Cork Studies in the Irish Revolution conference
Ireland and the First World War: ‘in defence of right, of freedom, and of religion’?
University College Cork
Friday 24th and Saturday 25th January 2014Read more
Following Government directives on the 12th and 24th March that higher education institutions should close, UCC’s physical campus will be closed from 12 March until 19 April. UCC remains open online, as staff work remotely. For detailed information visit our COVID19 Information and Updates website.
Cork Studies in the Irish Revolution conference
Ireland and the First World War: ‘in defence of right, of freedom, and of religion’?
University College Cork
Friday 24th and Saturday 25th January 2014Read more
(Special Topics in the Humanities and Social Sciences Intensive School)
ANNOUNCING THE KEYNOTE LECTURES
Professor Geoff Roberts, Head of School, will present a paper: ‘Stalin’s personal library: the reading habits of an intellectual dictator’
The Russian edition of Professor Geoff Roberts’ biography of Marshal Zhukov was launched in Moscow last week at a meeting of the Russian Association of Second World War Historians. At the meeting Geoff was decorated by the Committee for the Memorialisation of Marshal Zhukov. He said: “I am honoured and thrilled to receive this, my first medal.”
School of History graduate wins NUI awards in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Recent publications by School of History graduates in 2013
The Dynamics of War and Revolution: Cork City, 1916-1918 by John Borgonovo, just published by Cork University PressRead more
UCC School of History PhD researcher Michael Dwyer has won the History of Medicine in Ireland Essay Prize 2013.Read more
Holocaust survivor Tomi Reichental, who has written an autobiography entitled ‘I was a boy in Belsen’, came to UCC on 12 March 2013 to speak about his experiences, in front of a large audience from both within and outside college.
“I Was a Boy in Belsen”
Tuesday, 12 March 2013, 6pm, UCC, Western Gate Building G05
UCC, Department of German and Department of History
Supported by the Holocaust Education Trust IrelandRead more
To mark the centenary of the death of the prominent priest, author and social activist Canon P.A. Sheehan, of Mallow and Doneraile, a conference will be held in his memory in UCC on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 April, during which a number of distinguished speakers from Ireland, Europe and America will address different aspects of his life and work.Read more
UCC will host a two-day conference on the 1913 Dublin lock-out and the role of labour during the ‘revolutionary decade’ of 1912-23 on 1 and 2 March.Read more
The School of History prize-giving ceremony, which took place on 11 February in the Aula Maxima, is an annual event celebrating the excellent achievements of students at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. The event provides an opportunity for the staff of the School of History to acknowledge publicly and pay appropriate tribute to the inspiring work of those students. Head of School, Professor Geoffrey Roberts, spoke of the individual efforts of the prize winners in the various categories. Prizes were awarded to the History Student of the Year in I, II and III Year, MA Student of the Year and Evening Arts Student of the Year; for work completed in the last academic year. Prizes were similarly awarded to European Studies students for achievement at undergraduate level.Read more
University College Cork Humanities Platform (PRTLI4) announced the publication of John Barry & Hiram Morgan, Great deeds in Ireland: Richard Stanihurst's De Rebus in Hibernia Gestis (Cork University Press) and Andrew Bielenberg & Raymond Ryan, An economic history of Ireland since Independence (Routledge)Read more
Prof Geoffrey Roberts, School of History, wins the Society for Military History 2013 Distinguished Book AwardRead more
Seventy years ago, this week, Hitler’s armies surrendered after 200 days of brutal fighting at Stalingrad, Stalin’s city on the river Volga. Prof Geoffrey Roberts, School of History, assesses the impact of this Soviet victory.Read more
Professor Geoffrey Roberts, History, is awarded a Lifetime Achievement Research AwardRead more
Scholarship Award WinnerRead more
This event is the first of what will be an annual series of conferences, which will examine, in turn, the major events and themes of the ‘revolutionary decade’ in Irish history of 1912-23. As such it is part of a broader programme of initiatives on this theme that will be undertaken by the School of History over the coming decade.Read more
The School of History has been awarded six of eighteen IRCHSS scholarships awarded to UCC students.Read more
Strategic Research Fund - PhD Studentship Programme 2012Read more
School of History Tutorial Scholarships 2012Read more
Oireachtas Library advertises research bursariesRead more
Transatlantic Studies Association 11th Annual Conference at CorkRead more
The Royal Irish Academy Committee for Historical Sciences sponsors the series New Directions in Irish History, published by Irish Academic Press.Read more
Reviews of Professor Geoffrey Roberts' biography of ZhukovRead more
Routledge and the UCC School of History
Cordially invite you to the launch of Dr. James Ryans'
Lenin's TerrorRead more
Stalin’s General: The Life of Georgy Zhukov is the latest book from Professor Geoffrey Roberts of UCC’s School of History.
Applications for PhD programme in Digital Arts and HumanitiesRead more
MAJOR MEDIA HISTORY CONFERENCE AT UCC SATURDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER 2012.Read more
New publications from CELTRead more
Collins named as Britain’s second greatest foeRead more
Russian-East European Relations: From Tsarism to GazpromRead more
On a balmy Thursday evening, 29 March, members of the History Society, contributors, and their friends, gathered in the New Council Room for the launch of the inaugural undergraduate history journal. In his address, Prof Geoffrey Roberts, School of History, praised the journal as being a showcase for the research potential of history undergraduates in University College Cork.Read more
Dr David Fitzgerald of the School of History was recently named one of two runners-up in the United States’ Society of Military History’s Edward M. Coffman Prize.Read more
Transmission, Translation and Dissemination in the European Middle Ages, 1000-1500 AD, University College Cork, 28 - 29 September 2012.
This conference is being organised by FMRSI and Dr Elizabeth Boyle of Cambridge University. Generously supported by the Leverhulme Trust, the School of History, and the School of English, University College Cork.Read more
The Aula Maxima of University College Cork was festooned with flowers and banners for the annual School of History prize-giving awards held on Tuesday 21 February 2012. Many of those who received prizes this year had done so in previous years. Head of School Prof Geoffrey Roberts reminded family, friends, and members of staff assembled that the awards celebrated the achievements of the brightest and the best in the fields of History and European Studies.Read more
History Society lecture on Wednesday 18th January, 2012Read more
Crosstalk - the flagship discussion programme of RT - Russia's English-language TV channel - marked the 20th anniversary of the breakup of the Soviet Union, in December 1991, with a debate between Professor Geoffrey Roberts of the School of History, UCC, Professor Stephen Cohen of New York University and Professor Richard Krickus of Mary Washington University.Read more
To mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the former Soviet Union, Professor Geoffrey Roberts reflects on what led to the collapse of the institution instigated by the Bolsheviks in 1922.Read more
Lewis Glucksman International Fellowships AnnouncedRead more
Two new books on military history, The Western Front: Irish Voices from the Great W ar (Gill and Macmillan), and The FCA: An Illustrated History (History PressIreland), both written by Corkhistorian Dr William Sheehan, have just been published.Read more
Distinguished Professor of Medieval History, Robert Bartlett (St Andrews), well known for his two BBC series The Normans and Inside the Medieval Mind, will be giving a public lecture on Monday 7 November 2011.Read more
All welcome to the second Diarmuid Whelan Memorial Lecture in honour of Dr Diarmuid Whelan (1972-2010), Lecturer in International Politics at UCC.Read more
Insular Studies SeminarRead more
Fifty Years Have Flown: The History of Cork Airport by Donal Ó Drisceoil & Diarmuid Ó Drisceoil is published by Collins Press, Cork in October.Read more
September is Research Showcase Month in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences at University College Cork.
On 29 & 30 September the College will host a two day workshop in digital cultures in association with the FORFAS research cluster “Digital Cultures” and the Research doctoral programme Digital Arts and Humanities. This workshop will examine how digitality supports, augments, and acts as a catalyst for transformations of data into knowledge, which is at the centre of humanities research. Other key issues include the knowledge society, the public domain, scholarly publication, visualisation, new modes of inquiry, and the infrastructural developments that emerge from new technologies.Read more
The Battle for Cork tells the full story of the battle for Cork city, showing all the chaos, bravery, and misery of one of the largest engagements of the Irish Civil War and the final defeat of republican Cork.Read more
Notice to announce the appointment of Dr David Fitzgerald as Lecturer in International Politics.Read more
Ireland’s history magazine, History Ireland, makes a foray into book history in the September/October issue. James Cronin (School of History and Centre for Adult Continuing Education, UCC) unearths an eighteenth century bestseller to reveal the cosmopolitan tastes of Ireland’s Ascendancy class.Read more
A rare Irish medieval manuscript is on public view for the first time during a major exhibition at University College Cork. The Lewis Glucksman Gallery is currently hosting an exhibition featuring the Book of Lismore, Leabhar Meic Carthaigh Riabhaigh, a fifteenth century manuscript, entitled: Travelled Tales – Leabhar Siúlach, Scéalach: The Book of Lismore at University College Corkuntil the end of October.Read more
Conference at University College Cork and St Patrick’s College, Thurles
Crisis and recovery: Church and society in twelfth-century Ireland marks the nine-hundredth anniversary of the synod of Ráith Bressail, and follows Reform and renewal: Ireland and Europe in the twelfth century, a conference held in 2001 to commemorate the nine-hundredth anniversary of the first synod of Cashel.
The conference is held under the auspices of the School of History, University College Cork, and the County Tipperary Historical Society and will take place at University College Cork and St Patrick’s College, Thurles, Co Tipperary, on 11 – 13 November 2011. Details of the conference, including the programme, can be found here.
A festschrift honouring the pioneering work in Insular Studies of Dr. Jennifer L. O’Reilly has been published by Cork University Press. Jennifer O'Reilly, who taught medieval history at University College Cork, played a key role in establishing the undergraduate degree programme in the History of Art in Cork. In 2005 she was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, while in 2007 she was enrolled as a member of the Royal Irish Academy in acknowledgement of her work in the field of Insular Studies.Read more
Dr. James Ryan, School of History, has been awarded a 3-year IRCHSS/EU post-doc fellowship for a project on Soviet history. The first two years of the fellowship will be hosted by theUniversity ofWarwick, under the mentorship of Prof. Christopher Read, with the third year in the home institution, University College Cork, under the mentorship of Prof. Geoff Roberts.
Barbecue marks the end of the academic yearRead more
School of History hosts Women’s History Association of Ireland Annual ConferenceRead more
UCC historians contribute to RTÉ’s The Story Of IrelandRead more
Studying history of the media at University College CorkRead more
UCC historians contribute to HM Queen Elizabeth II's visit to CorkRead more
Announcement of the Chair of Modern HistoryRead more
Professor Geoff Roberts reflects on Russia’s Victory DayRead more
Metahistory Conference ProgrammeRead more
CELT publishes new electronic editionsRead more
Metahistory: History, Historians, and History-writingRead more
Historian Shlomo Sand on reinventing the Jewish peopleRead more
History, Memory and US Foreign Relations ConferenceRead more
Presidential candidate and human rights campaigner, Senator David Norris, visits the School of History to officially launch Ireland’s first website dedicated solely to discussions on international affairs.Read more
The critics' choice: Making Ireland Roman (Cork University Press)Read more
Ireland's Lost Renaissance? Wednesday 23 March G10, Civil Engineering Building, UCC Main Campus, Public Lecture.Read more
For more information and images of the ceremony please click here.
The School of History prize-giving ceremony took place on Monday, 28 February in the Aula Maxima. The ceremony is an annual event celebrating the excellent achievements of students at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. The event provides an opportunity for the staff of the School of History to acknowledge publicly and pay appropriate tribute to the inspiring work of those students. Prizes were awarded to the History Student of the Year in I, II and III Year, as well as at MA level - for work completed in the last academic year. Prizes were similarly awarded to European Integration Studies students for achievement at undergraduate level.Read more
The School of History Prize giving ceremony was held 29 April. The John A. Murphy Prize in Irish History was awarded to Clare Fitzgerald. For a full report please use the link below.Read more
Remarks by Micheál Martin TD, Minister for Foreign AffairsRead more
You are cordially invited to the School of History’s next Research Seminar presentation on Monday 2nd February.
Professor Claire Connolly will deliver a paper: ‘War at a Distance in Irish Romanticism? Gerald Griffin's "Card-Drawing" (1827)’. The paper will deal with aspects of the national tale in the context of the Napoleonic wars.
Historians from the School of History, University College Cork, contributed to a recently broadcast four-part documetary series about famous Irish journeys and the impact they have had on the island and its people.Read more
‘History & Archives Week’ @ Cork City and County Archives
4 free lectures for the Lifelong Learning Festival connecting our local archives with historical research
@ Cork Archives, Seamus Murphy Building, Great William O’Brien Street, Blackpool, Cork,
Tuesday 8 April – Friday 11 April 2014 (2:30pm daily)
Meticulous planning and air and naval superiority meant D-Day was unlikely to fail, writes Professor Geoffrey RobertsRead more
Dr. Sarah Anne Buckley from NUIG (doctorate in History from UCC) is calling for an oral history to be compiled as part of the investigations that have been sparked by the discovery of a mass babies' grave in Galway.Read more
A new Ken Loach film, set during the 1930s, has premiered in Cannes entitled “Jimmy’s Hall”. Dr. Donal O Drisceoil, School of History, is the film’s historical consultant.Read more
Lenin’s Terror by James Ryan now available as a paperback
Congratulations to Dr Donal O Drisceoil, School of History, on his promotion to Senior Lecturer in History.Read more
The Irish Research Council has opened the 2014 call for the Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme (including associated strategic partner scholarships) and the Enterprise Partnership Scholarship Scheme.Read more
In November 1943, Stalin, Roosevelt and Churchill all met together for the first time to discuss the progress of World War Two. The meeting was held in Tehran over four days.Read more
Dr David Fitzgerald Learning to Forget: US Army Counterinsurgency Doctrine and Practice from Vietnam to Iraq (Stanford Security Studies). (Stanford University Press, 2013).
Learning to Forget analyzes the evolution of US counterinsurgency (COIN) doctrine over the last five decades. Beginning with an extensive section on the lessons of Vietnam, it traces the decline of COIN in the 1970s, then the rebirth of low intensity conflict through the Reagan years and the conflict in Bosnia, culminating in the campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan. It explains how the lessons of Vietnam led the Army to Iraq and the way in which their confronting and reimagining of these lessons offered them a way out of that war. In the process it provides an illustration of how military leaders make use of history and demonstrates the difficulties of drawing lessons from the past that can usefully be applied to contemporary circumstances.
Dr Sarah-Anne Buckley, The Cruelty Man: Child Welfare, the NSPCC and the State in Ireland, 1886–1956 (Manchester University Press, 2013)
Congratulations to Dr. Richard McMahon, part-time lecturer in the School of History, who has been awarded a prestigious Marie Curie Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship. Richard is a graduate of History from University College Cork.Read more
UCC School of History Outreach event: Dr Detmar Klein speaking to an audience of 200 secondary school students from schools in Cork City, Skibbereen, Waterford and Midleton.Read more
UCC historians and scientists mark the 500th anniversary of the birth of Andreas VesaliusRead more
Dr John Borgonovo, of the School of History, University College Cork, will give a talk on the Battle for Douglas-Rochestown, which was a key engagement in the Irish Civil War, in the Parish Assembly Room, St Columba’s church, Douglas, at 8pm on Thursday April 23rd.Read more
The magazine of the Harriman Institute for Russian Studies at Columbia University has published an article by UCC’s Professor Geoffrey Roberts about the fascinating wartime correspondence of Kathleen Harriman.Read more
H-Diplo Review Essay on Georgy Zhukov. Marshal of Victory: The Autobiography of General Georgy Zhukov. Ed. Geoffrey Roberts. Barnsley: Pen & Sword Military. 2013. xxxvii + 453 + 534pp. Illustration, notes, index. ISBN: 978-178159-291-5 (hardcover, £40).Read more
The Royal Irish Academy International Affairs Standing Committee is seeking papers for a series of panels to be included in its conference this year.
The conference, entitled: Retreat from Globalisation? Brexit, Trump and the New Populism, will be held on Wednesday, 31 May 2017.Read more
Newspaper and Periodical History Forum of Ireland
Seventh Annual Conference
‘Home thoughts from abroad: History, the Press and Diaspora’
Friday 21 & Saturday 22 November 2014
University College Cork, Ireland
The Library and the School of History are pleased to announce that they will be hosting the Cork launch of the ‘Letters of 1916’ project on Thursday 26 November, details of the schedule for which can be found below. The event is open to all members of the UCC community and the public who may wish to attend the proceedings.Read more
Dr Andrey Mashinyan, Director of the Irish Cultural Institute, State University of St Petersburg, Russia, will deliver a lecture at 5.00pm in the Seminar Room 1, Silverdale (located above the College Rd car park), School of History, on Tuesday, 28 October next
The Soviets were crucial to the Allied victory in WW2, but 70 years on there is a rift again, says Prof Geoffrey RobertsRead more
Dr Caoimhe Nic Dhaibheid
University of Sheffield
Professor Geoff Roberts, School of History, will present a paper, ‘Warrior in Silk Stockings: The Wartime Correspondence of Kathleen Harriman’ 12noon, Monday, 15th September in the Tyrconnell Seminar Room, Tyrconnell is located on Perrott Avenue.
The School of History, University College Cork,
The Trustees of Muckross House, Killarney, Kerry County Museum
Kerry County Council
Kerry’s ‘Revolutionary Decade’ Roadshow
The School House,
Saturday 29 March 2014
The BBC in Northern Ireland beamed into Ireland in March 1924. Eddie Brohan, founder of the Broadcasting Hall of Fame, will speak on the origins of radio in Ireland in the perfect surroundings of the radio museum, formerly a female Gaol. Radio Seminar outlining the origins of radio in Ireland and celebrating its 90 year-existence in the surrounds of the radio musuem at the Cork city Gaol. Admission is sponsored by the CACSS research fund.Read more
Monastic Ireland research seminar.
Dr Anne-Julie Lafaye, ‘History, landscape and archaeology of the Dominicans in the boroughs and cities of Leinster’.
Wednesday, 28 January 2015, O’Rahilly Building, Room 244, 5pm.
Dr Anne-Julie Lafaye is a Research Fellow with the IRC funded project ‘MonaRead more
Dr Donal Ó Drisceoil discusses Frank O'Connor and censorship. Ó Drisceoil's history of censorship in 20th-century Ireland will be published next year.Read more
Mansion House Fund Scholarship and Prize in Irish History
Offered for 2014 (€2,000 and €1,300)
No Application Necessary
The Irish Times have published the obituary of our late colleague Dr Jennifer O'Reilly.Read more
2013 Polish cultural festival in Cork - events to be held in UCC
Please find below details of the events that are to be held within UCC as part of the Polish cultural festival that will be running next month. The full programme (which at the moment is only available in Polish, but will be translated into English in due course) is available at:http://www.mycork.org/wydarzenia-mainmenu-6/72-festiwal-kultury-polskiej/2612-plan-vii-festiwalu-kultury-polskiej-w-cork
All the events listed below are open to the public and free of charge.
NUI Awards and Scholarships 2015
The National University of Ireland is pleased to offer a range of awards for competition in 2015 to NUI graduates and students of the NUI constituent universities (UCD, UCC, Maynooth University and NUI Galway) and recognised colleges in the NUI federal system.
A leading underwater archaeologist will discuss one of the world’s most famous ship wrecks at UCC this Saturday. Dr Fred Hocker, Director of Research at the Vasa Museum in Stockholm, will lecture on the recovered Swedish warship, which sank on its maiden voyage in 1628 and was put on public display after its recovery fifty years ago. Dr Hocker will be among a number of maritime scholars appearing at the Third Annual Irish Maritime History Conference on Friday and Saturday, 25-26 November.Read more
Thursday, 19 March 2015
University College CorkRead more
The conference “Regaining Independence: Polish and Irish ways” is a celebration of the centenary of the reshaping of Modern Europe. This unique event seeks to commemorate and critically reflect on the road to national independence in Poland and Ireland and brings together leading scholars from Poland and UCC.
For much of modern history, Poles, in a similar fashion to the Irish, have asked themselves how their respective countries could be restored to their former independent condition. Moreover, an assessment of the type of country to which both the Irish and the Poles aspired to, will be centre stage.
Poles, like the Irish, regained their freedom because they lived among ancient wrongs and glories. The legacy of conquest and displacement played a central role in the national consciousness of both nations. Subsequently, it took some time to build socially cohesive societies.Read more
Seventy years ago the ‘Big Three’ – Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin – met at Yalta on the Crimean Peninsula. Their mission was to map out a peace plan after the final destruction of Nazi Germany. Since then the word Yalta has taken on a variety of historical meanings. Prof Geoffrey Roberts stresses that the Yalta Conference took place on Soviet soil to symbolize the crucial role Russia played during the Second World War. In Russia the memory of Yalta is positively remembered, but its memory in the West is clouded by the Ukrainian crisis.Read more
Perspectives on the Ukrainian Crisis
Perspectives on the Ukrainian Crisis
Tomorrow, Friday 13 June, 1.00pm
West Wing 5
In 2015, University College Cork celebrates the bicentenary of George Boole, 1815-64.Read more
The Monastic Ireland project received funding of €369,000 from the Irish Research Council for its three-year ‘Monastic Ireland: Landscape and Settlement’ research project under the Advanced Project Grant scheme (2013-16).Read more
Professor Geoffrey Roberts of UCC's School of History shared the platform with Sergey Naryshkin, the Chairman of the Russian State Duma, at a conference in Moscow last week on the 70th anniversary of the Yalta summit of Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt. Professor Roberts spoke on "The Yalta Myths: Western Views on the Crimean Conference".Read more
Dr Jason Harris from the School of History was recently interviewed on Newstalk Radio about Spoken Latin. New summer school available in Cork, June 2017.Read more
On the 100th anniversary of the start of World War 1 RTÉ looks at the Great War from Ireland's perspective.Read more
Read interview with Prof Geoffrey Roberts for the French history magazine Guerres et HistoireRead more
Account of Kiev’s conflict explores Russophobic misconception.Read more
Winning the Western Approaches: Unrestricted Submarine Warfare & the US Navy in Ireland, 1917-18, a conference jointly organised by the School of History and the US Naval War College, will take place in UCC on July 5-7.Read more
Dr Wiktor Szymborski from the Institute of History, Jagiellonian University, Cracow will deliver four seminars dealing with indulgences in medieval Poland. Seminars will take between 9 and 13 March 2015. Dr Szymborki’s visit is supported by the Erasmus+ Staff Mobility Programme and the School of History, UCC.
This timely study explores the dilemmas of US intervention within the broad context of the history of foreign policy in America and with a specific focus on the Obama administration. Framed by three dominant US narratives centred on the desire to feel good, safe, and strong, Prof David Ryan and Dr David Fitzgerald analyse the tactical use of language and 'lessons' of history and how these have shaped Washington's decisions, discourses, policies and interventions in particular ways.Read more
Dr Hiram Morgan and Dr James O'Neill recently organised a conference at the British School in Rome to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of Hugh O'Neill (1550-1616). Vatican Radio interviewed Dr Morgan in relation to the event.Read more
“Stalin's Wars” by Prof Geoffrey Roberts is subject to censorship by the Sorbonne. The international scholarly community urges all who say, "Je Suis Charlie Hebdo", "Je Suis Geoffrey Roberts, "Stalin's Wars: From World War to Cold War, 1939-1953." Read the story.
Postgraduates in the School of History have contributed to a new NAIRTL publication entitled Threshold Concepts: from personal practice to communities of practice. The "Doing" History project was run in dialogue with the Indiana University History Learning Project team’s research into the teaching of history in higher education.Read more
Prof Geoffrey Roberts spoke on the Ukrainian crisis at a meeting of the Law Society of Ireland in Dublin on 13 November.Read more
Satharn 11 Aibreán 2015
Ionad an Pharóiste/Parish Centre – 3.00 p.m.Read more
The state funeral of Thomas Kent, one of those executed for their actions in 1916, will be taking place in Cork this week see details.Read more
Dr David Fitzgerald presents 'The Warrior ethos: US army', School of History Research Seminar, Monday 3 FebruaryRead more
The commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by the Red Army has been marred by controversy. Prof Geoffrey Roberts reflects on the role the Red Army played in the camp’s liberation.Read more
President Barack Obama said Friday he is weighing a range of options for countering the violent Islamic insurgency in Iraq, but he warned government leaders in Baghdad the U.S. will not take military action unless they move to address deep political troubles (Source: AP) Listen back to Prof David Ryan, Chair of Modern History at University College Cork, presenting his assessment on RTE’s News at One.
MacCurtain/Cullen Prize in Irish women’s History 2014Read more
It is no exaggeration to call Gay Byrne a colossus of the Irish broadcasting scene. Throughout the latter half of the twentieth century, as host of both the Late Late Show and the Gay Byrne Show, he played a seminal role in the shift in Irish society and culture from the Church-dominated fearful state of the early 1960s to the modern multicultural Ireland we live in today.Read more
History's Revolutionary Roadshow receives extensive media coverageRead more
Refugee – more knowledge and less fear. Conversations on the current refugee crisis.
Thursday 15 October 2015
4-6pm, Boole 2
Open to all
UCC Staff Drama Society (UCC Players) are delighted to announce ‘Women Insurgents of 1916: Their Stories’, directed by Finola Doyle O’Neill of the School of History.
Date: April 22rd and 23th
Venue: Cork Women’s Gaol, Sundays Well.
Fee : €5. Tickets can be purchased at the Student Centre Main Desk in the O’Rahilly Building or at the Western Gateway Building Reception.Read more
Cork County Library Local Studies Department is hosting a talk by Gabriel Doherty of UCC; “1916 and Beyond” on Thursday 1st Oct at 1.30pm at the County Library Headquarters, Carrigrohane Road.
The talk will be the first in a series of activities being organised by Cork County Library to mark the 1916 commemorations. Gabriel Doherty, of UCC’s School of History, is also on the Expert Advisory Group on Commemoration to mark the Decades of Centenaries.
As part of History week at UCC organised by the Historical Society Professor Geoff Roberts will give a lecture based on his prize-winning book Stalin's General: The Life of Georgy Zhukov.Read more
Dr Diarmuid Scully explored one of the National Library’s most important medieval manuscripts at a research seminar in Trinity College Dublin.Read more
The School of History hopes to offer the following scholarships and grants during the academic year 2014/15. Open link to access full list.Read more
Dublin, 6-7th July 2016
Venue: The National Library of Ireland
The relationship between Ireland and the rest of the British Isles has a long and complex history. One key dimension has been the connections and interactions between the various media of communication – print and electronic – which have mediated this relationship. This conference seeks to address this important, but relatively neglected, topic at a timely moment in the history of Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales drawing on the work of historians with specialisms that span the period from the late 17th to the 20th century.Read more
Dr Donal O’Drisceoil will deliver a paper: ‘Sledgehammers, blue pencils and the rough first draft: media control during Ireland’s revolutionary decade’. The seminar will be held in the Seminar Room, Tyrconnell, at 12noon, on Monday 24th November.Read more
Friars Walk/ Intersections Project
Dates: 19 June/ Friday (9pm), 20 June/ Saturday (3pm, 9pm), 21 June/ Sun (3pm)
First Year students packed Boole 3 for their Introduction to History session.Read more
Dr Mervyn O'Driscoll has published a new study Irish-German relations 1949-1973.Read more
The centenary commemoration of the death of the Cork Fenian Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa continues this week, with the following events scheduled in west CorkRead more
The School of History engages in an active schools outreach programme.Read more
Seminar Room, Tyrconnell, at 1pm, next Wednesday 5th MarchRead more
The Diarmuid Whelan Memorial Lecture
Thursday, 19 March 2015
University College Cork
Professor J. J. Lee
Prof Geoffrey Roberts shares the text of his letter published as lead letter in the FT on 24 September under the headline "Western policy and moral posturing poses a danger to Russia".Read more
The State funeral of Thomas Kent, took place in his home village in Cork on Friday, 18th September 2015. He one of 16 men executed following the 1916 Rising. UCC historians Gabriel Doherty and John Borgonovo contributed historical commentaries to the RTE broadcast, watch full playback online here.Read more
Dr Damian Bracken, School of History, to take part in a BBC documentary on the life and writings of the Irish saint Columbanus.Read more
will be held at the
Aula Maxima, University College Cork,
Friday 22nd January, 7.30 p.m.Read more
Stalin, Vol. 1: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928
Allen Lane, £30
Review by Prof Geoffrey RobertsRead more
See full schedule of the conference hereRead more
Krishnan Srinivasan, will lecture on
‘Emerging or Submerging? Europe’s Future Transactions with Emerging Asia’
Thursday 12 June, 4.00 pm
West Wing 5
Dr Michael Dwyer's research features in today's Irish Examiner. Michael discovered a 1945 report in the Irish Medical Journal documenting three separate diphtheria outbreaks among infants in one of the country’s mother and baby homes that had 100% mortality rates.Read more
Research undertaken by School of History historian Michael Dwyer has revealed that further previously unknown vaccine trials were undertaken in Irish children’s residential institutions in the 1960s. Dwyer’s research findings feature prominently in the Irish Examiner and call on the government to re-open an inquiry into this particularly dark chapter of Irish history.Read more
School of History graduates six doctoral candidates in the summer conferring on Thursday 12 June 2014 in Devere Hall, Áras na Mac Léinn / Students’ Centre, University College Cork.
Picture: Professor David Ryan, Head of School of History, presents the John B. O’Brien Annual Prize in History to Caroline Sheehan, at the School of History Prize-giving Ceremony 2015.
Ireland, Wales, and the First World War: History, Myth, and Cultural Memory
An Interdisciplinary Conference hosted by the Wales-Ireland Research Network
September 10-12, 2014, Cardiff University
Applications are invited for the Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme 2016Read more
Prof Geoff Roberts comments on the Ukrainian situation and speculates on its outcome.
Prof Geoff Roberts and Dr David Fitzgerald discuss the Berlin Blockade, 1948-1949 on Newstalk FM Talking History.Read more
Letter to the FT by Prof Geoffrey RobertsRead more
Proposals for papers of up to 20 minutes duration are invited for the fourth conference in the series ‘Cork studies in the Irish revolution’, on the subject of the role of art and artists in connection with the 1916 Easter Rising, which is to be held in University College Cork in Ireland, on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 January, 2016.Read more
The IRC-funded Monastic Ireland Project on which Dr Małgorzata Krasnodębska-D’Aughton is one of investigators, features in the latest volume of Archaeology Ireland.Read more
A new edited volume on the life of the famous Cork priest, author and social activist Canon P.A. Sheehan, whose name is indelibly associated with Doneraile in county Cork, will be launched at 5pm on Thursday 27 November in the Aula Maxima, UCC.Read more
As Boolean bicentennial celebrations approach the university archives reproduce a letter from George Boole (1815-1864) recounting how he spent Christmas in Cork in 1850Read more
Showing of feature film on the life and killing of Blessed Fr Jerzy PopieluszkoRead more
The School of History is contributing to public awareness of the history of Irish decorative arts in this centenary of commemorations, featured in The Irish Times.Read more
Professor Geoffrey Roberts has been elected a Member of the Royal Irish Academy.Read more
UCC Postgraduate Open Day will take place on Tuesday 4th of February from 11.00am to 3pmRead more
A recent publication from Four Courts Press titled The art, literature and material culture of the medieval world coedited by Meg Boulton, Jane Hawkes & Melissa Herman includes amongst its contributors two UCC medievalists, Dr Małgorzata Krasnodebska-D’Aughton and Dr Diarmuid Scully.
Dr Jason Harris will present his research as part of the School of History School of History’s Research Seminar Series on Monday (29th September).Read more
East German intelligence and Ireland, 1949–90 Espionage, terrorism and diplomacy by Prof Jérôme aan de Wiel forthcoming from Manchester University Press
The 32nd Irish Conference of Historians will take place at University College Cork, Thursday 26-Saturday 28 April, 2018. The theme of the conference will be Sex, sexuality & reproduction: historical perspectives.Read more
Georgy Zhukov was a great general and one of the USSR’s great military survivors – both of the Great Patriotic War and Josef Stalin’s subsequent mad purges of the Soviet army.Read more
Ukraine is wedged in the middle. The political establishment in Kiev has made it clear it wants membership in some of the West’s most elite clubs, like NATO and the EU - clearly a turn away from Russia. But the question is: does the West really care? CrossTalking with Geoffrey Roberts, Mark Sleboda and Jonathan Steele.Read more
Dr Asa Mittman, Art and Art History Department, California State University, Chico and Dr Diarmuid Scully, School of History, UCC
Wednesday 5th August, 2015
Seminar Room, Tyrconnel Building, School of History, UCCRead more
On 9 September, the School of History, UCC held a symposium on Applied History that involved the speakers with experience in the areas of heritage, education, career guidance, outreach, business and diplomacy. In a rapidly changing world of employment where traditional career pathways for history graduates are becoming increasingly more difficult, history educators are faced with challenges of providing knowledge while equipping the students with important transferable skills.Read more
‘A safe place for ships’: Cork, Ireland, Europe and the Sea
Maritime History Conference
Friday, 28 November–Saturday, 29 November Main UCC Campus:
Electrical Engineering BLDG, L‐1, University College CorkRead more
Prof Geoffrey Roberts is critical of the western boycott of the 70th anniversary Victory Parade in Moscow. Read his letter in the Financial Times (06 May 2015)
The Crime and the Silence reviewed by Professor Geoffrey Roberts in The Irish Examiner.Read more
A talk by James G. R. Cronin (School of History, UCC) as part of international events marking the centenary of Thomas Merton (1915-68)
Sunday, 13 December in the Quaker Meeting House in Summerhill South, 12.30pm.Read more
The Intersections: Culture and Creativity Project supported by the CACSSS Creative Practice Support Fund runs a series of workshops that aim to develop an original performance piece based on an Irish medieval travel text. The performance will be staged in conjunction with the Cork Midsummer Festival 2015 and directed by Chrissie Poulter. The project jointly coordinated by Dr Małgorzata Krasnodębska-D’Aughton, UCC School of History and Dr Bernadette Cronin, UCC Drama and Theatre Studies brings together Irish and international creative artists and researchers.Read more
Gabriel Doherty, School of History, is organising a special event, exclusively for teachers and pupils of History in Cork city and county, to mark the centenary in August/September of the participation of Ireland in World War One, the passage of the home rule bill into law, and the famous recruiting speech by John Redmond in Woodenbridge, co. Wicklow. It’s going to be held in the Windle anatomy building on Friday 19 September, from 11am to 1pm.Read more
The voyage of St Brendan in search of the Promised Land of the Saints, and Friar Simon Fitzsimon’s journey from Ireland to the Holy Land in 1323 represent UCC History staff’s contribution to the recently published Treasures of Irish Christianity Volume III: To the Ends of the Earth (Veritas: Dublin, 2015), edited by Salvador Ryan.Read more
Congratulations to Dr Ruairi O'Sullivan & Dr Michael Dwyer who were conferred this week.Read more
Dr Andrea Worm will present a paper, ‘Visualising Salvation History in a Thirteenth-century Chronicle: England and the World in Peter of Poitiers’s Compendium Historiae’.
Seminar Room, Tyrconnell, at 12 noon, next Monday 24th FebruaryRead more
Read a feature on Irish heroes of the Second World War and a review of a biography of Frederick the Great by Prof Geoffrey RobertsRead more
‘A Safe Place for Ships’:
The Second Annual Irish Maritime History Conference `
University College Cork
Friday, 16 October – Saturday, 17 October
Professor Gregory Hanlon
(University Research Professor, Dalhousie University)
"Military History at A Crossroads: the Behavioural Turn"
ORB 1. 24 Monday March 16 at 14. 30
Professor Christophe Gillissen will deliver a paper: ‘France and the Irish application to the EEC: comments on the 1962 meeting between de Gaulle and Lemass’. The paper will examine the evidence for this important meeting, and consider its implications. The seminar will be held in the Seminar Room, Tyrconnell, at 12noon, on Monday 12th January. Tyronnell is located on Perrot Avenue, leading to Hayfield Manor.Read more
In conjunction with the School of History and DCU’s School of Law and Government, the Defence Forces will launch the 2017 edition of Defence Forces Review with a one-day conference in UCC on Friday, 17th November.Read more
University College Cork, Friday 29th and Saturday 30th January 2016Read more
At the annual opening of the UN General Assembly Russia's President Vladimir Putin made it abundantly clear the West's business-as-usual approach to solving the world problems is outdated and counterproductive. This approach manufactures problems like the crisis in Syria. Follow RT's CrossTalking with Dmitry Babich, Edward Lozansky, and Geoffrey Roberts.Read more
This is a follow-on conference (with associated activities) from the successful Mac Carthy Gathering held in Dunmanway in May 2013. The occasion of the second Mac Carthy conference arises from the discovery of the priceless Daniel Mac Carthy Glas papers and their recent deposition in Cork City and County Archive. These papers will open up a new vista of research on mid-nineteenth century Ireland.Read more
Prof Geoffrey Roberts marks the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War on the anniversaries of Victory in Europe (VE) Day on 8 May 1945 and the end of Russia's Great Patriotic War on 9 May 1945.
Applied History Symposium: Skills and Professional Opportunities for History Graduates
9 September 2015, Council Room, North Wing, University College Cork
UCC medievalist Diarmuid Scully gave a keynote lecture at Medieval Myths and British Identities: Past, Present and Future, an interdisciplinary postgraduate conference held at Cardiff University on 18th September 2015.Read more
Scientists secretly vaccinated more than 2,000 children in religious-run homes in suspected illegal drug trials, it emerged today.
Michael Dwyer, postgraduate in the School of History, uncovered child vaccination data in old medical files.
Seminar Room, ‘Tyrconnell’, School of History
(‘Tyrconnell’ is on Perrott Ave, the road that leads from College Road to Hayfield Manor hotel - the first house on the right)
Time: 4 pm
Date: Thursday 14 January 2016
The End of Angelica's Book
Prof. Brendan Dooley
Thursday 29th January 3pm-5pm
O’Rahilly Building G42 South
This online exhibition is the first digital output created as part of the MA in Medieval History. The exhibition, presented as a series of blog posts and focusing on the Book of Kells, stems from collaboration between the School of History (Dr Małgorzata Krasnodębska-D'Aughton) and UCC Special Collections (Ms Elaine Harrington). The exhibition builds on the University's rich tradition of medieval scholarship and in particular on the contribution of Dr Jennifer O’Reilly. The exhibition can be viewed on http://blogs.ucc.ie/wordpress/theriverside/.Read more
The Intersections: Culture and Creativity Project supported by the College of ACSSS Creative Practice Support Fund will run a series of workshops that aim to develop an original performance piece based on an Irish medieval travel text. The project jointly coordinated by Dr Małgorzata Krasnodębska-D’Aughton, UCC School of History and Dr Bernadette Cronin, UCC Drama and Theatre Studies brings together Irish and international creative artists and researchers.Read more
The Monastic Ireland Project and the Discovery Programme carried out a survey of the Franciscan friary and castle of Kilcrea, Co. Cork.
Pictured: Dr Anne-Julie Lafaye, Dr Małgorzata D’Aughton, both work on the IRC-funded Monastic Ireland Project pictured together with Dr Ger Dowling, Discovery Programme.Read more
The project will examine the arguments and activities of an influential group of medical practitioners who advocated public health measures strongly shaped by evolutionary theory in the period 1880-1925. Attention will be given to medical professionals such as William Graham (1859-1917), James Alexander Lindsay (1856-1931) and Johnson Symington (1851-1924) and public health activists like Henry O’Neill (1853-1914). Their promotion of evolutionary medicine will be set within specific spaces of medical inquiry and practice and traced across more diffuse scientific, political and print/periodical debates about public health and evolution. There is scope to revise these parameters and explore other spaces crucial to the pursuit of evolutionary medicine in Britain and Ireland between 1880 and 1940.Read more
The 5th Annual International Famine Conference
Irish National Famine Museum, Strokestown Park
17th-19th June, 2016
‘From Famine to Freedom’Read more
School of History PhD candidates Shane Lehane and Michael Dwyer were two of four researchers shortlisted for the Royal College of Physicians History of Medicine Research Award 2013.Read more
‘Language-Shift in Nineteenth-Century Ireland: A New Interpretation’, Seminar Room, Tyrconnell, at 12noon, next Monday, 20th OctoberRead more
The Monastic Ireland project is led by Dr Rachel Moss (PI, TCD), Dr Edel Bhreathnach (Discovery Programme), and Dr Malgorzata Krasnodebska-D’Aughton (UCC). The project investigates the role of the religious orders in the establishment and development of urban and rural settlement across Ireland, placing the Irish studies in a broader European context.Read more
Two lectures on monasticism in March and a workshop in April, Trinity College Dublin
Thomas Kent was one of the men executed in 1916 following the Easter Rising, and one of only two executed outside Dublin (the other was Roger Casement). Kent’s remains will be taken tomorrow (Friday) from Cork Prison and buried in Castlelyons at a State Funeral after the general public have paid their respects in Collins Barracks this evening.
The School of History is pleased to announce the establishment of a partnership arrangement with the Irish Examiner with regard to its coverage of the centenary of the 1916 Rising, and the subsequent landmark events through to the end of the Civil War.Read more
6 August 2015 is the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing, which killed 70,000. Prof Geoffrey Roberts looks at how and why we ushered in the age of the megaton bomb.Read more
UCC History’s Diarmuid Scully recently delivered presentations on medieval maps in Cork and London. He spoke about images of Ireland and the Irish on medieval English maps and manuscripts at the Friends of the Crawford Art Gallery’s autumn lunchtime lecture series (6th November).Read more
The Irish Examiner continues to run with the vaccine trials story all this week.
Research carried out by Michael Dwyer, School of History, UCC.Read more
Territorial, political and economic divisions
New in Paperback
The carnage that followed the doomed Warsaw Uprising of 1944 raises the question what was it all for — and who was responsible for its failure, writes Prof Geoffrey Roberts.Read more
The CACSSS Graduate School is pleased to announce two new incentives for non-EU students to choose UCC for their postgraduate studies (see details).Read more
School of History in association with School of Asian Studies
PUBLIC LECTURE: Professor Pan Guang (Shanghai)
The Jews in China during the Holocaust
Thursday, 07 November 2013 at 18:00
University College Cork, Western Gateway Building,
Lecture Hall G 05Read more
Irish Research Council (IRC) Postgraduate Scholarship Competition 2015 Now OpenRead more
Apocalypse, monsters, time, space and the greatest surviving medieval world-map were among the topics of an intensive workshop at the School of History, UCC on Wednesday 4th August.Read more
The conference will interrogate contemporary developments. The recent rise of populism is interpreted by many as a crisis of both globalisation and democracy. It challenges human rights and the rule of law. Is globalisation unravelling? Has unprecedented global economic change gravely weakened social stability and led to the resurgence of nationalism and identity-based politics? Are we in a new age of disruption and polarisation that threatens the basis of the liberal international order? Growing socio-economic inequality, the implications of ICT (for media, discourse, politics and international affairs), the Fourth Industrial Revolution (automation), geo-economic shifts (to the Asia-Pacific), the ‘Great Recession’, the upsurge in plutocrats, popular fears of terrorism and other variables possess disruptive capabilities.Read more