Research

Main research lines:

- The concept of the periphery within Galician and Irish culture: The Arts.
- Cultural politics in contemporary Ireland.
- Analysis of the needs for communication in English, and design of special-needs courses. Evaluation and academic analysis of linguistic competence.
- Historical and cultural links between Ireland and Scotland.
- Irish literature and other minority literatures in the British Isles.
- "The Irish Literary Revival" and its equivalent in Galicia.
- Economy and culture in Ireland in the 21st century.
- The Irish economic phenomenon: "The Celtic Tiger"
- Fishing resources and problems within the European Union.
- Marine studies and their application to health issues.
- The Irish Tourist structure and the situation in Galicia.
- Technological development in Ireland and the creation of companies.
- The internationalisation of products and commerce: possibilities for exchange.

 

 

Research projects:

Title: “ The Great Irish Famine and its Age-old Silence in Europe. A Literary-Anthropological Approach through its Cultural (Con)Texts."

FINANCIAL BACKER: Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación (FFI2009-12751).
DURATION FROM: 2009 UNTIL: 2012
MAIN RESEARCHER: José Manuel Estévez Saá
SUMMARY:

The varied and numerous remains of texts and documents on “The Great Famine” (an Gorta Mór), that devastated and destroyed Ireland in mid-nineteenth-century (1845-1852), allow us to place the events within perspective as one of the greatest tragedies suffered by any country (then a British colony) in all human history. This “Great Calamity,” which has been alluded to with different names (“The Irish Holocaust,” “God’s Visitation,” “The Bad Times,” “The Great Starvation,” “The Irish Famine,” “The Great Hunger,” etc.) has also generated differences of interpretation, emphasis, and response throughout Europe based on varied and opposite ideologies which this research project aims at revealing, through attention to different literary texts that, despite their relevance, have not received enough critical attention. The causes (besides the one-hundred-and-fiftieth commemoration of “Black ’47”) that have motivated a renewed general interest in this episode in Irish History in the last two decades of the twentieth century and the first years of the twenty-first century, as well as the hidden reasons for the critical and literary silence from the 1870s to the 1970s, will also be studied. ‘Literary Anthropology’ will favour a ‘culturalist’ approach based on the notions of ‘Historical Consciousness’ and ‘Collective Memory’, and will facilitate a comparative as well as contrastive analysis of both the obvious silenced years and the evident renewed interest in the last three decades. Besides, our approach will facilitate our contextualisation and will aim to look further than simply the classic ‘traditionalist’ approach based on ‘revisionist’, ‘nationalist’, and even ‘religious’ interpretations and arguments whose appropriateness will also be questioned.

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Title: “Music and Literature in Ireland and Galicia."

FINANCIAL BACKER: Xunta de Galicia (XUGA10405A98).
DURATION FROM: 2007 UNTIL: 2010
MAIN RESEARCHER: Antonio Raúl de Toro Santos

Title: “English Literature in the Spanish Press from 1900 to 1960".

FINANCIAL BACKER: Xunta de Galicia (XUGA10405A98).
DURATION FROM: 1998 UNTIL: 2000
MAIN RESEARCHER: Antonio Raúl de Toro Santos

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Title: “Writing the English Literature from the Periphery: Scotland, Wales, Cornwall and Ireland".
FINANCIAL BACKER: Xunta de Galicia (PGIDT01PXI10401PR)
DURATION FROM: 2001 UNTIL: 2004
MAIN RESEARCHER: Antonio Raúl de Toro Santos

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Title: Scotland, Literature and Culture in the Gallician Context.
FINANCIAL BACKER: University of Coruña
DURATION FROM: 2004 UNTIL: 2006
MAIN RESEARCHER: David Clark Mitchell
NUMBER OF PARTICIPATING RESEARCHERS: 7

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Title: The Cultural Heritage Industry in Ireland and the North-Western Spanish territory
FINANCIAL BACKER: University of Coruña
PARTICIPATING ENTITIES: University Institute of Research in Irish Studies Amergin
DURATION FROM: NOVEMBER 2005 UNTIL: JUNE 2007
MAIN RESEARCHER: Antonio Raúl de Toro Santos
NUMBER OF PARTICIPATING RESEARCHERS: 15

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