Galway city on the west coast of Ireland (population c. 90,000) dates back to the early 13th century. Pubs, cafés, restaurants, boutiques and art galleries line the narrow streets of the city centre, which still retains portions of the medieval city walls. Famous for its rich tradition of Irish music, theatre and the arts, Galway was recently awarded the status of UNESCO City of Film and has been selected to be European Capital of Culture in 2020. Galway’s hinterland is rich in heritage sites and remarkable landscapes (the Wild Atlantic Way), and is located in one of the few remaining areas where Irish continues to be spoken as a first language.
The National University of Ireland, Galway is one of Ireland’s major universities (awarded Irish University of the Year for 2018) with a student population of 16,000 and long experience in hosting major international conferences. The city of Galway is a 5-minute walk from the University campus.
NUI Galway has a growing engagement with digital humanities:
- NUI Galway is currently engaged, through its new Digital Cultures Initiative, in expanding its profile and expertise in digital arts and humanities training and research. The University’s Moore Institute currently hosts a number of major Digital Humanities projects.
- NUI Galway currently runs a Digital Arts and Humanities PhD programme, and has now developed two new programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate (MA in Digital Cultures and BA in Digital Arts and Technology), both due to commence in September 2018;
- NUI Galway has just been awarded the status of national co-host for the DARIAH infrastructure;
- The University’s James Hardiman Library has been making significant investment in digitisation of cultural heritage, and has a strong commitment to developing digital scholarship;
- NUI Galway hosts one of the major centres for data analytics research in Ireland (INSIGHT) which is developing world-class expertise in natural language processing and information mining;
- We are actively building innovative connections between digital humanities and creative communities in the region; we have secured a partnership with Galway’s major annual literary festival (Cúirt) in the area of digital arts and electronic literature and are developing digital collaborations with creative industries for Galway’s Capital of Culture programme in 2020;
- We have on-campus SMEs working in the areas of virtual and augmented reality R&D who are eager to collaborate with arts and humanities researchers.