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Research Incentive Scheme 2015-16

10 Research Incentive Grants awarded to researchers from across Hub partner Schools

The Trinity Long Room Hub has awarded 10 grants amounting to 37k to researchers from across the Hub partner Schools and the Trinity College Library to further research in the arts and humanities in 2015-16. These awards of up to €4,000 per project, made under the competitive annual Research Incentive Scheme, will enable a range of research and dissemination activities linked to the strategic objectives and research priorities of Trinity College Dublin.

Many of the funded projects will advance research related to Trinity's Arts and Humanities led research themes of Identities in Transformation, Digital Humanities, Creative Arts Practice, Making Ireland and Manuscripts, Book and Print Cultures. These successful projects also incorporate an innovative, interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to research, befitting of the excellence in research scholarship in the Arts and Humanities at Trinity.

Myth Matters: Representation of Political Violence in World Literature

Peter Arnds, Centre for Literary Translation, School of Languages, Literature and Cultural Studies

Funding has been granted to support the production of a monograph exploring how mythological patterns are used to represent traumatic experiences of limit events such as the Holocaust, and how myth in contrast to historiography can aid in coming to terms with individual and collective trauma. Myth Matters posits that myth and trauma are intrinsically connected, as myth may surface upon the experience of trauma, while the latter may in turn result from a repression of myth. The project shows that trauma leads to myth but also that myth has a potential to break the silence imposed by traumatic experience.  The book will also facilitate a collaboration with Trinity’s Digital Humanities to engage in digital ‘topic modelling’.

Themes: Digital Humanities, Identities in Transformation

The Influence of French Gardens in Ireland: A Study of Cultural Heritage Sites

Dr Sarah Alyn Stacey, Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Since the Renaissance and the advent of the jardin à la francaise, French garden culture has had a major impact in Europe. Of particular interest to this project is the influence of French gardens on the construction and transformation of gardens in Ireland, and how these helped to create and foster the social identities of the aristocracy.

This project has two parts both engaging international scholars. The first will consider the role of gardens in Normandy formerly under ecclesiastical or noble ownership, from the Middle Ages until present day, with a view to answering questions about the transformation of their function and aesthetics throughout the ages. The second will examine the trans-cultural impact of French garden culture, in particular how French garden aesthetics were translated into the Irish landscape. Properties belonging to the Irish aristocracy (17th and 18th centuries) will be examined to determine the ways in which the appropriation and translation of French garden aesthetics impacted notably upon class identities in Ireland.

Themes: Identities in Transformation, Manuscript, Book and Print Cultures, Making Ireland

Twentieth Century Irish Lives Symposium

Professor Ciaran Brady, Centre for Contemporary Irish History, School of Histories and Humanities

This project creates a new and disruptive digital research resource and a new kind of public history. Through an innovative collaboration between historians and computer scientists in TCD, this project brings together developments in online communities, crowd-sourcing and cutting edge historical research to create a pioneering digital learning environment.  It is an open-ended, self-generating online resource uncovering ordinary Irish lives at home and abroad, during the twentieth century, with enormous potential for national and international outreach.

Themes: Identities in Transformation, Making Ireland

‘Tyrannous Constructs’ or ‘Tools of the Trade’? The Use and Abuse of Concepts in Medieval History

Professor Peter Crooks, Medieval History Research Centre, School of Histories and Humanities

It is through concepts that humans seek intellectually to arrange and order the world they experience. Consequently concepts are of fundamental importance to humanistic research, both as an aspect of research methodology and as a subject of historical investigation in their own right. Medieval history has, however, been notable for its suspicion of ‘tyrannous constructs that have distorted historical interpretations. The aim of this project is not so much to slay the tyrant as to expose the whole problem of conceptual history for discussion, exploring both the perils and the pay-offs of working with concepts.

Themes: Making Ireland, Identities in Transformation

Multilingual identities and Migration

Conny Opitz, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies

Funding has been granted to support a study of the changing multilingual identities of adult migrants. The awardee will draw on sociolinguistic data collected with the Language Attrition Test Battery, LATB and six unpublished PhD theses completed during the first stage of the Graduate Network of First Language Attrition. The present work, an exploratory sub-study within a larger synthesizing meta-study, will lay the foundation for a significant external funding bid to realise the synergistic potential of the work conducted within the network. The project will involve holding a network meeting (Essex) to review progress and plan an international conference, as well as a state-of-the-art seminar (Dublin) bringing together researchers studying migrants’ linguistic development and changing self-concepts with researchers working in related research themes at TCD.

Themes: Identities in Transformation

The Educational Opportunity of a Modern Science Show

Dr Joseph Roche, The Centre for Research in IT in Education (CRITE), School of Education

This project aims to take a pioneering research-led Science Show, which has been developed in Trinity College Dublin, to the Seventh International Conference on Science in Society in Chicago in October 2015 as well as publishing the research in the International Journal of Science in Society. The show itself is an interdisciplinary production that brings a creative approach to large-scale public science engagement and utilises the ubiquity of smart devices to increase audience interaction.

This research project will contribute to the Creative Arts Practice research theme by putting Trinity College Dublin at the forefront of fusing 21st century smart technology with the creative arts to deliver a modern science show that pushes the boundaries of audience interaction and data collection.

Themes: Creative Arts Practice

Samuel Beckett Summer School 2015

Sam Slote, School of English and Drama, Film & Music

The Samuel Beckett Summer School is a weeklong exploration of the works of one of Trinity’s most famous graduates. Each year the Summer School invites some of the world’s foremost Beckett scholars to present new lectures and seminars on all aspects of Beckett’s works. As a meeting ground among established scholars and new researchers, the Summer School has served as an incubator for a number of research projects, some of which are ongoing.

Themes: Making Ireland, Creative Arts Practice, Manuscript, Print and Book Cultures

Isaac Bashevis Singer

Aneta Stepien, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies

The purpose of this project is to develop an international network of scholars across the disciplines of Comparative Literature, Gender Studies, and Jewish and Yiddish Studies. Through interdisciplinary approaches, this network serves to create a comprehensive methodology that would enable a thorough analysis of sexuality and gender relations in the complex cultural and historical setting of Isaac Bashevis Singer’s fiction. This initiative will contribute to the expansion of the scholarship on Singer by offering new readings on his work. The project aims to highlight Singer’s legacy, mainly in Ireland and Poland, through workshops, seminars and conference presentations.

Themes: Transforming Identities

International Society for Humor Studies Conference (ISHS), Dublin 2016

Dr Eric Weitz, School of Drama, Film and Music

The Department of Drama and the Trinity Long Room Hub welcome the International Society for Humor Studies (ISHS) to Ireland for its 35th annual conference in June 2016. The ISHS is the world’s leading organization for the study of comedy, humour and laughter. Established in 1976, it boasts over three hundred members worldwide across a range of disciplines ranging from the Arts and Humanities to the Social and Natural Sciences – from stand-up comedians, clowns and laughter therapists to researchers in media studies, linguistics and neuroscience. Bringing together a variety of scholars and creative practitioners, ISHS Dublin 2016 focuses on the broad notion of Humor as Embodied Practice, placing itself firmly within the TLRH research themes of Creative Arts Practice and Identities in Transition.

Themes: Creative Arts Practice, Identities in Transformation

Deleuze and Art Conference

Stephen E Wilmer and Radek Przedpelski, Arts Technology Research Lab, School of Drama, Film and Music

This interdisciplinary conference seeks to create a forum for the discussion of process-orientated philosophies, especially Gilles Deleuze’s, as an important methodological tool for approaching diverse art practices with a view to developing new modes of inquiry in Cultural Studies and Aesthetics. In the context of recent terrorist events the conference will maintain a consistent ethical focus on how we can articulate a politics of art that connects and empowers, thus creating a platform for collaborative work across different backgrounds and points of view. Keynote speeches will be given by the most engaged and influential scholars in the diverse fields related to art and culture.

Themes: Identities in Transformation, Digital Humanities, Creative Arts Practice, Making Ireland

Research Incentive Scheme 2014-15

In order to support and incentivize research in the Arts and Humanities, the Trinity Long Room Hub awarded 20 grants amounting to 60k to researchers from across the Hub partner Schools and the Trinity College Library IN 2014-15. These awards of up to €4,000 per project, made under the competitive annual Research Incentive Scheme, will enable a range of research and dissemination activities linked to the strategic objectives and research priorities of the Institute.

Many of the funded projects will advance research related to the Institute's priority themes of Identities in Transformation and Digital Humanities as well as College themes such as Creative Arts Practice, Making Ireland and Manuscripts, Book and Print Cultures. The projects supported highlight the range of innovative, interdisciplinary and collaborative research undertaken in the Arts and Humanities at Trinity.

Making Ireland

The Language of Fractured Identity: Non-National Formations of Irishness, 1880-1923

Dr Anne Dolan, Dr Ciaran O’Neill, Leah Hunnewell, Sarah Hunter, Centre for Contemporary Irish History, School of Histories and Humanities

RIS support has been granted for a Dublin workshop on the language used by individuals to construct Irish identities beyond the boundaries of national political or military concerns during the Irish Revolutionary period. Historians, literature specialists, sociologists, anthropologists, and political studies experts will explore concepts including ethnicity, gender, class, regional studies, and religious identities, and consider often neglected groups of the period such as foreign nationals residing in Ireland and the Irish diaspora. How terms or phrases created discourse around a sense of self and language redirected attention from the Irish Revolution to individuals will form the core of the workshop discussion, which connects the ‘Making Ireland’ and ‘Identities in Transformation’ research themes of the Trinity Long Room Hub.

Identities in Transformation

Memory and Identity in Central and Eastern Europe

Dr Balázs Apor, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies

Memories of traumatic wartime and post-war events in Europe – such as the Holocaust, Stalinist terror, and collapse of communist regimes – and their impact on the transformation of individual as well as collective identities have received significant scholarly attention in recent years. Following on from successful lectures, seminars and workshops on related themes, a RIS grant is awarded for a two-day workshop for both established and new scholars in the field to present their findings. Memory and identity are subjects bridging disciplines and the event will raise topics across specialties, among them politics, sociology, history and cultural studies, with participants sharing a broad range of European experiences.

Autonomous professional or a mechanistic delivery robot? An exploration of the identity of Irish, Finnish and English teachers

Dr Maija Salokangas, School of Education

The ways in which autonomy or its lack affects the formation of teachers’ professional identities in three different cultural contexts forms the basis of this RIS-funded study. Freedom within pedagogical practice and the effects of pressures for increased public accountability on teaching professionals in Ireland, England and Finland will be investigated. Data concerning second-level school curricula, school inspectorate and national exam practices, and on core subjects will be collected and the results fed into a Europe-wide collaborative project currently in development.

Power, Transnational Capital, and the Transformation of European Elites

Dr Ciaran O’Neill, School of Histories and Humanities

RIS funding has been awarded for participation in the multidisciplinary international research network ‘Power, Transnational Capital and Transformation of European Elites’, exploring the transformational aspects of globalised elite schooling. The group of sociologists, literary theorists, historians, educationalists, and ethnographers will be invited to a Dublin workshop in 2015 that will focus particularly on the sociology of European elites, with identity formation one of the main emphases of discussion, and further examine the concept of ‘transnational capital’, with a focus on power theory.

‘Unlocking’ Sacred Landscapes: Spatial Analysis of Ritual and Cult in the Mediterranean

Dr Christine Morris and Dr Giorgos Papantoniou, Department of Classics, School of Histories and Humanities

A 2015 workshop focusing on the spatial analysis of ritual and cult in the Mediterranean from prehistory to post-Medieval times aims to expand the traditional approach of past studies beyond the sacred element. Inter and intra-site analysis will seek to place religion within its broader landscape and social framework. Research topics will encompass interactions between religious and political structures, the creation of spiritual identities in elite and non-elite contexts, investigations of human experiences of the numinous in sacred landscapes and spaces, and the transformation of these over time. The workshop launches a new international network for the study of the temporality, spatiality and materiality of Mediterranean sacred landscapes and religious identities; the present RIS grant also supports the creation of a website dedicated to these affiliations.

Pulling Together or Pulling Apart: Regional and National Identities in Spain and Europe

Dr Susana Bayó Belenguer (Hispanic Studies) and Dr Nicola Rooney School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies

Increasing globalisation highlights the need to question Nationalism, and an interdisciplinary three-day international conference will provide a forum for research and debate on issues of statehood and identity. A principal focus on Catalonia, the Basque Country, and Galicia will embrace aspirations in Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Belgium, Quebec, and elsewhere. Questions will include: why nationalism is so resilient; how notions of ‘self’ and ‘nation’ interpenetrate; economic, human rights, and social justice conflicts; and whether and to what extent new definitions and approaches to nation and state may be needed in the context of a valid ‘European’ identity.

Faith-based Conflict Resolution and Peacemaking in Palestine

Dr Carlo Aldrovandi, Irish School of Ecumenics, Confederal School of Religions, Peace Studies and Theology

RIS funding is granted to assist original field research in Israel and the West Bank toward a better understanding of the theological-spiritual drive behind Jewish settlement-building in the West Bank and modalities whereby the religious aspirations of settlers can be effectively addressed and integrated into negotiations for a two-state solution. By systematically addressing the religious needs, identity markers and meaning systems that motivate the protagonists, and highlighting additional influences such as myth and emotion, the project aims at breaking the ‘monopoly of rationality’ as the primary criterion of conflict resolution.

Language, Communication and Autism

Dr James Levine (Philosophy), Dr Irene Walsh (Clinical Speech and Language Studies), Ms Caroline Jagoe (Clinical Speech and Language Studies), Dr Meredith Plug (Philosophy), with the collaboration of Dr Jean Quigley and Dr Sinéad McNally (Psychology)

Empirical research on mental disorders and developmental disorders can inform and can be informed by general hypotheses concerning the nature of language and thought. For instance, if there are speakers on the autistic spectrum who combine a high level of linguistic ability with an inability to attribute beliefs and thoughts, such individuals arguably pose a counterexample to some philosophical theories of Meaning.RIS funding has been allocated to fund a conference and workshop that will bring together researchers interested in mental disorders and developmental disorders, particularly autism spectrum disorder, and interested in meta–representation, language, meaning and thought, working in psychology, philosophy, (psycho)linguistics and related fields, to investigate data and theories of interdisciplinary concern.

Creative Arts Practice

The Collaborative Muse: Poetry and Collaboration in the Age of Modernism

Dr Tom Walker, School of English

A RIS-supported conference will provide a forum for the examination of various modes of poetic collaboration in the period 1890-1940. The theme of partnerships between poets and collaborators such as publishers, translators, musicians, painters, photographers, filmmakers and theatre practitioners will invite interdisciplinary contributions to the debate. Developments in the study of Modernism, such as the turn to institutional contexts and periodical culture, will be applied to discussion of poetic production, mediation and reception.

When German Eyes are Irish

Dr Sarah Smyth, Centre for Literary Translation, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies

As much as literary translation involves a dialogue between a translator and an author, it also necessitates a dialogue between the literary heritage of two cultures. RIS funding will support a practitioners’ workshop of German-language literary translators and Hiberno-English writers, giving them the opportunity to discuss their experiences, challenges and creative solutions; Irish writers Sebastian Barry, Paul Lynch and Anne Enright will speak. An open event will also take place with the aim of raising the profile of literary translation and translators in the public eye. This project also relates to the Making Ireland research theme.

Digital Humanities

Stained Glass, Religion and National Identity in 19th and 20th Century Ireland: The Harry Clarke Studios

Mr Tim Keefe and  Dr Marta Bustillo, Trinity College Library

Archives of the famed church decoration and stained glass firm J. Clarke & Sons and its successor Harry Clarke Stained Glass Limited are currently being digitized and catalogued by the Digital Resources and Imaging Services Department of Trinity College Library; it is a Demonstrator Project for the Digital Repository of Ireland, the national trusted digital repository for humanities and social sciences data. In order to promote the digital collection that will result from these efforts, RIS funding has been granted for a symposium demonstrating how such a resource can be used to address wide historical and social issues, including topics such as religious history, gender issues, national identity, migration studies, and post-colonial studies. The symposium will provide a first look at outputs from the project and will also advance research methodology: data will be collected about the use of the Clarke Studios material by participants after the event, illuminating the impact of the digitization project on existing research. This project also relates to the Making Ireland research theme.

The Fagel Map Project

Dr Micheál Ó Siochrú (History), Dr Graeme Murdock (History), Dr Mark Hennessy (Geography), Dr Seamus Lawless (Computer Science)

The Fagel map collection housed at Trinity College Dublin includes some of the finest surviving examples of seventeenth and eighteenth century Dutch, French, and German cartography in the world. An open-access website showcasing its atlases, maps and plans and making them available publicly as a digital resource will be launched in June 2015. RIS funding has now been allocated to initiate a follow-on project to identify partners and collaborations for an application under Horizon 20/20: the proposal aims to develop a research platform for the exploitation of visual material in the Humanities and will develop software to create virtual tools for alternative presentations and uses of the Fagel collection. The project is interdisciplinary, involving colleagues from the departments of History, Geography, and Computer Science, and is located in two of Trinity College Dublin’s major research themes: Digital Humanities, and Manuscript, Book and Print Cultures.

Manuscripts, Book and Print Cultures

Medieval Liturgical MSS with Music in the TCD Library

Dr David Ditchburn, Medieval History Research Centre, School of Histories and Humanities

More than half of the surviving corpus of post-12th century Irish liturgical manuscripts is held in the library at Trinity College. The breviaries, antiphonaries, and a missal all contain texts for the feast-days of Irish saints; uniquely, six of these are accompanied by their chant melodies. This important corpus is central to studies including medieval religious reform, hagiography, liturgical offices and their music, and also has wider geographical implications. A RIS grant has been awarded for an interdisciplinary workshop to explore how these sources can be best made available for international scholarly research. This project also relates to the Making Ireland research theme.

Other Research Projects

Unconventional Warfare: Guerrillas and Counter-Insurgency from Iraq to Antiquity – a one-day workshop

Dr Joseph Clarke and Prof. John Horne, Centre for War Studies, School of Histories and Humanities

The phenomenon of fast-moving, irregular forces employing hit-and-run tactics against a more orthodox army has been a constant of armed conflict from antiquity. A RIS grant supports a one-day workshop on the lived experience (theory and practice) and historical representation of counter-insurgency and guerrilla warfare, including exploration of fighters’ ideological evolution and their relationships with the communities from which they emerged. The responses and strategies of conventional forces and States will also be considered. Speakers from a variety of disciplines will provide a range of perspectives on the phenomenon across historical contexts ranging from antiquity to the wars of 20th century de-colonisation.

Bridging the gap between Linguistics and the Medical Profession: beliefs about bi-/multilingualism among general practitioners and nurses in the Dublin area

Dr Gessica De Angelis, Centre for Language and Communication Studies, School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences

Original research on the beliefs of Dublin’s doctors and nurses about bilingualism and multilingualism and how these impact upon the advice given to the public is supported by a RIS award. The extent to which findings about bilingualism, multilingualism, language acquisition and language development are reflected in current medical practice and whether individual medics’ beliefs influence the type of advice offered will be investigated. The research will provide the background for a future, all-Ireland study.

Gender, the Body and Medical Humanities

Dr Catherine Lawless, Ailish Veale, Mary Bridgeman, Gillian Kenny, Ciara Breathnach (and colleagues from the University of Limerick and the Digital Repository of Ireland), Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies, School of Histories and Humanities

This RIS award supports the flagship event for International Women’s Week in March 2015: a symposium to ask what studies of the gendered body can add to our understanding of the evolution of medicalisation and wellbeing, and to research eco-systems in Medical Humanities and investigate methods of co-operation between nascent fields. The conference will officially launch a research group on issues surrounding the body, healing, and the agency of natural and supernatural forces using gender as an analytic compass, with the goal of strengthening interdisciplinarity between the Humanities and Medicine.

Russell and Analytic Philosophy: Meetings of the Bertrand Russell Society and the Society for the Study of the History of Analytic Philosophy

Prof. Peter Simons (Philosophy), Dr Peter Stone (Political Science)

A RIS grant was awarded for the first European meetings of the Society for the Study of the History of Analytic Philosophy (SSHAP) and the Bertrand Russell Society (BRS), to be held jointly at Trinity College Dublin, in June 2015. Russell holds a special place in the history of analytic philosophy, having been prominent in bringing to it developments in mathematics and science. The interdisciplinary meetings will feature notable international speakers, panel discussions, and launch new publications; it will also be the occasion of presentation to British philosopher A.C. Grayling of the 2015 BRS award.

Mapping Christoph Ransmayr

Dr Caitríona Leahy, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies

RIS funding is granted to support an international conference and publication of a volume of essays about one of Austria’s foremost contemporary writers, Christoph Ransmayr. The conference will not only locate his writings within external contexts, such as the Austrian tradition and contemporary philosophical debates, but also explore the internal constitution of his full body of work and his constant emphasis on formal experimentation. One of Ransmayr’s central themes is travel, both as the exploration of new territory and in the act of writing, as the creation of new, imaginative spaces. In this sense, the conference’s ‘mapping’ of Ransmayr’s writing resonates with his own project. The conference and publication will be carried out in partnership with the Austrian National Literature Archive, Vienna.

U.S. History Research Network

Dr Daniel Geary, School of Histories and Humanities

A new U.S. History Research Network is to be established to enable co-ordination and promotion of scholarly activities relating to the study of the subject in Ireland. The inaugural symposium convening all U.S. historians within Ireland and Northern Ireland is supported by a RIS grant, as well as a website to serve as a hub for publicity of the network’s research and events, which will include two visiting talks a year funded by the U.S. Fulbright Commission.

Inaugural Asian Studies Lecture Series

Dr Lorna Carson, Trinity Centre for Asian Studies, School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences

The inaugural public lecture series of the new Trinity Centre for Asian Studies is supported by a RIS grant. The series aims to foster deeper and critical engagement with Asia on important themes in the Arts and Humanities, including contemporary society, thought, literary translation, and language studies. The 2014-15 lectures will span topics from Chinese, Korean and Japanese Studies, as well as three pan-Asian subjects, and will feature high-profile international speakers.

Research Incentive Scheme 2013-14

14 Research Incentive Grants awarded to researchers from across the Hub partner Schools

In order to support and incentivise innovative, collaborative and interdisciplinary research in the Arts & Humanities, the Trinity Long Room Hub has awarded 14 grants to researchers from across the Hub partner Schools. These awards of up to €4,000 per project, made under the competitive annual Research Incentive Scheme, will enable a range of research and dissemination activities linked to the strategic objectives and research priorities of the Institute. Many of the projects, all of which will be undertaken during 2013-14, are linked to the university’s research themes on Identities in Transformation and the Digital Humanities. The research projects supported are as follows:

From Sarajevo to Troy: Civilians under Siege

The violence displayed during the artillery bombardment of Sarajevo from 1992 to 1996 demonstrated the modernity of siege warfare. Yet sieges are a form of warfare with deep historical roots, going back to the founding epic of western warfare, Homer’s Iliad. As centres of economic, military, political and cultural power, towns and cities are logical targets of attack. But because their mode of defence is static, this produces a type of warfare that stands in contrast to the clash of armies in the field.

RIS funding was allocated to enable a workshop to examine the effects of siege warfare on civilian populations exploring topics such as the various roles of civilians during sieges, the laws and customs of siege warfare, the broader symbolic meanings of sieges for the wars during which they take place and their social and economic repercussions and place in historical memory. Working back through time from Sarajevo, this interdisciplinary workshop, in early 2014, will seek to cover sieges during the Second and First World Wars, the long nineteenth century, 17th century Ireland and Germany, and the siege of Jerusalem by the First Crusade. It will end with Troy.

Prof John Horne, Centre for War Studies, School of Histories and Humanities

Religion and Memory: The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

2017 will be the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s challenge to established authority within the Church and we are mid-way through the Luther Decade, dedicated to exploring the significance of the Reformation that was launched in 1517. Funding has been allocated to enable a workshop in April 2014 that would link the current political and public debate of history and commemoration in Ireland to international debates around the anniversary of the Reformation.

Controversial arguments persist that contemporary hyper-pluralism and the triumph of consumer capitalism are the direct but unintended consequences of the Reformation. Both of these issues will be discussed in the context of the ‘commemoration’ of the Reformation. This provides the opportunity for analysis of the evolving relationship between religion, collective memory and modernity. It is suggested that religion can be conceived of as a chain of collective memory in modern societies. Since capitalist societies are marked by the disintegration of collective memory, we witness historical transformations of religions in modernity. And yet, that very modernity was arguably constructed from the historical transformations of religions we call the Reformation. Put simply, 500 years on, there is still much to discuss.

Dr Graeme Murdock, Centre for Early Modern History, School of Histories and Humanities

Popular Violence in early modern Britain and Ireland

The use of the term ‘British’ became more frequent over the course of the seventeenth century in the Atlantic Archipelago. In areas of cultural difference (such as Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Cornwall), this new identity brought a clash of core ‘British’ versus peripheral ‘Celtic’ identity and led to the outbreak of popular violence.

Building on the success of the 1641 Depositions Project and CULTURA (funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council in the UK, the Irish Research Council, and EU Framework Programme 7), RIS funding was allocated towards the organisation of a conference in 2014 which is exploring popular violence in early modern Britain and Ireland and will bring together historians, legal experts, linguists and literary scholars who investigate aspects of popular violence across a wide geographical and chronological perspective.

Prof Jane Ohlmeyer, Centre for Early Modern History and the Centre for War Studies, School of Histories and Humanities

Cities of Translation: Dublin, New York, Berlin

The urban lifestyle is a relatively recent phenomenon. Cities generate a recognisable national identity and have effectively become the cauldrons of contemporary culture and thought. Cities often have a strange relationship with their nations at large, built on a symbiotic need and, often, reciprocal contempt. An interdisciplinary conference will be organised in 2014 to analyse three cities in comparison – Dublin, Berlin and New York – as places of translation, to be understood in the wider sense of moving between languages, cultures, social classes, ethnic groups, topographies, and literatures. This research supports a multidimensional examination of identity at work in the urban landscape.

Dr Peter Arnds, Centre for Literary Translation, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies

The Augustan Space: A Bi-Millennium Celebration (Rome AD 14 – Dublin 2014)

August 2014 will mark the bi-millennial anniversary of the death of the first Roman emperor, Augustus, in AD 14. Funding was awarded for a three-day conference convening, for the first time in Dublin, all distinguished members of the international Augustan Poetry Network (‘Réseau international de recherche et de formation à la recherche sur la poésie augustéenne), of which Trinity College has been a participating institution since 2002. The questions to be addressed, with a focus on ‘space’ in Augustan poetry, are highly relevant to contemporary debates such as tradition and transformation; monumentalisation of history and destabilising power of literature; nationalism and inclusiveness. While promoting innovative research on textual culture, the conference will also enable interdisciplinary approaches to the study of the Augustus’ programme and its impact on the formation of European identities. This will be one of the main academic events in Ireland and the UK to link with the city of Rome in the commemoration of Augustus.

Prof Anna Chahoud, Department of Classics, School of Histories and Humanities

The Ethics of Research into Sexualised Violence in Conflict

Funding was allocated to assist with the start of a new research project on ‘Sexualised Violence and Warfare: Transformations of Identity in Conflict and Post-conflict Societies’ linked to Trinity’s research theme on Identities in Transformation. Research on sexualised violence in conflict is a comparatively new area and existing work suggests that the perpetration of such violence is often linked to the politics of identity, with sexualised violence deployed to subvert and transform personal and communal identities. However, researching sexualised violence in conflict necessitates prior consideration of the ethics of doing such work. This is the rather under-researched aspect of this area that is the focus of this research stage.

Dr David Tombs and Dr Gillian Wylie, Confederal School of Religions, Theology and Ecumenics

Down these Green Streets: An Irish Crime Fiction Symposium

Studies of Irish crime fiction are on the cusp of becoming a key strand in the study of contemporary Irish culture, here and abroad. A symposium to develop this research field will be held in November 2013 in conjunction with the Glucksman Ireland House of New York University. A focus of this research collaboration is the argument that the long and complex history of relations between Ireland and America is finding new forms of expression in crime writing.

Dr Brian Cliff, School of English

Early Irish Theatre, c. 1680-1820

Funding was allocated to develop a digital humanities resource to host scholarly editions of eighteenth-century plays by Irish playwrights, many of which are not widely available, if at all. It will complement existing research in eighteenth-century drama and contribute to the emerging debate over the substance and shape of the Irish Enlightenment.

Dr David O’Shaughnessy, School of English

Composition in the 21st Century

RIS funding was allocated towards the organisation of a major international conference on music composition in March 2014 by Trinity’s Centre for Music Composition in partnership with the National Concert Hall and New Music Dublin Festival, and the publication of the proceedings. Sir Harrison Birtwistle will be the distinguished keynote speaker at this event.

Dr Evangelia Rigaki, Music Composition Centre, School of Drama, Film and Music

The James Lydon Lectures in Medieval History and Culture

It was in the millennium between the Fall of Rome and the Reformation—commonly known as the ‘Middle Ages’—that Europe emerged as something more than an idea, and many of the institutions, cultural forces and political ideas we associate with the ‘modern’ world were born. What is the continuing relevance of this era for contemporary Irish and European society? And how are we to understand medieval history and culture on its own terms, rather than through the distorting prism of presentist concerns? Funding was allocated to assist with the establishment of the biennial James Lydon Lectures in Medieval History and Culture, which seek to explore some of the most urgent and problematic questions facing medieval scholarship today.

The series is named in memory of James F. Lydon FTCD MRIA, formerly Lecky Professor of History in Trinity College Dublin (1980–1993), who died on 25 June 2013. The inaugural Lydon Lecturer is Professor John Gillingham (Emeritus, London School of Economics), who will speak on the subject of ‘War, Enslavement and Chivalry in European History’.

Dr Peter Crooks, Medieval History Research Centre, School of Histories and Humanities.

The Letters and Papers of Oliver Cromwell

Funding was allocated to help support a virtual, shared research and editing environment for an international team of scholars preparing a critical edition of the writings and papers of Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658) for publication by Oxford University Press in 2015. Cromwell’s letters and speeches are of fundamental importance for any understanding of the man himself, of the nature of the wars in England, Scotland and Ireland, of the political and religious struggles of the 1630s, 1640s and 1650s, and of the nature of the British Commonwealth and Protectorate.

Dr Micheál O Siochrú, Centre for Early Modern History, School of Histories and Humanities

The History of the City of Dublin Research Group

Funding was allocated to the History of the City of Dublin Research Group towards a project which is seeking to construct, through a variety of interactions over time, a strategic agenda for future research on the post-medieval history of Dublin.

Prof David Dickson, Centre for Irish-Scottish and Comparative Studies, School of Histories and Humanities

12th Century Historiography at the Fringes of Europe

Funding was provided to enable a workshop in 2014 that will bring together scholars from a range of specialities to discuss the treatment of peoples and events at the fringes of Europe in the sources for the twelfth century. Often written by persons in the physical or figurative 'centre', how reliable are they as sources for the 'periphery'? Participants will highlight some of the methodological difficulties experienced when trying to exploit such limited and potentially problematic material, asking if there is a way of sensitively, yet confidently writing a history of the period, and if so, what form the history should take. Its aim will be to showcase the multiplicity of approaches which can be successfully harnessed in order to benefit as much as possible from the available sources, while allowing for their shortcomings, or even embracing their deficits as historical material in themselves.

Dr Léan Ni Chléirigh, Irish Research Council Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Medieval History Research Centre, School of Histories and Humanities

WechselWirkungen: Austria-Hungary, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and the Balkan Region, 1878-1918

Funding was allocated to assist the publication of an anthology of essays in English and German which explores the impact of the Austro-Hungarian Habsburg rule on the Bosnia-Herzegovina region in the period 1878-1918. Previous studies have neglected this period focusing instead on the Yugoslav Succession Wars of the last decade of the 20th century. This edited volume will make the results of an informal academic network on Bosnia-Herzegovina visible and contribute significantly to existing research into shifting identities of this troubled region, including that undertaken at Trinity.  

Dr Clemens Ruthner, Centre for European Studies, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies




Funding Bodies

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

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