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Current Seminar Series

Our Irish Studies Research Seminar Series runs weekly on Monday afternoons at 4.30. Come and join us!

Next Seminar

Tuesday 2 May 2017 at 4.30pm. Dr Finbar McCormick (Archaeology): ‘From Meeting House to Chapel: The evolution of Presbyterian and Catholic churches’

Finbar McCormick is Senior Lecturer in Archaeology in the School of Natural and Built Environment at QUB.

Spring Seminar Series

The Seminars are weekly from 6 February to 15 May.

All welcome - come and join us!

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Previous Seminars

All our Autumn 2016 Seminars are available for audio streaming.

Click here to see the programme and access the audio streams.

Irish Studies International lecture

The Institute hosts an annual International Irish Studies Lecture given by a distinguished academic or figure in public service.

Previous lecturers have included Prof Joe Lee (New York University), Prof Joep Leerssen (University of Amsterdam), Prof Elizabeth Malcolm (University of Melbourne) and Prof Marianne Elliott (University of Liverpool).

Irish Studies International Lecture 2017

Monday 12 June 2017 at 5pm - PFC 0G/007

This year's lecture will be given by Prof Richard Kearney (Boston College), on 'Commemoration: Trauma and Recovery'. It is co-hosted by the AHRC project 'Commemorating Partition and Civil Wars in Ireland, 2020-23'

AHRC project

Irish Political and Cultural Identities: 1650-1850

A symposium on the varied Irish political and cultural identities between 1650 and 1850. Irish Studies Seminar Room, 22 May 2017

This event is organised by QUB Postgraduate Researchers in association with the Centre for 18th-Century Studies

Call for Papers

Regions of the European Union in the Shadow of Brexit

Catalonia, Northern Ireland, and Scotland - 11 May 2017

A Symposium at the Institute of Irish Studies, in association with the Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia.

Draft Programme

The Great Famine and Social Class (INIFS)

20-21 April 2017

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Commemorating Partition and Civil Wars in Ireland, 2020-23

10 March 2017

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Postgrad Reading Group

The Reading Group in Irish Studies is open to all interested postgrads (MA and PhD), and is run by the Postgrads.

It meets monthly in term time.
The next reading group meeting will be on Wednesday 3rd May at 4.30pm in the Seminar Room, 8 Fitzwilliam Street. Refreshments will be served

This meeting will consider the political rhetoric of Éamon De Valera through 2 speeches

in Maurice Moynihan's Speeches and statements by Eamon de Valera, 1917-73 (Dublin: Gill and Macmillan, 1980):

The first is de Valera's most famous speech, 'The Ireland that we dreamed of', broadcast via radio on 17th March 1943 (Moynihan, pp. 466-9; an excerpt of de Valera reading this speech is available at

The second is de Valera's speech on the hundredth anniversary of the death of Thomas Davis, delivered on 16th September 1945 (Moynihan, pp. 481-4). 

De Valera speeches (PDF).

If you're interested in attending, drop a line to:
Rachel Hanna
PhD Student in English Language

The first reading group meeting was on 23rd March at 4.30pm in the Seminar Room, 8 Fitzwilliam Street.
The reading is David Lloyd (2013) 'What’s in a Name: The Dialectics of Diaspora and Irish Emigration'.

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