AARP brings together an array of leading academics from all across the British Isles.

Professor Nicholas Allen

Nicholas Allen is Professor and incoming Academic Director of the Moore Institute for research in the Humanities at NUI Galway. He is writing a cultural history of 1916 and its impact on modernism for Cambridge University Press, and editing Ernie O'Malley's later letters and papers with Cormac O'Malley. His other books are Modernism, Ireland and Civil War (Cambridge University Press, 2009) and George Russell and the New Ireland (Four Courts, 2003). Allen is editor of That Other Island (2007), Gerald Dawe's The Proper Word (2007) and The Cities of Belfast (2003). Allen is Burns Library Fellow at Boston College in Spring 2011.

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Dr. John Brannigan

John Brannigan is Senior Lecturer in English in University College Dublin. He is the author of New Historicism and Cultural Materialism (1998), Literature, Culture and Society in Postwar England, 1945-1965 (2002), Brendan Behan: Cultural Nationalism and the Revisionist Writer (2002), Orwell to the Present: Literature in England, 1945-2000 (2003), Pat Barker (2005), and Race in Modern Irish Literature and Culture (2009). He is currently writing a book entitled Twentieth-Century Literature in the British Isles: An Archipelagic History for Edinburgh University Press, which is based on research on the relations between modern English, Irish, Northern Irish, Scottish, and Welsh literatures in English.

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Professor Nick Groom

Nick Groom is Professor in English at the University of Exeter (Penryn Campus) and the Director of ECLIPSE, the Exeter Centre for Literatures of Identity, Place, and Sustainability. He is the author of several books, including Introducing Shakespeare (Icon), The Forger’s Shadow (Picador), and The Union Jack (Atlantic), and has edited work on Thomas Chatterton, Shakespeare, eighteenth-century crime writing, and ballads. His work covers questions of authenticity and identity, focusing on English and British identity. This has in turn led to an interest in ‘cultural environmentalism’: investigating ways in which apparently natural environments and habitats are culturally constituted, and how this can pragmatically contribute to current debates about sustainability.  These issues are addressed in his next book, The Seasons: An Elegy for the English Weather, which will be published by Atlantic in 2011-12. In the meantime he is writing an historical overview of the Gothic for Oxford University Press.

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Dr. Davyth Hicks

Dr. Davyth Hicks is the Director of Eurolang, formerly part of the European Bureau for Lesser Used Languages, which works on behalf of Europe’s national and linguistic minorities at the European level and acts as the Secretariat for the European Parliament’s Intergroup for Traditional Minorities, National Communities and Languages. He provides the expertise and bridge to civil society for the Intergroup and plays a key role in developing language policy at the European and local level for Europe’s lesser-used languages. With a background in linguistic rights, language planning and promotion and over 20 years of experience in the field, especially with the Celtic languages, he has worked as an Expert for the Council of Europe’s European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (ECRML) on language issues, advising governments, international and non-governmental organisations.

For the Intergroup he works closely with the OSCE High Commissioner for National Minorities, the Fundamental Rights Agency, the European Commission, the Council of Europe’s Advisory Committee of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities, the Secretariat of the ECRML, and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. He currently chairs the language policy and planning sub-group of the NGO Multilingualism Platform established to guide the European Commission on future EU language policy and sits on the Culture Platform which informs the EU on its Culture policy. He is also a member of the Cornish Language Partnership’s status group and works with language and cultural organisations advising and helping with EU funding.

Dr. Neil Jarman

Neil Jarman is the director of the Institute for Conflict Research, an independent, not-for profit, policy-orientated research unit based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He has a PhD in anthropology from University College London and has written extensively on issues associated with the popular political culture, symbols and ritual in Northern Ireland and more recently on the ongoing work involved in conflict transforming and the peace process. His study of the culture of parading and the visual politics of Northern Ireland Material Conflicts (Berg 1997) won the Folklore Society’s Katherine Briggs Award.

Professor John Kerrigan

John Kerrigan is Professor of English 2000 at the University of Cambridge. He got interested in devolving early modern literature during the 1990s. After writing a number of exploratory essays, he published Archipelagic English: Literature, History, and Politics 1603-1707 (2008). Since then, an archipelagic outlook has informed his work on Shakespeare, Louis MacNeice and modern Australian poetry. He is currently finishing a book on British and Irish poetry since the 1960s, which focuses, in various ways, on aspects of dislocation.

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Professor Andrew McNeillie

Andrew McNeillie is a Professor of English at the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus, having formerly been Literature Editor at OUP. He is the founder of Clutag Press and of the literary magazine Archipelago (whose contributors to date include Norman Ackroyd, Meg Bateman, Tim Dee, Douglas Dunn, Terry Eagleton, Seamus Heaney, Michael Longley, Robert Macfarlane, Derek Mahon, Alexander Moffat, Alan Riach). His archipelagic interests have a lifetime’s devotion behind them, as may be seen from his memoir An Aran Keening (Dublin: Lilliput Press, 2002) and from his volumes of poems Nevermore (Oxford Poets/ Carcanet, 2000), Now, Then (Oxford Poets/ Carcanet, 2002), Slower (Carcanet, 2006), In Mortal Memory (Carcanet, 2009) and also Once (Seren, 2009), a further memoir set in Wales. He devised and co-convenes Exeter’s archipelagically orientated MA Writing, Nature and Place. In addition (with Christopher Ricks, John Haffenden, and Warwick Gould) he is a member of the Advisory Board of the T. S. Eliot Edition, he serves on the Editorial Board of Princeton University Press (Europe) and is an Honorary Professor of English at the University of Aberystwyth.

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Dr. Andrew Mycock

Dr. Andrew Mycock is a Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Huddersfield. His key research and teaching interests focus on post-empire citizenship and national identity, particularly in the UK and the Russian Federation, and the impact of citizenship and history education programmes. He has published widely on the ‘Politics of Britishness’, education policy, citizenship, and democratic youth engagement. He was a Youth Citizenship Commissioner as part of the Governance of Britain reviews in 2008-9 and is co-convenor of the Academy for the Study of Britishness.

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Professor Alan Riach

Alan Riach is the Professor of Scottish Literature at Glasgow University and was President of the Association for Scottish Literary Studies, 2006-10. He is the general editor of the Collected Works of Hugh MacDiarmid (Carcanet), the author of Representing Scotland in Literature, Popular Culture and Iconography (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005) and co-author with Alexander Moffat of Arts of Resistance: Poets, Portraits and Landscapes of Modern Scotland, described by the Times Literary Supplement as 'a landmark book'. His fourth book of poems, Clearances (2001), follows First & Last Songs (1995), An Open Return (1991) and This Folding Map (1990). His radio series The Good of the Arts was first broadcast in New Zealand 2001. Born in Scotland, in Airdrie, Lanarkshire, in 1957, he completed his first degree in English Literature at Cambridge University and his Ph.D. in Scottish Literature at Glasgow University, before working at the University of Waikato in New Zealand, 1986-2000. Since 1 January 2001, he has been living in Scotland.

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Professor Fiona Stafford

Fiona Stafford is a Professor in English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Somerville College.  She has a longstanding interest in the literature of the Archipelago - her first book having been a study of the Scottish Highland poet, James Macpherson, and The Poems of Ossian, her most recent, Local Attachments, an exploration of the relationship between poetry and place.  She also examined the dialogues between writers in different parts of the Archipelago, in Starting Lines: Scottish, Irish and English Poetry, from Burns to Heaney, and explored the significance of Celtic Bards in The Last of the Race.  She has also published on Wordsworth, Burns, Austen, Celticism, dialect poetry, Scottish Romanticism, contemporary Scottish Poetry, literature of the 'Four Nations', national identity in Ireland and Scotland, as well as editing novels by Austen and Mary Shelley.  She is currently editing a collection of essays on Burns and Other Poets, to be published by Edinburgh University Press. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and an Honorary Fellow of the Robert Burns Centre in Glasgow.

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Dr. Damian Walford Davies

Damian Walford Davies is Reader in English in the Department of English and Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University, where he specialises in Romanticism, Welsh Writing in English and literature in Welsh. He is the General Editor of the forthcoming Oxford Literary History of Wales. His work in Romantic Studies, which includes Presences that Disturb: Models of Romantic Identity in the Literature and Culture of the 1790s (2002), and, as editor, The Monstrous Debt: Modalities of Romantic Influence in Twentieth-Century Literature (2006), Wales and the Romantic Imagination (2007), and Romanticism, History, Historicism: Essays on an Orthodoxy (2009) is an intervention in the devolution of Romanticism currently energising the discipline. He is the editor of Echoes to the Amen: Essays After R. S. Thomas (2003), which offered reinflected readings of Wales’s greatest anglophone poet of the twentieth century, and of Waldo Williams: Rhyddiaith (Waldo Williams: Prose Works, 2001), which opened a new window on the most significant Welsh-language poet of last century. He is currently completing a monograph entitled Cartographies of Culture: Six Maps of Welsh Writing in English, which includes studies of Gerard Manley Hopkins, Alun Lewis and Brenda Chamberlain, and is preparing an edition of Brenda Chamberlain’s unpublished play, The Protagonists. His latest collection of poetry, Suit of Lights, appeared from Seren in 2009.

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