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 in 2016, at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Operating from the department's headquarters at CONNECT, a research centre for future networks, the department conducts 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. This research informs an ongoing process of artistic responses, including new commissions, collaborative events and the forthcoming launch of a multi-format journal.
Ultimology is not only relevant within the university environment. Founding researchers artist Fiona Hallinan and curator Kate Strain have come to New York to investigate what other fields the discipline of Ultimology may be usefully applied to.
Join us at the Endangered Language Alliance to find out more about the discipline, its activities, commissions and methodologies, and how Ultimology might be applied to your own research or practice as a tool for self reflection and critique.