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On 18 Novemer 2017, Universities Ireland, the all-island coordinating body for Ireland’s ten universities north and south, will host the 6th annual conference in its Decade of Centenaries series. Following on from last year’s ‘Historians on 1916’ conference, the focus of this year’s session is propaganda and mobilisation. Following the 1916 Rising, Irish politics underwent a period of profound transformation between the summer of 1916 and the winter of 1918. A major element of this was the metamorphosis of the 1916 Rising from a military failure into a successful foundation narrative of a reconstituted, republicanised, and revolutionised Sinn Féin. Much of this work was undertaken by female activists within Cuman na mBan and the wider republican movement and subsequently by released republican prisoners.

Transformative Irish by-elections punctuated the period under consideration but there is much more to the transformation of Irish politics than elections in a phase which witnessed martial law, food scares, moral panics, and the constant spectre of conscription being extended to Ireland.

A propaganda war was fought between advocates of constitutional and physical force nationalism as well as between recruiters for the Crown Forces and the Irish Republican Army during this period. The efforts of Irish republican activists between the capitulation of the Easter 1916 rebels and the General Election of 1918 can be viewed through the prism of cultural mobilisation. Likewise, British wartime propaganda in the same period intensified. This was a time when Ireland was unique within the United Kingdom by virtue of its exemption from conscription. By taking the themes of mobilisation and propaganda, this conference seeks to explore the shifting dynamics of Irish society and politics during a period that is often eclipsed by the prominence of the Rising at one end and the War of Independence at the other. In between these two major military events was a battle for hearts and minds, a clash of ideology, and the daily struggle of life in wartime. Socially, politically, and culturally, this year’s Universities Ireland Conference hopes to explore the complexities of this often-overlooked yet highly significant transitional phase in the long history of Ireland’s revolutionary decade.

Postgraduate Research Showcase 2017

In addition to papers by established academics working in Ireland and Britain, Universities Ireland proposes to host a showcase of postgraduate research relating to this period of Irish history. To this end, the conference organisers welcome abstracts of no more than 200 words from postgraduate students working on the period 1916-18 in relation to Ireland or Britain. Successful applicants will be invited to give a ten-minute paper at the conference on their research. There are four places reserved in the conference programme for these talks.

Eligible applicants must be enrolled doctoral candidates in one of the ten universities on the island of Ireland and should submit their abstract to crossborder@qub.ac.uk along with a completed application form.

Universities Ireland will contribute reasonable expenses towards the travel expenses of successful applicants to the conference who are travelling from outside of Dublin.

Universities Ireland History Blitz 2017

We are also accepting applications to present at the Universities Ireland History Blitz 2017

Again, application forms must be completed and returned to crossborder@qub.ac.uk

Application forms available from here





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