Research Lecture Series

‌‌‌‌‌Spotlight on Research

The College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies is hosting a series of lectures highlighting recent research achievements in the College. The Lectures take place in the Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities and Social Studies (G010, The Hardiman Building).




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 4th April, 2019 at 1p.m.

   Dr. Jacopo Bisagni 

(Classics, with contribution from Dr. Sarah Corrigan)


 "The IrCaBriTT project: science and biblical exegesis between the Celtic West and the Carolingian Empire" 

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 ‌Maura Farrell


 7th May, 2019 at 1p.m.


Dr. Maura Farrell 



Researching the Rural: Going Global and Staying Local

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The Active Consent programme


6th June, 2019 at 1p.m


Dr Charlotte McIvor (Drama and Theatre Studies) and Dr Pádraig MacNeela, Dr Siobhán O’Higgins, and Kate Dawson (School of Psychology)



"The Active Consent programme"

Lecture Summary



Research Lecture Series 2019


 Dr. Jacopo Bisagni (with a contribution from Dr Sarah Corrigan)

“The IrCaBriTT project: science and biblical exegesis between the Celtic West and the Carolingian Empire”

IrCaBriTT in extenso

The IrCaBriTT project, funded by the Laureate scheme of the IRC, is the first systematic attempt to assess the impact of the literary and scholarly heritage of early Christian Ireland on the shaping of cultural identity among the intellectual élite of medieval Brittany, a country situated on the frontier between the Atlantic world and the European mainland. The research focusses on a newly discovered group of highly distinctive early medieval texts on computus(the science of time-reckoning) and biblical exegesis, all preserved in manuscripts that show clear links with Brittany. These discoveries provide substantial new evidence for Breton education and scholarship in the Carolingian age, and also demonstrate the formative contribution of medieval Irish learning to the development of Breton scientific and religious ideas already during the eighth and ninth centuries – the earliest documented phases of Brittany’s written culture. Moreover, the in-progress integration of these new data into a comprehensive assessment of the Breton transmission of Irish literature is gradually revealing the intellectual networks that linked the Irish, Breton and Frankish monasteries where these works were produced, copied and studied. In sum, this project allows us to appreciate fully for the first time the crucial role that Brittany played as cultural mediator between the Celtic-speaking Insular world and the Continent in the age of Charlemagne and his heirs.


Dr. Bisagni studied Classics, Celtic linguistics and Indo-European linguistics at the University of Pisa, Italy, where he graduated in 2004. He was awarded a PhD from NUI, Galway in 2008 for a thesis entitled Amrae Coluimb Chille: a Critical Edition, a revised version of which is going to be published shortly in book form by the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. Dr. Bisagni have taught widely in early Irish, Latin language, and historical linguistics, and his research areas range from Celtic philology to the study of Early Medieval Irish literature (both Latin and vernacular), especially in regard to its manuscript transmission. More specific research interests include the question of Latin/Old Irish bilingualism in Early Medieval Ireland, the Medieval Irish re-elaboration of the Classical tradition, the terminology of music and musical instruments in Old and Middle Irish sources, and the transmission of scientific and exegetical texts between Ireland, Brittany and Francia in the Carolingian age (c. AD 750–900). The last topic is indeed the focus of the IRC-funded research project that he currently directs, entitled ‘Ireland and Carolingian Brittany: Texts and Transmission’ (IrCaBriTT).

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Dr. Maura Farrell (Geography) 

Researching the Rural: Going Global and Staying Local” 


Rural research has multiple dimensions and directions, all striving to ascertain current rural endeavours and influence policy and practice.  Developing a research trajectory within the rural sphere, requires an exploration of the theoretical, conceptual and empirical boundaries of rural studies.  One of the foremost themes supporting such research is the nature of social, economic, political and cultural restructuring of rural areas driven by forces of globalization, social modernisation and technological innovation.  Entwined in this process is the understanding of rural localities as sites through which these and other influences are conveyed, challenged and replicated.  These ideologies have been core principles behind such past and present rural research projects as the DERREG Project, The National Rural Network Project, The BUSK Project, The IMAJINE Project and more recently The RURALIZATION Project. 

In this seminar, Dr Maura Farrell, will outline key aspects of the above NUI Galway rural research projects, their directions, outcomes and impacts.  In doing so, Maura will explore the challenges in developing networks which result in opportunities of inclusion for current Horizon 2020 projects, but also the benefits of undertaking national research projects and attempting to impact national rural policy.


Dr Maura Farrell is currently a full time lecturer in the School of Geography and Archaeology.   Maura’s teaching reflects her research specialism which revolves around Rural and Agricultural Geography and her interests focus around processes of social, cultural and economic change for rural inhabitants.  Maura is currently the Principle Investigator on the National Rural Network Project and the more recent Horizon 2020, RURALIZATION Project.  Dr Farrell is extremely active outside university life, having been appointed to committees and organisations both nationally and internationally.  These include an appointment by the Minister for Rural and Community Development to the Monitoring Committee for the Action Plan for Rural Development and by DG-AGRI to an evaluation and reflection group for the LEADER Programme. 

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Dr. Charlotte McIvor and Dr. Pádraig MacNeela (Drama and Psychology)


Dr Charlotte McIvor (Drama and Theatre Studies) and Dr Pádraig MacNeela, Dr Siobhán O’Higgins, and Kate Dawson (School of Psychology) will present: "The Active Consent programme". This programme, funded by Lifes2good Foundation in partnership with Galway University Foundation and NUI Galway, targets young people from 16-23 years of age in order to promote a positive approach to the important issue of sexual consent and will partner with a range of schools and sporting organisations in the delivery of the Active Consent initiative.

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