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21st Conference of Irish Historians in Britain


Northumbria University

21st Conference of Irish Historians in Britain

Northumbria University in Newcastle is delighted to host the 21st Conference of Irish Historians in Britain from Friday 7 September to Sunday 9 September 2018.

About the Conference

Under the theme of ‘Conflict and Reconciliation: The History of Irish Political Ideas’, we aim to explore the role and development of political ideas and discourses in Ireland from the early modern period down to the modern day. The history of political thought has received growing attention from historians of Ireland in recent years and this conference brings scholars together from across Ireland and Britain to share their research findings and to consider future directions in the study of political ideas. A major sub-theme of the conference will be to explore the meaning and legacy of the Good Friday Agreement.


City Campus East - Room 402 and 4th Floor Corporate Hub

 Friday 7 September 2018      
15.30 - 16.30  City Campus East - Foyer

Conference Registration and Refreshments

16.30 - 18.00

Panel A

City Campus East - Room 402

Welcome by James McConnel & David Gleeson

Ian Campbell (QUB) 'Beyond the Liberal History of Irish Political Thought: the Franciscans, the Prince, and the Jews'

Matthew Ward (Oxford) ‘Thomas Hobbes and the politics of the penal laws: Edward Synge's The case of toleration (1725)’

18.00   City Campus East - Corporate Hub Drinks Reception
19.30  The Biscuit Factory Dinner 
Saturday 8 September 2018

City Campus East - Corporate Hub

9.00 City Campus East - Foyer Registration

9.30 - 11.00

Panel B


City Campus East - Room 402

Catriona Kennedy (York) ‘“Only Echoes?” Irishwomen's networks and the politics of reform in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries'

Ultan Gillen (Teesside) ‘Counter-Revolutionary Political Thought in 1790s Ireland’


City Campus East - Corporate Hub

Tea/Coffee Break 

11.30 - 13.15

Panel C

(NB: 3 x 25 minute papers, plus 30 minutes for questions)


City Campus East - Room 402

Emily Jones (Cambridge) 'Anglicising Edmund Burke in Nineteenth Century Britain'

Colin Reid (Sheffield) '"Becoming a democratic country": O'Connellism through the eyes of Tocqueville and Beaumont'

James Stafford (Bielefeld) 'The French Revolution, peasant proprietorship and the origins of the Irish 'land question'

13.15 - 14.00

City Campus East - Corporate Hub

14.00 - 16.00    Free Afternoon

16.00 - 17.30

Panel D

City Campus East -Room 402


Ciaran Brady (TCD) 'John P. Prendergast and the Anglo-Irish writing of Irish history'

Margaret O'Callaghan (QUB) ‘Alice Stopford Green writing Irish history’

18.30 - 19.30  Tyneside Irish Centre Katy Hayward (QUB) 'What is the future for the Irish border? Illumination from the Good Friday Agreement and EU Withdrawal Agreement'
20.00 Blackfriars Conference dinner, after-dinner speech: Theo Hoppen
Sunday 9 September 2018


City Campus East - Corporate Hub 


9.30- 11.30

Panel E

City Campus East -Room 402

Sean Donnelly (Teesside) 'Varieties of Republicanism: Civic Virtue in the Postcolonial State, 1922 - 1923

Sarah Campbell (Newcastle) 'We Shall Overcome? Memories of civil rights and the Good Friday Agreement'

Connal Parr (Northumbria) 'Getting Beyond No: Ulster Loyalist Political Thought During the Troubles'

11.30 - 12.00 

City Campus East - Corporate Hub

Tea/Coffee Break 

12.00 - 13.15

Panel F

City Campus East -Room 402

Round Table - GFA @ 20
13.15  City Campus East - Corporate Hub Lunch & Close


There are four delegate rate options, click on the book now tab to register:

  • Full fee: £140
  • Full Fee with accommodation: £230
  • Student/Unwaged Fee: £100
  • Student/Unwaged Fee with accommodation: £160

The fees include two evening meals at restaurants in Newcastle city centre, Friday at Cafe Vivo and Saturday at Blackfriars.

More Information and Enquiries

Please contact Dr. James McConnel (email: / Tel: +44 (0) 191 227 3946


The conference convenors gratefully acknowledge the kind support of:

  • The Department of Foreign Affairs (Ireland): Reconciliation Fund.
Conference Registration and Refreshments
Conference Registration and Refreshments

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