What I Do

Carol TaaffeI’m a policy researcher and occasional writer interested in digital innovation and cultural heritage. I’m also the author of a book on Flann O’Brien, a contributor to The Dublin Review, The Millions and The Dublin Review of Books, and was previously an Irish Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellow in Trinity College Dublin.

Along the way I’ve designed education resources for the Abbey Theatre and created literature modules for Trinity College Dublin, Beijing Foreign Studies University, Dublin City University, Boston University (Dublin) and Dublin Business School. I’ve delivered lectures on Irish literature to cultural tourists, organised academic conferences, and contributed to arts programmes broadcast by RTÉ, BBC Radio 4, Newstalk, Lyric FM and Dublin City FM.

One common thread in my work is storytelling – whether that means designing a workshop, writing an essay or creating a VR scene. I’m particularly curious about the challenges of multimedia storytelling, and that drove my VR project for TCD’s M.Sc. in Interactive Digital Media.

Ireland Through the Looking-GlassMy academic publications include Ireland Through the Looking-Glass: Flann O’Brien, Myles na gCopaleen and Irish Cultural Debate (Cork UP, 2008) and articles on Flann O’Brien and modernism in Problems with Authority (Cork UP, 2017), The Oxford Handbook of Modernisms (OUP, 2010), ‘Is It About a Bicycle?’: Flann O’Brien in the Twenty-First Century (Four Courts, 2011), Frank O’Connor: Critical Essays (Four Courts, 2007), Irish University Review and The Canadian Journal of Irish Studies. I’ve also co-edited Irish Modernism: Origins, Contexts, Publics (Peter Lang, 2010).

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