Ms Siobhra Aiken

B.A.

 
researcher
 

Biography

Hardiman Scholar/Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Scholar at the Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway. 
BA in European Studies (Trinity College Dublin), MA in Irish Studies (NUIG), H. Dip (NUI Maynooth).

My doctoral research considers overlooked fictional and autobiographical writings by veterans of the Irish Civil War. It explores how 'traumatic' experience is documented, narrated, and perhaps exorcised, in these personal narratives, with a particular focus on gender, sexual and perpetrator trauma.

I am co-editor of 'The Men Will Talk to Me: Ernie O’Malley’s Interviews with the Northern Divisions' (Merrion Press: 2018). 

I have a strong interest in the diaspora, emigration and Irish America and have carried out significant research on the postCivil War emigration of female revolutionaries. During the academic year 2013-2014, I was a Fulbright scholar at Elms College, Springfield, Massachusetts. I have published a number of peer-reviewed articles on aspects of Irish language in the United States and am currently working on a full-length biography of the poet, revivalist and Irish republican activist, Pádraig Ó hÉigeartaigh, of Springfield, Massachusetts.

I also have a particular scholarly interest in modern Irish-language literature. I curated the 2018 major exhibition 'Máirtín Ó Direáin: Fathach File/Reluctant Modernist' which was on display for six months in the Hardiman Research Building in NUI Galway and has toured to the Aran Islands, Poetry Ireland, Parnell Square, University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin to date. As part of this exhibition, I was guest editor of a special commemorative edition of literary journal Comhar on Máirtín Ó Direáin in March 2018. I also edited a collection of previously unpublished writings by Máirtín Ó Direáin, 'An Chuid Eile Díom Féin: Aistí le Máirtín Ó Direáin' which was published in October 2018 by Cló Iar-Chonnacht.

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2020) '‘Sinn Féin permits … in the heels of their shoes’: Cumann na mBan emigrants and transatlantic revolutionary exchange'
Síobhra Aiken (2020) '‘Sinn Féin permits … in the heels of their shoes’: Cumann na mBan emigrants and transatlantic revolutionary exchange'. Irish Historical Studies, 44 (165):106-130 [DOI] [Details]
(2018) 'Ní cathair mar a tuairisg í: (Mis)Representing the American City in the Literature of the Gaelic Revival?'
Aiken, Síobhra (2018) 'Ní cathair mar a tuairisg í: (Mis)Representing the American City in the Literature of the Gaelic Revival?'. Éire-Ireland, 53 (3):93-118 [DOI] [Details]
(2016) 'An dán is deise agus is fileata san Nua-Ghaedhilge: eagarthóireacht Phádraig Mhic Phiarais ar an dán dar tús 'Óchón a Dhonnchadh''
Síobhra Aiken (2016) 'An dán is deise agus is fileata san Nua-Ghaedhilge: eagarthóireacht Phádraig Mhic Phiarais ar an dán dar tús 'Óchón a Dhonnchadh''. Comhar Taighde, 2 (1) [DOI] [Details]
(2015) 'In Ómós: I ND͍LCHUIMHNE AR AN DR MÍCHEÁL Ó CEÁRNA'
Aiken, Síobhra (2015) 'In Ómós: I ND͍LCHUIMHNE AR AN DR MÍCHEÁL Ó CEÁRNA'. Comhar, 75 (9):17-19 [Details]

Books

  Year Publication
(2018) An Chuid Eile Díom Féin: Aistí le Máirtín Ó Direáin.
Síobhra Aiken (eag) (2018) An Chuid Eile Díom Féin: Aistí le Máirtín Ó Direáin. Indreabhán: Cló Iar-Chonnacht. [Details]
(2018) The Men Will Talk to Me: Ernie O'Malley's Interviews with the Northern Divisions.
Aiken, Síobhra, Mac Bhloscaidh, Fearghal Mac Duibhir, Liam, Ó Tuama, Diarmuid. (2018) The Men Will Talk to Me: Ernie O'Malley's Interviews with the Northern Divisions. Newbridge, Co. Kildare, Ireland: Merrion Press. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2019) 'The Women Who Had Been Straining Every Nerve: Gender-Specific Medical Management of Trauma in the Irish Revolution (1916-1923)'
Síobhra Aiken (2019) 'The Women Who Had Been Straining Every Nerve: Gender-Specific Medical Management of Trauma in the Irish Revolution (1916-1923)' In: Trauma and Identity in Contemporary Irish Culture. Bern: Peter Lang. [ARAN Link] [Details]