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 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:

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:

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 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:

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:

The lecture will be preceded by a wine reception.

All are welcome to attend

cfp. History of Science, Technology and Medicine (HSTM) Network Ireland Annual Conference 2019

Ulster University (Belfast campus), 18-20 October 2019

Call closing date: 10 July 2019

Organising committee: Ruth Coon, Eugenie Scott, Michael Kinsella, Lauren Young, Stan Neal, Ian Miller

Call for Papers/Panels: The History of Science, Technology and Medicine (HSTM) Network Ireland hosts an annual conference to promote the field in Ireland, and to invite speakers from overseas to share their research. In 2019, this will be hosted by Ulster University on its expanding Belfast campus. Ulster University has a vibrant medical history research community which actively engages in research, teaching and public engagement.

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.


Keynote Speaker: The keynote speaker is Professor Mark Jackson (University of Exeter). Prof. Jackson is the author of numerous books including, most recently, Allergy: The History of a Modern Malady (2006), Asthma: The Biography (2009), Oxford Handbook of the History of Medicine (ed., 2011), The Age of Stress: Science and the Search for Stability (2013), The History of Medicine: A Beginners Guide (2014, shortlisted for the Dingle Prize), Routledge History of Disease (ed., 2016) and A Global History of Medicine (ed., 2018)

IAPH Workshop. Practising Public History: An Introduction, 22 June 2019

The next IAPH event is a workshop co-organised with the Dublin City Libraries and Archives. It is entitled Practising Public History: An introduction, and will take place on Saturday 22 June, in the Gilbert Library, Pearse Street, between 10 am and c. 2.30pm.

Seven speakers, all of whom have practised Public History it in different ways, will speak about their experiences and their activities in this field.

The speakers are Tara Doyle & Mary Muldowney (Historians in residence Programme, Dublin City Council), Orla Egan (Archivist, Cork LGBT Archive), Cecile Gordon (Senior Archivist, Irish Military Archive), David Swift (Living History Group, Claiomh), John Tierney (archaeologist and co-founder of the historic graves project) and Oisín Wall (Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland, UCD).

Aside from the presentations, this workshop will also include a tour of the Gilbert Library Reading Room, where participants will have the chance to view some of the holdings of Dublin City Archives.

The talks are free for all to attend, and all are welcome.

Please be aware, though, that only a limited number of persons can participate in the tour of the reading room/archive (max 30 persons, divided into two sequential tours of 15 persons)! It is thus necessary to sign up for it.

You can do this by emailing

Full details of the workshop, including the programme and associated tours, can be found here:

Open Day: Irish Genealogical Research Society, 18 May 2019

Irish Genealogical Research Society: Ireland Branch

Open Day, Dublin City Library & Archive, Pearse St, Dublin 2

Saturday 18 May 2019. 10.00am-4.00pm

10:00-10:20 Registration

10:20-10:30 Chairperson’s Welcome

10:30-11:15 Ian d’Alton ‘A pile of stones, a living memory, a family member: Bowen’s Court, Elizabeth Bowen, and imagining the Irish gentry.’

11:20-12:00 Joan Sharkey ‘Some families of interest in the Raheny area.’

12:00-13:30 Lunch at own expense

13:45-14:30 Joan Kavanagh: ‘Banished Beyond the Seas – NAI records of convict transporta/on to Australia, 1788-1868’

14:45-16:00 David Butler ‘Publishing Research in The Irish Genealogist’


The Edward Worth Library Lecture Series, 22 May 2019. ‘Visualising the Pauper Patient in Nineteenth-Century Ireland.’

The third lecture in the Edward Worth Library Seminar Series will take place in the Worth Library at 3.00pm on Wednesday 22 May.

Dr Catherine Cox (Director for the Centre for the History of Medicine, UCD): ‘Visualising the Pauper Patient in Nineteenth-Century Ireland.’

This lecture is a joint initiative of the Edward Worth Library and the Dr Steevens’ Hospital Library. Please note that seats are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Further details on the seminar series can be found here:

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’.