We are delighted to announce our keynote for our conference in Limerick (November, 2017), Dr Simon McKerrell of Newcastle University.

Dr Simon McKerrell has interdisciplinary research interests focused upon the social semiotics and communication of music, belonging, sectarianism and cultural heritage and how these relate to policy. He is the author of Focus: Scottish Traditional Music (Routledge), and the Co-Editor of both Music as Multimodal Discourse: Media, Power and Protest (Bloomsbury) and Understanding Scotland Musically: Folk, Tradition, Policy (Rutledge). He is currently Head of Music at the International Centre for Music Studies at Newcastle University and has previously held positions at the Universities of Sheffield, Glasgow and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and prior to this worked at the National Piping Centre in Glasgow. He is an expert performer of Highland-, Border- and Uilleann-pipes and has toured, taught and performed throughout the world and recorded twelve commercial albums.

You can check out Simon’s University profile here and research here.

The conference Football, Politics and Popular Culture, will be hosted by the University of Limerick on the 23 and 24 November 2017. Find out more here, and expect full registration details shortly.