Call For Papers/Forthcoming Conferences


CFP - Art Without Borders: Cultural Exchange and Influence in Irish Art History. 
Deadline for submissions: 22 June 2012.

This one day symposium will address the theme of cross-cultural exchange in Irish art, architecture and material culture. The aim is to explore the theme of influence, both outward and inward, on art in Ireland from the pre-Christian to the contemporary. 

Submissions are welcomed from current postgraduate and early career researchers. The deadline for expressions of interest and abstracts of 250-300 words for 20 minute papers in Friday, 22 June 2012. These should be sent to both Karen Ralph ( and Katy Milligan ( 

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TUESDAY 8 March 2011

Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media NCAD - SEMINAR
Thursday 10 March 2011 - 09:30-11:30 in the seminar room, GradCAM, John's Lane West, Dublin 8.This week's seminar is on explaining change in cultural history. For more information and advance readings please contact Dr. Lisa Godson at Also see GradCam:

Forthcoming events at the Royal Society of Antiquaries in Ireland, Merrion Sq, Dublin 
March 12th – Seminar on H.G. Leask

Chair: Peter Harbison
Speakers: Anne Carey, Roger Stalley, Tadhg O’Keeffe, Conleth Manning
Booking: €5 for members/€15 for non-members

Forthcoming events at UCD Humanities Institute
March 14th - Redrawing Dublin: interdisciplinarity and interrogation
UCD Humanities Institute and the Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media (DIT, NCAD, IADT, UU) will host a special public seminar in response to the issues, ideas and challenges raised by Paul Kearns’ and Motti Ruimy’s recent interdisciplinary cultural project, REDRAWING DUBLIN (Gandon Editions, 2010). This work appears at a time when there is a flourishing of new initiatives across the cultural, academic, business and political landscape that seek to project new visions for the city of Dublin.
March 18th - The new scientists in Ireland - a tribute to the Loebers
Rolf and Magda Loeber have made an extraordinary contribution to the study of Irelandís material, cultural and literary heritages from the time of their first involvement in Irish affairs through the Irish Georgian Society in the late sixties and early seventies. Rolfís ëIrish Country Houses and Castles of the Late Caroline Period: an Unremembered Past Recapturedí [Quarterly Bulletin of the Irish Georgian Society: XVI (1973)] inaugurated a long and distinguished series of scholarly studies on previously obscured or neglected aspects of Ireland's heritage.
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FORTHCOMING:  'Scotland and Beyond: Early Medieval Carved Stones'
'March 31-April 2nd at the University of Edinburgh and National Museums of Scotland.
Speakers include: Professor Roger Stalley (TCD) and Colleen M. Thomas (TCD)

Tuesday 1 March 2011

'Health, Illness and Ethnicity: Migration, Discrimination and Social Dislocation'.
Call for papers for a two day conference hosted by the Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland, UCD from the 10-11 June 2011. We request that titles and abstracts be submitted by 1 March 2011. Email: or Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland (CHOMI)

Symposium dates: 9 and/or 10 December 2011
Venue: Mount Street Jesuit Centre, London

Deadline for receipt of proposals: 21 April 2011
Please send proposal and CV as a single MS Word or PDF file by email only to:

Modern architecture for the Roman Catholic Church in the twentieth century could be experimental, transgressive or progressive, comforting or shocking; sometimes it appeared within a culture of intense theoretical and theological dialogue between architects and clergy, and sometimes it challenged orthodoxy and innovated at the fringes of the Church’s complex structure.  This symposium seeks to present new research on specific manifestations of these larger historical currents. Further details:

Tudor and Stuart Ireland Conference University College Dublin Friday, 2 September and Saturday, 3 September 2011.
Proposals for papers and panels on the themes of 'Culture, Identity and Power' in early modern Ireland are now welcome. Postgraduates are particularly encouraged to offer papers.
The closing date for proposals is Friday 29 April 2011.
Please see for the Call For Papers or contact the organisers at for further information.



March 4, 2011 10am to 4pm. Neill/Hoey Lecture Theatre, Trinity Long Room Hub Dublin. All welcome. Registration available
A nominal fee of €10 to defray costs of coffee and lunch will apply.

Medieval Buttevant: European Urbanism in Ireland
Buttevant and Springfort Hall Hotel, Mallow, Co. Cork 4th-6th March 2011
The conference promises to make a significant contribution to the study of Anglo-Norman settlement in Ireland. It will be of interest to professionals and members of the general public alike.
This event counts as five CPD points for all members of the Institute of Archaeologists of Ireland.
For further information please contact Lilian Sheahan at 022 23 177 / 087 784 5602 or Eamonn Cotter at 086 817 3663

Wednesday, 23rd March 2011 Ulster Museum, Belfast
Speakers include Rita Duffy, Philip Napier, Robert Ballagh
This event aims to create a forum to facilitate discussion and debate on the role of culture in remembering the Northern Irish conflict and fostering reconciliation and peace
Admission free (includes lunch/refreshments) but pre-registration essential. Do so by emailing:


CONF: Medieval Buttevant Conference: European Urbanism in Ireland
Recent research has revealed some fascinating new information on the layout of Medieval Buttevant, enabling comparisons between it and the ‘New Towns’ established across Europe in the 13th century, particularly the bastides of south-western France. The conference will present this new information and consider it both in its local context and in the context of European urbanisation in the 13th century. See 

WRITING COMPETITION: OBG is pleased to announce a new critical writing competition in partnership with Visual Artists Ireland which aims to encourage, support and promote critical discussion on the Visual Arts in Northern Ireland.
This competition is open to all emerging critics and is based around Philip Napier’s exhibition which runs from 4th February to 19th March 2011.
To enter please complete a 1000 word review of ‘Expecting the Terror’ with reference to the processes and thinking behind making the work. Please enter this along with your name, contact telephone number, email and postal address.
This can be emailed to or posted to Ormeau Baths Gallery, 18a Ormeau Avenue, Belfast, BT2 8HS. The deadline is 4pm on 11th March 2011.
There is a prize of £300 and the winning entry will also be published in the Visual Artists News Sheet and on the new OBG website. The judging panel will be announced in February 2011.
CFP: Irish Association of Art Historians Study Day/Artefact Journal
The IAAH have issued a CFP for their Annual Study Day (deadline February 14th) and for their publication, Artefact (deadline May 2nd). 
For all the details see: 

CFP: Shift: Graduate Journal of Visual and Material Culture welcomes academic papers, exhibition and book reviews, as well as discussions concerning other art-related events. 

SYMPOSIUM:  Honest to Blog: Blogging Legitimacy

Friday, March 4, 2011 at 10am to 4pm
Neill/Hoey Lecture Theatre, Trinity Long Room Hub

This symposium is a follow up to last year’s ‘Blogging the humanities’.  One of the topics that came out of last year's symposium as a central area of concern was the legitimacy of blogging as a medium.  What is the status of a blog?  What use is it to those engaged in arts and humanities research and practice? Should blogs be seen as legitimate teaching, research and outreach tools?  The day will consist of two sessions and a roundtable, in which speakers who have used blogging in a variety of contexts will give their perspectives and respond to questions.  There will be plenty of time for discussion.  The event is open to all and we especially encourage non-academic members of the blogosphere, blogging skeptics and aspiring bloggers to attend. All welcome.  A nominal fee of approximately 10 euro to defray costs of coffee and lunch will apply.

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LECTURE: Materiality and Display: Ireland in America at the end of the Nineteenth Century,  Fintan Cullen

Friday, February 4, 2011, at 4pm
Lecture Room G6, School of Art Design and Printing, DIT, 41 Mountjoy Square, Dublin 1 

Fintan Cullen is Professor of Art History at the University of Nottingham. He has written extensively on aspects of Irish art and Irish representation and the talk he will give at DIT is part of a new book to be published in the next year on aspects of the politics of display as they affected Ireland in the nineteenth century. The book will be entitled Ireland on Show and he is interested in the tensions involved in the display of an art of union in the nineteenth century and an art that represented a growing sense of indigenous nationhood. This paper looks at two examples of Ireland on show in the United States in the late nineteenth century: the still-life work of the Cork-born painter William Harnett and the display of Ireland at the Chicago World Fair in 1893.

All are welcome to this free event, but places are limited.
Please book by email:

ANNUAL LECTURE: James Peill Goodwood - England's Greatest Sporting Estate

Monday, February t, 2011 at 7 pm
Physics Theatre, Newman House, 85/86 St. Stephen's Green

The 2011 bi annual Standish Barry Lecture will be given by James Peill, who is presently curator of Goodwood House, West Sussex, and his lecture will examine the history and art collection of Goodwood, the ancestrial seat of the Dukes of Richmond who were direct descendants of King Charles II. Goodwood was the childhood home of the famous Lennox sisters including Emily, Duchess of Leinster and Louisa, who married Tom Conolly of Castletown.  This will be a fascinating talk by a very knowedgable speaker. James is formerly a director of Christie's, and a specialist in the Furniture Department. He is co author with the Knight of Glin of Irish Furniture and the recently published The Irish Country House.

Tickets are €20 for the lecture and wine reception (€15 for full time students with cards).

If you would like to attend you can book online or contact Doreen McNamara phone 01 6767053.

IMA 2011 Annual Conference: The Way Forward: Sustainability and the Museum, Drogheda, Co. Louth, 25 February - 27 February 2011

Friday will see the start of the conference with Member's Papers, a workshop on 'What can the museum sector offer the visitor and how can museums grow their visitor base', and a reception at Millmount Museum; Saturday will be the main day for talks, followed by a reception at Highlanes Gallery and the conference dinner at the d Hotel. Sunday will include the AGM and visits by coach to Beaulieu House and the Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre.
Speakers: Rachel Madan, Eamonn McEneaney, Ole Winther, Samuel Jones, Stuart McLaughlin, Isabelle Csordás, Grainne Millar, Hugh Maguire and Annette Nugent.
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CALL FOR PROPOSALS: CFP: Irish History Students’ Association Conference, UCC, 25 – 27 Feb 2011

Irish History Students’ Association (IHSA) University College Cork
The conference will take place the weekend of the 25th-27th February, and is usually attended by upwards of 120 students and faculty members from inside and outside Ireland. This year, the keynote speaker will be John A Murphy, the reception on the Friday night will be held in the Aula Maxima, and the conference dinner will be hosted in a local Cork hotel on the Saturday night. On the Sunday, there will be a walking tour of Cork City (weather permitting), with intermittent breaks in some of Cork’s finest pubs for some music to end the conference.

Papers should not exceed 20 minute delivery (2500-3000 words). Abstracts not exceeding 300 words, with a brief author profile, should be sent no later than 22 January 2011.

Deadline for proposals: 22nd January 2011

CONGRESS: International Medieval Congress, Leeds
The IMC is held in Leeds every July, and attracts more than 1600 medievalists from around the world every year. The IMC is unique in that it welcomes papers in any major European language and the international nature of the Congress is central to its culture.

The IMC 2011 special thematic strand ‘Poor...Rich’ is poised to discuss the spectrum of medieval wealth, from the most affluent to the most humble and all stages in between. Sessions explore a range of topics including: How uneven was the distribution of wealth in medieval communities and polities? How was wealth amassed and then redistributed? What were the topographies of wealth and poverty?  How permeable were the physical and symbolic boundaries between rich and poor? How did church and secular authorities deal with the moral and practical problems arising from poverty and the uneven distribution of wealth?
In addition, there will be a number of special lectures at IMC 2011. The opening keynote lectures will be by Robin Fleming (Boston College, Massachusetts) on ‘Scavenging and Its End in the Early Medieval Britain’ and Samuel K. Cohn  (University of Glasgow) on ‘Rich and Poor in Late Medieval Europe: The Political Paradox of Post-Plague Economics’. On Wednesday evening, Christopher Dyer (University of Leicester) will present a keynote lecture on ‘The Experience of Being Poor in the Later Middle Ages: The Pauper’s Perspective’.

The IMC comprises a four-day programme of sessions, workshops, round tables, and special lectures and is complimented by an exciting range of excursions, workshops, concerts and performances, receptions, bookfairs, craft and historical society fairs, and the Congress dance.The International Medieval Congress Registration can now be completed online!
Congress delegates can now use the Online Registration option via the University of Leeds Online Store which provides a fast and secure method of payment.

SYMPOSIUM: A SPACE FOR ARCHITECTURE IN SCHOOLS, Friday 28th January, 9.30am-5pm, NCAD, Harry Clarke Lecture Theatre
A one-day symposium on the future of Architects-In-Schools initiatives in Ireland organised by the Irish Architecture Foundation. The fee for the one-day symposium is €10. Places are limited and booking is recommended. For further information on the symposium and to book your place click here.    
READ: Review of TULCA Festival of Visual Arts by Christina Mullan in Circa Magazine