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Trinity Long Room Hub appoints three Fellows co-funded by the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

3 July 2017 - In 2016 the Trinity Long Room Hub was awarded co-funding from the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA COFUND) programme to appoint 9 fellows between 2017 and 2020 for periods of twelve months. MSCA COFUND awards are very competitive and this is the first Arts and Humanities MSCA fellowship programme co-funded in an Irish Higher Education Institution. It is designed to offer excellent researchers a career enhancing opportunity to deepen their research expertise and transferable skills, and widen their networks. It is also designed to connect the appointed fellows with scholars from across the university involved with Trinity’s interdisciplinary Arts and Humanities led research themes – Identities in Transformation, Manuscript, Book and Print Cultures, Making Ireland, Digital Humanities and Creative Arts Practice as well as the emerging areas of critical mass of environmental humanities, medical and health humanities and cultural trauma.

The Institute invited applications for 3 fellowships for the 2017-18 academic year and received over 80 applications from scholars from 30 countries. After a rigorous international competition the Trinity Long Room Hub is delighted to announce the appointment of Alexander Bubb, Meltem Gürle and Deborah Thorpe as its first Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND Fellows.

A Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at King’s College London, Dr Alexander Bubb will be embarking on extensive archival research for his research project ‘Asian Classics for Victorian Bookshelves, 1845-1918.’ He will be looking at the Victorian collection of Asian classics of Arabic, Persian and Sanskrit origin which entered Britain from the period 1845 largely through colonial India, while Chinese and Japanese works became more popular on the literary marketplace at the turn of the century. Working closely with the School of English and the Manuscript, Book and Print Cultures research theme, Dr Bubb will provide an invaluable look at print production and consumption in the nineteenth century and examine how a greater diversity of publications from oriental languages was in daily circulation in the West than is the case today.

Dr Meltem Gürle is a lecturer at the Duisburg-Essen University in Germany in the Institute of Turkish Studies. Her research project ‘Childhood-Narratives: The Problem of Identity Formation in Irish and Turkish Bildungsroman’ will look at the similarities between the Irish and Turkish versions of the Bildungsroman (described by Dr Gürle as ‘the literary expression of the integration of a young individual into modern society’) and analyse whether the recurring motive of children and adolescents in the contemporary Bildungsroman, has to do with the difficulty of constructing a solid culture identity in both societies. Dr Gürle will work closely with the Identities in Transformation research theme and the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies and the School of English.

Dr Deborah Thorpe is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Chronic Diseases and Disorders (C2D2) at the Department of Electronics and Department of English in the University of York. Her ambitious research project ‘Old Hands: a Palaeographical Study of Ageing Medieval and Early Modern Scribes,’ aims to engage a never-before attempted combination of palaeographical skills and neurological expertise, to assess the handwriting features of scribes, looking at ageing and age-related disorders among scribe hands in the medieval and early modern period. The research envisages a novel interdisciplinary methodology which will investigate the links between physiological ageing processes and the forms and features of historical handwriting. Dr Thorpe will work closely with the Manuscript, Book and Print Cultures research theme and the School of Histories and Humanities and will also contribute to the development of Trinity’s neuro humanities research funded by the Wellcome Trust.  

The Director of the Trinity Long Room Hub, Professor Jane Ohlmeyer, noted: ‘We are thrilled to appoint these three outstanding scholars whose ground breaking research projects not only span many disciplines but will also offer exciting opportunities to engage the general public. Our research community is really looking forward to welcoming all three fellows in October 2017’.

A further call for applications for the 2018-19 fellowship programme will open on 21 August 2017 and details will be announced on the Trinity Long Room Hub’s website. More information on the fellowship programme is available here.


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