Timothy McMahon: ‘Beyond the Boundary Commission: Partitioned Identities in Modern Ireland’

A free USIHS Lecture: Thursday 19 April 2018 at 7.00pm

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Seminar Room

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Prof Tim McMahon is associate professor of history at Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  He is a social historian whose research looks at national identity, imperialism, and popular culture in modern Ireland and Britain.  He is the author of Grand Opportunity: The Gaelic Revival and Irish Society, 1893-1910 (Syracuse, 2008) and editor of the memoir Pádraig Ó Fathaigh’s War of Independence: Recollections of a Galway Gaelic Leaguer (Cork, 2000), and he has published articles and book reviews in a variety of scholarly journals. He has recently co-edited a collection of essays entitled Ireland in an Imperial World (London, 2017) and writing a monograph tentatively entitled Éire Imperator: Ireland’s Imperial Ambivalence that interrogates the efforts of Irish men and women to build and manage the British Empire while others worked to undermine it.

This talk is based on new research relating to the Irish border. It draws upon testimonies and submissions to the 1920s Boundary Commission to test out some of Rogers Brubaker’s theoretical approaches to identity formation, most especially from his book Ethnicity without Groups.

This is a public event, open to all.

Sarah Roddy: ‘Pennies to Heaven? The Meaning of Money in the Irish Catholic Church, 1850-1921’

22 March 2018, at 6.30pm – QUB Irish Studies Seminar Room, 8 Fitzwilliam St, Belfast


Dr Sarah Roddy on ‘Pennies to Heaven? The Meaning of Money in the Irish Catholic Church, 1850-1921’.

Dr Roddy is Lecturer in Modern Irish History at the University of Manchester. The lecture draws upon her research on Irish Catholic fundraising, 1850-1921, a project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

All welcome!


USIHS Lecture: Dr Patrick Little

The Irish and Scottish elections under the Cromwellian Protectorate: a British problem? Dr Patrick Little (The History of Parliament) Thursday, 16 November 2017, 6.30pm

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Oliver Cromwell / Karikatur - Oliver Cromwell / Caricature -
1EN-26-G1653 (132091) ‘Auflösung des langen Parlaments durch Oliver Cromwell am 20. April 1653’ Cromwell, Oliver; engl. Staatsmann u. Heerführer; 1599-1658. – ‘Auflösung des langen Parlaments durch Oliver Cromwell am 20. April 1653’. – Niederländische Karikatur, zeitgen. Kupferstich. E: ‘Dissolution of the long Parliament by Oliver Cromwell on 20th April 1653’ Cromwell, Oliver; English statesman and general; 1599-1658. ‘Dissolution of the long Parliament by Oliver Cromwell on 20th April 1653’. Netherlandish caricature, contemporary. Engraving.

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JC Beckett Memorial Lecture 2017: Prof. Alan Ford (University of Nottingham)

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‘From antichrist to ARCIC: Protestant attitudes to Catholicism, 1517-2017’

Thursday, 25 May 2017, 6.30pm

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

2 Titanic Boulevard, Belfast

More info from the secretary, Prof. Peter Gray (p.h.gray@qub.ac.uk) or visit https://usihs36.com/