We live in an entangled world in which the local, regional, national and global are interconnected through
intricate networks and loops of exchange. The analysis of the multidirectional movement of people, languages, ideas, knowledge, and things requires innovative methodological perspectives that are capable of capturing all kinds of spatial and temporal practices. Transnationalism is often associated with an emancipatory politics of resistance as manifest in hybrid or creolized communities which often engender forms of agency that ‘deterritorialize the nation state’.

On the other hand, the history of transnational exchange and contact also includes the history of empires, warfare, colonisation, slavery, the global exploitation of natural resources, and climate change. In the light of this intrinsic tension, the research strand on Transnationalising the Humanities explores methodological issues alongside specific case studies of transnational and transcultural practices, both from historical and contemporary perspectives.

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Projects, News and Events

Historical Futures: Apprehending the Past and Anticipating the Future Workshop

The UCD Humanities Institute is delighted to invite you to a workshop by Prof. Marek Tamm (Tallinn University, Estonia and Visiting Fellow at the UCD Humanities Institute) on his new research project on “historical futures”.

HI Distinguished Guest Lecture, "Being in the Air: A Short History of Climate Modulation”, Professor Eva Horn (University of Vienna), 20 October 2021

Eva Horn is Professor of Modern Literature at the University of Vienna. Her research focuses on literature and art in the age of the Anthropocene; climate literature; modelling the future in literature and science; narratives of catastrophe; political secrets, conspiracy, treason.

Transnationalising the Humanities (TNH) PhD Network Update

Three new research blog posts written by Lauren Cassidy, Fiona Lyons and Mike Norris, members of the TNH PhD Network are now available to read.

Professor Kathleen James-Chakraborty awarded ERC Advanced Grant

Professor Kathleen James-Chakraborty, UCD School of Art History and Cultural Policy, has been awarded the ERC Advanced Grant to examine women and race in the spread of modern architecture. This is the only Humanities award of just four ERCs in Ireland, out of 209 granted across Europe.

Upcoming Meeting of the PhD Network

The next meeting of the Transnationalising the Humanities (TNH) PhD Network will be on Monday, 14th June @ 10.30am (on Zoom). Contact tnhphdnetwork@gmail.com to register and for the Zoom link.

Transnational Humanities: Concept and Praxis

Registration now open for the Annual Humanities Institute PhD Conference 'Transnational Humanities: Concept and Praxis'. The conference will be available via Webinar on Friday, 19th February 2021.

Past postcolonialism: Indigenous methodologies as Trans-Indigenous Studies

All invited to this online lecture with Professor Harald Gaski (UiT The Arctic University of Norway) on Indigenous methodologies.

UCD Humanities Institute and IMLR (SAS, University of London) will hold a joint research workshop.

The workshop, ‘Theorizing Crisis Imaginaries’, will be held on 24 November 2020.

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