‘Dr. Margaret Ó hÓgartaigh’ memorial Prize for the History of Medicine and Society

 

Dear Colleagues, the organising committee of the Irish History Students’ Association, Annual Conference for Galway 2016 are pleased to announce that in addition to the prizes being offered by the IHSA, the Galway organising committee have secured additional external sponsorship from Cambridge Scholars Publishing for two additional, once-off, prizes for 2016.

Students are sometimes asked to think about which figure from history they would most like to invite to a dinner party. Dr. Margaret Ó hÓgartaigh, nee Whelan, has to be up there with the absolute best. A native of Killaloe, Co. Clare, Margaret first came to Galway in 1985, where she threw herself into An Cumann Staire, serving in a multitude of offices, including chair of the IHSA. She was also quite an astute businesswoman, boosting sales of the Cumann’s Journal Stair with a free pint of Guinness! But there was also a serious and earnest side to Margaret. She was tireless in her research, even working on her latest book while she was unwell. She helped open new avenues of historical research into areas which this prize hopes to broadly emulate for a new generation of scholars to take up her mantle. With her intrepid zeal for life and for her work and family, we are proud to be associated with and to be able to offer this prize in her memory.

Kathleen Lynn launch, c.2006.

The prize will be awarded to the best paper in any one (or multiple) category listed on the following sheet. They will be independently judged PRIOR to being given, which means that all interested parties must pre-submit their paper (or latest working draft), no later than the 19th January 2016, i.e. one calendar month before the conference.

Further details are listed below on each particular prize. The adjudicator’s decision is final and no discussion whatsoever will be entered into. Prizes will be awarded at the Conference Dinner (Harbour Hotel, Galway, 20 February, 8pm). All entrants must attend the conference AND deliver their papers. Failure to attend and/or speak is grounds for disqualification.

 

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Dr. Margaret Ó hÓgartaigh memorial Prize

  • This prize has been kindly sponsored by Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Period which the papers/posters/AV/artefact presentations deal with must deal with one or more aspects of the History of Medicine and Society, though some leeway is allowed. General areas to be considered include, but are not limited to:
    • Medicine
    • Gender and/or Sex
    • Education
    • Irishwomen
    • Society and/or Religion
    • Sport & Athletics
    • History of the IHSA/IUHSA/Student Historical Societies
  • All interested papers must be pre-submitted (or the latest working draft), no later than the 19th January, i.e. one calendar month before the conference.
  • Once submitted that is the paper which will be judged. No further submissions/alterations will be allowed.
  • Any supporting documentation (such as an audio-visual or image based element) must be submitted also.

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Decade of Centenaries Prize & Local History of County Galway Prize

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Dear Colleagues, the organising committee of the Irish History Students’ Association, Annual Conference for Galway 2016 are pleased to announce that in addition to the prizes offered by the IHSA, the Galway organising committee have secured additional external sponsorship for four additional, once-off, prizes for 2016.

 

Accordingly, papers are invited in the following categories: The Decade of Centenaries in County Galway (1913-1923); The Local History & Heritage of County Galway (any historical era); Social and/or Cultural History; Best Irish Language Paper.  The prizes will be awarded to the best paper in each category. They will be independently judged PRIOR to being given, which means that all interested parties must pre-submit their paper (or latest working draft), no later than the 19th January 2016, i.e. one calendar month before the conference.

 

Further details are listed below on each particular prize. The adjudicator’s decision is final and no discussion whatsoever will be entered into. Prizes will be awarded at the Conference Dinner (Harbour Hotel, Galway, 20 February, 8pm). All entrants must attend the conference AND deliver their papers. Failure to attend and/or speak is grounds for disqualification.

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Mortal remains of Harry Loughnane, c. 1920

The Decade of Centenaries in County Galway (1913-1923).

  • This prize has been kindly sponsored by Galway County Council.
  • Value €100.
  • Period which the papers/posters/AV/artefact presentations deal with must be between 1913 and 1923, though some leeway is allowed.
  • All interested papers must be pre-submitted (or the latest working draft), no later than the 19th January, i.e. one calendar month before the conference.
  • Once submitted that is the paper which will be judged. No further submissions/alterations will be allowed.
  • Any supporting documentation (such as an audio-visual or image based element) must be submitted also.

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HM King Edward VII, on Shop Street, on his visit to Galway c.1903

The Local History & Heritage of County Galway (any historical era).

  • This prize has been kindly sponsored by Galway County Council.
  • Value €100.
  • The papers/posters/AV/artefact presentations must engage with any aspect of the history or heritage of the County of Galway.
  • All interested papers must be pre-submitted (or the latest working draft), no later than the 19th January, i.e. one calendar month before the conference.
  • Once submitted that is the paper which will be judged. No further submissions/alterations will be allowed.
  • Any supporting documentation (such as an audio-visual or image based element) must be submitted also.

Audio-Visual Presentation Guidelines

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Audio Visual Presentation Guidelines

For those wishing to deliver an AV Presentation at the Irish History Students’ Association, Annual Conference 2016, you must agree to the following criteria:

  • The entire AV presentation & speech must not exceed the total time allotted for a traditional paper, i.e. 15-20 minutes. Room Chairs will strictly enforce timekeeping, regardless of whether or not you are finished.
  • Only mainstream, widely available, media players should be used to present AV. All requirements must be submitted in advance, with the abstract.
  • All AV materials should be contained on the user’s memory key or laptop and not online, as organisers will not accept any responsibility for files which are incompatible with our equipment.
  • Spoken presentations are strongly encouraged as opposed to all AV. You must address the audience at the bare minimum for your introduction and conclusion. Short clips of video, followed by analysis, are preferable to larger segments.
  • Those wishing to present via the media of AV must pre-submit an abstract and biographical note as per written papers, but do not necessarily have to submit their video by the close of Call for Papers if they are still working on it.
  • All AV must be accompanied by a short presentation, which may take the form of an abridged academic paper or an informal presentation of the Video itself.
  • Videos and information contained within should be of a high academic standard and should be treated as an extension of the traditional conference paper. Any material deemed to be unnecessarily offensive (beyond the normal rigours of academic presentations) will not be accepted.

Your name, institutional affiliation (where applicable), title of presentation and contact details must be incorporated into your presentation.

  • IHSA 2016 Poster Criteria 06 November 2015.
  • You must cite references, images and video used appropriately.
  • You must be attend to present your own work.

As always the organisers’ decision is final and binding.

Poster Presentation Guidelines

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Poster/Artefact Presentation Guidelines

For those wishing to deliver a Poster Presentation at the Irish History Students’ Association, Annual Conference 2016, you must agree to the following criteria:

  • The poster may be no larger than a maximum A0 in size in total (841 mm x 1189 mm).
  • The overall presentation may be comprised of smaller sheets (A4/A3/A2) joined or mounted on a larger backing sheet.
  • The poster will be attached to display boards using adhesive Velcro pads or tacks (if you require some please notify us in advance). Bearing this in mind it is your requirement as creator to ensure that your work will not be damaged when it is mounted.
  • Any text used in the poster must be typed/printed not handwritten.
  • Photographs and visual aids are strongly encouraged as opposed to all text.
  • Posters may incorporate other interactive elements (e.g. QR codes/website urls ), subject to prior approval at abstract stage.
  • Those wishing to present a poster must submit an abstract and biographical note as per written papers, but do not necessarily have to submit their poster by the close of Call for Papers if they are still working on it.
  • All posters must be accompanied by a short presentation, which may take the form of an abridged academic paper or an informal presentation of the poster itself.
  • The use of colour is strongly encouraged.
  • Posters and information contained on it should be of a high academic standard and should be treated as an extension of the traditional conference paper. IHSA 2016 Poster Criteria 06 November 2015.
  • Your name, institutional affiliation (where applicable), title of presentation and contact details must be incorporated into or affixed to your poster.
  • You must cite references and images used appropriately.
  • You must be attend to present your own work.

As always the organisers’ decision is final and binding.

IHSA 2016 Annual Conference, Call for Papers

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The Irish History Students’ Association is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for its Annual Conference, which will take place in NUI Galway from 19–21 February, 2016.

Proposals are invited for papers (in English or Irish) from both undergraduates and postgraduates in Ireland, on any historical topic or period and from those studying Irish history abroad. Abstracts of no more than 250 words for 20 minute research papers (approx. 2,500–3,000 words in length) should be submitted, along with a short personal biography of no more than 100 words.

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Poster presentations are also invited. Posters should be A0 in size and may encompass any style or theme, similar to the criteria for written papers. Presenters should be prepared to speak for up to 10 minutes regarding their posters, with or without an accompanying short paper. Further details will be provided on request by emailing
ihsa2016@gmail.com

As usual there is no specific conference theme. However, given the various commemorative events which are expected to take place on the island of Ireland in 2016, papers are also invited on (but certainly not limited to) issues which fall broadly within the theme of the Decade of Centenaries (1912-1923).

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Eyre Square – Galway, the ‘City of the Tribes’, is steeped in Medieval & Modern History

All proposals should be submitted by email to ihsa2016@gmail.com no later than Friday 11 December, 2015. Abstracts and biographies should be submitted in the form of a word document attached to the email and should include: Full Name, Institutional Affiliation (if any), and Paper/Poster Title.

For more information please see:
IHSA 2016 Facebook and Academia.edu – IHSA2016

This event has been kindly sponsored by Bank of Irelandboi1

Past Speaker Bio – Katya Radovanova, Technische Universität Dresden

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Name: Katya Radovanova

Institution: Technische Universität Dresden

Course: British and American Studies and Art History, B.A.

Age: 26

Most recent IHSA Paper: The Native American Fight for Sovereignty and Self-Determination: The Period of Red Power

Was 2015 your first IHSA Conference? First IHSA & first time presenting at a conference

What attracted you to the IHSA Conferences? I’ve heard legendary stories about the previous IHSA conferences. I was also a committee member of An Cumann Staire (NUIG), so I thought participating would be a great opportunity to meet other like-minded people from all over Ireland, Britain, and the continent.

Best memory of the conferences? The second my panel was over was the best moment of the conference. I enjoyed presenting but since it was my very first conference, I was really afraid that I won’t be able to answer a question or, even worse, that I’ll say something stupid. The second my panel was over, I could finally relax and fully enjoy the rest of the conference and Limerick.

Worst memory of the conferences? Getting the flu and missing out on a great night out in town. It was so bad even hot whiskeys couldn’t help me.

What are you looking forward to most about Galway 2016? I am looking forward to a weekend of fascinating papers, new people, and a whole lot of craic. I have nothing against Limerick, but Galway is the Capital of Craic, so I have really high expectations of IHSA 2016! *no pressure, guys!*

Anything else you’d like to add? Sin é.

The Nuts & Bolts

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When you’re sitting at a conference, listening to the chair give his or her spiel about who they’d like to thank and why and how the committee was great, you’re probably like me….wishing they’d finish up rapido and let us all get on with the business at hand, namely the sharing of ideas and delivering of papers. Its like at the cinema, the trailers might be interesting, but they’re not the real reason you went there in the first place!

 

However after a few months working with the committee in Galway 2016, I have to admit, the credits have their place in the shake-up too. A competent team behind/beside you will save your bacon and sanity in one fell swoop! A team comprised of solid, dependable, innovative and hard workers might even allow you to enjoy the process! In Galway I would like to think we have that combination well mixed in. Its important to enjoy life, sure even the Big Fella kicked back as well…

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Now wouldn’t THAT make for an interesting paper!

 

Since we last spoke, the committee and myself have all been hard at work on IHSA 2016. Documents, updates and a seemingly endless supply of pedantic edits (my own pedanticism) have been flying across the net and people have been expressing opinions, choosing menu options, wandering corridors looking at rooms, pricing suppliers and determining which coffee is best! Ask anyone, I’m an awful coffee snob; if I have to drink it on the 19-21 February 2016, then it will at least be decent swill! We’re working on hotels and other accommodation options to try and get the best deal for attendees and to get as much bang for your hard earned bucks as possible!

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I am becoming convinced that it is the nuts and bolts, the unseen spade work, that can make or break a conference. You can have a Nobel Laureate give you keynote, you can have the most amazing dinner and lunches, but if your budget is blown sky-high, if your hot beverages are well, not hot, or if your attendees have no idea what’s going on, then your perfect 10 will be heading in the opposite direction! And despite what anyone tells me (or you too), it does take a full year to do it properly. Now I’m not saying you’ll be at it 24/7, but you will give it a few hours every week in some capacity, even if its writing a blog like this, or emailing caterers, or sorting out a workshop. To approach matters in any other fashion would be to invite a downward spiral which could be hard to pull out of. To quote the late, great George Harrison, ‘It takes time/a whole lot of precious time/it takes patience and time/to do it, to do it right!’

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And with all this behind-the-scenes activity, I feel that it is vitally important to keep in touch with you, the public and potential attendees, to let you know that we’re working away and that if you give us your weekend in February next year, then we’ll give you a truly great, memorable experience with some lasting memories and positive outcomes! This year we hope to have even better outcomes than previously, with greatly expanded media of presentation, legacy plans and greater than ever avenues of participation.

The excellent Charlie Byrne's Bookshop in Galway
The excellent Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop in Galway

So keep the faith and we hope to have some great testimonials coming out in the next few weeks or so! As usual if you’ve any questions please feel free to email us on ihsa2016@gmail.com or leave us a comment below.