Commemoration within Northern Ireland has been the topic of many national debated since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement. Many studies have primarily focused on the urban centres of Belfast and Derry/Londonderry. My research aims to understand how commemorative practices are carried out and understood in rural County Fermanagh.
Supervisors: Dr Dominic Bryan & Professor Hastings Donnan
Matthew graduated with a BSc in Anthropology from Oxford Brookes in 2014 and with an MRes in Social Anthropology from the University of St Andrews in 2015. From 2015 to 2018 he worked within the Victims and Survivor sector in Northern Ireland.
His research will examine the process by which a perceived threat leads to violent intergroup confrontations, as well as explore whether certain antecedent variables contribute to the sustainability and saliency of perceived threat in intergroup conflicts.
Adam W. Gilreath holds an MSc in Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology from the University of Oxford and obtained his BSc in in Psychology with a minor in Anthropology from Troy University (U.S.). Adam’s doctoral research will investigate the role of perceived threat in intergroup conflicts. More specifically, his research will examine the process by which a perceived threat leads to violent intergroup confrontations, as well as explore whether certain antecedent variables contribute to the sustainability and saliency of perceived threat in intergroup conflicts. This will be investigated in the context of the Northern Ireland conflict, and the recent proposition to remove the peace walls throughout Belfast. This research will also investigate what effects such conflicts have on the mental health of communities involved. Adam also maintains research interests in sacred values, terrorism, and identity fusion.
My project explores the musicking that takes place among refugees sheltering in refugee reception centres in Athens, Greece. Refugee reception centres are liminal places: placed on the ground of the potentially host society, yet marginalized. They are places contested, highly informed by the politics implemented, and their residents’ cultures, that are brought to coexist in precariousness underpinned by an imposed (im)mobility.
My project has received a Northern Bridge DTP-AHRC studentship (http://www.northernbridge.ac.uk/), and a British Forum for Ethnomusicology Fieldwork Grant 2019 (https://bfe.org.uk/bfe-fieldwork-grants-scheme).
Queen's offers the unique option of studying music under the scope of Anthropology, thus gaining insights that go beyond music per se, with reference to broader human contexts. Having studied Music, Music Education and Ethnomusicology in Greece, where I am from, doing a PhD in Ethnomusicology at Queen's, has been the optimal choice to enhance my insights into what humans do when they engage with music, and how music feeds into their sociality.
I research Muslim women living in Belfast, Northern Ireland, engaging with issues of migration, gender, visibility, embodiment, movement and spaces. I contradict common narratives that the beliefs and practices of the Islamic religion restrict the bodies of Muslim women.
Although Muslim women do experience significant restrictions to their movement and visibility, the true source of these restrictions is due to institutionalised national and local attitudes, policies and practices. Under these circumstances, I look at how Muslim women develop a sense of emplacement and belonging. I also look at a women-only space for refugees and asylum seekers to show how these women work within their limitations to create a space where they can be themselves, learn from one another, and reduce some of the suffering and difficulty inherent in the asylum system. Finally, I examine the impact of COVID-19 lockdowns on these women, their spaces, relationships, movement and visibility.
Having completed a Master's in Anthropology in the USA (where I am from) in 2013, I spent five years working with charity, aid and activist organisations on disaster-affected communities, post-conflict areas, homelessness and displaced persons. I also served as adjunct professor of anthropology at George Washington University (USA) lecturing on gender, development and humanitarianism. Through these experiences I solidified my desire to pursue a PhD, choosing Queen's due to its expertise in post-conflict research.
My current research lies within global perspectives on the anthropology of trauma. I am looking at how the discourse on trauma is shaped at different levels and by different actors (i.e. practitioners) in this context, and how it is related to other factors, such as poverty and unemployment, class and gender, and social inequalities.
Medical anthropological concepts as the continuum of violence and the politics of victimhood are the lens through which this project is conceived. A major focus is also on the role of transgenerational trauma.
Conflict and Peace Studies
Anthropology of Trauma
Ethnopsychiatry, anthropology of mental illness, PTSD
Body and embodiment
Mexico, Northern Ireland
Nahuas, blood, indigenous conceptions, traditional healing
health care systems, social inequalities
residential segregation and divided space
structural and symbolic Violence, politics of victimhood, continuum of violence
Awards and Scholarships
MEIM Travel Fund 2013
MEIM Travel Fund 2014
‘Le Ragunanze’ Award 2015
Degree Plus Award 2016
EASA Travel Fund 2017
ESRC NINE DTP Doctoral Studentship 2017-2021
EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Doctoral Fellowship 2017-2020 (declined)
The research aims to investigate the role of verbal arts in the Yorùbá (an ethnic group in Nigeria) indigenous political system to show the complex relationships that exist between the verbal arts, oral artists, traditional rulers, and the Yorùbá communities under study.
The research objectives are to outline the diverse forms of Yorùbá verbal arts; to examine the nature of the Yorùbá indigenous political system; to understand how oral performers use verbal arts as instruments of power and control in the Yorùbá indigenous political system and the Nigerian politics at large; it as well addresses the following questions, but not limited to: How does the performance of Yorùbá verbal art organise, maintain, and transform Yorùbá lives, communities, and culture? Why are rituals and festivals so important in the political systems of the selected kingdoms? How does oral performance in the Yorùbá public sphere speak to the status and agency of women in Yorùbá socio-political affairs? And in what ways does gender influence performers’ style and emotional dynamics in conveying messages to Yorùbá society, and the Nigerian state at large? This research is an ethnographic research that employs participant observation, in-depth interviews, life histories, and focus group discussion methods for data collection.
The research is funded by the Nigerian government through her Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TetFUND) Scholarship.
The postgraduate community in the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics and at Queen’s is a citadel of excellence where both master’s and Research students are connected to one another regardless of their fields of study, and to the wider community. The community supports us to become problem-solvers and create a better world of our dream. The community does this through its research and development trainings designed and organized for the students. It also creates an avenue for cordial relationship between students and their lecturers/supervisors.
|Name||PhD Research Theme or PhD Thesis Title||Principal Supervisor||Secondary Supervisor|
|Judith Atwell||An Ethnographic Challenge to Resettlement as a "durable solution" for Refugees.||Dr Fiona Murphy||Dr Ulrike M Vieten|
|Nisa Bayindir||"[Brand] identity fusion, smart technology brands and the extended consumer mind"||Dr Jonathan Lanman||Dr Paulo Sousa|
|Taika Bottner||Dementia and the Art of Caring: New Opportunities for Creative Practitioners in the Ageing Economy||Prof Maruska Svasek||Prof Fiona Magowan|
|Bryan Clancy||Organised by Faith: The Wright Way to Evangelical Christianity and the transformation of culture in an "Urban Village".||Prof Dominic Bryan||Dr Jonathan Lanman|
|Edward Cooke||'Care of the Orange self': An anthropological investigation of how the Orange community in Liverpool, Glasgow and Belfast takes care of the self through Orange parading rituals.||Prof Dominic Bryan|
|Matthew Gault||"Commemorating the Troubles" - Remembrance in Contest Rural Spaces||Prof Dominic Bryan||Prof Hastings Donnan|
|Augusto Gazir Martins Soares||Tracking Online Political Sociality in Northern Ireland: Social media engagement in a context of persistent antagonism and increasing diversity||Dr Evropi Chatzipanagiotidou||Prof Dominic Bryan|
|Hannah Gibson||Cultural intimacy and the country music scene in West Ulster||Dr Ioannis Tsioulakis||Prof Fiona Magowan|
|Adam Wood Gilreath||Intergroup Conflict, Threat, and Radicalization: The Case of Peace Walls in Belfast||Dr Paulo Sousa||Dr Jonathan Lanman|
|Samuel Greaves||'Conservation and Religion in Post-Fukushima Japan: A multispecies approach'.||Dr John Knight||Dr Jonathan Lanman|
|Brianna Griesinger||Narratives of Peruvian feminist identity in pursuit of reproductive justice||Prof Fiona Magowan||Dr Evropi Chatzipanagiotidou|
|John Harron||Sectarianism:Have the processes and structures which sustain and perpetuate sectarianism been changed by the conflict in Northern Ireland, and have sectarianism perceptions or attitudes been altered?||Prof Dominic Bryan||Dr Paulo Sousa|
|Mathilde Hernu||Supernatural explanations for negative life-events: the roles of Morality and Predictability.||Dr Paulo Sousa||Dr Jonathan Lanman|
|Chrysi Kyratsou||"Refugees’ Musicking: Meanings and Encounters in a Greek Reception Centre"||Dr Ioannis Tsioulakis||Dr Fiona Murphy|
|Yulong Li||Globalization and Puer Tea Culture: Heredity and Variation of “Cultural Memes” in Transnational Representation||Prof Fiona Magowan||Dr John Knight|
|Amanda Lubit||Examining place-making and belonging through the movements of Muslim migrants in and around Belfast||Dr Evropi Chatzipanagiotidou||Dr Fiona Murphy|
|Sinéad Lynch||Music in the Borderscape: How the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland became a Movement for Music in Peacebuilding.||Prof Fiona Magowan||Prof Maruska Svasek|
|Chiara Magliacane||"Echoes of suffering: An ethnography of trauma, violence and social work in post-conflict Belfast"||Dr Evropi Chatzipanagiotidou||Prof Fiona Magowan|
|Tom Marshall||Navigating Mental Health - The Eastern European Migrant Perspective||Prof Maruska Svasek||Dr Fiona Murphy|
|Maebh Martin||Musicians and the Post-Covid-19 Recovery in Northern Ireland||Dr Ioannis Tsioulakis||Dr Ali Fitzgibbon|
|Jamie McCollum||An anthropological analysis of the Kurdish diaspora & democratic confederalism: Beyond nationalism and the nation-state?||Dr Evropi Chatzipanagiotidou||Prof Dominic Bryan|
|Paul Morely||Catholic Syro-Malabar Migration in Northern Ireland and Transnational Religious Practices: An Ethnographic Study||Prof Maruska Svasek||Prof Fiona Magowan|
|Valeria Nechaeva||Embodied Trauma: A Case-Study of Embodied Therapies and Collective Memory in Israel||Dr Fiona Murphy||Prof Maruska Svasek|
|Sunday Owoade||The Significance of Verbal Arts in the Yoruba Indigenous Political System||Prof Fiona Magowan||Dr Eric Morier-Genoud|
|Ciara Power||Dancing to the Beat of Gender (In)Equality?: An Investigation into Women’s Participation in the Electronic Dance Music Scene in Belfast and Dublin||Prof Fiona Magowan||Dr Ioannis Tsioulakis|
|Alex Puma||Being Non-Binary in Binary Worlds: The Spatial, Emotional, and Intersubjective Lives of Non-binary People in Ireland||Prof Fiona Magowan||Dr Jamie Hagen|
|Gareth Rice||"Quis Separabit": The fusion and fissure of Northern Ireland's unionist and loyalist identity in the aftermath of the Brexit Referendum.||Prof Dominic Bryan||Prof Graham Walker|
|Jing Ru||Africans in China: Ethnic Identity and Expression||Dr John Knight||Prof Maruska Svasek|
|Niamh Small||The middle ground and the manifestation of a symbolic Northern Irish identity||Prof Dominic Bryan||Dr Evropi Chatzipanagiotidou|
|Mohaddeseh Ziyachi||Iranian Motherhood: A Cognitive Approach||Dr Paulo Sousa||Dr Jonathan Lanman|