The Institute of Irish Studies is a focus for the wide range of research across multiple disciplines on Irish subjects being undertaken at Queen's University and beyond. The university has one of the largest concentrations of expertise in Irish Studies anywhere in the world, and the Institute fuctions as a gateway to this wealth of knowledge and activity. Our main research strategy is to explore the social, political, cultural and geographical factors that have influenced the people of this island and its diasporas, especially as seen from the perspective of Belfast.
The Acting Director of the Institute is Prof. Peter Gray. His research interests include 19-20th century Irish history and Ireland's relationship with the wider world.
The Institute offers lively interdisciplinary teaching programmes in Irish Studies including history, politics, literature, anthropology, conflict resolution, language, folklore and archaeology. These courses, offered at all levels, are very popular with students not only in Ireland but also in Europe, the US, Canada and Japan.
In addition, the Institute's International Summer School in Irish Studies (26 June - 21 July 2017), based in the dynamic and contested city of Belfast, offers a unique opportunity to examine Irish culture, history and politics in the north of the island, enabling those who participate to witness the unfolding of history as it happens.
The Institute has strong links with universities in the UK, Europe, USA and Canada. Academics and scholars regularly avail of the Institute's facilities to conduct research. American universities with whom the Institute has special relationships regularly send students to participate in its ongoing programmes.