropology 1985
Academic Work and Teaching Experience
National University of Ireland, Maynooth (Ireland)
Lecturer in Anthropology2000 - present.
National University of Ireland, Maynooth (Ireland)
Temporary Lecturer in Anthropology (full-time), 1993- 2000
LSB College, Dublin
Part-Time Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, Spring 1998St. Patrick's College, Maynooth (Ireland)
Outside Lecturer in Anthropology (part-time), 1992-1993
Harry S. Truman College, Chicago
Teaching English as a Second Language, Reading, Grammar, and Speech (to refugees).
Erickson Institute, Chicago
Research Assistant, 1988-1992
Analyzing interview data for a research project in applied psychological anthropology.
Other Professional positions
2007-Present Associate Editor, Journal of Linguistic Anthropology (JLA)
2002-present Associate, Humanities Institute of Ireland (HII), University College Dublin
2002-present Associate, National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA), NUI Maynooth
2000-2002 President , Anthropological Association of Ireland
1996 - 2004 Co-editor, Irish Journal of Anthropology.
Doctoral supervision and committee work
January 2004 External Examiner, Piera Sarasini, Department of Anthropology, Queens University. Belfast.
February 2003 Member of Dissertation Committee of Veerendra Lele, Department of Anthropology, Columbia University, New York.
2006 Member, Graduate Studies Committee.
2005-2006 Member, European Studies Committee.
2007-present Member, Teaching and Learning Working Group.
Irish language discourse and literature
Verbal art, music, and performance
Minority languages and the nation-state
C.S. Peirce's Semeiotic
Ethnographic Approaches to Literature
in press. Archival Inscription. in The Companion to Irish Traditional Music, ed. F. Vallely. 2nd Edition. Cork: Cork University Press.
in press. Doing something old: "non-synchronism," traditional music, and memory in Ireland. in Memory Ireland: Explorations in Irish Cultural Memory, Vol. 3. ed. O. Frawley. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press.
in press. Pobail Urlabhra. in An tSochtheangeolaíocht: Feidhm agus Tuairisc. eag., T. Ó hIfearnáin & M. Ní Neachtain. Baile Átha Cliath: Cois Life.
in press. Ag Teacht Aniar: Dioscúrsa na Gaeilge agus "Athghabháil" Ráth Cairn. in [Festschrift Uí Chrualaoich]. eag. M-A Desplanques, C O'Carroll, S. Ó Cadhla, & D. Ó Giolláin.
2009. Review of F. Vallely, Tuned Out: Traditional music and identity in Northern Ireland. in The Journal of Music, August/September 2009.
2007 Co-editor (With Stuart McLean), Engaging Imagination: AnthropologicalSpecial Issue of Irish Journal of Anthropology Vol. 10, no. 2.
2007 Looking back on some dead world that looks so new: the idea of the U.N. in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq. Irish Journal of Anthropology Vol. 10 no. 2
2006 Bridget Cleary Speaks! Irish Journal of Anthropology Vol. 9 no. 1.
2004 The nation, the state, and the neighbors: personation in Irish-language discourse. Language and Communication Vol. 24 no. 4, pp. 381-411.
2003 Irish Ethnography. In Encyclopedia of Ireland. London: Gill and Macmillan.
2003 (Co-edited with Colin Coulter) The End of Irish History? Critical Approaches to the. Manchester University Press. 'Celtic Tiger'
2003 The Centralized Government of Liquidity: Language and Culture under the Celtic Tiger. Chapter in The End of Irish History? Critical Approaches to the 'Celtic Tiger', eds. C. Coulter and S. Coleman. Manchester University Press.
2000. Music and Dialogue. Published by Traditional Music Archive and The Irish Traditional Music Society, University College Cork (Ó Riada Memorial Lecture 13).
1997. Joe Heaney and Style in Sean-nós Singing. In Blas: the Local Accent in Irish, edited by T. M. Smith and M. Ó. Súilleabháin. Limerick: Irish World Traditional Music, Music Centre, University of Limerick.
1996. Joe Heaney Meets the Academy. Irish Journal of Anthropology 1.
1998. Léirmheas ar Denvir, Gearóid, Litríocht agus Pobal: Cnuasach Aistí. Béaloideas (66): 256-257.
1998. Review of A.D. Buckley and M.C. Kenney, Negotiating Identity: Rhetoric,. Anthropological Linguistics 40 (2). metaphor, and social drama
1995. Review of The Irish Language in the United States. Anthropological Linguistics, vol. 37 (2)
Lectures and Conference Papers
The Gaeltacht as a type of community. Plenary address to ALTE - The Association of Language Testers of Europe, 37th Annual Meeting, Maynooth, Ireland. 13 November, 2009.
"General intellect" and global culture. Paper presented at World Culture and Nation-States: Erasmus Intensive Programme, Vienna, 15 July 2009.
Mobilized sound: Memory, inscription and locality in Irish traditional music. Paper presented at Blurred boundaries: Community & identity in music. Anthropological Crossings: Spring Conference, Anthropological Association of Ireland, 2 May 2009.
Understanding Recession: What happened to the Irish economy and what is going to happen next? Presentation to public forum, National University of Ireland, Maynooth. 12, April 2009.
Speaking to the archive: Irish tradition and archival inscription. Paper presented at International Council for Traditional Music, Ireland Annual Symposium, Dublin. 27-28, February, 2009.
Creole as a Model of Culture? Paper presented at Experiencing Diversity and Mutuality, the 10th Biennial Conference of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA), Ljubljana, Slovenia, 29 August, 2008.
"Creole" crossings in cultural, racial and linguistic theory. Workshop presented at the Erasmus Intensive Programme 2008, Vienna, Austria, 26 July, 2008.
The semiotics of unknowing: Indexical loss and "market makers" in the Great Unwinding. Paper presented at Anthropological Research Imperatives: the Next Generation. Spring Conference, Anthropological Association of Ireland, NUI Maynooth, 11 April 2008.
Allegory + Memory. Paper presented in the session, Mythopoesis, 106th Annual Meeting, American Anthropological Association, November 28-December 2, 2007, Washington D.C.
Modernism and vernacular culture: Maude, Ó Cadhain, Ó Conaire, Ó Riada. Paper presented at conference on Irish Modernism, Trinity College Dublin, 19-20 October 2007.
Ideology, literacy and inscription in Irish discourse. Department of Anthropology, Thursday Seminar, 11 October 2007.
Digging up Da to bury Ma: Sounding Out the Visual in Irish Media. Department of Anthropology Guest Lecture, 10 October 2007.
Visualising musical memory: representing representation in Irish media. University College London Wednesday Social Anthropology Seminar Series, 3 October 2007.
Deterritorialising Memory: Irish traditional Music and Visual Diegesis. Paper presented at the conference "Beyond Text Image:Voice::Sound:Object; Synaesthetic and Sensory Practices in Anthropology", University of Manchester, 1 July 2007.
'Do Something Old' - 'Non-Synchronism' and Traditional Irish Music. Anthro Lab Workshop, Institut für Kultur- und Sozialanthropologie, Universität Wien, 23 June 2006.
"Leabhar an tSeanchais": Linguistic Ideologies of Orality and Literacy in Ireland. Presented at Orality and Modern Irish Culture, First Galway Conference of Irish Studies, Centre for Irish Studies NUIG 7 June 2006 .
Music and Language. Presented at A National Ethnomusicology, ICTM Ireland Symposium, UL, Limerick. 22 February, 2006.
A Cat and a Mouse in a Box: Competing Linguistic Ideologies in Ireland. Paper presented at Joint Workshop on Linguistic Diversity for IRCHSS (Ireland)/CNRS (France), University College, Cork 5 November 2005.
The One and the Many in Language: A Critique. Paper presented at The Cause of Cosmopolitanism, conference of the Royal Irish Academy Committee for Modern Language, Literary and Cultural Studies, University College Cork, 12 November 2005.
Culture as constituent power: a semeiotic approach. Paper presented at Socrates Intensive Programme, Vienna, 1 September, 2004.
Personation and value in Irish discourse. Paper presented at the Research Seminar on Anthropological Theory, Department of Anthropology, London School of Economics & Political Science 18 June, 2004.
Text, genre, context. Paper presented to Postgraduate Seminar, Humanities Institute of Ireland, University College, Dublin. 14 January, 2004.
An Ghaeltacht agus cruthú pobail. Léacht d'iarchéimithe ar chúrsa teastais i gcultúr agus pobal na Gaeltachta, Ollscoil na hÉireann, Má Nuad . 29 Samhain 2003.
The Gaeltacht "before" and "after" history . Paper presented at the conference, After the Celtic Tiger: Critical Reflections on Contemporary Irish Society. Bilgi University, Kustepe, Istanbul, 12 September 2003.
Looking back on some dead world that looks so new: the idea of the UN in the run up to the war against Iraq. Paper presented at the conference, Engaging Imagination, University College Dublin 19 June, 2003.
The Vengeful Landscape: Topology and Dis-Topology in Irish-Language Discourse. Paper presented at the Annual Meetings of the American Conference for Irish Studies, Minneapolis, MN, 6 June 2003.
2 Guest Lectures on space/time/globalisation and indigenous communities, programme in Development Studies, U.C.D., 28 February 2003
Modernist dis-topologies: Irish-speakers and the nation-state . Paper presented to the Department of Anthropology, Columbia University, Scheps Library Friday Series, 14, February 2003.
Memory and personation in Irish performance traditions. Paper presented to the Humanities Institute of Ireland, University College, Dublin, 29 November 2002.
Limited and unlimited community: personation in semeiotic practice. Paper presented to the 101st Annual Meetings, American Anthropological Association, New Orleans, session on "Peircean semeiotic and its anthropological applications," 20 November 2002.
Community in Ireland: discovery, advocacy, or creation? Paper presented to the the seventh meeting of the European Association of Social Anthropologists, Copenhagen. 17, August, 2002.
Ventriloquizing the Nation. Paper presented in the seminar series, "Representation and Beyond." at the School of Anthropological Studies, Queen's University of Belfast. 28th November, 2000.
Discussant, session on Anthropology and Philology, 99th Annual Meetings, American Anthropological Association, San Francisco, 19 November, 2000.
Dead and living clay in dialogue: folklore, commemoration, and the Irish state. Paper presented to the 99th Annual Meetings, American Anthropological Association, San Francisco, 15 November, 2000.
Music as Dialogue. Seán Ó Riada Memorial Lecture, University College Cork, 21, January, 2000.
Culture and Nominalism: Pierce's critique of rationalism. Paper presented at the conference, 'Dis-ease with Post-modern Anthropology: Anthropologists facing towards the 21st century', LSB College, Dublin, 12 December 1999.
What they found on Árainn: Time, reason and aesthetics in the Western world. Paper presented at the 98th Annual Meetings, American Anthropological Association, Chicago, 20 November 1999.
The political space of Cré na Cille. Paper presented to the Workshop in Interpretive Political Social Analysis, Allihies, C. Cork, 5 September, 1999.
Claí na Muice Duibhe: Internal colonies and the Irish nation-state. Paper presented at the conference, Defining Colonies, National University of Ireland, Galway, 18 June, 1999.
The Vein of Poetry: Speech as Object of Value in Irish. Paper presented at the 97th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Philadelphia, 2 December 1998.
Something About a Bicycle: Nominalism in Social Science and at Large. Paper given to the Joint Anthropology-Sociology Seminar, N.U.I., Maynooth, 19 March, 1998.
Fredric Jameson meets Johnny Seoighe: Anthropology in Oral and Written Literature. Paper presented to Anthropology Society, N.U.I., Maynooth, 3 February, 1998.
Sentiment, Entelechy, and Text in Irish-language Song Tradition. American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings, San Francisco, November 1996.
''The Crack': A General Theory. Maynooth Sociology and Anthropology Seminar, October 1996.
Language, Nominalism and Decolonization: A Reexamination of Benedict Anderson's Imagined Communities. Anthropological Association of Ireland, Maynooth, May 1996.
Style: A Semiotic Approach. Seminar at the Irish World Music Centre, University of Limerick, 4 April 1996.
Voices of the Dead and 'A New Medium': Máirtín Ó Cadhain's Cré na Cille. American Anthropological Association, Washington, D.C., November 1995.
'A Ring of Light on the Ocean.' Central States Anthropological Association, Indianapolis, March 1995.
The Imagination of a Repossession. American Conference for Irish Studies, Belfast 26 June 1995.
On Doing Ethnography in the Gaeltacht. Anthropological Association of Ireland, Cork, December 1993.
Bunsmaointe na hAintraipeolaíochta, An Antraipeolaíocht in Éirinn. Léachtaí do mhic léinn as Coláiste na hOllscoile, B.Á.C., Rath Cairn, Co. na Mí, Márta 1993.
Other Conference Work
March 2009 Organizer of "The fate of linguistic and cultural diversity in the era of deglobalization: A discussion". With Michael Silverstein, Robert Moore (NUIM), Anne Gallagher (NUIM), Steve Coleman (NUIM), others. 7 March 2009.
June 2006 Organizer (with Angela Bourke, Caoimhín Mac Giolla Léith and Regina Uí Chollatáin) of "Tuiscintí Féiniúlachta / Irish Identities," Humanities Institute of Ireland, UCD, 1-3 June, 2006.
June, 2003 Organized (with Stuart McLean) "Engaging Imagination: a multidisciplinary conference towards an anthropology of the imagination" at University College Dublin and Dublin Business School, 19-21 June, 2003.
August, 2002 Organized session, "Engaged observers: anthropological relativism and political commitment" for the Seventh meeting of the European Association of Social Anthropologists, Copenhagen
May, 2001 Organized conference, " Landscapes of Memory and Desire: Anthropological Perspectives on the Imagination of Place." Spring Conference of the Anthropological Association of Ireland, NUI Maynooth.
November 2000 Organized "Exemplary Peripheries: Minority Language Communities in North-West Europe," session at the 99th Annual Meetings, American Anthropological Association, San Francisco.
Co-Organiser of conference, Anthropology, Violence, and the State. Spring Meeting of the Anthropological Association of Ireland, National University of Ireland, Maynooth.
December 1997 Co-organizer of conference, Culture, Space, and Representation, Winter conference of the Anthropological Association of Ireland, Maynooth.
November 1996 Organized and chaired "Rethinking the Symbol," session at American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings, San Francisco.
November 1995 Organized "Anthropology and Literature," session at American Anthropological Association Annual Meetings, Washington, D.C.
Fellowships and Research Grants
2002 NUI Maynooth New Researcher Prize 2001 (Awarded 15 March 2002), €2540
1986 - 1990 University Of Chicago Unendowed Fund Fellowship
1992 University of Chicago Overseas Dissertation Research Grant
Irish: Fluent reading, oral comprehension and speaking ability
French: Reading only
Russian: 1 1/2 years graduate study
Membership of Professional Organizations
Anthropology Association of Ireland
American Anthropological Association
European Association of Social Anthropologists
Musical Performances (Uillean pipes, tin whistle)
1993-1996 Member, Na Galties, a traditional Irish musical group based in Ráth Cairn, Co, Meath. Many performances, locally, nationally, and at festivals in the Isle of Man, Scotland, and France.
1979-1984 Radio Producer, KRAB FM, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A. KRAB was a listener-supported non-commercial radio station.
1978-1985 Volunteer and Member, Left Bank Books Cooperative. LBB is an independent Left bookstore, publisher, and distributor.