Personal profile


Máiréad Nic Craith joined the Department of Languages and Intercultural Studies as Professor of European Culture and Heritage in September 2012. She previously held a Chair in the School of Social Sciences and Applied Social Studies at the University of Ulster. Máiréad has held an honorary professorship at the University of Exeter as well as a DAAD guest professorship at the University of Göttingen. She has held other academic positions at the Universities of Liverpool, Dublin and Cork. She has received many accolades for her publications, including the Ruth Michaelis-Jena Ratcliff research prize for folklife (joint winner), which was awarded at the University of Edinburgh in 2004. Two years later she was awarded a Senior Distinguished Research Fellowship at the University of Ulster. In 2009 she was elected to the Royal Irish Academy, the highest academic honour in Ireland. Máiréad has served on numerous research evaluation panels in Europe and in Canada. She has recently been appointed assessor to the Australian Research Council.

Research interests

Máiréad’s research focuses on different aspects of living heritage including literary heritage (from the Great Blasket Island), intercultural heritage (Cork), World Heritage sites (Skellig Michael), heritage and conflict (Northern Ireland) and heritage and law in a European context. Her recent publications include an exploration of the role of heritage in the Derry/Londonderry (the first UK City of Culture). Máiréad has published a number of edited volumes on heritage including Cultural Heritages as Reflexive Traditions (2007 with Ullrich Kockel) and Cultural Diversity, Heritage and Human Rights (2010 with William Logan and Michele Langfeld). She is currently co-editing the Blackwell Companion to Heritage (due for publication in 2014). In 2011, she was invited by the United Nations as an expert on access to heritage as a human right.

 Language, power and cultural policy in European society have also been a sustained focus of interest throughout Máiréad's academic career.  In 2009 Máiréad held a Leverhulme Research Fellowship examining the sense of dislocation that is experienced by bilingual authors living ‘in-between’ two cultures and two languages. She has explored key questions, such as the impact of political boundaries on the concept of language and the significance of language for citizenship. Máiréad has examined the quest for recognition and legitimacy among speakers of minority and contested languages and queried the non-recognition of migrant, non-European languages in the public space. In 2013, she was invited by the European Centre on Minority Issues as an expert on (linguistic) minorities.


  • GN Anthropology
  • Langauge
  • Heritage
  • Interculturality
  • Power
  • Europe

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Research Output 1984 2018

Open Access
cultural heritage
Great Britain
human rights

Gender, Heritage and Changing Traditions: Russian Old Believers in Romania

Clopot, C. E. & Nic Craith, M. 2017 Gender and Heritage: Performance, Place and Politics. Grahn, W. & Wilson, R. (eds.). Routledge, (Key Issues in Cultural Heritage)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

The representation of ‘building events’ in Wim Wenders’ Cathedrals of Culture

Boser, U., Nic Craith, M. & Devasundaram, A. I. 6 Jan 2017 In : Studies in Documentary Film.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Giving voice to heritage: a virtual case study

Nic Craith, M., Boser, U. & Devasundaram, A. I. 18 Aug 2016 In : Social Anthropology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Heterotopian Behaviour: Tabriz Bazaar Experience

Taheri, B., Farrington, T., Nic Craith, M. & O'Gorman, K. D. 16 Sep 2016

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper


Activities 1990 2017

Annual conference of the International Association of Maritime Economists (IAME) 2017

Florian Scheuring (Invited speaker), Karamperidis, S. (Invited speaker), Nic Craith, M. (Invited speaker)
27 Jun 201730 Jun 2017

Activity: Participation in conference

BEFS (Built Environment Forum Scotland) Annual Congress

Nic Craith, M. (Speaker)
11 Nov 2014

Activity: Participation in conference

IHBC Summer School (The Institute of Historic Building Conservation)

Nic Craith, M. (Speaker)
5 Jun 20147 Jun 2014

Activity: Participation in conference