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Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies

The Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies provides an opportunity to study the literature, history, film and theatre of the island of Ireland over the past two hundred years, and the history, literature and culture of Scotland and the Scottish diaspora since the late seventeenth century.

Irish Studies

While Irish Studies focuses on issues such as identity, ethnicity, and 'nation building', and the history of their contestation, it also pays attention to Ireland's relationships with New Zealand, Europe and Australia.

Scottish Studies

Reflecting Scotland's history as one of the most mobile societies in Europe, our research and teaching possess a global scope, studying both the internal development of Scotland and the international impact of the Scottish diaspora.

Irish Studies Scholarships

Students interested in postgraduate study (MA and PhD) in Irish Studies are invited to apply for an Eamon Cleary Postgraduate Scholarship. Thesis topics that involve researching significant issues relating to (singly or jointly) Irish Literature, Irish History, Irish Theatre, Irish Film, or Irish Politics will be considered. Find out more about it on the scholarship webpage.

OTAGO Irish Studies MA-PhD Poster

Our people

The Centre's Co-Directors are Professor Peter Kuch and Professor Liam McIlvanney.