Brazilian historian seeks information on local history societies in Ireland for comparative study

Prof. Sandra Mara Dantas, Univeridade Federal do Triangulo Mineire, is looking for information from Irish local historical societies and historians. Prof. Dantas is carrying out a comparative study of the practice and purpose of local history in Ireland and Brazilian.

In order to carry out this research Prof. Dantas is looking for responses from historians and societies working in this field.

Further details including the type of information she is looking for and contact details is available here:

The Church of Ireland Historical Society meeting, 7 November 2020.

The next meeting of the Society will be held online via Zoom, Saturday 7 November 2020


11am Prof. Dáibhí Ó Cróinín: ‘Saint Patrick, life and afterlife: an overview of 150 years of Patrician Studies’

12pm Mr Noel Lindsay: ‘The rejection of non-denominational education and the introduction of segregated education in Northern Ireland, 1921-30’ [Research paper]

12.45pm Lunch Break

2pm Dr Clodagh Tait: ‘The ghosts in granny’s attic: women and the material culture of the decline of the Church of Ireland’

3pm Dr Aoife Bhreatnach: ‘Burying the poor: the Church of Ireland and the
friendless dead, 1830-1930’

• Prof. Dáibhí Ó Cróinín is Emeritus Professor of History at NUI Galway and a member of the Royal Irish Academy. He is an established authority on Hibernio-Latin texts, particularly eminent for his significant mid-1980s discovery of a manuscript in Padua of the ‘lost’ Irish 84-year Easter
table. Among his many books, he is author of Early Medieval Ireland, 400-1200 (London, 2016).

• Mr Noel Lindsay is a PhD student at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. His research focuses on the Protestant and Catholic Churches’ animosities towards the department of education’s attempt to introduce a non-denominational system of education in the 1920s.

• Dr Clodagh Tait is lecturer in history at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. She has published widely on early modern social and cultural history. She is author of Death, Burial and Commemoration in Ireland, 1550-1650 (Basingstoke, 2002) and co-edited Age of Atrocity: violence and political conflict in early modern Ireland (Dublin, 2010) and Religion and Politics in Urban Ireland (Dublin, 2016).

• Dr Aoife Bhreatnach is a social and cultural historian. She writes about soldiers on Irish streets (on and hosts a podcast about Irish censorship (accessible via the link here: She is author of Becoming Conspicuous: Irish travellers, society and the State, 1922-70 (Dublin, 2006).

The conference will be on held via Zoom Video Conferencing. If you wish to attend, you can register online here. Members can sign up for free. Non-members are most welcome. They are asked to subscribe €10 to assist with expenses.

If you wish to become a member the annual subscription is fixed at €40 or £40. This includes admission to our bi-annual conferences (at Armagh Robinson Library and Christ Church Cathedral), book discounts, and exclusive access to the Society’s thirty-five podcasts.

Queries may be addressed to the honorary secretaries, Professor Alan Ford or Dr Miriam Moffitt, by email ( Alternatively, you can visit the society’s website for further details about the conference (and more!):

The Church of Ireland Historical Society meets twice a year. It exists to promote scholarly interest in the history of the Church, and to facilitate publication.

NLI/ICHS Research Studentships

The National Library of Ireland (NLI), in association with the Irish Committee of Historical Sciences (ICHS), are offering a one-year Research Studentship for advanced graduates (at least second year) or post-doctoral students of Irish History. The Studentship holder will work in the Manuscripts Department (Special Collections) of the NLI.

Full details and the application form can be found at the NLI website

Please note that the closing date for receipt of completed applications is Friday 07 August 2020 at 3pm.  Applications must be made using the official application form.

UCD Centre for the History of Medicine, seminar series 2020

23 January 2020

Dr Ana Antic (University of Exeter)

‘Transcultural psychiatry and the birth of a “global psyche” after WWII :

a global history from below?’

20 February 2020

Panel: ‘New Histories of the Medical Profession’

Dr Mary Hatfield (University College Dublin) 

‘Passionate physicians and childish children: diagnosing emotion in Irish paediatrics, 1780-1850’

Dr Kieran Fitzpatrick (National University of Ireland, Galway)

‘Beyond villainy? Some reflections on the medical profession and its place in modern history’

23 April 2020

Dr Laura Kelly (University of Strathclyde)

‘Sex, marriage and contraception in Ireland, 1950-80: an oral history of sexual knowledge and family planning practices

All seminars take place at

5pm, Room K114, School of History,

Newman Building, UCD

UCD Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland, Seminar. Rescheduled for 6 Feb 2020 at 5pm: Dr Ana Antic (University of Exeter) ‘Transcultural psychiatry and the birth of a “global psyche” after WWII : a global history from below?’

Abstract: This talk will explore the early history of the concept of universal, global psyche, which emerged in the aftermath of WWII and during decolonisation, when Western psychiatry strove to leave behind its colonial legacies, and lay the foundation for a more inclusive conversation between Western and non-Western mental health communities. In this period, leading ‘psy’ professionals across the globe set about identifying and defining the universal psychological mechanisms supposedly shared among all cultures (and ‘civilisations’). I will explore this far-reaching psychiatric, social and cultural search for a new definition of ‘common humanity’, which developed in an increasingly inter-connected and culturally diverse global context, and examine the historical forces that drove it. The talk will tackle the following questions How did psychiatrists and anthropologists from all over the world re-define the relationship between culture, race and individual psyche following the end of the Second World War and colonialism, what was the role of experts from the Global South and Eastern Europe in this transformative process, and did this new global and transcultural psychiatry succeed in departing from the erstwhile colonial

Dr. Ana Antic is a historian of modern Europe, specialising in the cultural and social history of psychiatry and other ‘psy’ disciplines. She is the author of the monograph Therapeutic Fascism: Experiencing the violence of the Nazi New Order (OUP, 2017), and the PI of the new ERC-funded project on the history of transcultural psychiatry after WWII. She is currently a senior lecturer at the University of Exeter.


This major labour history conference, part of the Government of Ireland’s Decade of Centenaries programme, features sixty scholars who will scrutinise the interplay between labour, gender, and class during the revolutionary period. At the core of the conference, five expert panels will discuss contentious questions: the role of trade unionists in the revolutionary events; the impact of the struggle on the lives of women; the existential challenges presented by sectarian polarisation in the North-East; and the competing ideologies in the labour milieu. Equally important are eleven spotlight panels, featuring original research from established and emerging scholars and shedding particular light on the regional experience. The programme also includes an innovative play-writing workshop, theatrical presentations, and a History Ireland hedge-school.

Full details can be found here

Conference: After The War: Peace, Conflict and Trauma, National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, 9 November 2019

This conference is focused on life in Ireland in 1919, and coincides with the opening of the exhibition Irish Wars at the National Museum of Ireland, Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks in December 2019. In particular, it aims to explore the effects that the impact of war – occurring at home and abroad – had on the Irish population; both for those who fought, and those soon engulfed by conflict as Irish soldiers returned from the battlefields in Belgium and France, and the Irish War of Independence slowly began.

Conference organised by: Education & Outreach Department and Brenda Malone, Curator of the Irish Wars exhibition, National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, Dublin 7.

Current Programme (subject to change)

9.30am: Registration

10am. Panel 1. Ireland after the War: Homecoming

Eve Morrison: Chair

Peter Barton. The Quiet Men: the Great War’s Silent Witnesses.

Ronan McGreevy. A coward if I return? How did Irish Veterans of the First World War fare afterwards?

Fionnuala Walsh. ‘The scars of war lay on their souls’: women’s experiences of demobilization in the aftermath of the Great War.

11.15am: Coffee

11.45am. Panel 2. Business, Employment and Loyalties

David Dickson. Chair

Wendy Williams. Seeing double: taxation and division at W&R Jacob & Co post-independence.

Jessica Handy. War, Insurrection and Guinness: Employment and loyalty in turbulent times.

Lar Joye. ‘A Divided Company’ – Dublin Port and the impact of the First World War, 1914-18, and the Irish Wars 1919-22.

1pm: Lunch

2pm: Panel 3 + 4. The Legacy of Trauma.

Catriona Crowe. Chair

Brendan Kelly. Trauma, shell-shock and the Richmond War Hospital, Dublin (1916-1919)

Fiona Loughnane. Bodily Trauma and the Archive: Photographs of the Loughnane Brothers.

Judith McCarthy & Dan Breen. From Behind the Walls of the Asylum: Stories of First World War survivors found in Local Authority Museum collections

3.15pm: Coffee


Caitriona Clear. Chair

Linda Connolly. Sexual Violence and the Irish War of Independence: Evidence, Ethics and Trauma Histories.

Louise Ryan. Drunken Tans revisited: assessing how understandings of sexual violence during the Revolutionary years has changed in the last 20 years’

4.30pm: Performance

Louise Lowe & Owen Boss. Signposting the Past (featuring a short performance from ‘Beyond these Rooms’ by ANU Productions and CoisCéim Dance Theatre.)

For further details and booking (price €10-€15) please see:

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

NUI Galway

Please note

We are postponing the 33rd Irish Conference of Historians until 20-22 May 2021 as a result of the current pandemic

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 Enquiries can also be sent to

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

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

Further details can be found here:

To register go to: