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A very warm welcome back from the summer break and our best wishes for the new semester. While many staff and students are on campus once again, the TLRH will continue most of its research seminars and public humanities events online for the coming months, given the continuing Covid restrictions. We are delighted however, to welcome --in-person-- our new Visiting Research Fellows to the Hub building. This month, we are joined by Dr Aidan O’Malley from the University of Rijeka (Croatia) who will be affiliated with the School of English for his two-month fellowship. As part of his research project, ‘Ireland and Europe: Representations of Europe in Irish Literature and Literary Debate since 1940’, Aidan will examine papers held in Trinity’s Library collections relating to prominent Irish writers during this period. In October we will be joined by Professor Keith Busby from the University of Wisconsin. For his project looking at ‘A Blueprint for Apartheid? Preparing a Critical edition and Translation of the Statue of Kilkenny’, Professor Busby will collaborate with colleagues in the School of Histories and Humanities. And in association with Beyond 2022, the Virtual Record Treasury of Ireland, we are also joined by Mairéad McClean, our new Artist-in-Residence under the Decade of Centenaries Programme.

We look forward to welcoming you to many events and discussions later this semester, including the next series of the Hub’s Arts Humanities and Policy workshops, which will address public policy in relation to cultural institutions and concepts of cultural value. Before that, on United Nations International Day of Democracy, September 15th, we are honoured to launch the Schuler Democracy Forum, which has been generously funded by Dr Beate Schuler. The Forum will host the Hub’s first Media Fellow, Mark Little, currently CEO of Kinzen and a former journalist with RTÉ. Mark, who is a graduate of Trinity, will give his inaugural talk, ‘Media for Humanity - a brief history of the future of journalism’, as part of the launch on 15th September. You can join us online by registering here.

We’ll also be celebrating Culture Nighton 17th September, with a special event on writers’ letters, in conversation with three editors of recently published correspondence by the authors Shirley Jackson, John Berryman and John McGahern - ''On Writers’ Letters: A Culture Night [Brunch] Conversation'. And on European Researchers’ Night, Friday 24th September, we’re holding a round-table discussion on our Human+ project, which explores human-centric approaches to technology, and showcasing the new research posters produced by our Early Career Researchers. We’re also launching the second season of our Early Career Researcher-led podcast ‘The Hublic Sphere’, which will explore the theme of ‘connections’, and, in partnership with Near FM, we’ll be looking at diverse routes to education with the new six-part series ‘A Road Less Travelled’, starting in November.

Finally, our Behind the Headlinesseries returns on September 27th, when our panel of invited experts will address the situation in Afghanistan in the wider context of the history and ethics of intervention. I hope you will be able to join us for this critical reflection on the traumatic situation we are witnessing. For this and much more at the Trinity Long Room Hub, please sign up to our newsletter for regular updates and visit our website here for all our upcoming events.

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); The Schuler Democracy Forum 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.’ For more on our public events, click here or sign up to our newsletter here.


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