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Remembering Bunting Festival 8-10 Feb. 2019

A Festival of Talks and Music to Celebrate the Life and Work of Edward Bunting (1773-1843).

All events are FREE and open to the public; tickets normally not required (see programme). Music at QUB; Skainos Centre, St Mary's Hall, St George's Church, Coláiste Feirste, Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich.

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Postgraduate Workshop with Dr Guy Beiner, 25 Jan. 2019:

'History and memory through the looking glass: When does forgetting begin?' When does social forgetting begin? The sequence appears self-evident: first events are experienced, then they are remembered, and ultimately, they are forgotten. Hence, history is followed by memory, which wanes with time, so that, after due delay, forgetting sets in.

'On further thought, the notion of a neat linear succession may prove misleading. It could be argued that remembrance commences much earlier than is intuitively expected and that concerns of forgetting, though often unnoticed, may even be raised in advance of the unravelling of historical events.’ (Beiner, Forgetful Remembrance, p. 46). In the workshop, we will work through this conundrum and try and put some order into the puzzling relationships that tie history to memory and forgetting. This will be done by introducing and unpacking the seemingly paradoxical concepts of ‘Prememory’ and ‘Pre-Forgetting’, which may prove to be useful tools for those interested in the study of commemoration and social remembrance.

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The Belfast ‘Good Friday’ Agreement and the Challenges of Brexit

13 April 2018

A conference co-hosted with the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, University of Notre Dame

Conference: Moving Statues

8-9 June 2018

‘Moving Statues – Shifted Meanings: Contested Memorials in Ireland and the US’ will explore public controversies over contested monuments in Ireland and the Southern States of the USA, from the later 19th to the early 21st centuries.

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Symposium on Ireland in East Asia

Monday 12 March 2018

The Institute of Irish Studies will host a Symposium with papers from a number of speakers from Japanese universities on aspects of Ireland's relations with Japan and East Asia. 2pm-5pm in the Belfast Room, Ulster Museum (Stranmillis Road)

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Remembering 1968

Saturday 24 March 2018

The Institute of Irish Studies will host a symposium on the Civil Rights movement in Northern Ireland in 1968 and the memory the events of that year have left. The symposium will combine a witness seminar involving participants in the events of 1968 and a panel featuring new research on the Civil Rights movement and its legacies. For Programme and Free Registration, please visit our Eventbrite site.

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Annual Seán Mac Airt Memorial Lecture

Thursday 23rd November 2017

THE ULSTER PLACE-NAME SOCIETY: Annual Seán Mac Airt Memorial Lecture. 'The Importance of Place-names in the Storytelling Traditions of the Blue Stack Mountains' by Dr Eithne Ní Ghallchobhair RIA. At 8.00pm, Peter Froggatt Centre Room 02/018, Queen’s University Belfast

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USIHS Lecture

Thursday 14 Decembet 2017

Ulster Society for Irish Historical Studies Lecture: 'The baron and "the Dook": the life and death of Arthur Reginald, 5th Baron De Freyne, 1879-1915' by Dr Frances Nolan (National Library of Ireland) (PRONI)


Irish Political and Cultural Identities: 1650-1850

A symposium on the varied Irish political and cultural identities between 1650 and 1850. 22 May 2017

This event is organised by QUB Postgraduate Researchers in association with the Centre for 18th-Century Studies. This is a free event, but please email if you intend to attend.


Stateless Nations of the European Union in the Shadow of Brexit

Catalonia, Northern Ireland, and Scotland - 11 May 2017

A Symposium hosted by the Institute of Irish Studies, in association with the Public Diplomacy Council of Catalonia.


The Great Famine and Social Class (INIFS)

20-21 April 2017

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Commemorating Partition and Civil Wars in Ireland, 2020-23

10 March 2017

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The Value of Medieval Studies

3-4 November 2016

The Value of Medieval Studies and the Humanities