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Metahistory Conference Programme

5 May 2011

Metahistory Conference Programme


UCC, 6-7 May, Boole 2 lecture theatre


Friday Evening:


5.00-6.30 pm Shlomo Sand, University of Tel Aviv:

‘History and Nation: The Invention of the Jewish People’.



Metahibernia: Historians and History-writing in Ireland under the Union

9.30- 10.30:

Opening Remarks

Hiram Morgan, University College Cork: ‘Lost leaders: Fantasy Portraits of Gaelic Chiefs’.

Fintan Cullen, University of Nottingham: ‘Art, Union and Nationhood’.


10.30-11.00: Tea & Coffee



Peter Woodman, University College Cork: 'Irish struggles with concepts of human antiquity and deep time'.
Jim McGeachie, University of Ulster: ‘Metahistory as metascience: Sir William Wilde and the uses of medical biography and history.’

Patrick Maume, Dictionary of Irish Biography, RIA: ‘William Cooke Taylor, Liberal Unionism and an enlightenment history in the Age of O’Connell’.


12.30-1.30: Lunch



Clare O'Halloran, University College Cork:  ‘The Long Afterlife of Spenser's View of the Present State of Ireland: Nineteenth-Century Perspectives’.

Brian Jackson, University College Dublin: ‘In conformity with Modern Criticism": Denis Murphy, Edmund Hogan and the Irish approach to Jesuit Historiography’.

Alan Ford,  University of Nottingham: ‘High or low? Writing the Irish reformation in the early nineteenth century’.


3.30-4.00: Tea & Coffee

Ciaran Brady TCD - 'J.P. Prendergast and the practice of history in 19th Century Ireland'.

Closing Remarks



5.15 – 6.45 Tom Bartlett, Aberdeen

’How to write a history of Ireland in 45 minutes’.

    Free – All Welcome

We would like to hear from possible attendees to get some idea of numbers.

Contact &

School of History

Scoil na Staire

Tyrconnell,Off College Road,Cork,Ireland.