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Dr Amanda Haynes will be an academic co-ordinator and Centre Co-Director of ECSH. She is a senior lecturer in sociology at the University of Limerick, Ireland. Her research interests centre on the analysis of physical, discursive, and classificatory violences, and their relationship to prejudice. Her current interests centre on hate crime, policing, stigma and minority access to justice. She has been published in high-ranking journals such as New Media and Society (2018 cite score of 5.49). Her published works include the co-edited collections Critical Perspectives on Hate Crime: Contributions from the Island of Ireland (2017, Palgrave Macmillan) and Public and Political Discourses of Migration: International Perspectives (2016, Rowman Littlefield International). She has co-authored a number of funded research reports, including Gendered Policing and Policing Gender: The Trans Community and An Garda Síochána (2018), STAD: Stop Transphobia and Discrimination Report: 2014-2016 (2017) and Monitoring Hate Crime in Ireland: Towards a Uniform Reporting Mechanism? (2016) Her work has been funded by the European Commission, the Irish Research Council, and the Irish Council for Civil Liberties. She is a member of the civil society Coalition Against Hate Crime, an alliance of NGOs which seeks to address racist, anti-religious, homophobic, transphobic and disablist hate crime. Amanda has taught full time at third level since 2000. She is a two time winner of the University of Limerick award for teaching excellence and a past president of the Sociological Association of Ireland.

Dr. Aileen Dillane is an ethnomusicologist at the University of Limerick and will be a key staff member of ECSH. Her research interests are in local/global Irish musics; musical migrations and diasporas; protest musics; popular culture; urban soundscapes and critical citizenship; and European music festivals and cultural diversity. She co-founded/co-directs the Popular Music, Popular Culture and the Power, Discourse and Society research clusters @ UL, both of which have associated book series with Rowman & Littlefield.  Aileen is the Irish PI on a HERA-funded 3-year research project with four other European partners, entitled: FestiVersities: European Music Festivals, Public Spaces and Cultural Diversity (2019-2022). Aileen received her PhD from the University of Chicago as a Century Fellow and Fulbright Scholar. She was the 2016 recipient of the O’Donnell Research Fellowship in Irish Studies, University of Melbourne; the 2017 Visiting Professor, Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, University of Notre Dame; and is a research fellow in the Dept of Music, King’s College, London , 2017-2020.