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Trinity Long Room Hub announces latest Research Incentive Scheme Awards

ResearchResearch areas ranging from national stereotyping and cultural identities to child burials in pre-Roman Italy are part of the successful projects to be awarded funding in the Institute’s Research Incentive Scheme funding call for projects to be delivered in the 2016-17 academic year.

The Trinity Long Room Hub’s annual Research Incentive Scheme offers competitive funding of up to €4,000 per project, giving researchers from Trinity’s Arts and Humanities schools and the Library the opportunity to develop new research projects. The Research Incentive Scheme also acts as a ‘start-up’ fund for research projects that might develop into larger research programmes, attracting national and EU funding.

This year’s call saw research funding being awarded to 16 diverse research projects to a total of almost €50k. Many of the successful projects for 2016-17 are related to the university’s five Arts and Humanities-led research themes and will include conferences, workshops and the formation of new networks to progress their respective research areas.

Funding projects this year reflect the wide ranging richness of research taking place in Trinity’s Arts and Humanities schools from studies of the Jews in Ireland; the life and death of infants and children in antiquity; a project examining the use of network science and network analyses of language data; interdisciplinary approaches to Early Irish and Old Norse-Icelandic Literature; and a study to examine the untranslatability of texts in philosophy and literature.

Successful projects will also look into areas such as the dating of historical records, looking specifically at the Irish annals; a study on martyrologies and saints calendars; an international conference on French thinker Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe; and a scoping project to facilitate the cataloguing, conservation and digitization of the world renowned Fagel Collection in the Library at Trinity College Dublin.

Funding awards have also gone to research which seeks to contribute to some of the topics currently being discussed in public debate and in the media. In light of Brexit, the refugee crisis and rising nationalism, researchers will explore the development of intergovernmental relations between Britain and Ireland since the Belfast Agreement (1998); national stereotyping and ‘othering’ among European nations; the relationship between religious violence and the emergence of European modernity; the identity and the voice of migrant children; and the analysis of text displayed in public spaces and the configuration of ethnic identities.  With an increasing societal interest in mindfulness and mental well-being, funding was awarded for a project on the use of prayer books in medieval Europe and ideas about personal well-being.

The director of the Trinity Long Room Hub, Professor Jane Ohlmeyer said ‘the research projects awarded in our recent funding call reflect the deep paths of scholarship being explored, both individually and across our own constituent Arts and Humanities schools. This is a highly competitive scheme and we are delighted to be able to support our research community for new projects which will ideally attract further funding externally.’

The Trinity Long Room Hub will hold its next funding call for 2017-18 projects in Spring 2017.

To view a full list of this year’s successful projects, please click here.


Contact: Aoife King, Communications Officer | Trinity Long Room Hub | aoife.king@tcd.ie | 01 896 3895