The Centre was initially established to manage a number of research projects in the field of Irish-Scottish Studies, following the receipt of major funding in 1999 from the HEA PRTLI initiative. With this funding, the Centre pioneered team-based collaborative research on a scale and of a kind that was new to the Humanities in Ireland, and with continued PRTLI funding it has thrived as an interdisciplinary partnership between History, English, and Irish and Celtic Studies, exploring themes relating to Ireland, Scotland and the wider world. Since 2007 it has become associated with Trinity Long Room Hub and the PRTTI-funded Humanities Serving Irish Society programme. It also continues to work closely with the University of Aberdeen's Research Institute for Irish Scottish Studies.
Directorof the Centre:
Professor David Dickson
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- To support and contribute to the strengthening of research and teaching in all fields touching on Irish and Scottish Studies in the university, and on Irish-Scottish, Irish-British and other comparative studies that have an Irish dimension.
- To champion multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary research and teaching in the fields of Irish, Scottish and comparative studies in the Arts and Humanities.
- To act as a conduit of public access to the pool of expertise in Irish, Scottish and comparative studies within the university.
The Centre is administered by a Steering Committee and has hosted more than 20 projects since 1999. Current and recently completed projects are grouped into six Research Clusters:
Medieval Ireland, Scotland and Europe
The World of Print
Ireland and Empire
Language and Translation
The Seventeenth-Century Origins of Modern Ireland
ISAI Irish Scottish Academic Initiative
Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies, University of Aberdeen
CELT: The Corpus of Electronic Texts
De Re Militari: The Society for Medieval Military History
The Eighteenth-Century Literature Research Network (ECLRNI)
Irish in Europe
Irish National Famine Project
Irish Environmental History Network