The expertise and publications of History staff have shaped understanding of the past and public debate on a wide range of topics. We have been particularly active in engaging recently with the ‘Decade of Centenaries’ and First World War commemorations in Ireland and Britain, with the public representation of the past more generally in museums and heritage bodies in Northern Ireland and beyond, and in addressing historical topics including the role of religion in society, women’s struggles for equality, and race relations.
Our staff have wide-ranging expertise and interests that have shaped political debate and popular understandings of the past. Recent research projects have included work on women in nineteenth century America, war and the supernatural in early-modern Europe, popular music in early-modern England and the global history of the Irish revolution.
Our researchers also contribute to a wide range of interdisciplinary research centres and groups at Queen’s.
The Centre for Public History co-ordinates our wide range of activities on public history and acts as liaison with partners in the museums and heritage sectors and media. The Centre organises regular conferences, workshops and public lectures.
The Centre for Public History provides a lively hub for people engaged in researching, teaching, and practicing public history. It seeks to nurture excellent research, provide a forum for debate, and develop working dialogue between academics, practitioners, and the public around issues relating to the practice of history in the public sphere. Research associated with the Centre focuses on a wide range of national and global contexts, historical periods, and disciplines, while our location in Northern Ireland provides a unique environment in which to explore many key issues around public engagement with, and consumption of, the past.
The Institute of Irish Studies is the focus at Queen's for the wide range of research and teaching across multiple disciplines relating to Ireland.
The university has one of the largest concentrations of expertise in Irish Studies anywhere in the world, and the Institute acts as a gateway to this wealth of knowledge and activity. The Institute of Irish Studies provides a hub for Irish-related research projects in many disciplines across the university, as well as hosting a number of projects itself.
Led by Leonie Hannan (HAPP), Diarmid Finnegan (NBE) and Caroline Sumpter (AEL) members of the research group work across multiple subject areas, schools and faculties.
Areas of expertise include science and material culture, the mind in science and culture and science and prediction. We bring together researchers with expertise from the early medieval period to the present day, and include historians and geographers, linguists and literature and science specialists and creative arts practitioners in drama, film and sonic arts. Our members have international research interests, from Europe (including France, Spain, Ireland and Britain) to North and Latin America and the Global South.
The Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies is an interdisciplinary initiative established in 2002 and based in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. It draws together research expertise across the Faculty in the long eighteenth century in the disciplines of English, History, Languages, Literatures, Geography, Performing Arts and Music.
Dr Leonie Hannan, School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics, is Director of the Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies.
QUOTE (Queen’s University Oral History, Technology & Ethics) is a resource for the dissemination of oral history research, teaching and training.
We are an interdisciplinary team of QUB scholars from History, Law, Drama, Creative Arts, English, Geography and the Faculty of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.