Artificial intelligence: it may be our future but can it write a play?
AI is the spectre haunting the workforce but theatre is exploring its creative possibilities
The Guardian , 16 May 2018
AI is the spectre haunting the workforce but theatre is exploring its creative possibilities
The Guardian , 16 May 2018
Lecture- “Irish Studies in the 21st Century : Cartographies and Processes”
Why not join our team? We are currently recruiting for two exciting new roles at MoLI – full job descriptions are downloadable at the links below:
Applications are by CV , with a cover letter, to firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications for both roles close at 5pm, Friday 28th September, 2018
We have chosen to “tag” the resources that we find interesting : they may take the form of research websites or more random topics and they appear on the right side bar under key words.
Labex Arts: The Laboratory of Excellence in Arts and Human Mediations is part of the “Investments for the future” program since 2011. As part of this program, its members conduct research following three main lines: situations, technologies, hybridization.
See the projects here.
E-flux: e-flux is a publishing platform and archive, artist project, curatorial platform, and enterprise which was founded in 1998. Its news digest, events, exhibitions, schools, journal, books, and the art projects produced and/or disseminated by e-flux describe strains of critical discourse surrounding contemporary art, culture, and theory internationally. Its monthly publication e-flux journal has produced essays commissioned since 2008 about cultural, political, and structural paradigms that inform contemporary artistic productions.
RESEARCH TOPICS : we are seeking to develop innovative research on topics that allow for cross-overs between several fields and to value research that crosses more than one discipline in the humanities : Irish studies and the digital humanities ; Irish studies and popular culture ; soft power : online productions and global disseminations, etc.
Prospective MA and PhD Students are welcome to contact us to discuss them or to contribute to this blog.
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We are a group of scholars in France and Ireland with an interest in cultural digital productions in Ireland. We are based at NUIG, at IADT Dun Laoghaire, and the universities of Rennes and Reims.
Prof. Anne Goarzin‘s research deals with contemporary Irish literature and culture . She is particularly interested in new practices, and disciplinary encounters, such as those suggested by new materialism – a critical trend which is part and parcel of the “theories of the posthuman” that have emerged in the 21st century, calling into question binaries and essentialisms: the division of self and other, reality and representation, mind and body, nature and culture, human and animal, organic and technological. In literature, she is very interested in the notion of “diffracted reading ” proposed by Karen Barad, or by Rita Felski’s insights on the value of literature. Her research focuses on the cultural impact of new media on history and memory practices as well as on their politics. She is also interested in new, transdisciplinary, artistic practices – as political statements, lived experiences, or as performances.
Contact : anne.goarzin[a] univ-rennes2.fr
Dr. Anne Karhio’s work focuses on contemporary Irish poetry, place, space and landscape, and digital media aesthetics. Her research encompasses literary and multimodal aesthetics in new media environments, the relationship between cultural, institutional and aesthetic dimensions in literary production of the digital age, and the impact of new technologies on established aesthetic forms and practices. She has carried out work in various disciplines in the arts and humanities, including Comparative Literature, English Literature, Irish Studies and Digital Culture. Her most recent Irish Research Council / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions –funded research project Virtual Landscapes: New Media Technologies and the Poetics of Place in Recent Irish Poetry has been carried out in the Moore Institute at NUI Galway and the discipline of Digital Culture at the University of Bergen, Norway.
Contact : anne.karhioa[a]nuig.ie
Dr Maria Parsons ’research interests are in feminisms, the body, new materialism, the posthuman and popular and digital cultures. She is currently working on Catherine Malabou’s concept of plasticity in relation to postsecular time with an emphasis on ‘techno-artistic-epigenesis.’ She is particularly interested in the materiality of the post-inscriptive event as a political act of resistance. She also led a collaborative spatial visualisation project entitled ‘Memory, Space and New Technologies’ which included a virtual reality installation I.S. Complex (2015). She also collaborated on an audio-visual installation for the Science Gallery in Trinity College Dublin, entitled Pefectly N and not an I as part of the Blood Exhibition (2014). She has also published in the fields of gothic and horror studies and queer studies.
Prof. Sylvie Mikowski is interested in Ireland and popular culture. She has convened two conferences on the subject, the proceedings of which have been published, the first called ” Ireland and Popular Culture” at Peter Lang in the « Re-Imagining Ireland » series and the other called « The Circulation of popular culture between Ireland and the USA” is forthcoming at EPURE Editions in Reims. She is running a research seminar at the University of Reims on « Popular Cultures » with Yann Philippe. She is interested in literary apps, in writers’ blogs/websites, and in Irish fan fiction. She is currently preparing a book on recent Irish fiction.
contact : sylvie.mikowski [a] univ-reims.fr.
En partenariat avec/in collaboration with : Université Rennes 2, Institute of Art Design and Technology (Dublin), National University of Ireland (Galway).
CIRLEP-E.A. 4299, UFR Lettres, Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne
C’est désormais une évidence : la circulation des cultures populaires se fait largement par le biais des outils et réseaux numériques.
Comme le soulignent Sinatra et Sinclair, « Le numérique provoque un réagencement des dispositifs de production et de diffusion de la connaissance et des contenus en littérature, en communication, en histoire de l’art, et ce, en s’appuyant sur une expertise de haut niveau dans les sciences de l’information et l’informatique. » (Sinclair et Sinatra, « Repenser le numérique au 21e siècle », in Sens Public, 2015). Le rapport aux choses matérielles s’en trouve modifié ; les temps sociaux également.
On interrogera ici les productions immatérielles et virtuelles issues de cette nouvelle donne toujours en mouvement : qu’en est-il de l’accès aux moteurs de recherche, quelle culture populaire circule en ligne, et sous quelles formes (réseaux, discussions, création de ‘memes’ et répétition), et quelle est la part laissée à la création dans ce processus ?
Outre ces enjeux esthétiques ou créatifs, quels sont les enjeux éthiques soulevés par l’accès à ces nouveaux médias ?
Sinclair et Sinatra soulignent également que l’ubiquité du numérique interroge nécessairement « des mécanismes de visibilité, d’accessibilité à l’information et de circulation des contenus […] et notre rapport au savoir qui se retrouve remis en question. » (ibid) Au travers de cette collaboration, nous souhaitons donc proposer une réflexion qui prenne en compte la place du numérique en Irlande et en France, comme objet d’étude théorique, comme outil incontournable de la création, comme outil de sociabilité, mais aussi plus largement, sur la manière dont le numérique peut ouvrir des perspectives à la fois patrimoniales (cf. le projet de carte virtuelle / Mount Street de IADT), et sociales (cf. des projets artistiques en ligne, comme « Leaving Ireland », ou « Aftermath. ie ») et permettre de repenser l’importance du geste, d’une pratique artistique ou d’un contenu « stable ».
Il s’agira ici d’échanger les pratiques : qu’avons-nous à apprendre des méthodologies mises en place par nos collègues irlandais dans le domaine de l’étude et de l’esneignement des cultures numériques et populaires ? Comment pouvons-nous envisager un transfert de leurs compétences pour les mettre en œuvre dans nos propres pratiques, et inversement, pouvons-nous apporter aussi un point de vue scientifique français à ce champ d’études ? Tandis que nous souhaitons apprendre des pratiques d’interdisciplinarité et de l’avancée des Irlandais dans le décloisonnement entre haute et basse culture, entre culture numérique et culture traditionnelle, nous pensons que le formalisme français et son attachement à l’étude des formes et des structures, pourrait contribuer à enrichir ces domaines d’études relativement nouveaux en France.
It is undeniable that popular cultures today mainly circulate through social media, websites, Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, etc. This has transformed our relationship with material objects, as well as our perception of time. The aim of this symposium is to examine some examples of these new immaterial and virtual objects in circulation : to survey the kind of popular culture thus created, and under what new forms: memes, repetitions, etc. What are the ethical questions raised by these new forms of production of cultural objects? What new artistic, literary, social, political, patrimonial possibilities have been opened up by the new media?
Central to this symposium is the aim of exchanging ideas and practices with our colleagues from Ireland: what new objects have they chosen to explore in their individual research? What aspects of their research do they apply to their teaching practices? What part do they give to digital practices in their teaching of popular cultures? And in return, what aspects of French theory (Baudrillard, Guy Debord, Michel Serres, Bruno Latour) may bring to the study of popular and digital cultures ? What can we French academics learn from the Irish who have been long involved in digital culture, if only because of the presence of some of the biggest digital companies in the world on their soil (Facebook, Twitter Google etc).
A partnership between University College Dublin and the National Library of Ireland, the Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI) is a new landmark cultural institution in the heart of Ireland’s capital city. Picturesquely located on the southside of St Stephen’s Green in one of Dublin’s finest historic houses, MoLI draws inspiration from the work of Ireland’s most famous writer James Joyce. It celebrates our internationally-renowned literary culture and heritage from the past to the present, inspiring the next generation to create, read and write.
Immersive multimedia exhibitions, priceless artefacts, lectures, performances, cutting-edge children’s education programmes, historic house tours, digital broadcasting, research facilities and a café set in one of the city’s most beautiful and tranquil gardens make the Museum of Literature Ireland a major contribution to the local and international literary landscape.
The Douglas Hyde Gallery presents an ambitious new artwork that explores the politics and conditions of visibility. Initiated by Dublin-based artists and long-term collaborators, Sven Anderson and Gerard Byrne, A Visibility Matrix assembles contributions from a distributed panel of artists, film-makers and others within a synchronised, multi-channel video installation that will be presented for the first time in Gallery 1 of The Douglas Hyde Gallery.
A Visibility Matrix unfolds as a response to the ambitions of abandoned art and technology projects from the 1960s–1980s that prioritised multiscreen video projection, monitor arrays, communications networks and algorithmic composition principles. These projects explored visual excess and hyperstimulation prior to the development of the Internet, and before multi-screen video displays expanded into the vernacular backdrop of everyday public and private life. Considered now, the plural voices of these experiments in perception and communication simultaneously prophesise and bypass the homogenised conditions that have come to be accepted as network culture.
See Douglas Hyde website for more information (link above).
From overhead satellites to underwater sea cables — network infrastructures and algorithmic software systems are as ubiquitous as they are invisible. Today’s internet infrastructures are complex adaptive systems; they encompass data centres, software protocols, mineral mines and assembly line workers; connecting the flow of information beaming from satellites to the smartphones in our hands.
We are firmly embedded within these structures — impacting our online-dating profiles, making transactions in financial markets, discerning our credit scores and optimising our cities, playing an increasing role in the exercise of power and the restructuring of society. These spaces are sites of endless flux and transformation enabled by hardware and software updates and intelligent algorithms that observe data and make decisions. Everything we do touches or is touched by infrastructure but what is needed in terms of infrastructure for cultural production today, and what type of users of these systems do we want to be?
Land / Sea / Signal explores how we perceive and understand these spaces as their image is constructed by the frictions between people, machines, interfaces, data and infrastructure. By considering the complex entanglements between environmental and socio-political conditions that are involved in the configuration of infrastructure space, the artists in this exhibition bring about a new understanding of infrastructure and its materialities. They connect to geography, protocols, economic markets and communication grids, building a discursive space of practice that aims to move beyond critical concerns of these issues to move toward the imagination and speculation of the potentialities of what infrastructure could be.
Curated by Nora O Murchú
RUA RED, South Dublin Arts Centre, Tallagh
The International Crime Fiction Research Group, based at the Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities in Queen’s University Belfast, was created in 2013.
It brings together scholars from disciplines such as literature, film studies and cultural history. Its principal aim is to organise a series of initiatives themed around issues relating to the international genres of crime fiction, in order to establish long-term collaborations with other UK and European scholars and Libraries.
It will involve crime authors and series editors, and other stakeholders in the circulation of crime fiction, such as publishers, critics, translators and specialised retailers.
It builds on a series of conferences held to date by the Ireland-based International Crime Genre Research Network, in partnership with Dr Kate Quinn (University of Galway) and Dr Marieke Krajenbrink (University of Limerick) in Galway (2005), Limerick (2007), Cork (2009) and Belfast (2011)
The Century Ireland project is an online historical newspaper that tells the story of the events of Irish life a century ago.
Century Ireland is published on a fortnightly basis, beginning in May 2013, and is the main online portal for the Irish decade of commemorations, 1912-23.
News reporting on life in Ireland 100 years ago is supported by a wealth of visual, archival and contextual material to facilitate an understanding of the complexities of Irish life in the year between 1912 and 1923.
Century Ireland is produced by a team of researchers at Boston College Ireland and the project is funded by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.
Century Ireland is hosted by RTÉ and the site is complimented by their broadcast schedule and material from the RTÉ archives.
At the core of Century Ireland is a collaborative partnership between the major cultural and educational institutions in Ireland. By working so fruitfully together, the various partners are making a range of rarely (or never) seen material available that will bring the events of a century ago to life. Century Ireland was awarded an Eircom Spider award for best Irish Arts, Culture & Heritage website in 2013 and shortlisted for a prestigious Prix Europa, one of the biggest international prizes for public service television, radio and online production.
Key topics include:
Organisée par l’Université Sorbonne Paris Cité, l’Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3 et en partenariat avec la Maison des Sciences de l’Homme en Bretagne, l’école d’été 2018 du réseau UDPN (Usages des patrimoines numérisés) aura pour thématique : De l’usage à l’expérience des patrimoines numérisés : les apports de la recherche en esthétique et en design dans les projets en SHS et humanités numériques.
Elle se tiendra le mercredi 11 juillet prochain de 10h à 17h, dans la salle du conseil de la MSHB, avenue Gaston Berger à Rennes.
Voir le Programme ici.
L’école d’été 2018 de l’UDPN a pour objectif d’examiner, au prisme de l’esthétique et du design, les conditions de production et de transmission des résultats de recherche à partir des usages et des pratiques des patrimoines numérisés. Cette journée est organisée à l’initiative de l’Université Sorbonne Paris Cité et de l’Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3, en partenariat avec la Maison des Sciences de l’Homme en Bretagne.Initié en 2014, le réseau Usages des Patrimoines Numérisés est un programme scientifique interinstitutionnel (Universités Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris Descartes, Paris Diderot et Paris 13) qui s’est donné pour objectif d’étudier et de concevoir les usages des patrimoines numérisés et d’envisager les évolutions engendrées par la numérisation dans les pratiques et les représentations. Cette approche se trouve au croisement de plusieurs champs disciplinaires, en particulier la littérature, la linguistique, la traductologie, l’informatique, l’histoire, l’histoire des sciences, l’histoire de l’art, l’esthétique, la muséologie, l’audiovisuel, la sociologie, les sciences de l’information et de la communication.
En engageant une réflexion méthodologique pour concevoir des instruments au service des usagers et questionner la diversité de ces usages, le réseau s’est inscrit dans des problématiques qui irriguent le champ des humanités numériques. Cette étude a également été menée en interaction avec deux disciplines distinctes : d’une part les sciences de l’information et de la communication et d’autre part l’épistémologie et l’histoire des sciences et des techniques. Il s’agit alors à l’occasion de cette école d’été de prolonger une démarche exploratoire à l’intersection de ces deux disciplines tout en investissant des outils et des méthodes issues de la recherche esthétique et du champ du design. L’objectif est d’interroger les relations entre construction de la connaissance scientifique et expression visuelle, ainsi que le rôle de la matérialité et de la médiation des artefacts graphiques et techniques.
The Arts and Humanities Research Council of the United Kingdom and the Smithsonian Institution in the United States are offering a one-year funded fellowship program in the digital humanities for students from US or UK institutions.
More information is available on the AHRC website. The application deadline is July 26th.
Special issue of the Journal of Electronic Publishing: ‘Disrupting the Humanities: Towards Posthumanities’, edited by Gary Hall and Janneke Adema. This special issue consists of a selection of video-articles by contributors including Mark Amerika, Monika Bakke, Endre Dányi, Johanna Drucker, Lesley Gourlay, Sarah Kember, Silvio Lorusso, Erin Manning, Niamh Moore, Karen Newman, SØren Pold, Craig Saper, and Iris van der Tuin, and is divided into 3 sections:
Please find a table of contents for this special issue underneath.
The Journal of Electronic Publishing (JEP)
Volume 19, No. 2 winter 2016
Edited by Janneke Adema and Gary Hall
PART ONE – Creating Posthumanities: Disrupting Humanities Methodologies
Part one of Disrupting the Humanities consists of a radical exploration of new posthumanist methodologies that take into account the agency of technologies and other non-human actants involved in modern forms of knowledge production.
PART TWO – Performing Posthumanities: Disrupting Humanities Aesthetics
Part two looks at the ways in which research is mediated and performed. It focuses on a reconsideration of the aesthetics of scholarship, including the “aesthetics of bookishness.” In doing so it investigates the potential of more post-digital, hybrid and multimodal forms of knowledge creation.
PART THREE – Circulating Posthumanities: Disrupting Humanities Institutions
Part three of Disrupting the Humanities provides a critical examination of how research is disseminated and shared, be it via publication to peers or to students in a pedagogical setting, adopting practices of radical openness and experimentation to challenge the normative and often print-based (neo)liberal humanist assumptions of how scholars in the humanities communicate.
Transient Topographies: Space and Interface in Digital Literature and Art is the second Galway Digital Cultures Initiative conference, and it took place at the Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities and Social Studies at the Hardiman Research building on NUI Campus, on 20-21 April 2018.
The event was funded by the Irish Research Council and the European Commission via Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions
See also : Other Codes / Cóid Eile – Digital Literatures in Context, 1st Galway Digital Cultures Initiative conference
The Prisons Memory Archive (PMA) is a collection of 175 filmed walk-and-talk recordings with those who had a connection with Armagh Gaol and the Maze and Long Kesh Prison during the conflict in and about Northern Ireland
The recordings were made in 2006 and 2007. The range of participants includes prison staff, prisoners, relatives, teachers, chaplains, lawyers, doctors, probation officers and maintenance workers.
The recordings capture how everyday life was impacted by the conflict and builds a rich tapestry of the story of the prisons, just one of the many stories from the conflict
Currently, 23% of the material is accessible, online and in several films, and we are working to make the remainder available.
The work of the Prisons Memory Archive is under-pinned by an ethical framework of life- storytelling, co-ownership and inclusivity.
Thèse de Anabelle Le Guinio (en cours)
Dir. Pr. Sylvie Mikowski, URCA, Reims.