Arts & Humanities Research Institute

The Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland (CHOMI) is based in the School of English and History in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Ulster and is a partnership with medical historians at UCD. Established in 2006, the Centre seeks to promote the study of social and cultural history of medicine in Ireland. Its research and other activities are supported by a range of funding bodies including Wellcome Trust. Current areas of research include broad debates concerning the operation of the medical marketplace, the history of sexuality and the body, history of diseases, child health and the history of psychiatry.

The focus of the research carried out will be on the Ulster Scots Diaspora. Both the common and the diverse currents of the Ulster Scots experience have been often ignored: the first because of a tradition of writing distinctive national histories which tended to fragment that experience geographically; the second because of a tradition of cultural essentialism which tended to displace difference in favour of national uniformity. In a world of self-conscious nation states, the cultural connections of people who shared no single national identity brings problems of conceptualisation. Ulster Scots studies expand the boundaries of conventional understanding but has often been intellectually marginalised. The role of the Institute is therefore to promote the experience of the Ulster Scots as a mainstream academic concern.

The Research Centre for Creative Technologies (RCCT) is an interdisciplinary centre administered from the School of Creative Arts on the University of Ulster’s Magee campus. Under the Directorship of Professor Paul Moore the centre will act as a focus for research projects which are grounded in new social technologies, which advance the interdisciplinary agenda and which bring together researchers from across disciplines and schools within the University.