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What would you say if no one was listening?

Creative Arts Practices are integrated into a range of research activities and themes across all disciplines in Trinity: Humanities, Engineering, Science and Medicine. Practice-led research and Research-led practice are becoming more prevalent in both the humanities and the sciences. While research and creative arts practice have common aspirations, they also share complementary activities and can benefit both intellectually and culturally through integration.

The primary mission of the Creative Arts Practice research theme is to generate collaboration between researchers of and with creative arts practices, not only across disciplines but also across methodologies of approaches to research, with a view to creating new forms of art as well as knowledge, and in contexts not necessarily the preserve of the arts at all. The future of creative arts practices in the 21st century will be determined by and disseminated through multi-platform approaches to research and development, and thus the creative arts need to speak to audiences across all platforms. Further, with the creative arts reaching new platforms they will be positioned to instigate challenges and opportunities for new thinking, new processes, new formats, and new applications.

The Creative Arts Practice research theme seeks to transform how research is conducted at Trinity College, to challenge researchers to think creatively using creative arts methodologies, and to inspire new approaches to tackling societal challenges, especially in areas where creative arts have little or no tradition of impact in Ireland, such as in health provision, social inclusion, and educational practice. The theme also aims to impact the built environment of Trinity College and to stimulate creative thinking among its researchers through encounters with the creative arts.




Steering Committee

A Steering Committee  has been established to oversee the research theme and guide the development and delivery of new research projects and activities related to the theme over the course of its duration:

Nicholas Johnson, Theme Convener, Assistant Professor in Drama School of Drama, Film & Music

Brian Singleton, Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies School of Drama, Film & Music

Linda Doyle, Director of CONNECT/CTVR and Professor of Engineering and the Arts School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Carmel O’Sullivan Professor of Arts Education School of Education

Evangelia Rigaki, Professor of Composition, Instrumental Theatre School of Drama, Film & Music


Year Type Reference Trinity Author(s)
2018 Book S E Wilmer, Performing Statelessness in Europe, London, Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, 1 - 244pp  Wilmer SE
2018 Book Arnds, Peter, Searching for Alice, London, Dalkey Archive Press, 2018, 220pp  Arnds P
2018 Book Piotr Sadowski, The Semiotics of Light and Shadows: Modern Visual Arts and Weimar Cinema, 1st, London, Bloomsbury Academic, 2018, 288pp  Sadowski P
2018 Book Chapter '"We Irish": Writing and Identity from Berkeley to Burke' in, editor(s)Moyra Haslett, Claire Connolly, Marjorie Howes (eds) , Irish Literature in Transition, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2018, [Ian Campbell Ross]  Ross IC
2018 Book Chapter Cultural gerontology, medical humanities and ethics in, editor(s)Likar R, Kada O, Pinter G, Janig H, Cernic K, Sieber C , das Alter hat kein Geländer, Stuttgart, Kohlhammer Verlag, 2018, [O'Neill D]  O'Neill D
2018 Book Chapter Electroacoustic Composition and Silent Film in, editor(s)Barton, R. and Tresize, S. , Music and Sound in Silent Film: From the Nickelodeon to the Artist, London, Routledge, 2018, [Nicholas Brown]  Brown N
2018 Book Chapter Floating heads: portraits of the creative imagination by Samuel Beckett and Louise Bourgeois in, editor(s)Derval Tubridy , Beckett and Contemporary Art, London, Palgrave, 2018, pp25 , [Julie Bates]  Bates J
2018 Book Chapter Ireland in, editor(s)Jane Potter , Cambridge History of World War One Poetry, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2018, [Gerald Dawe]  Dawe G
2018 Musical Score Evangelia Rigaki Music, W.N. Herbert, Words, 'While the World Misbehaves, The Baby Must Hide in the Beehive', CMC, 2018, -  Rigaki E
2018 Broadcast Arnds, Peter, 'Ich bin ein Berliner', John F. Kennedy - the man, the myth, the legacy, The History Show, RTE Radio 1, 2018, 1 - 4  Arnds P
2017 Book Andy Hinds, Martine Cuypers, Aeschylus' The Oresteia, London, Oberon Books, 2017, 1-240pp  Cuypers M
2017 Book Julie Bates, Beckett's art of salvage, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2017, 350pp  Bates J
2017 Book Andy Hinds, Martine Cuypers, Euripides' Iphigenia in Aulis: Two Versions, London, Oberon Books, 2017, 1-192pp  Cuypers M
2017 Book Philip Coleman and Steve Gronert Ellerhoff, George Saunders: Critical Essays, 1, New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, 1 - 286pp  Coleman P
2017 Book Philip Coleman and Peter Campion, John Berryman: Centenary Essays, 1, Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, Peter Lang, 2017, i - 314pp  Coleman P
2017 Book Christine Casey, Making magnificence: architects, stuccatori and the eighteenth-century interior, first, London and New Haven, Yale University Press, 2017, 1 - 316pp  Casey CL
2017 Book Carmel O'Sullivan, Practical Guide to Planning Drama in Education - Creative learning for 7-8 year old children, 1st edition, Beijing, China, Renmin University Press Co. Ltd., 2017, 1-208pp  O'Sullivan C
2017 Book Nicholas Grene, The Theatre of Tom Murphy: Playwright Adventurer, London, Bloomsbury, 2017, xv + 252pp  Grene N
2017 Book Carmel O'Sullivan, The 'Social Drama' Model for Children and Young People with Autism Spectrum Disorder, 1st edition, iBook version,, 2017, 1 - 188pp  O'Sullivan C
2017 Book Chapter "Foreword" in, From the Unreached Let Perception Radiate, Dalkey Archive Press, 2017, [Ferrara, Enrica Maria]  Ferrara E



For queries or further information on the 'Creative Arts Practise' research theme at Trinity College Dublin, please email the theme convener:

Dr Nicholas Johnson
Assistant Professor in Drama School of Drama, Film & Music

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