Republic of Conscience: Human Rights and Modern Irish Poetry is a four-year project, which examines the literary techniques adopted by Irish poets to respond to international human rights conflicts and violations from 1914 to the present. The project has been funded by the Irish Research Council under the auspices of the IRC Laureate Awards Programme. It covers poetry in English, Irish, and in translation from other languages, and investigates the interfaces between literary production, literary translation and human rights discourse. The project combines qualitative and quantitative research methods to analyse and critique representations of human rights issues, and to compare and contrast representations in each language. The researchers participating in the project assess the role of literary translation in the promotion of awareness of, and commitment to, human rights ideals. The Republic of Conscience team develops new, comparative and multilingual methods to carry out groundbreaking research in the growing interdisciplinary field of human rights and literature.



Principal Investigator Dr. Rióna Ní Fhrighil

Postdoctoral research fellow Dr. Anne Karhio

Research Assistant Laoighseach Ní Choistealbha

Project Details

Year(s): 2018 - 2022

Funded By: Irish Research Council