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Current Seminar Series

Our Irish Studies Research Seminar Series runs weekly on Monday afternoons at 4.30. Come and join us!

Next Seminar

Elena Bergia (QUB), ‘Unexpected rewards of political warfare: Republican ex-prisoners, sex-appeal, and the gendered nature of heroism’

Monday 16 April 4.30pm, New Irish Studies Seminar Room, 27 University Square

Spring 2018 Seminar Series

Revised Seminar and Event List for March-May 2018

All welcome - come and join us!

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Previous Seminars

A number of our previous 2017-18 and 2016-17 Seminars are available online for audio streaming.

CLICK HERE to see the programmes and access the audio streams.

Ulster Society for IHS Seminars

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Irish Studies International lecture

The Institute hosts an annual International Irish Studies Lecture given by a distinguished academic or figure in public service.

Previous lecturers have included Prof Richard Kearney (Boston College), Prof Joe Lee (New York University), Prof Joep Leerssen (University of Amsterdam), Prof Elizabeth Malcolm (University of Melbourne) and Prof Marianne Elliott (University of Liverpool).

Irish Studies International Lecture 2017

Thursday 14 June 2018 at 5pm, Emeleus Lecture Theatre, Lanyon Building

This year's lecture will be given by Prof David Lloyd, Distinguished Professor of English at University of California, Riverside, on the subject: 'Redemptive Constellations: Irish-Palestinian Relays in Emily Jacir’s “Notes for a Cannon”'


Symposium on Ireland in East Asia

Monday 12 March 2018

The Institute of Irish Studies will host a Symposium with papers from a number of speakers from Japanese universities on aspects of Ireland's relations with Japan and East Asia. 2pm-5pm in the Belfast Room, Ulster Museum (Stranmillis Road)

More Information and Programme

Remembering 1968

Saturday 24 March 2018

The Institute of Irish Studies will host a symposium on the Civil Rights movement in Northern Ireland in 1968 and the memory the events of that year have left. The symposium will combine a witness seminar involving participants in the events of 1968 and a panel featuring new research on the Civil Rights movement and its legacies. For Programme and Free Registration, please visit our Eventbrite site.

Register via Eventbrite

The Belfast ‘Good Friday’ Agreement and the Challenges of Brexit

13 April 2018

A conference co-hosted with the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, University of Notre Dame

Conference: Moving Statues

8-9 June 2018

‘Moving Statues – Shifted Meanings: Contested Memorials in Ireland and the US South’ will explore public controversies over contested monuments in Ireland and the Southern States of the USA, from the later 19th to the early 21st centuries.

Call For Papers

Postgrad Reading Group

The Reading Group in Irish Studies is open to all interested postgrads (MA and PhD), and is run by the Postgrads.

It meets monthly in term time.

The PG Irish Studies Reading Group session this month is taking place on February 28th at 16:00 in the Seminar Room of 8 Fitzwilliam Street. 

Once again there will be plenty of tea, coffee and biscuits, and of course interesting discussion over this month's reading, which is an article by Raita Merivirta-Chakrabarti entitled ‘Between Irish National Cinema and Hollywood: Neil Jordan’s Michael Collins’ which is available here:

Hope to see you there,

Steven (

PhD Student in History


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