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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

Monday 20 May at 4.30pm, in the Irish Studies Seminar Room, 27 University Square 01.003. Dr Massimiliano Nastri (QUB) – ‘Do we need to talk about Fascism in the Free State? Cumann na nGaedheal's Crises and Solutions, 1930 – 1932’

DR Max Nastri recently completed his PhD in Politics at QUB.

Spring 2019 Seminar Series

Our Spring 2019 Seminar series starts on 28 January at 4.30pm.

All welcome - come and join us!

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Previous Seminars

A number of our previous 2018-19, 2017-18 and 2016-17 Seminars are available online for audio streaming.

CLICK HERE to see the programmes 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 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).

30 May 2019 at 5pm

Prof. Pat Palmer (Maynooth University): 'Did Ireland Have a Renaissance?'

Ireland never features in traditional accounts of the European Renaissance. It’s easy to see why: while literature and the arts flourished elsewhere, all that happened in Ireland during the late 16th & early 17th centuries, it seems, was war, rebellion, famine, defeat and plantation. True, newcomers – often the agents of the Tudor conquest – brought with them offshoots of other people’s Renaissance: Edmund Spenser wrote 'The Faerie Queene', the great Elizabethan epic, in a planter castle in North Cork; Sir George Carew turned the first part of Ercilla’s 'La Araucana' into a military handbook geared to defeating Irish insurgents; and Sir John Harington translated Ariosto’s 'Orlando Furioso' in the interval between colonial adventures in Ireland. But what of the Irish themselves? Where are they in this narrative? This lecture argues that only by adding the rich culture of Gaelic and Gaelicised Ireland to the mix – not to mention the defiantly hybrid culture of the English Pale – can we get begin to recognise the complexity and dynamism of Ireland in the Renaissance and get a more unified sense of its convulsive entry into modernity.


Postgrad Symposium: Irish Identities at Home and Abroad

Tuesday 28 May 2019

The Institute of Irish Studies presents a one-day postgraduate symposium on the theme of ‘Irish Identities at Home and Abroad’ in the Irish Studies Seminar Room, 27 University Square on Tuesday 28 May 2019. This postgraduate-led symposium aims to draw together research expertise across the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (and beyond) and promote the interdisciplinary nature of Irish Studies in Queen’s. Proposals on any topic relevant to ‘Irish Identities at Home and Abroad’ are welcome, and we particularly invite contributions that address the followings themes: • Irish representation on the page, stage or screen • Transnational transmissions of Irish identity • Ireland and global recognition • Translation • Diaspora, migration and identity


Conference - 1969: The Outbreak of the Troubles in Northern Ireland

Friday 7 and Saturday 8 June 2019

This event will consider the contexts and events of the summer 1969 crisis in Northern Ireland, with particular focus on the outbreak of violence and deployment of British troops on the streets in August that year, and how this was represented in the media. It will combine presentations from BBCNI and leading academics in the field, and a witness seminar chaired by Lord Bew. For programme click link below. This is a free event, open to the public, but pre-registration is required via our Eventbrite page (link below) NB: Venue changed to Peter Froggatt Centre Lecture Theatre 0G/007, QUB (Main site).

Registration and Programme

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

Postgrad Reading Groups

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.

Irish Studies Reading Group

This year’s Irish Studies Reading Group convenors are Ciara Conway ( and Richard Gallagher (

The next meeting will be on Wednesday 6 March at 4pm in the Irish Studies Reading Room (27UQ.01.003)

The book for discussion will be Margaret Kelleher: The Maamtrasna Murders: Language, Life and Death in 19th-Century Ireland  (UCD Press, 2018)

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!

Maamtrasna pdf

Maamtrasna Murders Chapter 1


The Troubles Reading Group

The next meeting of the new The “Troubles” PG Reading Group will be on Wed 30th January 2019, 2pm-4pm in the Irish Studies Seminar Room, 27 University Square 01.003.

The conveners for the Troubles Reading Group are Matthew Gault ( and Alexander Jeffery (

This session will include a discussion about the chapter "Titanic Town: Living in a Landscape of Conflict" by Dominic Bryan in Belfast 400: People, Place and History edited by S.J. Connolly (Liverpool UP, 2012) which is available in the Short Loan section of the Library.

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!




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