Sue goes Digital at Trinity College Dublin

Welcome to my Digital Arts and Humanities Blog

This is a first for me so I hope that you will come back regularly to check out the evolution of my web-blog and my DAH journey.  I hope that something will interest you enough to post a comment or Contact Me.

I am a first-year Ph.D student based at the Irish School of Ecumenics (Trinity College Dublin) in Belfast.   I am part of the first 46 students to pursue an innovative four-year research-training Ph.D programme in Digital Arts and Humanities.  This programme is co-ordinated through a consortium comprising Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, National University of Ireland Maynooth, National University of Ireland Galway and partnerships with the Royal Irish Academy, University of Ulster and Queen’s University Belfast. 

I am in the humanities strand of this PRTLI-5 funded Ph.D programme, looking at synergies between humanities research and information technology within a peace-building paradigm, under the guidance and direction of Dr. Gladys Ganiel, Lecturer and Program Co-coordinator, Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation,  at the Irish School of Ecumenics – Belfast campus.  I invite you to find out a bit more about my background and what my research interests by visiting my About Me and About My Project pages.

About My Choice of Header Image

I was instantly drawn to this image as it brings to memory the ebb and flow metaphor used by John Paul Lederach, a pioneer in the field of conflict transformation, in his Little Book of Conflict Transformation (2003, Intercourse PA: Good Books),

We often see conflict primarily in terms of its rise and fall, its escalation and de-escalation, its peaks and valleys.  In fact, we often focus on a singular peak or valley, a particular iteration or repetition of a conflict episode.  A transformational perspective, rather than looking a single peak or valley, views the entire mountain range..

Perhaps it is helpful here to change our metaphor to one that is less static.  Rather than narrowly focusing on the single wave rising and crashing on the shore, conflict transformation starts with an understanding of the greater patterns, the ebb and flow of energies, times, and even whole seasons, in the great sea of relationships.

The sea as a metaphor suggests that there is a rhythm and pattern to the movements in our relational lives.  At times the sea movements are predictable, calm, even soothing.  Periodically, events, seasons, and climates combine to create great sea changes that affect everything around them. (….) If an individual wave represents the peak of issues visibly seen in the escalation of social conflict, relationships are the ebb and flow of the sea itself. (pp.16-17)

I invite you to take a look at the image every time you check out my web-blog and to reflect on where you are at, in the here and now, in the ‘great sea of relationships’!!  Right now, all I can hear is the deafening sound of crashing of waves of multiple new digital technologies waves crashing on the shore of my currently limited technological knowledge.  STAY TUNED!







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