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Digital Encounters with the Past

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IRC-supported researchers using digital technologies to visualize history

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Presented by Irish Research Council, as part of Dublin Festival of History 2021

What are the ancient secrets of Ogham writing? How did we circulate news across early modern Europe? Why did nineteenth-century Dublin haunt its writers? Meet the digital humanities researchers using advanced technologies to answer these questions and pioneering new ways to encounter the past.

The Irish Research Council (IRC) is hosting a free online panel event as part of the Dublin Festival of History 2021 that will showcase some of the most exciting digital humanities research in Ireland today. IRC-supported researchers will share insights on their latest projects and join in conversation on how digital technologies can bring history to life.

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Dr Órla Murphy (Chair), Head of the Department of Digital Humanities, School of English and Digital Humanities, University College Cork.

Dr David Stifter, Professor of Old Irish, Department of Early Irish, Maynooth University; UK-Ireland Collaboration in the Digital Humanities Research Awardee: OG(H)AM: Harnessing digital technologies to transform understanding of ogham writing, from the 4th century to the 21st

Dr Brendan Dooley, Professor of Renaissance Studies, University College Cork; IRC Advanced Laureate awardee: The EURONEWS project

Dr Katie Mishler, Irish Research Council Enterprise Partnership Postdoctoral Fellow in collaboration with the UCD Centre for Cultural Analytics and Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI): Mapping Gothic Dublin: 1820-1900

Irish Research Council-supported researchers will share insights on their latest projects and join in conversation on how digital technologies can bring history to life.

Dr David Stifter will discuss the UK-Ireland Collaboration in the Digital Humanities Research project ‘OG(H)AM: Harnessing digital technologies to transform understanding of ogham writing, from the 4th century to the 21st.’ Jointly funded by the IRC and the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the project uses 3D technology to transform how ancient Celtic writing is understood and protected, bringing together researchers from Maynooth University and the University of Glasgow. Read more about the project here.

Dr Brendan Dooley will share insights from the EURONEWS project which aims to re-create the European news environment that shaped early modern times. The project recovers the lost media landscape and networks of circulation in Europe between 1550 and 1700, focusing on the widespread production and distribution of handwritten newsletters which eventually became the basis for the first printed journalism. Visit the EURONEWS website to learn more about this exciting project.

Dr Katie Mishler will talk about her current project Mapping Gothic Dublin: 1820-1900, which explores the relationship between Dublin’s urban history and the development of Ireland’s literary gothic tradition. Her research looks specifically at the urban environment of Dublin, and how histories of urban planning, political change, and architecture shaped the writing of authors such as Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu and Charles Maturin. Read more about Dr Mishler’s research here and listen to The Dublin Gothic podcast.

Creating Our Future: A National Conversation on Research in Ireland

The IRC encourages all attendees of ‘Digital Encounters with the Past’ to contribute their ideas on research, history, culture and society to the current national initiative Creating Our Future. Creating Our Future is a national conversation on research in Ireland, inviting the public to submit their ideas on what researchers in Ireland should explore to create a better future. Submit your idea to Creating Our Future.

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