26 May 2015

20-21 November 2015.

The aim of this interdisciplinary conference is to explore the theme of ‘becoming’ in early modern European and Irish culture. The early modern period itself is often understood as a time of transition, but how did the people of the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries experience periods of transformation/transition in their own lives and work, and how were these processes accomplished and accommodated? Conference papers will explore changes to personal, professional, religious or political identity and identifications, as well as understandings of transformations of state, status and nature more broadly.

Plenary Speakers:  Professor Daniel Carey (NUI Galway), Professor Raymond Gillespie (Maynooth University), Professor Alison Rowlands (University of Essex).

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers on themes that might include:

Transition in religion and politics
• Religious conversion
• Alterations to political sympathies
• Migration and naturalisation
• Becoming a soldier, priest, rebel, martyr, hero or villain

Personal transformations
• Acquiring competencies, skills or professional training
• Social mobility, upwards or downwards
• Becoming a parent
• Rites of passage

Transition and the supernatural
• Death and movement to the next world
• Magical and miraculous transformations

Textual and performative transformations
• Responses to societal transitions in poetry and prose
• Transforming texts via translation, printing or performance
• The use of space and material culture in ceremonial/ritual contexts

Please submit an abstract of about 250 words to or before 10th July 2015.

This conference will occur under the auspices of the Limerick Early Modern Forum of the University of Limerick and Mary Immaculate College. The conference is funded by the Irish Research Council New Foundations Scheme. The organisers plan to publish a volume of essays drawn from the conference papers.

For further information see

20 Apr 2015


A new TG4 documentary series 'Gafa sa Tur',


includes Dr Ruan O'Donnell's assessment of various Irish people imprisoned over the centuries in the Tower of London.

This in an 'Irish Times' 'choice' programme (Irish Times, 18 April 2015, p. 45).

Programme begins on 19 April 2015.

20 Apr 2015

The television documentary 'Enigma De Blaghd',


a TG4 production on the political career of Ernest Blythe, contains contributions from Dr Ruan O'Donnell 

and will be shown on 19 April.

17 Apr 2015

The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at UL are convening a One Day Postgraduate Conference on May 18th 2015.  The Conference will showcase work by our research postgraduates.  Venue:  The Pavilion, North Campus, UL from 8.30am - 4.30pm.

All enquiries to

The conference is free to attend and refreshments including lunch will be provided.

10 Apr 2015

The launch of Volume 15 of the History Studies Journal will take place

at 4pm

in the Millstream Common Room

on Wednesday 22 April.

A small wine reception will be hosted before the launch.

Seán McKillen & Jeffrey Leddin
Editors History Studies