AHSS Annual Postgraduate Research Conference 2022

The AHSS Annual Postgraduate Conference took place on 10 June 2022 on campus.  After two years of hosting the Conference online due to Covid restrictions, it was great to be able to have the Conference on campus in the Foundation Building.  A call was sent to postgraduate students from University of Limerick, Mary Immaculate College and the Technological University of the Shannon to participate at the event by presenting a paper or poster on the day.

On the day, the Assistant Dean, Research, Dr. Tina Morin welcomed everyone to the University of Limerick and was delighted that the collaboration between Mary Immaculate College and the Technological University of the Shannon continues.  She noted the extent and diversity of topics being presented on the day.  Dr. Niamh Lenahan welcomed the AHSS community and thanked them for their interest in participating in the Conference. Dr. Lenahan hoped that those presenting and attending would help them to explore their areas of research further, hear about possible new sources, discover new virtual connections with other postgraduates, connections that could possibly be followed up after the conference.  All of these items should help the students research as well as help to build a Limerick based research community.  Prof. Mairead Moriarty gave a heartfelt welcome to those attending and recalled that she had participated at the Conference previously during her study at UL when it was her first time presenting on her research.  Professor Moriarty officially opened the Conference.

Postgraduate researchers and faculty who were in attendance commented on the brilliant research being carried out in Limerick.  The postgraduate community chaired the sessions where they introduced the speakers and managed the Q&A sessions that followed.  After each session, questions were posed and lively discussions on the topics ensued. 

Thanks to funding from our Executive Dean, Prof. Shane Kilcommins, we were delighted to be able to award prizes for first and second in both paper and poster presentations.  There was a very high standard in both and choosing a winner was quite a difficult task.  The awardees were:

Poster Presentation:

1st Prize               Katie Fitzpatrick (IWAMD, University of Limerick). ‘Comparing individual in-person music therapy and online group music therapy for people living with chronic pain’.   Supervisors: Dr. Hilary Moss/Prof. Dominic Harmon

2nd Prize              Aoife Munroe (Mary Immaculate College, Limerick). ‘Autistic Girls’ Experiences of Mainstream Education: Situating the Study in Literature’. Supervisors: Dr. Laura Ambrose/Dr. Michele Dunleavy

Paper Presentation

Joint 1st Prize     

Ciara Moloney (Mary Immaculate College, Limerick) ‘She’s got gaps. I’ve got gaps’: a neurodiversity reading of Rocky (1976). Supervisor: David Clare.

 Cliodhna Condon (University of Limerick). Were the Tudor family eligible to inherit the throne of England?  Supervisor: Dr. Carrie Griffin.

All posters including the winners above can be viewed here

The Conference was appreciated by the academic community and the activity on Twitter reflected the lively themes and discussions that took place over the two days. 

The event was organised by Dr. Niamh Lenahan.  Thank you to Dr. Tina Morin for her huge support and to Claire Moroney who helped with the Conference.