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St Mary's Irish Studies Academic Awarded Visiting Professorship in Vienna


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The Director of the Centre for Irish Studies at St Mary’s University, Twickenham Prof Lance Pettitt, has been appointed as a Visiting Professor at one of Europe’s oldest universities in Austria. From March, he will take up the four-month post to work at Universität Wien (Vienna) in its Faculty of Anglophone Literatures and Cultural Studies, teaching a Proseminar Literature course on the Irish Literary Revival, an MA module on Irish exile in film and drama, and supervising student dissertations. [caption id="attachment_13340" align="alignnone" width="266"]Image taken by Dylan Vivian Image taken by Dylan Vivian[/caption] Prof Pettitt commented that, “although not many people would associate Austria with Irish connections or academic study on Ireland, Wien has a long-standing, highly respected programme under Prof Dr Werner Huber. “I’m really looking forward to teaching the students here and appreciating a new context for understanding how Irish history and culture travels across Europe.” Prof Pettitt has frequently lectured on his specialisms in Europe in the past. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Barcelona and later this summer is a keynote speaker at the Leuven Irish Institute/EFCAIS Irish Studies doctoral training programme held at the University of Leuven in Belgium in August and September. To find out more about Prof Pettitt’s Wien experience, follow his blog at and keep up to date with CIS events and the MA in Irish Studies at St Mary’s on @CISLondon or apply online: Prof Pettitt continues to teach on the MA programme this semester on its Tuesday evening module on theatre and film.  
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