Jimmy Ó Briain Billings

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Jimmy is an educator, scholar, and activist. He established Tuiscint na Talún to provide platforms for reckoning with and challenging coloniality and whiteness in cultural revitalisation work in Ireland. The project grew out of Jimmy’s master’s thesis in which he 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 sees it as vital to bring these often neglected ideas into the realms of land and ancestral reconnection in Ireland through both online seminars and land based courses.

Jimmy holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a master’s degree in Race, Migration and Decolonial Studies, both from University College Dublin. He is now an Associate Researcher with the same master’s programme. His research interests broadly include decoloniality and anti-colonialism, racial justice, knowledge justice, Indigenous research methodologies, and Gaelic ancestral lifeways and lore.

On Paper:

Publications:

Land and ancestral revitalisation as decolonising practices in Ireland (2021) in Unapologetic Magazine 

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)