Cpf: 33rd Irish Conference of Historians, 21-23 May 2020

The 33rd Irish Conference of Historians will take place at National University of Ireland, Galway, Thursday 21-Saturday 23 May, 2020.

The theme of the conference will be Borders and boundaries: historical perspectives.

As well as papers/panels that address the historiography of borders and boundaries, and the historical/theoretical debates that have enlivened the field, we welcome proposals in, or germane to, the following broad subject areas:

  • Definitions and types of borders
  • Fixing the border
  • Border control
  • Disputes and border disputes
  • Economics of the border
  • Moving beyond the border
  • Border identities
  • Borders and globalization
  •  Borders and authority
  • Borders and migratory movements
  • Transnational freedom of movement
  • Cultural and artistic borders
  • Border regions and heritage (tangible and intangible)
  • Censorship
  • Gendered character of national identity and citizenship
  • Personal boundaries
  • Frontiers, transgressions and representations
  • Women making and remaking borders
  • Faith-based borders
  •  Occupational borders
  • Dividing and connecting politics
  • “Real” boundaries
  • Conceptual boundaries

Both panel and individual proposals are welcome. Please send individual paper proposals (a 200- to 300-word abstract) and panel proposals (300-word overview + 200- to 300-word abstracts for the papers) to 33ConferenceofIrishHistorians@gmail.com  Enquiries can be sent to Kieran.hoare@nuigalway.ie or c/o Kieran Hoare, Archives Service, James Hardiman Library, NUI, Galway.

Deadline: 1 October 2019

ICHS (in conjunction with USIHS) Symposium on the Pursuit and Practice of Local History

6pm on Thursday 16th May 2019

PRONI, 2 Titanic Boulevard, Belfast

The Irish Committee of Historical Sciences, in conjunction with the Ulster Society for Irish Historical Studies will host a symposium at PRONI, 2 Titanic Boulevard, Belfast at 6pm on Thursday 16th May 2019 on the Pursuit and Practice of Local History. Our speakers at the symposium will be Professor Raymond Gillespie of Maynooth University and Dr. Olwen Purdue of Queen’s University Belfast. The meeting will be chaired by Professor Steven Ellis of NUI Galway.

Ireland has had a long tradition of local history societies dating back to the nineteenth century. The publication of Doing Irish Local History: Pursuit and Practice in Belfast in 1998, edited by Raymond Gillespie and Myrtle Hill marked a milestone in the teaching of the topic within academia. The range of local history societies, local journals and magazines all testify to the health of local history in the parishes and counties of Ireland. The Federation for Ulster Local Studies in Ulster and the Federation of Local History Societies in the rest of the island are both evidence of the desire of local societies to come together and share common concerns about the problem of doing local history in an Irish context. Accessibility to archival sources, both through archival services and digitally have transformed the field, and the variety and volume of decade of centenary events attests to the vibrancy of both local and public history.

With this in mind, this symposium will bring together those interested in local history for a discussion on methodology and practice in the field. All are welcome. For more information visit

Details from the Ulster Society for Irish Historical Studies can be found here

To register for the event please visit

Irish Genealogical Research Society AGM and Lecture

2 pm Saturday 13 April 2019

Dublin City Library and Archive, Pearse Street

The Irish Genealogical Research Society (IGRS) will host its AGM at Dublin City Library at 2 pm on Saturday, 13 April 2019. This will be followed at 3 pm by a lecture from Dr Aoife Bhreathnach. The title of the lecture is ‘”Making the army their home'”: Marriage in nineteenth-century garrison towns in Ireland’.

IAPH Annual Public Lecture, 17 April 2019

The Irish Association of Professional Historians (IAPH) is delighted to announce that their public lecture will take place on Wednesday. 17 April at 7 pm in the National Library of Ireland. Professor Jane Ohlmeyer will speak on the following:- ‘Late the wife of…’ : Widows and the 1641 Depositions.
All are welcome to attend, but seating is on a “first come, first served” basis.

Prisons, Asylums, Workhouses: Institutions in Irish History

A 2-day conference at PRONI, Belfast 13-14 June 2019

This conference seeks to bring together researchers at every level (postgraduate, early career and established) to assess the ‘state of the discipline’ in relation to research on the history of institutions in Ireland. The organisers (Dr Gillian Allmond and Max Meulendijks, QUB; Triona Waters, University of Limerick) would be
particularly interested to receive papers on the following subject areas (papers to be 15 to 20 minutes in length), but all topics relating to institutions will be considered. Panel suggestions are also welcome:
• Sources, archives and oral histories: challenges and opportunities presented by the nature and extent of primary source material
• Materiality of institutions: from the buildings themselves to the shackles and straitjackets that are emblematic of certain institutions
• Spatiality of institutions: how can we understand the internal spaces and external landscapes of Irish institutions?
• Treatments and therapies: what practices, medical and otherwise, were intended to heal and/or reform?
• Institutions as heritage: how are the buildings still remaining in our landscape presented as heritage? How do we deal with the problems that dark heritage presents?
• Patient/inmate voices: how do we get at the experiences and responses of patients and inmates, given the nature of institutional records?
• Emotional history of institutions: how do we write the emotional history of institutions, from the perspective of inmates/patients and as a society?
• Institutions and engagement: how do we engage groups outside academia with the history of institutions.

The call for papers closes on 31st March 2019. Abstracts not exceeding 250 words in length, together with a short biography should be sent to Dr Gillian Allmond at irishinstitutions@gmail.com

Full details can be found here:

Cfp: Irish History Students’ Association (IHSA) Conference, 1-3 March 2019

Irish History Students’ Association / Comhaltas na gCumann Staire IHSA Annual Conference 2019 / CCS Comhdháil Bhliantúil

2019 1-3 March,

2019 Mary Immaculate College, Limerick

The Irish History Students’ Association is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for its 69th Annual Conference. Join us from the 1-3 March, 2019 at Mary Immaculate College Campus, located in the centre of the historic Treaty city of Limerick.

Proposals are invited for papers (in English or Irish) on any historical topic or period, from undergraduate/postgraduate students and early-career researchers. Abstracts of no more than 250 words for a 20-minute research paper (approx. 2,500-3,000 words) should be submitted, along with a short personal biography of no more than 100 words.

Poster presentations are also invited. Posters should be A0 in size and may encompass any style or theme, similar to the criteria for written papers. Presenters should be prepared to speak for up to 10 minutes regarding their posters, with or without an accompanying short paper.

All proposals should be submitted by email to ihsa2019@outlook.com no later than Thursday, 31 January, 2019. Abstracts and biographies should be submitted in the form of a word document attached to the email and should include: Full Name; Institutional Affiliation (if any) and Paper/Poster title.

Further details will be provided on request by emailing ihsa2019@outlook.com or see the official IHSA 2019 website https://ihsa2019.wixsite.com/ihsaconference2019 for regular updates.

A flyer for the call for papers can be found below

Conference: Dáil Eireann: The first hundred years, 1919-2019

The Royal Irish Academy will host a conference exploring the history of Dáil Eireann from 1919 to the present. This will take place on 11 December 2018 at 9.00am-5.30pm


The full programme can be found here: RIA conference

and further details at


Tickets €20/€10 concessions

Explore Your Archive, 17th – 25th November.

The Archives and Records Association’s (ARA) Explore Your Archive campaign is about celebrating local and national heritage and the rich diversity and interconnectedness of local, regional and national documentary heritage. The ARA will run a series of events to celebrate and explore the nation’s archival heritage.

The Irish campaign will be launched on 15 November 2018, at the National Library of Ireland, Dublin.

Full details of events taking place in Ireland and, indeed, across the British Isles, can be found here:  http://www.exploreyourarchive.org/events/

Call for registration: Annual History of Science, Technology and Medicine Network Ireland Conference

26-27 October 2018

Queen’s University Belfast,

School of Natural and Built Environment.

Registration for the 4th annual HSTM Network Ireland conference is now open. The two-day conference will consist of papers on a range of topics related to the History of Science, Technology and Medicine in Ireland and abroad. The keynote speaker will be Nick Hopwood.

For conference registration: https://ecommerce.apps.qub.ac.uk/oshstm/catalog/

Conference program: HSTM Conference programme 2018

Further details on the HSTM Network Ireland: https://hstmnetworkireland.org/

Queries: hstmnetworkireland@gmail.com