COMMITTEE PROFILE: LOUISE COLLINS

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Name: Louise Collins

Committee Position: Secretary

Course: Bachelor of Nursing Science (Psychiatric) 2012

Was 2015 your first IHSA Conference? No, my first was Galway 2012. I knew nothing of IHSA and was quickly swept into the organising committee as the Chief Organiser had become injured a week before the Conference!

What attracted you to IHSA and An Cumann Staire? I initially joined An Cumann Staire in 2011 as a result of a group of friends dragging me along to a ‘boring’ History lecture in NUIG. As a Nursing student I had little interest in History, but a few short months later I found myself turning up to most of the lectures, events and social gatherings and going forward for a position on committee. My opinion was completely turned around and I wanted to get as involved in An Cumann Staire as possible. This lead also to my involvement with IHSA, which is primarily behind the scenes in an organisational and supportive capacity. 2015 will be my 4th IHSA Conference.

Best Memory of the Conferences? Someone really confused asking me where ‘The Arts Millennium Building’ (NUIG) was. They were standing in it and had just given their paper and of course, our gatherings at Costello’s of Limerick.

What are you looking forward to most about Galway 2016? Catching up with friends whom I see once a year or so at IHSA Conferences.

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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.

Past Speaker Bio: Ciarán McCabe, NUI Maynooth

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Paper/Name: Ciarán McCabe

Institution: NUI Maynooth

Course: PhD History (currently Post-Doctoral work in NUI Galway)

Age: 30

 

Areas of Interest: Poverty, Welfare, Charity, Medicine, Health, Urban, Religion.

Thesis Title: ‘Begging and alms-giving in urban Ireland, 1815-1850’

Past IHSA Paper titles:

IHSA 2014 (MIC): ‘“The silent endurance of these poor creatures”: perceived virtue in the          silent suffering of the poor in nineteenth-century Ireland’

IHSA 2013 (QUB): ‘The Church of Ireland parish and beggars’ badges in the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries’

IHSA 2012 (NUIG): ‘“Surely this monstrous inconvenience is not of an insurmountable nature”: the suppression of street begging in early nineteenth-century Dublin’

IHSA 2011 (UCC): ‘The Cork Street Fever Hospital, Dublin and pre-Famine fever epidemics’

Was 2015 your first IHSA Conference?

No, I attended the 2015 conference as a spectator, but was collecting a prize from 2014.

 

What attracted you to the IHSA Conferences?

My first IHSA conference to attend was in 2011. For me, the IHSA conference has always been an opportunity to present a research paper in an environment that is not too intimidating for early-career scholars. I presented at each of the 2011-14 conferences and always found them incredibly rewarding experiences.

 

Best memory of the conferences?

The after-dinner speeches of Professors John A. Murphy, Gearoid O Tuathaigh and Keith Jeffrey.

 

Worst memory of the conferences?

Staying in a noisy hostel in Cork and getting little to no sleep the night before my first-thing-in-the-morning paper!

 

What are you looking forward to most about Galway 2016?

Being based at the host institution!

 

Past Speaker Bio: Robert S. Rock, University of Hertfordshire/British Museum

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Name: Robert S. Rock

Institution: University of Hertfordshire/British Museum

Course: M. Phil. (formerly PhD)

Age: 25

Subject Area/Thesis Title/Paper you gave: Eighteenth Century Social History of Criminal London

Was 2015 your first IHSA Conference? No; I spoke at Queens University Belfast in 2013 and Mary Immaculate College in 2014.

What attracted you to the IHSA Conferences? As a young academic, I felt the need to start attending academic conferences and have my voice heard. This was naturally coupled with the support of my friends and colleagues at NUIG.

Best memory of the conferences? Giving my first academic paper at a great IHSA in Galway 2012.

What are you looking forward to most about Galway 2016? I won’t be involved in the academic aspect when the Galway conference rolls round, so I’m looking forward to sitting back and listening and meeting people there!

 

Past Speaker Bio: Aaron Ó Maonaigh, St. Patrick’s College, Dublin

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Name: Aaron Ó Maonaigh

Institution: Coláiste Phádraig, Droim Conrach.

Course: B.A Humanities (English and History)

Age: 28

Subject Area/Paper: Military History of the Irish Revolution/’The Thompson Submachine Gun and the Irish War of Independence‘.

Last year was my second IHSA and my first conference at which I delivered a paper. I was attracted to the opportunity that the IHSA affords undergraduates who wish to present papers based on their own research.

Best memory: Delivering my very first conference paper to a wonderfully receptive audience.

Worst memory: Delivering said paper after a night out on the town in Limerick!

What am I looking forward to at IHSA 2016: Delivering another paper to what is shaping up to be a fantastic conference @ihsa2016, coupled with the fact that conference is being held in one of the most beautiful parts of Éire.

Anything else to add: For any prospective first-time speakers. The environment at the IHSA is a very friendly and welcoming one, you will meet contacts with whom you will find you share many common interests that often bring many prospective projects to fruition. My advice is to enjoy yourself and the weekend.

Beir bua a chairde!