CAMPS Research Labs

CAMPS Research Labs provide a forum for staff and graduate students from all disciplines involved to come together in order to present work-in-progress and debate research issues. CAMPS Labs to date have taken a two-hour format, typically initiated with a presentation of specific research themes, questions and challenges, leading into informal and often very wide-ranging discussions.

This page contains an archive of CAMPS Labs already held.

Details on upcoming Labs may be found on the CAMPS home page. 

Labs Archive

CAMP Labs, 2017–18

Semester 1:

  • 22 September 2017 
    "Literary Windows: Imitative Series and Clusters from Classical to Early Modern Literature"
    A round table discussion featuring Michael Clarke, Yiannis Doukas, Peter Kelly, and Lindsay Ann Reid
  • 13 October 2017 
    Maria Hallinan 
    Social Status in Early Medieval Ireland and the Senchas Már Status Tract: The Evidence Thus Far
  • 3 November 2017 
    Marianne Ailes 
    Tolerating the Religious Other in Crusading Literature 
  • 17 November 2017 
    Siobhán Armstrong 
    Irish Wire Strung harp

CAMPS Labs, 2016–17

Semester 1:

  • 16 September 2016
    Ciaran Arthur (Belfast)
    Obscurity and Textual Concealment in Anglo-Saxon England
  • 30 September 2016
    Michael Clarke 
    Creating a Vernacular Literature from Latin Scraps: The Case of the Middle Irish Narrative of Ulysses
  • 21 October 2016
    Andrew Ó Donnghaile
    Túarastal Cána Phátraic: Cáin Dairí and Armagh in Ninth-Century Ireland
    John Carey (Cork)
    Saint Brendan and the Sea Giantess
  • 28 October 2016
    Peter Kelly
    From Science to Mythology: Ovidian Chaos and the Cosmology of Plato’s Timaeus
  • 4 November 2016
    Erin McKinney 
    The Dream Dominatrix: A New Look at Tochmarc Étaíne and Aislinge Óenguso 
  • 11 November 2016
    Michael Shields
    German and Dutch Songs and Dances ‘ Desen houedans zanch verbas – Three court dances in the Haager Liederhandschfrift (ca.1400) – or just one? A quodlibetical collage and its author’.

Semester 2:

  • 20 January 2017
    Peadar Ó Muircheartaigh (Aberystwyth)
    Isidorian semiotics and an orthographic crux in Old Irish
  • 27 January 2017
    Rosemary Power
    At the ends of Christendom: Medieval Greenland in written sources
  • 3 February 2017
    Clodagh Downey
    Poetic positioning in medieval Irish poetry: the case of dindshenchas (‘the lore of prominent places’)
  • 10 February 2017
    Sarah Corrigan
    'Through the spirit of anger': the exegesis of the Red Sea crossing and its emulation in early Irish hagiography
    Sinéad O'Sullivan (Belfast)
    Crafting Knowledge: Glosses in the Early Medieval West
  • 17 February 2017
    Cathy Swift (Limerick)
    St Nicholas of Ireland - patron saint of sailors and single women
  • 24 February 2017
    Kieran O’Connor
    'Temple House Castle - from Templar castle to New English mansion
  • 3 March 2017
    Jessica Cooke
    Saint Meldan, Saint Fursa, Saint Cuana: Saints of Lough Corrib
  • 31 March 2017 
    Frances McCormack
    From Weeping Trees to Heated Hearts: Towards an Understanding of Compunction in Old English Poetry

CAMPS Labs, 2015–16

Semester 1:

  • 16 October 2015 
    Romanas Bulatovas 
    Early Bronze and Inflation under the Roman Republic
  • 23 October 2015 
    Michael Clarke 
    Spirituality and Philology: Making Sense of the Irish Liber Hymnorum
  • 30 October 2015 
    Fañch Bihan-Gallic 
    Burial islands in Scotland and the Celtic Watery Jouney to the Afterlife
  • 6 November 2015 
    John Waddell 
    Medieval Windows on a Pagan Past
  • 13 November 2015 
    Máirín Ní Dhonnchadha 
    Who was the target of the Middle Irish satire Aislinge Meic Con Glinne?
  • 27 November 2015 
    Elizabeth Fitzpatrick 
    The Speckled Place: Boundaries and Natural Resources in Medieval Gaelic Ireland
  • 4 December 2015 
    Kim LoPrete
    Bertrada of Montfort's Dower(s): Finding History in Charters
  • 11 December 2015 
    Catherine Emerson
    La Legende des Flamens (1522)—A Renaissance Book in the Library at Trinity College Dublin 

Semester 2:

  • 22 January 2016 
    Christian Frey (Technische Universität Braunschweig)
    Conquering the East: Germany's Movement Eastwards in the Middle Ages
  • 29 January 2016 
    Francisco Rozano-García
    Liminal Identities in Old English Poetry
  • 12 February 2016
    Sabine Asmus, Universität Leipzig
    The Celtic Otherworld
  • 25 February 2016 
    All-day Research Seminar: 'Territorial Boundaries and Topographies of Power' 
    Directed by Elizabeth FitzPatrick, Archaeology, NUIG 
  • 26 February 2016: 
    3rd Annual Medieval Studies Lecture 
    Joseph F. Nagy, University of California, Los Angeles 
    Hunting Mythical Pigs from Calydon to Caledonia 
  • 4 March 2016 
    Barry Lewis, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies 
    Saints' Genealogies in Medieval Wales: A Comparison with the Irish Corpus 
  • 11 March 2016 
    Jacopo Bisagni
    The newly discovered Irish compustica in the Vatican manuscript 
  • 8 April 2016 
    Jessica Cooke
    The Annaghdown Doorway and King Ruaidhri Ua Conchobhair: Tuarastal and Patronage in Twelfth-Century Connacht 
  • 15 April 2016 
    Dáibhí Ó Cróinín
    "To catch a Thief": a Latin text with Old Irish glosses on the means of detecting and apprehending criminals 
  • 22 April 2016 
    Eugene Costello
    Ar cuairt bhuailltechuis: the medieval origins of transhumance or "booleying" in Ireland

CAMPS Labs, 2014–15

Semester 1:

  • 19 September 2014 
    Chris Doyle
    Unconquered Rome, Fertile Africa: Roman Rule in the Ancient Maghrib
  • 3 October 2014 
    Exequiel Monge
    Eoin Bruinne, the Runaway Bridegroom: Constructing John the Evangelist in Early Medieval Ireland
  • 10 October 2014 
    Jacopo Bisagni
    The Newly-Discovered Hiberno-Breton Computus Parisinus of AD 754
  • 17 October 2014 
    Brian Arkins
    Augustine on the Body and on Sex
  • 31 October 2014 
    Jessica Cooke
    Oral Tradition as a Source for the Monastic Past: Ecclesiastical History and Béaloideas of Annaghdown
  • 7 November 2014 
    Patrick Gleeson
    Kinship in Early Medieval Ireland: Debating Models and Frameworks in a Northwest European Context
  • 21 November 2014 
    Catherine Swift (University of Limerick )
    Confession, Penitence and the Anamchara
  • 28 November 2014 
    Máirín Ní Dhonnchadha
    A Solution from Irish Tradition to the Enigma of an Old English Poem, the So-Called "Wulf and Eadwacer"

Semester 2:

  • 30 January 2015 
    Ruairí Ó hUiginn (Maynooth)
    Marriage, Law, and Tochmarc Emire
  • 13 February 2015 
    Marion Deane (UCD)
    Truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth: the imperative of myth and memory in its dissemination
  • 20 February 2015 
    Francisco Rozano
    Saga hwæt ic hatte: The Many Names and Mysteries of the Exeter Book of Old English Poetry
  • 13 March 2015 
    Dónal Ó Catháin
    The Desmond Geraldines in the 14th Century: Poets and Patrons
  • 27 March 2015 
    Barbara Hillers (UCD )
    Folklore and Medieval Literature: A Reconsideration
  • 13 April 2015 
    Brian Frykenberg (Andover, Massachusetts)
    Suibne's "Praise of the Garb"
  • 14 April 2015 
    Brian Frykenberg (Andover, Massachusetts)
    The Provenance & Language of the Anecdota Suibne Poems
  • 14 April 2015 
    Westley Follett (Univ. of Southern Mississippi)
    Recovering a Lost Library: the Mac Aodhagáin collection at Ballymacegan, Co. Tipperary
  • 15 April 2015 
    Brian Frykenberg (Andover, Massachusetts)
    St Mo-Ling as Prophet in the Poem "Táinic rath"
  • 24 April 2015 
    Kim LoPrete
    War, Monastic Conversion, and the Politics of Ecclesiastical Reform in 1070s' France
  • 1 May 2015 
    Kieran O'Conor
    New Work on Rindoon Castle, County Roscommon

CAMPS Labs, 2013–14

Semester 1:

  • 20 September 2013 
    Pádraic Moran
    Glossing in the Sinosphere: Report from a research trip on Japanese glossing
  • 4 October 2013 
    Elva Johnston (UCD) 
    Ogam and literacy
  • 18 October 2013 
    Michael Clarke
    Reading the Middle Irish Troy alongside Flemish tapestries of the fifteenth century
  • 8 November 2013 
    Peter Kelly
    Suspending suicide: trees and transformation in Ovid's Metamorphoses
  • 22 November 2013 
    Mark Stansbury
    Insular Latin and Insular Manuscripts
  • 29 November 2013 
    John Whitman (Cornell/Toyko)
    Kundoku: What is it, and did anything like it exist in the medieval West?
  • 6 Dec 2013 
    Rosemary Power 
    A Norse view of Brian Bóruma
  • 13 December 2013 
    Kenneth Coyne
    The description of Emperor Alexios I Komnenos in Robert The Monk's Historia Iherosolimatana: caricature or reality?

Semester 2:

  • 17 January 2014 
    Mark Stansbury
    Insular Latin and insular manuscripts
  • 24 January 2014 
    Ian Woods (Leeds) 
    Debating the Fall of Rome from the Ancien Régime to the creation of Late Antiquity
  • 31 January 2014 
    Máirín MacCarron
    Bede and Time
  • 7 February 2014 
    Exequiel Monge Allen
    Humanity, its representation and its redemption in the writings of St Columbanus
  • 14 February 2014 
    Marion Deane (Dublin) 
    Buile Suibne: Symptom as desire: an appraisal of Sweeney's madness
  • 21 February 2014 
    Chris Doyle
    The Right Hand of Victory: Triumphal symbolism in the Late Roman Empire
  • 28 February 2014 
    Elizabeth Boyle (Maynooth)
    Absalom, Absalom!: Translating the story of King David in Medieval Ireland
  • 7 March 2014 
    Clíodhna Carney
    A Platonic epigraph in Chaucer
  • 14 March 2014 
    Jessica Cooke
    The Uí Mheallaigh of Annaghdown: Hereditary clergy of the Uí Fhlaithbheartaigh
  • 21 March 2014 
    Marie-Louise Coolahan
    RECIRC: The reception and circulation of Early Modern women's writing, 1550–1700
  • 28 March 2014 
    Ciaran MacDonagh
    Did medieval Irish monasteries have antiquarians? An examination of the term Prímchríchaire
  • 4 April 2014 
    Feargal Ó Béarra
    Das Ich im Bild: The protagonist voice in Buile Shuibhne
  • 11 April 2014 
    Kim LoPrete
    Bertrada of Montfort and the sources: A mirror for historians

CAMPS Labs, 2012–2013

Semester 1: 

  • 13 September 2012 
    Ann Heymann 
    Musical traditions that inform the performance practice of Early Irish poetry
  • 21 September 2012 
    Clodagh Downey 
    Who was Ailill Moshaulum?
  • 26 October 2012 
    Mark Stansbury 
    How and why do letter forms change?
  • 9 November 2012 
    Máirín Ní Dhonnchadha 
    Spinning and weaving: intercultural metaphors and some Irish peculiarities
  • 30 November 2012 
    Jacopo Bisagni 
    The terminology of woodwind instruments in Old and Middle Irish

Semester 2:

  • 18 January 2013 
    Rosemary Power 
    Saints, scholars and cherished beliefs: Exploring academic and popular interpretations in County Clare
  • 1 February 2013 
    Sarah Corrigan 
    St Clement of Rome and his submarine shrine in the Félire Óengusso
  • 15 February 2013 
    Chris Doyle 
    The seeming futility of church sanctuary in Antiquity, ca. 395–423
  • 21 February 2013 
    Cillian O'Hogan (University of Waterloo) 
    The medieval Irish translation of Lucan's De bello civili
  • 1 March 2013 
    Jason O'Rorke 
    Grammatici: Teachers, scholars and learned men
  • 19 April 2013 
    Kim LoPrete 
    Historians and character(s): The case of Stephen of Blois
  • 23 August 2013 
    Esther Le Mair 
    Did Old Irish have a middle voice?

CAMPS Labs, 2011–2012

  • 23 September 2011 
    Pádraic Moran 
    Digital editions of medieval texts: Opportunities and challenges
  • 21 October 2011 
    Dáibhí Ó Cróinín 
    Grimoald’s Wife and the History of the Dagobert Affair
  • 27 January 2012 
    Peter Kelly 
    A World on the Edge: Framing Chaos in Ovid’s Metamorphoses
  • 24 February 2012 
    Cathy Swift (Limerick) 
    Blood of Limerick: A research project on genetic evidence for Viking ancestry
  • 16 March 2012 
    Keith Busby (Wisconson-Madison) 
    Medieval Francophonia

CAMPS Labs, 2010–2011

  • 18 February 2011 
    Mark Stansbury 
    A discussion of ’Rehabilitating the Text’, chapter 6 of C. W. Hedrick’s History and Silence
  • 11 March 2011 
    Jacopo Bisagni 
    Latin–Irish code-switching in early medieval Ireland
  • 1 April 2011 
    Kim LoPrete 
    Re-thinking feudalism: A discussion of Fred Cheyette’s ’"Feudalism": A memoir and an assessment’
  • 29 April 2011 
    Francesca Bezzone 
    Ancient medicine and early liturgy: Uses of holy oil in the Vita Germani
  • 20 May 2011 
    Michael Clarke 
    Translation and comparative mythology: Perspectives from medieval Latin, Irish and English sources