UCD Humanities Institute
University College Dublin

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Director of Humanities Institute of Ireland (HII) UCD Humanities Institute

Anne Fuchs Professor of Modern German Literature and Culture

Institute Manager

Valerie Norton


UCD Humanities Institute is a successful and prestigious resource for the humanities within UCD and nationally. Building on its impressive record of doctoral completion rates and reputation as a vibrant centre for research, debate and scholarship, the Humanities Institute works to deepen its role as a catalyst for innovative and high quality research in the arts and humanities.

The core research strengths of the contemporary humanities are critical thinking, depth of historical understanding and interpretative rigour. At UCD, researchers apply these skills to understand the dynamics of cultural, political and social change across a broad range of languages, art forms, technologies and historical periods. Our research organised under the central theme of "Culture, Society and Change" explores the relationships between peoples, places and identities, combining cultural and historical perspectives with an understanding of human interaction with landscape and environment. UCD Humanities Institute seeks to explore the emerging synergy between traditional humanities interpretative skills and qualitative techniques with the quantitative potential inherent in the new digital archives at our disposal which can open up very long term historical perspectives and multiplicities of cultures, languages and communities for analysis.

The central theme consists of a number of research strands:

  • Memory
  • Environment and Global Histories
  • Gender, Sexuality and Culture
  • Digital and Media Cultures