IHSA 2016 Proceedings

Dear followers,

 

We at IHSA2016 have just received some great news! Owing to a budget surplus, we have been fortunate enough to be in a position whereby we can offer those who spoke at our conference in February, the opportunity to have their papers published in our proceedings journal. Retrospective will be the first student led IHSA publication in over a decade and judging by the calibre of the papers heard in February, there should be no shortage of excellent papers to read!

 

Stay tuned for further information.

IHSA 2016 – Photographs

Dear Colleagues,

 

Apologies the delay in posting our images of the conference weekend, but things have been hectic! Please find below our images taken by our fantastic Official Photographer, Katya Radovanova!

 

 

Kind regards,

 

 

 

 

Eamonn & Team

 

 

IHSA2016 Schedule & Programme

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It is our pleasure to publish our conference programme and schedule of events for IHSA2016. Any queries may be addressed to ihsa2016@gmail.com

 

Eamonn & Committee

 

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Friday, 19 February

1900                Arrival & Exhibition, Moore Institute Rooms, Ground floor, Hardiman Research Building

1930                Speeches.

Eamonn T. Gardiner, MC & Lead Organiser

Dr. Sarah-Anne Buckley, Chair, IHSA National Committee

Prof. Dáibhí Ó Crónín, History Department Welcome

Prof. Steven Ellis, Formal Opening of Conference

2000                Reception & Exhibition

2100                Social: History Quiz in College Bar.

 

Saturday, 20 February

0830-0855       Registration (€15) & Morning Coffee 1 in Arts Millennium Building.

0855-0900       Welcome/Health & Safety Briefing

0900-1015       Round A of Panels (75 mins).

1015-1035       Coffee Break 2

1035-1150       Round B of Panels (75 mins)

1150-1210       Coffee Break 3

1210-1325       Round C of Panels (75 mins)

1325-1335       Move from Arts Millennium to College Bar (10 mins)

1335-1420       Lunch (College Bar)/AGM (AM Building) (45 mins)

1420-1430       Move from College Bar to Arts Millennium for Workshop.

1430-1530       Workshop: Research Funding Opportunities (60 mins).

1530-1535       Leave Workshop and move to rooms for Round D

1535-1650       Round D of Panels (75 mins)

1650-1710       Coffee Break 4

1710-1825       Round E of Panels (75 mins)

1825-1835       Closing remarks and final reminder dinner timings & Sunday programme.

1835-2030       Arrive at Harbour Hotel for Pre-Meal Reception

2030-2200       Dinner (Prosecco Reception & 5 Courses, €25)

2200-2245       Eamonn T. Gardiner MC.

Introduction by Dr. Mary Harris, Senior Lecturer, NUI Galway & ‘A Nation Rising’, 1916 Commemorative Programme Coordinator

After-Dinner Speaker: Professor Emeritus Nicholas Canny, NUIG. http://erc.europa.eu/organisation/canny-nicholas

2245-2315       Prize giving

2315+              Post Dinner & Move to other venues.

 

 

Sunday, 21 February

1200-1300       Walking Tour of Galway.

Early Modern & Revolutionary Galway

 

Round A 09:00-10:15

 

(A1) Narratives from Christian Ireland

            Chair: Kieran Hoare

  • Ossory on the Eve of the Reformation
    • Bernadette O’Brien, NUI Galway

 

  • Brigit and pregnant women: discussion on the issue
    • Dmitrii Glass, Mary Immaculate College

 

  • Is there a Problem of Saint Patrick? If so, is there a solution?
    • Nathan Dunphy, NUI Galway

 

 

(A2) Twentieth-Century Philosophical, Logical and Cultural Approaches

Chair: Dr. Tomás Finn

  • Catholic anti-communism, the Cold War, and peace and nuclear disarmament campaigns in Ireland.
    • Gerard Madden, NUI Galway

 

  • ‘A pioneering historian of ideas: Robert Blakey, and the birth of a disciplinary genre.’
    • Stuart Mathieson, Queens University Belfast

 

  • AUDIO-VISUAL: Letting the Sources Speak: Title: ‘Gainsbourg: A ‘Serge’ of Sexual Content in French Popular Culture, 1966-1991’
    • Robert Flatley, NUI Galway

 

(A3) Race in the Americas from the Colonies to the Civil War

Chair: Dr. Enrico Dal Lago

  • “A Rich Man’s Government… A Poor Man’s Fight”: Class Conflict and Unionist Dissent in the Confederate South.
    • Jordan Markey, NUI Galway

 

  • ‘Bound to Serve’ White indentured Labour in Colonial America.
    • Leanne McMullan, University of Ulster

 

  • Religion, Racism, & Perfidious Albion: Irish Soldiers in the Union Army during the American Civil War.
    • Florry O’Driscoll, NUI Galway

 

(A4) Shades of Roman Catholicism in Ireland, 1844-1950

Chair: Dr. Roisín Healy

  • St Vincent de Paul in Dublin, 1844-1918: Friends of the Poor or Self-Serving Religious Zealots?
    • Bernadette O’Connell, NUI Galway

 

  • The Roman Catholic Church in Sligo during the Great War.
    • Simone Hickey, St. Angela’s College

 

  • The Irish Catholic Missionary Experience in the Twentieth Century
    • Kate Brophy, Trinity College Dublin

 

(A5) Nineteenth-Century Irish Nationalism

            Chair: Dr. Carmel Connolly

  • Alternative solutions to the intractable Irish question, 1892-1902.
    • Tony King, NUI Galway

 

  • The Persistence of Nationalist and Anti-State Sentiment in Ulster, 1848-1867
    • Kerron Ó Luain, Independent Scholar

 

  • The Road from Kilmorna: Canon Sheehan, Fenianism, and prefiguring 1916
    • John O’Donovan, University College Cork

 

Round B 10:35-11:50

 

(B1) Warfighting as an aid to Civil Governance.

Chair: Dr. Pádraig Lenihan

  • ‘Pax Romana’: The true triumph of the Roman people
    • George Baldry, NUI Galway

 

  • ‘To defend those who have no swords’: The birth of Crusading as theological disruption and political evolution
    • Declan Mills, University of Limerick

 

  • Between Success and Surrender: Thomas Wentworth, Lord Deputy of Ireland, 1633- 1639.
    • Marie Sophie Hingst, Trinity College Dublin

 

 

(B2) A Postmodern History of Human Rights and Terrorism

            Chair: Dr. Kevin O’Sullivan

  • Operation Allied Force, Humanitarian Intervention and the Kosovo war of 1999Cian Moran, NUI Galway

 

  • Refugees and Humanitarian Aid as Weapons of War: Cambodia and Rwanda.
    • John O’Donnell, NUI Galway

 

  • Bullets, Bombs & Blood: Chechen Terrorist Tactics and Beyond
    • Francesco Conti, NUI Galway

 

(B3) The Evolution of Warfare during Irish Revolution, 1916-1923

Chair: Dr. Conor McNamara

  • ‘Scattered, Ambushed and Laid Out’: War and Counterinsurgency in North Galway 1919-1921
    • Eamonn T. Gardiner, NUI Galway

 

  • The importance of Dublin during the Irish War of Independence
    • Thomas Tormey, Trinity College Dublin

 

  • ‘A Cycle of Violence’: Analysing the Role of the Bicycle during the Irish Revolutionary Period 1916-1923
    • Bryan Treanor, St. Patrick’s College of Education/DCU

 

(B4) Re-evaluating Education: Irish and American examples

Chair: Dr. Jackie Uí Chionna

  • The post-primary school in Ireland, 1940-58: A case study of the Presentation Order
    • Catriona Delaney, University of Limerick

 

  • “To Educate Themselves”: African American Teachers in North Carolina’s Schools for the Freed People, 1861-1876
    • Anne Marie Brosnan, Mary Immaculate College

 

  • Looking To The Past To Build For The Future’: State-Building, Curricular Developments, And School History In Post-Independence Ireland, 1924-69
    • Colm MacGearilt, Trinity College Dublin

 

(B5) Changes in Irish Political Landscape, 1913-1923

Chair: Dr. Joe Regan

  • The role of Lord Decies, Press Censor for the British Administration in Ireland, 1916-19, or how I learned to stop worrying and love the Censor
    • Alan McCarthy, University College Cork

 

  • Assessing the contributing factors leading to Sinn Fein’s victory in the 1918 General Election
    • Patrick Mulcahy, University of Limerick

 

  • ‘Constitutional Nationalists still have considerable strength’? Examining the views of Home Rule activists 1919-21
    • Martin O’Donoghue, NUI Galway

 

Round C 12:10-13:25

 

(C1) ‘Mythology and Máthair Chíche’ – Revisiting Old-Irish Texts and Stories

Chair: Dr. Chris Doyle

  • Gaelic Revival and the Ulster and Ossian Cycles: National heroes in Cúchulainn and Fionn Mac Cumhail
    • Erin Rae-MacKinney, University of Ulster

 

  • An mháthair chíche sa Mheánaois in Éirinn
    • Aogán Ó hIarlaithe, NUI Galway

 

(C2) Children and Social culture; Ideas of Youth.

Chair: Dr. Sarah-Anne Buckley

  • ‘They go to England to preserve their Secret”: The emigration and assistance of the Irish unmarried mother in Britain 1926-1952.’
    • Lorraine Grimes, NUI Galway

 

  • ‘Changeling Children in Nineteenth Century Ireland
    • Jodie Shevlin, University of Ulster

 

  • “They called them Edelweiss Pirates, where they Blossomed, Resistance Grew?!”- The Edelweiss Pirates as an Example of Oppositional Youth Movements in Nazi Germany.
    • Annika Stendebach, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz

 

(C3) Complexities of the Anglo-Irish Interdependency

Chair: Dr. Andrew Holmes

  • Irish Catholics within the British Officer Corps: 1829-1899
    • Mark Scannell, NUI Galway

 

  • ‘Help Wanted! No Irish need apply’. The effects of British prejudice and discrimination against Irish migrants in the early- to mid-20th
    • Finian J.E. Halligan, University of Warwick

 

  • Irish Immigrant Entrepreneurs in the Post-war Reconstruction of London
    • Michael B. Mulvey, Maynooth University

 

(C4) ‘Fight for Ireland and no other land’: Revolutionary Labour History

Chair: Dr. John Cunningham

  • The Age of Larkinism: ‘A Divine Mission’ (1907-1914).
    • Stephen Deyarmin, NUI Galway

 

  • The Drapers’ Revolution, 1913-1924.
    • Breandán Ó’Conchúir, NUI Galway

 

  • The Irish Citizen Army and the Anglo-Irish War.
    • Jeffrey Leddin, University of Limerick

 

(C5) The Great War Generation, 1890-1924

Chair: Dr. Kyle Hughes

  • The Master of Mystery and the Great War: the spy novels of William Le Queux, 1914 – 1918
    • Jonathan Best, Queens University Belfast

 

  • The best of enemies: South Africa and the Germans of South West Africa, 1914-1924
    • Gavan Duffy, NUI Galway

 

  • 1916: Tolkien at the Battle of the Somme
    • Sandra Hartl, University of Bamberg

 

Round D 15:35-16:50

 

(D1) Lydon’s ‘Middle Nation’- The Old-English and the Irish in the later medieval period

Chair: Dr. Kim Lo Prete

  • The Bruce invasion of Ireland, 1315-1318
    • Eoghan Keane, Trinity College Dublin

 

  • The Early Years of Gearóid Iarla, Third Earl of Desmond
    • Dónal Ó Catháin, NUI Galway

 

(D2) Gender, Class & Conflict

Chair: Dr. Paul O’Brien

  • Post-war cinema-going and working-class communities: a case study of the Holyland, Belfast, 1945-1962.
    • Sam Manning, Queens University Belfast

 

  • Experiences of women in the Anglo-Irish War
    • Thomas Earls Fitzgerald, Trinity College Dublin

 

  • POSTER: Emyr Estyn Evans : The Formative Years
    • Lauren Ferguson, Queens University Belfast

 

 (D3) Histories of Healthcare

Chair: Dr. Ciarán McCabe

  • ‘Admitting the Mad’: Insanity in the Ulster District Lunatic Asylums, 1845-1914.
    • Seaneen Larkin, University of Ulster

 

  • ‘Where one journey ends, the next begins…’ Dr. Thomas Raleigh Phayer, Medical Doctor, Apothecarist, Surgeon and Physician of Newcastle West, Co. Limerick.
    • John Phayer, Independent Researcher

 

  • Historical development and economic impact of obesity
    • Cillian Moran, NUI Galway

 

(D4) Religious Communities in the Nineteenth-Century

            Chair: Dr. Alison Forrestal

  • Truth and Error: Anti-Catholicism and the Free Church of Scotland in the mid-nineteenth century
    • Ryan Mallon, Queens University Belfast

 

  • ‘We shall not shrink, where Justice demands it..’ Belfast Quaker influence on British Abolitionism utilising ‘The Irish Friend’, 1838-1842
    • Krysta Beggs-McCormick, University of Ulster

 

  • Women Religious in Nineteenth Century Ireland: Personal and Corporate Identity
    • Bridget Harrison, Queens University Belfast

 

(D5) Irish Finance and Taxation, Pre and Post-Independence, 1916-1931

Chair: TBC

  • Shadow of a Taxman: How, and by whom, was the Republican Movement Financed in the Irish War of Independence?
    • Robin Adams, St. Peter’s College, Oxford

 

  • Art Ó Briain and the Irish National Relief Fund of London, 1916-1919.
    • Mary MacDiarmada, St. Patrick’s College of Education/DCU

 

  • Foreign versus Fashion: Chinese bacon and Parisian clothing in the Irish Free State
    • John Porter, Trinity College Dublin

 

(D6) Intergenerational effects of war

Chair: Dr. Cathal Smith

  • ‘Migrant, Refugee, Terrorist’ Asylum in Interwar France: The Case of the Spanish Exiles (1934-35)
    • Eoghan Moran, Queen Mary University, London

 

  • The children of war and revolution?: Influence of the First World War, the 1916 Rising and WoI upon the Irish volunteers who joined the British forces WW2.
    • Joseph Quinn, Trinity College Dublin

 

Round E 17:10-18:25

 

(E1) Politics and Power in Tudor Ireland

Chair: Prof. Steven Ellis

  • ‘…to restrayne the Englishe from soche evells as Irishe infeccion poysoned theim with.’ Creating a pathology of Irishness during the ‘Tudor Conquest of Ireland’.
    • Carla Lessing, NUI Galway

 

  • The best of times, the worst of times – the thoughts of a Tudor administrator in Ireland
    • Deirdre Fennell, NUI Galway

 

(E2) The Lives of Ulster Women, 1890-1930

Chair: Dr. Caitriona Clear

  • ‘Obscure Lives’: A Biographical Portrait of Queen’s District Nurses in Ireland (1890-1907)
    • Joyce Ní Ghiobuin, Trinity College Dublin

 

  • ‘With fingers weary and worn’?: Factory legislation and the treatment of women workers in the Londonderry shirt industry, c.1860-1920
    • Chelsea Brownlee, Queens University Belfast

 

  • Devolution, Northern Ireland, and the Illegitimate Children (Affiliation Orders) Act, 1924.
    • Alex Tierney, Trinity College Dublin

 

(E3) History from Outside: Fringe histories during the Irish Revolution

 

Chair: Dr. Mary Harris

 

  • The Colonel, the Canadian and the Cork man: The  Irish Diplomatic Mission to South Africa in 1921
    • Madeline O’Neill, NUI Galway

 

  • Ireland’s forgotten diplomats: Nancy Wyse Power and Máire O’Brien’s quest for obtaining recognition for independent Ireland, 1919-23.
    • Ann Marie O’Brien, University of Limerick

 

  • ‘“Who were the Shoneens?”: Irish militant nationalists and association football, 1913-1923.
    • Aaron Ó Maonaigh, St. Patrick’s College of Education/DCU

 

(E4) The changing face of the Irish Economy

            Chair: Prof. Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh

  • After the Expiry Date: Wills of the lesser gentry in east Mayo, 1760-1880.
    • Olivia Martin, NUI Galway

 

  • Nineteenth century urban Irish artisans and protectionism: a study of popular economic nationalism.
    • John McGrath, Mary Immaculate College

 

  • ‘Closing Cowtown’ – The demise of the Dublin Cattle Market.
    • Declan O’Brien, Mary Immaculate College

 

(E5) Anglo-Irish Relations in the Post-Independence period

Chair: Dr. Séan Ó Duibhir

  • ‘A bit of news, which you may, or may not, care to use’: the influence of the Beaverbrook-Healy relationship on the construction of Ireland in the British press post-independence.
    • Elspeth Payne, Trinity College Dublin

 

  • ‘Anglo-Irish Relations during The Falkland’s War of 1982.’
    • Fiona McKelvey, University of Ulster

 

  • “A peace of sorts”: Changing expectations in Northern Ireland after the Belfast Agreement, 1998-2007.
    • Eamonn McNamara, Australian National University

Conference Workshop: ‘Funding Opportunities for Historical Research’

The organising committee of IHSA 2016 are delighted to announce that the conference will play host to a workshop on ‘Funding Opportunities for Historical Research.’ The workshop will take the format of a panel discussion, chaired by the eminently capable and esteemed Professor Dan Carey, of the Moore Institute, NUI Galway. Panelists will include Professor Marie-Louise Coolahan, NUI Galway, Dr. Sarah-Anne Buckley, NUI Galway and a representative from the NUI Galway Research Office.

Dan Carey

Prof. Carey, prior to assuming the mantle of Director of the Moore Institute (NUIG’s Humanities and Social Sciences Research hub) has a long record of research in his own fields of English literature in the early modern period, relationship between travel and natural history, intellectual history including Locke, the Scottish Enlightenment and philosophies of human nature, the history and philosophy of money in the Enlightenment.

He is an alum of of McGill University, Trinity College Dublin, and Oxford University. His book on Locke, Shaftesbury, and Hutcheson: Contesting Diversity in the Enlightenment and Beyond appeared with Cambridge University Press in 2006. He has previously been awarded a Senior Research Fellowship by the Irish Research Council for Humanities & Social Sciences for his project: A Critical Edition of Richard Hakluyt’s Principal Navigations (1598-1600).’

 

Marie-Louise Coolahan

 

Prof. Coolahan is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin (BA 1994), Oxford University (MPhil 1996), and Nottingham Trent University (PhD 2000). Previously she has received a doctoral bursary to work with the AHRB-funded Perdita Project (researching sixteenth-seventeenth century women’s manuscript compilations.

She has been awarded a research fellowship at the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington D.C., and elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (UK) in 2012. Recently, she secured a European Research Council Consolidator Grant (Principal Investigator) for her project, RECIRC: The Reception and Circulation of Early Modern Women’s Writing, 1550-1700 (July 2014-June 2019).

 

 

Sarah-Anne Buckley

Dr. Buckley works in the Department of History, NUI Galway. Her research interests include the history of child welfare/child protection, gender history, history of family and the history of medicine. She has published on the history of the Haematology Association of Ireland, The Cruelty Man: Child Welfare, the NSPCC and the State in Ireland, 1889-1956.

Recently she co-edited a volume on gender in Ireland with Dr Rebecca Barr and Dr Laura Kelly which was published in 2015. In 2015 she was awarded a Charlemont Scholarship for research on Irish foundlings in London.

In order to increase audience participation in this event, we’re inviting your questions in advance. To join the conversation, go to @ihsa2016 on Twitter and add the hashtag #workshop and your question, or Facebook and post your question in the Workshop thread. Help shape the debate!

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‘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.

MEET OUR SPONSORS: GALWAY COUNTY COUNCIL/COMHAIRLE CHONTAE NA GAILLIMHE

 

IHSA 2016, NUI Galway are proud to announce that Galway County Council/Comhairle Chontae na Gaillimhe have kindly agreed to provide part sponsorship to Galway’s hosting of the 2016 conference, through the office of County Heritage Officer, Marie Mannion.

 

 

Details of the Council’s own plans for both 1916 commemorations and History in general can be found at Galway Heritage Plan

 

Relief works, Inverin Hill, County Galway, c.1890-during the Famine. www.historyireland.com
Relief works, Inverin Hill, County Galway, c.1890-during the Famine. http://www.historyireland.com

 

For further information please see Galway Community Heritage Office or contact Marie Mannion, Heritage Officer

 

Ballinalsoe, Co. Galway. www.places.galwaylibrary.ie
Ballinalsoe, Co. Galway, in times past. http://www.places.galwaylibrary.ie

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.

Free Education, isn’t…

The Mamas & the Papas

Do you remember that song from the 1965, ‘California Dreamin [on a Winter’s Day]’, by The Mama’s & The Papas? It was a great hit at the time and has shown true resilience over the intervening decades. As a matter of fact I had started to write this entry in a very different fashion and he lyric entered my head and I had to listen to it….and then the entire timbre of the article changed before my eyes! Anyway I digress, but seriously, please take a listen to some great 60’s counter-culture! California Dreamin. I have a link and although tentative, I think its relevant.

As a PhD student (final year, thank the gods!), take it from me; money does not fall from the sky like autumnal leaves. Even as the aforementioned song describes “All the leaves are brown/And the Sky is grey”, one must marvel at the metaphorical sight of all those fivers and tenners slowly spiralling down to form a blanket on the ground. Wouldn’t it be a great thing, if the simple things in life were, if not free, then at least valued and funded appropriately?

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http://www.123rf.com

As a conference organiser seeking funding, I can tell you money does most definitely not fall in such a fashion! But yet again at CAO time we have a talking head pop up to tell us about this great knowledge economy we have here and how our third level institutions are so well funded, etc, etc. We  as anyone in academia knows, they’re not. I heard from a colleague a few years back that a leading Irish Third Level department had to sell some of their PHOTOCOPIERS to make ends meet after a budgetary shortfall.

The Royal Irish Academy (hat tip for kudos), have come out with a sensible position/advice paper aimed toward central government and perhaps as a broader conversation starter also in the Irish Third Level sector regarding not just the perennially raw topic of funding, but also the more pressing topic of student funding. We all remember the terrible hardship caused in 2012/2013/2014 by the disastrous SUSI website for online grants “processing.” Part-time (and personally I have MASSIVE issues with that misleading and pejorative term) students are being persecuted by the Irish education system and successive administrations for not being good little drones and entering into courses in the desire full-time fashion with other Secondary School graduates.

Professor Daly (to the right of An tUachtarán, Michael D. Higgins). www.ul.ie
Professor Daly (to the right of An tUachtarán, Michael D. Higgins). http://www.ul.ie

Grants are being withheld from people who, lets face it here, are trying to better themselves. Professor Mary Daly succinctly presents the case of the

“…bank official working full-time on €25,000 a year is being charged fees to study in the evenings, while the child of the bank’s CEO is entitled to the free fees scheme to study during the day?”

The Higher Education Authority has reported a significant drop of 9% of students embarking on a PhD and a 2% drop in those engaging with 3rd Level as a Mature Student in recent years. With all the Brouhaha (yes, I dropped the B-Bomb!) in recent years about the need for ‘re-training’ and ‘internships’, it should come as a significant surprise that during the same period Postgraduate students have had their access to maintenance grants significantly undermined by SUSI and the Irish government, the body pushing this great ‘knowledge economy.’

University rankings. Generally speaking, those who excel are those with greater funding. Irish Independent
University rankings. Generally speaking, those who excel are those with greater funding. Irish Independent

Now in ‘post-crisis’ Ireland (another massive bone of contention btw), with everything rising but the dead, students are faced with increased accommodation costs, not only in Dublin, but also throughout the country as a whole. So people will just commute from home or a cheaper place to live? Also on the rise is petrol/diesel, parking, public transportation fares. Fees are also continually and incrementally rising, with increases being used to offset declining central government funding. Those claiming that grants are quite generous are living in cloud cuckoo land; wages rose during the Great War also, but inflation effectively destroyed those paltry increases! Free Education, isn’t, basically.

www.independent.ie
http://www.independent.ie

There’s a massive disconnect between what the government want (and not just this one wither, in case I’m accused of Fine Gael/Labour bashing…though Ruairí Quinn, the former ‘Hypocrite-in-Chief’, did their credibility few favours) and what they’re willing to invest in. Perhaps as the RIA suggests a new model of student support should be entered into? I’m not blind to the needs of universities or IT’s to investment and upgrading of facilities and infrastructure, but something has to give here; many have an aging (and expensive) building stock, which were expanded during the 1960’s and 70’s and need modernising. And its probably going to be parents and students who will have to give in. A model which is used at the national and international level might be worth considering; a bond issue. If colleges were to issue a long term bond, which would accrue with profits generated over a thirty year period, it might provide for some financial stability and guaranteed income. Some profits from these campus based start-ups and spin-offs we hear so much about, could be channelled into this area, etc.

Taking (and breaking) the Pledge
Taking (and breaking) the Pledge

As a conclusion, we as a Third Level community must acknowledge that the system is at present not effective. it is creaking along and certainly not operating at the peak efficiency, which is desired. Unfortunately, one must wait and see are there any in the sector, especially the national parliament, who posses the ability to engineer and herald such dramatic and much needed change.

The Nuts & Bolts

NUI Galway

 

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…

Mick & Ché

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!

Eyre Square

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.