Brian Ó Conchubhair

Associate Professor, Irish Language and Literature

Dec. 7, 2015; Brian O’Conchubhair (Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Dame)

Department of Irish Language and Literature

Brian Ó Conchubhair is an associate professor of Irish language and literature, and a fellow of the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies and the Kellogg Institute for International Studies.

He has served as director of the Center for the Study of Languages & Cultures (2013-2020), executive director of the IRISH Seminar (2011-2013), and president of the American Conference for Irish Studies (2015-2017). He has been a visiting professor at Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3, the University of Notre Dame, Dhaka (Bangladesh), and Charles University (Prague).

Ó Conchubhair’s writings include an award-winning monograph on the intellectual history of the Irish Revival entitled Fin de Siècle na Gaeilge: Darwin, An Athbheochan agus Smaointeoireacht na hEorpa (The Irish Fin de Siècle: Darwin, the Revival and European Thought). That book analyzed the European context for the 19th century Irish language and cultural revival and traced the impact and influence of the writings of Charles Darwin, Max Nordau, Friedrich Max Müller and theories of race extermination, cultural decline, degeneration and cultural nationalism as they shaped and sculpted Irish debates on dialects, orthography, fonts, grammar, cultural criticism, and literary production.