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

The Modern Irish History Seminar will take place on Tuesdays at 5pm in Seminar Room 2, Chrystal Macmillan Building unless stated otherwise. To be added to the seminar series mailing list please contact Sarah Mason (

Events schedule

Semester 2 2023/24

Date Speaker Topic Note

Tue 27 Feb

Niall Whelehan (University of Strathclyde)

‘Irish Professional Migrants, State-Building and Indigenous People in Nineteenth-Century Argentina’

Tue 12 Mar


Public Event: In Conversation with Martin Doyle (The Irish Times, author of Dirty Linen: The Troubles in My Home Place)

[Kindly supported by the Consulate General of Ireland, Edinburgh]

Venue: Meadows Lecture Theatre, Doorway 4, Old Medical School
Tue 16 Apr

Sarah Mason (University of Edinburgh)

‘Community Nostalgia and Transgenerational Trauma: Observations from a Women’s Oral History of West Belfast, 1975-1995’


Tue 30 Apr

Olwen Purdue (Queen’s University Belfast)

‘Belfast Boys Go West: The Irish Poor Law and the Emigration of Workhouse Boys to North America 1900-18


Semester 1 2023/24

Date Speaker Topic Note

Tue 17 Oct

Dr Roseanna Doughty

'Shared narratives, myths, and realities: The British media's coverage of the Northern Ireland "Troubles"’

Tue 7 Nov

Professor Máiréad Enright (Birmingham)

'"Up with the Brave": Magdalene institutions, gendered disobedience and minor judges in England and Ireland, 1930-1955'

Tue 21 Nov

"The Ballymurphy Precedent" (2018)

Screening and Q&A with writer/director Callum Macrae

5-8pm Meadows Lecture Theatre, Doorway 4, Old Medical School (joint event with the Centre for the Study of Modern and Contemporary History)

Watch the trailer

Tue 28 Nov

Dr Lloyd Meadhbh Houston (Cambridge)

'The north of Ireland, modernism, and the medicalization of sex'

Chrystal Macmillan, Seminar Room 5 (joint event with the History of Science, Medicine and Technology Group)

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