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QS Subject Rankings

Good news - the QS subject rankings for 2015/2016 have just been released. The School has moved up 10 places to 39.

Trinity Week, 11th - 15th April 2016

The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is delighted to be hosting this year’s programme of events for Trinity Week. The theme for the week is “Memory”. The public is invited to participate in this week long programme which will include exciting events which demonstrate the key role memory plays in the teaching and research in the Faculty.

Trinity Week commences on “Trinity Monday”, 11th April, when Trinity College Dublin celebrates the announcement of the Honorary Fellows, new Fellows and Scholars of the college. The ceremony is one of the oldest and most colourful at Trinity College and refers back to the foundation of Trinity College in 1592 as a corporation consisting of the Provost, the Fellows and the Scholars.

This is followed by a week of events including symposia, lectures, roundtable discussions and many other events around the theme of memory, which will be of interest to the general public.

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All welcome!

On a Global Mission for Trinity College Dublin: 
Lecturing about the Digital Humanities at Nara Women's University, Japan, Dr. Peter Arnds and Dr. Jennifer Edmond, 4 March 2016


SLLCS Research Seminar - Tuesday January 26 - The Long Room Hub

FEARGUS DENMAN: "A New Irish Question? The Civic Linguistics of the 2004 Citizenship Referendum"

Analysis of media coverage around the 2004 referendum on citizenship entitlement in Ireland reveals a combination of the principal linguistic ideologies within Irish civic discourse: the Nationalist, Liberal and Logocratic. Existing scholarship affirms the confinement of discussions around the referendum to an opposition between inclusive and exclusive models of civic identity and political subjectivity. I focus on the relative absence of meta-linguistic content in contemporary discussions of the referendum, both in terms of positive acknowledgement of a New Irish language repertoire and in relation to implicit models of the ideal Irish citizen. The omission of explicit reference to what I dub 'civic linguistics' reflects a lacuna in theoretic citizenship debates and in more specifically Irish civic discourse.

Speaker's Bio
Feargus took a bachelor of arts in Social Studies (social theory and intellectual history), also studying French and Russian language (graduated in 2007). From 2008 to 2011 he was an assistant to Sarah Smyth in the IRCHSS-funded project "Our Languages" investigating linguistic and cultural diversity among speakers of Russian in Ireland. Since then, he has been doing his PhD, provisionally titled "Russian in Ireland in Discourse and Dialogue: Linguistic Ideologies and the representation of Language Diversity During the first decade of the Twenty-First Century", to be submitted this spring.

Congratulations to Dr Natalie Wynn who recently completed her PhD with the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Studies.











Professor Moray McGowan gave a telephone interview on RTÉ Radio 1's Arena programme on the recent death of author, Günter Grass on Monday, 13th April.

Just published: Dr. Peter Arnds' latest creative endeavour 'A Rare Clear Day', a volume of his poetry and paintings based on his 2012 stay at the Heinrich Boell Cottage in Achill Island. Funded by the Arts Council of Mayo and the Heinrich Boell Foundation.

Academic Events at the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies, Hilary Term 2015


3 Feb: Dariusz Stola (Ac. of Sc., Warsaw) on Polish violent pasts (6pm, TLRH)

4 and 5 Feb: two piano concerts on the occasion of Italy's entry into WWI with Cosimo Leonardo Colazzo (Trento) at the National Concert hall and the Senior Common Room, TCD

9 Feb: Steven Lydon (Harvard) on Nietzsche's hammer & Chladni's sound (5pm, PX201)

17 Feb: Russian Culture Week TBC
23 Feb: Mario Isnenghi (U of Venice) on 'Come l'Italia entro' nella Grande Guerra' (Italian Institute, Fitzwillam Sq., 7pm)
24 Feb: Audrey Barnett (TCD) on the Remnant Motif in the Book of Jeremiah (TLRH, 6pm)

3 March: Christopher Duggan (U of Reading) on Italian Fascism & Memory (TLRH, 6pm)

10 March
: Jürgen Barkhoff (TCD), topic TBA, (TLRH, 6pm)

11 March: Francesca Medioli (U of Reading) on 'Women and the Great War: a particular case' (TLRH, 7pm)

18 March: Dan Edelstein (Stanford), topic TBA(TLRH, 5:30pm)
24 March: Jan C. Behrens (U of Potsdam) on Post-Soviet Spaces (TLRH, 6pm,)
31 March: Aneta Stępień (TCD) on I.B. Singer (TLRH, 6pm)

April / May talks: TBA

7-10 May: International conference Memories and Identities in Central and Eastern Europe (TLRH)

June: TBA

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Public guest lecture by the internationally renowned social and political theorist PROFESSOR STEVEN LUKES on MORALITY AND POWER, which is taking place on THURSDAY 20 MARCH @ 6pm, Emmet Theatre (Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin). This event has been organized by our School (SLLCS) in cooperation with the TCD Departments of Sociology and Political Science, and the Centre of European Studies.


Morality and power interconnect in several ways, some of which I will explore in this lecture. Plato reports Thrasymachus as saying that justice is ‘nothing other than the advantage of the stronger’ and Bernard de Mandeville wrote that ‘the first rudiments of Morality’ were ‘broach’d by skillful Politicians to render men useful to each other as well as tractable.’ Nietzsche tells a different genealogical story: that morality (at least in its Christian form) arose out of the ‘slave-revolt’ and opposes the ‘will-to-power.’ Recently the anthropologist Christopher Boehm has suggested that human morality evolved through the inhibition of anti-social tendencies as a defence mechanism against those who abused their power. It is often thought that morality sets limits to domination because those in power need legitimacy: political regimes, for instance, need moral legitimation to be effective and stable. But we also know that the powerful have ways of overcoming those limits. And in figuring out where power lies, especially when disaster strikes, we typically look for who is responsible and whom to blame.

BIO: Steven Lukes is professor of sociology at New York University. He studied philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford, where he obtained his doctorate, writing a thesis on Durkheim under the supervision of the anthropologist E. E. Evans-Prichard. He has previously held posts in politics and sociology at Balliol College, Oxford, in political and social theory at the European University Institute in Florence, in moral philosophy at the University of Siena and in sociology at the London School of Economics. He is an emeritus Fellow of the British Academy and an editor of the EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF SOCIOLOGY. His writing and teaching have ranged over political science, political and moral philosophy, sociology, anthropology and the philosophy of the social sciences. His published works include EMILE DURKHEIM: HIS LIFE AND WORK, INDIVIDUALISM, ESSAYS IN SOCIAL THEORY, MARXISM AND MORALITY, MORAL CONFLICT AND POLITICS, LIBERALS AND CANNIBALS: THE IMPLICATIONS OF DIVERSITY, THE CURIOUS ENLIGHTENMENT OF PROFESSOR CARITAT: A COMEDY OF IDEAS (a novel recently reissued) and POWER: A RADICAL VIEW, which recently appeared in a much expanded second edition. With Martin Hollis he co-edited RATIONALITY AND RELATIVISM, with Michael Carrithers and Steven Collins THE CATEGORY OF THE PERSON: ANTHROPOLOGY, PHILOSOPHY, HISTORY and, most recently, with Nadia Urbinati an edition of Condorcet’s political writings containing his SKETCH FOR A PICTURE OF THE PROGRESS OF THE HUMAN MIND and other writings. Recently published are a revised and much expanded edition of DURKHEIM AND THE LAW co-edited with Andrew Scull and new editions in English of Durkheim’s DIVISION OF LABOR and THE RULES OF SOCIOLOGICAL METHOD with revised translations and new introductions. His most recent book is MORAL RELATIVISM.  He is currently working on the sociology of morals.
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The TCD School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies is delighted to invite you to a high-profile public guest lecture by Professor JESPER SVENBRO, member of the Swedish Academy, on the Nobel Prize of Literature and its procedures, entitled "Galactic Enterprise of Selection & Election: the Swedish Academy and the Nobel Prize": "in my opinion the two go together, especially as it was not self-evident that the Academy should receive the mission to award the Nobel Prize nor accept this mission, given its national perspective of defending the Swedish language and Swedish letters from its foundation in 1786 onwards."

Event Details
Date:    Tuesday 18 March
Time:    6.00pm
Venue: Trinity Long Room Hub

Everybody's cordially welcome to attend!

Just published by Dalkey Archive Press: Peter Arnds' translation of Patrick Boltshauser's novel Stromschnellen/Rapids. The author from Liechtenstein will visit on 25th April 2014 when the book will be launched in the Trinity Long Room Hub (5pm).

Academic Events at the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies, Michaelmas Term 2013

Mon 02 Tue 03 SEP: Postgraduate conference ‘Jerusalem in History and Tradition’ (NMES/Herzog Centre) - TLRH (The Long Room Hub)

Wed 25 SEP, 6:30pm: SLLCS Research Forum: Prof Mark James (Exeter), Internationalisation of Hungarian Socialism in th 1970s (Russ/Slav) - TLRH

Thu 26 SEP, 6:00pm: ES Public Lecture Series TLRH: Prof Mark James (Exeter), Memory Constructions in Eastern Europe after 1989 - TLRH

Thu 03 OCT from 6-8pm, Herzog Centre Research Seminar, Dr Eran Almagor, "An Obscure Campaign of Artaxerxes II Mnemon" (NMES) - IIIS

Tue 08 OCT, 7:00pm: TLRH ID:ENTITY Theory Seminar / reading group (C. Ruthner) - TLRH

Sat 12 OCT, 9am-6pm: int'l SLLCS IDENTITY WORKSHOP on "Liminality" (C. Ruthner) - LRH

Wed 16 OCT, 7:00pm: SLLCS Research Forum TLRH: Ruth Ellen Gruber (London), "Virtual Jewishness" (Hispanic/Herzog Ctr) - TLRH

Tue 22 OCT, 6:00pm: SLLCS Research Forum LRH: Emer Delaney, "Ambivalent affinities between Italian and British suffragists" & Guila Zuodar, "Voss and the translation of the language of Aboriginals into Italian" (Postgraduate Italian students) - TLRH

Tue 29 OCT, 6:00pm: TLRH ID:ENTITY Theory Seminar/reading group

Tue 29 OCT, 7:00pm: SLLCS Research Forum: Prof Shlomo Berger (Amsterdam), "Yiddish and the 'normalization' of Ashkenazi life in the Early Modern Period" (NMES/HCtr) - Arts 4050A

Fri 08/Sat 09 NOV, 9-7:30: EURKOREA 2013, an international conference in Korean Studies at the TLRH (R.Bertoni/CLCS) - TLRH

Mon 11 NOV, 7.30: Herzog Centre public lecture: Prof Pan Guang, "The Jews in China during the Holocaust" - Burke Theatre

Tue 12 NOV, 7:00pm: SLLCS Research Forum: talk by Dr Alexandra Lukes, TBA (French), TLRH

Tue 19 NOV, 6:00pm: TLRH ID:ENTITY Theory Seminar/reading group

Tue 26 NOV, 5:00pm: SLLCS Research Forum: Dr Christiano Bianchi (Rome) on Karl Kraus & Oscar Wilde (German and Comparative Literature) - TLRH

Tue 26 NOV, 6:30pm: trilingual reading & discussion of Martin Walser's poetry (LitTransl in conjunction with the Goethe Institute Dublin)

Tue 03 DEC, 6:00pm: SLLCS Research Forum: Johnny Johnston (PG German) - TRLH

Mon 09 DEC, 5:00pm: SLLCS Postgraduate Research Training Seminar: talks by Dr Kathy McIlvenny (Dublin), TBA, & Dr Jan Ceuppens (Brussels) on W.G. Sebald (German/CompLit) - PX206, 7-9 South Leinster Street

Tue 10 DEC, 6:00pm: TLRH ID:ENTITY Theory Seminar/reading group




Provost's Teaching Awards 2012-2013

Congratulations to Dr Zuleika Rodgers (pictured on the right above) who received the Provost's Teaching Award for 2012-2013 at a ceremony in the Provost's House on Wednesday, 12th June 2013.

Postgraduate Conference: “Identities in Flux: Conflict, Construction, the Self and the Other” - from Thursday 30th May to Friday 31st May


20th Anniversary of the Business and a Language course - May 20th 2013

The School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies  and the School of Business will be hosting a reception in honour of the 20th anniversary of the Business and a Language course at Trinity College Dublin. The reception will take place on May 25 at 6pm in the Printing House Hall. We would like to welcome back as many of our graduates as we can.

President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins and Bruno Ochman Lustoza

Government of Ireland International Scholars were invited to a special reception at Áras an Uachtaráin recently where the students had an opportunity to meet and be congratulated by the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins. Bruno Ochman Lustoza, a Brazilian postgraduate student studying for the MPhil in Literary Translation met with President Higgins at the reception and presented him with a copy of T-JoLT (Trinity Journal of Literary Translation).



Lecture: Redeemers - Ideas and Power in Latin America (Enrique Krauze)
Thursday, 2 May 2013
Robert Emmet Theatre at 7pm


Translating Seamus Heaney Event

Seamus Heaney celebrated literature in translation in an evening of readings of his poetry in Trinity College Chapel on Thursday 11th April as part of Trinity Week. The event marked the public launch of TCD’s new Centre for Literary Translation. At the event Seamus Heaney was joined by six of his long-standing translators in a reading of his poetry in English, Polish, Italian, Russian, Spanish and Hungarian.


Wednesday, 10 April 2013
AT: 6.30pm
VENUE: Irish Film Institute


Residential Bursary Opportunity in Ireland for Brazilian Literary Translators

Ireland Literature Exchange in co-operation with The Centre for Literary Translation, Trinity College Dublin, wishes to invite applications from literary translators for a residential bursary in Dublin in the period January to May 2013.


Archive News


Public Lecture: A TRAIN IN WINTER by Caroline Moorehead, FRSL, OBE


Monday, 12 November 2012
AT: 7.30pm
VENUE: Thomas Davis Theatre,
Arts Building,
Trinity College Dublin







Conference in Honour of Holocaust Rescuer, Raoul Wallenberg

On October 2nd, The Centre for European Studies and The Long Room Hub , recently hosted Ireland’s first academic conference on Holocaust rescuer, Raoul Wallenberg. Organised jointly by the Hungarian, Israeli and Swedish Embassies and Trinity's Centre for European Studies to mark the centennial of the birth of the Swedish diplomat who rescued thousands of Jews during the Holocaust in Hungary, the conference was officially opened by the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter, TD.

Recent launch of publications in the School for the academic year 2011-2012 (PDF)

The literary translator in residence (2012) Jenny Lu publishes an article on the 2012 International John McGahern Seminar in the Shanghai Weekly on 13th June 2012

Law, Literature and Translation Conference

This conference took place in Trinity College from 9th - 10th June 2012

Polish up your Polish for Euro 2012 but be careful saying thank you in cafés! (Irish Times, Monday 4th June 2012)

Moray McGowan talks briefly about Heinrich Böll's significance for post-war German culture as part of a programme on Böll and Ireland originally aired on RTÉ's Arts Tonight programme on 30th April 2012 (Part 2).

Professor Michael Wintle (University of Amsterdam), 23 May, 4-6pm, Neill/Hoey Lecture Theatre - The Image of Europe: Visualizing a Continent
Professor Michael Wintle is Chair of Modern European History in the Department of European Studies at the University of Amsterdam, where he teaches on the degree programmes in European Studies. His research interests include the construction of European identity, visual representations of Europe, cartographies of Europe, and the cultural aspects of European integration. He has published widely on these subjects including articles, book chapters, edited volumes and monographs. His most recent publications include Ideas of Europe since 2012 (2002), Imagining Europe (2008), The Image of Europe (2009), and European Identity and the Second World War (2011).

Two lectures on the reception of Irish literature by Chinese readers.These lectures are being given by the two Literary Translators in Residence. The lectures will be given in Chinese.The first lecture will take place next Thursday (10th May) at 6.30pm in the Neil Hoey Room, Long Room Hub; the second lecture will take place on Tuesday 15th May at 7.30pm in the same venue.

Vampire (&) Science: A Trans-Disciplinary Conference on the occasion of the Bram Stoker Centenary, 1912-2012, 20 April 2012, Trinity College Dublin, Long Room Hub.

The School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies in Trinity College Dublin is delighted to welcome Lu Jenny to Trinity College as Literary Translator in Residence.

The Embassy of Mexico and Trinity College Dublin, with the support of the Instituto Cervantes, cordially invite you to the Mexican Lecture 2012 "Democratic Transition in Mexico" by Prof José Woldenberg on Tuesday, 21st February at 7pm in the Robert Emmet Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College.

Based on the submission of some of his poetry Dr Peter Arnds was selected from a large pool of applicants to spend two weeks in September 2012 as poet-in-residence in the Heinrich Böll Cottage in Dugort, Achill Island. The German Nobel Laureate lived here in the 1950s and many of his impressions of Ireland recorded in his 'Irish Diary' are based on his stay on Achill Island. The writer/artist in residence programme is funded and supported by the Mayo Co Council, the Arts Council of Ireland, and the Heinrich Böll Foundation, Germany. It is the purpose of this residency programme to give artists and writers a tranquil space in which their creativity can flourish and where they share their work with the local community by way of public readings and visits to schools and community organisations.


Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nickolay Mladenov at the Long Room Hub, 23rd November.  Following brief welcoming speeches from the Head of School Sarah Smyth, and John Murray from the Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies, Mr Mladenov held a question-and-answer session with Bulgarian students studying at Trinity. The meeting was also attended by the Bulgarian Ambassador to Ireland, His Excellency Emil Yalnazov, and the Bulgarian Lector at the Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies, Dr Rossen Stoichkov.

Bulgarian Foreign Minister Nickolay Mladenov and Dr Sarah Smyth (right)


On Tuesday 28 February 2012, the French Department held the launch of the book by Robert Widders, ‘The Emperor’s Irish Slaves: Prisoners of the Japanese in the Second World War’ (Dublin, The History Press, 2012). Speakers included the author, Major-General David O’Morchoe (President of the Irish Branch of the British Legion), Mr Gerald Nash (TD), Mr Stephen Collins (Political Editor of The Irish Times), Dr Gerald Morgan (TCD), and Dr  Alyn Stacey (TCD). Themes covered included remembrance, commemoration, the question of pardons for Irish deserters, the experience of the Irish in the Far East in World War 2. Present at the launch were the families of a number of the Irish who fought in the Far East. Amongst these were the relatives of Patrick Byrne (see photograph below). The launch and book have received widespread coverage in the media. Building on the conferences she has organised since 2008 on the theme of the Irish in World War 2, Dr Alyn Stacey will be organising a further event on the Irish in the Far East in the near future.

Photographs of a talk given by Dr Anatole Tchikine (Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, TCD) at the National Gallery of Ireland 25 February 2012. The talk was given as part of the Russian Festival of Culture and looked at Russia in the Renaissance.

The Head of School, Dr Sarah Smyth and Dr John Murray from the Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies visited Moscow last week to launch the first issue of a journal of contemporary Irish literature translated in to Russian. (TCD article)

Images of Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, Vladimir Babkov and John Murray

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The Irish launch of The Emperor's Irish Slaves: Prisoners of the the Japanese in the Second World War (Robert Widders), under the auspices of the Department of French, Trinity College Dublin, will take place in The Neill Hoey Theatre, Long Room Hub, Trinity College on Tuesday 28 February 2012 at 6 p.m

On Tuesday 6 February 2012, Dr Alyn Stacey of the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies was invited with Mr John Hennessy-Niland, Deputy Chief-of-Mission of the American Embassy in Dublin, to speak at the launch of the Kell’s and District Tourism Brochure. The launch was held at Headfort House. Dr Alyn Stacey spoke about the importance of conserving the medieval heritage of Kells and about the Centre’ willingness to work with the Kell’s Tourism Forum to promote an awareness of the areas historical importance.

The photograph shows Dr Alyn Stacey with Mr Hennessy-Niland


Congratulations to Dr Peter Arnds (Germanic Studies Department) who has been merited as the lecturer of award-winning undergraduate student Laura Sinnott (winner of the Languages and Linguistics category 2011- The Undergraduate Awards of Ireland and Northern Ireland).

Christopher Tauchen, a student on the MPhil in Literary Translation (2010-2011), returned recently from a three-week internship at the Higher School of Translation at Moscow State University. The programme, which was funded in full by the Russkiy Mir foundation, consisted of lectures on the theory and history of translation as well as practical workshops on the interpretation and translation of literary texts in Russian. Some forty students from fourteen countries around the world were invited to participate.

The Department of Italian and the Trinity Long Room Hub present "What is So New about Dante's Vita nova?" Professor Zygmunt G. Barański - Notre Dame Professor of Dante and Italian Studies and Emeritus Serena Professor of Italian, University of Cambridge

Neill/Hoey Lecture Theatre, Trinity Long Room Hub - Thursday, 27th October 2011 ~ 7.15pm Admission free, all welcome

Dr Ciaran Cosgrove (Hispanic Studies, Trinity College, Dublin) is the first Irish recipient of the Mexican Government “Ohtli” award. Originally awarded for contributions made to the empowerment of Mexican-American communities in the United States, its character and remit have now been extended. It is now the highest award presented to a civilian outside Mexico for “services rendered to the dissemination of Mexican culture abroad”.  “Ohtli” is an indigenous “Nahuatl” word signifying both the noun, “path”, and the activity, “he/she who opens pathways”.

Congratulations to Christopher Tauchen, a student on the MPhil in Literary Translation (2010-11), who has been awarded a three-week internship in Moscow by the Russkiy Mir Foundation. Christopher’s visit to Moscow will be hosted by the High School of Translation in Moscow State University and the All-Russia State Foreign Literature Library.

Recent launch of publications in the School for the academic year 2010-2011 (PDF)


The Festival of Russian Culture Dublin

The Festival of Russian Culture Dublin will be held from 1 - 7 March, 2011. Events include exhibitions, readings, film screenings and a Pancake Day family celebration in Temple Bar on Sunday March 6th, 2011.

Comparative Literature Association of Ireland
Third Annual Postgraduate Symposium

Gender and Identity in Comparative Literature
Organisers: Dr Michael G Kelly and Dr Marieke Krajenbrink
Friday 26 – Saturday 27 November 2010

Welcome Vladimir Olegovich Babkov, Visiting Fellow in Literary Translation

The School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies in Trinity College Dublin is delighted to welcome Vladimir Olegovich Babkov to Trinity College as the first Visiting Fellow in Literary Translation. This initiative is funded by Ireland Literature Exchange and the Dublin City Public Libraries. Vladimir has agreed to give master classes in literary translation (English into Russian) to anyone who is suitably qualified. The master classes will last one-and-a-half to two hours a week over a period of ten weeks.

TCD Academic Awarded Prestigious Medal of Pushkin

The Head of the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies, Dr Sarah Smyth was awarded the prestigious Medal of Pushkin this week (November 4th) in the Moscow Kremlin by Presidential Decree.

This medal is awarded annually to no more than ten recipients in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the promotion of Russian language and culture in the world.

Commenting on being the first Irish person to be honoured in this way, Dr Smyth said: “In the context of Bono’s concert in Moscow and meeting with President Medvedev during the summer, President Mary MacAleese’s visit to Russia in September and the Taoiseach’s planned trip in the coming year, the award highlights a significant shift in Irish-Russian relations and bodes well for future developments.”

Previous recipients have included the renowned Russian scholar and lexicographer, Professor Marcus Wheeler, formerly of The Queen’s University Belfast, and Lyudmila Putina, for her pioneering works in and with the Russian-speaking diaspora since the formation of the Russian Federation.

Sarah’s career as a Russianist began in the early eighties. She is the author of a number of widely acclaimed Russian language textbooks and is currently principal investigator on a major IRCHSS-funded research project on Russian speakers in Ireland.

Trinity College Participates on Trade Mission to the Russian Federation Promoting Educational and Cultural Links with Russian Institutions



Head of School, Dr. Sarah Smyth with the President of the Russian Federation, Dmitri Medvedev

A delegation from Trinity College Dublin, promoting educational and cultural links with Russian institutions, took part in the Enterprise Ireland trade mission to the Russian Federation this week (September 6th-11th) which coincided with the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese’s State visit to the country.

One of the projects promoted during the visit was the establishment of Ireland’s first Russian Cultural Centre.  Trinity College Dublin, the Dublin City Public Libraries and the Dublin City Council are very close to finalising negotiations with the ‘Russian World’ (Russkiy mir) Foundation to open the first Russian Cultural Centre in Ireland.  This jointly funded initiative will provide a Russian-language resource centre, a range of language classes from beginners to advanced, and a cultural outreach programme for the general public.  In the course of the trade mission, TCD’s Vice-Provost/ Chief Academic Officer, Professor Patrick Prendergast, accompanied by College Registrar, Professor Juergen Barkhoff and Head of School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies, Dr Sarah Smyth, invited representatives from Russkiy mir to visit Dublin to agree an appropriate venue in one of Dublin’s library premises.

Trinity College Dublin (Centre for Literary Translation, Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies, Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing), the Irish Literature Exchange, Dublin City Public Libraries and the Dublin City Council in collaboration with the Gorky Literary Institute in Moscow also launched the biennial publication of a journal to showcase contemporary Irish literature in translation into Russian and an annual Fellowship in Literary Translation. 

The Fellowship in Literary Translation will be for a citizen of the Russian Federation and is intended for translators of English or Irish into any of the languages of the Russian Federation. As part of the fellowship the translator will reside in Trinity for a semester and will be provided with a stipend and a workspace in the university’s institute for arts and humanities, the Trinity Long Room Hub.  The selected candidate will also provide master classes and contribute to the life of the university and city of Dublin through readings and lectures to the public and student body.

During the visit, the Vice Provost/ Chief Academic Officer, Professor Patrick Prendergast, signed a student exchange agreement with Moscow State University (MSU).  Both Trinity College and the Russian university have been collaborating for a number of years and the agreement goes to further strengthen Trinity’s relationship with one of the leading universities in Russia.  It enables Trinity students from the Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies to study at the university, and similarly Russian students from MSU can study a range of subjects at Trinity across the university’s faculties.

At a meeting in Moscow State University the Vice-Provost/ Chief Academic Officer, Professor Prendergast also met and addressed the first group of seven or eight students studying Irish as their primary foreign language.  The School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies presented the Philology Faculty with Irish language textbooks.  The delegation also copper fastened an agreement whereby TCD and Moscow State University administer the Russian State Language tests in Ireland on an annual or biennial basis.

The Minister for Trade and Commerce Mr Billy Kelleher, who is leading the Enterprise Ireland trade mission, welcomed these important educational and cultural initiatives stating: “Ireland-Russia education relationships are growing.  Significant numbers of Russian students come to study in Ireland every year and we are confident that this number will continue to grow in the coming years.”

“Ireland-Russia Education partnerships, such as Trinity College Dublin’s agreements with Moscow State University greatly enhance the global image and understanding of Ireland and contribute to an accumulation of capital that is not just economic, but political and cultural.  It also, reciprocally, provides a means of enhancing the quality of learning, teaching and research in Ireland.”

“The participation of Trinity College Dublin as well as the other leading Irish and Russian institutions on this trade mission is a most encouraging indication of the significant potential for increasing and deepening the Ireland-Russia education relationship.”

Commenting on the significance of the links with Russia, the Vice-Provost/ Chief Academic Officer, Professor Patrick Prendergast added: “Together with Dublin City Council and the Irish Literature Exchange, we are forging significant links with the Russian Federation.  For Trinity which is the only university in Ireland with a Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies, these are very important agreements which will provide major stimulus and a vibrant literary exchange also involving our Centre for Literary Translation and Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing.”

During the visit a book of drawings, titled A collection of Russian Architectural Drawings in the Library of Trinity College Dublin, depicting the palaces, gardens, churches and monasteries of St Petersburg was presented to President McAleese.  The book's content focuses on drawings that were recently discovered in the Trinity College library and date from the mid 18th century.  Using the expertise of individuals from both within TCD and abroad, the book provides a detailed historical insight into the development of St Petersburg’s buildings and the links that existed between Russia and Europe in the late 1740’s.  These drawings also help to expand and correct our existing knowledge of both the trade and cultural links that existed between Europe and Russia at that time.  The publication, which was commissioned by Trinity College, was published in Russia with the support of the Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity’s arts and humanities research institute.

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