On Thursday 27 and Friday 28 October 2016 UCD hosted the second 1916:HOME:2016  conference, commemorating the closure of Ireland’s last Magdalene Laundry in 1996. The conference considered the history of the state since 1916 and the ways in which the ideals of the 1916 Rising were betrayed by the realities of the state, and in particular…

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On Saturday 22 October 2016, Universities Ireland, the all-island coordinating body for Ireland’s ten universities north and south, organised a major conference at the Conference and Events Venue at Dublin’s Mansion House entitled ‘Historians on 1916′. Following the wave of commemorations on Ireland’s two great foundation narratives, the Easter Rising and the Somme, this conference will…

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On Wednesday 19 October 2016 the National Library of Ireland hosted the second in a  series of public interviews considering the relevance of the 1916 proclamation: is it seen now as an inspirational text or as a historical document? A diverse and distinguished list of speakers will give their individual responses, in an interview series that…

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On Friday 14 October 2016 Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, hosted a one-day symposium organised by its Department of English language and literature and supported by the Irish Research Council, entitled ‘Crisis and commemoration in modern Ireland, 1916-2016’. This one-day event explored how modern and contemporary Irish history can be understood as dialectical processes of crises,…

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On Wednesday 13 October 2016 the Technical, Engineering and Electrical Union (TEEU) hosted a seminar on the life and career of Constance Markievicz, who was amongst the founders of the union. Speakers included Eamon Devoy, Patrick Quigley, and Padraig Yeates. The seminar took place at the TEEU head office, 6 Gardiner Row, Dublin 1, at 7.30pm.…

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From Thursday 13 October to Saturday 15 October the National Gallery of Ireland and NCAD jointly hosted a conference entitled ‘Making Memory: visual and material cultures of commemoration in Ireland’. This cross-disciplinary conference on visual and material cultures of commemoration in Ireland since c.1800  addressed how objects, images, spaces and material practices have worked and been…

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On Thursday 13 October Kilmainham Gaol  hosted a one-day symposium entitled ‘Incarcerated bodies: hunger striking and internment’. Hunger strikes/striking present a range of political, ethical, medical, physical, emotional and gendered problems. As such, they prove difficult to historicise and commemorate. Incarcerated Bodies was a symposium which provided an opportunity for academics (national and international), museum and…

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On Tuesday 11 October 2016 the National Library of Ireland hosted the second in a series of lectures based on the forthcoming Atlas of the Irish Revolution. Dr Roisín Higgins (Teeside) spoke on ‘Burying the past or celebrating it: commemorating the Irish revolution’. This lecture looks at the tangled history of commemorating the revolutionary period in Ireland.…

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