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Laura McAtackney


I am originally from Belfast in the North of Ireland and have degrees from Trinity College Dublin (BA (Hons) in History & Ancient History / Archaeology, 1999), University of Cambridge (MPhil in Archaeological Heritage & Museum Studies, 2003) and University of Bristol (PhD in Historical Archaeology, 2008). I have also completed postdoctoral fellowships at the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford (2008-9), University College Dublin (2010-12 and 2012-14; including funded by IRC). 

I was appointed as Professor in Radical Humanities Laboratory and Archaeology in October 2022. Previously, I was Associate Professor in Sustainable Heritage Management at Aarhus University in Denmark, 2015- (and I will maintain a 20% contract until October 2024 as Professor in Heritage Studies

My areas of interest are contemporary archaeology, especially of conflict, institutions, colonialism and gender, and various facets of heritage, especially related to difficult or 'dark' pasts. I complete work on the Northern Irish conflict and peace process, gendered experiences of imprisonment and lived experiences of Magdalene Laundries and other gendered institutions in Ireland. I am currently completing an DFF Project 2 collaboration 'Enduring Materialities of Colonialism' on the former Danish colonial island of St Croix (current USVI), 2019-2024 with an emphasis on underexplored heritages.

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Department of Archaeology


Connolly Building, Dyke Parade, University College Cork, Cork City, T12 CY82, Ireland