Structured PhD in Digital Arts and Humanities (DAH)
Digital tools offer an opportunity to ask new, often radical, questions about humanities research. The Digital Arts and Humanites PhD programme provides an opportunity for students to explore how "digital" is changing the face of the "arts and humanities". Students on the programme will seek to discover what is it to be human in the digital age, and the answers will help to shape how we see ourselves and others in an age where humanity is becoming increasingly connected by ubiquitous technology.
PhD in Digital Arts and Humanities
Applications are invited for places in the structured PhD programme in Digital Arts and Humanities (DAH). Successful candidates will be registered with the full-time interdisciplinary structured PhD programme co-ordinated with an all-Irish university consortium. Studentships are provided at University College Cork, Trinity College Dublin, National University of Ireland, Galway, and National University of Ireland, Maynooth.
What is DAH?
DAH is a four-year structured doctoral research-training programme designed to enable students to carry out research in the arts and humanities at the highest level using new media and computer technologies.The ever-evolving developments in computing and their performative and analytical implications have brought about a quantum leap in arts and humanities research and practice. Digital Arts and Humanities is a field of study, research, teaching, and invention at the intersection of computing and information management with the arts and humanities. The DAH Structured PhD programme will create the research platform, the structures, partnerships and innovation models by which fourth-level researchers can engage with a wide range of stakeholders in order to contribute to the developing digital arts and humanities community world-wide, as participants and as leaders. The programme will promote advanced practical and academic research in applying innovative models of arts practice and theory, humanities research, archiving, and pedagogy. DAH will provide coherent exposure to transferable skills in digital content creation that will be enabling, academically rigorous and commercially viable. DAH will do so by promoting advanced practical and academic research in the application of new media and computer technologies, and will work with industry partners and cultural institutions to ensure knowledge exchange and career development.
Candidates will choose to enter the program within either the ARTS or the HUMANITIES strands. In both strands they are required to complete core, training and career development modules, including main modules shared across the consortium and others institutionally-based. The overall aim of the taught modules are threefold:
1. to introduce students to the history and theoretical issues in digital arts/humanities;
2. to provide the skills needed to apply advanced computational and information management paradigms to humanities/arts research;
3. to provide an enabling framework for students to develop generic and transferable skills to carry out their final research projects/dissertations.
The aim of the research is to enable students to develop and synthesise a PhD dissertation.
Year 1 of the four-year programme includes core and optional graduate education modules delivered in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Maynooth. These modules provide grounding in essential research skills and transferable skills together with access to specialist topics. In years 1 and 2 work on PhD research projects is supplemented with access to elective modules.
Year 3 features practical placements in industry, academic research environments or cultural institutions.
- Year 4 is fully dedicated to writing up the thesis.
DAH at University College Cork
The College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences (CACSSS) at University College Cork adds unique elements to DAH. UCC staff have wide experience in digital arts and humanities, especially in regard to Irish and European history, literature, culture and music technology. Some current projects and collaborations in the field at UCC include:
CELT, a corpus of online texts over 14 million words for Irish history, literature and politics;
LOCUS a new Historical Dictionary of Irish place names and tribal names Online;
CELTIC DIGITAL INITIATIVE, which aims to make scarce resources (such astexts, images and bibliographies) available in an electronic format to students and scholars;
ArCH which aims to create a series of facsimile editions online of the major historical Irish manuscripts;
Ongoing digitisation of the papers of the world famous Cork-based mathematician George Boole (1815-1864).
In addition, UCC's School of Music is particularly strong in practice-based research in composition and performance using digital media (e.g., computer-based and electronic resources for composition, sound and video art, and improvisation), including ‘mux and mash-ups’. DAH at UCC will be innovative and interdisciplinary, building on our experience of research and teaching in Digital Arts and Humanities over the past 20 years.
Students must apply on-line at www.pac.ie/ucc
Please click on this link with regard to the application procedure.
The PAC code for this programme is CKH88.
The closing date for receipt of applications has been extended to 1 June 2013.