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The Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin’s Arts and Humanities Research Institute, has awarded almost €50K in funding to support the development of 16 new research projects over the 2016-17 academic year. The institute’s annual Research Incentive Scheme allows for competitive funding of up to €4,000 per project to successful applicants from Trinity’s Arts and Humanities schools.

These awards enable a range of individual and collaborative research and dissemination activities linked to the strategic objectives and research priorities of the Institute. Many of the projects, all of which will be undertaken during 2016-17, are linked to one or more of the university’s Arts and Humanities led - research themes (Identities in Transformation, Digital Humanities, Creative Arts Practice, Making Ireland, and Manuscripts, Book and Print Cultures). Listed below are this year’s successful projects.

Research Incentive Scheme Awardees 2016-17

National Stereotyping and Cultural Identities in recent European Crises

Professor Juergen Barkhoff, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies
Funding was awarded for a conference in March 2017 which will investigate how in recent years through European crises such as the Euro crisis, the Ukraine conflict, the threat of terrorism, Brexit and most recently the refugee crisis, century old culturally constructed patterns of national stereotyping and othering have been revived, actualized and instrumentalized in order to influence public discourse for political ends. It will bring together experts from across Europe and a variety of relevant fields and disciplines such as critical discourse analysis and imagology, cultural history, cultural memory, political science and international relations in order to provide deeper understanding of the cultural roots of these political crisis instruments, the way they are currently being used and the effect this has on public discourse. (Theme: Identities in Transformation)

Religion and Violence in France from the 16th century to the present

Dr Joseph Clarke, Trinity Centre for Early Modern History
Funding was awarded for a workshop bringing together historians of the 16th, 18th and 20th centuries to interrogate the role religion has played in shaping social and political conflict in a comparative context and to explore, more broadly, the relationship between religious violence and the emergence of European modernity. From the early modern period onwards, conflicts over religious identity - the state's recognition or repression of religious dissent or its intervention in the religious life of its people - have repeatedly provoked prolonged periods of bloody Franco-French conflict. (Theme: Identities in Transformation & Manuscript, Book and Print Cultures)

Medieval Prayer Books and Personal Well-Being

Dr Laura Cleaver, Department of Art History, School of Histories and Humanities
Prayer was a central part of the lives of most people in medieval Europe. With the rise in literacy from the twelfth century, increasing numbers of prayers appear as additions to manuscripts, apparently as records of individuals’ hopes and desires. Moreover, manuscripts were adapted for personal use through the addition of personalised imagery and annotations.  Much of this material pertains to physical and mental well-being.  These layers of evidence, which remain largely unpublished and unstudied, thus have the potential to shed light on the complex relationships between prayer, rhetoric of the self, and ideas about well-being. Funding was awarded to examine  the manuscripts of Trinity’s Library produced between 1100 and 1500 as a first step towards a major project on medieval prayer and personal well- being. (Theme: Manuscript, Book and Print Cultures)

Network Science and Language Symposium

Dr Ann Devitt, School of Education
Network science is an exciting new field at the intersection of computer science, mathematics, physics, the humanities and social sciences. In recent years, network science techniques have been applied to examine complex interconnections across a range of domains (e.g. citation connections in research publications; information diffusion in online social networks; semantic propotypicality in language learning). Funding was awarded to convene a cross-disciplinary workshop presenting the key principles and techniques of network science as a research approach for exploring complex connections in data; and a language learning symposium of leading network science researchers working in the domain to explore the insights generated by network analyses of language data in language processing, evolution and learning.

Department of Classics Coin Project

Dr Hazel Dodge, School of Histories and Humanities
The coin collection at Trinity College Dublin comprises an unusually complete set of Roman silver and late Republican coins and Roman imperial bronzes up to the 3rd century AD. Funding was awarded to  provide the first in-depth study, digitisation and cataloguing to publication standard of the collection. This will be achieved in collaboration with the Classical Museum at UCD. The aim is to create a joint national, open-access online resource for Roman coins which will facilitate further research.

Heritage, Identity and Psychological Well-Being: the Voices of Migrant Children

Dr Rachel Hoare, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies
Funding was awarded to support a conference to convene an international inter-disciplinary network of scholars and practitioners from psychology, sociology, education, and childhood research focused on ‘Heritage, identity and psychological well-being: the voices of migrant children’. It will provide scholars and professionals with the opportunity to share and explore creative and innovative child-centred ways of conducting research into the identity and well-being of migrant children. 
(Theme: Identities in Transformation)

Documenting Linguistic Landscapes: Communities, Globalisation, and Policy

Dr Jeffrey Kallen, Linguistic, Speech & Communication Sciences
This project is part of the growing study of Linguistic Landscape research, which specialises in the analysis of text displayed in public spaces. It is designed to examine linguistic landscapes in three geographical areas: Astoria (in the New York city borough of Queens), Montreal, and Albany, NY. Each study area has a unique linguistic landscape which represents a specific configuration of ethnicities (involving old and new settlements), language policies, and interactions with contemporary global movements of people and capital. This fieldwork relies on photography (with a commitment to over 1,000 photographs for analysis) and is complemented by the collection of field notes from participant observation and local ephemera (including advertising and handbills) which would not be available otherwise. (Theme: Identities in Transformation)

Memorialised Spaces and Spatial Memory: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Early Irish and Old Norse-Icelandic Literature

Dr Sarah Kuenzler, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies
Funding was awarded for the organisation of a workshop to launch the 'Memory in Pre-Modern Ireland Network'. This is an interdisciplinary research pool for approaching medieval Irish sources through the lens of memory theories and themes, generating a critical development of such theories in relation to the sources. In addition, the workshop will also present cutting-edge research in this field to demonstrate the importance of such an approach to a wider audience (academics and the public). (Theme: Manuscripts, Book and Print Cultures)

Untranslatability in Philosophy and Literature

Dr Alexandra Lukes, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies
Funding was awarded for a project consisting of two interrelated events on translation, with a focus on the concept of untranslatability. The aim of both events is to consolidate the critical and theoretical dimension of the Trinity Centre for Literary Translation and to attract a high calibre of postgraduate students and researchers. The first event will explore untranslatability from a philosophical perspective by examining translations of philosophical and critical texts; the second examines untranslatability through literature, questioning how translation functions in relation to unconventional and experimental texts. (Themes: Identities in Transformation, Making Ireland)

Fagel Scoping Project

Professor Jane Ohlmeyer, School of Histories and Humanities
The Fagel Collection is one of the key collections of Trinity College Library since it was purchased in 1803. These works were collected between c.1650 and 1800 by several generations of the Fagel family, many of whom held high public office in the province of Holland. It is enormously rich in French, Dutch, German, Latin, Russian and English works on politics, religion, economics, sciences, natural history, literature, poetry and travel, and reflects the professional concerns of the family. Funding was requested to enable a scoping exercise which will ultimately facilitate the cataloguing, conservation and digitization of this world renowned collection in its entirety with a view to stimulating international research activity around the collection and, ideally, virtually reconstituting the Fagel Library and the Fagel Archives in the Dutch National Archives in the Hague.
(Theme: Manuscript, Book and Print Cultures)

Myth and Modernity After Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe

Dr Hannes Opelz, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies

Funding was awarded for a two-day international conference on French thinker Philippe Lacoue- Labarthe (1940-2007) in April 2017 to coincide with the 10th anniversary of Lacoue-Labarthe’s death. Bringing together both world renowned philosophers and promising young scholars, the aim of the project is to assess, establish, and promote Lacoue-Labarthe’s work as a ground-breaking contribution to Western thought and aesthetics, generating innovative research agendas for future work in cross-disciplinary settings. The project aims to show how concepts developed by Lacoue-Labarthe provide a new perspective to analyse the myth-making mechanisms of what we call ‘modernity’ and ‘post- modernity’. (Theme: Identities in Transformation)

Reimagining the Jews of Ireland: Historiography, Identity and Representation

Dr Zuleika Rodgers, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies
Funding has been provided for an international and interdisciplinary conference which will bring together twenty scholars in areas related to the critical study of the Jews in Ireland. The focus for the conference is around three themes, including the critical re-evaluation of Irish Jewish historiography; the study of Jewish individuals and groups who identify as Jewish (and who are identified by the wider population as Jewish) who have fallen outside communal and popular narratives; and perceptions/conceptions of Jews in Ireland in public, theological and literary discourse (including Jewish perspectives). The participants will include doctoral students, early career researchers and established scholars who come from a number of disciplines including Jewish History, Irish History and Literary Studies. (Themes: Identities in Transformation, Making Ireland)

From Invisible to Visible: New Data and Methods for the Archaeology of Infant and Child Burials in pre-Roman Italy

Dr Jacopo Tabolli, School of Histories and Humanities
The study of death and burial constitutes one of the most powerful ways to explore past civilisations. Funerary remains represent a complex set of data related not only to the dead but also to the living community and to expressions and renegotiations of identities. As such, infant and child burials are part of a multifaceted reality and constitute some of the most complex funerary evidence of the ancient world. Funding has been provided for a conference which seeks to look at the life and death of infants and children in antiquity, with a focus on pre-Roman Italy, applying an unprecedented interdisciplinary approach - mainly between archaeology, bio-archaeology, anthropology, philology, gender studies, medical humanities and digital humanities - and will involve distinguished international scholars in order to create a new network specifically focused on the analysis of childhood in ancient societies. (Theme: Identities in Transformation)

British-Irish Relations in the 21st Century


Dr Etain Tannam, School of Religions, Peace Studies and Theology
Despite historical animosity between Britain and Ireland, the Belfast Agreement (1998) reflects the evolution of deep British-Irish governmental cooperation and events such as the Royal Visit to Dublin in 2013 highlight how intergovernmental relations have matured. However, the implementation   of   the   Belfast   Agreement,   UK   Devolution,   the   rise   of Scottish nationalism and the UK referendum on EU membership have complex implications for the wider British-Irish relationship. This project (to be published to mark the 20th Anniversary of the Belfast Agreement), will assess British-Irish cooperation in the 21st century, by examining the impact of the above factors on cooperation. (Theme: Making Ireland)

Celebrating the Saints: A Focus on Martyrologies and Calendars

Dr Nicole Volmering, Department of Irish and Celtic Studies
Funding was awarded for a project which aims to draw attention to martyrologies and saints calendars, to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and discussion, and to create a new research network dedicated to promoting scholarship on these sources. The project focuses on the Latin West from the early medieval to early modern period, but particularly aims to draw attention to Irish sources.  The first step of this project included an interdisciplinary symposium hosted by the Trinity Long Room Hub in October 2016. It featured contributions from historians, celticists, latinists, anglo- saxonists and theologians, and encouraged new cooperative and comparative approaches. (Theme: Making Ireland)

Dating Historical Records - The Irish Annals

Dr lmmo WarntjesDr Frank Ludlow, School of Histories and Humanities
Funding was awarded for the initial of three phases of the project 'Dating historical records -the Irish annals'. In this first phase, world-leading experts on all methods relevant for dating historical records, from the humanities and the sciences, will be brought together for a workshop discussing their respective method's application and accuracy for determining both the date and the contemporaneity of historical information in the Irish annals. The methods used will include chronology, palaeography, historical criticism, language, astronomy, ice-cores, climate, dendrochronology, and radiocarbon dating. In a later, second phase, the results will be publicised at a major conference open to the public and a summer school. The subsequent proceedings will disseminate the results world-wide as a pioneering reference book. (Themes: Making Ireland, Environmental Humanities)

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