Annual Lectures

Each year we have an annual lecture, and since 2010 these have been held at the National Library of Ireland, to whom we are are grateful for their continued support. Below is a list of some of our most recent annual lectures, which reflects the interdisciplinary nature of SSNCI.


‘Powers of Redemption: The Irish Famine as a Crisis of Governmentality’
Dr David Nally, School of Geography, University of Cambridge


‘Maria Edgeworth on the Holyhead Road’
Professor Claire Connolly, Head, School of English, University College Cork

‘Rethinking the language shift in nineteenth cenury Ireland’
Dr Niall Ó Ciosáin, Senior Lecturer, Department of History, NUI Galway

‘Landlord-tenant relations on the duke of Leinster’s estate, c.1838-1903: social memory and reality’
Professor Terence Dooley, Director of the Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses and Estates and Senior Lecturer, Department of History, NUI Maynooth

‘When the best British sculptors were Irishmen’
Dr Paula Murphy, School of Art History and Cultural Policy, University College Dublin

‘John Henry Newman and the bonfire of the humanities’
Prof Declan Kiberd, Donald and Marilyn Keough Professor of Irish Studies, University of Notre Dame

‘Politics and the Writing of History in 19th-Century Ireland’
Prof. Paul Bew, Professor of Politics, QUB ( held at Queen’s University Belfast, 13 March 2008)

‘Captain Rock: The Irish Agrarian Rebellion of 1821-24’
Prof. James S. Donnelly Jr., Professor (Emeritus) of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison (held at NUI Galway, 13 December 2006)

‘Changing perspective on the nineteenth-century Irish diaspora’
Prof J.J. Lee, Glucksman Chair of Irish History, NYU, (held at UCC, 14 January 2004)

‘After the Burning of Bridget Cleary’  
Prof Angela Bourke, Professor (Emeritus) of Irish Language Studies, UCD, ( held at Bank of Ireland Arts Centre, Foster Place, Dublin 2, 1 March 2000)

‘Ireland under the Union: towards a balance sheet’ ’  
Prof Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh, Professor (Emeritus) of History, NUIG, ( held at Bank of Ireland Arts Centre, Foster Place, Dublin 2, 4 March 1999)


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