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Research Incentive Scheme Awards 2017-18

The Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin’s Arts and Humanities Research Institute, has awarded almost €50K in funding to support the development of 18 new research projects over the 2017-18 academic year. The Institute’s annual Research Incentive Scheme allows for competitive funding of up to €4,000 per project to successful applicants from Trinity’s Arts and Humanities schools.

These awards enable a range of individual and collaborative 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 2017-18, are linked to one or more of the university’s Arts and Humanities led - research themes (Identities in Transformation, Digital Humanities, Creative Arts Practice, Making Ireland, and Manuscripts, Book and Print Cultures). Listed below are this year’s successful projects.

Research Incentive Scheme Awardees 2017-18

Irish Manuscripts in the Library of Trinity College Dublin

Professor Damian McManus, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies and Caoimhe Ní Ghormáin, Assistant Librarian, Manuscripts and Archives Research Library
Funding was awarded to facilitate a two-day conference in May 2018 - the first in a planned annual series aimed at bringing the Irish-language treasures of the TCD library to the attention of a wider, interdisciplinary academic audience as well as to the general public. The conference, jointly organised by the Department of Irish, in the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies, and the Library, will showcase the ongoing digitisation of Irish-language manuscripts in the Library. Conference papers will be published online to maximise visibility and impact, and to encourage young scholars to get involved in bringing to light these treasures of the Library. ((Themes: Manuscript Book and Print Cultures; also aligns closely with Making Ireland, Digital Humanities, Identities in Transformation) )

Deleuze, Guattari and the Art of Multiplicity: Symposium and Seminar Series

Professor Stephen Wilmer, School of Creative Arts and Dr Radek Przedpelski

Funding was awarded for a series of research seminars culminating in a March 2018 symposium on ‘Deleuze, Guattari and the Art of Multiplicity’. This is related to a volume being edited on Deleuze, Guattari and Art in the contemporary world, centred around the Bergsonian notion of multiplicity.  The project identifies the concept of multiplicity as a novel interdisciplinary research logic and asks how artists and scholars can mobilise art as a zone for fostering change and empowerment while also opening up collaboration and dialogue; how art research can open itself to questions of affect, process, performativity as well as the entangled human and ecological material agencies.
(Themes: Identities in Transformation, Creative Arts Practice)

Cultures of Computing: Beyond the Algorithm

Dr Jennifer Edmond, Trinity Centre for Digital Humanities, Owen Conlan, TCD ADAPT Theme Leader, Dr Georgina Nugent Folan, Trinity Centre for Digital Humanities, Dr Michelle Doran, Trinity Centre for Digital Humanities

There can be no doubt that digital technology, big data and new data analytics are fundamentally influencing the shape of contemporary society.  This project is an interdisciplinary working group of researchers from across the humanities, social sciences and computer sciences, to be convened in September 2018 by the Trinity Centre for Digital Humanities to address the question of how best the humanities can contribute to our understanding of the computational and the digital.  The group will build on the findings of the Horizon2020 project Knowledge Complexity (K-PLEX - led by TCD and running to March 2018), which has focussed on what humanities research can tell us about big data approaches to knowledge creation, looking at issues of language and how we talk about data, of the availability of different kinds of data for the formation of identities, of the epistemic marking of all human produced data and the way in which algorithm-based systems flatten cultural nuance.
The September 2018 working group will also establish a network of interested scholars and determine the scope of a larger, future conference on the subject.
(Theme: Digital Humanities)

From Enoch Powell to Donald Trump: Global White Nationalisms in the US, UK and British Empire since 1945

Dr Daniel Geary, School of Histories and Humanities

This collaborative project will bring scholars of the U.S. and the U.K. together to explore the transnational history of white nationalism since 1945, against the backdrop of the Brexit referendum and the election of Donald Trump.  Each campaign drew substantially on rhetoric about protecting the nation’s ethno-racial character against perceived threats of immigration and multiculturalism.  Global networks of white nationalists remain mostly unexplored scholarly territory but this project will investigate historical roots of connections between white nationalists in the U.S.  It will centre around a workshop at Trinity (Sep-Oct 2018) leading to the publication of a collection of essays that will help define a new scholarly field and inform contemporary public debate.
(Theme: Identities in Transformation)

War and Revolution: Framing 100 Years of Cultural Opposition in Ukraine

,Dr Orysia Kulick, Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies, School of Languages Literatures and Cultural Studies

Funding was awarded to facilitate the development of an exhibition on one hundred years of cultural opposition in Ukraine (to open April 2018 at the Trinity Long Room Hub). The last century of Ukrainian history has been shaped by war, revolution and the struggle for statehood.  The exhibition will provide visitors with a deeper understanding of Ukraine’s complex historical legacies, as well as various modes of cultural resistance. Featuring prominently will be reproductions of paintings, graphics, photographs, and texts produced by individuals who fought for greater cultural and political autonomy for Ukraine within the Soviet system.  To give visual representation to the human costs of war and revolution, the Exhibition will display works by photographers Joseph Sywenkyj—a recent recipient of the prestigious W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography—and Anatoliy Stepanov, who has spent the last four years photographing on the frontlines of the war in the Donbass.   The exhibition will be opened with a panel discussion between Dr Kulick, Mr Sywnkyj and Dr Gillian Wylie, Assistant Professor of International Peace Studies in Trinity’s Confederal School for Religions, Peace Studies and Theology.
(Theme: Identities in Transformation).

The Uneaten Fruits of Eavesdropping: Assessing and Contextualising British Diplomatic Codebreaking, 1933-45

Professor Eunan O’Halpin , School of Histories and Humanities

The National Archives in London (TNA) holds series HW12, containing almost 200,000 intercepted and decrypted diplomatic communications sent between 1933-1945 by an array of states in the Near East and Central Asia.  The funded project will enable (i) the completion of a scholarly survey of this major but almost completely unknown source of diplomatic history, which can contribute to discussion of many political issues including the emergence of today’s Middle East; (ii) the publication of articles based on HW12 material on topics including the Holocaust; and (iii) the initiation of a collaborative exercise with TNA and an international coalition of scholars to make this extraordinary collection accessible to systematic research through re-cataloguing, digitisation and contextualisation.

Plato’s Parmenides in relation to Plato’s Other Dialogues

Professor Vasilis Politis, Professor Paul O’Grady, Department of Philosophy and Professor John Dillon, Department of Classics

In 2019 the International Plato Society symposium in Paris will bring together hundreds of Plato scholars from around the world to study Plato’s dialogue Parmenides.  To prepare for this major event, the Department of Philosophy at TCD, jointly and in collaboration with the IPS Governing Committee, will hold two conferences on Plato’s Parmenides in March-April 2018, one in Dublin and one in Paris. Supported by RIS funding, the conferences will be attended by a mix of leading scholars and young researchers, and it is expected that a major publication will issue after these events.
(Theme: Identities in Transformation)

A Eurasia of Composite Polities, 1250–1500: Collective Identities and Mobility in the Premodern World

Professor Peter Crooks, Dr Alessandro Silvestri, School of History and Humanities

Late-medieval Europe (c.1250–1500) has long been identified as the crucible of the nation state. This project will challenge two fundamental elements of this interpretative schema: its implicit determinism and its explicit Eurocentrism. The project draws into a single frame of analysis fourteen synchronic case studies of large-scale political formations which were formed across Afro-Eurasia amid the political and economic convulsions of the two and a half centuries before 1500CE. Funding was awarded to convene a workshop of international scholars to explore the role of identities and mobility in transforming these composite polities into coherent political systems.

(Theme: Identities in Transformation)

Charles Macklin and the Making of Eighteenth-Century Theatre

Professor David O’Shaughnessy, School of English

This project will convene a conference on Charles Macklin, the eighteenth-century Irish actor and playwright who worked in London and is increasingly being seen as one of the most influential Irish cultural producers of the century.  The conference will consolidate his position by bringing together three current critical topics of interest: the theatrical turn in eighteenth-century studies; the Irish Enlightenment; and the London Irish of the eighteenth century.  The conference is being co-convened and co-sponsored by Ian Newman, Assistant Professor of English, University of Notre Dame and will be held in Notre Dame’s London centre in June 2018, with a volume of essays to be published thereafter.
(Themes: Creative Arts Practice and Making Ireland)

The Patrick O’Brian ‘Seafaring Fictions’ Symposium

Professor Eve Patten, School of English

Funding was awarded for the inaugural Patrick O’Brian ‘Seafaring Fiction’ Symposium. Patrick O’Brian was a prolific historical novelist who spent his final years working in Trinity College Dublin; his historical fiction includes the celebrated sequence of seafaring novels set during the Napoleonic wars and featuring as a lead character the (fictional) TCD former medical student Stephen Maturin.  O’Brian’s fiction has a global readership and this event will pioneer academic approaches to his oeuvre.  In conjunction with Trinity’s Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing, the Symposium will include a platform for three contemporary Irish fiction writers to discuss O’Brian’s work and will also connect to creative institutions within the wider Dublin community. The Symposium is organized in partnership with the Mayoralty of Collioure (the southern French town where O’Brian lived for several years), and the Willson Research Institute, University of Athens, Georgia. Both institutions will contribute to the anticipated establishment of the Patrick O’Brian Studies Network as an outcome of the one-day Symposium.

(Themes: Making Ireland, Identities in Transformation)

Breaking Silos

Professor Micheál Ó Siochrú, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies

Breaking Silos will enable new research and insights into what are highly complementary sources for early modern Irish history but currently exist as separate silos, with accordingly limited function.  It will do this by developing data architecture and methodologies to exploit data created by a succession of major Digital Humanities projects based in the Department of History.  These project topics include the 1641 Depositions, Down Survey of Ireland, Cultura and Books of Survey and Distribution.  A one-day workshop with invited delegates from industry and academia will be held to inform future best practice.
(Theme: Digital Humanities, Making Ireland)

Reframing ’68 and the Sixties

Dr Carole Holohan,,Dr Daniel Geary, Dr Molly Pucci ,Dr Isabella Jackson, Department of History, Dr Balázs Apor, Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies, Dr Rosie Lavan, School of English

The political and social protests of 1968 marked a change in the very way politics and social activism were defined across the globe.  In this 50th anniversary year, an interdisciplinary symposium supported by RIS will bring together leading scholars from the fields of history, English, political science and European Studies to discuss the significance of the year 1968 in history.  It will challenge the temporal and spatial parameters that have often shaped scholarly interpretations of ’68 and consider the impact of new movements, events, and actors that have traditionally been left out of the narrative of that iconic year.  A public lecture, film screening and podcasts of the symposium will allow for public engagement and contribute to the future promotion of relevant postgraduate programmes, particularly the new MPhil in international history.
(Themes: Identities in Transformation, Making Ireland)

Irish Network in Childhood Bilingualism

Dr Francesca LaMorgia, School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences

RIS funding will support three meetings in 2018 of the new Irish Research Network in Childhood Bilingualism.  This is a network of researchers from a wide range of disciplines, policy makers, teachers, early childhood educators, educational psychologists, speech and language therapists with an interest in advancing knowledge and improving practices in the area of childhood bilingualism.  The meetings will create opportunities for cross-disciplinary research collaborations and for projects on childhood bilingualism across Ireland and will also strengthen links with non-academic partners.
(Themes: Identities in Transformation, Making Ireland)

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