School of History, Classics & Archaeology

Modern Irish History seminars

The Modern Irish History research seminars take place throughout the academic year and are open to all.

Time and location

As a result of COVID-19 the Modern Irish History Seminar will take place on Tuesdays at 5pm in Seminar Room 1, Chrystal Macmillan Building unless stated otherwise. To be added to the seminar series mailing list please contact James Bright (

Events schedule

Semester 2 2022/23

Date Speaker Topic Note

Tue 31 Jan

Laura McAtackney (University College Cork)

‘Tracing the transition of conflict to peace: understanding the Northern Irish Conflict through material culture’

Tue 7 Feb

Niamh Coffey (University of Strathclyde)

 'Remedying a miscarriage of justice: the arrest and deportation of anti-Treaty women in Britain'




Tue 7 Mar

Gary Murphy (Dublin City University)

'Charles Haughey and the National Question: Rhetoric and Reality’

Tue 28 Mar Jack Hepworth (University of Oxford)

‘“They cannot act as a class as long as their privileges survive”: British radical perceptions of the loyalist working class during the Northern Ireland conflict, c.1969 – 1994’

Wed 3 May Catriona Kennedy (Univeristy of York)

‘“Your servants that were your servants”: Irish domestic servants, radicalism and rebellion in the 1790s’ (joint with Gender and Sexuality group)

Sydney Smith Lecture Theatre, Doorway 1, Old Medical School
Tue 30 May James Bright (University of Edinburgh) ‘Captive Readers: The Loyalist Long Kesh Library' G.16, Doorway 4, Old Medical School, Teviot Place

Semester 1 2022/23

Date Speaker Topic
Tue 20 Sep

Anna Lively (University of Oxford)

'Revolutionary Reverberations: Transnational Relief Efforts and the International Press in Ireland and Russia, 1916-1925’
Tue 11 Oct

Rob Savage (Boston College)

'A servile state puppet? Northern Ireland, the BBC and censorship in Thatcher's Britain'
Tue 1 Nov Abigail Fletcher (University of Edinburgh)

'From the Sexual Offences Act to Strasbourg: Homosexuality and the Law in Northern Ireland, 1967-1982'

Tue 6 Dec Gareth Lyle (University of Edinburgh)

‘The Geography of Death: East Belfast and the Great War'

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