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Telling our Story...

The Arts and Humanities have a lot to say about the challenges the world faces. But are our views being heard? 

With the increasing focus on research impact, nationally and within Trinity, it is critical that we are able to explain why our research matters and how it makes a difference. 

The Trinity Long Room Hub’s 2017-18 programme of activities aim to help with this.

Research students, postdoctoral fellows and academic staff based on campus in our partner Schools and the Library are encouraged to join our workshops and knowledge exchange fora.

Our workshops are aimed at helping us to construct new narratives about how our research can demonstrate impact and how we communicate this.

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Past Workshops

Session 1: DIGITAL HUMANITIES: Working with Texts in the Digital Age: Digital Scholarly Editing and TEI
16 October 2017 | 09:00-13:00

Instructors: Dr Michelle Doran and Dr. Georgina Nugent-Folan

This workshop is designed to introduce participants to the theories, practices and methods for encoding digital text in the Humanities.  It provides an introduction to markup languages, XML, the infrastructure of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) Guidelines, and the encoding of common textual phenomena.  Participants will have an opportunity to apply the basic elements of TEI-XML to encode a literary text using the oXygen XML Editor.  The workshop combines lectures and discussion with practical hands-on exercises.  No previous experience with digital text is assumed.

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17 October 2017 | 10:00 – 12:00

Led by Niamh Brennan, Trinity Library's Research Informatics Programme Manager, this workshop will guide you through a range of key strategies on how to create an effective research profile online and how to establish your altmetric and bibliometric scores.  Participants will need to bring their laptops with them.

This will benefit you and your discipline both immediately and in the future.

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Session 3: DIGITAL HUMANITIES: Assessing Digital Scholarship
23 October 2017 | 09:00 - 14:00

Instructor: Dr Jennifer Edmond and Siobhan Dunne

In this workshop, participants will be encouraged to examine their own scholarly practices and those of others, refining our responses to the fundamental question: "what is scholarship?" The modes by which the digital disrupts our ability to read certain scholarly objects will be explored in detail, as will the ways in which we can embrace some of the new audiences, values, forms, functions, environments, methods, modes of argumentation, outlets, and validation pathways the digital brings with it. The session will combine lecture and discussion with a hands-on exercise in evaluating diverse scholarly objects, testing our ability to judge their impact and value, and to promote such objects to our peers.

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27 October 2017 | 09:00 – 13:00

This workshop will be opened by Professor Anna Chahoud, co-convener of Trinity’s Manuscript, Book and Print Cultures research theme.

Written documents – be it literature, correspondences, treatises or other texts – are often the primary sources for literary, linguistic, historical or cultural studies and, therefore, accessing them is crucial. This raises the question of how these resources can be made available for example via critical editions in book format or digitised images. Thus, editorial practices, which can be context dependent, varied and adaptable, need to be carefully thought through. The aim of this workshop on critical editions and editorial practices is to contribute to this discussion and provide a platform for participants to engage with the topic. It will feature papers from Dr Eoin MacCárthaigh, Dr Sarah Alyn Stacey and Dr Giuliana Adamo, followed by shorter papers by PhD candidates and a round table session.

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Session 5: Kickstart your Project Workshop
1st November 2017 | 09:30 – 14:00

This workshop is aimed at post-doctoral research fellows and academics who are starting or planning a research project at Trinity. 4th year PhD students considering a postdoctoral application would also find it beneficial.

It offers practical, hands-on information and advice for those who would like to gain insight into the organisational process behind a research project and develop the skills required to hit the ground running and manage the project successfully. Participants are encouraged to reflect on their own effectiveness and management skills and how to improve these and will be provided with essential information concerning grant management and best practices for dissemination of research findings and reporting to funders. There will also be an opportunity to hear from former and current TCD researchers, who will be sharing their personal experiences and tips and answer your burning questions.

This workshop is organised by Dr. Nicole Volmering, who is an Irish Research Council-funded Postdoctoral Fellow in the Dept. of Irish and Celtic Languages, with generous support from the Trinity Long Room Hub.

Lunch will be provided at the end of the workshop, so please register your interest and let us know if you have any dietary requirements!

  • 09.30 Opening
  • 09.30 – 11.00 Personal Effectiveness and Time Management Workshop, Julia Rowan (Performance Matters)
  • 11.00 – 11.30 Coffee break
  • 11.30 - 12.00 Introduction to Grant Management, Elaine Sharkey (Financial Information Services)
  • 12.00 - 12.40 Promoting, Disseminating and Reporting on your Research, Deirdre Byrne (Research Projects Officer, Trinity Centre for Digital Humanities, working on the management of a number of EU-funded research programmes)
  • 12.40 – 13.00 Personal experience from TCD researchers with Q&A
  • 13.00 – 14.00 Lunch & Networking

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Session 6: MEDIA: Training with The Conversation
23 November 2017 | 11.00 - 13.00 & 15.00 - 17.00 

Media training will take place on Thursday, November 23rdnext for researchers and academics in the Arts and Humanities who would like to write articles for The Conversation.  The Conversation, is a UK based independent media website and online publication that uses content sourced from the academic and research community.  
 At the training, you will be invited to develop a pitch with Editor, Stephen Khan in a training session lasting 2 hours which will take place in the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts & Humanities Research Institute. There are two separate training sessions, please select the session of your preference and email:

11.00 - 13.00 = workshop session 
15.00 - 17.00 = workshop session

The media training is organised by Public Affairs and Communications in conjunction with the Trinity Long Room Hub.

28 November 2017 | 10:00-12:00

Led by Terry Neill

Effective facilitation is key to the success of public engagement activities and the purpose of this workshop is to create a cadre of facilitators who have had formal training. This workshop will be led by Terry Neill who is a member of the Trinity Long Room Hub’s governance board. He is also on the board of UBM plc (now the world’s largest events company), and of the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA). He is currently Chairman of the National Development Council and of Wexford Festival Opera. He is past Chairman of both Anderson Worldwide and Accenture, and a past board member of Bank of Ireland Group and CRH plc. He was Governor for 13 years of London Business School and was chairman of Barry Douglas’s orchestra (Camerata Ireland) for over a decade.

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Session 8: DIGITAL HUMANITIES: Web Technologies
4 December 2017 | 09:00 – 13:00

Instructor: Professor Séamus Lawless

The aim of this workshop will be to explore the Internet and the Worldwide Web and the foundation technologies that underlie both. The workshop will give an introduction to the history of the web, including the emergence of hypertext and web technologies such as HTML and XML. Participants will work with HTML and CSS and will learn introductory approaches to web site development. The workshop will be of interest to those who are curious about the impact of the web on all aspects of society, with a particular focus on the Humanities.

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4 December 2017 | 14:00 – 16:30

Led by Niamh Brennan, Trinity Library's Research Informatics Programme Manager, the purpose of this workshop is to (a) help Arts and Humanities researchers understand what ‘impact’ means for them and their research, and how they can provide evidence of it, (b) using examples from their own research guide participants to assess and communicate how their research is impactful/makes a difference.
This workshop is limited to research and academic staff initially.

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Session 10: LINKEDIN: Professional profile for Higher Education
6 December 2017 | 13:00-14:00

Led by Marielle Kelly, Trinity Careers Advisory Service, the focus of the workshop is around how individual researchers in the Arts and Humanities space can create and optimise their profiles to best serve them in creating a professional online presence, promoting their research, and building their network.

The workshop will cover the following LinkedIn topics:
•             Key elements of your LinkedIn profile
•             What to put in your professional title and professional statement section
•             How to connect and grow your network online
•             Using social media to highlight your expertise and share your research
•             Identify job opportunities in the private sector

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Session 10: LINKEDIN: Professional profile for Higher Education
6 December 2017 | 13:00-14:00

Led by Marielle Kelly, Trinity Careers Advisory Service, the focus of the workshop is around how individual researchers in the Arts and Humanities space can create and optimise their profiles to best serve them in creating a professional online presence, promoting their research, and building their network.

The workshop will cover the following LinkedIn topics:
•             Key elements of your LinkedIn profile
•             What to put in your professional title and professional statement section
•             How to connect and grow your network online
•             Using social media to highlight your expertise and share your research
•             Identify job opportunities in the private sector

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Session 11: Digital Humanities: Geographic Information Systems and Historical Mapping
11 December 2017 | 09:00-13:00

This workshop will begin by briefly illustrating the power of mapping to reveal relationships between seemingly disparate phenomena through space (and time), as well as highlighting common pitfalls and poor practices in mapping, both historical and contemporary. It will also showcase a range of digital mapping platforms – including a selection from the proliferation of online platforms that host and visualize spatial data of various forms – before examining the use of two common competing desktop platforms, Google Earth and ESRI’s ArcGIS, and how the two can be made to speak to each other (or interoperate). The latter half of the workshop will be practical, with workshop participants engaging directly with ArcGIS software and being guided through fundamental approaches and techniques in historical GIS.

The final transformation? Identities after and during death
14:00 - 16:30 |26th Jan, 2018 | Trinity Long Room Hub|

The seminar will include contributions from Dr Cornelius Casey (Associate Director of the Loyola Institute, Irish School of Ecumenics), Professor Joan Lalor (Professor in Midwifery, School of Nursing & Midwifery), Professor Desmond O’Neill (Professor of Gerontology, Centre For Medical Gerontology), as well as early career researchers Ellen Finn (Department of Classics), Manon Nouvian (School of Histories and Humanities) and Caroline Lloyd (School of Education).

Numbers are limited so register here- ASAP

Identities on the Move: Irish Migration, Diaspora, and Transnationalism in Theory
14:00 - 16:30 |16th February, 2018 | Trinity Long Room Hub|

Identities on the Move, the second instalment of this year’s Identities in Transformation Theory Workshop series, critically engages with theoretical concepts of migration, diaspora, and transnationalism in relation to our understanding of “Irishness” both within and beyond the shores of the island of Ireland. Trinity College Dublin’s Dr Ciaran O'Neill, Ussher Assistant Professor in Nineteenth-Century History, Dr Elaine Moriarty, Assistant Professor in Sociology, and Dr Ruth Barton, Associate Professor in Film Studies, are joined by postgraduate students in facilitating what promises to be an intellectually stimulating exploration aimed at staff and students already working or keenly interested in unpacking issues of identity, community, belonging, and “home.” Since the early 1990s, with the renewed academic interest in ideas of transnational movement and identity, heralded by the establishment of the influential journal, Diaspora, and, on the public stage, Mary Robinson’s now famous embrace of the global imagined community of Ireland’s diaspora, scholarly explorations of how identities transform, evolve, and adapt “on the move.” While Ireland’s emigrants have constituted the experiential matter of these discussions, we are interested in shedding light on the ways in which the country’s immigrants have also initiated a productive reshaping of notions of national and cultural identity. In 2005, Rogers Brubaker warned that the meaning of “diaspora” had become so “stretched” in intellectual, cultural, and political spheres that the result has been a “diaspora” diaspora, “a dispersion of the meanings of the term in semantic, conceptual and disciplinary space.” Identities on the Move, then, invites a small group of staff and students to closely consider the usefulness of transnationalism as a paradigm through which to think about the construction and evolution of Irishness today.

Numbers are limited so register here- ASAP

Pathways to Publishing
March 8th 2pm to 4pm

The role of publishing has never been more important than in today's academy. Nonetheless, for many postgraduates, getting published can often feel like an intangible and far-off aspiration. The primary aim of this workshop is to introduce participants to the challenges and opportunities of the publication process. It will focus on why the issue of publishing has become so central to pursuing an academic career and, most importantly, how participants can transition from "writing for assessment" to publishing their research conclusions for the benefit of the wider academic community and beyond. Attendees will hear from speakers who have been through this process themselves and can offer practical advice about how to take advantage of the opportunities available to TCD postgraduates.

Workshop speakers include is Dr Isabella Jackson  (Department of History, TCD) & Dr Gillian Wylie  (Irish School of Ecumenics, TCD).

  • Understanding the role and importance of publishing within the modern academy
  • Developing writing strategies and concrete pathways towards getting published
  • Recognising the tools and opportunities available to TCD postgraduate students
  • Deciding when to aim for publication of your research work
  • Learning to balance writing for publication with postgraduate work
Registeration required

Transformations and the Lived Experience
14:00 - 16:30 |22th March , 2018 | Trinity Long Room Hub|

Join us for a series of lightening talks followed by a panel discussion on Transformations and the Lived Experience, chaired by Shelli Garland. Transformations occur throughout the lifecycle, and this panel represents the variety of approaches and disciplines attempting to understand this that we all experience. The variety of disciplines represented will explore transformation during childhood, in adulthood and in later life.
Is our modern society changing these transformations? Are there new transformations which children experience in today’s world? What transformations can we expect later in life? Are transformations something of concern? The panel discussion will delve into these issues of Transformation and the Lived Experience.

Organised by Shelli Garland (School of Education) and Alexander Jones (School of English), with staff contributors: Meltem Gürle (Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND Fellow), Kathleen McTiernan (Assistant Professor, Clinical Speech & Language Studies), Aiden Seery (Senior Tutor, Cultures, Academic Values and Education [CAVE] Research Centre) and Duana Quigley (Postdoctoral Research Fellow).

Numbers are limited so register here- ASAP

Identities in Conflict: Divided Loyalties, Divided Self
14:00 - 16:30 |26th April , 2018 | Trinity Long Room Hub|

JWith the increase in international migration and a shrinking world as the result of technological advances, more individuals find themselves in situations where competing elements of their identity threaten to pull them in different directions. Something as simple as a name, often taken for granted, is a powerful symbol of the struggle to build and maintain an idea of self. A home is no longer simply a place where one retreats to recover from daily trials, but is the site of a trial itself: a contested space where meaning is constructed through challenge and negotiation. It is vital to have a strong sense of self, but that requires constant work, manoeuvring a complicated web of rival forces, making decisions, reacting to stimuli, and taking steps that will ultimately continue to shape the encapsulation of the historical flow that is one’s ‘identity’

The workshop will include the following:

Numbers are limited so register here- ASAP

Academic Publishing
May 1st 2018 | 11:00 - 13:00

Speakers: Elizabeth Friend-Smith (Cambridge University Press) & Robert Armstrong (TCD)

For most postgraduates and early-career researchers the pathway to publishing begins with the process of transforming their doctoral or master's thesis into a journal article or published monograph. The second workshop in the series focuses specifically on the challenges facing those undertaking, or contemplating undertaking, this important process. Attendees will hear from an experienced journal editor as well as a representative of a leading academic publishing house. Participants will learn the importance of submitting their work to relevant peer-reviewed publishers and will receive advice on what makes for an outstanding piece of academic writing. They will also be prepared for what to expect during the academic publication process and how they can make their work stand out for prospective academic publishers.

  • Learning how to transform a postgraduate thesis into a publishable monograph or journal article
  • Recognising the correct procedures for approaching journal editors in order to give your submitted work the best chance of publication
  • Understanding how to discriminate among journals and which publications are best suited for disseminating your research
  • Developing personal strategies and timelines for preparing your work for publication

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