Margaret Kelleher is the former director of An Foras Feasa, NUI Maynooth’s Humanities Research Institute. From 2007-2011, she was Principal Investigator, with John Keating, of the PRTLI4 funded project ‘Humanities, Technology and Innovation’ (award €5.8 million). From 2010-2012, she was Principal Investigator for NUI Maynooth on the PRTLI5 funded Structured PhD in Digital Arts and Humanities (award €750,000); both programmes provide funding for a total of 15 doctoral students in a diversity of humanities disciplines and computer science. In 2011, she was awarded a Senior Project Fellowship award by the Irish Research Council (project award €100,000) to create, with An Foras Feasa colleagues, an electronic version of the Loebers’ Guide to Irish Fiction, 1650-1900; this free-to-use, public resource will be accessible from end of November 2012.
As representative for Ireland on the European Science Foundation’s standing committee for the humanities, she was a member of the international working group on research infrastructures and is co-author of the Research Infrastructures in the Digital Humanities Science Policy Briefing; downloadable at http://www.esf.org/research-areas/humanities/strategic-activities/research-infrastructures-in-the-humanities.html. As board member of the Consortium for Humanities Centres and Institutes 2010-2012, she was a member of the Digital Humanities member initiative. She is the current chairperson of the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures.
Collaborations with UCD Humanities Institute:
Immediate: co-hosting with the Humanities Institute of the RECODE international summer school: part of the ESF Research Networking Programme, Responding to Complex Diversity in Europe and Canada; 40 postgraduate student attendees, June 2013.
Ongoing: collaborations between School of English and HI in the fields of digital humanities, Irish studies, gender studies to include ongoing CHCI (Consortium for Humanities Centres and Institutes) international and collaborative initiatives in the fields of public humanities and digital humanities.