About: Website & Me


This is a website primarily about my research. It will offer accounts of my work, the ideas and places concerned and will comment on related matters. It is also features my wider musing and observations on a variety of topics. Posts under the category of Research are directly related to my PhD work, while those under Comment are thoughts on particular ideas or themes, which generally have a geographic slant; and, the posts that fall under the category of Other is anything else.

Liminal (adj.) refers to being in a transitional state or at a threshold/boundary.

Entwining (v, with object) refers to interweaving, interlacing or twisting together of one or more things.

Liminal Entwinings, then, refers to essence of my research as a geographer. It intends to evoke the fundamental relationship between people and place that I seek to explore;  while also, indicating that the inter-relationship between these entities changes their nature in a process that defines them in a meaningful way. There is a further questioning about the existance of people and place outside of this process.

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Presenting at UCC's Doctoral Showcase 2013 (Photo: UCC photographer Tomas Tyner)

Presenting at UCC’s Doctoral Showcase 2013 (Photo: UCC photographer Tomas Tyner)

My name is Richard Scriven. I am a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Geography, UCC. I have a BA (Joint-Honours) in Geography and History and a MA (Medieval History) from UCC, and a MA (Peace and Development Studies) from UL.

I am looking at different forms of pilgrimage in Ireland and considering how they shape the places and people involved. I hope that my research will provide new understandings of a unique aspect of Irish culture and society, while also showing people something of themselves and the world around them. My PhD was funded by the Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship and by the Department of Geography PhD Studentship Scheme.


Geographical Society of Ireland

Postgraduate Fellow – Royal Geographical Society, with the Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG)

Association of American Geographers

Positions and Roles:

RGS-IBG Social and Cultural Geography Research Group Committee Member 2014/17 (Dissertation Prize Co-ordinator)

AAG Geography of Religions and Belief Systems Specialty Group 2014/15 (Board Member)

RGS-IBG Postgraduate Forum (PGF) Committee Member 2013/14 (Annual Conference Sessions Co-ordinator)

RGS-IBG Social and Cultural Geography Research Group Committee Member 2013/14 (Postgraduate Representative)

Geographical Society of Ireland Committee 2012/14 (Postgraduate Representative)

Co-ordinating Editor 2012/13, Chimera 26, (UCC’s Geographical Journal)

RGS-IBG Postgraduate Forum (PGF) Committee Member 2012/13 (PGF-ACTS Co-ordinator)

Health & Safety Committee, Department of Geography, UCC (Postgraduate Rep) 2011/15