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Spring 2024 Seminars

Red Washburn (CUNY), 'Irish Women’s Prison Writing: Mother Ireland’s Rebels, 1960s-2010s’. (22/01/24)

Booklaunch of Liz DeYoung (Pennsylvania), Power, Politics and Territory in the ‘New Northern Ireland’: Girdwood Barracks and the Story of the Peace Process, with Marianne Elliott (Liverpool). (29/01/24)

Juliane Röleke (Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History Potsdam), ‘Little Belfast in Westphalia? British close quarter battle facilities in West Germany during the Troubles’ (12/02/24)

Crawford Gribben (QUB), 'J.N. Darby and the making of Dispensationalist Theology' (20/02/24)

James Quinn (DIB), 'Irish soccer and the rhetoric of unity, 1973-93: where did it all go wrong’ (26/02/24)

Molly Quinn-Leitch (QUB) and Emer McHugh (QUB), 'Shakespeare in Ireland' (4/3/24)

Pauline Collombier (Strasbourg), 'Women and home rule: insights from fictional and non-fictional sources' (11/03/24)

Andrew Holmes (QUB), ‘The northern revival, Presbyterians, and the second series of the Ulster Journal of Archaeology, 1894-1911’ (08/04/24)

Karl O'Hanlon (Maynooth), 'Beyond Regionalism and Nationalism in Irish Poetry' (15/04/24)

Aidan Enright (Leeds Beckett), ‘A symbol of West Britonism in Ireland’: the O’Conor Don and the culture and politics of liberal Catholicism and Catholic unionism, 1860-1906 (22 /04/24)

Brian Gurrin (TCD): ‘The religious census of Ireland, 1766: Ireland’s first census’ (29/04/24)

Rachael Young (Boston College): ‘Less violent, but no less visible: criminalization and community murals in Brixton and Belfast, 1980-89’ (7/5/24)

Huw Bennett (Cardiff) 'Uncivil War: The British Army and the Troubles, 1966-75' (co-hosted with Mitchell Institute, 13/5/24)

Spring 2023 Seminars

Prof Graham Walker and Dr James Greer (QUB), ‘Ties that bind? Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Union’ (6.2.23)

Dr Emmet O’Connor (UU), ‘Rotton Prod: The Unlikely Career of Dongaree Baird’ (6/3/23) Youtube

Dr Dieter Reinisch (University of Galway), 'Learning behind Bars: How IRA Prisoners Shaped the Peace Process in Ireland'

Dr Marilynn Richtarik (Georgia State University), 'Getting to Good Friday: Literature and the Peace Process in Northern Ireland'

Prof Bernadette Whelan (University of Limerick), 'Private and public lives of first ladies in 1920s Ireland'

Dr Catherine Flynn (University of California, Berkeley), 'Loose Ties: The Paris Commune, Aesthetics, & Popular Revolution in Ulysses'

Dr Karina Bénazech Wendling (Sorbonne University), 'The Use of Irish Language By Protestant Missions in 19th c. Ireland: a multifaceted paradox' 

Dr Niall Carson (University of Liverpool), 'The Gates Flew Open: Peadar O’Donnell, Communism and the Irish Academy of Letters'

Spring 2022 Seminars

Prof Fearghal McGarry (QUB) and Dr Darragh Gannon (UCD) Booklaunch of Ireland 1922 (7 Feb. 2022)

Prof Bryan Fanning (UCD), 'Roadside picnic: picking through the traces of the Dublin Eucharistic Congress of 1932' (23 Feb. 2022)

Dr Robbie Turner (St Andrews), 'The no-go areas in Northern Ireland, 1969-72' (14 Mar. 2022)

Prof Rob Savage (Boston College), ''Northern Ireland, Censorship and the BBC World Service' (4 April 2022).

Prof Eugenio Biagini (Cambridge): '1940-49: The Last Stand of the Monaghan Orangemen?' (2 May 2022)

Dr Ruth Coon (QUB): 'Providing healthcare during the Northern Ireland Troubles: realities for medical staff' (9 May 2022)

Autumn 2021 Seminars

Booklaunch of Crawford Gribben, The Rise and Fall of Christian Ireland, 4 Oct. 2021 (Youtube)  
Katrina Goldstone, 'Loyal and cosmopolitan Irishmen? Leslie Daiken and Michael Sayers, Irish Jewish writers negotiating identity and politics in the 1930s & 1940s'. 11 Oct. 2021 (Youtube)  
Dr Gail McConnell (QUB), ‘A grammar in which everything is significant’ (Ciaran Carson): Poems and reflections from The Sun is Open (18 Oct. 2021) (Youtube)  
Dr Clíona Ó Gallchoir (UCC) ‘Harry Ormond, of no town’: The local, the transnational and the imperial in Maria Edgeworth’s Ireland (25 Oct. 2021)  
Dr Shahmima Akhtar (RHUL), "Ireland on the Midway": the Chicago World's Fair, 1893 (1 Nov. 2021) (youtube)
Dr Sophie Cooper (QUB), in harmony with the people of the parish’: Working towards a multigenerational Irish community in nineteenth-century Melbourne and Chicago (8 Nov. 2021) (youtube)  
Dr Amy Prendergast (QUB), 'Inhabiting and creating the diurnal environment: Place and identity in women's diaries from Ireland in the long eighteenth century' (15 Nov. 2021) (youtube)  
Dr Siobhra Aiken (QUB), 'Uncovering an alternative archive of testimony from the Irish Civil War (1922–23)' (22 Nov. 2021, Youtube)
Prof. Frank Shovlin (Liverpool): The Letters of John McGahern (29 Nov. 2021).  
Dr Gordon Gilleslpie (QUB): Flags of our fathers? An inner East Belfast flag survey, 2001-21 (6/12/21)  
Prof Colin Harvey (QUB): The constitutional change conversation in Ireland: where now? (13/12/21)  


Autumn 2020 Seminars

James Bruce, 'The "peculiar theories" of James Fintan Lalor' (5/10/20) [Youtube]

Liam Kennedy, 'Who was responsible for the Troubles?' (19/10/20) [youtube]
Booklaunch of Alice Johnson, Middle-Class Life in Victorian Belfast (26/10/20) [Youtube]
Pádraig McGonagle, 'Éamon de Valera and the state's revival of Irish: the DEVolution of responsibility' (2/11/20) [Youtube]
Emer Nolan, 'Women of the second wave: nationalism in Irish feminism' (9/11/20) [Youtube]
Mary O'DowdWho cares for the elderly? A history of old age in Ireland, 1500-1850' (16/11/20) [Youtube]
Michael Doorley, ‘Justice Daniel Cohalan, 1865-1946: The making of an Irish-American nationalist’ (7/12/20) [Youtube]







Spring 2020 Seminars

Listen again to Dr Laurence Cooley (Birmingham/QUB): ‘No status – no census!’ The causes and consequences of the 1971 and 1981 Northern Ireland census boycotts (27 Jan. 2020): Cooley 27.1.20 (MP3 file)


Listen again to Dr Breandán Mac Suibhne: '"Of men long dead and trivial little stories"; or, making a history of the homeplace: problems and possibilities in the social and cultural history of mid-nineteenth century Ireland' (3 Feb. 2020) MacSuibhne 3.2.20 (MP3 File)

Listen again to Prof Wang Zhenpeng (Beijing Foreign Studies University) speak on 'Brexit, evolving Irish identity, and Irish Studies in China' (10 Feb. 2020):  Wang 10.2.20 (MP3 file)  


Autumn 2019 Seminars
Listen again to booklaunch of Civic Identity and Public Space in Belfast (23 Sept 2019)


Listen again to Dr Peter McLoughlin, 'War of words: American media and the NI conflict (30 Sept. 2019) McLoughlin 30.9.19 (MP3 file)
Listen again to Prof Colin Harvey, 'Sharing the Land: Brexit and Constitutional Futures' (14 Oct. 2019) Colin Harvey 14.10.19 (MP3 file)
Listen again to Prof Brian Walker, 'Who are the Irish: Identity in Ireland and the Irish Diaspora' (7 Oct. 19) Brian Walker 7.10.19 (MP3 file)
Listen again to Richard O'Leary, 'The faithful underground: Gay Christian activism in Ireland in the 1970s and 1980s' (21 Oct. 2019) O'Leary1 21.10.19 (MP3 file)
Listen again to Sara Dybris McQuaid, 'Remembering the 1916 Easter Rising and the end of empire: transnational templates of Irish and Indian freedom struggles’ (28 Oct. 2019) Sara McQuaid 28.10.19 (MP3 file)
Listen again to Mary Hatfield, 'Growing up in nineteenth-century Ireland' (11 Nov. 2019)  Mary Hatfield 11.11.19 (MP3 file)
Listen again to Caroline Magennis, 'Moving through Milkman: The body in motion in some recent Northern Irish texts. (18 Nov. 2019)   


Spring 2019 Seminars

Listen Again to Dr Marie Coleman:

‘Gender and compensation after the Irish Revolution’

(28 Jan. 2019)

Listen again to Dr Sarah Jankowitz:

'Contested victimhood and the legacy of the past in Northern Ireland’

(4 Feb. 2019)

Listen again to our New Books Session (Dr Tim Watt and Dr Chris Loughlin)

(11 Feb. 2019)

Listen again to Dr Heather Laird:

'Commemoration against the grain'


Listen again to Dr Gordon Gillespie:

‘The Journey of Reconciliation Trust: remembering the past differently’

(25 Feb. 2019)

Listen again to Dr Edward Burke:

‘The British Army in Northern Ireland: combat, cohesion and deviancy’

(4 March 2019)

Listen again to Dr Alan de Bromhead and Dr Alan Fernihough:

‘Representation of the people: franchise extension and the 1918 “Sinn Féin Election” in Ireland’

(11 March 2019)

Listen again to Dr Órla McGrory:

‘From the Free State to the continent: Irish language legal terminology and (mis)translation, 1922-2022’

(29 April 2019)

Listen again to Colleen Taylor:

'Violent materials: mantles, spinning wheels and the development of 18th-Century Irish Character'

(7 May 2019)

Listen again to Dr Peter Hession:

'Approaching a technological history of the Great Famine'

(13 May 2019)

Listen again to Dr Massimiliano Nastri:

‘Do we need to talk about Fascism in the Free State? Cumann na nGaedheal's Crises and Solutions, 1930 – 1932’

(20 May 2019)


Autumn 2018 Seminars
Spring 2018 Seminars
Listen again to Liam Kennedy on ‘Before childhood, after death: Irish mothers reflect on the fate of unbaptized infants’ (22 Jan. 2018)

 Listen again to Chris Colvin (QUB), Matthias Blum (QUB) and Eoin McLaughlin (St Andrews), on ‘Ireland’s chosen many: scarring and selection in the Great Irish Famine’ (29 January 2018)
 Listen again to Paddy Gleeson (QUB): ‘Ruling early medieval kingdoms: landscape and governance in the Irish Sea region’ (5 Feb. 2018)
 Listen again to Muiris Mac Carthaigh (QUB) on 'From Free State to Crisis State: The Evolution of the Irish Administration, 1922-2015' (12 Feb. 2018)
Listen again to Bridget Brownlow (St Mary's University, NS) on

‘Peace education in a post-conflict society - from Nova Scotia to Northern Ireland’ (19 Feb. 2018)

 Listen again to David Bell (QUB) on ‘Bronze Age blades and the Battle of Ballynahinch: unexpected connections' (20 March 2018)
 Listen again to Conor Lucey (UCD) on 'Personality crisis? Public architecture in eighteenth-century Ireland' (30 April 2018)
 Listen again to the QUB Launch of the Cambridge History of Ireland (14 May 2018)
Listen again to Kathryn McNeilly (QUB) and Mairead Enright (Birmingham) on 'Abortion law reform in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland' (8 May 2018)
Autumn 2017 Seminars
Spring 2017 Seminars
Autumn 2016 Seminars