Dublin Festival of History programme announced

Posted: 26 September, 2018

Dublin Festival of History 2018

Ten researchers, ten approaches to history in five minutes and five slides

Session at the Dublin Festival of History sponsored by the Irish Research Council

Saturday, 6th October, at 12.15–1pm (Session 1) and 2.15pm–3pm (Session 2)

Poddle Room, The Printworks at Dublin Castle

What is history? How do we know what happened in the past? What are some of the most exciting current approaches to discovering our shared background?

Ten early-career historians, funded by the Irish Research Council, tell stories from their current research. They will introduce the audience to how their approach to history works, what it can and can’t tell us. There will be one presentation for each approach – from medievalism to imperial history, from geographic information systems to experimental archaeology, from social history to history of art and more. Expect to hear interesting history tales across many geographies, genres and eras – all in just five minutes each!

The event is free and all are welcome. No registration required, but places are limited and will be taken on a first come – first served basis.


Session 1

12.15 – 1 pm

Experimental archaeology

Ben Elliott: A Favourite Axe to Grind: Differing perspectives on very old objects

Book history

Laura E. McCloskey: Early Medieval Irish Manuscripts: Understanding the Decoration in the Book of Kells

Social history–children’s history

Jamie Canavan: ‘Flotsam and jetsam of humanity’: Irish Foster Care Practices 1922-1970


Mary Boyle: Medieval Stories for Victorian Children

History of art

Kathryn Milligan: Picture This: History, Painting, the City





Session 2

2.15 – 3 pm

Spatial history

Martin Duffy: Computers can do that? GIS Approaches to History and Archaeology

Comparative theatre history

Zsuzsanna Balázs: Decentring Totalising Visions: Female Power Performance and Androgyny in Modern Irish and Italian Drama

Religious history–women’s history

Tracy Collins: The archaeology of female monasticism in medieval Ireland

History of language

Grace Attwood: Tracing the origin and development of ‘Obscure’ Latin in early medieval Ireland

Imperial and postcolonial history

Seán William Gannon: ‘India is Governed by Blackrock College and with a Cork Accent’: Irish Imperial Service in the Twentieth Century


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