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Mary Gallagher

Professor Of French And Francophone Studies
School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics
01 716 8445
University College Dublin, School of Languages Cultures and Linguistics, Newman Building Belfield Dublin 4

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Academic Qualifications I completed my undergraduate studies in French and German at Trinity College Dublin (BA Mod) and then graduated with a DEA in French Literature (Pre-Doctoral qualification) from the Université de Paris VII, Denis Diderot. My DEA research was supervised by Julia Kristeva. For my doctoral studies (on the poetics of cultural difference), I worked with Henri Meschonnic at the Université de Paris VIII, Vincennes-Saint-Denis and graduated from there with a Doctorat ès Lettres, with the blessing of the Martinican author Edouard Glissant, who chaired the viva committee. For three of the four years of my postgraduate studies in Paris, I held a research studentship at the École Normale Supérieure. My studies were also supported by a two-year Research Bursary awarded by the French Government and by a three-year Research Scholarship from TCD. More recent (professional) qualifications are a Higher Diploma in Mediation and a Diploma in Arbitration Law and Procedure (both from UCD). Academic Appointments While completing my doctoral studies, I worked as an English-language teaching assistant for two years at the Université de Paris III (Sorbonne Nouvelle). My first positions in Ireland were as Lecturer in French and German at the Dundalk Institute of Technology (two years), and then as Lecturer in French at NUI Maynooth (five years). I was appointed to UCD in 1991 and subsequently held positions as a Visiting Professor in several French universities. My other university appointments have been as an External Examiner (for undergraduate and taught masters programmes in French Studies) at the University of Aberdeen and at Queen’s University Belfast. I was also appointed as External Examiner for doctoral research degrees by eleven different universities , mainly in Europe (especially the UK and France) but also in Australia. As a founder member (1989) of the pioneering, UK-based Association for the Study of Caribbean and African Literature in French, I edited 22 of the 25 issues of the Association's biennial journal. ASCALF was reinvented in 2002 as the Association of Francophone Postcolonial Studies - see sfps.org.uk/about/. I am also a founder member (1998) of the Irish Association of French and Francophone Studies (ADEFFI) and was President of the association between 2006 and 2008. I currently sit on a number of Editorial Boards, including the boards of the US-based Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy and the Polish journal Forum Poetike, and the editorial committees of several monograph series, most notably Palgrave (Literary ethnography), Gallimard (Cahiers Saint-John Perse), Brill (Monographies de littérature française) and Peter Lang (Littératures de langue française). Research Book Publications 1998-2005 Most of the research publications recognised by my election in 2005 to membership of the Royal Irish Academy and by the award of the French Government's Palmes Académiques in 2008 are in Caribbean Studies and are centred on the cultural legacy of European chattel slavery in the region. * My first two monographs studied the poetics, ethics and politics of the culturally complex and diverse post-colonial Caribbean.The first book, on the Creole identity of the Caribbean-born 1960 Nobel laureate (the poet, Saint-John Perse), was published by Gallimard (Paris) in 1998 and was prefaced by the Martinican author, Edouard Glissant. The second, on the poetics of space and time in Caribbean Writing in French since 1950, was published by Oxford University Press in 2002. * In 1999 I organised an international conference at UCD on Caribbean literature in French and this issued in 2003 in a third volume: an edited book of essays on the writing of place and displacement (with Rodopi (Amsterdam). * In 2003-4, L'Harmattan (Paris) published my new critical editions (in three volumes) of the 1920s French translations of Lafcadio Hearn's Creole writings. Hearn's turn-of-the century travel writings are still monumentally important as eye-witness accounts of the French-speaking Caribbean. In 2004-05, I was awarded an Irish Research Council Senior Fellowship to investigate the Creole inflection in the writings of this Irish-raised transnational writer who bridged not just Europe and America but also the West and the Orient. Because of Hearn's Irish connections, this research has had some cross-over impact within Ireland, extending beyond the strictly academic sphere. Book Publications 2006-2011 From 2005, my research interests widened out from the French Caribbean when I began to lead a PRTLI-funded research project for the Humanities Institute of Ireland at UCD on World Writing in French. Apart from the five international symposia and conferences held in UCD under the auspices of this project, the outputs include four published volumes: * A special issue on 'Empire and Culture Now' of the UK journal, Modern and Contemporary France (co-edited with Dr Douglas Smith); * Two volumes of essays, one on the sense and presence of the subject in contemporary poetry in French, and the other on the work of migrancy, both co-edited along with Prof. Michael Brophy. * A volume of essays on the wider problematic of globalization with the University of Toronto press. This was published in 2008. Book Publications 2012-2018 *In 2012, pursuing my interest in the more general stakes of cultural and political global domination, the independent Irish publisher (The Liffey Press) published my study of the risks posed by globalized corporatism and managerialism to the integrity of Higher Education in 21st-century universities. * This reflection from a specifically Irish perspective on the place of critique and dissensus in the contemporary academy continued beyond my 2012 book into a volume of essays that I co-edited with Dr Jeanne Riou on the theme of Ressentiment (Re-Thinking Ressentiment). This book was published in 2016 in Germany by Transcript. * My most recent book-length publication is an annotated translation of Paul Morand's Caribbean travel diary from 1929. This publication (Signal Books, 2018) has been endorsed as a particularly timely project by the Nobel Laureate, J. M. G. Le Clézio. Morand’s work makes for queasy reading on how Europe's place and borders were perceived in the globalized world of the blithely colonialist and casually racist 1920s, as well as on the true implications of protectionist perceptions of human diversity and economic migration. The subjects of my current book-length research projects are all related to my fundamental interest in the systems of domination and oppression that, often feeding off human diversity, turn life into death: * An Unheard Literary Voice from Drancy, France's Ante-Chamber to the Shoah * Lafcadio Hearn's Creole Gravitation * Writing Life and Death in Haiti now: Lahens and Laferrière on the Postcolony * The Language(s) of the Transnational University I would be very interested in supervising or mentoring post-graduate or post-doctoral research on or around any of the subjects of my current or previous research projects.

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN APPOINTMENTS

  • Lecturer in French
    University College Dublin, Department of French, Dublin, Ireland1 Sep 1991 - 1 Jul 2002
  • Senior Lecturer in French
    University College Dublin, Department of French and Francophone Studies, Dublin, Ireland1 Jul 2002 - 1 Jul 2005
  • Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies
    University College Dublin, School of Language and Literatures, Dublin, Ireland1 Jul 2005 - 1 Jul 2015
  • Professor of French and Francophone Studies
    University College Dublin, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Dublin, Ireland1 Jul 2015 - 1 Jul 2018
  • Principal Investigator, PRTLI-funded programme Identity, Memory, Meaning, PRTLI 3
    UCD, Humanities Institute of Ireland, Programme element 3, World Writing in French, Ireland1 Jan 2002 - 1 Jan 2007
  • Programme Chair, MA in Modern Languages
    University College Dublin, Ireland1 Sep 2017 - 21 Jan 2018
  • Member, Erasmus Exchange Committee, Coordinator of exchanges with University of Rennes II
    University College Dublin, Department of French, Ireland1 Jan 1991 - 1 Jan 2007
  • Member, Erasmus Exchange Committee and Coordinator of exchanges with Universities of Paris 4 and 10 (Sorbonne and Nanterre)
    University College Dublin, School of Languages & Literatures, then School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, Ireland1 Jan 2008 - 1 Jan 2018
  • Member of College of Arts Staff Mentoring Committee
    University College Dublin, College of Arts, Ireland1 Jan 2009 - 1 Jan 2014
  • Chair, Committee of Research and Innovation
    University College Dublin, School of Languages, Literatures and Film, Ireland1 Jan 2005 - 1 Jan 2007
  • Coordinator of French and Francophone Studies
    University College Dublin, School of Languages and Literatures, Ireland1 Sep 2008 - 1 Aug 2009
  • Head of Subject, French and Francophone Studies
    University College Dublin, School of Languages and Literatures, Ireland1 Aug 2009 - 1 Jan 2010
  • Member, School Research and Innovation Committee
    University College Dublin, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, Dublin1 Jan 2014 - 1 Jan 2015
  • Member of MAML (MA in Modern Languages) Programme committee
    University College Dublin, School of Languages and Liteatures, Ireland1 Jan 2011 - 1 Jan 2012
  • Member of Management Committee, Humanities Institute
    University College Dublin, Ireland1 Jan 2009 - 1 Jan 2014
  • Member of Interim Board, then Executive Committee of Humanities Institute of Irleland
    University College Dublin, Humanities Institute, Ireland1 Jan 2002 - 1 Jan 2009
  • Member (ex-officio as Head of Research of SLLF) of College of Arts Research and Innovation Committee
    University College Dublin, Ireland1 Jan 2005 - 1 Jan 2007
  • Member, Research Seminar Committee
    University College Dublin, Department of French, Ireland1 Jan 1991 - 1 Jan 1996
  • Member of SLCL's Quality Improvement Committee
    University College Dublin, School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, Seattle, United StatesJun 2018
  • Interim Coordinator of Cross-College Asia-Pacific Research Network
    University College Dublin, College of Arts & Humanities-College of Social Sciences and Law, Ireland15 Jun 2018
  • Initiator/Coordinator of School's Erasmus exchange with Université des Antilles (French Caribbean)
    University College Dublin/Université des Antilles, SLCL, Ireland/Martinique-GuadeloupeJan 2018
  • Initiator/Coordinator of Erasmus exchange project with Université de Tunis
    University College Dublin and Université de Tunis, SLCL, Ireland and TunisiaJul 2018

ACADEMIC POSITIONS

  • English Language Teaching Assistant
    Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris 3, Dept of English, Paris, France1 Sep 1980 - 31 Aug 1981
  • English Language Teaching Assistant
    Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris 3), Dept of English, Paris, France1 Sep 1983 - 31 Aug 1984
  • Lecturer in French and German
    Dundalk Institute of Technology1 Sep 1984 - 1 Sep 1986
  • Lecturer in French
    Maynooth University, French, Maynooth, Ireland1 Sep 1986 - 1 Sep 1991
  • External Examiner in French (BA and MA programmes)
    Queen's University Belfast1 Sep 2002 - 1 Sep 2006
  • External Examiner in French (Undergraduate programmes)
    University of Aberdeen1 Sep 2002 - 1 Sep 2005
  • Professeur invitée (Visiting Professorship)
    Université de Cergy Pontoise, French Literature, Paris, France1 Jun 2008 - 15 Jun 2008
  • Professeur invitée (Visiting Professorship)
    Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 31 Feb 2012 - 31 Mar 2012
  • Visiting Professor
    PKU - Peking University, European University Centre, Beijing, China15 Dec 2015 - 20 Dec 2015
  • Professeur invitée, Université d'Orléans, March 2018
    University of Orleans, France, Laboratoire REMELICE (Comparative Literature, Reception ad Transmission), Orléans, France8 Mar 2018 - 22 Mar 2018
  • Chercheur associé (Research Associate)
    Centre Jacques-Petit, Université de Franche-Comté, Besançon, French Literature, France1 Jan 1998 - 1 Jan 2004
  • Chercheur associé (Research associate)
    Université de Cergy-Pontoise and University of Elte, Hungary, Laboratoire EDI: European Novel Project, France2007 - 2011

DEGREES

  • BA
    Trinity College Dublin
  • DEA -MSC
    Uni Denis Diderot Paris VII
  • Diploma
    University College Dublin
  • Diploma
    University College Dublin
  • PhD
    Université de Paris VIII (Vincennes à Saint-Denis).

LANGUAGES

  • French
    Can read, write, speak, understand and peer review
  • German
    Can read, write, speak and understand
  • Irish
    Can read, write, speak and understand
  • Latin
    Can read and write