CISA affiliates at AU


Sara Dybris McQuaid

Sara Dybris McQuaid (PhD) is Director for the Centre for Irish Studies (2012-); an Associate Professor in British and Irish History, Society and Culture at Aarhus University and a core research partner in Centre for Resolution of International Conflicts at Copenhagen University. Her research pivots around how collectives remember, forget and archive their past, particularly as part of conflict and peace building processes. She is often working on Ireland and is particularly interested in 'multi-level memory governance', where transnational, national and local cultural actors, processes, products and practices shape each other. She teaches on the English Degree Programme and the MA in intercultural Studies. 


Andrew Newby

Dr Andrew G. Newby is a historian of Europe during the "Long Nineteenth Century", based at Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies. He has a particular interest in comparative and transnational / mesoregional history. His first monograph (2005), The Life and Times of Edward McHugh, focussed on the career of a noted Irish trade unionist and land reform agitator. His second monograph (2007), Ireland, Radicalism and the Scottish Highlands examined the impact of the Irish Land War on the 'Crofters War' in the Scottish Highlands, and links between Irish and Scottish reformers. Continuing this theme, in 2009 he co-edited Michael Davitt: New Perspectives. More recently, he has worked extensively on the issue of famine in nineteenth century Europe. In 2016 he published Éire na Rúise, an Irish-language book that explored comparisons and contrasts between the histories of Finland and Ireland, and in 2017 he co-edited a special edition of Irish Historical Studies, again on the theme of Ireland and Finland, coinciding with Finland's centenary as a nation. He has also curated Nälkä! an exhibition on the Great Finnish Famine of the 1860s, at Ireland's National Famine Museum, running from 2017-2018.     


Anna Bothe Jespersen

Anna is interested in Northern Irish English, and in the interplay between the way Belfasters speak and their socio-political orientations. Among other things, she wants to know whether and when unionists make use of Southern British English dialect features, and whether nationalists exaggerate the more dialectal aspects of their Irish English. Anna is currently a postdoc at the Department of English at AU. She studied for her PhD at the University of Cambridge, where she mapped out the dialectal differences between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Sydneysiders, and holds Master's degrees in English and Phonetics from the University of Copenhagen and UCL.  


Annemarie Majlund

Annemarie's interests cluster around the role of culture in conflict, conflict transformation and resolution. She has worked ethnographically on these and related issues in Belfast, and on the relationship between conflict transformation, peacebuilding and European integration in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Belgrade, Serbia. Annemarie is currently developing a research project on soldiers' memories of conflict in Northern Ireland considered in relation to wider societal debates on "dealing with the past", as it were. She is a Visual Anthropologist with a background in European Studies holding Master's degrees from the University of Manchester and Aarhus University now based at the Centre for Irish Studies in Aarhus where she is affiliated as a PhD student.  


Graham Butler

Graham Butler (B.A., LL.M., Ph.D.) is Assistant Professor of Law at Aarhus University, Denmark.

Dr. Butler's research interests lie in European Union law, EU constitutional law, external relations law, and European integration. His work has been published in leading EU law journals, including the European Constitutional Law Review, European Law Review, Columbia Journal of European Law, and the Yearbook of European Law, amongst many others. He has also published a number of contributions to anthologies on various aspects of EU law, published internationally by Oxford University Press and Hart Publishing/Bloomsbury.

In addition to his work at Aarhus University, Dr. Butler also holds a visiting professorship at the Centre for European and Comparative Legal Studies, Faculty of Law, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.


Isabel Kusche

Isabel Kusche received a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Bielefeld in Germany in 2008. Before she came to Aarhus she worked at the University of Osnabrück and as visiting professor at the University of Kiel. Since October 2015 she is a Junior Research Fellow at the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies. Isabel is a sociologist with a focus on political sociology, culture and sociological theory. Her research on the Republic of Ireland focuses on political culture, the role of constituency service in Irish democracy and political consequences of the financial crisis.


Isabelle Torrance

Isabelle Torrance is a Classicist with an Irish background, and a research interest in the reception history of classical literature in Ireland. She has published extensively on classical literature, especially Greek tragedy, and its reception in a broad range of cultural contexts and time periods. Her current research project on Greek tragedy and Irish politics is funded by a Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND fellowship at the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (2016-2019).


Laura McAtackney

Laura McAtackney is an Associate Professor in the Department of Archaeology and Heritage at Aarhus University. She is an archaeologist by training but also researches in the areas of heritage, history and urban planning. She has worked on various materializations of conflict in Ireland, South Africa and the Caribbean including two long-term studies of historic political prisons. Outputs from archaeological studies on prisons including a monograph on Long Kesh / Maze prison in Northern Ireland (An Archaeology of the Troubles, 2014and a website on female experiences of imprisonment at Kilmainham Gaol (‘Following the Fighters?’: female, political imprisonment in early-20th century Ireland). She has co-curated a number of exhibitions relating to her work on imprisonment in Ireland during the revolutionary period (including 'Hunger Strike: Ireland 1877-1981’). She is currently the secretary of Contemporary and Historical Archaeology in Theory (CHAT) and will be hosting the first CHAT conference in Scandinavia in October 2018 ('Agency, Action and Advocacy'). Laura McAtackney is the co-ordinator of the MA in Sustainable Heritage Management.


Stephen Joyce

Stephen Joyce is a Visiting Associate Professor at the English Department, where he teaches media, literature, and cultural studies. His primary research focus is transmedia storytelling and he is the author of a forthcoming monograph, Transmedia Storytelling and the Apocalypse (Palgrave Macmillan 2018). He has also written articles on screen tourism in Ireland and presented research on the transnational development of Irish film, with its deep industrial and cultural links to British and American cinema. He was acting director of the CISA in the autumn/winter of 2017, when he hosted a series of talks and screenings on contemporary Irish film. He originally comes from Tipperary in Ireland, and yes, it is a long way.