Contagion, Biopolitics and Cultural Memory is using large scale historical datasets to understand contemporary attitudes and improve public health outcomes.

The project seeks to illuminate culturally and historically specific understandings of disease that appear within a collection of 49,000 literary works that have been digitised by the British Library, published between the 1500s and the early 20th century.

This University College Dublin project – funded by an Irish Research Council New Horizons Interdisciplinary Award to Professor Gerardine Meaney and Dr Derek Greene – began its work in 2017.

In 2009, the Irish Government published the Ryan Report, an expansive inquiry into child abuse at residential institutions for children run by the Catholic Church between 1936 and 1999. 

Industrial Memories helps make further sense of the Ryan Report by revealing the distressing scale and systemic nature of abuse during this period, bringing users closer to the voices and experiences of people inside the system.

Industrial Memories is a unique collaboration of the School of English, Drama and Film and the UCD Insight Centre for Data Analytics, funded by the Irish Research Council.

Combining literary and data science expertise, Nation, Genre, Gender maps and analyses social networks in Irish and English fiction, 1800-1922. 

It explores how writers and readers have imagined the connections between people in their society and turned those connections into plots. The project, funded by the Irish Research Council, has completed work on 46 novels to date. 

The project is a unique collaboration between researchers in literature and data analytics. The research team combines UCD’s strengths in cultural criticism and social network analysis.

The archive is a repository that holds recordings of Irish poets and writers, reading their own work and giving a brief overview of the  circumstances that influenced the writing of their poems.

This collection aims to capture and preserve the rich and diverse landscape of poetry in Ireland. It includes the voices of: established poets; emerging poets; performance poets; avant-garde poets; English and Irish language poets; and Irish diaspora poets.

The Irish Poetry Reading Archive complements and builds on the rich and diverse collections of poetry already held in UCD Library. The archive makes Irish poetry accessible to audiences at home and abroad.