Name: Jodie Shevlin
Institution: University of Ulster
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.