UCD Humanities Institute Masterclass on Reformation History

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Date: Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Time: 2 - 3.30 p.m.

Venue: Room H204, UCD HII Seminar Room

Dr Felicity Heal will deliver a master class titled ‘Where did the British reformation go?’ at UCD Humanities Institute of Ireland, 2-3.30 pm, Tuesday 16 March 2010. Applications to attend this class are invited from early stage researchers (masters and doctoral students) and interested academics attached to higher education institutions in Ireland. As numbers are limited, prospective participants are encouraged to register their interest with Dr Marc Caball at marc.caball@ucd.ie as soon as possible.

Dr Heal will discuss the historiography of the British reformation within the context of three sub-themes: The 'long' Reformation, did it really extend over a century? In what sense can historians still describe Protestantism as popular? What influence has an engagement with language and culture had in British Reformation studies?

Felicity Heal is a lecturer in early modern history at Oxford and a fellow of Jesus College. Her research is divided between social history themes – she has written volumes on Hospitality in Early Modern England and, with Clive Holmes, the Gentry in England and Wales - and religious history. On the latter area, she has studied the Tudor bishops; and language and communication in the Reformation; and has produced a volume on Reformation in Britain and Ireland. She is currently working on a book on gift-exchange in early modern England, and on a project on Holinshed's Chronicles.

This master class is funded through the IRCHSS and Department of Taoiseach-funded research project ‘Protestants, print and Gaelic culture in Ireland, 1567-1722’ (PI: Dr Marc Caball).

HII-GII Joint Programme on Digital Humanities - Visit by Professor Michael Shanks (Stanford Humanities Lab)

Professor Michael Shanks, Omar and Althea Dwyer Hoskins Professor of Classical Archaeology at Stanford University, a Visiting Professor as part of the joint HII / GII Programme in Digital Humanities, will visit UCD on 24 & 25 March 2010.  He will participate in two events during his stay.  Please forward details of these events to colleagues and students in your area.  If you are interested in attending either event please email hii@ucd.ie to reserve a place.

Wednesday 24 March 2010 – Guest Lecture: Digital Humanities: an archaeological prospect from Silicon Valley

Venue: C108, Newman Building, Belfield

Time: 3 p.m.

Thursday 25 March 2010 – Seminar: Digital culture and the future of the Humanities

Venue: H204, UCD Humanities Institute Seminar Room

Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. / 1.30 p.m. – 3.30 p.m.

Computation, information technology, digital media, and social software meet the Humanities. Institutional investment in the Digital Humanities is accelerating. Is this to be a new discipline? What of traditional forms of Humanistic scholarship? What are the implications of digital culture for the Academy? Professor Shanks will acknowledge new trends and ground a critique of digitally-enabled Humanities in a fresh perspective on humanistic scholarship since the eighteenth century, broadening the context from the Academy to cover new developments in digital culture, including social software, located and ubiquitous media, virtual worlds and Web 3.0. As an archaeologist, his focus is through memory practices and archives, long term historical trends, and cultural heritage, on issues such as cultural property, globalization and social justice, identity and documentation, and materiality/immateriality.

Professor Shanks will argue that the key issues facing the contemporary Humanities are to do with the basic practices of that cultural sector typically called the public sphere. The forms of text, image, publication, dissemination, critique, commentary, and debate are achieving a fungibility that prompts a radical evaluation of how the Humanities address matters of common and pressing concern, requiring even an examination of the qualities of humane living.