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Digital Encounters with the Past: IRC-Supported Researchers Using Digital Technologies to Visualize History

October 2, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Presented by the Irish Research Council.

What are the ancient secrets of Ogham writing? How did we circulate news across early modern Europe? Why did nineteenth-century Dublin haunt its writers? Meet the digital humanities researchers using advanced technologies to answer these questions and pioneering new ways to encounter the past.

The Irish Research Council is hosting a free online panel event as part of the Dublin Festival of History 2021 that will showcase some of the most exciting digital humanities research in Ireland today. IRC-supported researchers will share insights on their latest projects and join in conversation on how digital technologies can bring history to life.


  • Dr Órla Murphy (Chair), Head of the Department of Digital Humanities, School of English and Digital Humanities, University College Cork.
  • Dr David Stifter, Head of the Department of Early Irish, Maynooth University. 
  • Dr Brendan Dooley, Professor of Renaissance Studies, University College Cork.
  • Dr Katie Mishler, Irish Research Council Enterprise Partnership Postdoctoral Fellow in collaboration with the UCD Centre for Cultural Analytics and Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI).

Dr David Stifter will talk about two UK-Ireland Collaboration in the Digital Humanities Research projects that explore Ireland’s ancient and medieval heritage. ‘OG(H)AM: Harnessing digital technologies to transform understanding of ogham writing, from the 4th century to the 21st’ uses 3D technology to transform how one of the earliest known forms of writing in Ireland is understood and protected. ‘A Digital Framework for the Medieval Gaelic World’ develops a framework that will transform the reach and effectiveness of digitisation projects relating to the hidden heritage of the Gaelic world.

Dr Brendan Dooley will share insights from the EURONEWS project which aims to re-create the European news environment that shaped early modern times. The project recovers the lost media landscape and networks of circulation in Europe between 1550 and 1700, focusing on the widespread production and distribution of handwritten newsletters which eventually became the basis for the first printed journalism. 

Dr Katie Mishler will talk about her current project Mapping Gothic Dublin: 1820-1900, which explores the relationship between Dublin’s urban history and the development of Ireland’s literary gothic tradition. Her research looks specifically at the urban environment of Dublin, and how histories of urban planning, political change, and architecture shaped the writing of authors such as Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu and Charles Maturin.

For more information visit: https://research.ie/what-we-do/loveirishresearch/blog/digital-encounters-with-the-past-irc-supported-research-at-the-dublin-festival-of-history/



October 2, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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