On 16 February, after successfully defending in public my thesis “Memory, History, and Identity in Irish and Irish-Diasporic Famine Fiction, 1892-1921”, I was awarded my PhD cum laude, the highest distinction for doctorates in the Netherlands. I was examined by Prof Frank Mehring (Radboud University), Prof James H. Murphy (Boston College), Prof Chris Morash (Trinity College Dublin), Dr Melissa Fegan (University of Chester), Prof Peter Gray (Queen’s University Belfast), Dr Elke D’hoker (KU Leuven), and Prof Lotte Jensen (Radboud University). The next step is reworking my thesis into a monograph. To infinity and beyond!

Chris Post-defence

Image: Raphaël Irié