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Department of Geography

Staff Profile

Miss Giselle Eugenia Connell, BA (Hons) M.Litt

Research Postgraduate (PhD) in the Department of Geography

Contact Miss Giselle Eugenia Connell (email at gisele.e.o'connell@durham.ac.uk)

Biography

Miss Giselle Eugenia Connell is a geographer with interests broadly in geopolitics, the body, colonialism, urban inequalities, and health. Her first class honours degree in Politics and Sociology from Maynooth University Ireland, was subsequently followed by a 65,000 word M.Litt thesis in the Department of Geography in the same university, supervised by Professor Gerry Kearns and Dr Alistair Fraser, and was passed without further amendment by Professor Hester Parr (Glasgow University) and Dr Ronan Foley (Maynooth University). This thesis, broadly defined, explored the intersections between the Geopolitics of blood, and medical themes of AIDS, culminating in two papers for publication.

In 2017,she was awarded a Travelling Doctoral Studentship from the federal National University of Ireland, for her thesis project examining intersections between geopolitics and dance. Giselle’s interests in dance relate to an expanded aesthetic field, but she has trained primarily in Irish dance with An Comhdhail having danced competitively for the City of Dublin Championships and the South County of Dublin Championship National Oireachtas in 2016 and 2012 respectively. In addition, she has recently worked with some of Ireland’s leading dance artists and choreographers including Breandan De Gallai (ex-principal of Riverdance), Catherine Young (Contemporary and African Dance), Sibeal Davitt (Sean-Nos) and Olwyn Lyons (hip-hop) on numerus dance classes and projects performed in theatre environments, as well as in open –air street festivals. Prior to commencing her PhD in January 2018, Giselle spent three months working with ethnochoreologists in the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance training in Labanotation; both choreographing and performing notated dance, as well as interpreting and notating dance to live musical accompaniment.

Giselle is an alumnus of the Washington Ireland Program, class of 2013, where she was awarded a scholarship to live and intern in Washington DC, whilst undertaking critical thinking and leadership studies. Here she spent three months interning in the Office of the General President in the Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) and volunteering with a number of community based projects.

In additon to research, she has completed a professional third level certificate in Higher Education Teaching and Learning, having tutored first year Human Geography, International Relations and second year Political Research Methods. She regularly gives research papers at national and international conferences, and was recently awarded a £500 travel grant to present previous research at the American Association of Geographers (AAG) annual meeting in 2017.

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