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Inaugural Lecture of our Dean, Professor Helen Kelly-Holmes

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The Chair in Applied Languages and Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Professor Helen Kelly-Holmes presented her Inaugural Lecture Titled: ‘When Language Matters’ at the Irish World Academy, University of Limerick. Picture: Sean Curtin True Media.

The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences were proud to host the Inaugural Lecture of our Dean, Professor Helen Kelly-Holmes on 1st May 2018.

Our previous Dean, Professor Tom Lodge was Master of Ceremonies and travelled from his sabbatical in France for the event. Helen was introduced by UL President, Professor Des Fitzgerald. Helen’s lecture, entitled “When Language Matters”, explored the use of language, using examples from comedy, politics, advertisements and text messages. The lecture was followed by a lively question and answer session, chaired by Dr Cinta Ramblado, Head of the School of Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics.

Concluding the event, the President of UL said:

“This is a very important subject, and from the questions asked it certainly stimulated a lot of questions in people’s minds. It’s really been one of the greatest inaugural lectures at the University of Limerick.”

Helen is a graduate of the University of Limerick, where she studied Marketing and German (1987-1991). She completed her PhD in 1995 at Aston University Birmingham on the topic of advertising as a new discourse in the former German Democratic Republic. She took up a Lectureship in German at Aston University in Birmingham in 1995, and joined University of Limerick in 2002 as a UL Foundation Research Scholar (2002-2007).

She was appointed as a Lecturer in Sociolinguistics in 2007 and was appointed to the Chair in Applied Languages in 2015. In September 2017, Helen was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Helen is an active member of the Centre for Applied Language Studies, having served as Associate Director (2011-2014) and Director (2014-2017); and she has also served as Assistant Dean for Research in the Faculty (2012-2015).

The inaugural lecture was well attended by friends, family and colleagues of Helen. The event was also attended by Prof Kerstin Mey (Vice President Academic Affairs and Student Engagement), Dr Mary Shire (Vice President Research)  and a number of retired colleagues including Prof. emerita Angela Chambers, Prof. emerita Pat O’Connor, Prof. emeritus Tom Moylan, and Fionnuala MacMahon, who served as AHSS Faculty Manager until 2014.

A string trio, including Helen’s daughter Jenny playing the cello, welcomed guests as they arrived. The evening concluded with dinner for 80 guests at the Pavilion.

The evening was organised by PA to the Dean, Susan Mulcahy.

More photos of the event can be found on our Facebook album:


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