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Trinity Long Room Hub appoints 2018-19 Fellows cofunded by the Horizon 2020 Marie Sklowdowska-Curie Actions Programme

11 July 2018 – The Trinity Long Room Hub is delighted to announce the three Marie Sklowdowska-Curie Cofund Fellows who will join us for 12 months in October 2018.  The open call for the 2018-19 fellowships attracted 53 applications from 26 countries across five continents.  After a rigorous selection process, the three selected candidates are: Dr Anna Barcz, Dr Christopher Pastore and Dr Katherine Zieman.

Dr Anna Barcz, Research Project: ‘Landscapes in the Soviet Era: Environmental History and Cultural Memory of 1928-1991’

Dr Barcz is an assistant professor at the University of Bielsko-Biala in Poland. Her research interests are in the fields of animal studies and environmental humanities.  Her project at the Trinity Long Room Hub will consider the twentieth century’s environmental history of Central and Eastern Europe entangled with the memory of crimes committed by the regimes of Stalin and Hitler, as well as the communist era. It will also involve the ecocritical analysis of landscapes by means of historical and cultural case studies. Dr Barcz’s project will relate closely to Trinity’s Identities in Transformation research theme.

Dr Christopher Pastore, Research Project:  ‘A Thousand, Thousand Slimy Things: Marine Natural History and the Origins of Ocean Ecology’

Dr Pastore is an assistant professor of History at the University at Albany, State University of New York and a social and cultural historian of early America and the Atlantic world. His research focuses on the human relationship to nature, and to water in particular.  His project at the Trinity Long Room Hub will examine the science of the sea, specifically how knowledge of marine animals, plants, and the environment was constructed and disseminated, both around the early modern Atlantic periphery and among the metropolitan centres of Europe.   Dr Pastore’s project will be affiliated with Trinity’s Manuscript, Book and Print Cultures research theme.

Dr Katherine Zieman, Research Project: ‘A History of Attention in the Premodern Era’

Dr Zieman is a scholar of late medieval literature and culture. She has held teaching posts in the US at Wesleyan University and the University of Notre Dame and in the UK at the University of Oxford and Birkbeck, University of London and has been a visiting research fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton, the National Humanities Center, Balliol College and All Souls College, Oxford, and Harvard University.  During her fellowship at the Trinity Long Room Hub, she will explore the concept of attention in the later medieval period.  Her project will examine the contexts and taxonomies of attention in treatises on how to attend the mass, how to meditate on the life of Christ and how the unlearned should pay attention to Latin prayer and will also consider technologies of book production designed to help readers focus, such as layout and illustration. Dr Zieman’s project will align with Trinity’s Manuscript, Book and Print Cultures research theme.

NEXT CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: The call for 2019-20 fellowships will open on 20 August 2018 and will remain open until 19 October 2018.  More details here.  This will be the final call of the programme.
We would like to thank our outgoing 2017-18 MSCA COFUND fellows:

Dr Deborah Thorpe whose research project ‘Old Hands: a Palaeographical Study of Ageing Medieval and Early Modern Scribes’ is in association with the School of Histories and Humanities and the Manuscript, Book and  Print Cultures theme as well as the emerging area of Neuro humanities. Highlights of her fellowship to date can be found here.

Dr Meltem Gurle whose research project ‘Childhood-Narratives: The Problem of Identity Formation in Irish and Turkish Bildungsroman’ is in association with the Identities in Transformation research theme and the Schools of English and Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies. Highlights of her fellowship to date can be found here.

Dr Alexander Bubb whose project ‘Asian Classics for Victorian Bookshelves, 1845-1918’ is in association with the Manuscript, Book and Print Cultures research theme and the School of English. Highlights of his fellowship to date can be found here.

About the Trinity Long Room Hub Marie Sklodowska-Curie Cofund Fellowship Programme
In 2016 the Trinity Long Room Hub was awarded cofunding 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 also aims to connect the appointed fellows with scholars from across the university involved with Trinity’s interdisciplinary Arts and Humanities led research themes – Identities in TransformationManuscript, Book and Print CulturesMaking IrelandDigital Humanities and Creative Arts Practice - as well as the emerging areas of critical mass of environmental humanities, medical and health humanities and cultural trauma.


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