Centre for Early Modern Studies Launched in Limerick
A new research centre focusing on Irish and European history and culture of the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries was launched in Limerick recently. The Centre for Early Modern Studies brings together experts from various academic disciplines from University of Limerick and Mary Immaculate College to work on specific research themes and projects focused on the early modern era. It will also serve as a platform for the sharing of expertise via lectures, conferences and seminars.
Chair of the Centre for Early Modern Studies and Lecturer in History at UL, Dr Richard Kirwan explains, “Research in the humanities has been traditionally conducted by individuals working in isolation but this Centre will offer opportunities for collaborative cross-disciplinary research, which, when combined with the unique resources in the Bolton Library, will no doubt lead to new insights on the history and culture of the early modern period”.
With a membership of 18, and with especially strong representation from the fields of history, English, Irish and French, the establishment of the centre responds to existing strengths in early modern studies in the region.
In addition to supporting the individual research projects of its members, the centre aims to facilitate and develop collaborative and interdisciplinary engagement within the humanities and between academics and specialist librarians and archivists.
It will also promote scholarly engagement with the early modern manuscript and print collections of UL’s Glucksman Library. In particular, the centre will avail of its Bolton Collection as a resource for new research. The Bolton Collection at UL is a unique collection of 12,000 early-printed books, manuscripts and incunabula of exceptional academic and bibliographic importance, care of which has recently been assumed by the Glucksman Library