What is it to be human? This question that has absorbed humankind since the dawn of civilisation must be at the core of Arts, Humanities and Social Science Research in a world-class university. A great university library as a repository of memory and story offers rich opportunities to ponder answers to this profound question. The Library of Trinity College, Dublin, the largest research library in Ireland and among the finest in the world, with the Long Room at its heart, has since its foundation in the early years of the seventeenth century, afforded generations of scholars and students abundant opportunities to explore the human condition in its compelling and complex diversity. It is crucial to Trinity's long-term international reputation. The Long Room Hub at the beginning of the third millennium seeks to ensure that new generations of researchers will be enabled to sustain this tradition of fundamental enquiry through confirming the Library as the central resource for the university's exploration of what it means to be human. It will seek to consolidate and enhance the Library's holdings, while serving as the material basis of a wide variety of research projects, programmes, research centres and individual scholarly endeavours. Dedicated to the exploration of distinctively Irish and European cultural perspectives on the human condition, the Long Room Hub will also seek to address questions about human identity in global contexts, focusing research energies and thereby helping fully to realise the creative potential of Trinity College as a great national and international institution.



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Recent Submissions

  • Privacy and exposure: domestic tragedy in early modern England 

    O'Brien, Emily (Trinity College Dublin. Long Room Hub, 2008)
    The genre of domestic tragedy emerged during a period in which the burgeoning ideology of private life was matched by active publication of cheap printed texts offering sensational 'news' stories. This research project ...
  • The discourse of Irish architecture, 1945-1990: a social and cultural history of the role and reception of architecture in post-war Ireland 

    Rowley, Ellen (Long Room Hub. Trinity College Dublin, 2006-06-14)
    In the first instance this thesis broadly examines and situates the world of architectural production in Ireland during the period from post-World War II to the early 1990s. It then seeks to interpret both the role and ...
  • Images, representations and heritage: moving beyond modern approaches to archaeology 

    Russell, Ian (Trinity College Dublin, 2006-06-14)
    This poster describes a new edited volume by Ian Russell. Recent archaeological theory has shown that images of the past have carried a particularly strong resonance within modern social groups. This volume explores the ...
  • Reflexive representations: an artistic exploration of some archaeological theory 

    Russell, Ian; Cochrane, Andrew (Trinity College Dublin. Long Room Hub, 2006-06-14)
    These exhibitions seek to contest traditional mechanisms for representation and spectatorship by questioning the status that the document and pictorial image play in archaeological discourse. Photomosaics of iconic ...
  • Late Gothic architecture in Ireland 

    O'Donovan, Danielle (Trinity College Dublin. Long Room Hub, 2006-06-14)
    The aim of this research is the recontextualization of Irish late Gothic architecture. The study seeks to isolate the pattern of architectural development within the country and to place it in a broader European architectural ...
  • Unmarried mothers and infanticide in Ireland, 1900-1950 

    Rattigan, Cliona (Trinity College Dublin. Long Room Hub, 2006-06-14)
    Infanticide was committed regularly in Ireland during the first half of the twentieth century. It was a crime that was closely associated with unmarried mothers. Most single women charged with infanticide or concealment ...
  • Tools of transmission: the development of the monthly periodical in Ireland, Scotland and America, 1770-1830 

    Archbold, Johanna (Trinity College Dublin. Long Room Hub, 2006)
    The objective of this project is to complete a study in the comparative history of monthly periodicals published in Ireland, Scotland and America. This study will focus on the periodical publications and publishers in the ...
  • The architectural patronage of the early Anglo-Norman lords of Ireland 

    Unkel, Jill (Trinity College Dublin. Long Room Hub, 2006-06-14)
    The aim of my research is to examine the patronage of the early Anglo-Norman lords, both ecclesiastical and secular, and to determine if their voices can be witnessed in the architecture of the monuments that they endowed.
  • Who in Ireland speaks and understands Russian? 

    Smyth, Sarah (Trinity College Dublin. Long Room Hub, 2008)
    This is a research project on cultural and linguistic diversity, drawing on the experience of people in Ireland who speak and understand Russian.
  • Centre for War Studies 

    Trinity College Dublin. Centre for War Studies (Trinity College Dublin. Long Room Hub, 2008)
    The Centre for War Studies was established, with the support of the Long Room Hub, in February 2008 to promote the study of the origins, nature and consequences of war in history and in the contemporary world. It draws on ...
  • Weingreen Museum digitisation project 

    Rodgers, Zuleika; Trinity College Dublin. Centre for Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies (Trinity College Dublin. Long Room Hub, 2008)
    The Weingreen Museum of Biblical Antiquities holds over 2000 objects, which encompass the entire Mediterranean world from North Africa to Mesopotamia and from the oldest city, Jericho (ninth millennium BCE), to the Crusades ...
  • TCD Greek papyri digitisation project 

    McGing, Brian; Trinity College Dublin. Centre for Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies (Trinity College Dublin. Long Room Hub, 2008)
    One of the 'treasures' of Trinity College Library is its collection of ancient papyri from Egypt. Greek papyri are difficult to read, and inaccessible not just to the general public, but even to scholars. Ultimately it is ...
  • LibViz: a visualisation toolkit to support the preservation of the Old Library 

    Ruhland, Kerstin; Trinity College Dublin. Graphics Vision and Visualisation Group; Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich. Media Informatics Group (Trinity College Dublin. Long Room Hub, 2008)
    The Graphics, Vision and Visualisation (GV2) group in TCD's School of Computer Science and Statistics is working with the Preservation and Conservation Department of the Library, to develop a fully interactive 3-D model ...
  • The role of memory in revenge tragedy drama of the early modern period 

    Loughnane, Rory (Trinity College Dublin. Long Room Hub, 2008)
    This project addresses the role that memory plays in revenge tragedy drama of the early modern period. The project asserts the primary cultural importance of memory studies in this period, and examines how contemporary ...
  • Spatial music performance with the hexaphonic guitar 

    Bates, Enda (Trinity College Dublin. Long Room Hub, 2008)
    Spatial music can be defined as any form of music in which the spatial location of performers or sounds is used as an explicit compositional parameter. Most spatial music is not performed live but rather consists of either ...
  • Dairine Vanston 1903-1988 

    Walton, Rosemary (Trinity College Dublin. Long Room Hub, 2008)
    The subject of my research is the contribution made by the artist Dairine Vanston to Irish Modernism. Although she received critical acclaim in her day and was considered to be the most avant-garde of her generation, she ...
  • A computational stylometric analysis of characterization by playwrights 

    Lynch, Gerard (Trinity College Dublin. Long Room Hub, 2008)
    Is it possible for an author to create characters truly independent of their own voice? Do characters from the same play exhibit similar characteristics in style? Are some playwrights arguably better at creating unique ...
  • Rome ruler?: John Redmond and Westminster's Catholic interest, 1900-1918 

    Mulvagh, Conor (Trinity College Dublin. Long Room Hub, 2008)
    This project aims to explore the relationship between John Redmond, the chairman of the Irish Parliamentary Party from 1900, and the Catholic Church in both Ireland and Britain. Redmond was the political heir of Charles ...

    Leeson, Lorraine; Nolan, Brian; Sheikh, Haaris (Trinity College Dublin. Long Room Hub, 2008)
    The Centre for Deaf Studies has been recently funded under the SIF II framework and is embarking on an exciting phase of research. The collaborative research allows for three main research strands: (1) a cognitive-functional ...
  • Art is above politics but not humanity: the art and politics of Michael Farrell 

    Coyle, Carmel (Trinity College Dublin. Long Room Hub, 2008)
    Micheal Farrell claimed that his 'Madonna Irelanda' was the 'Very First Real Irish Political Picture'. Was it? What is the distinction between art which is 'nationalistic' and art which is 'political'? What is the role of ...

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