Public Events

Events open to the Public

"From bench-side to curbside: maximizing obesity research to impact health"

Seminar by Grace O'Malley for info on the speaker go to: Part of the CoE Seminar Series

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Inaugural Lecture by Professor Jayne Woodside

Inaugural Lecture by Professor Jayne Woodside: ‘An apple a day…is it really enough?’

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Heritage and Identity in a Globalising World

This interdisciplinary conference seeks to examine the concept and development of heritage within an academic discourse -- in particular the way in which heritage studies have developed in response to various critiques of political, cultural, and social globalisation and transnationalism. Presentations will be given by established scholars and postgraduate students. Our keynote speaker, Professor John Wilson Foster (QUB Honorary Research Fellow), will present on the RMS Titanic, heritage and Belfast. Panels will focus on topics ranging from food tourism and cultural unionism. Panellists are as follows: Linda Maher (UCD) Kevin McNicholl (QUB) Adriana Salas (UCD) Erin Hinson (QUB) Elaine O’Driscoll (UCC) Julia Andrade Rocha (QUB) Lauren Ferguson (QUB) Lisa Bogert (QUB) Frances Harkin (QUB)

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Inaugural Lecture by Professor Chris Patterson

Inaugural Lecture by Professor Chris Patterson: 'Epidemiology counts - childhood diabetes matters'

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Seminar by Professor Steven Cummins LSHTM

Professor Steven Cummins "Measuring environmental exposure in physical activity and diet research: some thoughts from the ORIEL and other studies" Everyone welcome Sandwich lunch provided

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'The Scottish Independence Referendum and Northern Ireland’

A half-day workshop organised by the Constitutional Futures Interdisciplinary Research Group in the Institute for Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice, QUB, with Prof James Mitchell, University of Edinburgh and funded by the ESRC.

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Mark Gilbert - Saving Faces

Opening on 2 December 2014, 6-9pm BP National Portrait award winner Mark Gilbert produced these works during a three year period as artist-in-residence in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at St. Bartholomew’s and the Royal London Hospital. The paintings portray the faces of patients before, after and, in some cases, actually during their surgery for injury, deformity or cancer. Presented in partnership with the British Dental Association, Northern Ireland Branch, in association with Saving Faces. Exhibition continues until 1 February 2015

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DRC Training Event

'Introduction to Systematic review' Facilitator: Dr Laura Dunne

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CoE Seminar by Professor Andy Jones

CoE Seminar by Professor Andy Jones (University of East Anglia) "Where do we go now? Understanding the meaning of neighbourhood as a determinant of diet and physical activity behaviours"

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Thinking Based Learning

Workshop 1, Monday 19 January 2015, (requires no previous TBL experience) Workshop 2, Tuesday 20 January 2015, (requires some previous TBL experience) Robert Swartz is a leading international educator on thinking-based learning and has worked with teachers and schools around the world. He is an emeritus faculty member of the University of Massachusetts and Director of the National Centre for Teaching Thinking (NCTT). He has published numerous books and articles on this subject. Carol McGuinness is Professor of Psychology at Queen’s University and has previously worked with Northern Ireland teachers, developing thinking lessons through infusion (the ACTS project), and has advised CCEA on thinking aspects of the Northern Ireland curriculum. For more information go to:

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Inaugural Lecture, Prof. J Bengoechea

Messieurs, c'est les microbes!

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France, Vichy and Me

Memories of the Second World War remain vivid in France, mainly because the full extent of the French State (Vichy)’s collaboration with Nazi Germany only came to light in the 1970s, triggering numerous heated debates. A whole generation of scholars experienced this major historiographical/memorial turn when they were young researchers and many of them chose to dedicate their careers to French perspectives on and representations of WWII. The aim of this workshop is to explore the impact of this major historiographical and cultural change on the intellectual trajectories and career pathways of leading scholars in the field, across academic disciplines such as history, literature, languages, film and cultural studies, and across five countries. Speakers, who will reflect individually and collectively on their research trajectories, include: Margaret Atack Marc Dambre Laurent Douzou Hilary Footitt Robert Gildea Richard Golsan Bertram Gordon Chris Lloyd Colin Nettelbeck Denis Peschanski Renée Poznanski Henry Rousso Susan Rubin Suleiman Peter Tame Annette Wieviorka This workshop will challenge traditional disciplinary boundaries and, in order to foster dialogue across generations of researchers, a number of travel bursaries will be offered to ECRs and PG students. Retired staff can also apply.

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Blood in the Soil: 'Approaches to Identity, Belonging, Attachment and Emotions in Family Farming'

Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities Fellow Dr Linda Price will begin her series of 'Blood in the Soil' Roundtable discussions on the Institute theme of 'Creativity in Imagined Worlds' with 'Approaches to Identity, Belonging, Attachment and Emotions in Family Farming'.

Further speakers on the day include Dr Jude McCann; Dr Mark Riley; Dr Brian McGrath; Dr Anne Cassidy; Professor Owain Jones; Professor Sally Shorthall.

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The Plantation of Ulster: Deonstructing the Myths

The course will use the up-to-date assessment of the Plantation by Jonathan Bardon and the reports of recent archaeological digs to demonstrate how this momentous event is understood by professional historians. The course will also explore how and why this differs so radically from the popular myths used to shore up current day political positions.

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How to Write for Profit and Pleasure, Group 2

The award-winning journalist and author, Alf McCreary, shares his experience and outlines how people with limited or no background in writing can be helped to turn their ideas into print. This is an informative, enjoyable and successful course by a professional writer with wide experience who will cover the major aspects of creative writing, editing and publishing.

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Beginners Guide to Researching Your Family Tree, Group 2

Have you ever wanted to research your family tree but didn’t know where to begin? This workshop will provide an introduction to researching your family tree. You will learn the basics of birth, marriage and death records. The workshop will also focus on the information that is available online, for example, census records, genealogy websites, wills, street directories, cemetery records.

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Enhance Your Image for Men, Group 2

This half-day workshop will focus on colour analysis and style advice especially for men. Each participant will be tested with colour fabric swatches to determine which colours work best for them – including neutral colours for formal suits. General advice on dressing for specific body shapes, body language and personal presentation will be discussed.

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French Grammar Clinic

This 2 1/2 day workshop on Wednesdays will suit students with an intermediate level of French. The first day will focus on verbs (tenses and moods). The second will be tailor-made to answer students' questions and doubts raised at the end of the first day on any aspect of French grammar. This workshop aims to tackle problems faced by students whose first language is not French.

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How to Lighten Up Your Life

This course will empower you with practical skills which will enable you to increase your levels of energy and enjoyment in daily life. It will include simple yet effective relaxation techniques, creative mind work, tension and anger release skills and finding a balance in work and life.

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Toujours Pret!: French for the Worst-Case Scenario

This 2 1/2 workshop on Wednedays is suitable for students with an intermediate level of French. What do you do when... a French ATM swallows your bank card? You miss your connecting flight? The train conductor catches you with a non-validated ticket? We will take a fun approach to dealing with nightmarish scenarios that befall the traveller to France.

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Irish Penal Laws

The Penal Laws were a series of laws enacted in Ireland against Roman Catholics and Protestant dissenters, such as the Presbyterians. This course will consider the motivations and reasons behind the legislation, how coherent a penal code is actually presented, the nature of the laws and their impact. The day will end by considering the eventual repeal of the laws through the Relief Acts passed at the end of the eighteenth century and the transformative endeavours of Daniel O’Connell in the early nineteenth century.

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Builders of South Belfast: A Walking Tour

South Belfast evolved in the 19th Century as the town’s first major and most prestigious suburb. The urban elite leapfrogged from their Georgian terraces of the centre to the leafy Malone Ridge clustering initially as close as possible to the new symbols of prosperity including Queen’s and the Union Theological College. The area became a showcase for the best of suburban residential architecture and design. But who were its ‘builders’? This tour uses the term ‘builder’ in the widest sense to include architects, construction firms and developers. To find out more we will start at Queen’s and then walk from Mount Charles to Cranmore Park on the Malone Road visiting examples of the best of local builders’ work. There will be an opportunity to have lunch during the course of the walk (cost not included in price of the course).

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Women, Law and Disorder: 2015 International Women’s Day Conference

Dependents, delinquents, rebels, citizens, soldiers, suffragettes, lawmakers – women have historically occupied a variety of roles in relation to the law. The 2015 Women’s History Conference, in celebration of International Women’s Day, seeks to examine the multi-faceted nature of women’s relationship with the law from ancient to modern times. It will explore the ways in which governments and institutions have recognised, restricted and engaged their female citizens, as well as the ways that women have worked within, challenged and shaped the law.

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Ayurveda: An Introduction, Group 2

Ayurveda is the ancient healing system of India. It is rooted in the principle that spirit, mind and body are inextricably linked. According to Ayurveda, each of us has a unique psycho/physiological body type, which determines our individual traits and tendencies. In this workshop you will learn about your constitution and how to appreciate and make the best use of your unique qualities. Inappropriate diet and lifestyle lead to certain symptoms which in turn will eventually cause disease. We will look at practical diet and lifestyle changes you can make to bring balance into your life, address symptoms and help prevent disease.

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Explorations of Northern Irishness Symposium

Northern Ireland remains one of the most researched places on earth, and following the Good Friday Agreement has provided a template for the transition to a post-conflict society that has been exported globally. For a place so small it provides a diversiform political and social environment wherein identity and culture have an unusual salience. Overarching and unresolved questions of cultural, political, and historical legitimacy contour societal engagement to the extent it can create an existential threat to the structures of the state, and the individual. Led by post-graduate research students, representing a range of disciplines at Queen’s University Belfast, this symposium will discuss Northern Irish identity, its characteristics, history, problems, and future direction. This symposium is open to all, and will seek to build inter-disciplinary collaboration between participants for future impact and engagement on the importance of identity in modern Northern Ireland.

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An Introduction to Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Group 4

This is a one-day experiential introduction to Mindfulness. It has been known for centuries in the meditative tradition that the sustained practice of mindfulness meditation can have profoundly healing and transformative effects in one’s life. Mindfulness is the ability to engage with the present moment without stress provoking negative judgments. Participants will learn the basic units of Mindfulness in action.

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Wiles Symposium: Remembering 1916: the Easter Rising, the Somme and the politics of memory

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.

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Aspects of Belfast's History, Group 2

The growth of ‘modern’ Belfast began with Sir Arthur Chichester, who in 1603, was given land including Belfast for his part in the defeat of the Ulster Gaels in the Nine Years’ War. This field trip around central Belfast will tell the story, through the people, events and buildings that go to make up the history of the city. Meet at the front of the City Hall at 10.00 am.

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The 2015 Wiles Lectures

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'.

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