IHSA 2016 – Photographs

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Dear Colleagues,

 

Apologies the delay in posting our images of the conference weekend, but things have been hectic! Please find below our images taken by our fantastic Official Photographer, Katya Radovanova!

 

 

Kind regards,

 

 

 

 

Eamonn & Team

 

 

IHSA2016 Schedule & Programme

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It is our pleasure to publish our conference programme and schedule of events for IHSA2016. Any queries may be addressed to ihsa2016@gmail.com

 

Eamonn & Committee

 

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Friday, 19 February

1900                Arrival & Exhibition, Moore Institute Rooms, Ground floor, Hardiman Research Building

1930                Speeches.

Eamonn T. Gardiner, MC & Lead Organiser

Dr. Sarah-Anne Buckley, Chair, IHSA National Committee

Prof. Dáibhí Ó Crónín, History Department Welcome

Prof. Steven Ellis, Formal Opening of Conference

2000                Reception & Exhibition

2100                Social: History Quiz in College Bar.

 

Saturday, 20 February

0830-0855       Registration (€15) & Morning Coffee 1 in Arts Millennium Building.

0855-0900       Welcome/Health & Safety Briefing

0900-1015       Round A of Panels (75 mins).

1015-1035       Coffee Break 2

1035-1150       Round B of Panels (75 mins)

1150-1210       Coffee Break 3

1210-1325       Round C of Panels (75 mins)

1325-1335       Move from Arts Millennium to College Bar (10 mins)

1335-1420       Lunch (College Bar)/AGM (AM Building) (45 mins)

1420-1430       Move from College Bar to Arts Millennium for Workshop.

1430-1530       Workshop: Research Funding Opportunities (60 mins).

1530-1535       Leave Workshop and move to rooms for Round D

1535-1650       Round D of Panels (75 mins)

1650-1710       Coffee Break 4

1710-1825       Round E of Panels (75 mins)

1825-1835       Closing remarks and final reminder dinner timings & Sunday programme.

1835-2030       Arrive at Harbour Hotel for Pre-Meal Reception

2030-2200       Dinner (Prosecco Reception & 5 Courses, €25)

2200-2245       Eamonn T. Gardiner MC.

Introduction by Dr. Mary Harris, Senior Lecturer, NUI Galway & ‘A Nation Rising’, 1916 Commemorative Programme Coordinator

After-Dinner Speaker: Professor Emeritus Nicholas Canny, NUIG. http://erc.europa.eu/organisation/canny-nicholas

2245-2315       Prize giving

2315+              Post Dinner & Move to other venues.

 

 

Sunday, 21 February

1200-1300       Walking Tour of Galway.

Early Modern & Revolutionary Galway

 

Round A 09:00-10:15

 

(A1) Narratives from Christian Ireland

            Chair: Kieran Hoare

  • Ossory on the Eve of the Reformation
    • Bernadette O’Brien, NUI Galway

 

  • Brigit and pregnant women: discussion on the issue
    • Dmitrii Glass, Mary Immaculate College

 

  • Is there a Problem of Saint Patrick? If so, is there a solution?
    • Nathan Dunphy, NUI Galway

 

 

(A2) Twentieth-Century Philosophical, Logical and Cultural Approaches

Chair: Dr. Tomás Finn

  • Catholic anti-communism, the Cold War, and peace and nuclear disarmament campaigns in Ireland.
    • Gerard Madden, NUI Galway

 

  • ‘A pioneering historian of ideas: Robert Blakey, and the birth of a disciplinary genre.’
    • Stuart Mathieson, Queens University Belfast

 

  • AUDIO-VISUAL: Letting the Sources Speak: Title: ‘Gainsbourg: A ‘Serge’ of Sexual Content in French Popular Culture, 1966-1991’
    • Robert Flatley, NUI Galway

 

(A3) Race in the Americas from the Colonies to the Civil War

Chair: Dr. Enrico Dal Lago

  • “A Rich Man’s Government… A Poor Man’s Fight”: Class Conflict and Unionist Dissent in the Confederate South.
    • Jordan Markey, NUI Galway

 

  • ‘Bound to Serve’ White indentured Labour in Colonial America.
    • Leanne McMullan, University of Ulster

 

  • Religion, Racism, & Perfidious Albion: Irish Soldiers in the Union Army during the American Civil War.
    • Florry O’Driscoll, NUI Galway

 

(A4) Shades of Roman Catholicism in Ireland, 1844-1950

Chair: Dr. Roisín Healy

  • St Vincent de Paul in Dublin, 1844-1918: Friends of the Poor or Self-Serving Religious Zealots?
    • Bernadette O’Connell, NUI Galway

 

  • The Roman Catholic Church in Sligo during the Great War.
    • Simone Hickey, St. Angela’s College

 

  • The Irish Catholic Missionary Experience in the Twentieth Century
    • Kate Brophy, Trinity College Dublin

 

(A5) Nineteenth-Century Irish Nationalism

            Chair: Dr. Carmel Connolly

  • Alternative solutions to the intractable Irish question, 1892-1902.
    • Tony King, NUI Galway

 

  • The Persistence of Nationalist and Anti-State Sentiment in Ulster, 1848-1867
    • Kerron Ó Luain, Independent Scholar

 

  • The Road from Kilmorna: Canon Sheehan, Fenianism, and prefiguring 1916
    • John O’Donovan, University College Cork

 

Round B 10:35-11:50

 

(B1) Warfighting as an aid to Civil Governance.

Chair: Dr. Pádraig Lenihan

  • ‘Pax Romana’: The true triumph of the Roman people
    • George Baldry, NUI Galway

 

  • ‘To defend those who have no swords’: The birth of Crusading as theological disruption and political evolution
    • Declan Mills, University of Limerick

 

  • Between Success and Surrender: Thomas Wentworth, Lord Deputy of Ireland, 1633- 1639.
    • Marie Sophie Hingst, Trinity College Dublin

 

 

(B2) A Postmodern History of Human Rights and Terrorism

            Chair: Dr. Kevin O’Sullivan

  • Operation Allied Force, Humanitarian Intervention and the Kosovo war of 1999Cian Moran, NUI Galway

 

  • Refugees and Humanitarian Aid as Weapons of War: Cambodia and Rwanda.
    • John O’Donnell, NUI Galway

 

  • Bullets, Bombs & Blood: Chechen Terrorist Tactics and Beyond
    • Francesco Conti, NUI Galway

 

(B3) The Evolution of Warfare during Irish Revolution, 1916-1923

Chair: Dr. Conor McNamara

  • ‘Scattered, Ambushed and Laid Out’: War and Counterinsurgency in North Galway 1919-1921
    • Eamonn T. Gardiner, NUI Galway

 

  • The importance of Dublin during the Irish War of Independence
    • Thomas Tormey, Trinity College Dublin

 

  • ‘A Cycle of Violence’: Analysing the Role of the Bicycle during the Irish Revolutionary Period 1916-1923
    • Bryan Treanor, St. Patrick’s College of Education/DCU

 

(B4) Re-evaluating Education: Irish and American examples

Chair: Dr. Jackie Uí Chionna

  • The post-primary school in Ireland, 1940-58: A case study of the Presentation Order
    • Catriona Delaney, University of Limerick

 

  • “To Educate Themselves”: African American Teachers in North Carolina’s Schools for the Freed People, 1861-1876
    • Anne Marie Brosnan, Mary Immaculate College

 

  • Looking To The Past To Build For The Future’: State-Building, Curricular Developments, And School History In Post-Independence Ireland, 1924-69
    • Colm MacGearilt, Trinity College Dublin

 

(B5) Changes in Irish Political Landscape, 1913-1923

Chair: Dr. Joe Regan

  • The role of Lord Decies, Press Censor for the British Administration in Ireland, 1916-19, or how I learned to stop worrying and love the Censor
    • Alan McCarthy, University College Cork

 

  • Assessing the contributing factors leading to Sinn Fein’s victory in the 1918 General Election
    • Patrick Mulcahy, University of Limerick

 

  • ‘Constitutional Nationalists still have considerable strength’? Examining the views of Home Rule activists 1919-21
    • Martin O’Donoghue, NUI Galway

 

Round C 12:10-13:25

 

(C1) ‘Mythology and Máthair Chíche’ – Revisiting Old-Irish Texts and Stories

Chair: Dr. Chris Doyle

  • Gaelic Revival and the Ulster and Ossian Cycles: National heroes in Cúchulainn and Fionn Mac Cumhail
    • Erin Rae-MacKinney, University of Ulster

 

  • An mháthair chíche sa Mheánaois in Éirinn
    • Aogán Ó hIarlaithe, NUI Galway

 

(C2) Children and Social culture; Ideas of Youth.

Chair: Dr. Sarah-Anne Buckley

  • ‘They go to England to preserve their Secret”: The emigration and assistance of the Irish unmarried mother in Britain 1926-1952.’
    • Lorraine Grimes, NUI Galway

 

  • ‘Changeling Children in Nineteenth Century Ireland
    • Jodie Shevlin, University of Ulster

 

  • “They called them Edelweiss Pirates, where they Blossomed, Resistance Grew?!”- The Edelweiss Pirates as an Example of Oppositional Youth Movements in Nazi Germany.
    • Annika Stendebach, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz

 

(C3) Complexities of the Anglo-Irish Interdependency

Chair: Dr. Andrew Holmes

  • Irish Catholics within the British Officer Corps: 1829-1899
    • Mark Scannell, NUI Galway

 

  • ‘Help Wanted! No Irish need apply’. The effects of British prejudice and discrimination against Irish migrants in the early- to mid-20th
    • Finian J.E. Halligan, University of Warwick

 

  • Irish Immigrant Entrepreneurs in the Post-war Reconstruction of London
    • Michael B. Mulvey, Maynooth University

 

(C4) ‘Fight for Ireland and no other land’: Revolutionary Labour History

Chair: Dr. John Cunningham

  • The Age of Larkinism: ‘A Divine Mission’ (1907-1914).
    • Stephen Deyarmin, NUI Galway

 

  • The Drapers’ Revolution, 1913-1924.
    • Breandán Ó’Conchúir, NUI Galway

 

  • The Irish Citizen Army and the Anglo-Irish War.
    • Jeffrey Leddin, University of Limerick

 

(C5) The Great War Generation, 1890-1924

Chair: Dr. Kyle Hughes

  • The Master of Mystery and the Great War: the spy novels of William Le Queux, 1914 – 1918
    • Jonathan Best, Queens University Belfast

 

  • The best of enemies: South Africa and the Germans of South West Africa, 1914-1924
    • Gavan Duffy, NUI Galway

 

  • 1916: Tolkien at the Battle of the Somme
    • Sandra Hartl, University of Bamberg

 

Round D 15:35-16:50

 

(D1) Lydon’s ‘Middle Nation’- The Old-English and the Irish in the later medieval period

Chair: Dr. Kim Lo Prete

  • The Bruce invasion of Ireland, 1315-1318
    • Eoghan Keane, Trinity College Dublin

 

  • The Early Years of Gearóid Iarla, Third Earl of Desmond
    • Dónal Ó Catháin, NUI Galway

 

(D2) Gender, Class & Conflict

Chair: Dr. Paul O’Brien

  • Post-war cinema-going and working-class communities: a case study of the Holyland, Belfast, 1945-1962.
    • Sam Manning, Queens University Belfast

 

  • Experiences of women in the Anglo-Irish War
    • Thomas Earls Fitzgerald, Trinity College Dublin

 

  • POSTER: Emyr Estyn Evans : The Formative Years
    • Lauren Ferguson, Queens University Belfast

 

 (D3) Histories of Healthcare

Chair: Dr. Ciarán McCabe

  • ‘Admitting the Mad’: Insanity in the Ulster District Lunatic Asylums, 1845-1914.
    • Seaneen Larkin, University of Ulster

 

  • ‘Where one journey ends, the next begins…’ Dr. Thomas Raleigh Phayer, Medical Doctor, Apothecarist, Surgeon and Physician of Newcastle West, Co. Limerick.
    • John Phayer, Independent Researcher

 

  • Historical development and economic impact of obesity
    • Cillian Moran, NUI Galway

 

(D4) Religious Communities in the Nineteenth-Century

            Chair: Dr. Alison Forrestal

  • Truth and Error: Anti-Catholicism and the Free Church of Scotland in the mid-nineteenth century
    • Ryan Mallon, Queens University Belfast

 

  • ‘We shall not shrink, where Justice demands it..’ Belfast Quaker influence on British Abolitionism utilising ‘The Irish Friend’, 1838-1842
    • Krysta Beggs-McCormick, University of Ulster

 

  • Women Religious in Nineteenth Century Ireland: Personal and Corporate Identity
    • Bridget Harrison, Queens University Belfast

 

(D5) Irish Finance and Taxation, Pre and Post-Independence, 1916-1931

Chair: TBC

  • Shadow of a Taxman: How, and by whom, was the Republican Movement Financed in the Irish War of Independence?
    • Robin Adams, St. Peter’s College, Oxford

 

  • Art Ó Briain and the Irish National Relief Fund of London, 1916-1919.
    • Mary MacDiarmada, St. Patrick’s College of Education/DCU

 

  • Foreign versus Fashion: Chinese bacon and Parisian clothing in the Irish Free State
    • John Porter, Trinity College Dublin

 

(D6) Intergenerational effects of war

Chair: Dr. Cathal Smith

  • ‘Migrant, Refugee, Terrorist’ Asylum in Interwar France: The Case of the Spanish Exiles (1934-35)
    • Eoghan Moran, Queen Mary University, London

 

  • The children of war and revolution?: Influence of the First World War, the 1916 Rising and WoI upon the Irish volunteers who joined the British forces WW2.
    • Joseph Quinn, Trinity College Dublin

 

Round E 17:10-18:25

 

(E1) Politics and Power in Tudor Ireland

Chair: Prof. Steven Ellis

  • ‘…to restrayne the Englishe from soche evells as Irishe infeccion poysoned theim with.’ Creating a pathology of Irishness during the ‘Tudor Conquest of Ireland’.
    • Carla Lessing, NUI Galway

 

  • The best of times, the worst of times – the thoughts of a Tudor administrator in Ireland
    • Deirdre Fennell, NUI Galway

 

(E2) The Lives of Ulster Women, 1890-1930

Chair: Dr. Caitriona Clear

  • ‘Obscure Lives’: A Biographical Portrait of Queen’s District Nurses in Ireland (1890-1907)
    • Joyce Ní Ghiobuin, Trinity College Dublin

 

  • ‘With fingers weary and worn’?: Factory legislation and the treatment of women workers in the Londonderry shirt industry, c.1860-1920
    • Chelsea Brownlee, Queens University Belfast

 

  • Devolution, Northern Ireland, and the Illegitimate Children (Affiliation Orders) Act, 1924.
    • Alex Tierney, Trinity College Dublin

 

(E3) History from Outside: Fringe histories during the Irish Revolution

 

Chair: Dr. Mary Harris

 

  • The Colonel, the Canadian and the Cork man: The  Irish Diplomatic Mission to South Africa in 1921
    • Madeline O’Neill, NUI Galway

 

  • Ireland’s forgotten diplomats: Nancy Wyse Power and Máire O’Brien’s quest for obtaining recognition for independent Ireland, 1919-23.
    • Ann Marie O’Brien, University of Limerick

 

  • ‘“Who were the Shoneens?”: Irish militant nationalists and association football, 1913-1923.
    • Aaron Ó Maonaigh, St. Patrick’s College of Education/DCU

 

(E4) The changing face of the Irish Economy

            Chair: Prof. Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh

  • After the Expiry Date: Wills of the lesser gentry in east Mayo, 1760-1880.
    • Olivia Martin, NUI Galway

 

  • Nineteenth century urban Irish artisans and protectionism: a study of popular economic nationalism.
    • John McGrath, Mary Immaculate College

 

  • ‘Closing Cowtown’ – The demise of the Dublin Cattle Market.
    • Declan O’Brien, Mary Immaculate College

 

(E5) Anglo-Irish Relations in the Post-Independence period

Chair: Dr. Séan Ó Duibhir

  • ‘A bit of news, which you may, or may not, care to use’: the influence of the Beaverbrook-Healy relationship on the construction of Ireland in the British press post-independence.
    • Elspeth Payne, Trinity College Dublin

 

  • ‘Anglo-Irish Relations during The Falkland’s War of 1982.’
    • Fiona McKelvey, University of Ulster

 

  • “A peace of sorts”: Changing expectations in Northern Ireland after the Belfast Agreement, 1998-2007.
    • Eamonn McNamara, Australian National University

‘Dr. Margaret Ó hÓgartaigh’ memorial Prize for the History of Medicine and Society

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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 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.

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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.

 

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Dr. Margaret Ó hÓgartaigh memorial Prize

  • This prize has been kindly sponsored by Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • 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:
    • Medicine
    • Gender and/or Sex
    • Education
    • Irishwomen
    • 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.

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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.