The Witness and the Archive: Digital Responses to Ireland’s institutional history – Monday 1st October 2018 at 11am

In this talk, Emilie Pine considers the ways that digital approaches to archives can tell new stories and act as a belated form of witnessing. The lecture focuses on the University College Dublin project Industrial Memories, which digitally re-reads the 2009 Ryan Report on institutional child abuse in Ireland, using approaches such as text analytics and mobile apps to open up the archive. This document is one of the most important publications in the history of the Irish state. It is also one of the least read. Pine considers how digital approaches might change that.

This project is funded by a major New Horizons grant from the Irish Research Council, 2015-18.

Emilie Pine is Associate Professor of Modern Drama at University College Dublin. She is Editor of the Irish University Review and Director of the Irish Memory Studies Network ( She has recently launched the Goldenbridge mobile app & website resource Echoes from the Past ( and has published widely in the field of Irish studies and memory studies, including The Politics of Irish Memory: Performing Remembrance in Contemporary Irish Culture (Palgrave, 2011). Her most recent publication, Notes to Self: Personal Essays, is published by Tramp Press.