Mairéad Nic Craith's has sought to integrate critical heritage studies, cultural history, literature and folklore into a creative ethnology. Issues of community and place, memory and nostalgia are key themes in her work. The tensions around forms, definitions and uses of heritage are picked up in the contributions to this book. Research essays engage with the wide range of topics Mairéad has explored. Other contributions note her support and mentoring or illustrate the author's appreciation of her work through prose, music and artistic representations.
Ullrich Kockel teaches at Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh, the Latvian Academy of Culture and Vytautas Magnus University Kaunas. He is Emeritus Professor of Ethnology at Ulster University, a Member of the Royal Irish Academy, and Mairéad's anam cara.
Philip McDermott is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Ulster University. He was Mairéad's PhD student, succeeded her at Ulster University when she left to take up a chair at Heriot-Watt, and works with her on a range of projects.
Liam Campbell has been a Visiting Professor at the Department of Appalachian Studies, East Tennessee State University. He was Mairéad's PhD student and continues to work with her on heritage-related issues.