Meet the department: Gerry Kearns

[This is the latest in this series of posts by staff and students in the Dept of Geography…]

What do you most enjoy doing in the dept?
Working with colleagues to produce new knowledge, either as articles or as events [field-walks, symposia etc.].

What book are you currently reading?
Michel Foucault’s Security, Territory, Population. I recently read all of Primo Levi’s works that are in English. If this is a man by Levi will shrieve you. Reflecting on his year in Auschwitz he asks how people can treat other humans so, and then asks what of the human remains in either perpetrator or victim after such treatment.

What’s your favourite blog?
I enjoy some of the blogs of folk I know – eg Derek Gregory’sMapping Spectral Traces’  and  Fearghus Ó Conchúir’s. I also follow Sarah Silverman and Kate Clinton.

What TV show are you watching? 
Just finished with Damages. I watch Rachel Maddow and Democracy Now most days both free online.

What music are you currently listening to?
I am currently enjoying again the first minute or so of Roxy Music’s Mother of Pearl. I am devoted, just shy of idolatry to Sinéad O’Connor, Bill Callahan, Calexico, Lambchop, Iarla Ó Lionáird, Joe Strummer, Willard Grant Conspiracy, Cathal Coughlan. To feed my mind and ears, I follow the cathal coughlan tag on tumblr – – and check in regularly at

Do you have a hidden talent?
I was once a decent table-football player – only Brighouse, no spinning, put-ins must reach the opposite wall before they can be played by the putter-in, rebounds out of goal count, a whitewash will cost you a round of drinks.

What one object would you bring to a desert island?
Solar-powered kindle with all Shakespeare on it – texts and videos of classic performances, eg Burton as Hamlet, Welles as Othello, McKellen as Richard III, Redgrave as Volumnia, Helen Mirren as Prospera.

If you could change one thing in NUI Maynooth, what would it be?
Can I have an office in which to keep my books properly?

What’s the worst job you’ve had?
I worked the checkout at Tesco’s and had obsessive dreams about counting out change.

Soapbox or Pet Peeves
Dublin’s a great city for a cultural night out.


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