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''Ulster-American migration studies and public history'
Centre for Migration Studies at the Ulster American Folk Park,
Omagh, Northern Ireland
27-30 June, 2012


The Mellon Centre for Migration Studies at the Ulster-American Folk Park, Omagh, is pleased to host the Nineteenth Ulster-American Heritage Symposium, 27-30 June, 2012, with regular partners the Ulster-American Folk Park (NMNI), Queen’s University Belfast, the University of Ulster, Libraries NI, the Public Record Office (PRONI), and in a special way this year the Ulster Historical Foundation (UHF).

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 inter-disciplinary, encouraging dialogue between those working in different fields including history, language and literature, geography, archaeology, anthropology, folklife, religion and music.

The particular theme of the meeting in 2012 will be ‘Ulster-American migration studies and public history’ 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, rendering this research more inclusive of a broad array of Irish, British, and North American migration experiences, and addressing the recent prominence given to Ulster-American themes in public history, including recent television programmes such as Senator Jim Webb’s ‘Born Fighting’, ‘So You Think You Are Related To An American President’, and Fergal Keane’s ‘A History of Ireland’. Confirmed speakers include Patrick Fitzgerald, Katharine Brown and Warren Hofstra, who contributed to these programmes, and Brenda Collins, Patrick Griffin, Steve Ickringill, Richard MacMaster, Trevor Parkhill, William Roulston, Turlough McConnell, Kathleen Wilson and Marianne Wokeck.

There will be an excursion from Omagh to Derry on Wednesday 27 June, the day before the first full day of proceedings.

This excursion is intended especially for those arriving a day early for the Symposium and those staying on from the Ulster Historical Foundation Summer School (, which concludes with a visit to the Ulster-American Folk Park, Omagh on Tuesday 26 June.


XIX Programme & Abstracts - PDF


ICT for Speakers


Details of Bus Excursion to Derry and nearby sites



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