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!

 

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Hello All,

My name is Eamonn Gardiner. I am the Convenor of the Irish History Students Association, Annual Conference 2016. The conference this year will be held on the grounds of the National University of Ireland, Galway, in conjunction with An Cumann Staire, on the weekend of the 19th – 21st February, 2016. So Save-the-Date, please!

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The conference should prove to be a roaring success with the ideas we have coming on stream, the advances in technology and research that makes them possible and as always with the fantastic standard of research evident in the 3rd Level Institutions both in and outside the island of Ireland. Last year’s conference organisers in the University of Limerick did a fine job in showcasing some of the best papers to date and a hearty congratulations must go to them for their efforts in that regard!

Jordan Markey presenting his paper at IHSA 2015, University of Limerick
Jordan Markey presenting his paper at IHSA 2015, University of Limerick

This year promises to be a momentous year for the study of Irish history, with 20th century historians commemorating the centenary of the Battle of the Somme and the Easter Rising of 1916, whilst our colleagues of an earlier vintage look toward the Battle of Hastings in 1066, the Death of Maurice Fitzgerald, 1st Earl of Desmond in 1356 and the formal declaration of the Seven Years War in 1756. For more recent historians, there is the very recent 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl Disaster in 1986. The IHSA does not favour papers from one historical period over another and invites papers covering ALL period of historical research.

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This blog will serve as a medium not only for us to communicate with you regarding the Call for Papers and other official matters, but it is envisaged will also allow for a less formal, more collegial conversation to emerge. To that end I am delighted to announce that our Vice-Chair, Martin O’Donoghue, has agreed to write a blog on this page. Martin’s work will cover not only the planning and running of the conference behind the scenes, but will also touch on aspects of writing abstracts and papers, research difficulties, thoughts and opinions on events of historical significance as well as a wide variety of other related matters. I also hope to make contributions here and there and would hope too that our other committee members would contribute to the conversation; this year’s committee has both Undergraduates and Postgraduates as well as non-History students considering presenting a paper for the first time. I’m sure you’ll agree that this will provide us with a rich seam of insight.

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That’s all I have for the moment folks. Please be sure to follow our progress on Twitter, Facebook and here. If you would like to subscribe to our email, then please just email ihsa2016@gmail.com

Eamonn