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

 

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.

Kathleen Lynn launch, c.2006.

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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Past Speaker Bio: Ciarán McCabe, NUI Maynooth

McCabe, Ciaran photo

Paper/Name: Ciarán McCabe

Institution: NUI Maynooth

Course: PhD History (currently Post-Doctoral work in NUI Galway)

Age: 30

 

Areas of Interest: Poverty, Welfare, Charity, Medicine, Health, Urban, Religion.

Thesis Title: ‘Begging and alms-giving in urban Ireland, 1815-1850’

Past IHSA Paper titles:

IHSA 2014 (MIC): ‘“The silent endurance of these poor creatures”: perceived virtue in the          silent suffering of the poor in nineteenth-century Ireland’

IHSA 2013 (QUB): ‘The Church of Ireland parish and beggars’ badges in the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries’

IHSA 2012 (NUIG): ‘“Surely this monstrous inconvenience is not of an insurmountable nature”: the suppression of street begging in early nineteenth-century Dublin’

IHSA 2011 (UCC): ‘The Cork Street Fever Hospital, Dublin and pre-Famine fever epidemics’

Was 2015 your first IHSA Conference?

No, I attended the 2015 conference as a spectator, but was collecting a prize from 2014.

 

What attracted you to the IHSA Conferences?

My first IHSA conference to attend was in 2011. For me, the IHSA conference has always been an opportunity to present a research paper in an environment that is not too intimidating for early-career scholars. I presented at each of the 2011-14 conferences and always found them incredibly rewarding experiences.

 

Best memory of the conferences?

The after-dinner speeches of Professors John A. Murphy, Gearoid O Tuathaigh and Keith Jeffrey.

 

Worst memory of the conferences?

Staying in a noisy hostel in Cork and getting little to no sleep the night before my first-thing-in-the-morning paper!

 

What are you looking forward to most about Galway 2016?

Being based at the host institution!