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Geography, Archaeology & Irish Studies
Ms Siobhra Aiken
BA in European Studies (Trinity College Dublin), MA in Irish Studies (NUIG), H. Dip (NUI Maynooth).
My doctoral research explores the "pact of silence" often associated with the Irish Civil War (1922-1923). Divided into four thematic chapters, my dissertation explores 1) medical understandings of trauma and narrative as therapy; 2) disassociation and the fictionalisation of the self in accounts of perpetrator trauma; 3) the (un)tellability of sexual trauma; and 4) the aesthetics of exile in post-Civil War testimony.
I am co-editor of 'The Men Will Talk to Me: Ernie OMalleys Interviews with the Northern Divisions' (Merrion Press: 2018).
I also have a particular scholarly interest in modern Irish-language literature. I curated the recent 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 I also edited a collection of previously unpublished writings by Máirtín Ó Direáin, 'An Chuid Eile Díom Féin: Aistí le Máirtín Ó Direáin' which was published in October 2018 by Cló Iar-Chonnacht.
During the academic year 2013-2014, I was a Fulbright scholar at Elms College, Springfield, Massachusetts. I am fascinated by the Gaelic Revival movement in the United States at the term of the century. I have published a number of peer-review articles on aspects of the Gaelic Revival and am currently finishing a full-length biography of the poet, revivalist and republican Pádraig Ó hÉigeartaigh of Springfield, Massachusetts.
Peer Reviewed Journals
|(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 NDÍLCHUIMHNE AR AN DR MÍCHEÁL Ó CEÁRNA'
Aiken, Síobhra (2015) 'In Ómós: I NDÍLCHUIMHNE AR AN DR MÍCHEÁL Ó CEÁRNA'. Comhar, 75 (9):17-19 [Details]
|(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]
|(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. [Details]