The Dublin Global Gateway, in partnership with the Nanovic Institute for European Studies and European Movement Ireland, are pleased to offer "Ireland in Europe: Winter Research Program" for the 2020/2021 Notre Dame Winter Session.
There are a variety of virtual research opportunities on offer for any Notre Dame undergraduate students interested in Ireland, especially in its European or Global context. Though the program is non-credit bearing, students will be connected with local experts and may have the opportunity to continue their research in Dublin over the summer, depending on the preliminary research output.
Group Research Opportunity
Interdisciplinary Group Research Project: Regulating Civility in Discourse
In our increasingly polarized society, how should states, media, and civil society operate to ensure and promote the values of civility, dialogue, transparency, and democratic values? What has been Ireland's unique role in creating this regulatory framework?
This is an interdisciplinary group research project with 4 to 5 students chosen by the Gateway. We will kick off with an "EU 101" orientation with our partners at European Movement Ireland. Students will have the autonomy to focus on an area of their choosing within this broad topic (i.e. social media, religion, gender equity, etc.). The research team will produce a 20-page report with a set of proposals as to how to put their research into action. The policy team at European Movement Ireland will review and critique these proposals at the end of the winter session. Though this project is non-credit bearing, students will be connected with experts in EU policy and may have the opportunity to continue their research in Dublin over the summer depending on the preliminary research output.
Independent Research Opportunities
Putting the Humanities to Work: Repatriation Policy in Irish and European Museums
What should museums do with culturally sensitive objects? Or, how should public memorials (like statues) be treated? Should these artifacts be re-contextualized, returned, destroyed? Where do Irish museums or the Irish public stand in this global conversation?
Students may focus either on the museum policy question or public memorial question. This is an individual research project that might appeal to art history majors, students interested in museology, American studies or history majors. Though this project is non-credit bearing, students may have the opportunity to continue their research in Ireland over the summer depending on the preliminary research output.
Senior Thesis and Capstone Project Research Guidance and Support
Are you working on (or working towards) a capstone project or senior thesis with an Irish dimension? Were you planning to travel to Ireland for Fall, Winter, or Spring break with a research grant? The DGG is offering mentorship and guidance over the winter session for students researching on or in relation to Ireland or the Irish people from a literary, anthropological, economic, sociological, cultural, or political perspective. Projects do not have to be in Irish Studies or Irish Language and Literature. Any student who would benefit from an Irish perspective in their senior thesis, capstone, or other major research project may apply. Primary guidance will be offered by Professor Kevin Whelan. Connection to other local experts can be made where necessary.