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Ireland, Museums, Empire, Colonialism Conference 8-9 April 2022

Hosted by Queen's University, Belfast and the Ulster Museum

April 8, 2022 - April 9, 2022
Queen's University & Ulster Museum
08:30 - 17:30

Registration for the conference will open January 2022

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This inter-disciplinary conference (IMEC) will interrogate the complexities of Ireland’s relationship with the British Empire, and of Irish involvement in colonialism. Individuals from universities, museums, arts and heritage organisations, activist groups and policy-making bodies are welcome. It will connect researchers and practitioners interested in objects, archives, buildings, and landscapes in both public and private spaces and throughout the island of Ireland; and will inform current debates surrounding collections from colonised regions, including Africa, the Americas, the Arctic, Asia and Oceania.

IMEC is part of an ESRC-funded on Museums, Empire and Northern Irish Identity at Queen’s University Belfast, taking place within the Institute of Irish Studies and Centre for Public History. The partners in the project are National Museums NI, the Irish Museums AssociationNorthern Ireland Museums Council and the Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses and Estates at the University of Maynooth.

Venue: Ulster Museum and Queen’s University Belfast.

Dates: 8-9 April 2022.

COVID-19: We hope that all speakers will be able to attend in person. If this is not possible due to the pandemic, the conference will be online, and we will provide technical support.


Professor Hakim Adi (University of Chichester), Professor Corinne Fowler (University of Leicester), Professor Jane Ohlmeyer (Trinity College Dublin), Lynn Scarff (National Museum of Ireland), Dr Audrey Whitty (National Museum of Ireland and Irish Museums Association).

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