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.
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!
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.
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.
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:
Gender and/or Sex
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.
Course:In am in my final year BA, after finishing a previous undergraduate course in computing. I plan to undertake a MLitt next year.
Areas of Interest:My interests mainly lie in modern United States history, particularly domestic and foreign policy, Manifest Destiny, terrorism, and Civil War and Reconstruction.
Upcoming IHSA Paper: My 2016 paper will be something along the lines of the rise and fall of the Freedmen’s Bureau in the US after the Civil War, and what questions and issues it raises for contemporary and future America.
Was 2015 your first IHSA Conference? Yes. My first attending and presenting.
What attracted you to the IHSA & An Cumann Staire? I wanted to meet like-minded and enthusiastic people with a passion for history. It was An Cumann Staire that realised that both academically and socially, and I swiftly got involved. As an annual tradition for the society to send a delegation to IHSA, I attended last year. I also went to learn what it was like to present at an academic conference, while also networking in a relaxed atmosphere.
Best memory of the conferences? Delivering my first conference paper in 2015 to a warm reception.
What are you looking forward to most about Galway 2016? Upholding the academic reputation that Galway has for history, while also catching some interesting papers and networking with historians of the future.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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).
All proposals should be submitted by email to email@example.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.
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!
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.