Material and Cultural Heritages of Religion in Ireland research network - virtual seminar 7 October 2021

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All are very welcome to the first online seminar held by the MCHRI network, which will take place at 5pm on Thursday October 7th 2021 via MS Teams. We are delighted to have Professor Alyssa Maldonado-Estrada (Kalamazoo College) and Dr Síle de Cléir (University of Limerick) as speakers. Following the presentations, there will be time for Q&A and discussion of the seminar themes.

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Alyssa Maldonado-Estrada is Assistant Professor of Religion at Kalamazoo College where she holds the Marlene Crandell Francis Chair in the Humanities. She is the author of Lifeblood of the Parish: Men and Catholic Devotion in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (NYU Press, 2020), an ethnography about masculinity and men’s devotional lives in a gentrified neighborhood in New York City. She is editor of the journal Material Religion: The Journal of Art, Objects and Belief and co-chair of the Men and Masculinities Unit at the American Academy of Religion. She serves on the editorial board of the journal American Religion and was chosen for 2020-2022 cohort of Young Scholars in American Religion at IUPUI’s Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture. She received her Ph.D. in Religion from Princeton University.

Síle de Cléir is the author of Popular Catholicism in 20th-century Ireland: locality, identity and culture (London: Bloomsbury, 2017). She has also researched and written about Irish cloth and dress traditions, along with transformations from folk to fashionable dress. Her current research is centred on Irish-language heroic narrative in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She is a lecturer in Irish language and literature in the University of Limerick.

This event has been supported by the Department of History at the University of Limerick.

About the MCHRI Network: This research network aims to bring people interested in the material and cultural heritages of religion in Ireland together, and to facilitate discussion and collaboration on shared research questions, as well as connecting Irish research with researchers internationally.

This area of research is interdisciplinary and involves many different stakeholders and groups, from archivists, representative groups, members of religious orders and religious organisations, researchers, communities, architects, urban planners, conservation and heritage professionals, to name just a few. The MCHRI network is very open to all those who are interested in sharing research and collaborating on research questions.

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