Decade of Centenaries Prize & Local History of County Galway Prize

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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 offered by the IHSA, the Galway organising committee have secured additional external sponsorship for four additional, once-off, prizes for 2016.

 

Accordingly, papers are invited in the following categories: The Decade of Centenaries in County Galway (1913-1923); The Local History & Heritage of County Galway (any historical era); Social and/or Cultural History; Best Irish Language Paper.  The prizes will be awarded to the best paper in each category. 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.

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Mortal remains of Harry Loughnane, c. 1920

The Decade of Centenaries in County Galway (1913-1923).

  • This prize has been kindly sponsored by Galway County Council.
  • Value €100.
  • Period which the papers/posters/AV/artefact presentations deal with must be between 1913 and 1923, though some leeway is allowed.
  • 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.

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HM King Edward VII, on Shop Street, on his visit to Galway c.1903

The Local History & Heritage of County Galway (any historical era).

  • This prize has been kindly sponsored by Galway County Council.
  • Value €100.
  • The papers/posters/AV/artefact presentations must engage with any aspect of the history or heritage of the County of Galway.
  • 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.
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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!

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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