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Preparing and completing Digital Research: Digital Arts/Humanities PhDs and Post-Doctorates Demystified

Date: Friday 7 October, 2016.

Overview:

The Digital Arts and Humanities PhD Programme (DAH) and the Trinity Long Room Hub will host a half-day symposium, entitled ‘Preparing and completing Digital Research: Digital Arts/Humanities PhDs and Post-Doctorates Demystified’, in the Arts Technology Research Lab (ATRL), at Trinity College Dublin.

The goal of the symposium is to, on the one hand, equip potential research candidates – at both doctoral and postdoctoral level – with knowledge pertaining to preparing a digital research topic, and on the other hand, furnish them with an understanding what is involved in the process of undertaking and completing such a programme.

Importantly, candidates will hear from professors/course directors at Ireland’s leading research institutes and get a unique insight into cutting-edge research topics and the resources that make them possible.

The day will be broken into a series of panel discussions, each of which will have a selection of expert speakers. The intention of this is to: firstly, focus on and directly engage those topics and research areas that are ripe for investigation; secondly, demystify discrete aspects of the digital arts/humanities research application process; and finally, inform candidates about what is involved in the subsequent research undertaking.

The event is of special interest to postgraduate students nearing the completion of their programmes.

Programme:

9.30am – 11am:

Digital Arts and Humanities: Course Overview
The day will open with a panel comprised of a selection of course directors/lecturers from some of Ireland’s most recognised and celebrated digital arts and humanities research centres – Prof. Matthew Causey (TCD), Prof. Brendan Dooley (UCC), Prof. Sean Ryder (NUIG), Dr. Vinayak Das Gupta (MU), Dr. Noel Fitzpatrick (DIT). The speakers will give details on: the most cutting-edge DAH research taking place in their institutes, the individual course offerings and qualification requirements, infrastructural and equipmental particulars, and answer any questions that potential research candidates will have.

11am – 11.30am

Tea and Coffee will be provided in the ATRL lobby to facilitate informal, break-out discussions and networking.

11.30am – 12.30pm

DAH Graduates: Presentations of Doctoral Research
Following the coffee break there will then be a panel of speakers comprised of either DAH alumni who have completed their programme, or students who are at an advanced stage of their digital arts and humanities PhD undertaking. Speakers include Dara Flemming-Farrell (TCD), Néill O’Dwyer (TCD), Shane McGarry (MU). Each panellist will give an overview of their research topic, an account of what is involved and their individual experiences of the research endeavour. The panel will be comprised of a mix of graduates – from both the arts and humanities strands – whose doctoral dissertations were constituted by either fully theoretical research and/or by a series of practice-led, empirical experiments. They will then answer any questions that potential candidates might have. .

12.30pm – 1.30pm

Lunch
A light lunch with tea, coffee and sandwiches will be provided to facilitate an informal, break-out discussion and networking session.

1.30pm – 2.30pm

Demystifying digital research and funding application processes
After lunch there will be a final panel discussion dedicated to: formulating digital arts and humanities research, demystifying the application process and revealing supporting bodies and avenues for securing funding. The panel will be comprised of a selection of experts from the Trinity Longroom Hub (Prof. Ohlmeyer), the Trinity Research Office (Maureen Burgess), Dr. Orla Murphy (UCC/DARIAH), the Irish Research Council (IRC) [Speaker TBC], and a selection of postgraduate / post-doctoral researchers who have been successful in obtaining an IRC research award – West Connolly (TCD) and Dr. Aaron Hunter (MU).

Projected Outcomes of the Symposium:

It is anticipated that aspiring Digital Arts and Humanities research candidates will come away from the symposium with clarification in relation to: firstly, what is involved in formulating a doctoral or postdoctoral research topic; secondly, what each of the major research centres offer in the way of courses, research projects, infrastructure, facilities and mentoring; and lastly, what is involved – mentally, physically and financially – in the research endeavour.

Admission is free for students. Tickets are available throught EventBrite, here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/preparing-and-completing-digital-reserach-tickets-27281488667