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Geography’s 2016-17 seminar series

The Department of Geography has run a seminar series for many years now. We pride ourselves on always trying to invite a diverse range of people, including scholars, researchers, artists, journalists, and writers. This academic year our focus has been on researchers. We invited geographers working at the interface of remote sensing and GIS; geoscientists […]

Spatial Poetics of Gautier’s ‘Giselle’

Ballet Ireland’s creative re-working of Gautier’s nineteenth Century Classic is currently touring Ireland http://projectartscentre.ie/event/giselle/ having had its premiere in Project Arts Centre this week. Here I had the pleasure of watching bodies flesh out before me, a story that was all- too familiar. My first engagement with Giselle began twenty- two years prior, when my […]

Creating Alternative Food Futures: Food Sovereignty in Ireland and Beyond

  13 April 2017. Maynooth University Alistair Fraser has been working with various groups (Afri, Food Sovereignty Ireland, etc.) to develop this exciting event. All welcome but please confirm attendance at foodsovmaynooth@gmail.com Creating Alternative Food Futures: Food Sovereignty in Ireland and Beyond 10am to 3.30pm April 13, 2017 —– April 17 is International Day of Peasant […]

Maynooth @ the AAG 2017

The conference of the American Association of Geographers is the largest gathering of academic geographers in the English-speaking world and this year in Boston USA (5-9 April) it: [W]ill feature over 6,900 presentations, posters, workshops, and field trips by leading scholars, experts, and researchers. (AAG, About the Meeting) This time there are ten of us going […]

QS Rankings. Geography at Maynooth in top 200

The QS World University Rankings for individual subjects were released today. As reported in the Irish Examiner, University College Dublin did particularly well at bringing subjects into the top 100 (now has 13) and Trinity College Dublin did particularly poorly (now has 2).   The overall ranking of universities is based on six indicators, four […]

Trump and the Potential for a New Progressive Movement in Ireland*

What is the impact of Trump’s election on Irish politics? Could we see an Irish Trump or new right-wing party elected into the Dáil or even lead a new government? This potential nightmare scenario is possible given the economic crisis and distrust in political parties and government in Ireland. However, this means that there is also an […]

Ireland and the British Isles

Is Ireland in the British Isles? The Oxford English Dictionary seems clear. It tells us that the British Isles is: A group of islands, including Britain, Ireland (Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland), the Isle of Man, the Hebrides, the Orkney Islands, the Shetland Islands, the Isles of Scilly, and the Channel Islands, lying […]