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Irish Institute for Catholic Studies

About

Situated within Mary Immaculate College, a third level Catholic College of Education and the Liberal Arts, the Irish Institute for Catholic Studies is a cross-faculty, interdisciplinary, research-oriented and community engaged network of scholars involved in the study of Catholicism and its contribution to culture and society in Ireland and beyond. 

Irish Institute for Catholic Studies (IICS) at MIC
Irish Institute for Catholic Studies (IICS) at MIC
The IICS is a network of scholars involved in the study of Catholicism & its contribution to society

Our Aims

Our Mission

The IICS is an interdisciplinary research centre inspired by and in critical dialogue with Catholic culture and thought. We explore the long and rich Catholic tradition in a spirit of scholarly rigor and academic freedom. We engage with the intellectual contribution of Catholicism to philosophical, theological, educational and social debates, past and present, as well as the expression and embodiment of a Catholic sensibility in fine arts, literature, architecture and music. We engage with contemporary global realities and are dedicated to research and dialogue in the following key areas:

  • Social & environmental justice
  • Catholic Theology
  • The Arts & Culture
  • Catholic Religious Education

Our Aims

  • Promote interdisciplinary, high-quality academic research related to Catholic Studies.
  • Contribute to historical, intellectual, philosophical and theological understandings of Catholicism as religion and social movement with a focus on the common good and human dignity.
  • Contribute to the academic understanding of Catholic identity through our focus on social justice and sustainability.
  • Disseminate knowledge of Catholics and Catholicism through publications, conferences, public lectures, symposia, and public dialogue.

The Irish Institute for Catholic Studies runs a popular Lunchtime Lecture Series and as well as evening Guest Lectures.  Stay updated with our 2019-2020 schedule of free public events at the IICS Twitter page.

If you wish to sign up for our mailing list, please email our Research Assistant at: Carleigh.Garcia@mic.ul.ie

Connect with us on Twitter and Instagram. IICS Shortlink: www.mic.ie/iics

Contact
Director, Irish Institute for Catholic Studies
Dr Patricia Kieran
+353 61 204965
Contact
Research Assistant, Irish Institute for Catholic Studies
Carleigh Garcia

People

Director: Dr Patricia Kieran

IICS Research Assistant (2019-20): Carleigh Garcia

IICS Visiting Professor (2019-20): Professor Liam Gearon, University of Oxford.

    Dr Patricia Kieran

    BRelSc (Mater Dei); MTh (Univ of London) & PhD (University of London)
    Lecturer
    • Phone: +353 61 204965
    • Email: Patricia.Kieran@mic.ul.ie
    • Location: JHN 205

    Carleigh Garcia


    Departmental Assistant & Research Assistant, Irish Institute of Catholic Studies (IICS)
    • Phone: +353 83 3882442
    • Email: Carleigh.Garcia@mic.ul.ie
    • Location: JHN 132

    Research

    Research by a network of scholars
    Research by a network of scholars

    IICS’s Focused Areas of Interest

    The IICS is a network of scholars involved in the study of Catholicism & its contribution to society. We are focused on the following four areas:

    A) The IICS promotes interdisciplinary research related to Catholic Studies. Our guest lecture speakers includes expert speakers on fine arts, literature, theology, education, music, social justice etc.

    B) To further students’ understanding of Catholic Studies, we facilitate students guided tours of local (Hunt Museum), national (Chester Beatty) and international (Vatican Museum) Museums’ wonderful collections of religious art.

    A) The IICS explores Catholic social teaching and is concerned with the promotion of human rights, climate change and the dignity of the human person.

    B) To promote social justice, the IICS is involved in research focusing on inter-religious dialogue, the voice of the child in education as well as climate justice. It also promotes action for justice through engagement with a number of organisations concerned with homelessness, those in Direct Provision and socially and educationally disadvantaged groups.

     

    A) Located in a third-level higher education institution, Mary Immaculate College, the IICS is interested in promoting the education of Catholic Studies scholars and establishing an interdisciplinary ‘Catholic studies’ stream in the postgraduate taught programmes of the College, and postgraduate research. We conduct seminars for researchers interested in exploring the Catholic element of their diverse research interests.

    B) We foster interdisciplinary scholarly research among scholars. Our expanding database encourages networking and research collaboration. We focus on making such research accessible through seminars, public lectures and on-line resources.

    A) The IICS recognizes the importance of the environment and its protection. Conscious of our effect on the environment, the IICS attempts to promote and educate people about climate justice.

    B) We take Third Level students on a voluntary Soul Safari, on a day retreat to the sea, to relax and meditate in nature, with an optional Catholic element of spending time with a trained Spiritual Director.

    Research Database

    The Irish Institute for Catholic Studies is compiling a database of interdisciplinary research to disseminate academic research on Catholic culture and thought. Please contact IICS directly if you wish to contribute to this database.

    Database coming soon!

    Current IICS Lecture Series

    To promote interdisciplinary research and contribute to historical, intellectual, philosophical and theological understandings of Catholicism as religion, social movement, body of thought, and material culture, we have established a lunchtime and evening lecture series.

    All are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be provided.

    2019/2020 Lunchtime Lecture Series:

    • ‘Debt, Guilt and Shame in post-Celtic Tiger Ireland’ by Dr Eoin Flannery on 25 September in Mary Immaculate College, John Henry Newman Building, Room 221 at 1pm.
    • ‘Theosony: Listening with the ear of the heart – a theology of listening’ by Dr Noirin Ni Riain on 30 September  in Mary Immaculate College, John Henry Newman Building, Room 221 at 1pm.
    • ‘Focus on the Next of Kin: The Holy Family in Renaissance Art’ by Dr. Nora Donnelly on 23 October  in Mary Immaculate College, John Henry Newman Building, Room 221 at 1pm.

    2019/2020 Evening Lecture Series:

    • Prof. Liam Gearon, University of Oxford, visiting Professor to the IICS (2019-20) will give a public lecture on ‘The Portrayal of Catholicism in the Novels of Brian Moore’ on Wednesday 30 October at 5pm.
    • David Quinn will give a public lecture on ‘Anti-Catholicism in Ireland’ on Tuesday 12 November at 5pm.
    • Prof. Marie Parker Jenkins will give a public lecture on ‘In Good Faith: Schools, Religion and Education’ on Wednesday 27 November 27 at 5pm.

    Forthcoming Spring Lecture Series 2020

    • Prof. Tadhg Foley (NUIG): 'Max Macauliffe, Catholicism and the translation of the Sikh Scriptures'.
    • Carleigh Garcia: ‘Shame in Irish Catholicism’.
    • Dr Paul Collins: ‘Jean Vanier as inspiration for the Community Choir’ Open Rehearsal and public lecture on the making of a Community Choir.
    • Dr Eugene O’Brien: ‘Tracing the Cultural Legacy of Irish Catholicism’.
    • Prof. Peter B Finn, St Mary’s University College Belfast: ‘Catholic Third Level Education’.
    • Dr Róisín Ní Ghairbhí: ‘Gaelic language, communitas, mysticisim  and fellowship’.
    • Dr Dan O Connell: ‘Catholic Education on rapidly thinning ice’.

    Opportunities

    There are many Catholic Universities, centres and organisations around the world where Catholic scholarly research, education and pastoral initiatives are being undertaken. See A-Z list of countries followed by other useful links.

    Opportunities around the world
    Opportunities around the world
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