He was in 1995, elected member of the Academia Europaea, in 2005 as a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, and in 2007 as a Member of the American Philosophical Society.
Nicholas has served as Vice-President of Research at NUI Galway (2005-2008), President of the Royal Irish Academy (2008-2011) and he was the Established Chair in Galway from 1979-2009. He was also the Funding Director of the university’s Moore Institute from 2000-2011. At present Nicholas is serving with the European Research Council. His areas of interest include Early Modern Irish History, Colonialism and Migration.
Nicholas is also a former Auditor of An Cumann Staire (1963-1964) and as a former IUHSA rep (1964-1965). When the IHSA came to Galway during his tenure, he organised the IHSA conference. He has also served as President of the IHSA.
We are sure that this speech will be the highlight of the evening’s events and not to be missed!
The organising committee of IHSA 2016 are delighted to announce that the conference will play host to a workshop on ‘Funding Opportunities for Historical Research.’ The workshop will take the format of a panel discussion, chaired by the eminently capable and esteemed Professor Dan Carey, of the Moore Institute, NUI Galway. Panelists will include Professor Marie-Louise Coolahan, NUI Galway, Dr. Sarah-Anne Buckley, NUI Galway and a representative from the NUI Galway Research Office.
Prof. Carey, prior to assuming the mantle of Director of the Moore Institute (NUIG’s Humanities and Social Sciences Research hub) has a long record of research in his own fields of English literature in the early modern period, relationship between travel and natural history, intellectual history including Locke, the Scottish Enlightenment and philosophies of human nature, the history and philosophy of money in the Enlightenment.
Prof. Coolahan is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin (BA 1994), Oxford University (MPhil 1996), and Nottingham Trent University (PhD 2000). Previously she has received a doctoral bursary to work with the AHRB-funded Perdita Project (researching sixteenth-seventeenth century women’s manuscript compilations.
Recently she co-edited a volume on gender in Ireland with Dr Rebecca Barr and Dr Laura Kelly which was published in 2015. In 2015 she was awarded a Charlemont Scholarship for research on Irish foundlings in London.
In order to increase audience participation in this event, we’re inviting your questions in advance. To join the conversation, go to @ihsa2016 on Twitter and add the hashtag #workshop and your question, or Facebook and post your question in the Workshop thread. Help shape the debate!
Course: Bachelor of Nursing Science (Psychiatric) 2012
Was 2015 your first IHSA Conference? No, my first was Galway 2012. I knew nothing of IHSA and was quickly swept into the organising committee as the Chief Organiser had become injured a week before the Conference!
What attracted you to IHSA and An Cumann Staire? I initially joined An Cumann Staire in 2011 as a result of a group of friends dragging me along to a ‘boring’ History lecture in NUIG. As a Nursing student I had little interest in History, but a few short months later I found myself turning up to most of the lectures, events and social gatherings and going forward for a position on committee. My opinion was completely turned around and I wanted to get as involved in An Cumann Staire as possible. This lead also to my involvement with IHSA, which is primarily behind the scenes in an organisational and supportive capacity. 2015 will be my 4th IHSA Conference.
Best Memory of the Conferences? Someone really confused asking me where ‘The Arts Millennium Building’ (NUIG) was. They were standing in it and had just given their paper and of course, our gatherings at Costello’s of Limerick.
What are you looking forward to most about Galway 2016? Catching up with friends whom I see once a year or so at IHSA Conferences.
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 email@example.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).
All proposals should be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Was 2015 your first IHSA Conference? First IHSA & first time presenting at a conference
What attracted you to the IHSA Conferences? I’ve heard legendary stories about the previous IHSA conferences. I was also a committee member of An Cumann Staire (NUIG), so I thought participating would be a great opportunity to meet other like-minded people from all over Ireland, Britain, and the continent.
Best memory of the conferences? The second my panel was over was the best moment of the conference. I enjoyed presenting but since it was my very first conference, I was really afraid that I won’t be able to answer a question or, even worse, that I’ll say something stupid. The second my panel was over, I could finally relax and fully enjoy the rest of the conference and Limerick.
Worst memory of the conferences? Getting the flu and missing out on a great night out in town. It was so bad even hot whiskeys couldn’t help me.
What are you looking forward to most about Galway 2016? I am looking forward to a weekend of fascinating papers, new people, and a whole lot of craic. I have nothing against Limerick, but Galway is the Capital of Craic, so I have really high expectations of IHSA 2016! *no pressure, guys!*
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!
Subject Area/Paper: Military History of the Irish Revolution/’The Thompson Submachine Gun and the Irish War of Independence‘.
Last year was my second IHSA and my first conference at which I delivered a paper. I was attracted to the opportunity that the IHSA affords undergraduates who wish to present papers based on their own research.
Best memory: Delivering my very first conference paper to a wonderfully receptive audience.
Worst memory: Delivering said paper after a night out on the town in Limerick!
What am I looking forward to at IHSA 2016: Delivering another paper to what is shaping up to be a fantastic conference @ihsa2016, coupled with the fact that conference is being held in one of the most beautiful parts of Éire.
Anything else to add: For any prospective first-time speakers. The environment at the IHSA is a very friendly and welcoming one, you will meet contacts with whom you will find you share many common interests that often bring many prospective projects to fruition. My advice is to enjoy yourself and the weekend.