UCCDH Institute Saturday 17th September, 2016

14 Sep 2016


The inaugural UCCDH Institute for incoming postgraduates will take place in the Digital Humanities Space on Saturday September 17th 2016.  We look forward to welcoming the new researchers in the MA Digital Arts and Humanities together with the incoming PhDs in DAH.

Beginning at 10.30 and continuing through the day, experienced DHers will showcase their work during an informal PhD Slam, and offer some of their insight to the incoming cohort this year. 




Welcome to Digital Humanities at University College Cork.

We are a new Discipline in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences at University College Cork, but we have a long history of making challenging and innovative scholarship that has technology embedded within it.

Today serves as an opportunity to introduce new faces, and for some of us older faces to reconnect with the profoundly interesting, challenging and vibrant research scholars in our midst.  For new MA students you will, we hope, benefit from the insight, experience and encouragement of the research community here where the rising tide lifts all boats!

We are privileted to provide a platform for the encouragement and development of emerging scholarship across a very broad spectrum within the Digital Humanities Discipline, from Folklore and Ethnology to Type Theory, from Gaming Narratives to Oral History, we have a simple premise: 

“There is only one good, knowledge; there is only one evil, ignorance”

                        Socrates, Diogenes Laertius

We hope that you will fulfil your personal goals, and further contribute to your community and society having engaged in this program – a program that promotes a public and engaged scholarship that is rooted in the practical, in doing, in making meaning and in facilitating understanding.

Orla Murphy @omurphy16

Mike Cosgrave @mikecosgrave

A scholar is known by the company s/he keeps, and we are surrounded by a combination of imagination, innovation and excellence here, as you will see today. The annual PhD review series forms a central aspect to the week, with a presentation by PhD researchers on their topic in a seminar – everyone is encouraged to participate, particularly new MA students are welcome. 

In order to briefly introduce you to your colleagues many of them have kindly given their time on a Saturday to introduce their work to incoming students in an informal PhD slam. 

Among them …


Orla-Peach Power

Orla-Peach is a recent graduate of the MA in Digital Arts and Humanities here at University College Cork where she studied the application of photogrammetry in recording at risk commemorative stone monuments from the 16th – 18thcenturies respectively. She recently began her PhD within the same discipline to assess the role of 3D visualisation techniques on a larger dataset of 13 extant historic graveyards and planned cemetery sites in Cork City. Orla-Peach is a research assistant on the IRC funded Deep Maps: West Cork Coastal Cultures project which is a transdisciplinary project between the School of English and the School of Biological Environmental, and Earth Sciences. Orla-Peach will be responsible for visualising and communicating the range of data collated as part of the Deep Maps project, and is also charged with the task of developing and maintaining an online presence via social media platforms and an integrated website.


Jane Shen

Zheng Jane has completed a M.A. in English Language and Literature (Rhetoric) in University of Shanghai for Science and Technology in 2013, another M.A. in English (Education) in Kristianstad University (Sweden) in 2012 and a B.A. in English (Technology) in University of Shanghai for Science and Technology in 2010.

After graduation, I have worked as Head of Academic Affairs Office and Principal’s Secretary in Shanghai University-Mod’Art International Institute of Fashion and Arts from March 2013 to July 2015. At the same time I have been as a part-time English lecturer in College of Continuing Education of Shanghai University.

I am interested in research on Fashion, Digital Humanities and Arts, Social Media, Marketing and Education. Currently I am working on the project named Social Media Marketing in the Fashion Industry. @janeshen0916

Personal Website:


Orla Egan

Orla Egan is a third year PhD student in Digital Arts and Humanities in UCC.

She has been actively involved with the Cork LGBT community since the 1980s, organising various events including the first ever Irish LGBT float in a Patrick’s Day Parade in Cork in 1992.  She has published and presented a number of papers on the history of the LGBT community in Cork and is currently developing a Cork LGBT Digital Archive.    She is a member of the Linc Drama Group and has been involved in writing and preforming in a number of productions.

She also has over 20 years experience working in the Equality, Education, Social Inclusion and Community Development arenas in Ireland.  She is currently a part-time lecturer / tutor in Digital Arts and Humanities, Women’s Studies and Applied Social Studies.  Having recently secured funding from the Irish Heritage Council for the storage and cataloguing of the Cork LGBT Archive and from the Cork City Council Heritage Publication Grant for the production of a publication on the History of the Cork LGBT Community this project is ongoing …

Twitter: @OrlaEgan1          @CorkLGBThistory


Patrick Egan

Patrick Egan has a BSc in Information Technology and an MA in Ethnomusicology. After obtaining his masters he spent a number of years working in the IT industry as a consultant. His experience has included developing innovative projects for an Irish language organisation and he also worked with a number of web development agencies. He spent one year researching in the department of Digital Humanities at King's College London before moving to Cork in 2014. He is currently in third year of his PhD in Digital Arts and Humanities with Music at UCC. Patrick's  research is now focused on designing, modelling, and demonstrating digital representations of material from the Seán Ó Riada Special Collection. He is also a founding member of the online resource Outreach Ethnomusicology


Jessica Jones

Jess Jones is researching how the use of digital tools aids (or undermines) the creation of textual identities. The research is a refinement of the areas explored in her MA Thesis entitled "Status Code 301. Towards an Understanding of Death in Ireland in the Digital Age." This investigated the nature and degree of change that digital technology has brought about in the death industry in contemporary Ireland with a particular focus on the effects of online memorialization services.




Patricia O’Connor

Patricia O’Connor was awarded an Excellence Scholarship for the Taught Masters “Texts and Contexts: Medieval to Renaissance Literature” by the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences (CACSSS) in University College Cork. In 2014 Patricia was awarded a Doctoral Studentship to pursue the findings of her MA thesis, “The Thematic and Contextual Affinities Between the Old English Bede and its Old English Marginalia in Cambridge, Corpus Christi College 41”, within the Digital Arts and Humanities PhD in University College Cork. Her thesis, for which she was awarded an Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship in 2016, is entitled “Retrieving the Textual Environment of the Old English Bede: A Digital Remediation of Cambridge, Corpus Christi College 41.” She is also PhD representative of the Teachers of Old English in Britain and Ireland (TOEBI).




Marilyn Reidy’s researchinterest is primarily in twentieth century Irish history, with a particular focus on Ireland’s involvement in the First World War, the War of Independence, the Civil War and the establishment of the Irish Free State.

Her thesis seeks to reconcile the long-standing critical neglect of Irish veterans of the First World War and their role in the War of Independence. The digital element of the work will consist of a combination of an online archive and the use of various visualisation tools to examine the social networks of the period.

Marilyn holds a BA Honours in History and English (University College Cork) and an Historical Research (University College Cork).



Larkin Cunningham

Larkin is in his fourth year of a Digital Arts and Humanities PhD in UCC (on a part-time basis, so a bit to go yet). He has a BSc in Computing (CIT) and an MSc in Creative Writing (University of Edinburgh).

He is a lecturer in Cork Institute of Technology where he coordinates the higher diploma in cloud and mobile software development and teaches subjects such as game development, software development frameworks, agile development, and programming in Java, C, Python.

His main research interest lies in story and character-driven serious games and how they can explain the systems of the world; the current focus is on the topical issue of doping in sport and how few are blameless.

Twitter: @LarkinDC




Penny Johnston

My research focuses on the role that digital technologies play in the articulation and construction of experiences of belonging and local pride in a globalised world. For the past three years I have been working in close collaboration with the Cork Folklore Project (, a public oral history group. Using an ethnographic approach, I am looking at how cultural heritage knowledge is created and constructed within the Cork Folklore Project, and how this is disseminated online. The particular focus of my research is the Cork Memory Map ( Much of my DH work over the past few years has involved overcoming (and/or working around) problems in order to build a new and sustainable Memory Map ( that will hopefully continue to grow long after my PhD has been completed.

Further details at




Digital Arts & Humanities

Ealaíona Digiteacha agus Daonnachtaí

Room 2.22, O'Rahilly Building, University College Cork, Ireland