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Research Specialisms

An Foras Feasa: The Institute for Research in Irish Historical and Cultural Traditions is based at NUI Maynooth.

The research focus in the Institute is on the Digital Humanities and Digital Humanities education. Specialisms include digital repository development, digital textual studies and teaching and learning within Virtual Research Environments. Major research projects underway in the Institute include the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) project where An Foras Feasa is responsible for requirements analysis and software engineering for the data management layer.

The Institute runs a number of teaching programmes at undergraduate and graduate level including Humanities Computing and the MA in Digital Humanities. An Foras Feasa also participates in the inter-institutional Digital Arts and Humanities Structured PhD, the largest structured PhD programme in Europe. There are currently five PRTLI5-funded students undertaking PhDs in Digital Arts and Humanities in NUI Maynooth as part of this programme.

The Institute also runs the Digital Humanities Research Seminar which hosts leading Digital Humanities scholars from Ireland and abroad to discuss issues relating to the development and maintenance of Digital Humanities projects. An Foras Feasa has a vibrant relationship with the Faculty of Arts, Celtic Studies and Philosophy at NUI Maynooth, facilitating collaborative research clusters across the Faculty.

An Foras Feasa also collaborates with specific clusters that are aligned to the research specialisms of the Institute, namely Digital Humanities and Humanities Education.