Famine scholars visit Galway

This coming weekend, the 22nd and 23rd of November, there will be two events in the department relating to the Great Irish Famine and to Famine worldwide.


On Friday a world expert on famine, Cormac Ó Gráda, will be giving a talk called ‘Reflections on Famine’. Professor Ó Gráda is known for his work on the Irish Famine in books such as Black ’47 and Beyond (1999)  and The Great Irish Famine: interdisciplinary perspectives (2006) and more recently has published a general study of famines, Famine: a short history (2009).


This talk will be in the D’Arcy Thompson theatre in the Arts building at 6 PM.


This will be followed the next morning by a round table discussion in which the authors of acclaimed books on the Famine reflect on the challenges of representing and doing justice to such a complex and controversial event. The featured writers are Enda Delaney, author of The Curse of Reason: The Great Irish Famine (2012), Peter Gray, author of The Irish Famine (1995) and Famine, Land and Politics (1999), and Ciarán Ó Murchadha, author of The Great Famine: Ireland’s Agony (2011) and Sable Wings Over the Land: Ennis and its wider community during the Famine (1998). The discussion will be chaired by Cormac Ó Gráda, and will be held in the Fottrell Theatre, Arts Millennium building on Saturday 23rd from 11.30 to 1.


These events are free and all are invited to attend. They are part of the annual conference of the Economic and Social History Society of Ireland which is taking place this weekend in NUI, Galway. Full details are available on http://eshsigalway2013.wordpress.com/