1912-1923: Reflecting on a Decade of War and Revolution in Ireland: 1914 – The Road to War – Universities Ireland


Saturday 14th June

Belfast City Hall

9.30 am Registration

10.00 am Official opening and introduction:Dr Michael Murphy, President University College Cork and Chair, Universities Ireland

Welcome: Lord Mayor of Belfast

10.30 am Chair: Professor Eunan O’Halpin, Professor of Contemporary Irish History, Trinity College Dublin

Keynote address: Professor Thomas Otte Professor of Diplomatic History, University of East Anglia – July 1914:Reflections on an Inadvertent war

11.15 am Refreshments

11.30 am Chair: Professor Peter Gray, Head of School of History and Anthropology, Queen’s University Belfast

Keynote Speaker: Professor Keith Jeffrey Professor of British History, Queen’s University Belfast- Reflections on Ireland and the First World War

12.15 pm Lunch – Reception Hall

1.30 pm Chair: Dr Fearghael Mc GarryReader in Modern Irish History, Queen’s University, Belfast 

First Panel Session: Digitised sources, archives and community research

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 (RMCAT), Public

Record Office of Northern Ireland. 

Ms Amanda Moreno, Head of Collections, Museums of The Royal Irish Regiment

2.30 pm Chair: Dr Conor Mulvagh, Lecturer in Irish History, UCD 

Second Panel Session: Ireland on the eve of the war 

Prof Richard Grayson, Head of History(2011-14) and Professor of Twentieth CenturyHistory, Goldsmiths, University of London – Social background of Dublin/Belfast volunteers

Dr Catriona Pennell, Senior Lecturer in History,University of Exeter – Ireland/UK at outbreak of war 

3.15 pm Refreshments

3.35 pm History Ireland Hedge School: Mr Tommy Graham, Editor, History Ireland

Dr Colin Reid, Senior Lecturer in History, Northumbria University, Newcastle – Irish Volunteers 

Dr Timothy Bowman, Senior Lecturer in History, University of Kent – Ulster Volunteers 

Dr Margaret Ward, Visiting Fellow in Irish History, Queens University Belfast – Pacifism and its development 

Dr Senia Paseta, Historian of Modern Ireland.University of Oxford – Women and war  

4.30pm Closing remarks: Dr Margaret O’Callaghan Senior Lecturer in Politics, Queen’s University Belfast 

Mr Robert Corbett,Records Manager, Belfast City Council will lead tours of the Rotunda area during refreshment and  lunch breaks. These tours will showcase the history of Belfast City Hall and its finest features. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis and will leave from the conference registration area outside the Great Hall.

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