Robert Boyle Summer School 2022: Science and Colonialism

In the past few years many universities and other institutions have been forced to address their colonial pasts. Statues and commemorations have been particular focus. But the history of modern science is intertwined with colonisation. We believe that it timely to start a conversation in Ireland about Science and Colonialism. Join us at the 10th Robert Boyle Summer School where we will reflect on how our own experience as colonised affected our scientific development, Ireland participated in the British Empire and how this is reflected in our scientific heritage colonial legacy continues to disadvantage countries and what we need to do about it.

To encourage a return to in-person events, we are waiving the attendance fee this year. The full line up of speakers and booking information is at

Cfp. ‘Irish Women’s and Gendered Networks and Communities from the Medieval to the Modern Period’ Women’s History Association of Ireland conference

The annual Women’s History Association of Ireland conference will be hosted by the Department of History, University of Limerick and the Department of History, Mary Immaculate College on 7-8 April 2022.

The organising committee requests papers and panel proposals on the theme of ‘Irish women’s and gendered networks and communities from the medieval to the modern period’.

Abstracts (between 250-300 words) and a short bio should be send to on or before 17 December 2021.

For full details please go to

The Archivist and the Historian: Common Challenges, Common Opportunities, 29 Oct. 10am – 4 pm.

A free online workshop organised by the Irish Association of Professional Historians, in conjunction with the School of History in UCD, and the support of the Archives and Records Association Ireland, the Irish Society of Archivists and the Offaly Historical and Archaeological Society.

This workshop will seek to examine the common challenges and common opportunities facing archivists and historians. It will also examine various aspects of the relationship between both professions. Among other things, the workshop will examine how the creation of archives can create histories, how people understand (and misunderstand) the archive, questions surrounding access to archives, archivists and historians’ perceptions of each other (and the need to overcome misperceptions), and finally the possibilities for greater co-operation between both professions.

Speakers and participants in the workshop include Virgina Teehan (CEO, the Heritage Council), Professors Catherine Cox and John McCafferty (UCD), Professor Lindsey Earner-Byrne (UCC), Dr Sarah-Anne Buckley, Kieran Hoare and Dr Barry Houlihan (NUI Galway), Dr Neil Johnston (UK National Archives), Cecile Gordon (Irish Military Archives), Dr Ciarán Wallace (Beyond 2022 project, TCD) and Damien Burke (the Irish Jesuit Archives), Noelle Dowling (Dublin Diocesan Archives).

For further details and to register, please follow this link:

Cfp. Irish Civil War National Conference, UCC,

On 15-18 June 2022, University College Cork will host the Irish Civil War National Conference, to mark the centenary of the opening of hostilities at the Four Courts in Dublin. Working with the Department of Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht, this conference will align with the core principles of the Expert Advisory Group on Commemorations by encouraging, ‘multiple and plural’ perspectives on complex and contested events. The four-day conference will seek to explore political, social, cultural, military, and economic dimensions to the Irish Civil war. It will also locate the Irish experience within the broader context of similar national, imperial and European political realignments following the end of the Great War. Wider historiographical and theoretical perspectives on the phenomenon of civil war, as experienced both before and since 1922-23, will also be invited to place the Irish Civil War within broader chronological and geographical frameworks. The conference will seek, neither a single agreed narrative, nor indeed a sense of ‘closure’. Instead it will attempt to gather the fruits of on-going historical research in what the Expert Advisory Group describes as, ‘meaningful engagements with a difficult and traumatic time’.

Short papers of 20 minutes’ duration are invited on topics related to the Irish Civil War and its broader contexts. To submit a proposal, please register at the conference portal, and provide a proposal title, 250-word abstract and brief (100 word) speaker’s biography. Submission deadline is 1 December 2020.

For further details on the conference and paper submission see:

NLI/ICHS Research Studentship

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.

Please note that the closing date for receipt of applications is 3:00 pm on Friday 18 June 2021.

For further information about the role and how to apply can be found here:

33rd Conference of Irish Historians: Borders and Boundaries, Historical Perspectives, 20-21 May 2021

The Irish Committee of Historical Societies, in association with NUI Galway, is hosting the 33rd Irish Conference on 20-21 May 2021, this year’s theme is Borders and Boundaries. 45 speakers will cover a range of topics, including ‘Re-discovering St. Willibrord, the Irish Border, Medieval Borders, Boundaries in Irish Society, Partition Perspectives, Beyond the Pale, Boundaries in the Irish Free State, Women Writing History, North American Borders, eighteenth (and nineteenth century borders, Transnational Borders, All History in Local and Troubles.Our keynote speakers are Professor Raingard Esser of the University of Groningen and Professor Jim Livesey of NUI Galway. Over the course of history, the functions and roles of borders and boundaries have changed continuously. They can only be understood within their context. Borders have been actively contested and negotiated, appearing and disappearing. They are not static, but are complex spatial and social phenomena which are highly dynamic.

Attendance will be free although attendees are asked to register through Eventbrite at .

The conference programme is available here:

A book of abstracts are available here: