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12 Dec 2017

On 7-8 December 2017, Dr Karol Mullaney-Dignam delivered a paper at the ‘Why Public History?’ Conference held at a snowy Queen's University Belfast. Over 2 days, 12 panels of 33 papers were delivered on a variety of topics concerning the practice of history in the public realm – museums, archives, anniversaries, education – revealing the vibrancy of the field in Ireland, the UK, and beyond.

Karol’s paper ‘Preaching what you practice: public history in the university classroom’ featured as part of a panel on Inventive approaches to educational engagement. Drawing on her experience both within and beyond the academy, she spoke about the challenges of and opportunities for sharing public history skills with undergraduates. Digital tools and practices are transforming both public history and third-level History teaching and learning. Digital cultural heritage can be a vehicle for blended and technology-enhanced education, and 'doing’ public history in the classroom. Open access online resources have been used by History students at the University of Limerick to generate such outputs as an online research showcase (Researching Revolutionaries) and a WordPress site (Irish Aussies: Historical Perspectives).

Karol also shared news of the Department’s new online MA in Public History and Cultural Heritage. This taught Masters programme provides a structured academic approach to the practice of history in public settings and has been developed to include a combination of conceptual, methodological and practice-based modules. The programme – which is unique in Ireland – will appeal to new graduates as well as those already working in cultural heritage organisations or public institutions, seeking continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities. The online delivery will provide flexibility while enabling prospective students to acquire a globally-recognised postgraduate qualification in a cutting-edge area of historical practice.

27 Nov 2017

On 21st November 2017 Dr Richard Kirwan delivered the keynote lecture at the 'Gelehrtenkarrieren vom Mittelalter bis ins 20. Jahr-hundert: Datenanalyse und Forschungsperspektiven' workshop in the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel.

13 Oct 2017
The department is currently hosting a number of international visitors including Professor Joyti Atwal, JNU, New Dehli and also Adjunct Professor, Department of History, UL, Punita Kapoor, PhD Scholar, JNU and Professor Heidi Beyoume, University of Cairo. Professor Atwal gave a faculty lecture to staff and students of the MA groups and to 4th year students. Pictured L-R: Punita Kapoor, Professor Joyti Atwal, Professor Anthony McElligott, HOD, Professor Heidi Beyoume and Dr Mairead Moriarty, ADI
13 Oct 2017

Ms Cliona Purcell pictured with her supervisor Dr Karol Mullaney-Dignam at the Brian Faloon prizegiving presentation held recently in the Department of History. The award is offered to the student, who in the opinion of the Department of History, submits the best Final-Year Project.

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.

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