From garden to gut…

My most recent research efforts have been focused on developing ideas about gardening and food in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. This has been prompted by some work on the plant remains from excavations at Rathfarnham Castle in late 2014 and early 2015. The samples dated from the 1690s, plus or minus 30 years.

Iterations, meaning and re-negotiation of meaning

I see oral history maps as a form of thick mapping. This includes my own particular practice, in collaboration with the Cork Folklore Project, of creating digital oral history maps of Cork. (If not yet quite “thick” enough to qualify as thick maps – the aim is that these can be added to so that …

“Thick mapping”

Thick mapping is an idea derived from Geertz’s idea of thick description (Presner et al. 2014, 11). It is a method of doing ethnography – extensive description about cultural context and meaning – a path to understanding (see an outline of Thick Description and Geertz’s use of it here http://culturalstudiesnow.blogspot.ie/2012/05/clifford-geertzs-thick-description.html).

Some words about place in digital space

I am presenting the at the Digital Arts and Humanities Colloquium at University College Cork on 2 March 2016. The title is “Some words about place in digital space.” Here is my abstract: Local. Historic. Home. Real. Safe. Mixed. Struggling. These are some words about place taken from oral history interviews in the Cork Folklore …

Creating an oral history of urban decline

This is a modified version of a talk that I gave at DRHA (Digital Research in the Humanities and Arts) at Dublin City University at the beginning of September. The topic of my talk was digital oral history and urban decline, concentrating specifically on a project that I am working on in collaboration with the …

Re-contextualising archival material in digital humanities

This is a short outline of a talk I gave on Friday 20th February in the River Room of the Glucksman Gallery in University College Cork. It was part of a session called “Tangents: Digital Humanities”, our topic was archive and the session was set up during an exhibition (“Selective Memory”) which explored the use …

Name changer

I realised recently that very few of my blog posts were directly related to my blog title (originally “Local Voices, researching local cultural heritage in the digital world”) so I’m changing it.

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