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Provost’s Annual Review highlights prominent contribution of Trinity’s arts and Humanities to public engagement, community building and research

Dr Patrick Prendergast, Provost of Trinity College Dublin, has published his Annual Review 2014-2015.  The Annual Review maps Trinity’s successful implementation of its Strategic Plan which includes its mission to strengthen the Trinity community, undertake research for impact, and engage wider society in the University’s activities.

Dr Patrick PrendergastThe Trinity Long Room Hub’s ‘Behind the Headlines’ series involving leading experts from Trinity’s Arts and Humanities Schools was singled out in the Provost’s introduction to the report for its impact in engaging wider society; ‘In May, in the lead-up to Ireland’s marriage referendum, Impac-winning author Colm Tóibín was invited to give a public lecture entitled ‘The Embrace of Love, Being Gay in Ireland Now’.’ The event was organised by Dr Brendan O’Connell and Dr Pádraic Whyte from the School of English and was supported by the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. The report also highlighted the event ‘After Charlie Hebdo: A Public Forum of Religion, Freedom and Human Rightswhich was held in February following the Paris terror attacks, and included experts from the School of Law, and the Departments of History and Near and Middle Eastern Studies. The event was attended by over 300 people and discussed issues of freedom, religion and human rights.

Research case studies included in the Report looked at Professor for Environmental History at the School of Histories and Humanities Poul Holm’s prestigious award of an Advanced Grant of 2.5 million euro by the European Research Council, the first ever Senior ERC award for the Humanities in Ireland. Through this project he and his team will explore the North Atlantic fish revolution, c.1400–1700 AD over the next five years. Professor Holm was the founding director of the Trinity Long Room Hub where supports have been provided to interdisciplinary groupings around Environmental Humanities.

Horror Stories: Classic Tales from Hoffmann to Hodgson Professor Roja Fazaeli from the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies was also profiled. She talked about her research focus on Islamic feminism and women’s rights in Iran and how they have changed over time. Looking at 19th century genre literature, Darryl Jones, Professor of English and Dean of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, is featured in the Provost’s report as having produced the first-ever scholarly anthology of the horror fiction of the long nineteenth century, including stories from the British, Irish, American, and European traditions in his new publication Horror stories: Classic tales from Hoffman to Hodgson. The book’s publication on Halloween 2014 ‘was the culmination of three years’ work, sourcing, selecting, and editing the 29 best and most representative horror stories from among the thousands published across the long nineteenth century.’

Linda Hogan, Vice Provost and Professor of Ecumenics in the School of Religions, Peace Studies and Theology, was featured in the Provost’s report for her latest publication Keeping Faith with Human Rightswhere she explores thefoundations of human rights. Seán O’Faoláin: Literature, Inheritance and the 1930s,  a book by Assistant Professor Paul Delaney in the School of English,exploresthe early career of short-story writer and critic Seán O’Faoláin,  looking at his work in relation to Ireland’s colonial inheritance, its recent revolutionary period, and the establishment of the Irish Free State.

The Report showed the important role that collaboration can play in community building among new staff members. Professor Mark Bell, Regius Professor of Laws said of his experience to date as new Professor in the Trinity community; “Colleagues have been incredibly welcoming — both within the Law School and the college. And I’ve enjoyed taking part in events with other disciplines. The Long Room Hub seems particularly good at enabling people to cross the boundaries of disciplines, something that’s important for my research.” Professor Jane Alden is the first female Professor of Music since the chair was founded 250 years ago, as well as being the first holder of the chair in 20 years since Professor Hormoz Farhat retired in 1995. Since taking up her post she has organised a weekly public lecture series ‘Music at Trinity,’ based in the Hub which she said she believed is the ‘ideal place to broaden the discourse around Music.’ 

A major philanthropic donation by Terry and Marjorie Neill was also commended in the Report; ‘Terry and Marjorie Neill, Trinity graduates whose support for Trinity’s leadership in teaching and research in the Arts and Humanities has now been benefiting the University for over a decade is deeply appreciated. Terry and Marjorie’s latest gift is to promote the activities of the Trinity Long Room Hub and they wish that their gift will encourage not only others to give, but also more academics to engage with philanthropic supporters.’

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Contact: Aoife King, Communications Officer |Trinity Long Room Hub | aoife.king@tcd.ie | 01 896 3895