On 15-18 June, University College Cork will host a national conference to mark the centenary of the Irish Civil War. Supported with funding from the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, the four-day conference is one of the key events in the State’s Decade of Centenaries Programme for 2022. Over 130 scholars will gather on the UCC campus to explore the political, social, cultural, military, and economic dimensions to the Irish Civil War. Proceedings will be open to the public and recorded for viewing in collaboration with RTE.ie.
The Irish Civil War National Conference seeks neither a single agreed narrative, nor indeed a sense of ‘closure’. Instead, it will attempt to gather the fruits of on-going academic research into the conflict. In doing so, it will try to accomplish what the government's Expert Advisory Group on Commemorations describes as, ‘meaningful engagements with a difficult and traumatic time’. We hope to see you in person or remotely in June.
Day 1: Wednesday 15 June
The first day proceedings will offer international comparisons to the Irish Civil War, presented in a symposium format. We will hear from three senior scholars who specialize in different aspects of civil war conflicts. In the afternoon, parallel sessions in the Boole Lecture Theatres will offer a selection of short (20 minute) papers organised into 4 panels focused on the Irish Civil War’s global context.
Day 2: Thursday 16 June
The second day of the conference will showcase short paper responses to the conference call for papers. These 20-minute papers will be presented in 80-minute panel sessions, comprised of established academics, emerging scholars and specialist speakers addressing multiple aspects of the Civil War. These sessions will run parallel with 3-4 panels per session. Panel topics include Party Politics, Class and Labour Militancy, Civil War Archaeology and Material Culture as well as biographical studies and an exploration of the Beyond 2022 project. Day 2 will also feature a plenary lecture by Dr Anne Dolan, Associate Professor of Modern Irish History, Trinity College Dublin.
Day 3: Friday 17 June
The third day of the conference will offer more short paper responses to the conference call for papers. These 20-minute papers will be presented in 80-minute panel sessions, comprised of established academics, emerging scholars and specialist speakers addressing multiple aspects of the Civil War. Panel topics on Day 3 range from Civilian Trauma, Memory and the Cultural Implications of the Civil War to Military Strategies, Civil War Battlefields, Propaganda and Local Studies. These sessions will run parallel with 3-4 panels per session.
Day 4: Saturday 18 June
The final day is organised as a series of ten ‘plenary panels’ running in parallel, with each session lasting 75 minutes. The panels will be moderated and feature three to four academic and public intellectual speakers addressing an individual theme. The ten designated panel themes are: Trauma, Partition, Faith, Gender, Diplomacy, Party Politics, Land and Labour, Law and Disorder, Writing the Civil War, and Memory.
Images from the Hogan-Wilson Collection, courtesy of the National Library of Ireland.