Researchers at UCD


Elaine Pereira Farrell

Post Doc Research Fellow Lvl I

School Of History
Newman Building
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7168354


I hold a First Honours Bachelor Degree in History and a Teaching Qualification from the Federal Fluminense University (UFF), Niterói, Rio de Janeiro. I completed my doctorate degree in the University College Dublin, specialising in the History of Early Medieval Ireland. After its completion, I worked in UCD for the School of History and Archives and for the School of Irish, Celtic Studies, Irish Folklore and Linguistics teaching modules about Late Antiquity, Medieval and Modern History, and Celtic Civilisation. Recently I worked in Trinity College Dublin in the IRC funded project 'Monastic Ireland: Landscape and Settlement' for which I am currently a collaborator. 

I have been awarded an ELEVATE Irish Research Council International Career Development Fellowship - co-funded by Marie Curie Actions to work on the research project entitled: 'Religious Landscapes in the Eighth Century: Ireland and Northern Francia in Comparison'. It is a three-year collaborative research between the UCD School of History and Archives and the Department of History and Art History of the University of Utrecht. This project is jointly mentored by Dr Roy Flechner (UCD) and Dr Rob Meens (UU).

@ Utrecht

Curriculum Lattes



Honours and Awards

Year: 2014.
Title: ELEVATE: Irish Research Council International Career Development Fellowship - co-funded by Marie Curie Actions
Year: 2013.
Title: UCD Seed Funding, Outputs and Dissemination, Conference Participation Grant
Year: 2013.
Title: UCD School of History and Archives Travel Fund Grant
Year: 2012.
Title: UCD Míchael Ó Cléirigh and UCD School of History and Archives Conference Organisation Grant
Year: 2009.
Title: Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholar
Year: 2007.
Title: Research Assistant (Bolsista PIBIC)


Association: ABREM - Associação Brasileira de Estudos Medievais, Function/Role: Researcher
Association: FMRSI - Forum for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Ireland, Function/Role: Member
Association: LABEAM - Laboratório Blumenauense de Estudos Antigos e Medievais, Function/Role: Co-leader and researcher
Association: Monastic Ireland: Landscape and Settlement (TCD, UCC and Discovery Programme), Function/Role: Associate Researcher
Association: NEREIDA - Núcleo de Estudos de Representações e de Imagens da Antiguidade, Function/Role: Researcher
Association: Network for the Study of Late Antique and Early Medieval Monasticism, Function/Role: Member
Association: PLURALITAS - Nucleo Interdisciplinar de Estudos Históricos, Function/Role: Researcher
Association: Translatio Studii - Dimensões do Medievo (História, Línguas e Filosofia), Function/Role: Researcher
Association: UCD Humanities Institute, Function/Role: Associate Researcher


Employer: Trinity College Dublin
Position: Research Assistant
Employer: Federal Fluminense University (UFF)
Position: Research Assistant





Book Chapters

Santos, DVC; Farrell, ECSP (2014) 'Táin Bó Cuainge - Um épico Irlandês' In: Santos, DVC (eds). Grandes Epopéias da Antiguidade e do Medievo. Rio de Janeiro: Publit. [Details]
Farrell, ECSP; Santos, DVC (2011) 'Early Christian Ireland - Algumas Reflexões Sobre o Problema da Periodização na Escrita da História da Irlanda' In: Vasconcelos, LV; Sant'Anna, HM; Santos, DVC (eds). História Antiga: Estudos, Revisões e Diálogos. Rio de Janeiro: Publit. , pp.185-213 [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Farrell, ECSP; Santos, S. (2016) 'A importância do estudo das supostas periferias: a contribuição da Irlanda para a medievalística brasileira'. Revista Dialogos Mediterranicos, 11 :177-193. [Details]
Farrell, ECSP (2011) 'Serviço Pastoral e Dependentes Ecclesiásticos na Irlanda na Alta Idade Média'. Brathair, 11 (2):3-15. Available Online [Details]

Conference Publications

Farrell, ECSP (2008) Tabus e Penitências - Esboço de uma Análise Quantitativa dos Penitencias Irlandeses (Séculos VI-VII) . In: Silva, LR; Silva, ACLF eds. VII Semana de Estudos Medievais - Programa de Estudos Medievais (PEM) da Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) Rio de Janeiro, , 28-NOV-07 - 30-OCT-08 , pp.128-136 [Details]
Farrell, ECSP (2007) Os Penitenciais Irlandeses como Fontes para a História da Irlanda (Séculos VI-VII) I Encontro Regional da ABREM/ XI Mostra de Cultura Galega. Realizado no Instituto de Letras da UERJ , 06-OCT-06 - 09-OCT-06 , pp.138-144 [Details]

Book Reviews

Farrell, ECSP (2016) Review: 'Ian Wood, The Modern Origins of the Early Middle Ages. Oxford University Press (Oxford 2013). xii + 374pp. Hardback GBP 65.00 and Paperback GBP 19.99. Turnhout: Book Reviews Available Online [Details]
Farrell, ECSP (2015) As diferentes facetas da Penitência - Resenha: MEENS, Rob. Penance in Medieval Europe 600-1200. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. 282 p. Niterói, Rio de Janeiro: Book Reviews Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Farrell, ECSP (2015) Recensão: Bhreathnach, E. Ireland in the Medieval World AD 400-1000: Landscape, kingship and religion. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2014. Lisboa: Book Reviews Available Online [Details]
Farrell, ECSP (2014) Resenha: de Santos, DVC. Patrício: A Construção da Imagem de um Santo/ How the Historical Patrick was Transformed into the St. Patrick of Religious Faith. Leswiston, Queenston e Lampter: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2013, x, 295p. Book Reviews Available Online [Details]
Farrell, ECSP (2011) Early Irish Church: Form and Functions. Review of Ó Carragáin, T. Churches in Early Medieval Ireland: Architecture, Ritual and Memory. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2010, 392p. Book Reviews Available Online [Details]


Farrell, ECSP (2013) Thesis Presentation: Taboos and Penitence: Christian Conversion and Popular Religion in Early Medieval Ireland. Thesis submitted for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy to the School of History and Archives, College of Arts and Celtic Studies, University College Dublin, November, 2012. Thesis supervised by Dr Elva Johnston. Articles Available Online [Details]


Research Interests

I am interested in Late Antiquity, Medieval History and Religious Studies. My previous research projects were concerned with Early Irish History within a wider European context. I have been working with Hiberno-Latin texts, particularly penitentials, ecclesiastical law and hagiographies, but I am also interested in Old Irish documents such as the vernacular laws and sagas. 

I am currently further investigating the developments of the penitential tradition and pastoral care in the Early Middle Ages, particularly the Insular influence in Northern Frankish learning centres. Consequently, I am also interested in monasticism and monastic rules as they are intrinsically connected to penitentials. My approach is interdisciplinary as anthropology, archaeology, jurisprudence, gender and religious studies are relevant to my studies. I have been publishing on my fields of interest in both English and Portuguese languages. 


Seeking Sanctity: Monasticism and Lay Asceticism in the Middle Ages (module coordinator)
Rome to Renaissance (teaching assistant)
Early Medieval Ireland (teaching assistant)
Celtic Ireland (teaching assistant)
The Pagan Celts and their Insular Inheritance (teaching assistant)
The Women's Voice (guest lecturer) 
The Making of Modern Europe:1500-2000 (teaching assistant)
The French Revolution (teaching assistant)

I co-supervised with Dr Marcos Caldas two Mphil students in the Department of History in the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro (UFFRJ): 
Eduardo Miranda 
Topic: Solar Apostasy: Julian (361-363 AD) and the Return to the Solar Worship (thesis successfully approved).
Jorge de Oliveira 
Topic: Heirs of Martyrs: The Desert Fathers and their Bloodless Martydoms as the origin of Christian Monasticism between the 3rd and 5th Centuries AD. (thesis successfully approved).

Doctoral Research Project

Sponsor: Irish Research Council (IRC)
Title: Taboos and Penitence: Christian Conversion and Popular Religion in Early Medieval Ireland
Start Date / End Date: 01-SET-09/ 01-NOV-12 

Research Projects

Sponsor : Irish Research Council (IRC)
Title : Religious Landscapes in the Eighth Century: Ireland and Northern Francia in Comparison.
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-14 / 31-MAR-18
Sponsor : University College Dublin (UCD)
Title : Disseminating recent knowledge about Early Medieval Ireland
Start Date / End Date : 01-MAY-13 / 31-OCT-14