/K_SmithPost -Doctoral Research Fellow
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Current Research

Dr Smith is responsible for the continued development and coordination of the Monastic Ireland project website, in addition to developing its education companion website. He carries out the research and authoring of case studies for additional site entries and the editing of material authored by the project team. Additionally, he coordinates with the graphic designer and archaeologist in the creation of a body of redrawn antiquarian architectural ground plans for use on the website. The creation and management of the digital image archive is also a key duty. This involves the expansion of the project digital image archive through fieldwork at religious sites around the country, in addition to liaising with semi-state bodies such as the National Monuments Service. He also performs basic maintenance on the website and examine statistics and analytics to ensure improvement of both user experience and content. He collaborates with other projects in the Discovery Programme, providing historical research, editing, and outreach and education expertise.
Dr Smith is responsible for the project’s social media platforms, promoting the project, the website, and any publications or conferences the members of the team are involved in and engage with academics, research bodies and local history groups.

Biography

Dr Keith Smith is an historian specialising in late medieval and early modern religious history, material culture, inventories and catalogues, and digital history. His particular interest is in the material culture of the religious orders in Ireland during the 16th and 17th centuries. His doctoral thesis (completed in 2013 with the assistance of a scholarship from the Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Institute, UCD) focused on the creation and survival of early modern religious altar plate and the importance of local patronage in its survival and destruction.He is an occasional lecturer and tutor in the schools of ‘Art History & Cultural Policy’ and ‘History & Archives’ (UCD) and works as a tour guide at sites of historical significance in Leinster.

Research Interests

Dr Smith’s principal research specialises in late medieval and early modern religious history, material culture, inventories and catalogues and digital history, with a particular interest is in the material culture of the religious orders in Ireland during the 16th and 17th centuries.  He has presented widely at academic conferences and author academic articles for publication on my research.

Publications

Co-Edited Volumes:

 Edel Bhreathnach, Dr Malgorzata Krasnodebska-D'Aughton & Keith Smith (eds), Monastic Europe: Communities, Landscape and Settlement, (forthcoming in 2018)

Conference Proceedings:
'Religious Relic or Family Heirloom: The Survival & Destruction of Late Medieval & Early Modern Irish Ecclesiastical Altar Plate’ in Proceedings from The Material Culture of Religious Change and Continuity 1400-1600, (Forthcoming in 2018)

Articles:
The Inventory from the Franciscan Friary of Kinelahan’, Archivium Hibernicum, LXIX, (2016), pp 207-14
‘Monastic Ireland AD 1100-1700: Landscape & Settlement’, Group for the Study of Irish Historic Settlement Newsletter, no. 18, (May 2014)
‘An Investigation of the Material Culture of Donegal Franciscan Friaries in the late 16th and 17th Centuries’, Donegal Annual, (2011), pp 96-104

Reviews:
‘John Bradley, Cóilin Ó Drisceoil & Michael Potterton, (eds), William Marshall and Ireland, (Dublin, 2016)’, in Journal of Medieval Monastic Studies, (Forthcoming in 2017)
‘‘The Journal of Medieval Monastic Studies, vol.1 (Brepols, 2012)’, in Óenach Issue 6.1, (2014)
Raghnall Ó Floinn (ed.), Franciscan Faith: Sacred Art in Ireland, AD 1600-1750, (NMI, 2011)’, in Artefact 5 (2011), pp. 104–8

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