As the opening post on this blog set out some of the plans for the next IHSA conference, many of you may have been wondering just how did the conference and more particularly, the association come into being?
It therefore seems opportune to use this post to reflect on the origins of the conference and the association itself. Even at this early stage, it may also be of interest to any of you considering attending to find out more on the story of Ireland’s only national history students’ association.
Just to keep you all up to date on developments since we last spoke. We have set the date; the IHSA will take place on the weekend of the 19th – 21st February 2016. So SAVE THE DATE! The city based campus of the National University of Ireland, Galway will play host to most of the formal events on the Friday and Saturday (venue TBC). The University has a fine tradition of historical research and scholarship dating back to its foundation to the tumultous years of An Gorta Mór – The Great Famine. History was one of the first disciplines to be taught in the emerging University and 170 years on we are going from strength to strength, with over 800 students at Under and Postgraduate levels across a range of interests in the greater field.
We have booked ourselves into the Harbour Hotel in Galway city centre on the Saturday evening for the social/meal and keynote address (more info to follow on that one).
For our meal, convenience to the city was our guiding concern, so as to make the weekend as effortless as possible for you, our attendees. The Harbour Hotel is about a 3 minute walk from Shop Street, so anyone staying in the city will be very close indeed. Emer and her team in the hotel are doing their very best to look after our attendees at the social. Also for those looking to book accommodation for the event in the Harbour, please do make sure you mention the fact you’re attending the conference (and the meal associated with same) for the best value. The food is of superb quality (the menu is impressive) and if you have any dietary concerns, please do be sure to let us know and we will be sure that you will be accommodated.
We will also be compiling a list of all other accommodation available in Galway city shortly and will post that to our Facebook page once complete. We hope the list will cover all options available, from B&B to Hostel and Hotels. We’re also going to include details for transportation options and other helpful information, just to make it harder for you to stay away!
We have also set our minds toward the Call for Papers and the format of the weekend, so speakers please take this as your first notification and start those germs of ideas in your heads. Papers will more than likely (all to be confirmed in the CfP and all subject to change of course) follow the traditional format. In addition to that there are some innovations which both myself and the committee would like to bring into practice in next year’s conference. As we’re threshing away at those at the moment I won’t get into them; suffice to say we will be doing our level best to make it as fruitful, enjoyable, accessible and worthwhile for all to contribute to our conference.
We’re presently working hard on the other academic and social aspects of the conference, so rest assured it will be a very rewarding and special weekend in Galway! Please if you have any questions or queries or suggestions get in touch with us through our Twitter handle @ihsa2016, on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/1614894075423608/, or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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.
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 email@example.com