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AWARD TO Prof. Ullrich Kockel - Royal Irish Academy Accolade for Ulster Academics

Professor Kockel, who is a native of Göttingen, Germany, is internationally recognised as a leading innovative thinker in the field of European ethnology. Professor of Ethnology at the University of Ulster since 2005 and visiting Professor of European Ethnology at Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania as well as colleague of Centre of Social Anthopology at Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, he has impressive record of publications in five languages, including four sole-authored books that displays originality and outstanding scholarship. He held a research and teaching appointments at Hochschule Bremen, Leeds Polytechnic, University College Galway, the University of Liverpool and University of Glasgow. 

During the 1990s, while based at the University of Liverpool, he worked closely with the European Centre for Traditional and Regional Cultures and the Tate Gallery. He is currently President of the International Society for Ethnology and Folklore (SIEF). He was elected and Academician of the United Kingdom´s Accademy of Social Sciences in 2003.

Professor Kockel has undertakend fieldwork across Europe, especially in Ireland, Britain, Germany, Finland, Spain and Lithuania. His research interests include ecological ethnology, heritage tourism, reflexive traditions, counter-cultur movements, and intercultural phylosophy. Je is editor of the Anthropological Journal of European Cultures and a member of the editorial board of Ethnologia Europaea.

New members of the Royeal Irish Academy were enrolled at a ceremony in Dublin on 25th May.