The Centre for Resistance Studies fosters interdisciplinary research in Trinity College Dublin in relation to the various types and forms of resistance and its cognate notions, including opposition, dissent, resilience, protest, and non-conformism.
The creation of the Centre was inspired by the rise of authoritarianism across the globe, as well as the existence of parallel research and teaching interests across Departments, Schools and Faculties in Trinity College Dublin. The disciplines that are represented in the Centre include history, cultural studies, the social sciences, language and literature, law, peace studies and the health sciences. Its geographical scope stretches from Hong Kong to South America, through Europe (East and West), Ireland (North and South), the Near and Middle East and the United States.
The main goal of the Centre is to organise conferences, panel discussions and podcast series; develop research projects; and create team-taught undergraduate and postgraduate modules. The Centre will create a special collection of sources that will be made available for prospective researchers.
The goals and ambitions of the Centre are aligned with the core mission of its host institution, the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute. The Centre and the Hub share the aspiration to advance collaborative and interdisciplinary research and promote research internationally. The Centre will support the creation of new research projects in the Hub, engage with the Institute's priority area of Democracy and Representation, and contribute to the development of strategic research themes, such as Identities in Transformation.