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.

IHSA 2016 Annual Conference, Call for Papers

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The Irish History Students’ Association is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for its Annual Conference, which will take place in NUI Galway from 19–21 February, 2016.

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.

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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
ihsa2016@gmail.com

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).

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Eyre Square – Galway, the ‘City of the Tribes’, is steeped in Medieval & Modern History

All proposals should be submitted by email to ihsa2016@gmail.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.

For more information please see:
IHSA 2016 Facebook and Academia.edu – IHSA2016

This event has been kindly sponsored by Bank of Irelandboi1

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!

 

Past Speaker Bio: Jodie Shevlin, University of Ulster

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Name:  Jodie Shevlin

Institution: University of Ulster

Course: PhD

Age: 26

Subject Area/Thesis Title/Paper you gave:

I’m interested in 19th Century Irish social & cultural history/ Religion/Crime/Witchcraft/ Supernatural/Folklore.

Was 2015 your first IHSA Conference? No, 2013 Queens University was my first time.

What attracted you to the IHSA Conferences?

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 not an 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.