The annual Breandán Ó Buachalla Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Professor Diarmuid Ó Giolláin, Chair, Irish Language and Literature and Concurrent Professor of Anthropology.
His topic: "Irish Overdetermination: Strategies for Entering and Leaving the Gaeltacht."
Professor Ó Giolláin's interests include popular religion in Ireland as well as folklore and popular culture in the history of ideas and of institutions. He is the author of Locating Irish Folklore: Tradition, Modernity, Identity (2000), winner of the Katherine Briggs Folklore Prize 2000, and runner-up for the Radcliffe Prize 2001, and An Dúchas agus an Domhan (2005), as well as more than forty articles and papers. Professor Ó Giolláin teaches Irish folklore with an emphasis on narrative folklore.
He was executive director of Notre Dame's IRISH Seminar in 2015 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which explored the theme "Peripheral Modernities? Ireland, Argentina, Latin America," and, with Christopher Fox and Declan Kiberd, in 2014, of the IRISH Seminar "The Vernacular Imagination," held in Dublin.
He is editor of Irish Ethnologies (University of Notre Dame Press, 2017), which gives an overview of the field of Irish ethnology, covering representative topics of institutional history and methodology, as well as case studies dealing with religion, ethnicity, memory, development, folk music, and traditional cosmology.
This annual lecture honors the memory of Breandán Ó Buachalla (1936-2010), who was the inaugural Thomas J. and Kathleen M. O'Donnell Chair of Irish Language and Literature at the University of Notre Dame and was instrumental to the success of both the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies and the Department of Irish Language and Literature.