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Trinity Long Room Hub Visiting Research Fellowships

The Trinity Long Room Hub’s Visiting Research Fellowship Programme is pivotal to our mission to connect our research community with the most distinguished scholars in the world and to raise the international profile of Trinity’s Arts and Humanities research. Fellows progress their major research, career changing projects, work with the unique collections of the Trinity College Library, and engage intensely with colleagues and students from cognate areas within the university and in other institutions on collaborative research. They also share their research insights with the public through a range of events.

Our 2016-17 programme will bring leading international scholars to the institute for periods of two weeks or two to three months. Full details below.

From 2017-18 to 2019-20 our fellowship programme will be co-funded by the Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions. For information on the call details click here.

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2016-17 Visiting Research Fellows


Dr Mark Fitzgerald

Mark Fitzgerald

"Retrieving the Real Frederick May"

Dr Mark Fitzgerald is a lecturer at DIT Conservatory of Music. His fellowship at the Trinity Long Room Hub is in collaboration with the Library of Trinity College Dublin. The current research Dr Fitzgerald is conducting focuses on Frederick May who played an important role in the first half of the twentieth century as a composer, an advocate for music in an Ireland completely lacking in the necessary infrastructure,  director of the Abbey Theatre ‘orchestra’ and a regular broadcaster on RÉ. During his fellowship, he will concentrate on the collection of manuscripts held by the Manuscripts and Archives Research Library and will focus on making an important and to date under-utilised collection accessible to scholars and performers.

Dr Maren Conrad

Maren Conrad

"Reinventing the End – Imagining the Future. Post-apocalyptic Robinsonades in contemporary Literature, Film and Games"

Dr Conrad is Postdoc Research Associate/Academic Coordinator of the Graduate School ‘Practices of Literature’ at the Westfälische-Wilhelms Universität Münster. Her fellowship at the Trinity Long Room Hub is in collaboration with the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies. The current research Dr Conrad is conducting focuses on narrative and spatial strategies in stories of the “last man” in a post-apocalyptic sujet in literature and media in 20th and 20st century. It is a unique project within the field of comparative literature, as it combines and compares European and American concepts of the post-apocalyptic as well as German and English speaking narrations within three different kinds of media, reading the genre as a global cultural phenomenon.  

Dr Lauren Arrington

Lauren Arrington

"Rapallo: Yeats, Pound, and Late Modernism in Interwar Italy"

Dr Arrington is Senior Lecturer in Irish Literature in English at the Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool. Her fellowship at the Trinity Long Room Hub is in collaboration with the School of English. During the consolidation of Mussolini's regime, W.B. Yeats and Ezra Pound - two of the foremost poets of Anglophone late modernism - were at the centre of a network of international writers and artists who gathered at Rapallo, Italy.  Dr Arrington is analysing the way that the political climate in early fascist Italy and the perceived political crises in their native countries affected these writers' concepts of history, civilisation, education, the state, and revolution: all major themes in their work.  

Dr Anna Babka

Anna Babka

"Poetics of Migration. Rethinking Contemporary Literature and Migration in Austria and Ireland. A Postcolonial Approach in a Comparative Perspective"

Dr Babka is Associate Professor in the German Department in the University of Vienna. Her fellowship at the Trinity Long Room Hub is in collaboration with the School of English. The core of Dr Babka's cultural-poetical study, a preliminary study for a longer lasting cooperation, is the comparative analysis of contemporary literature labeled as ‘migration literature’.

Professor Ben Kiernan

Ben Kiernan

"A Comparative Study of Early Modern Violence: Ireland, England, Cambodia and Vietnam, 1560 - 1840"

Professor Kiernan is A. Whitney Griswold Professor of History & Professor of International & Area Studies in the MacMillan Center, Yale University. This fellowship is in collaboration with the School of Histories & Humanities and will focus on state violence in these four early modern kingdoms, religious (Catholic, Protestant, Theravada and Mahayana Buddhist) and popular violence (including millenarian revolts), the impact of colonialisms (English and Vietnamese), and warfare between realms and regions.

Professor Michelle LeBaron

Michelle leBaron

“Identities in Transformation: How Arts-based Commemorations Catalyze Change”

Professor Michelle LeBaron is Professor of Law at the Peter A. Allard School of Law in the University of British Columbia. Her fellowship at the Trinity Long Room Hub is in collaboration with the School of Drama, Film and Music and the Trinity Centre for Gender and Women's Studies. In the aftermath of conflict, the arts are used around the world in effecting reconciliation. Ireland is a leader in this work; theatre, dance and other creative works feature prominently in the current decade of centenaries. Yet theoretically-informed understandings of how commemorative arts positively reframe identity and lend fluidity and complexity to rigid narratives are nascent. In-depth, comparative research is needed to identify optimal ways of designing and evaluating this work. This research project will dovetail with ongoing work in Canada and South Africa with similar aims, generating vital comparative data.

Dr Ina Bergmann

Ina Bergmann

"A Cultural History of Solitude"

Dr Ina Bergmann is an Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of Würzburg, Germany. Her fellowship at the Trinity Long Room Hub is in collaboration with the School of English. This research traces American cultures of solitude and their representations in cultural products from the colonial era to the present time. Cultures of solitude in the US are of particular interest, as the related concepts of independence and liberty are venerable American ideals.

Dr Maša Kolanović

Masa Kolonovic

"Cultural Imagery of Capitalism in Post-socialist Croatia"

Dr Kolanović is Associate Professor in the Department for Croatian Language and Literature in the University of Zagreb. Her fellowship at the Trinity Long Room Hub is in collaboration with the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies and will focus on cultural imagery and cultural impact of capitalism in post 1989 Croatia.

Professor Brian McIlroy

Brian McIlroy

"Sidney Olcott: Texts and Contexts"

Professor Brian McIlroy is Professor of Film Studies in the Department of Theatre and Film in the University of British Columbia. His research fellowship at the Trinity Long Room Hub is in collaboration with the School of Drama, Film and Music and will look at Irish-Canadian filmmaker Sidney Olcott. Though much work has been done on the Irish based films made by Olcott between 1910 and 1914, little has been written about his work as a whole. This project aims to give a much broader portrait of Olcott’s work and significance not just within an Irish context, but also within early film history.

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Funding Bodies

Ireland EU Structural Funds Programmes 2007 – 2013, European Regional Development Fund, Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation, HEA, Trinity College Dublin, and

Last updated 25 August 2016 by Trinity Long Room Hub (Email) .