Irish Research Council Fellow, Dr Dylan Trigg: Highest-scoring social science & humanities proposal from Ireland competing in Marie Curie 2013 IOF Call

Dr. Dylan Trigg - IRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow, UCD, School of Philosophy (2012-2014). Marie Curie Research Fellow, UCD, School of Philosophy & University of Memphis, Department of Philosophy (2014-2017). 

Dr. Dylan Trigg, IRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow at UCD, School of Philosophy, has been awarded a highly prestigious Marie Curie FP7 International Outgoing Fellowship beginning in October 2014. Notably, Trigg achieved a score of 99.1% for the grant. His proposal received the highest score of all social sciences and humanities proposals from Ireland competing in the 2013 International Outgoing Fellowships Call, ranking second in all Europe from over 250 applications submitted in response to the Call.

Trigg will spend two years at the University of Memphis working with Professor Shaun Gallagher, the leading specialist in the field of embodied cognition. In the third year, he will return to UCD to work alongside his current IRC mentor, Professor Dermot Moran.

Trigg’s project, “Toward a Phenomenology of the Anxious Body” (TPAB), is a study of anxiety, which employs an interdisciplinary methodology involving philosophy, cognitive science, and psychoanalysis. This project builds on his current IRC research at UCD, “Merleau-Ponty and the Prehistory of the Subject.” Interdisciplinary in focus, Trigg’s IRC research involved not only a critical analysis of Merleau-Ponty’s philosophy, but also a consideration of how a philosophical study of the body might impact psychoanalysis and related disciplines. In his Marie Curie Fellowship, Trigg will develop these themes through studying anxiety. 

The issue of anxiety is a central problem in today’s society. Anxiety is the most common form of mental illness in the US and UK, affecting 18% of the population in the US and 13% in the UK. Despite this, a rigorous analysis of anxiety at both an experiential and conceptual level remains overlooked. Trigg’s research will attend to this oversight through combining first person phenomenology with technical skills acquired in embodied cognition. In the final year of his research, Trigg will collaborate with medical practitioners in order to implement the research at policy level. Alongside publishing in leading journals, several workshops and conferences are planned throughout the duration of the research. The impact of the TPAB project on will be to position the issue of anxiety on the research horizon and to make an enduring contribution to the EU strategy for the future of mental health by tackling societal challenges such as stigma and exclusion.