Jimmy Caoimhghín Billings

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Jimmy holds a bachelor’s in Sociology and a master’s in Race, Migration and Decolonial Studies, both from University College Dublin. His interest in these areas of study both stemmed from and nurtured his critical curiosity about the ‘social world’, the historical conditions that manifest it, and a burning desire to contribute to change. He cares strongly about researching and educating in the broad areas of decolonization and anti-colonialism, racial justice, knowledge justice, sensory engagement with the land, and social change.

Jimmy established Tuiscint na Talún with the purpose of sharing perspectives he is exploring in his research on Irish ancestral knowledges and pedagogical engagement with the land. The project grew initially out of Jimmy’s master’s thesis that sought to explore the possibilities of a fusion of decolonial studies and Indigenous research methodologies with the recovery and revitalisation of ancestral cosmologies in Ireland. He is passionate about bringing these timely ideas into social engagement through both online discussions and group learning with the land. This is part of a wider acknowledgement that the knowledge we need to re-create for futures without colonialism needs to be participatory and socially engaged, rather than solely privately researched.

For Jimmy, Tuiscint na Talún is a confluence of his academic, cultural, and activist experience and interests towards sowing seeds for inter-generational social change by bringing this growing research project into conversation with the living world and sharing it along the way with others.

On Paper:

Publications:

Decolonial possibilities in Ireland (2021) in Airmid’s Journal

Qualifications:

MSocSc Race, Migration and Decolonial Studies (University College Dublin)

BA Sociology (University College Dublin)

Positions:

Associate Researcher and Graduate Mentor on MA Race, Migration and Decolonial Studies (School of Sociology, University College Dublin)

Academic conference papers:

Ancestral re-existence in Ireland through the Land: A decolonial exploration of
pre-Christian spiritualities and places (New Perspectives Symposium on the Humanities, NUI Maynooth, 2019)

Temporal displacement(s), spatial re-existence(s): Decolonising Ireland’s relationship to place through native woodlands and pre-Christian sacred places (Sociological Association of Ireland Annual Conference, NUI Galway, 2019)