News and Events

Current Seminar Series

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

Next Seminar

Monday 10 December at 4.30pm, in the Irish Studies Seminar Room, 27 University Square 01.003. Dr Andrew Newby (Tampere University): ‘“Death had lost its meaning”: remembering the Great Finnish Famine (1867-68)’

Andrew Newby is an Associate Professor in History at Tampere University (Finland).

Autumn 2018 Seminar Series

Our Autumn 2018 Seminar series starts on 28 September at 4pm, then reverting to Mondays at 4.30pm.

All welcome - come and join us!

Download the Seminar Series Poster

Previous Seminars

A number of our previous 2017-18 and 2016-17 Seminars are available online for audio streaming.

CLICK HERE to see the programmes and access the audio streams.

Ulster Society for IHS Seminars

Go to USIHS website

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 David Lloyd (University of California, Riverside), Prof Richard Kearney (Boston College), 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).

2019 ECIS Conference

The 2019 Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society Conference will be hosted by Queen's University Belfast on 14-16 June 2019

Plenary speakers: Prof Fionntán de Brún (NUI Maynooth), Dr Catriona Kennedy (York), Prof Finola O’Kane (UCD), Exhibition and musical performances: the Bunting collection at Queen’s

ECIS website

Booklaunch: Forgetful Remembrance

We will be launching Guy Beiner's new book 'Forgetful Remembrance: Social Forgetting and Vernacular Historiography of a Rebellion in Ulster' (Oxford University Press) on 24 January 2019 at 5pm in Lanyon 0G.074. Prof. Peter Gray and Dr Guy Beiner will speak. All welcome.

Forgetful Remembrance examines the paradoxes of what actually happens when communities persistently endeavour to forget inconvenient events. The question of how a society attempts to obscure problematic historical episodes is addressed through a detailed case study grounded in the north-eastern counties of the Irish province of Ulster, where loyalist and unionist Protestants — and in particular Presbyterians — repeatedly tried to repress over two centuries discomfiting recollections of participation, alongside Catholics, in a republican rebellion in 1798. Throughout Forgetful Remembrance, comparative references demonstrate the wider relevance of the study of social forgetting in Northern Ireland to numerous other cases where troublesome memories have been concealed behind a veil of supposed oblivion.

OUP Website

2018 Tudor Stuart Ireland Conference

The 8th Annual Tudor & Stuart Ireland Interdisciplinary Conference will take place at Queen’s University, Belfast on 24 – 25 August 2018

Podcasts of papers are now available at:

Programme and Registration

Irish Economic and Social History Conference

The Annual Conference of the Economic and Social History Society of Ireland, which will be held at the Centre for Economic History, Queen’s University Belfast, on Friday 30 November and Saturday 1 December 2018

CFP open to 5 October

ESHSI Website

Remembering Bunting Festival

A Festival of Talks and Music to Celebrate the Life and Work of Edward Bunting (1773-1843).

All events are FREE and open to the public; tickets normally not required (see programme). Music at QUB; Skainos Centre, St Mary's Hall, St George's Church, Coláiste Feirste, Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich.

See Festival Programme




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.

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This year’s first meeting of the Irish Studies Postgrad Reading Group will be on Tuesday 4th December at 4pm in the Irish Studies Seminar Room, 27 University Square 01.003.

All QUB Postgrads (PGR and MA) with an interest are invited to attend. There will be an opportunity to suggest readings for future meetings. Refreshments provided!

This year’s convenors are Ciara Conway ( and Richard Gallagher (


The topic of discussion for 4 December will be Anna Burns’ new Booker-Prize winning novel Milkman (Faber 2018).

In this unnamed city, to be interesting is dangerous. Middle sister, our protagonist, is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her maybe-boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with Milkman. But when first brother-in-law sniffs out her struggle, and rumours start to swell, middle sister becomes 'interesting'. The last thing she ever wanted to be. To be interesting is to be noticed and to be noticed is dangerous.

Milkman is a tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness. It is the story of inaction with enormous consequences