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.
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…
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!
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!’
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or leave us a comment below.