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'Changing perspectives, 1607-2007'
Centre for Migration Studies at the Ulster American Folk Park,
Omagh, Northern Ireland
25-28 June, 2008

The Mellon Centre for Migration Studies at the Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh, is pleased to host the Seventeenth Ulster-American Heritage Symposium, 25-28 June, 2008, in partnership with the University of Ulster, Queen's University Belfast, the National Museums, the Library Service of Northern Ireland and the Ulster Historical Foundation. Since 1976 the Ulster-American Heritage Symposium has met every two years, alternating between co-sponsoring universities and museums in Ulster and North America. Its purpose is to encourage scholarly study and public awareness of the historical connections between Ulster and North America including what is commonly called the Scotch-Irish or Ulster-Scots heritage. The Symposium has as its general theme the process of transatlantic emigration and settlement, and links between England, Scotland, Ireland and North America. Its approach is multi-disciplinary, encouraging dialogue between those working in different fields including history, language, literature, geography, archaeology, anthropology, religion, folklife and music.

The particular theme of the meeting in 2008 will be 'Changing Perspectives, 1607-2007' with the aim of presenting and exploring recent research that challenges habitual ways of thinking about the historical relationship between Ulster and North America over the last four hundred years.

The keynote speaker will be Professor David Cannadine, Director of the Institute of Historical Research in the University of London and author of Mellon: An American Life (2006).

As at the last Symposium in Knoxville, Tennessee in 2006, there will be an excursion on offer on Wednesday 25 June. Our plan is to visit Ramelton and Rathmullan in County Donegal.

Full Programme with Speaker Abstracts


To Register for the Symposium fill out the following form and send it and payment to the Centre for Migration Studies:

Registration Form

ICT for speakers

Speaker Guidelines

Details of 25 June Excursion to Co Donegal          

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