DAH Institute 2015 Programme

Networks: collaborations, connection, the future

Over the past four years, the Digital Arts and Humanities structured PhD programme has facilitated innovative research in the exciting new fields of digital arts and humanities. Not only has it allowed students to explore digital ‘solutions’ to research ‘problems’, it has helped students from different disciplines to learn from each other’s expertise. Up until now, this has primarily been achieved through official DAH events, such as workshops, training events and the annual Institute. Now, as the first round of PhD students reach the end of their studies, and a new crop begin their work, we want to focus on the importance of networks in the future of digital humanities research in Ireland.

The term ‘network’ covers a broad range of meaning. At its most basic, it refers to the connections between people, the sharing of knowledge, experiences, mutual appreciation. It also carries connotations of the technological and the virtual. In 2015 we live a significant portion of our lives online, plugged into one the biggest networks humanity has ever known. Computer programmes facilitate networks between different entities – a software program can map the subtle variations of colour in a painting, for example.

Managing and working with data is a common factor in the sciences and the humanities. While that may seem like an obvious statement, public perception has not necessarily caught up with that fact. Digital humanities as a discipline has a unique opportunity to convey the interconnected nature of research and data management to the world.

The very nature of research itself is greatly influenced by the language and methods of ICT – the analysis of research data is a field of study in itself. The innovative research carried out by DAH students to date demonstrates the richness of the results brought about by collaboration between computer science and the humanities.

This year’s Institute will focus on networks – networks between individuals, networks between disciplines, networks between research projects – anywhere where the intersection between different entities, technologies or fields of study have yielded significant results.



Friday 23 October 2015

09.30- 10.00  Registration and Coffee
10.00-10.15 Welcome to the Royal Irish Academy: Prof. Mary Daly, President of RIA
10.15-10:30 Welcome to DAH and Opening Remarks: Dr Natalie Harrower, Director, Digital Repository of Ireland
10:30 – 11.15 Speaker 1: Dr Claire Bailey-Ross, University of Durham. ‘Connectivity and Collaboration in the Digital Humanities’.
11.15-11.45 Break
11:45-12:30 Ignite Presentations by 2nd Year students. Followed by Q&A
  • West Patrick Connolly, TCD
                  Chair: Clare Lanigan
12.30 -13.00 Speaker 2: Dr Michael Pierse, Queen’s University Belfast. ‘Crowdsourcing and public humanities: some early findings from a Translating Cultures case study’
13.00-14.00 Lunch
14.00-14.30 Speaker 3: Rebecca Grant, Digital Repository of Ireland. ‘Research Data and the DRI’.
14:30-15:30 All DAH staff and students: OpenSpace-modelled Networking Workshop/Coffee Clatch. Facilitated by DAH Knowledge Transfer Team
15.30-15.45 Break
15.45-16.15 Speaker 4: Alexander O’Connor, DCU: ‘Text as Networks’
16.15-16.45 4th Year Students Research Presentations: ‘Reflections on coming to the close of the DAH PhD programme’

16.45 – 17:15 Speaker 5: Conor McGarrigle, Digital Artist and lecturer in DIT School of Creative Arts
17:15 – 17:30 Closing Remarks: Dr Charles Travis, Trinity College Dublin DAH programme
17:30 – 19.00: Evening Social Event – Wine Reception at Royal Irish Academy