The Limerick Early Modern Studies Forum held its first ever public event on the 25th September 2015 with a symposium on ‘Collaborative Research in Early Modern Studies’. The Limerick Early Modern Studies Forum is a body established to support the research activities of early modernists across the disciplines at the University of Limerick and Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. The Forum was founded in February 2015, following the award of funding from the Irish Research Council New Foundations Scheme. This funding will facilitate the various start-up activities of the research cluster which include the recent symposium and a two-day conference on the theme of ‘Moments of Becoming: Transitions and Transformations in Early Modern Europe’ which will take on 20-21 November 2015 at the University of Limerick (the conference programme and registration forms are available here: https://emslimerick.wordpress.com).
The recent symposium explored different aspects of research collaboration in early modern studies. In a paper on ‘Research Collaboration and Early Modern Studies’, Prof. Graeme Murdock (TCD) discussed his experiences of establishing early modern research centres at the universities of Birmingham and Trinity College Dublin. In a paper entitled ‘In the Tavern, at the University, and Online: Collaborating on the Early Modern in Ireland’, Dr. Edel Semple (UCC) discussed the value and importance of informal, inter-institutional, and online fora as a means of stimulating and supporting research collaboration with particular reference to her experiences of the Early Modern Tavern Society, the Irish Renaissance Seminar, and the Shakespeare in Ireland blog. In his presentation on ‘Herding Cats and Cataloging Early-Modern Spanish Print. Some Reflections on managing Iberian Books’, Dr. Sandy Wilkinson (UCD) discussed his experiences as the Principal Investigator of the long-running Iberian Books project which is funded by the Mellon Foundation. The concluding ‘round-table’ discussion provided an opportunity to explore how the many insights offered over the course of the symposium might inform the future development of the Limerick Early Modern Studies Forum.
For further information on the Limerick Early Modern Studies Forum, please see the EMSL webpage.