Editorial Team

Professor Dáibhí Ó Cróinín and Associate Professor Elva Johnston are the current general editors of Peritia. Dr  Máirín MacCarron is the review editor.

Dáibhí Ó Cróinín studied at University College Dublin, the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München, and as a Research Scholar in the School of Celtic Studies, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. He has recently retired following many years lecturing at the National University of Ireland, Galway (formerly UCG).

Among his numerous publications are The Irish Sex Aetates Mundi (1983), Cummian’s Letter ‘De controversia paschali’, together with a related Irish computistical tract ‘De ratione conputandi’ (1988) [with Maura Walsh], Early Medieval Ireland, 400-1200 (1995, 2nd edition 2016)  and Whitley Stokes (1830-1909) — the lost Celtic notebooks rediscovered (2011). He is editor of volume 1 of the Royal Irish Academy’s New History of Ireland, prehistoric & early medieval (2005).

He has been an editor of Peritia since its inception in 1980 and, from the appearance of its first volume (1982), Dáibhí has had responsibility for the sections on Hiberno-Latin and Computistics, and was also review editor. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and a Member of the Royal Irish Academy.

Elva Johnston completed a BA and MA in University College Cork. She was awarded an NUI Travelling Studentship and studied in Oxford University, obtaining her DPhil. She was also a Senior Scholar at Christ Church, Oxford. Dr Johnston has been a lecturer in Early Irish History at University College Dublin since 1999.

Her monograph Literacy and Identity in Early Medieval Ireland (2013) was awarded the prestigious Irish Historical Research Prize for 2015. She has also published many papers on the connection between literacy and conversion, the role of gender in hagiography and the significance of vernacular narratives in expressing elite identities. Her most recent research focuses on late antique Ireland and its Roman frontiers.

She has contributed to several research networks, including Converting the Isles and Maths Meets Myths. Elva was the convenor of the Irish Conference of Medievalists in 2014 and 2015. She is currently a member of the Irish Manuscripts Commission.

Máirín MacCarron received her PhD from University College Cork and held the NUI Dr Garret FitzGerald Postdoctoral Fellowship at the National University of Ireland, Galway. She has worked at the University of Sheffield and the University of Leicester and the National University of Ireland, Galway. She is currently a lecturer in Digital Humanities at University College Cork.

Her research publications include articles on chronology, computus, women, conversion, Digital Humanities and network science. She is a founder member of the Maths Meets Myths research consortium and editor of the ground-breaking inter-disciplinary essay collection, Maths Meets Myths: Quantitative Approaches to Ancient Narratives. She has contributed to the Converting the Isles research network, and is Honorary Secretary of the Patristic Symposium. Her most recent publication is Bede and Time: Computus, Theology and History in the Early Medieval World  (2019).

The Editorial Board

Peritia’s editorial board draws on the expertise of internationally recognised scholars across a range of cognate disciplines.

Jacopo Bisagni (NUI Galway); Damian Bracken (University College Cork); Anthony Candon (National Museum of Ireland, Country Life); Nancy Edwards (Bangor University); Anthony Harvey (Royal Irish Academy); Caitríona Ó Dochartaigh (University College Cork); Aidan O’Sullivan (University College Dublin); Geraldine Parsons (University of Glasgow); Joanna Story (University of Leicester); Clare Stancliffe (Durham University); Robin Chapman Stacey (University of Washington); Immo Warntjes (Trinity College Dublin).