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In 2020 the Trinity Long Room Hub celebrated ten years in existence. During our first decade we evolved to become a centrepoint for academic and cultural life in Trinity and beyond. In the next ten years we want to extend our reach still further, not only by protecting and fostering our scholarship but by reinforcing the impact of the Arts and Humanities in public life.

In this, we have taken inspiration from a poem called ‘The Harbour’, in which the Irish poet and Trinity graduate Eavan Boland (1944-2020) writes about the duty we share, as citizens, to raise an informed critical voice about our society, past and present:

Eavan Boland, from ‘The Harbour’, in The Lost Land (1998)

To mark the beginning of this new decade for the Trinity Long Room Hub we have inscribed these lines on the Hub’s public window, as a reminder that we are part of a larger story and must always be ready to record, interpret and question that narrative. This is an exciting challenge and our foremost academic responsibility.

Thanks to all of you who have already sent support and ideas for the Hub’s forthcoming programmes. Please get in touch if you would like to know more or if you have suggestions for how we can move forward together.

Jane Signature

Professor Eve Patten, Director


What do we do in the Trinity Long Room Hub?

Welcome to the website of the Trinity Long Room Hub, the Arts and Humanities Research Institute of Trinity College Dublin.

The Trinity Long Room Hub is a community of scholars drawn from over twenty disciplines dedicated to advancing Trinity College Dublin’s rich tradition of research excellence in the Arts and Humanities, a tradition that goes back 400 years. Our constituent partners include: the Library and the Schools of Creative Arts; Education; English; Histories and Humanities; Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies; Law; Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences; Religion; and the Department of Philosophy.

In 2020 the Trinity Long Room Hub celebrated the tenth anniversary of the opening of its now iconic building in Trinity College Dublin. In that period the Hub has become ‘a significant player internationally’, in the words of the 2017 official review of the institute. Despite a very challenging year for the world and our research community due to the global health pandemic, we remain ambitious for the next ten years. We want to build on our success by continuing to support collaboration, interdisciplinarity and excellence in scholarship while reinforcing the profile and voice of the Arts and the Humanities in all of our lives.

In the section below, you will see examples of what we do and can find out more about how to participate in our activities and support our researchers.

For advanced and early career researchers looking for opportunities and supports:

We offer to the researchers in our member schools a supportive environment for research projects and activities, including a fellowship programme that brings them into intensive dialogue with the best of their respective fields internationally. Despite the barriers posed by the global health pandemic in 2020, we continue to build these important links with scholars all over the world. For more on our short-term Visiting Research Programme, visit our research pages here.

We provide career transforming residencies for some of our Schools’ early career researchers. Since 2010, we have hosted 270 early career researchers from over 25 countries. For more information on these talented scholars and their diverse research interests visit here.

For funders, researchers and entrepreneurs interested in innovative collaboration:

We support a wide range of collaborative research initiatives which position the human at the centre of measures to tackle complex societal challenges. We are committed to finding ways in which Arts and Humanities research insights can reach the people who need it most, be that policy makers, the public or enterprise. Projects such as Human+ (Enhancing Human Experience in Technological Innovation); Crises of Democracy and Shape-ID (Shaping Inter-disciplinary practices in Europe), showcase the pioneering scholarly, interdisciplinary and digital research approach we take here in Trinity, bringing in numerous high-profile national and international partnerships.

For the members of the public and alumni interested in joining fascinating discussions:

We also run a major public humanities initiative, bringing the intellectual energy of Arts and Humanities research – and a human perspective -- to bear on the pressing social, cultural, legislative and technological issues of our time. Further to workshops, seminars and public lectures, (many of which are available to listen to here), our popular Behind the Headlines discussion series has gone from strength to strength. During Covid-19, we have extended the participation in these discussions enormously, reaching a wide international audience online, and creating new platforms, including our weekly Covid-19 Blog. International collaborations have flourished, as demonstrated in an important collaboration with Columbia’s Heyman Centre for the Humanities on ‘Rethinking Democracy in an Age of Pandemic.’ This year’s programme of events is as exciting as ever, including our upcoming Behind the Headlines on ‘The Age of Uncertainty.’ For more on our public events, click here or sign up to our newsletter here.


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