Ladies and gentlemen, all good things must come to a close and it is with great happiness that I can tell you that the Call for Papers has closed. The deadline has also elapsed for the submission of papers for the Galway County Council Prizes, the James Lydon Memorial Prize for Medieval History and the Margaret Ó hÓgartaigh Memorial Prize for the History of Medicine and Society.
Prof. James F. Lydon
Dr. Margaret ÓhÓgartaigh
The conference has been fully planned and organised at this stage. Lunch will take place in the nearby College Bar, a 300m walk.
Tea & Coffee Breaks will take place in the Arts Millennium Building (AMB) ground floor foyer. The panels will be held in the adjacent tutorial rooms (each can seat 30 participants) in the Arts Millennium Building. The rooms open directly out on to the foyer, meaning it will take less than a minute to reach the lovely tea! The workshop will also take place in the AMB, in the Ó Tnuthail Theatre, accessed via the stairs in the atrium of the AMB and also via the rear exit on the ground floor of the AMB.
The Launch on Friday evening will take place in the Moore Institute rooms, on the ground floor of the Hardiman Research Building (HRB). The HRB is directly across from the AMB and you can access the building by the Main Library door, then walk through the foyer, past the large information screen and turn right. The College Bar will also host the History Quiz and again finger food will be served.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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!*
Robert Rock (his paper on Witchcraft to be more specific 🙂 ) and the opportunity to network.
Best memory of the conferences?
I made a joke about the amount of pigeons at one point during Prof. Sean Connolly’s Walking History Tour of Belfast (resembling a scene from ‘Home Alone’). Cara Hanley laughed; we got talking and found out we had the same supervisor. Friend made for life!
Worst memory of the conferences?
I’ve had no bad memories or experiences with IHSA conferences. That having been said, I did learn the hard way that it’s notan absolute requirement to bring your own wine, in a plastic water bottle and refill your glass under the table during the conference dinner…
What are you looking forward to most about Galway 2016?
Ceol agus Craic! I expect to be ‘Takin’ a whirl, ‘Round the Salthill Prom, with a Galway Guy!’ But seriously, I’m really looking forward to IHSA 2016 because I couldn’t attend last year and heard that I missed some awesome papers, like Aaron O Maonaigh’s on the Thompson Sub-machine Gun. I can’t wait to see my old buddies and make new ones, like every year. I’m also really looking forward to giving my first IHSA paper!
Anything else you’d like to add? The atmosphere of an IHSA conference in my experience has always been welcoming and friendly to speakers and listeners alike, I’d heartily recommend it to any student.
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.