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Current Seminar Series

Our Irish Studies Research Seminar Series runs weekly on Monday afternoons at 4.30. Seminars are open to members of the university and the public.

Irish Studies Seminars - Spring 2024

Seminars are on Mondays at 4.30 pm in the Irish Studies Seminar Room, 27UQ/01/003, unless otherwise indicated. The series begins on Monday 22 January 2024.

Most seminars will be both in-person and online via MS Teams. Please register via MS Teams. Events are free and open to all.

Date: 4/03/2024
Time: 4:30PM - 6:00PM
Location: Institute of Irish Studies, 27 University Square 01/003
Category: Lecture / Talk / Discussion

Date: 11/03/2024
Time: 4:30PM - 6:00PM
Location: Institute of Irish Studies, 27 University Square, 01/003 (and online)
Category: Lecture / Talk / Discussion

Previous Seminars

A number of our previous Seminars are available online for audio/video streaming.

CLICK HERE to see the programmes and access the 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 Diane Hall (Victoria University, Melbourne), Brian O'Dwyer (New York), Prof Pat Palmer (Maynooth), 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).

Date: 4/06/2024
Time: 5:00PM - 6:30PM
Location: Council Chamber
Category: Lecture / Talk / Discussion

Dominic Bryan Inaugural

Professor Dominic Bryan's inaugural lecture, on '‘Culture comes before history’: Ethnographic notes on the politics of commemoration in Northern Ireland', will be on Tuesday 5 March

For details and registration, click on the link below

More Information

Date: 21/03/2024
Time: 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Location: 27 University Square 01/003
Category: Lecture / Talk / Discussion

Date: 23/02/2024
Time: 2:00PM - 3:30PM
Location: Institute of Irish Studies, 27 University Square, 01/003
Category: Lecture / Talk / Discussion

Religious Studies Research Forum 2023-4

Religion in Modern Ireland

Seminars are on Thursdays at 4.15 in 27UQ/01/003 Contact Dr Andrew Holmes for more information

Religious Studies Research Forum

Date: 4/10/2023
Time: 12:00PM - 2:00PM
Location: Connolly House, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
Category: Lecture / Talk / Discussion

EFACIS Conference at Queen’s University Belfast, 24-27 August

EFACIS (the European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies) travels to Belfast for the first time in 2023. The Federation holds an interdisciplinary Irish Studies conference every two years in a different European city, and the Institute of Irish Studies at Queen’s is delighted to have the opportunity of hosting the 2023 event. We look forward to welcoming some 200 delegates from fourteen European countries alongside Ireland the UK, as well as from other countries such as the US and Canada, Brazil, Argentina, China and South Africa. The range of speakers and topics is testament to the global vibrancy of Irish Studies, and the conference will also offer an opportunity for Queen’s to showcase its own extensive strengths in the field, which has been co-ordinated by the university’s Institute of Irish Studies since 1965. The conference is co-sponsored by the Seamus Heaney Centre for Creative Writing and the Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice, with support from the Schools of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics, and of Arts, English and Languages.

The conference theme is 'Unions and Partitions in Ireland'.  This incorporates historical and literary reflection on origins and memory of Ireland’s partition and the creation of its successor states, as well as more contemporary focus on the way in which the legacies of the ‘Troubles’, changing demographics and political instability have come to render the future of that 1920-22 settlement highly uncertain. The impact of the UK’s Brexit on Ireland, north and south, continues to complicate Northern Ireland’s engagement with the European Union as well as the United Kingdom. The conference also offers the opportunity to reflect on profound cultural questions about Irish identities on what remains a partitioned island, and place these in comparative contexts. This has and continues to play out in the cultural politics of language, and in rich seams of writing addressing not only the Irish border but partitions within culture, religion, class, and sexualities, north and south and past and present. At the same time, as Irish society in both parts of the island becomes increasingly diversified as a consequence of cultural and social change and migration, the dominance of older binaries of unitary identity has become increasingly challenged.

The conference runs 24-27 August 2023 on the main Queen’s campus.



Conference: Africa in Ireland

28-29 April 2023 at Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland

The International Consortium for the Study of Africans in Ireland (ICSAI) invites submissions of papers for an interdisciplinary conference on Africa in Ireland: Historical and Theoretical Perspectives. This conference aims to address the historical presence of Africans and the Black diaspora in the past, present, and future on the island of Ireland. It will critically engage with this presence and the convergences of Irish-African cultural, political and religious relationships and connections. For details and Call for Papers (closing 1 Feb. 2023) click below.

Gender and Political Imprisonment in Ireland '22

A one-day conference at Queen's University Belfast, 23 September 2022

CFP closes 30 April. Contact Susie Deedigan via for more infornmation.

Call for Papers
Eucharistic Congress Symposium

When ‘all of Christendom had come’: The Dublin Eucharistic Congress – Ninety Years On, 23 February 2022 (PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DAY)

The Eucharistic Congress of 1932 is widely recognised to be a defining moment in the religious, social, and political life of the Irish Free State. The thirty-first international Congress took place in Dublin over the week of 21-26 June 1932, with smaller celebrations taking place in towns and villages across the island. With the input of the church, politicians, individuals, and community groups, the event represented an unparalleled display of the Catholic faith in the state. Coinciding with the fifteenth centenary of Patrick’s mission to Ireland, the Congress was viewed as public reaffirmation of faith and the just conclusion of Ireland’s religious history.

Programme and Registration
Booklaunch: Ireland 1922

Monday 7 February 2022 at 4.30pm

We are delighted to be able to launch Ireland 1922: Independence, Partition, Civil War, edited by Darragh Gannon and Fearghal McGarry - an important collection of interdisciplinary essays, published by the Royal Irish Academy in January 2022. Both editors, Dr Darragh Gannon (UCD) and Prof Fearghal McGarry (QUB) will speak to the book's themes and approaches, and Dr Margaret O'Callaghan (QUB) will give her assessment of its contribution to understanding that momentous year in Ireland's history. Everyone is welcome to join us either online via MS Teams or in person at 27 University Square 01.003. Please register online via Evenbrite.

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The Partition of Ireland: Causes and Consequences

A Series of Online Talks

In order to mark the centenary of the partitioning of Ireland, Queen’s University Belfast is organising and hosting a major series of online public talks. The series is supported by the UK Government and the Irish Government, and by the British Academy and the Royal Irish Academy. The talks are being recorded and produced by the BBC. Talks will be posted weekly on Mondays at 12.00, starting 26 April 2021.

Partition Talks website
Irish Studies Postgrad Workshop: Northern Ireland and Brexit

The Institute of Irish Studies at Queen's University Belfast is hosting a one day workshop organised by our postgraduate researchers on Wednesday 29 September 2021. This event is free and open to the public, and will be delivered online via MS Teams. Please pre-register via EVENTBRITE and we will send you a link to participate. For more information, contact the convenors Mylie Brennan ( or Frances Neilson ( .

Eventbrite page
Programme Poster for Symposium
1971 and the Transformation of the Ulster Troubles

A free online public conference on Friday 25 June 2021 hosted by the Institute of Irish Studies

This conference will discuss the crisis of 1971 in Northern Ireland, including the introduction of internment, political upheaval, the upsurge in violence and the Ballymurphy Massacre, and their legacies, from the perspective of 50 years on. This event will be held online via MS Teams. Registration and the programme are available via our Eventbrite page. All welcome.

Click here for programme and recording of conference
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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

Details to follow


The Troubles Reading Group

Details to follow



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