cfp. 33rd Irish Conference of Historians, Deadline 1st October

NUI Galway

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

Proposals are invited for the 33rd Irish Conference of Historians which will take place at National University of Ireland, Galway, 21-23 May 2020. The theme of this major, 3-day conference is Borders and boundaries: historical perspectives. We welcome proposals for individual 20 minute papers or for three person panels. We also encourage proposals for other formats, such as lightning panels and group presentations.

5 bursaries of up to €100 each are offered to assist postgraduate students or independent scholars.

Proposals are invited for the following themes, but proposals on any topic relating to borders, boundaries and history will be welcome. Papers on all approaches, time periods and nations/contexts are also welcome.

· Definitions and types of borders

· Border identities

· Borders and globalization

· Economics of the border

· Moving beyond the border

· Gender and citizenship

· The person and boundaries

· Frontiers, transgressions and representations

· Women making and remaking borders

· Faith-based borders

· Borders and authority

· Borders and migration

· Transnational history and borders

· Cultural and artistic borders

· Border regions and heritage (tangible and intangible)

· Censorship

· Conceptual boundaries

Please send a 200 word abstract for individual papers and an additional 300 word proposal for panels 33ConferenceofIrishHistorians@gmail.com. Enquiries can also be sent to Kieran.hoare@nuigalway.ie

Deadline: 1 October 2019

The Irish Committee of Historical Sciences, founded in March 1938 to provide for the representation of Irish historical interests on the Comité International des Sciences Historiques/International Committee of Historical Sciences (CISH/ICHS). Our purpose is to represent historians and the historical discipline in Ireland, to promote historical scholarship and public engagement with history, to advocate for the discipline, to provide a forum for discussion, to promote and disseminate research and encourage students and early career researchers.

For more on the ICHS visit http://www.historians.ie/

History of Science, Technology and Medicine conference, Ulster University, 18-19 Oct. 2019

History of Science, Technology, and Medicine Network Ireland Annual Conference
Ulster University, Belfast Campus, 18-19 October 2019

Kindly supported by the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Ulster University

The HSTM Network Ireland fosters research, teaching and public engagement in the history of science, technology and medicine (HSTM) in Ireland. It brings together researchers based in Ireland and welcomes overseas members with relevant interests. We aim to raise the profile of HSTM in Ireland and link Irish-based researchers to an international community of scholars. The Network promotes awareness of archival sources for HSTM on the island, advocates HSTM as a subject at all levels of education, supports and develops public events with an HSTM element and produces an accessible bibliography of HSTM research.

Annual Conference 2019

The conference organisers invite you to register for the HSTM Network Ireland’s annual conference taking place at Ulster University, Belfast Campus on 18-19 October 2019. The event will showcase innovative, original research currently being pursued by established and early-career researchers working in HSTM in Ireland and abroad.

Conference registration will cost £20 (coffee breaks and lunches are included in this price).

An optional conference dinner will take place on Friday, 18 October, at Made in Belfast, 23 Talbot Street, Belfast BT1 2LD.

There will be an additional charge of £30 for the conference dinner (which must be paid for in advance via the conference registration system).

All communication should be sent to Hstmconference2019@gmail.com

Further details can be found here: https://hstmnetworkireland.org/

To register go to: https://store.ulster.ac.uk/product-catalogue/faculty-of-arts-humanities-and-social-sciences/school-of-english-and-history/hstm-conference

Irish Association of Professional Historians, Using Visual Materials as Historical References workshop (Sat 12th October 2019)

Time: 10 am – 1 pm

Location: Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, 63 Merrion Square, Dublin 2.

A limited number of places are available for this event

Sign up: Email info@iaph.ie to reserve a place

Both Members and non-members are asked to ensure they indicate their intention to attend by signing up

Deadline for sign up: 28th Sept 2019

This event is free to IAPH Members and €7 for non-Members.

Non-members will have the option of paying via PayPal beforehand, or on the day itself.

Tea, Coffee and refreshments to be provided

Can visual materials be historical references? Why should one use images in historical analysis, writings and presentations? What do they say that text does not? How might they, should they or can they be interpreted?

This event, to be held at the RSAI in Dublin, will be a three-hour workshop comprising two parts. The first being a short seminar, which will introduce the attendees to the concept of using visual materials as historical references; visual methodologies; compositions of images; and an introduction to conventions. This will be followed by a hands-on workshop where researchers can engage with their own research images and materials through various methodological perspectives.

The event will be facilitated by four art and visual culture historians from IADT and UCD. It is aimed at professional historians with limited or no experience using visual materials in their research, but we equally welcome more experienced researchers who are willing to further develop their skills and share their insights.

The day’s schedule will be as follows:

1000-1015 – Welcome (Dr Paul Huddie, IAPH Committee)

1015-1115 – Seminar: Using visual materials as historical references, this will comprise four segments:

Audiences (Dr Elaine Sisson, IADT);
Circulation (Dr Colleen Thomas, UCD);
Image (composition) (Dr Roisin Kennedy, UCD);
Production (Dr Sherra Murphy, IADT)
11.15-11.45 – Coffee Break

11.45-13.00 – Break-out sessions (Drs Sisson, Kennedy, Thomas and Murphy)

Full details and registration can be found here: http://iaph.ie/2019/09/using-visual-materials-as-historical-references/

cfp. Economic and Social History Society of Ireland, Annual Conference 2019.

University College Cork, 6 and 7 December 2019

CALL FOR PAPERS

Proposals for papers, or for panels of papers, are solicited for the Annual Conference of the Economic and Social History Society of Ireland, which will be held at University College Cork, on Friday 6 December and Saturday 7 December 2019. The conference is jointly organised by the Department of Economics and the School of History.

Paper proposals relating to all aspects of economic and social history will be considered.

The conference will be held in the former Cork Savings Bank branch on Lapp’s Quay in the heart of Cork City. This landmark building was constructed in 1842 and has recently been restored for the Cork University Business School.

This year’s Connell Lecture will be delivered by Morgan Kelly, Professor of Economics at University College Dublin. Abstracts of papers and proposals for panels should be sent to Dr Eoin McLaughlin (eoin.mclaughlin@ucc.ie) by Friday 4 October 2019.

Abstracts should be between 250 and 300 words. Panel proposals should include a session title, contact details for all speakers and abstracts for all papers to be included in the session.

For more information about the society, please visit our website: http://www.eshsi.org/.

Cfp. History of Science, Technology and Medicine, Annual Conference 2019, deadline August 15th

HSTM Annual Conference at Ulster University (Belfast campus), 18-20 October 2019

For its upcoming conference, the HSTM Network invites proposals on any topics in the history of science, technology and medicine. Topics do not necessarily have to relate to Ireland. Paper submissions should include a 250-word abstract including five key words and mention the name and affiliation (unless independent) of the speaker. Individual presentations should be no more than 20 minutes, with 10 minutes afterwards for questions. Panel submissions should include three papers (each with a 250-word abstract including five key words), a chair if possible, and a 100-word panel abstract. In both cases, please have ‘Abstract 2019 conference’ as your email subject. Confirmation of acceptance should be within a month following the closing date.

Contact: Hstmconference2019@gmail.com

Further details can be found at https://hstmnetworkireland.org/

REFRAMING EMPIRE: IMPERIALISM, ANTI-IMPERIALISM AND THEIR LEGACIES IN PUBLIC HISTORY (Queen’s University Belfast, 16-17 December 2019)

The manner in which empire is remembered, forgotten or imaginatively reconstructed plays a key role in forging national identity in many countries in the twenty-first century; it also, arguably, shapes how they imagine their future role on the global stage. The issue of how Britain engages with its imperial past, for example, has recently come to the fore through debates about how imperial and BAME history should be taught at schools, whether contentious imperial actors should be publicly commemorated, and through questions about the provenance of many museum collections. At the same time, citizens of its former empire in postcolonial nations have pressed the need for Britain to come to terms with its colonial legacies.

Within postcolonial states, moreover, the issue of who is forgotten or remembered as participating in anti-imperial struggles is itself contentious, with some commentators arguing that nationalist political elites have shaped the story of anti-colonial struggles to aggrandize their own roles at the expense of other subaltern actors.

The conference will seek to tackle these themes head on. We encourage applications from scholars at all career stages who engage with questions that include (but are not limited to):
• What are the debates in postcolonial nations about how their anti-imperial struggles are remembered and commemorated?
• How should educators around the world represent/present empire to the public, in schools and universities?
• How has the engagement of nations with their imperial past helped to define their identity in the twenty-first century?
• What roles do museums play in shaping how we see, understand and engage with imperial pasts?
• How might museums and heritage sites such as historic houses engage with their own imperial legacies?
• What challenges face scholars working on the public history of ancient empire?

We invite individual 20-minute papers, or panels of 3 papers. Skype panels are also welcome. Abstracts should not exceed 250 words, and should be accompanied by a short CV and sent to publichistory@qub.ac.uk by 9 September 2019. Notification of acceptance will be sent by 27 September 2019

Bursaries: A limited number of bursaries of £300, covering the conference fee, travel, and accommodation, are available for postgraduate, ECR (within three years of PhD), and museum practitioners who are delivering a paper but not in receipt of institutional support. Anyone seeking to avail of this should indicate when emailing their abstract.

Further information is available here: https://www.qub.ac.uk/research-centres/CentreforPublicHistory/Events/UpcomingEvents/CONFERENCE-REFRAMINGEMPIRE.html

Conference: Uncovering Material Knowledge, QUB, 30th and 31st August 2019

Professor Pamela H. Smith (Columbia University), Professor Chandra Mukerji (University of California) and Professor David Livingstone (Queen’s University, Belfast) will be giving keynote lectures.

This conference seeks to break with the age-old separation of hand and mind and uncover examples of material and embodied knowledge across a broad range of periods, geographical locations, spaces and places.

Developments in histories of science, medicine and technology have fundamentally re-oriented our understanding of knowledge production. Recent scholarship has made a break with narratives that privilege a few ‘great men’ and engaged with a more diverse range of actors (e.g. women, indigenous peoples, tradesmen, technicians) and prioritised an approach that uncovers complex interactions between  humans, their environments and the material things they have at their disposal.

However, ‘knowledge’ or intellectual work took many different forms and scholars from fields such as food history, gender history, literary studies, historical geography and art history have increasingly viewed activities that were traditionally dismissed as unexceptional (such as cooking or craft) as playing a critical role in knowledge production.

Some kinds of knowledge are harder to access in the historical record than others and require different sources and approaches to bring their meaning and significance to light. The surge in interest, across a range of disciplines, in the study of material culture has served to unlock one such source and has offered new opportunities for understanding different forms of knowing – the material, the embodied and the non-verbal.

For further details and to register to attend please use the following link: https://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/happ/News-and-Events/UncoveringMaterialKnowledge.html

National Library of Ireland (in association with the Irish Committee of Historical Studies) 2019 Research Studentship

Research Studentship
The National Library is an equal opportunities employer
Cuirfear fáilte roimh chomhfhreagras i nGaeilge
Information for Applicants

  1. The National Library of Ireland, in association with the Irish Committee of Historical Sciences (ICHS), is offering a one-year Research Studentship for advanced graduate students (at least second year) or post-doctoral students of Irish history.
  2. The student will work in the Manuscripts Department (Special Collections) of the National Library (see Appendix 1).
  3. Requirements
    The successful candidate will have:
    • Strong interpersonal skills and be able to work as part of a team
    • Ability to work in an organised and productive way with strong attention to detail
    • Ability to meet deadlines and to be able to work on his/her own initiative
    • Excellent IT skills.
  4. The Studentship is designed to enable a student to undertake intensive study of a selected manuscript collection or collections which he/she might use as a major source in a post-graduate or post-doctoral research programme (see Appendix 1). On completion of the Studentship, it is envisaged that the student will resume his/her research programme and may continue to exploit the collection for its historical content.
  5. The Studentship will be for a 12-month period.
  6. The successful applicant will be offered a contract of employment by the Board of the National Library of Ireland.
  7. The current annual rate of pay applying to the Studentship will be €20,649 per annum accruing 22 day’s annual leave.
  8. The Studentship may be terminated by the National Library, at any time, in the event of misconduct by the student or persistent failure for any reason to carry out satisfactorily the duties assigned to him/her.
  9. 3 hard copies of completed application forms should be posted to the Human Resources Unit, National Library of Ireland, 4 Kildare St. Dublin 2.
  10. Applications must be made on the official National Library of Ireland application form which can be found online through http://www.nli.ie/vacancies. Only applications submitted on a National Library of Ireland application form will be accepted. The onus is on candidates to ensure that they have submitted their applications on the correct form.
  11. The closing date for all applications is Tuesday 23 July 2019 at 3:00 p.m. Applications will not be accepted after this date. It is the responsibility of candidates to ensure that their completed application form is received on time.
  12. Applicants will be short-listed on the basis of the information contained in their application forms.
  13. Successful candidates will be required to undergo both health and security clearance.
  14. Interviews will be held from the week beginning Monday 05 August 2019. It is the responsibility of applicants to be available for interview on the allotted date.
  15. The Library reserves the right to make such enquiries as it considers necessary in relation to an applicant before making an offer of a Studentship to him/her.
    National Library of Ireland,
    July 2019

Details can be found here:

Further information and an application form can be found on the NLI website here: https://www.nli.ie/en/udlist/current-opportunities.aspx

The IGRS Ireland Branch Lecture: ‘Erwin Schrödinger’s time in Clontarf during World War II’, 18th June, from 18:45

The IGRS Ireland Branch presents their Summer Lecture Tuesday, 18th June, from 18:45, Helen Roe Theatre at the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland

The speaker at this year’s Ireland Branch Summer Lecture will be longtime IGRS Member Niall McDevitt. He will talk about scientist Erwin Schrödinger’s time in Clontarf during World War II.


Schrödinger (1887-1961), a Nobel Prize-winning Austrian physicist, is noted for his work in the field of quantum theory. Having fled Nazi occupied Austria in 1938, he received an invitation from An Taoiseach, Éamon de Valera, to take up residence in Ireland and to assist in establishing an Institute for Advanced Studies in Dublin. He, and his wife Annemarie (Anny), settled in the Dublin suburb of Clontarf in 1940, They remained there for the next seventeen years. Although retaining his Austrian citizenship, he nevertheless became a naturalized Irish citizen in 1948.

The event will be held on the evening of Tuesday, 18th June, at the Helen Roe Theatre at the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland from 18:45.

Full details can be found here:

J.C. Beckett Memorial Lecture, PRONI, 6 June. Prof. Diane Urquhart ‘Like diamonds, gambling, and picture-fancying, a luxury of the rich’? Ireland’s divorcing minority, 1701-1922.

This year’s J.C. Beckett Memorial Lecture takes place at PRONI on Thursday, 6 June, at 7pm.

The speaker is Prof. Diane Urquhart (University of Liverpool) and the topic is ‘Like diamonds, gambling, and picture-fancying, a luxury of the rich’? Ireland’s divorcing minority, 1701-1922.

This event is organised by the USIHS. Further details can be found at: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/jc-beckett-annual-memorial-lecture

The lecture will be preceded by a wine reception.

All are welcome to attend