DARIAH Ireland Launch

On Monday, 18 May 2015, DARIAH Ireland officially launched at Maynooth University. The program, featuring keynote speaker Professor Jerry McGann as well as researchers from across Ireland and Europe, showcased digital humanities’ diverse research and practice.

The event was held in Renehan Hall, on Maynooth’s South Campus. This event was generously hosted by the Irish Research Council.

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Opening Remarks
10.00 – 10.30

  • Professor Susan Schreibman, Director of An Foras Feasa and National Coordinator DARIAH-Ireland
  • Professor Bernard Mahon, Vice President of Research, Maynooth University
  • Dr Tobias Blanke, Senior Lecturer, Centre for e-Research, Kings College London and Co-Director, DARIAH-Europe
  • Dr Eucharia Meehan, Director, Irish Research Council

Research Slams I
10.30 – 11.15
Professor Owen Conlan, Trinity College Dublin, Chair

  • Claire Clivaz, Invited Professor, University of Lausanne, Switzerland – “Bible beyond the book: religion and textuality in a Digital Age”
  • Kate Jones, Digital Humanities Lab Coordinator, CVCE, Luxembourg – “Building the digital research infrastructure on European integration”
  • Aurélien Berra, Associate Professor, Paris-Ouest University, France – “Why Digital Classics?”
  • Orla Murphy, Head of Digital Humanities at University College Cork – “Reimagining Scholarship”
  • Walter Scholger, Deputy Head, Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities, University of Graz – “Teaching Digital Humanities across Europe”

Coffee / Tea Break
11.15 – 11.45

Keynote Address:
“Truth and Method. Humanities Scholarship as a Science of Exceptions.”
11.45 – 12.45

  • Professor Jerome McGann, John Stewart Bryan Professor of English, University of Virginia
  • Introduced by Professor Sean Ryder, Head of the Department of English, National University of Ireland Galway

This talk takes Hans-George Gadamer’s dialectic of enlightenment a point of reference, with McGann recovering and revising Gadamer’s thought by shifting it from a philosophical to a philological perspective. From the living example of certain individuals, he proposes a model of humanist inquiry that seems to be worth preserving and emulating, particularly now when educational policy is reinvesting so heavily in the technical expertise offered by the STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics).

Jerome McGann is the John Stewart Bryan University Professor, U. of Virginia, and Visiting Research Professor, U. of California, Berkeley. He is currently studying the history of American Memory. In 2014, Harvard University Press published his two most recent books, The Poet Edgar Allan Poe. Alien Angel and A New Republic of Letters. Memory and Scholarship in the Age of Digital Reproduction


12.45 – 1.45

Poster Session:

  • Letters of 1916
    • Emma Clarke and Richard Hadden, Maynooth University
  • The Woodman Diary Project
    • Meredith Dabek, Noel Groome, Richard Hadden, Shane McGarry, Nathan Murphy, Neale Rooney, Joshua D. Savage, Maynooth University
  • Digital Repository of Ireland Metadata
    • Jenny O’Neill, Trinity College Dublin
  • The Doegen Records Web Project: Irish Dialect Sound Recordings 1928-1931
    • Eoghan Ó Raghallaigh, Maynooth University
  • Saint Patrick’s Confessio Hypertext Stack Project
    • Roman Bleier, Trinity College Dublin
  • Duanaire: A Treasury of Digital Data for Irish Economic History
    • Aidan Kane and Edward Kearns, National University of Ireland Galway
  • Contested Memories: The Battle of Mount Street Bridge
    • Brian Hughes, Joshua Savage, and Chris Stephens, Maynooth University and Trinity College Dublin
  • LoCloud
    • Louise Kennedy, Discovery Programme
  • 3D-ICONS
    • Anthony Corns, Discovery Programme
  • CENDARI: Collaborative European Digital Archive Infrastructure
    • Francesca Morselli, Trinity College Dublin
  • New narratives online: re-contextualising the oral history archive
    • Penny Johnston, University College Cork

Launch of the Digital Humanities and the Innovation Ecosystem Report and Roundtable:       1.45 – 2.45

Dr Jennifer Edmond, Trinity College Dublin, Chair
Panel Members:

  • Marie Wallace, Analytics Strategist, IBM, Ireland
  • Sean Ryder, Head of the Department of English, National University of Ireland Galway
  • Tobias Blanke, Senior Lecturer, Centre for e-Research, Kings College London and Co-Director, DARIAH-Europe
  • Catriona Crowe, Head of Special Projects, National Archive of Ireland
  • Sandra Collins, Director, Digital Repository of Ireland

Research Slams II
2.45 – 3.45

Professor Maria Pramaggiore, Head of the Centre for Media Studies, Maynooth University, Chair

  • Vinayak Das Gupta, PhD Candidate, Trinity College Dublin – “Towards a Thematic Digital Collection: Cultural Data Crafting for Photographs from the British Raj, 1840-1900”
  • Costas Papadopoulos, Postdoctoral Researcher in Digital Humanities, An Foras Feasa, MU – “Three-Dimensional Computational Analysis and Simulation in Archaeological Research”
  • Justin Tonra, University Fellow in English, School of Humanities, National University of Ireland, Galway –  “Social Editing and the Crowd”
  • Roman Bleier, PhD Candidate, Trinity College Dublin – “St Patrick’s writings: electronic editing of the manuscript witnesses”
  • Toma Tasovac, Director, Belgrade Center for Digital Humanities – “DARIAHteach: Toward a Platform for Sharing DH Training Materials”
  • Victor Lazzarini, Dean of Arts, Celtic Studies and Philosophy, MU – “Ubiquitous Music”
  • Máiréad Ní Chróinín, PhD Candidate, Digital Arts and Humanities (DAH), NUI Galway – “Creating Mixed-Reality Experiences”

Wrap Up and Close
3.45 – 4.00

Wine Reception
4.00 – 5.00