Transcultural research centre established by DIT

Dr Aine O'Brien of the School of Media, DIT has been seconded to lead the formation of the Centre for Transcultural Research and Practice, a new research centre in DIT's Faculty of Applied Arts.  The centre will bring together research, teaching and consultancy within the field of comparative ethnographic and documentary practice and builds upon the successes of the research cluster established in this area.  

The formation of the Centre for Transcultural Research and Practice represents a significant opportunity for DIT to establish a centre of excellence of international standing. DIT is uniquely positioned to bring together expertise in ethnographic research, visual media practice, and new and emerging technologies in a distinctive cross-disciplinary alliance.  A feature of the centre will be a series of international associations with equivalent departments in institutions, including NYU and Goldsmiths, with the aim of initiating and consolidating research on the subject of intercultural formations and new ethnicities in Ireland (and elsewhere) through the specific application of visual ethnographic methodologies in social research.

The Centre builds upon the success of the research cluster in Transcultural Ethnographic Media Practice (TEMP). To date,  the research cluster has attracted scholarship funding (post-doctoral and doctoral) of approximately €100K from the Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Science (IRCHSS), 2 Strand I scholarships, and a €20K grant from the Faculty of Applied Arts Research and Scholarship Development Fund.  The research cluster is currently completing a book and DVD-ROM project, Migration and Location: Transcultural Documentary Practice, for Wallflower Press due for publication in early 2005.

For further information, please contact Dr. Aine O'Brien - aine.obrien@dit.ie 

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