School awarded funding for new UK-Ireland Digital Humanities network

Wednesday 29 July 2020

The School of Advanced Study at the University of London has been awarded funding for a new Digital Humanities (DH) network as part of a ground-breaking joint call issued by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Irish Research Council.

Led by Professor Jane Winters (School of Advanced Study) and Dr Michelle Doran (Trinity College Dublin), the network will support research and consultation vital to the implementation of a permanent Digital Humanities association within the UK and Ireland. Building on existing research conducted by the partner institutions, it will bring together different stakeholders to consider and interrogate critically the concepts of sustainability, inclusivity, training, advocacy, and career progression, among other key questions.

Institutions and individuals engaged with the network, across the UK and Ireland, will work to propose ways in which the UK and Ireland can build a collaborative vision for the field, and create new and sustainable long-term partnerships in alignment with the international community. At the end of a year of intensive discussion, deliberation, and planning, the foundations for a self-sustaining DH association will have been laid, and it will be launched in early 2022.

‘The award of funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Irish Research Council will help to build capacity in Digital Humanities in the UK and Ireland at a time when the importance of digital research and innovation has never been greater,' said Professor Jane Winters, Chair in Digital Humanities at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. 'It will lay the foundations for ongoing collaboration in the form of a Digital Humanities association that will support DH researchers at all career stages through training, advocacy, and engagement with policy.’

Other partners in the project include University College Cork, the University of Exeter, National University of Ireland Galway, the University of Glasgow, King’s College London and Lancaster University. For more information about the programme, see http://research.ie/2020/07/27/12-new-uk-ireland-digital-humanities-collaborations-announced/.