Upcoming conference: Nautical Science, Navigation, and the Exploration of the Atlantic (2-4 Oct 2014)

UnknownThe conference programme is available to download here.



Small Nations and Colonial Peripheries in World War I – Upcoming Conference, 13-14 June 2014

German_trenches_in_GaruaOn Friday and Saturday this week (13-14 June 2014), NUI Galway hosts an international workshop on Small Nations and Colonial Peripheries in World War I. With a keynote address from Michael Neiberg (U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania) and speakers from as far afield as Germany, Luxembourg, France, Spain, Britain, the United States, Kazakhstan and India, the purpose of this workshop is to provide a forum of debate for transnational and comparative approaches to the history of small European nations and Europe’s colonial peripheries in World War 1 in the context of the epochal changes brought about by the collapse of large imperial states. You can download the full programme here (pdf), or contact the workshop organisers, Gearóid Barry, Enrico Dal Lago and Róisín Healy, for further details.

[Image: German trenches in Garua, Cameroon, c.1914-1916, Koloniales Bildarchiv, Universitätsbibliothek Frankfurt am Main, via Wikimedia Commons.]

The Emergency: Ireland in Wartime – Upcoming Conference

Info TileThe Emergency: Ireland in Wartime conference takes place at NUI Galway on 27-28 June. Speakers include Robert Fisk, T. Ryle Dwyer, Mervyn O’Driscoll and Michael Kennedy. Further details, including a full programme, are available at the conference website, or via the conference organisers at emergencyconference2014@gmail.com.

Nautical Science, Navigation, and the Exploration of the Atlantic – Upcoming conference

Cantino Detail

The XVII Reunion of the International Committee for the History of Nautical Science will take place on October 2 – 4, 2014 in Galway, Ireland, at the Moore Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway.

The theme of the 2014 conference will be: Nautical Science, Navigation, and the Exploration of the Atlantic

The theme will incorporate many ideas, including, but not limited to:

  • The role of nautical science in opening the Atlantic in the Age of the Discoveries and later
  • The transmission of knowledge of the Atlantic through various methods: piloting, experience, literature and propaganda, state institutions, etc.
  • What is the Atlantic? International perspectives
  • The role of the Atlantic in local and national cultures
  • The history of Atlantic exploration

Conference Language: English

Successful applicants should note that presentations should not exceed 30 minutes.

The ICHNS is already in the process of negotiation to publish these papers in an edited, peer-reviewed volume of the conference proceedings.

Moreover, this year sees the presentation of the first Luis de Albuquerque Prize for Outstanding Paper at the conference, which will be chosen by the audience. 

Registration fee for speakers: €30

Please send your submissions to Edward Collins (ejpcollins@gmail.comedward.collins@ucd.ie) with a CV and an abstract of between 150 to 200 words before the end of July 2014. The titles and abstracts will appear on the website once the programme is complete.

[Image: detail from the Cantino planisphere (c.1502), via Wikimedia Commons.]

Ireland & British Democracy: International Chartism Conference, NUI Galway 4-5 July 2014

Chartism Poster

Here’s one for your summer diaries. On 4-5 July 2014, NUI Galway hosts the 2014 International Chartism Conference. The theme of the conference is Ireland and British Democracy. Details are on the poster above, and inquiries can be directed to Laurence Marley. You can also check out the conference website for further details.

Histories of humanitarianism

Last Thursday and Friday (20-21 June) my colleague Matthew Hilton (University of Birmingham) and I held the second of four workshops in our international research network, ‘Non-state Humanitarianism: From Colonialism to Human Rights’, at the Moore Institute here in NUI Galway. Across two days of papers, plenaries and roundtables, participants from Ireland, the UK, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States discussed, debated, critiqued and commented on a variety of issues facing historians of humanitarianism. You can have a look at the programme and descriptions of the papers here.

The aim of the network is simple: to map out the new histories of NGOs, missionary societies, philanthropists and charities that are beginning to be written across Europe and North America. It’s been an exciting process thus far – and an important one, since we are now opening the doors to a whole new understanding of the threads that bind communities together across worlds. But we also have a much bigger objective: to find out how we can use these histories to feed into decision-making in the contemporary humanitarian sector. Anyone who wants to know how this might be done could do worse than to read the description on our site alongside the working paper on humanitarian histories just published by our partners the Overseas Development Institute, and have a look at a new website called Humanitarian History, the brainchild of John Borton, who delivered an excellent paper on the potential uses of humanitarian history in the first session on day 2 of the workshop.

The workshop also threw up something of a novelty for me. It was the first time I’ve used Twitter to spread news of our discussions – live – throughout the worldwide web. (When I say that I used twitter, that’s a little inaccurate – one of our just-finished final year history cohort, Aibhlín O’Leary, did all the work.) You can see some examples from our feed below, and read the whole thread here. It was an intriguing experience, and one that I’d like to repeat, though I’d also like to hear from any of you who have found this a useful way of keeping up with discussions from afar – or not.

Finally, a quick word of thanks to Siobhán Peters, Aibhlín O’Leary and Robert Grace, the NUI Galway students who helped to make everything at the workshop run so smoothly – as usual, they left a great impression of the quality of our young historians.

– Kevin O’Sullivan

Landed Estates & Irish Society Conference, NUI Galway, 13-14 June

The programme is now available for the ‘Landed Estates & Irish Society’ conference (part of the Landed Estates project) at the Moore Institute, NUI Galway, 13-14 June 2013. Click the image below to enlarge, or download the pdf here.