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Welcome to the research page for the School of Histories and Humanities.

With the award of two Advanced ERCs, two Advanced IRC Laureates, an IRC-SFI Pathway Awards, together with the publication of numerous books and articles, 2024 was a busy year for colleagues in the departments of Art History, Classics, and History in the School of Histories and Humanities. 

There is now a clutch of ERCs in the school. Most recently, Jane Ohlmeyer’s VOICES examines the lived experiences of women in early modern Ireland while Christine Casey looks at the use of stone in Anglo-Irish architecture and builds on her Advanced IRC Laureate Award (2018). As these projects begin, another incredible ERC (FOODCULT) held by Susan Flavin, which has produced some fascinating research on food and diet in early modern Ireland, ends in 2025. Ireland’s first ERC Synergy grant ‘4-Oceans’, held by Poul Holm and Francis Ludlow, is in full swing.

Most of these ERCs had their origins in IRC funded projects. Here again, we have had some recent successes with two Advanced IRC Laureates on historical topics, one held by Anne Dolan on Witnessing war, making peace: testimonies of revolution and restraint in inter-war Ireland and the other (EMPIRE) by Micheál Ó Siochrú explores Ireland’s key role in the emergence of England’s global empire from the late 17th century.

We have been fortunate to secure two IRC-SFI Pathway Awards, which support early career research and encourage interdisciplinary approaches. One is held by Nicole Volmering in History, ‘Early Irish Hands: The Development of Writing in Early Ireland’ and the other by Boris Kayachev in Classics for a project entitled ‘Enjambement in Latin poetry: prosody, pragmatics and word order’.

Government of Ireland awards feed this talent pipeline and the School was delighted to welcome 2 postdoctoral fellows in 2022 and 2 more in 2023. In addition we secured 6 postgraduate awards in 2022 and 8 in 2023, which fund doctoral research on a range of topics.

We are home to several major research centres and to two signature research projects: the Virtual Record Treasury of Ireland and to Trinity’s Colonial Legacies.

In addition to being involved in major collaboration projects, colleagues publish important monographs, edited collections and articles with major presses and in leading peer-review journals.

We are so proud of all our researchers in Histories and Humanities. These projects are the tip of an iceberg and highlight the diversity and excellence of research across the School.