A half-day symposium exploring religion and society in the north of Ireland.
1:10 Sean Farrell (Northern Illinois University and NUIG) ‘The Revd Thomas Drew and the limits of anti-catholic politics in mid-Victorian Belfast’
1:45 Janice Holmes (Open University) ‘How much did the Revd ‘Roaring’ Hugh Hanna really roar?’
2:45 Daniel Ritchie (University College Dublin) ‘The 1859 Revival and its enemies: Presbyterian opposition to the 1859 Revival in Ulster’
3:15 Orfhlaith Campbell (Open University) ‘Presbyterians, the “Bible Wine” controversy and the temperance movement in Ulster’
3:45 Discussion and Close
The IRCH 'Poverty and Famine in Ireland: Comparative and Interdisciplinary Perspectives' research group and AHRC 'Welfare and Public Health in Belfast 1800-1973' project group will host a workshop titled 'Understanding institutional and residential welfare in twentieth-century Ireland and Britain'.
The workshop will be convened by Dr Seán Lucey (AHRC Research Fellow, School of History & Anthropology)
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Kenneth Sheehy (UCC), ‘In the shadow of gunmen: the Goulding IRA, 1963 – 76’.
Talk by Evanthia Patsiaoura at the Anthropology Postgraduate Seminar
Steven Balbirnie (UCD), ‘Britain's colonial campaign in the Arctic: native auxiliaries in Northern Russia 1918-19’
Public Lecture hosted by School of History and Anthropology, with the Northern Ireland Human Rights Consortium as part of the NI Human Rights Festival:
Prof. Nicholas Vincent (University of East Anglia): 'Magna Carta and its Legacy'
Prof. Vincent is author of Magna Carta: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford, 2012) and a lead researcher in the Magna Carta Project - see http://magnacarta.cmp.uea.ac.uk/
1916 witnessed two events that would profoundly shape both politics and commemoration in Ireland over the course of the following century. Although the Easter Rising and the battle of the Somme were important historical events in their own right, their significance also lay in how they came to be understood as iconic moments in the emergence of Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic.
The Easter Rising proved a source of legitimacy not only for the independent Irish state that emerged out of the War of Independence but for subsequent republican movements that sought to justify the continued use of violence for political ends. From the 1960s the Rising’s contested legacy became central to the emergence of acrimonious debates about the writing of Irish history that were further intensified and, unusually for historiographical disputes, given wide public purchase by the outbreak of the Troubles.
In Ulster the sacrifice of the 36th Division on the Western Front provided a key foundation myth for the Northern Irish state. As with the memory of the Rising for republicans, the Somme offered unionist and loyalist movements a potent source of political capital. Although long a contentious feature of the Irish commemorative landscape, as witnessed by its ubiquity in loyalist murals, the aftermath of the Good Friday Agreement has also seen the appropriation of the memory of the First World War to fashion a more conciliatory narrative of the shared Catholic and Protestant experience of war.
Adopting an interdisciplinary approach drawing on history, politics, anthropology and cultural studies, this colloquium will explore how the memory of these two iconic events has been constructed, mythologised and revised over the course of the past century. The aim is not merely to understand how the Rising and Somme came to exert a central place in how the past is viewed in Ireland, but to address this subject as a means of exploring wider questions about the relationship between history and memory.
Topics of interest to those beyond scholars of Irish history will include: the construction of communal memory, the role of commemoration in shaping national and political identity, and the relationship between academic history and public memory. Specific papers will address: the politics of memory and commemoration; the memorialisation of history; the shaping of collective memory; the influence of the Troubles on the history and memory of 1916; the role of the historian in engaging with popular memory and commemoration; the international impact of 1916; and how theories of memory can inform our understanding of commemoration and popular history.
The Wiles Lectures for 2015 will be delivered by Professor Lyndal Roper, Fellow of Oriel College and Regius Professor of History at the University of Oxford, on 27-30 May 2015. Professor Roper's Wiles lectures will be given over four days at Queen's University Belfast, on the theme: 'Luther and the Reformation: A Cultural History'.