School of English and Creative Arts

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Mad, Bad and Dangerous

Mad, Bad and Dangerous:  A Celebration of 'difficult' women

Dr Miriam Haughton:  Associate Producer/ Research
Created/directed/produced by Emma O’Grady (Up Up Up), produced by Lara Hickey (Copper Alley)

A series of interviews between influential Irish women over 70. These women have been blazing trails for 50 years. They were moving mountains long before hashtags. The relationship that intersects age, gender and public space has never been so fraught. The need to see, hear and prioritise older people has been rendered explicitly visible. They are the ‘difficult’ women, the brass necks, the sharp, the fearless: the mad, bad and dangerous. Featuring Lelia Doolan, Bernadette McAliskey, Jo Murphy Lawless, Pauline Cummins and Nell McCafferty. Broadcast in four parts throughout September and October as part of Dublin Fringe Festival 2020: Pilot Light Edition and Bealtaine At Home. Screening dates: September 15th & 17th, October 20th & 22nd. Season 2 is currently in development.

Funder:  Dublin Fringe Festival, Age & Opportunity’s Bealtaine Festival, Galway County Council, Feminist Storytelling Network at NUI Galway, CKI at NUI Galway, Waterford City & County Council and GoFundMe campaign.


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Historicising Gender Identity

Historicising Gender Identity on the Early Modern Stage

Co-Principal Investigators: : Lindsay Reid (English, NUI Galway) and Agnès Lafont (University Paul-Valery Montpellier 3)

This project brings together researchers with a shared specialism in classical reception studies, particularly the reception of Ovid’s ancient Roman works in early modern English culture. Its principal focus is on The Maid’s Metamorphosis (c. 1600), an Ovidian play that represents one of Elizabethan England’s most pointed and radical explorations of sexual orientation, gender identity, and the politics of nonheteronormative desire.

Funders:  Irish Research Council/ Campus France

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MascAge: Representations Masculinities

MascAge: Representations of Masculinities and Ageing in Contemporary European Literatures and Cinemas

Dr Tony Tracy:  Principal Investigator

Team Members:  Dr. Áine Ní Léime [ILAS]; Dr. Michaela Schrage-Frueh; Dr. Margaret O’Neill.

Analyzing social constructions of ageing masculinities and their cultural representations in contemporary European literatures and cinemas.

Funder: GENDER-NET Plus (HEA/Horizon 2020)

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‘The Price of Performance: Costing European Theatre Production in the 21st Century’

Dr Miriam Haughton:  Principal Investigator

TPOP is a qualitative academic analysis of the economic context of theatre performance and production in the 21st century, informed by the economic, geographical, cultural, social and political conditions of northern periphery European countries. The ‘cost’ under analysis will primarily extend to arts and cultural funding, the relationship between private and public sponsorship, revenues generated from ticket sales and associated production events, and the spill-over effects harnessed by theatre production. However, ‘cost’ will also consider the wider implications of funding models, including the cost of theatre’s carbon footprint, the cost to artistic innovation and experiment in precarious financial climates, and the cost to the theatre labour force working in a sector regularly confronted by significant challenges in funding, touring, and environmental impact.

Funder:  Enterprise Ireland

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RECIRC: The Reception and Circulation of Early Modern Women's Writing, 1550-1700

Prof Marie-Louise Coolahan:  Principal Investigator

This project is about the impact made by women writers and their works in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Led by Marie-Louise Coolahan, the project involved a team of 11 researchers based at the National University of Ireland Galway.

Funder: European Research Council from 2014 to 2020

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‘Theatre, Nation and Commemoration: Global Perspectives’

Dr Miriam Haughton:  Pricipal Investigator

Dr Haughton completed a guest lectureship at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), Brazil in 2019 to devise new research and teaching materials relating to global commemorative theatre practices with Dr Alinne Fernandes. The programme asks students to research, critically analyse, and debate ‘how does commemorative theatre and performance navigate concepts of nationhood across the global stage?' Drawing from a selection of Irish and Brazilian case studies, this course examines plays, performances, and artists in relation to how they address the complexities of translation, history, memory, and nationhood in commemorative contexts. It considers how the past, present and future potential collides in the act of live performance with audiences. Case studies, supporting scholarship, and assessment procedures relate not only to the nations the selected case studies are produced in, but how they speak to global perspectives and societal concerns. 

Funder:  Higher Education Authority - Government of Ireland Academic Mobility Scheme 2019

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Inconvenient Truths

Inconvenient Truths: Cultural Practices Of Silence In Contemporary Irish Fiction

Dr Sean Crosson:  international Collaborator

This project led by Dr. Teresa Caneda Cabrera (University of Vigo, Spain) examines how contemporary Irish writers and filmmakers have turned their attention to silenced stories and unrecorded truths.

Funders:  Spanish Agency for Research (AEI) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

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Co-Principal Investigators: Charlotte McIvor (SECA), Pádraig MacNeela and Siobhán O’Higgins (Psychology)

Based at NUI Galway, Active* Consent is a national programme. Our programme supports young people from 16-24 to have positive and confident sexual health and well-being through Active* Consent. We also work with groups that are important to young people, from teachers to parents, college staff, and policy makers. Active* Consent uses workshops, drama, video, and research to engage with our stakeholders and partners.  We are an interdisciplinary team, drawing on Psychology, Drama and Theatre Studies, and Health Promotion.

Funders: Active* Consent is funded from 2019-2023 by Lifes2good Foundation, Rethink Ireland (formerly Social Innovation Fund Ireland), and NUI Galway. During 2020 the Department of Education & Skills also supports us with funding.

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DARIAH-IE: Embedding Digital Literacies

DARIAH-IE National Coordinator: Embedding Digital Literacies in Irish Higher Education (2016-2020)

Dr Justin Tonra: Team member

Project led by Dr Orla Murphy (UCC).  The Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities (DARIAH) aims to enhance and support digitally-enabled research and teaching across the arts and humanities. DARIAH is a network of people, expertise, information, knowledge, content, methods, tools and technologies from its member countries. It develops, maintains and operates an infrastructure in support of ICT-based research practices and sustains researchers in using them to build, analyse and interpret digital resources. By working with communities of practice, DARIAH brings together individual state-of-the-art digital arts and humanities activities and scales their results to a European level. It preserves, provides access to and disseminates research that stems from these collaborations and ensures that best practices, methodological and technical standards are followed.

Funder: Irish Research Council

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Circus ++

Circus ++: Development of BA in Youth and Social Circus Pedagogy. (2019- 2022)

Dr Ian Walsh:  Project Partner

This project includes five circus schools from Sweden, Finland, Czech Republic, France and Ireland and three universities (University of Tampere, University College of Dance Stockholm and NUI Galway) to devise a curriculum for the first ever BA degree in Youth and Social Circus. There will be two intellectual outputs as part of this project including a full core curriculum and national implementation plans.

Funder:  Erasmus +

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Eververse: Poetry in Motion

Dr Justin Tonra:  Principal Investigator

Team: David Kelly (Moore Institute), Dr Brian Davis (DCU), Waqas Khawaja (Insight)

Eververse was a yearlong project which synthesised perspectives from disciplines in the humanities and sciences to develop critical and creative explorations of poetry and poetic identity in the digital age. Deploying tools and methods from poetic theory, data analysis, and Natural Language Generation (NLG), Eververse used data from a quantified self device to automatically generate and publish poetry which correlated to the poet’s varying physical states. The resulting poetry was published in real time on the project website and the yearlong poem and its accompanying data are now archived there.

Funder: European Association for Digital Humanities Small Grant (2017)

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Examining European Cultural Identity

Examining European Cultural Identity through Interdisciplinary Methods

Dr Sean Crosson:  NUI, Galway Partner

Networking project led by Dr Sarah Kerr (TCD) examining the topic of European cultural identity through three themes: Landscape, Sport & Digital Media, and schooling and curriculum design.

Funder: Irish Research Council Creative Connections initiative

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Ossian Network

The Ossian Network: Collaborative Approaches to Macpherson’s Ossian

Co-PIs: Dr Justin Tonra & Dr Rebecca Barr

Ossian Online is an initiative to edit and collaboratively annotate James Macpherson’s Ossian poems. 2015 marked the two hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the publication of The Works of Ossian (1765), a profoundly influential work of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European culture. This project broadened Ossian Online’s existing network of collaborators and helped to movethe project into its next phase in two specific ways: by holding an interdisciplinary symposium and public lecture, New Approaches to Ossian (Royal Irish Academy, September 2015), to enhance knowledge exchange and target specific communities of scholarly annotators for Ossian Online; and by extending the international promotion of Ossian Online at academic conferences.

Funder:  Irish Research Council New Foundations Scheme (2015)

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Aistriú. Crossing Territories, Languages

Dr Sean Crosson:  Team Member

Aistriú:  Crossing Territories Languages and Arts Forms
Project led by Dr Rióna Ní Fhrighil and Dr John Caulfield  which involves the translation of Irish-language texts and the development of original artworks based on them. 

Funder:  Galway 2020

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Trade, Trauma and Tradition: Extractive industries, cultural genocide and Indigenous resistence in the 1900s and today 

Dr Sean Crosson:  Supervisor

Project by Dr. Brendan Tobin. The project is developing a groundbreaking feature length documentary investigating the genocidal regime of the British registered Peruvian Amazon Company; the resurgence of the peoples of the region from less than 300 survivors of the rubber boom; and, their search for reconciliation and prevention of a similar business-related genocide today. 
Funder:  Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship Project

Disseminating, Engaging, and Sharing Knowledge (DESK):patient informed resource for understanding our research   

Dr Sean Crosson:  Project Partner

Project led by Professor Brian McGuire which is concerned with effectively communicating new research on chronic pain to the general public. 
Health Research Board - Knowledge Exchange and Dissemination Scheme (KEDS) Initiative

PPI Ignite Award - National University of Ireland, Galway  

Dr Sean Crosson:  Support Partner

Project led by PI Professor Sean Dinneen. My role is leading the delivery of participative video productions from participating patient groups within the project, with each team producing a short film in their relevant PPI area. 
Funder:  Health Research Board

Wires Crossed: Head, Heart, Balance (2019-2022.) 

 Dr Ian R. Walsh: Monitoring and Evaluation

 This is an innovative three-year shared project between Galway Community Circus, The Serious Road Trip (Romania), Ecole de Cirque de Bruxelles, and the Université Libre de Bruxelles that sees large groups of amateurs and professionals cross rivers in Europe on highwires promoting positive mental health and wellbeing. Drama and Theatre Studies, NUI Galway is monitoring and evaluating the impact of this project on the practice and wellbeing of participants and performers. 

Funder:  Creative Europe

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Gate Theatre Network: Cosmopolitanism, Cultural Exchange and Identity, (2017-2020)  

Prof. Patrick Lonergan: Project Partner,                Dr. Ian R. Walsh: Core Member

The Gate Theatre Research Network (GTRN) is a collaboration between scholars based in the Netherlands, Ireland, the UK, the Czech Republic, France, Norway, and the United States. Its purpose is to study the Dublin Gate Theatre in various international contexts by analysing its engagement with cosmopolitanism, cultural exchange and identity formation. In doing so, it aims to uncover marginalised histories and promote the wider use of archival resources, such as the holdings at the Charles Deering McCormick Library (Northwestern University) and the Gate Theatre Digital Archive James Hardiman Library (NUI Galway). Radboud University,Nijmegen, Netherlands, NUI Galway and Charles University, Prague are partners in this project.

Funder:  The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research

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Ambiguous Supermen, Magnificent Criminals: The Theatre of Gabriele D’Annunzio, Luigi Pirandello and W.B Yeats and the influences of Italian Fascism.’ (2017 -Present)

Dr Ian Walsh:  Supervisor

This PhD project of Zsuzsanna Baláz is funded under the IRC Postgraduate funding scheme.

Poetry Machines: Technologies of Poetic Composition

Dr Justin Tonra:  Principal Investigator

Poetry has a long and fascinating relationship with technology that bridges the apparent gap between the humanities and sciences. The printing press, the typewriter, and the tape recorder have each offered radical new formal possibilities to poets, while the digital age has yielded computational methods for generating verse that challenge our basic understandings of the creative process. This is a project which will survey the long history of poetry machines and communicate the neglected story of how the precepts of science, engineering, and mathematics, have been used to make and shape poetry.

Funder: Irish Research Council New Foundations Scheme (2020-21)


UK-EI Digital Humanities Association: a network for research capacity enhancement

Dr Justin Tonra: Team member

PI: Prof. Jane Winters (University of London)

Team: Dr Justin Tonra, Dr Michelle Doran (TCD), Dr Jennifer Edmond (TCD), Dr Orla Murphy (UCC), Dr Charlotte Tupman (University of Exeter), Prof. Lorna Hughes & Dr Paul Gooding (University of Glasgow), Dr Patricia Murietta-Flores (Lancaster University), Prof. James Smithies & Dr Arianna Ciula (King’s College London).

Seeking to nurture the capacity for excellent research and teaching in DH, to establish and sustain more effective connections with non-HE sectors (notably Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums), and to create new pathways for collaboration, this project will undertake research and consultation vital to the implementation of a permanent Digital Humanities association within the UK and Ireland. Building on existing research conducted by the partner institutions, it will bring together different stakeholders to consider and interrogate critically the concepts of sustainability, inclusivity, training, advocacy and career progression, among other key questions. Institutions and individuals engaged with the network, across the UK and Ireland, will work to propose ways in which the UK and Ireland can build a collaborative vision for the field, and create new and sustainable long-term partnerships in alignment with the international community. At the end of a year of intensive discussion, deliberation and planning, the foundations for a self-sustaining DH association will have been laid, and it will be launched in the autumn of 2021.

Funder: AHRC-IRC UK-Ireland Digital Humanities Networking Awards (2020-21)