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International Women's Day Event 8 March 2021


Learn more about the unique and innovative undergraduate programmes offered in the School of Religion, Trinity College Dublin.

Upcoming Event: (this event was postponed due to Covid-19 and will be rescheduled)

25 November 2019: Inaugural Lecture of Prof. Ruth Mazo Karras, Lecky Professor of History

'Sex, Violence, Exclusion: The Shape of Masculine Expectations in Medieval Europe''

Despite the weather, the Emmet Theatre was almost full for this Inaugural Lecture by Prof. Karras. The lecture identified areas of human experience in which societies typically have expectations for men and masculine behaviour, and then examined how those expectations differ between cultures. For more information, including a podcast of the lecture, please click here

22 October 2019: Constantia Maxwell Scholarship Award Ceremony

Twelve students were awarded the prestigious Constantia Maxwell Award this week by the Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Professor Gail McElroy.  The Scholarship is awarded annually to one taught Masters student in each of the twelve schools in the Faculty of AHSS. The award is named after Constantia Elizabeth Maxwell, who became the first woman on the academic staff in Trinity College in 1909, and the first woman to hold a full-time chair when she was appointed to the prestigious Lecky Chair in 1945.

04 October 2019: FAHSS Professional Staff Away Day

There was stiff competition among the EO and SEO staff who attended an AHSS Away Day last Friday. Congratulations to the winning team, “Team Anonymous”, made up of Eilis Dunne, Patricia McCorry, Colette Agnelov and Raimonda Elvikyte.

03 April 2019: Hustings for Election to Dean of AHSS

The two electoral candidates for Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (Prof. Louis Brennan, Trinity Business School and Prof. Gail McElroy, Social Sciences and Philosophy) outlined their manifestos at a hustings, chaired by Prof. Mary McCarron, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Podcast of Hustings

19 February 2019: Inaugural Lecture of Prof. Rhodri Cusack, Thomas N. Mitchell Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience

'Uncovering the Hidden Foundations of Cognition in Infancy with Neuroimaging and Artificial Intelligence''

Trinity's Long Room Hub was the venue for this Inaugural Lecture by Prof. Rhodri Cusack. The lecture investigated why humans infants are so helpless and slow to develop. Prof. Cusack described how his team is aiming to bring together computational models from artificial intelligence with neuroimaging in infants, to uncover the hidden foundations of cognition in infancy. For more information on the event, please click here.

28 November 2018: Inaugural Lecture of Prof. Sean Duffy, Professor of Medieval Irish and Insular History

'King Robert Bruce the Irishman'

Prof. Duffy gave his inaugural lecture in a packed Synge Theatre, Arts Building. The lecture explored the Bruce family connection with Ireland and their immersion in the Gaelic world of the West Highlands, the Islands, and Galloway. For more information on the event, please click here.


20 November 2018: Why do we love to be scared? Launch of new book by Prof Darryl Jones, Dean of AHSS. Click here for full article.

Author John Connolly, VP/CAO Prof. Chris Morash, Dean of AHSS Prof. Darryl Jones

31 October 2018: Launch of Athena SWAN in the School of Histories and Humanities

The School of Histories and Humanities launched its Athena SWAN initiative with a talk by Dr Carol Baxter, Assistant Secretary General, Department of Justice and Equality entitled Empowering women as leaders: the Athena Swan process and the National Strategy for Women and Girls. Organised by the School's Athena SWAN Champions (Prof Catherine Lawless and Prof Robert Armstrong), the event was attended by representatives from the School SAT as well as staff and students from the wider Faculty.

Picture of Powerpoint Slide, "Empowering Women as Leaders"

The School will now continue its work towards a successful Athena SWAN bid in 2019, and already has its own SWAN mascot!

Picture of a Swan-shaped pastry.


October 2018: Constantia Maxwell Scholarship Award Ceremony

Dean shaking hands with one of the awardees, while presenting the Constantia Maxwell award to one candiate

Prof. Darryl Jones, Dean of AHSS, presents the Constantia Maxwell Scholarship to Michael Sonne, who is studying for an M.Phil in Philosophy in the School of Social Sciences and Philosophy.

The Constantia Maxwell Scholarship is awarded annually to one taught Masters student in each of the twelve schools in the Faculty of AHSS. It is named after Constantia Elizabeth Maxwell, who became the first woman on the academic staff in Trinity College in 1909, and the first woman to hold a full-time chair when she was appointed to the prestigious Lecky Chair in 1945.

See more photos here.

Also receiving a Scholarship was Sarah Rowland, who is studying for a Masters in Clinical Speech and Language Studies, in the School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Studies.



September 2018: Election to Academia Europæa

Dr. Peter Arnds has been elected to Academia Europæa, the European Academy of Humanities, Letters, and Science, which serves in an advisory capacity to the EU and works to advance research and scholarship across Europe. 

Election to the Academy is by invitation only following a rigorous process of review involving "peer group nomination, scrutiny, and confirmation as to the scholarship and eminence of the individual in their chosen field."  

Membership is extended to researchers of international distinction and is widely considered one of the highest honours a European academic may receive. 

Dr. Arnds's election recognises his contributions to the fields of Comparative Literature, German Literary and Cultural Studies, and Literary Translation. He currently serves as the Head of Italian and Director of the M.Phil in Comparative Literature at TCD and is the former Director of the M.Phil in Literary Translation. 

Dr. Arnds joins a distinguished list of Professors and Chairs from Trinity who have been elected to Academia Europæa membership, including fellow School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies colleague and Chair of French Literature, Professor Michael Cronin. 

Other Academy members include Professor of Environmental Humanities Paul Holm and several prominent Emeritus professors from Trinity's Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences:

Fellow Emeritus, FAHSS:

  • Eda Sagarra, former Pro-Chancellor (1999-2008), Professor of German
  • Barbara Wright, former Chair of French Literature (1776)
  • Dennis Kennedy, former Samuel Beckett Chair of Drama
  • Peter Simons, former Chair of Moral Philosophy (1837)
  • Terence Brown, Professor of Anglo-Irish English
  • David Fitzpatrick, Professor of Modern History
  • Roger Stalley, Professor of the History of Art

Honorary Professors, FAHSS: 

  • George Huxley, Department of Classics
  • Antony Tatlow, Department of Drama
  • Michael Ryan, Art History, former Director of the Chester Beatty Library, 
    past president of the Royal Irish Academy 

Academia Europæa has approximately 4,000 members, including 72 Nobel Laureates.
More on AE, click here.


March 2018: Inaugural Lecture: Professor Michael Cronin



January 2018: Election to the Polish Academy of Sciences

Prof Peter Simons, Professor Emeritus of the Department of Philosophy has been elected as a Foreign Member to the Polish Academy of Sciences.  This constitutes a clear indication of the Academy’s great appreciation of Prof Simons and his leading position in science, as well as of his significant contribution to the development of scientific cooperation with Poland.
This is a particular honour as foreign members, especially in the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, are quite rare, with only one other person from Ireland, Professor James Dooge, having been elected in the past.


Inaugural Lecture: Professor Fiona Newell


The Clash at Trinity College Dublin

The Faculty of AHSS is pleased to present a celebration of the 40th anniversary of The Clash’s two shows at Trinity College Dublin: Year Zero: Dublin.  On 21 October 2017 a full day symposium featuring talks, Q&As, readings and screenings by original members of The Clash’s touring party, former TCD Student Officers involved in promoting the shows, filmmakers and close associates of the band. The event will be held in the Examinations Hall, TCD – the original venue for the 1977 shows.





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Inaugural Lecture: Professor Brian Lucey

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences awarded 9 Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences have been awarded 9 Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowships. School's to receive a fellowship include the School of Business, School of English, School of Histories and Humanities and the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies. Well done to all involved.

The Migrant Crisis Public Talk - Policy Failures and Potential Responses

Western foreign policies in the Middle East, reactive EU border controls that have incentivised human trafficking and a failed humanitarian response are among the policy failures that have led to the current migrant crisis, according to a Trinity political scientist who spoke at a public discussion entitled The Migrant Crisis: A Critical Discussion, in Trinity College Dublin on Monday, September 28th, 2015.

At the event Dr Michelle D’Arcy, Assistant Professor in Political Science, argued that the current crisis is the result of three policy failures by Western governments - foreign policies in Middle East that have stoked regional tensions; reactive EU policies that have incentivised traffickers and inadequate humanitarian responses in countries neighbouring Syria.

The event featured researchers from the School of Social Sciences and Philosophy who drew on current research from the fields of economics, political science, sociology and philosophy to help increase public understanding of how the current crisis arose and propose possible policy responses.

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Study on Perceptions of Coercion During Admission to Psychiatric Hospitals

New research on the perception of coercion during admission to Irish psychiatric hospitals has found that there is a significant difference in how service users and their caregivers perceive the admission process. The research, conducted at the School of Psychology at Trinity College Dublin in collaboration with NUI Galway’s Department of Psychiatry, examined the perspectives of 66 individuals, admitted to five Irish acute in-patient psychiatric units, and their caregivers. In particular it focused on perceptions of coercion, pressures and procedural justice relating to the admission.

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Public Lecture Marks 70th Anniversary of Division of Korean Peninsula

Efforts to improve human rights in North Korea often neglect the context of the division and the conflict of the Korean peninsula, according to a prominent human rights expert who spoke at a public lecture to mark the 70th Anniversary of the division of the Korean peninsula in Trinity College Dublin. Organised by Trinity’s Centre for Post-Conflict Justice, the event, entitled “Rights in the Korean Peninsula: Challenges to Peacebuilding”, heard from two human rights experts – Professor Bo-Hyuk Suh, Seoul National University, and Dr. Rajiv Narayan, International Commission Against the Death Penalty – who discussed whether the promotion of human rights and peacebuilding can be pursued hand in hand on the peninsula.

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