Congratulations to Prof Sean Ryder (Head of English Department NUI Galway) who has been re-elected as Chairperson of HERA – Humanities in the European Research Area.
This consortium of 21 humanities funding research councils plus the European Science Foundation fund transnational research programmes under a variety of themes.
Sean Ryder received his PhD from University College Dublin. He teaches film studies, American poetry, critical and cultural theory, and Irish writing. His research interests include 19thC Irish culture and politics (with a particular interest in the works of Thomas Moore, James Clarence Mangan, and cultural nationalism), and the theory and practice of textual editing. He is currently project leader for TEXTE (Transfer of Expertise in Technologies of Editing), a research and training programme in textual editing with new technologies funded by EU 6th Framework Programme, and is also project leader for the Thomas Moore Hypermedia Archive, a hypermedia archive and critical edition of the works of Thomas Moore, funded by Irish Research Council for Humanities and the Social Sciences. He a former director of the multi-disciplinary MA in Culture & Colonialism. He has published on various aspects of 19thC Irish nationalism and culture, and on Irish cinema.