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.
2016-17 Visiting Research Fellows
2016-17 Creative Arts Practitioner in Residence
Maarten Rischen is a musician/ composer/ theatre maker from Holland, currently based in Shenzhen (China), who acquired his MA Contemporary Music at the Royal University of Groningen in 2010. He writes for and performs in the context of bands, experimental/ music theatre, film and modern dance. As the 2016/2017 Trinity Long Room Hub Creative Arts Practitioner in Residence Maarten will research ways to devise a performance/ space in which existing and emerging technologies aid optimal human performance and creativity, counteracting the negative influences of “mismatches” as described by evolutionary psychology.
"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 Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies. 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’.
Dr Anna Babka gave a public lecture on her research on Thursday, 17 November 2016 at 6.30pm in the Trinity Long Room Hub. Catch up with the podcast here
Professor 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.
Professor Michelle LeBaron gave a public lecture "Commemoration as Homecoming: How Arts Restor/e/y the Past" on Monday, 28 November 2016 at 6.30pm in the Trinity Long Room Hub.
"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 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
"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
"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.
Dr Elizabeth Tandy Shermer
Dr Tandy Shermer is Assistant Professor of History at Loyola University Chicago. Her fellowship at the Trinity Long Room Hub is in collaboration with the School of Histories and Humanities. During her fellowship Dr Shermer will be conducting research for her book’s epilogue, which explores why, how, and to what degree the funding mechanism central to the America’s market-based postsecondary education system has been exported abroad in the new millennium. Despite widespread American concerns about soaring bankruptcy, debt, and dropout rates, foreign governments are now toying with loan schema as a means to mitigate tuition costs, which, in many Western European countries, were only recently introduced or substantially raised. However, even if these nations do not seem to be explicitly following the American model, they are also experimenting with reforms currently discussed in the US. Ireland, for example, is confronting tuition raises with a graduate-loan scheme that is income contingent, a variation of an idea discussed by some of the 2016 Republican candidates for president.
Dr Thomas McMorrow
Dr McMorrow is Assistant Professor of Legal Studies in the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. His fellowship at the Trinity Long Room Hub is in collaboration with the School of Law and will focus on the complex role of law in the governance of assisted dying. During his fellowship he will contribute to scholarly understanding of the roles of various legal norms, institutions, and processes in shaping “the symbolic governance of human agency” in the context of end-of-life decision-making.
Dr Heather Pulliam
Dr Pulliam is a Senior Lecturer in History of Art in the University of Edinburgh. Her fellowship at the Trinity Long Room Hub is in collaboration with the School of Histories and Humanities. During this fellowship, Dr Pulliam will advance two research projects. The first, ‘The Moving Eye: Art of Early Medieval Britain and Ireland, from 2D to 4D’ uses recent advances in digital imaging to explore how time and movement alter our experience and understanding of the high crosses and related metalwork and manuscripts. The second project 'In Living Colour: Rethinking Insular and Carolingian Art’ analyses how colour affects visual perception and meaning in artworks such as the Book of Kells.
"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. 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.
Professor Robert Bloom
"Analysis of Methods to Control Wrongdoing of the Garda Siochana"
Professor Robert Bloom is Professor of Law at Boston College Law School. His fellowship at the Trinity Long Room Hub is in collaboration with the School of Law. Professor Bloom will examine the identities of the Garda Síochána. This will include individuals and collective identities of the patrol officers as well as the supervisory officers, looking specifically at how the identities contribute to the difficulty in formulating policies to better control the police. The Oireachtas Justice, Equality and Defense Committee has outlined its vision for reform of the Garda - this research will look at these reforms and see whether they are possible given the identities of the Garda.
Professor Robert Bloom participated in a Fellow in Focus session with Dr Oran Doyle (School of Law) on Thursday, 29 September 2016 at 1pm in the Trinity Long Room Hub.
Dr 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 Conrad gave a lecture on Tuesday, 4 October 2016 at 6.30pm in the Trinity Long Room Hub on 'Beginning at the End. Post-apocalyptic Robinsonades in Contemporary Literature, Film and Games'.
Dr Carol Farr
"Graphic Design and Visual Art in Four Early Irish Gospel Manuscripts at Trinity College Dublin"
Dr Carol Farr's Visiting Fellowship to the Trinity Long Room Hub is in collaboration with the School of History & Humanities. Dr Farr's current research aims to advance understanding of Irish manuscript art c.650 - 900 within the larger context of Latin Gospel books, by investigating possible relationships between decoration of Irish Gospel books and the development of litugical forms in the early middle ages.
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