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Irish Institute for Catholic Studies


Situated within Mary Immaculate College, the Irish Institute for Catholic Studies is a cross-faculty, interdisciplinary, research-oriented community of scholars engaged in the academic study of Catholicism.

Our Mission

We develop distinctive intellectual capital by studying the long and rich Catholic tradition in a spirit of scholarly rigour and academic freedom. We engage with the intellectual contribution of Catholicism to the philosophical, theological and societal debates, past and present, as well as the expression and embodiment of a Catholic sensibility in fine arts, literature, architecture and music. We facilitate interdisciplinary research within Mary Immaculate College and forge links for inter-institutional research at national and international level.

Our Aims

  • Promote interdisciplinary academic research related to Catholic Studies.
  • Contribute to historical, intellectual, philosophical and theological understandings of Catholicism as religion, social movement, body of thought, and material culture.
  • Facilitate academic exchanges worldwide. 
  • Contribute to the academic understanding of Catholic identity.
  • Disseminate knowledge of Catholics and Catholicism through publications, conferences, public lectures and symposia, and public conversations.

The work of the Institute includes:

  1. Academic Research 
  2. Educating Catholic Studies Scholars (A) Establishing an interdisciplinary 'catholic studies' stream in the postgraduate taught programmes of the college, and postgraduate research and (B) Conducting seminars for researchers interested in exploring the Catholic element of diverse research interests. 
  3. Disseminating academic research on Catholic culture and thought through (A) Lectures and seminars, (B) Interdisciplinary conferences and (C) Scholarly publications.

The Irish Institute for Catholic Studies runs a popular Lunchtime Lecture Series and well as other events.

Coordinator, Irish Institute for Catholic Studies
Dr Patricia Kieran
+353 61 204965
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