Irish History Lecture Series September 2019-April 2020

Thursdays 7.30pm Free

19 Sept: Sinéad Morrissey: Poetry reading by the inaugural Belfast Poet Laureate, Sinéad Morrissey, currently Professor of Creative Writing at Newcastle University and Director of the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts.

3 October: Seán Donnelly: Ireland’s ‘Wilsonian Moment’: Anti-Imperialism, the War of Independence & the Paris Peace Conference. Seán Donnelly has a BA from University College Dublin and an MPhil in Public History from Trinity College, Dublin.

24 October: Paul Rouse: A Photographic History of Hurling. This illustrated talk will explain the evolution of hurling across more than 100 years. Dr Paul Rouse is Associate Professor of History at University College Dublin. He has written extensively on the history of Irish sport.

21 Nov: Jack Hepworth: The ‘Good Old IRA’: Collective memory of Ireland’s revolutionary decade (1912-1923) during the Northern Ireland conflict, 1969-1989. Jack Hepworth is a PhD candidate at Newcastle University and is researching the heterogeneity of republicanism in Northern Ireland.

5 Dec: Sarah Campbell: Anglo-Irish Relations: from partition to Brexit

On 18 May 2011, Queen Elizabeth II heralded a new era in Anglo-Irish relations in a speech that was branded a ‘game-changer’ in the relationship between the two islands. This talk will examine this relationship, which can be described as being ‘close but tortuous’.  Dr Sarah Campbell is a lecturer in modern Irish and British History at Newcastle University.


16 Jan: Tim Ellis: Why did the Long Fellow last so long?: De Valera in the Irish imagination, 1916-2020. Sunderland-born and bred, Tim Ellis has studied at Oxford and Belfast, and is now currently researching a PhD in the politics of visual culture in the Irish Free State, at Teesside University.


13 Feb: Connal Parr: ‘Pogroms’ and ‘Rotten Prods’: 1920 and the Beginnings of Northern Ireland. Dr Connal Parr is Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow in the Humanities at Northumbria University.


26 March: Claire Nally: Transvestites and Terrorists in Patrick McCabe’s Breakfast on Pluto (1998). Dr Claire Nally is a Senior Lecturer in Twentieth-Century English Literature at Northumbria University, researching Irish Studies, Neo-Victorianism, Gender and Subcultures.


23 April: Roisín Higgins: A History of Change in 30 Objects

In 2017 Roisín took part in a series of roadshows to which members of the public brought objects that represented Irish history over one hundred years. This public history project, called National Treasures, was broadcast in four programmes on RTÉ the following year.

Dr Roisín Higgins is a Reader in twentieth century Irish history at Teesside University.




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