Senator David Norris launches InternationalRelations.ie
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.
Presidential candidate and human rights campaigner, Senator David Norris, visited the School of History to officially launch Ireland’s first website dedicated solely to discussions on international affairs, InternationalRelations.ie. The site has been launched in order to promote discussion and debate on international relations in Ireland.
InternationalRelations.ie is a not-for-profit online resource for the promotion and discussion of academic materials relating to the study of international affairs such as theses, essays, dissertations and opinion pieces. It enables students and academics to promote their work by publishing it for free on this website, thereby, allowing other students and academics to consult, reference, and comment on submitted work. It is envisaged that this will stimulate academic debate on international affairs and further raise the standard of academic work in this field. The website was set up by Mr.Fintan Hastings, Mr.Nevin Power and Mr.Cillian O’Kelly, three recent postgraduates of the School of Historyat University College Cork. All three act as joint editors and moderators.
The site is open access so as to further discussion of academic works on international affairs both contemporary and historical in nature. Academic theses, essays and dissertations will only be received from students and academics within third level colleges and universities. Opinion pieces (up to a maximum of 1,000 words in length) may be submitted by anyone subject to the approval of the editorial team.
In his opening address, Sen. Norris spoke of the value of International Relations, both as a field enquiry and practice, and he warmly welcomed the provision of online media for making learning accessible. Prof. Geoff Roberts, Head of School, praised the independence of the young graduates in developing this online resource. The project team hopes that this site will become a locus for discussion and debate as well as developing into a resource for future students in the field of international relations.
The editorial team:
Fintan Hastings BA (Hons) MA is a native of Galway City having studied Heritage Studies at undergraduate level. He moved to Cork in September of 2009 to read for an MA in International Relations at University College Cork. He now works as a Stagiaire with the European Parliament Office in Dublin.
Nevin Power BA (Hons) MA is from Cork City and read for a BA (Hons) degree at University College Cork majoring in History with a minor in Sociology before studying for an MA in Historical Research (US Foreign Policy), also at UCC, from which he graduated in December 2010. Nevin is currently working as a tutor with the UCC Plus programme at University College Cork.
Cillian O’Kelly BA (Hons) MA is native of Sligo and is a graduate of NUI Galway where he studied for an MA in Philosophy before moving to Cork to read for an MA in International Relations. He graduated in December 2010 and currently works for the international charity Concern.