Universities Ireland, the network of university presidents and vice-chancellors on the island of Ireland, is sponsoring the third in a series of conferences to commemorate the centenary of key events in the history of modern Ireland ranging from the Ulster Covenant, through the First World War and the 1916 Rising, to the foundation of the Irish and Northern Irish States in Belfast City Hall on Saturday 14th June under the title Reflecting on a decade of War and Revolution in Ireland 1912-1923: the road to war.
The keynote speakers will include Professor Thomas Otte, Professor of Diplomatic History, University of East Anglia who will deliver an address entitled July 1914: Reflections on an Inadvertent war and Professor Keith Jeffery, Professor of British History, Queen's University Belfast who will deliver an address entitled Reflections on Ireland and the First World War.
There will be two panel discussions, the first on Digitised sources, archives and community research will include contributions from Prof Richard Grayson, Head of History (2011-14) and Professor of Twentieth Century History, Goldsmiths, University of London; Mr Ian Montgomery, The Records Management, Cataloguing and Access Team, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and Ms Amanda Moreno , Head of Collections, Museums of The Royal Irish Regiment.
The second panel discussion on Ireland on the eve of the war will include contributions from Prof Richard Grayson and Dr Catriona Pennell, Senior Lecturer in History, University of Exeter.
There will also be a History Ireland Hedge School session facilitated by Mr Tommy Graham, Editor, History Ireland and with participation by Dr Colin Reid, Senior Lecturer in History, Northumbria University, Newcastle; Dr Timothy Bowman, Senior Lecturer in History, University of Kent; DrMargaret Ward, Visiting Fellow in Irish History, Queen’s University Belfast and Dr Senia Paseta, Historian of modern Ireland, University of Oxford. Topics covered will include the Irish Volunteers, the Ulster Volunteers, pacifism and its development and women and war.
We would be honoured if you would join us for this important conference. A draft programme (details subject to change) is available on www.universitiesireland.ie. There will be a small charge of £15 (payable at the door) to cover the cost of lunch and refreshments. There will be no lunch charge for students showing student identity cards.
Please register before Friday 6th June.
If you have a colleague or student who would also be interested in attending, please pass these details to her/him. Further information is available on www.universitiesireland.ie.
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UNIVERSITIES IRELAND (UI) was founded in 2003 by the nine university presidents on the island of Ireland to promote and develop cooperation between their institutions (the Open University in Ireland became its 10th member in 2011). The Centre for Cross Border Studies provides its secretariat.