The East-West Cultural Divide in Irish Society

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Michael J. Simonton, Director of Celtic Studies and Lecturer in Anthropology, has been at NKU since 2000. He earned his PhD in Social Anthropology at the National University of Ireland with a longitudinal study of Aging in the context of societal transformation. His other research interests include the origins of the Celtic peoples just prior to and during the Iron Age using ancient history, linguistics, oral literature, and archeology to trace the movements of culturally and geographically related peoples across three continents. He has published four books: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology; Readings in Cultural Anthropology; Ballybradán: Personal and Cultural Transformation in a North Connacht Town; and Sailing A Life Course: A Longitudinal Study Of Aging In An Irish Town., as well as shorter pieces, such as ‘Celtic Europe: Ancient and Modern’ a major entry in Sage Publications’ Encyclopedia of Anthropology. Northern Kentucky University Student Support Services Faculty of Distinction Award 2006 & 2007 The Margaret Mary Edmonds Huth Memorial Award of Excellence to the Outstanding Senior in Anthropology, University of Dayton 1976

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The East-West Cultural Divide in Irish Society

Program Dates:
May 31, 2022 - June 15, 2022

Honors Credit:

WKU Course:
ANTH 366

Anthropology , Sociology , History

Course Description:
Designed for majors in anthropology, sociology, and history, this class explores the hypothesis that the real dividing line in Ireland is not so much between Protestant North and Catholic South, as it is between the rural Hibernian West and the urban Anglo-Irish East. The governments of both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland and traditional industries have been in the east, while the west remains agricultural and home to native reservations called Gaeltacht. We will visit sites that illustrate these themes, such as government offices in Belfast and Dublin, museums such as the Titanic Centre and the Museum of Country life, and booming urban areas and rural sites such as the fabled Aran Islands.


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