What is Ultimology?
Ultimology is the study of that which is dead or dying in a series or process. When applied to academic disciplines, it becomes the study of extinct or endangered subjects, theories, and tools of learning.
The first Department of Ultimology was established by Fiona Hallinan and Kate Strain in January 2016, at Trinity College Dublin. Operating from the department's headquarters at CONNECT, located in Dunlop Oriel House, the department is currently conducting qualitative research into endangered subjects within academic disciplines across the university, as a way to explore the evolution and disappearance of forms of knowledge that in turn shape academia and the educational context.
The department currently has one student. Ciaran Byrne is in his final year of undergraduate study with the School of English at Trinity College Dublin. He conducts research and analysis projects in collaboration with the Department of Ultimology. Some of his findings will be presented at the upcoming First International Conference of Ultimology (April 2016).
The department was initiated with the support of Trinity Creative Challenge Award. Ongoing research and further developments are made possible through a number of partnerships and collaborations, including support from Dublin City Council, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, The Centre For Dying On Stage, CONNECT Centre for Future Networks and Communications, and the generosity of numerous wise and brilliant individuals.
The Department of Ultimology envisages a 100 year existence as a field of study at Trinity College Dublin.
Registration at the First International Conference of Ultimology with lanyards by Dennis McNulty. Documentation photgraphy by Louis Haugh
More information is available on the Department of Ultimology website at www.departmentofultimology.com