As many people know, my great academic passion is immunology - I got a PhD in Immunology in 1982 and have been struggling to understand it, research it and teach it ever since. To take my mind off the impossible, I started to read Ulysses about 15 years ago and have been equally bamboozled. After reading War and Peace in 85 days as part of Yuyun Li's Twitter Book Club during the first Covid19 lockdown, I got to thinking that some similar type of collective reading might be fun way to read Ulysses - hence this mad idea. It certainly has been fun pulling it all together with my fellow Ulysses buffs and new best friends Deirdre Mulrooney, PJ Murphy, and Loic Wright!
I am a PhD candidate on 20th century Irish culture in the School of English, Drama and Film at University College Dublin. I am a former tour guide at the James Joyce Centre in Dublin and I've given Spanish, French, and English Joyce tours for Fáilte Ireland. I have also helped run the 2019 Bloomsday Festival, 2019 Culture Night, and the 2019 Finnegans WakeEnd event at the Joyce Centre. My research is funded by the Irish Research Council.
I am a dance historian, documentary maker (film & radio), academic and author of Irish Moves, an Illustrated history of dance and physical theatre in Ireland, as well as a book on German choreographer Pina Bausch (my PhD). My films have been broadcast on RTE, TG4, and have been selected for festivals worldwide, from Lincoln Center NYC Dance on Camera Festival to Bloomsday Festival Trieste. As part of my ongoing project to re-inscribe the body into Irish cultural history, I am currently reclaiming misunderstood modern dancer Lucia Joyce as a significant artist, as I explain here in my 2019 BAI-funded feature radio documentary on Lucia Joyce broadcast on RTE Lyric FM. For more see my website.
I am a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin and Associate Professor in Computational Linguistics at Trinity College Dublin. I am also Director of the Trinity Centre for Computing and Language Studies. My work in computational linguistics as a cognitive science develops and validates methods of analysis of natural language as used in human thought and human communication. Effects associated with chains of communication interest me, re-tellings of the Odyssey included.