Dr Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin is an artist and lecturer in communications, aesthetics and the history of Irish art. He studied at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin where he obtained a BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art. He subsequently undertook post-graduate study in the interdisciplinary field of Cultural Studies in Dublin City University obtaining a Masters degree in Communications and Cultural Studies. Dr Ó Croidheáin is an Irish speaker and holds a PhD in Language and Politics which he completed at Dublin City University. His art work consists of oil paintings featuring cityscapes of Dublin, landscapes and other work with social/political themes (http://gaelart.net/). His current research interests are cultural theory and politics, and he is in the process of compiling a database of figurative art from around the world that can be accessed online (http://gaelart.blogspot.com/). His other interests include genealogy, Irish set dancing, world music and cinema.