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Irish Studies 

Research Seminars 

Introduction

Dr Terry PhillipsEach year, the Irish Studies Research group hosts a series of lectures and seminars, reflecting upon a broader and diverse range of topics. This year's series covers areas of women's history, politics, literature, memory, international relations and media and cultural reflections, amongst other topics. 

As ever, colleagues and external guests are most welcome to attend. All seminars will be held in Conference Centre Room A, with full details of the dates and times listed below. 

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me

Best wishes, 

Dr Terry Phillips 

Programme

 

 

Wednesday 29th January, 2.00pm onwards. Venue: Conference Centre, Room A

Sonja Tiernan

Dr Sonja Tiernan

‘Agents of the white slave trade’: English women and the 1913 Dublin Lockout

Dr Terry Phillips

Dr Terry Phillips

Tradition and modernity in St John Ervine’s Changing Winds

0171 Dr Liam O'Callaghan

Dr Liam O’Callaghan

The business of bookmaking in independent Ireland: 1922-31

 

 

Thursday 30th January, 5.00pm onwards. Venue: Eden Arbour Room

Bryce Evans

Dr Bryce Evans

Book Launch

Ireland during the Second World War: Farewell to Plato's Cave

 

Wednesday 26th February,  2.30pm onwards. Venue: 

Conference Centre, Room A

Stephen Kelly

Dr Stephen Kelly

A Pioneering politician, Frank Aiken at the UN

 

Dr Paddy Hoey

Anti-Peace Process and anti-Sinn Féin satire in Irish republican dissident journals The Blanket and Fourthwrite

Dr Chris Kedge 

Cromwell in Perspective 

 

 

Wednesday 26th March, 2.30pm onwards. Venue: 

Conference Centre, Room A 

 0066 Dr Brian Desmond

Niamh Malone

Dr Brian Desmond & Dr Niamh Malone
"Storytelling Strategies in Conor McPherson's The Weir"
Conor McPherson's The Weir, first produced in London in 1997, may be seen as part of a new wave of storytelling theatre which emerged in Ireland from the early 1990s.  On one level, McPherson's text resumes the established Irish tradition of the 'play set in a pub'.  On the other hand, the modes of 'conversational storytelling' deployed by the playwright represent an interrogation of the role of the storyteller and storytelling in Irish culture, as well as it's potential function in the development of contemporary Irish storytelling theatre form.  
This paper will explore the various modes of storytelling - folk tale, ghost story, testimonial - which McPherson deploys in The Weir. The paper will also include elements of recorded performance and live performance.
 

Wednesday 7th May, 05.00pm onwards. Venue: TBC 

Miss Marije Van Hattum
Dr Marije Van Hattum
Constructing a ‘sense of place’ in 18th and 19th century Irish English emigrant letters
0042 Dr Anthony Cawley
Dr Anthony Cawley
Ratings Agencies as institutional sources in news-media coverage of Ireland's economic crisis
Michael Holmes - Seminar
Dr Michael Holmes
The impact of 40 years of EC/EU membership on the Irish Left

Book Launch

Ireland and the Second World War Book CoverIreland During the Second World War: Farewell to Plato's Cave by Dr Bryce Evans (Manchester University Press) 

Thursday 30th January. 17:00 onwards. Venue: EDEN Arbour Room

75 years ago next month, Taoiseach Eamon de Valera announced that the Free State would be neutral if war broke out.

So, in reality, what did neutrality actually mean for our small country on the edge of Europe?

Bryce Evans, lecturer in history at Liverpool Hope University is the author of the first book detailing the social and economic history of Ireland during the Second World War. He discussed the story of the Irish emergency with Myles on the programme.

Revealing just how precarious the Irish state's economic position was at the time, the book examines the consequences of Winston Churchill's economic war against neutral Ireland. It explores how the Irish government coped with the crisis and how ordinary Irish people reacted to emergency state control of the domestic marketplace.

A hidden history of black markets, smugglers, rogues and rebels emerges, providing a fascinating slice of real life in Ireland during a crucial period in world history.

You can here an interview with Dr Evans on RTE Radio 1's The History Show 

Introduction

Dr Terry PhillipsEach year, the Irish Studies Research group hosts a series of lectures and seminars, reflecting upon a broader and diverse range of topics. This year's series covers areas of women's history, politics, literature, memory, international relations and media and cultural reflections, amongst other topics. 

As ever, colleagues and external guests are most welcome to attend. All seminars will be held in Conference Centre Room A, with full details of the dates and times listed below. 

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me

Best wishes, 

Dr Terry Phillips 

Programme

 

 

Wednesday 29th January, 2.00pm onwards. Venue: Conference Centre, Room A

Sonja Tiernan

Dr Sonja Tiernan

‘Agents of the white slave trade’: English women and the 1913 Dublin Lockout

Dr Terry Phillips

Dr Terry Phillips

Tradition and modernity in St John Ervine’s Changing Winds

0171 Dr Liam O'Callaghan

Dr Liam O’Callaghan

The business of bookmaking in independent Ireland: 1922-31

 

 

Thursday 30th January, 5.00pm onwards. Venue: Eden Arbour Room

Bryce Evans

Dr Bryce Evans

Book Launch

Ireland during the Second World War: Farewell to Plato's Cave

 

Wednesday 26th February,  2.30pm onwards. Venue: 

Conference Centre, Room A

Stephen Kelly

Dr Stephen Kelly

A Pioneering politician, Frank Aiken at the UN

 

Dr Paddy Hoey

Anti-Peace Process and anti-Sinn Féin satire in Irish republican dissident journals The Blanket and Fourthwrite

Dr Chris Kedge 

Cromwell in Perspective 

 

 

Wednesday 26th March, 2.30pm onwards. Venue: 

Conference Centre, Room A 

 0066 Dr Brian Desmond

Niamh Malone

Dr Brian Desmond & Dr Niamh Malone
"Storytelling Strategies in Conor McPherson's The Weir"
Conor McPherson's The Weir, first produced in London in 1997, may be seen as part of a new wave of storytelling theatre which emerged in Ireland from the early 1990s.  On one level, McPherson's text resumes the established Irish tradition of the 'play set in a pub'.  On the other hand, the modes of 'conversational storytelling' deployed by the playwright represent an interrogation of the role of the storyteller and storytelling in Irish culture, as well as it's potential function in the development of contemporary Irish storytelling theatre form.  
This paper will explore the various modes of storytelling - folk tale, ghost story, testimonial - which McPherson deploys in The Weir. The paper will also include elements of recorded performance and live performance.
 

Wednesday 7th May, 05.00pm onwards. Venue: TBC 

Miss Marije Van Hattum
Dr Marije Van Hattum
Constructing a ‘sense of place’ in 18th and 19th century Irish English emigrant letters
0042 Dr Anthony Cawley
Dr Anthony Cawley
Ratings Agencies as institutional sources in news-media coverage of Ireland's economic crisis
Michael Holmes - Seminar
Dr Michael Holmes
The impact of 40 years of EC/EU membership on the Irish Left

Book Launch

Ireland and the Second World War Book CoverIreland During the Second World War: Farewell to Plato's Cave by Dr Bryce Evans (Manchester University Press) 

Thursday 30th January. 17:00 onwards. Venue: EDEN Arbour Room

75 years ago next month, Taoiseach Eamon de Valera announced that the Free State would be neutral if war broke out.

So, in reality, what did neutrality actually mean for our small country on the edge of Europe?

Bryce Evans, lecturer in history at Liverpool Hope University is the author of the first book detailing the social and economic history of Ireland during the Second World War. He discussed the story of the Irish emergency with Myles on the programme.

Revealing just how precarious the Irish state's economic position was at the time, the book examines the consequences of Winston Churchill's economic war against neutral Ireland. It explores how the Irish government coped with the crisis and how ordinary Irish people reacted to emergency state control of the domestic marketplace.

A hidden history of black markets, smugglers, rogues and rebels emerges, providing a fascinating slice of real life in Ireland during a crucial period in world history.

You can here an interview with Dr Evans on RTE Radio 1's The History Show