Monday, 14 September 2015

A new academic career at University College Cork, Republic of Ireland

A photograph taken at the iconic Quad of the University College Cork, Republic of Ireland.  The university was founded in 1845 as one of three Queen's Colleges located in Belfast, Cork, and Galway.  It became University College, Cork, under the Irish Universities Act of 1908. The Universities Act 1997 renamed the university as National University of Ireland, Cork, and a Ministerial Order of 1998 renamed the university as University College Cork – National University of Ireland, Cork, though it continues to be almost universally known as University College Cork.

L-R - Dr. James Kapalo, Lecturer - (Head of Department), Dr. Jenny Butler - Lecturer, Dr. Amanullah De Sondy - Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Islam and Dr. Lidia Guzy - Lecturer. 

Professor Brian Bocking retires from University College Cork, Ireland.

I have now relocated back to Celtic lands and taken up a senior position at University College Cork's Study of Religions Department in Contemporary Islam. At the International Association for the History of Religions conference held in Erfurt, Germany this August 2015, I was asked to present a token of appreciation to Professor Brian Bocking who retired this year as Professor of Religion at my new institution.  All the very best to him. 

With my new colleagues - L-R - Dr. James Kapalo (Head of Department), Professor Brian Bocking, me and Dr. Lidia Guzy