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19 Sep 2017

Hunger Strike: Ireland 1877-1981 22 September 2017 - 31 January 2018, Kilmainham Gaol, Dublin.Main Principal Investigator: Dr Ciara Breathnach. Co-investigators: Niall Bergin, Kilmainham Gaol Ian Miller, Ulster University Laura McAtackney, Aarhus University. This exhibition arises from a project entitled ‘Incarcerated bodies: hunger striking and internment, 1912-1923’, which was funded by the Irish Research Council, New Foundations, 2015, Strand 3 scheme, and a collaboration between the museum sector, Niall Bergin, Kilmainham Gaol, and academic partners Ciara Breathnach, University of Limerick, Ian Miller, Ulster University and Laura McAtackney, Aarhus University. The first part of the project was a symposium held at Kilmainham Gaol, 13 October 2016. With representation from history, archives, museum and librarianship studies, it dealt with themes of dark history, history of the body, cultures of display, material culture, the oral history and the experience of hunger strike. The exhibition builds on that event and examines the history of hunger striking from the nineteenth century onwards. Food refusal was a common ploy used by ordinary prisoners to protest against prison conditions and prison medical officers began to use ‘artificial-feeding’ to avert starvation. Hunger striking was used to great effect by those seeking ‘political prisoner’ status and by Suffragettes in British and Irish Gaols. Gender, the relationship between Suffragette hunger striking activity and its adoption by Irish Republicans as a tactic throughout the twentieth century receives special attention in this exciting new exhibition. To mark the centenary of the death of Thomas Ashe, following an unskilled force-feeding effort on 25 September 1917, his political activity and the circumstances surrounding his death is a central component of this exhibition. Hunger striking prisoners posed a major ethical question for the medical profession, who faced the dilemma of force-feeding or letting prisoners starve. In 1975 the World Medical Association declared force-feeding unethical. The exhibition emphasises the fact that while hunger striking is intrinsically linked to Ireland, it has a global history. We gratefully acknowledge the generous support of the Irish Research Council and the Office of Public Works.

07 Sep 2017

Dr Roberto Mazza is the co-organiser of '100 Years after ... The British Legacy in Palestine: Balfour and Beyond' taking place on the 02 November 2017 12:00 to 16:30 at American Colony Hotel, East Jerusalem. Full details available at: http://cbrl.org.uk/event/100-years-after-the-british-legacy-in-palestine...

06 Sep 2017

Tonight seventeen students begin their Certificate in Local History at the Workhouse Centre, Portumna. Welcome to UL and the Department of History, and enjoy your studies.

28 Aug 2017

Professor Bernadette Whelan has been appointed as one of the general editors of the Documents on Irish Foreign Policy. This is a project of the Royal Irish Academy, the Department of Foreign Affairs and the National Archives of Ireland and was established in 1997. The project publishes essential source material for anyone interested in the development of Irish foreign policy since 1919.

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