The 8th Erasmus Lecture was delivered by Dr. Shirin Zubair at Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin. 

Lecture Brochure

As an established academic in the field of English literature and gender studies, Shirin holds a PhD and MSc in Applied Linguistics from Cardiff University in the UK, where her dissertation focused on women’s literacy in Pakistan.

The event was organised in partnership with Universities Ireland as part of the Scholars at Risk network. 

The Centre for Cross Border Studies provides the Secretariat for Universities Ireland.


Introduction to the Evening

Gerry O'Sullivan, Erasmus+ National Agency Ireland
Dr. Ruth Taillon, Director of the Centre for Cross Border Studies
Tom Boland, Chief Executive, Higher Education Authority

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Video of Lecture

She has more than 25 years of experience lecturing and conducting research at Pakistani, US and European universities and was until recently the Chair of the English Department at a university in Pakistan, where she supervised multiple MPhil and PhD dissertations.

A recipient of several international research fellowships and awards, including from the Ford Foundation and the Fulbright Programme, she has attended and presented at numerous international conferences and seminars.

Dr. Zubair has also published widely, edited multiple books and contributed to Pakistani and international journals on a range of issues relating to new literacies, representation of gender, and media texts and education. She is also a member of the editorial advisory board, Pakistan Journal of Women Studies: Alam-e-Niswan.


At the lecture were from left: Gerry O'Sullivan, Erasmus+ NA (HEA), Ruth Taillon, Director of the Centre for Cross Border Studies, Dr. Shirin Zubair, Tom Boland, Chief Executive, Higher Education Authority and Andrew McClelland, Centre for Cross Border Studies.


The performance theme of this year's lecture focussed on the classical guitar and the audience was treated to a wonderful performance by the Colin McLean Latin Trio.  Colin is a graduate of the School of Music at Cork Institute of Technology, fellow guitarist Barry John Maher (right) graduated with a degree in music from University College Cork and double bassist David Whitla (centre) lectures on the instrument at Cork Institute of Technology - an Erasmus+ participating institution.

Colin McLean Latin Trio