Interview with Malcolm Campbell

What got you interested in Irish studies?

I  developed an interest in migration at a time when anti-Asian racism was very visible on Australian university campuses. I just happened to take an undergraduate course on the Irish in Australia and became excited at the
opportunity to investigate the Irish experience.

What advice do you have for others that want to commence Irish studies in Australia or New Zealand?

Irish history and Irish literature are important and interesting subjects that align with a wide range of historical and textual approaches. I would encourage people who want to commence studies of Ireland today to ensure their work has strong grounding in the disciplines.

What advice do you have for others that want to commence Irish studies in Australia or New Zealand?

Irish history and Irish literature are important and interesting subjects that align with a wide range of historical and textual approaches. I would encourage people who want to commence studies of Ireland today to ensure their work has strong grounding in the disciplines.

What role does ISAANZ play in the promotion of Irish studies and engagement with Irish heritage? in Australia and New Zealand?

ISAANZ has an important role to play in maintaining connectedness among people who have interests in Ireland in Australia and New Zealand, encouraging students and early career researchers, and promoting good scholarship.  

Who should Australians and New Zealanders interested in Irish studies know about?

Good question. Patrick O’Farrell and Oliver MacDonagh.

Who is your favourite historical (or living) Irish person/Irish-Australian/Irish-New-Zealander?

I probably should say the convict Edward (Ned) Ryan .

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