Funded Research Projects in the Faculty

UDL designed authentic assessment as preventative measure of Academic Misconduct  
This project aims at investigating the importance of using UDL principles for designing authentic assessment. Planned as a staff-student partnership students organised into focus groups, the PI, and a research assistant will investigate the importance of the combination of UDL principles and authentic assessment as a preventative measure against Academic misconduct. Participants will be chosen from a variety of backgrounds, including students who have had experiences with academic misconduct investigations. While not solely intended for the humanities, the focus of this case study will be on the humanities as traditionally heavily text-based and thus less likely to use authentic assessment. 

Principal Investigator: Dr Susan Gottlöber
Research assistant: Abby Clarke

MACMORRIS is an IRC Laureate project that seeks to map the full range and richness of cultural activity, across languages and ethnic groups, in Ireland from 1541 to 1691. It seeks to represent the dramatic period of conflict, change, and innovation which transformed Ireland. In building a dataset of everyone broadly defined as a ‘cultural actor’ for whom a record survives during that 150-year period, it will provide a research engine for a newly interdisciplinary and multilingual engagement with a period that was, itself, ineluctably plural, linguistically and culturally.
Faculty members involved: Professor Pat Palmer

Chronologicon Hibernicum: A Probabilistic Chronological Framework for Dating Early Irish Language Developments and Literature
It is the aim of the project to refine the methodology for dating Early Medieval Irish language developments (ca. 6th–mid 10th century A.D.) and to build a chronological framework of linguistic changes that can then be used to date literary texts within the Early Irish period. This goal will be achieved by combining cutting-edge philological and linguistic analysis and advanced statistical methods. The second aim is to make progress in the methodology of linguistic dating in general, in particular with regard to employing statistical methods (seriation, Bayesian statistics) to achieve quantifiable probabilities. 

Principal Investigator: Prof David Stifter

The Faculty currently co-funds two research projects located in the Arts and Humanities Research Institute:

Storytelling Across Media (SAM) seeks to understand how storytelling practices & experiences are created and transformed in technology mediated networks and environments through critical analysis and creative practice, in order to more clearly anticipate what must be addressed in developing more critical and considered engagement with such systems.
Faculty members involved: Dr. Jeneen Naji (Department of Media Studies); Dr. Anne O’Brien (Department of Media Studies); Dr. Stephen O’Neill (Department of English)
Maynooth University Motherhood Project examines the diversity of maternal identities that we see in the world around us and considers how these are represented in popular culture, film, literature and the media. Maynooth University researchers explore how prevailing cultural norms of motherhood influence our understanding of what it means to be a mother, affect our expectations of motherhood and of mothers, frame our experience of mothering and even inform our reproductive decisions. Our research sheds light on the experiences of mothers who are marginalised, on maternal voices that have been silenced, and on the pressures on women to conform to normative ideas of motherhood.

Faculty members involved: Professor Valerie Heffernan (Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures); Dr Sarah Arnold (Media Studies): Dr Mercedes Carbayo Abengozar (Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures); Dr Anne O’Brien (Media Studies); Dr Julie Rodgers (Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures); Professor Moynagh Sullivan (English); Orlagh Woods (English)