Dr Marc Scully
Telephone: +44 (0)116 252 2857
Office: Attenborough 703
In the Immigration and Indigenism in popular historical discourse project, I examine the discursive construction of English and British national identities through the prism of diaspora. I am particularly interested in how a collective past is imagined in contemporary society and, from a social psychological perspective, how the personal and familial narratives that individuals have of their own past are situated within a wider sense of a shared history. The project also examines how contemporary identities are constructed on a collective basis through the memorialisation of the nation, on both an official and an unofficial basis. This project works alongside those being conducted by other members of the Impact of Diasporas team, in considering how historical discourses of migration in the more distant past may shape contemporary identities. More information and updates on the progress of the project may be found on the relevant page.
Background, previous work and other research interests:
I am a social psychologist in the discursive tradition . I graduated from University College Cork with a BA in Applied Psychology in 2003, before going on to complete a MSc in Applied Social Psychology at the University of Bath in 2004, a Higher Diploma in Social Policy at UCC in 2006, and finally a PhD with the Open University in 2010, under the supervision of Drs. Gail Lewis and Jovan Byford.
My primary research interest is in the construction and negotiation of local and national identities within the framework of migration, transnationalism and diaspora. My PhD research examined the construction of 'authentic' identities among the Irish diaspora in England, and illuminated some of the discursive strategies used by individuals to position themselves and others as either 'authentically' or 'inauthentically' Irish. I continue to write and publish from this work, and am currently further exploring the affective nature of how 'authenticity' is felt, particular in the context of collective participation and celebration. I was also the winner of the 2011 ASEN/Dominique Jacquin-Berdal prize for my paper: “The tyranny of transnational discourse: 'Authenticity' and Irish diasporic identity in Ireland and England.”
Within the University of Leicester, I am the co-convenor, alongside Dr. Leah Bassel of the Department of Sociology of the Leicester Migration Network. Outside of academia, I am on the Board of Trustees of Mind Yourself, a London-based charity with the aim of reducing health inequalities among the Irish community.
Publications / Written Work:
Scully, M., King, T. & Brown S.D. (2013) Remediating Viking Origins: Genetic Code as Archival Memory of the Remote Past. Sociology, 47(5), 873-890. Weblink.
Scully, M. (2013). BIFFOs, jackeens and Dagenham Yanks: county identity, "authenticity" and the Irish diaspora. Irish Studies Review, 21(2), 143-163. Weblink.
Scully, M. (2012). Local Spaces, Liminality and Authenticity: The Case of the Irish Diaspora in England. In R. Kenedy, M. Greenfields, J. Rollins & S. P. Gabriel (Eds.), Diasporic Identities and Spaces Between (pp. 117-146). Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press.
Scully, M. (2012) "Whose Day Is It Anyway? St. Patrick's Day as a Contested Performance of National and Diasporic Irishness." Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, 12(1), 118-135. Weblink.
Scully, M. (2012) "The tyranny of transnational discourse: 'authenticity' and Irish diasporic identity in Ireland and England'. Nations & Nationalism, 18, 2, 191-209. Weblink.
Scully, M. (2010) "Discourses of authenticity and national identity among the Irish diaspora in England". Phd Thesis, The Open University, 2010. Available at http://oro.open.ac.uk/25474/
Scully, M. (2009) "Local Identification and Authenticity among the Irish Diaspora in England." In L. De Pretto, G. Macri & C. Wong (Eds.), Diasporas: Revisiting & Discovering (pp. 225-244). Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press. Available online.
Scully, M. (2009) "'Plastic and Proud'? Discourses of Authenticity among the Second-Generation Irish in England." Psychology & Society, 2(2), 124-135. Available online.
Recent Conference Papers & Presentations:
"I'd rather be a Viking: Identification with the past through DNA" at the British Psychological Society Social Psychology Section conference, held at the University of Exeter, 30th August, 2013.
"Diaspora in the genes? 'Viking DNA' and identity in the North of England" at the 'Rethinking Diaspora' conference, held at St. Anne's College, Oxford, 2nd July, 2013.
"No Blacks, no Dogs, no Irish: Irish identity in England and collective memory of 1950s migration" at the 2013 American Conference for Irish Studies, held in Chicago, 11th April, 2013.
"New Generations, New Challenges" at the Federation of Irish Societies AGM, held at Leeds Irish Centre, 13th October, 2012.
"A nation of immigrants? Genetics, genealogy, liberal multiculturalism and belonging" at the 2nd International Meeting of the MMIIDA Network (Migration, Multiculturalism, Integration & Identity - Dialogical Approaches), held at City University, 14th September, 2012.
"Remediating Viking origins: the use of genetic evidence in resourcing narratives of British national identity" (with Prof. Steve Brown) at the Towards a Common Past? Conflicting Memories in Contemporary Europe conference held at Lund University, 16th May, 2012.
"'But you were one of the lucky ones because you fell in love with a woman' - narratives of domesticity, security and authenticity among the Irish diaspora in England" at the New Perspectives on Women and the Irish Diaspora conference held at Bath Spa University, 24th March, 2012.