Tag Archives: Gerry Kearns

Maynooth at the Conference of Irish Geographers

If you are based in Maynooth, you may notice that many of us are absent on Thursday and Friday this week. We are at the annual Conference of Irish Geographers, hosted by our colleagues at University College Cork. And, so that we can all organise our time and support colleagues and friends, I have made […]

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 […]

Post-Truth Politics

In a well-ordered democracy the public debate of an election campaign would approximate what Jürgen Habermas projected as an ‘ideal speech situation.’ [1] The Wikipedia definition is concise and accurate: In an ideal speech situation, participants would be able to evaluate each other’s assertions solely on the basis of reason and evidence in an atmosphere […]

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 […]

Times Higher Education World University Rankings

There are many reasons to distrust or ignore the various league tables of University performance. The rankings of universities are strongly affected by small changes in scores. The measures used benefit English-language, larger, longer-established, research-based universities. Yet the rankings themselves may influence the choices of international students and the reputations they suggest may affect patterns […]

Homophobia and HIV vulnerability

This topic was discussed by Gerry Kearns and Andrew Tucker on Newstalk.ie, starting at 18:00 in this podcast. Also an opinion piece by Gerry Kearns, here. Research in Cape Town, South Africa, by Andrew Tucker and colleagues shows that HIV prevention is imperiled by homophobia.[i] Men who have sex with men were asked if they […]