Career Highlights Dept of French Trinity College Dublin in 1975-2009

  • 1977 Appointment to curatorship of the College Gallery; organisation of retrospective exhibitions of TCD Modern Collection in 1980 and 1992
  • 1979 Membership of exhibition committee and later board of Douglas Hyde Gallery
  • 1981 Catalogue of 1st major international exhibition in DHG, Edward Kienholz: tableaux
  • 1988 Publication Pictorialist Poetics: Poetry & the visual arts in 19th-century France by Cambridge University Press
  • 1988 Dublin City Millennium marathon 40th out of 10,000 in 2:32:56
  • 1992 The organisation of the exhibition and production of the catalogue Treasures of the Mind for TCD's quatercentenary celebrations
  • 1992 Publication of book Paul Delvaux: Surrealizing the Nude
  • 1993-96 Headship of the Dept of French
  • 1995 Appointment to a personal chair in French (Textual & Visual Studies)
  • 1995-96 Curatorship of exhibition at Design Museum, London, and publication of book: European Stamp Design: A Semiotic Approach
  • 1996 Organisation in TCD of the 4th conference of IAWIS/AIERTI involving 200 delegates from 20 countries in an 7-day programme. Proceedings published 1999
  • 1996 Invited by Maurice Agulhon to lecture on Icônes nationales at Collège è
  • 1996-1999 Annual visiting professorship at the Graduate School of Semiotics and Communications at PUC-São Paulo, with lecture visits all over Brazil
  • 1999-2002 President of the International Association of Word & Image Studies (IAWIS)
  • 2002 Editorship of special no. of Protée Sémiologie et herméneutique du timbre-poste
  • 2004 Semiologies of Travel: from Gautier to Baudrillard Cambridge University Press
  • 2005-08 2008-2011 Headship of the Dept of French
  • 2005-06 Represented Ireland in international white-collar boxing matches, won 3 fights
  • 2009 The Art and Aesthetics of Boxing The University of Nebraska Press