Chris’ research relates to literary modernism and its resurgence in contemporary Irish and English literature, particularly in the novels of Anne Enright, Eimear McBride and Will Self. Justifying this thesis will involve the carrying out of quantitative methods on literary corpora through use of the programming language R in conjunction with historical and theoretical secondary literature.
Chris is supervised by Professor Susan Schreibman and is a recipient of the John and Pat Hume scholarship.
Websites: https://analoguehumanist.wordpress.com/ and http://dhblog.maynoothuniversity.ie/cbeausang/
Jack's thesis title is 'Re-mapping the Irish civil war'. This project is a re-examination of the Irish civil war utilising newly released documents from the Military Archives of Ireland. The consensus understanding of the Irish civil war, in that such a consensus exists, is that of a binary divide that occurred within the Irish revolutionary movement after the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty and the creation of a new Irish Free State. However, this narrative of an inevitable divide in revolutionary movements once the colonial power has been ‘vanquished’ is simplistic and fails to account for the complexities within these types of movements. In the Irish context, the sides involved in the Irish civil war are often broken down into pro- and anti-Treaty factions which ostensibly divided over the issue of the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921 and the type of state to be created; Republic vs. Free State. Instead of viewing the Irish civil war as a conflict between two large amorphous factions, this thesis posits that the conflict should be viewed as one faction, the pro-Treaty forces attempting to create a new state, in opposition to a number of anti-Treaty factions throughout the country. That instead of a civil war, the conflict is a war of consolidation by a centralising power.
Jack is supervised by Prof. Susan Schreibman. He receives funding through An Foras Feasa PhD Digital Arts and Humanities Scholarship 2016.
Sara J Kerr
Sara is a PhD candidate and Hume scholar with An Foras Feasa and English. Her research applies R programming, data mining and vector space models to the exploration of independence and dependence in the novels of Jane Austen, Maria Edgeworth and Sydney Owenson. Sara's research aims to demonstrate that by combining computational analysis with close reading an exploration of the ideological views expressed through the novels can be interrogated, leading to a thicker more nuanced interpretation of the texts. Recently, Sara presented a paper at the Japanese Association for Digital Humanities (Sept 2016) titled "Jane Austen in Vector Space: Applying vector space models to 19th century literature".
Sara is supervised by Professor Susan Schreibman and Dr Conrad Brunstrom.
Prior to returning to full time study, Sara worked in the education sector for 12 years and completed an MA in Education (Edge Hill University, UK).
Sara's ORCID is http://orcid.org/0000-0002-2322-1178.
Sara's website can be found at https://sarajkerr.com, GitHub at https://github.com/SaraJKerr, and on Twitter as @data_fiend
Shane is a PhD candidate, IRC Scholar, and Hume Scholar with An Foras Feasa at Maynooth University, where his research in the field of Digital Humanities, under the supervision of Professor Susan Schreibman, is focused on the presentation of text in a digital environment. His research aims to explore new paradigms in search and data visualisations and the presentation of text in an effort to move away from the book metaphor and explore alternative user experiences in digital research environments. Recently, Shane presented a paper at the European Society for Textual Scholarship (Nov 2015) titled “Beyond Google Search: Editions as Dynamic Sites of Interaction” as well as a paper at the DiXit Conference on Digital Editions as Interfaces (Sept 2016) entitled “Bridging the Gap: Exploring Interaction Metaphors That Support Alternative Reading Modalities”.
In addition to his PhD studies, Shane served as the project manager on the Woodman Diary project, the software developer and interaction designer for the exploration section of the Letters of 1916 project, and the interaction and visual designer for the upcoming #dariahTeach initiative.
Prior to the commencement of his Ph.D. studies, Shane worked in the private sector for nearly 15 years as a software developer and solutions architect, working across numerous industry verticals. Shane currently holds a B.S. in Information Technology from Middle Tennessee State University (Murfreesboro, TN USA) and an M.A. in Digital Media & Interactive Design from Northeastern University (Boston, MA USA).
Follow him on Twitter @irishgeek7
Or visit his website http://www.shanemcgarry.com.
Richard Hadden is a PhD candidate and DiXiT fellow at Maynooth University under the supervision of Prof. Susan Schreibman. His PhD thesis is exploring the intersection of mass digitisation practices and digital scholarly editing, from a perspective of the mechanics and procedures of knowledge creation. As a member of the Letters of 1916 project, he has been actively engaged in editing documentary texts, in addition to building a number of digital tools and workflows used by the project team. He talks about the Python programming language a lot, as well as being unnaturally interested in digital representations of text. Richard has a BA from the University of Durham in Modern European Languages, and a Masters Degree in Electronic Communication & Publishing from University College London.
Fionndwyfar Colton Fionn is a PhD Candidate supervised by Dr. Konstantinos Papadopoulos, and is a recipient of the John and Pat Hume Doctoral Scholarship. Fionn’s research evaluates the application of 3D digital imaging, specifically reflectance transformation imaging (RTI) and photogrammetry, in the analysis, documentation, and digital preservation of Irish rock art. As it stands, Neolithic rock art within Ireland is facing a number of difficulties in terms of continued degradation by environmental and anthropogenic forces, and a general lack of comprehensive documentation at a national level. In her project, possibilities for the use of RTI and photogrammetry are assessed within the context of Neolithic rock arts sites in Co. Kerry and Co. Donegal. Specifically, her research is focused on the use of RTI and photogrammetry for the 3D digital recording of rock art and enhancement of surface inscription to bridge the gap within rock art recording, to inform new knowledge of motif use and rock art production during the Irish Neolithic, and finally to advocate for the use of 3D digital imaging for the creation of a digital corpus of Neolithic rock art across Ireland.