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Prof. Máiréad Nic Craith BEd, BA, MA, PhD, MRIA

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Chair in European Culture and Heritage/Director of Research/Director of Intercultural Centre

School of Management & Languages; Dept. of Languages & Inter Studies

Phone: +44 (0)131 451 8016
Address:
  • Room 2.04
    Henry Prais Building
  • School of Management & Languages; Dept. of Languages & Inter Studies
  • Heriot-Watt University
  • Edinburgh
  • EH14 4AS
  • United Kingdom
Máiréad Nic Craith

Research profile

Roles and responsibilities

Chair of European Culture and Heritage

REF sub-panel member

Research

Language, power and cultural policy in European society have been a sustained focus of interest throughout Máiréad's academic career. She has explored key questions, such as the impact of political boundaries on the concept of language and the significance of language for citizenship. Máiréad has examined the quest for recognition and legitimacy among speakers of minority and contested languages and queried the non-recognition of migrant, non-European languages in the public space. Máiréad is also researching the concept of interculturality.

In 2009 Máiréad held a Leverhulme Research Fellowship examining the sense of dislocation that is experienced by bilingual authors living ‘in-between’ two cultures and two languages. Máiréad is especially interested in intangible heritage in a European context and from 2004-2009, she was Director of the Academy for Irish Cultural Heritages at the University of Ulster. She has won a number of prizes for creative writing in Irish and serves on editorial boards for journals such as Ethnopolitics and the Irish Journal of Anthropology.     

Selected publications
  • (2012)  Narratives of Place, Belonging and Language: An Intercultural Perspective, Palgrave, Macmillan.
  • (2012) U. Kockel, M. Nic Craith and J. Frykman, (eds) Blackwell Companion to the Anthropology of Europe, Wiley-Blackwell.
  • (2012)  ‘Introduction: the Frontiers of Europe and European Ethnology’ (with U. Kockel and J. Frykman) in U. Kockel, M. Nic Craith and J. Frykman (eds) Blackwell Companion to the Anthropology of Europe, New York:  Wiley-Blackwell, 1-10.
  • (2012)  ‘Language, Power and Politics in Europe’ in U. Kockel, M. Nic Craith and J. Frykman (eds), Blackwell Companion to the Anthropology of Europe. New York: Wiley-Blackwell, 373-88.
  • (2012)  ‘Legacy and Loss: The Great Silence and its Aftermath’ in J. Crowley, W. J. Smyth and M. Murphy (eds) Atlas of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1852. Cork: University Press, pp. 580-88.
  • (2011) Europa Schreiben: Yoko Tawada und Emine Sevgi Őzdamar‘ in R. Johler, M. Matter und S. Zinn-Thomas (Hrsg.): Mobilitäten. Europa in Bewegung als Herausforderung kulturanalytischer Forschung. Münster:Waxmann,  520-28.
  •  (2010)  W. Logan, M. Langfield and M. Nic Craith (eds) Cultural Diversity, Heritage and Human Rights: Intersections in Theory and Practice, Routledge.
  • (2010)  ‘Linguistic Heritage and Language Rights in Europe: Theoretical Considerations’ in W. Logan, M. Langfield and M. Nic Craith (eds), Cultural Diversity, Heritage and Human Rights, London: Routledge, 45-62.
  • (2010)  ‘Intersecting Concepts and Practices’ (with W. Logan and M. Langfield) in W. Logan, M. Langfield and M. Nic Craith (eds) Cultural Diversity, Heritage and Human Rights, London: Routledge, 3-20. (2010)  ‘Citizenship, Culture and the Nation-State: a European Perspective’ in W. Ommundsen, M. Leach and A. Vandenberg (eds) Cultural Citizenship and the Challenges of Globalization, New Jersey: Hampton Press, 111-26.
  • (2010)  ‘Language and Belonging in Ireland: Exploring Intercultural Memoirs’ in B. Schmidt-Lauber. und G. Schwibbe, G. (Hrsg.): Alterität: Erzählen vom Anderssein. Göttingen: Schmerse Media, 169-84. (2009)  ‘Writing Europe: a Dialogue of Liminal Europeans’, Social Anthropology, 17(2), 198-208.
  • (2009) ‘Giving Voice to Africans: West of the Bann’ with E. Odhiambo and K. Moyo in Challenges of Peace - Research as a Contribution to Peace-building in Northern Ireland, Belfast: Community Relations Council, 191-206.
  • (2008)  ‘Intangible Cultural Heritages: The Challenges for Europe’, Anthropological Journal of European Cultures, 17(1), 54-73.
  • (2008) U. Kockel, M Nic Craith and R Johler (eds) Everyday Cultures in Europe: Approaches and Methodologies, Ashgate.
  • (2008)  ‘From National to Transnational: a Discipline en route to Europe’ in M. Nic Craith, U. Kockel and R. Johler eds, Everyday Culture in Europe: Approaches and Methodologies, Ashgate, 1-17.
Biography

Máiréad Nic Craith joined the Department of Languages and Intercultural Studies as Professor of European Culture and Heritage in September 2012. She previously held a Chair in the School of Social Sciences and Applied Social Studies at the University of Ulster. Máiréad has held an honorary professorship at the University of Exeter as well as a DAAD guest professorship at the University of Göttingen. She has held other academic positions at the Universities of Liverpool, Dublin and Cork. She has received many accolades for her publications, including the Ruth Michaelis-Jena Ratcliff research prize for folklife (joint winner), which was awarded at the University of Edinburgh in 2004. Two years later she was awarded a Senior Distinguished Research Fellowship at the University of Ulster. In 2009 she was elected to the Royal Irish Academy, the highest academic honour in Ireland. Máiréad has served on numerous research evaluation panels in Europe and in Canada. In 2011, she was invited by the United Nations as an expert on heritage and human rights.