Skip to Content

News and Events

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.

Our Spring 2021 seminars will all be held online via Micosoft Teams -please register via Eventbrite (we will post a link here each week for this) and we will email you a link to join before the seminar starts.

Next Seminars

Our next seminar is on Monday 10 May 2021 at 4.30pm, and will be held online via Microsoft Teams. Ruud van den Beuken (Nijmegen) will speak on 'Staging the Free State: New Irish drama at the Dublin Gate Theatre' For more information and registration, please visit our Eventbrite page:

All welcome.

Eventbrite Page
Spring 2021 Seminar Series

Our Spring 2021 seminar series begins on 1 February.

All welcome - come and join us online!

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 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).

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
Soldiers standing guard outside Unity Flats
Irish Studies Postgrad Workshop: Northern Ireland and Brexit

Does your research focus on Northern Ireland and Brexit? Are you researching identity, borders, nationalism,diplomacy or politics in post-Brexit Northern Ireland?

The Institute of Irish Studies at Queen's University Belfast is hosting a one day workshop for postgraduate researchers on Wednesday 29 September 2021. Proposals for 10-15 minute papers on any topic relating to Northern Ireland and Brexit - from any discipline- are welcome . Abstracts of no more than 200 words should be submitted to Mylie Brennan ( and Frances Neilson ( by no later than 2 August 2021. .

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
Forum: Do we need a Museum of the Troubles and Peace?

Mon. 24 May at 4.30pm (online via Teams).

In 2018 the questions of whether there should be a dedicated museum addressing the Northern Ireland conflict and peace process, and what form it might include, were debated in the press. Since then a project team has developed plans and sought funding to take forward this initiative under the title 'Museum of the Troubles and Peace' . This forum will give an opportunity to two speakers involved with the proposed museum, project-manager Dr Irene Boada Montagut and Director of the Centre for Public History at QUB Dr Olwen Purdue, to present on the progress of the initiative thus far and its ultimate objectives. This is an open forum, delivered online and open to the public and we welcome all constructive questions, comments and contributions in response to the presentations. To participate, please pre-register via this Eventbrite page before 11am on Monday 24 May, and we will send you a link to join the Teams meeting.

Recording (Youtube)

Date: 17/05/2021
Time: 4:30PM - 6:00PM
Location: Online via MS Teams (Click on link for recording)
Category: Workshop / Seminar / Course

Irish Studies Postgraduate Symposium: Digitising Ireland

Has the past year caused you to look to digitised collections for your research? If so, why not join the conversation?

The Institute of Irish Studies at Queen’s University, Belfast presents a one-day postgraduate symposium, via Microsoft Teams, on Thursday 13 May 2021. It seeks to explore and promote the use of online collections in PGR Research. Contact Lucy Wray (

Register here
Partition and the Limits of Irish Commemoration

Prof. Ian McBride (Oxford), ''Partition and the Limits of Irish Commemoration: Reflections on 1921'

Following the keynote lecture, Professor Richard English, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Queen's University Belfast will moderate a Question and Answer session. Questions can be submitted during the live feed. Event details: Wed, 31 March 2021. 16:00 Welcome and Introduction by Professor Richard English 16:05 Lecture by Professor Ian McBride 16:30 Q and A 16:55 Closing comments by Professor Richard English

Brian Moore at 100 Project

A project to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Brian Moore, led by Dr Alison Garden (QUB) and Professor Sinéad Moynihan (Exeter)

Designed to coincide with the centenary of his birth, Brian Moore at 100 seeks to critically appraise, and thus revive scholarly and public interest in, the work of neglected and important Belfast-born writer, Brian Moore (1921-99). Throughout 2021, we will be organising at series of public-facing and academic events to celebrate, revisit and evaluate Moore's life and career. The project has been generously funded through a British Academy/Leverhulme Trust Small Research Grant. - Launch Event for Brian Moore at 100: Roundtable Discussion (20 Jan. 2021, 6.30) - CFP: Brian Moore in Context (21-23 April 2021)

Project Blog and Events
Ulster Society for IHS Seminars
Go to USIHS 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

Details to follow


The Troubles Reading Group

Details to follow



Previous Events in Irish Studies
See more