New Hibernia Review
In this essay I consider how place can defeat our attempts to analyze it by become meaningful to us in ways that exceed the scope of our scholarly interests and methods. Discussing my fieldwork at a Dublin pub, I touch on the concepts of sense of place, nostalgia, and the importance of human relationships that form in places even in the context of what might be considered "failed" research.
Tolbert, Jeffrey Alan. "Waiting for a Place: At Gravedigger’s Pub." New Hibernia Review 20, no. 2 (2016) : 9-14.