Speakers

Gerry Watts is a final year PhD student at the Moore Institute at NUI Galway. His thesis explores the representation of labour in the mainstream newspapers, 1922-1923. He works under the supervision of Professor John Cunningham.

Dr Bill Kissane was born in the Republic of Ireland in 1966 and lives in North London. After receiving a BA in Modern English and Sociology from Trinity College Dublin (1984-88), he received an MSc in Sociology (1992), and a PhD in Political Science (1998), from the London School of Economics.  Between 1988 and 1991 he worked as an English language teacher in Ireland, Spain, and Turkey. Since 1999 he has been a lecturer in Political Science at the Government Department of the London School of Economics.  He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2006. He has also taught for Greenwich University, Helsinki University, the University of Notre Dame, and New York University. His research interests lie broadly within the areas of comparative and Irish politics.

He is currently writing a book on  the relationship between constitutionalism and democracy in the Irish Republic, as well as undertaking a comparative study of regime formation after civil wars. Bill Kissane is currently on the editorial board of the Journal Nations and Nationalism.

Dr Ian D’Alton is a graduate of UCC and Cambridge (PhD 1977), and a Fellow of the Royal Historical and Royal Numismatic Societies. In 2011-12, he was an honorary Senior Research Fellow in the School of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool and, in the Michaelmas Term 2014, will be a Visiting Fellow at Sidney Sussex College, and a Senior Research Associate, Peterhouse, both in the University of Cambridge. He is a former CEO of an Irish State Agency. He was the author of Protestant Society and Politics in Cork, 1812-1844 (Cork University Press, 1980), and of numerous papers, chapters in books and essays on southern Irish Protestantism from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. A recipient of the Royal Historical Society’s Alexander Prize in 1972, he was an editorial advisor and contributor to the Royal Irish Academy/Cambridge University Press’s Dictionary of Irish Biography (2009). For the past three years, he has been a guest lecturer in TCD’s Irish School of Ecumenics, speaking to Masters students on Irish history from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries. He is a regular book reviewer, and in August 2014 was a speaker at the Parnell Summer School, with a paper on Irish Protestant involvement in two world wars. His other scholarly interests lie in the literary arena (principally the works of the Anglo-Irish writers Elizabeth Bowen, Molly Keane and Iris Murdoch and in art medals (principally French), 1870-1935, on all of which he has been recently published.

Leah Hunnewell is a Irish Research Scholar and fourth year PhD student at Trinity College Dublin. She has a masters in Modern Irish History from Trinity College Dublin and a Masters in Secondary Education from Framingham State University. She completed her BA at Stonehill College in Easton Massachusetts. Her research explores the relationship between working class culture and radical politics in Ireland from 1889 to 1917. Her research also looks into the influence of transnational experiences on the radical class movement in Ireland.

Erin O’Sullivan holds a BA in History and Psychology from the University of Illinois—Urbana-Champaign and an MFA in Creative Writing from Oregon State University. She is currently working towards an MA in Modern Irish History at University College Dublin as part of a Fulbright scholarship. Her work examines issues of identity and overlooked women’s voices throughout history.

Anthony J. Jordan has written 12 biographies. His most recent work is Arthur Griffith, with James Joyce & WB Yeats – Liberating Ireland”. He lives in Dublin.

Declan O’Keffee is Head of Communications in Clongowes Wood College, where he also teaches history, edits several publications including The Clongownian and is working on the Clongowes Bicentenary Project (1814-2014). In 2009 Declan completed an MA in Contemporary Irish History (UCD) with a dissertation on Matthew Russell sj and the Irish Monthly. Since then he has continued to research the role and influence of Jesuit publications in Ireland in order to examine the intellectual mission of the society and the process by which it was established, developed and propagated prior to the First World War.

Declan’s work has been published in Studies (June 2010, September 2011 and January 2015) and he has written chapters for two forthcoming edited volumes – one on Women Writers in The Irish Monthly and the other on the literary relationship between Matthew Russell and Canon Sheehan.

Sarah Hunter completed her BA and MA at Queen’s University, Belfast and is currently a final year PhD student in the Department of History at Trinity College. Sarah’s PhD thesis examines the role of Irish medical missionaries working in Bengal, 1880-1930. Emphasis is placed upon the interdependence which existed between Irish female practitioners and Indian female medical students.

Loughlin Sweeney is a third-year PhD student at Queens’ College, Cambridge, researching Irish military elites between the 1870s and 1920s. Originally from Co. Dublin, he received his BA in History & Politics from the University of Exeter in 2011, and his MPhil in Economic & Social History from the University of Cambridge in 2012, which produced a dissertation on Irishness in Tasmania in the mid-nineteenth century. His research interests include communities of Irish people in the British Empire, European elite identity in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and the history of nationalism and empire more broadly.

Dr Tomás Irish is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Trinity College Dublin and Associate Director of TCD’s Centre for War Studies. His research focuses on universities, scholarly communities, and the uses of academic knowledge in a transnational context in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, with a specific focus on the First World War. His monograph, ‘The University at War: Britain, France and the United States, 1914-1925’, will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2015. His new research project is an institutional history of Trinity College Dublin in the period 1912-23. This research will place Trinity in its broader imperial and international contexts in explaining how the College’s community understood, contributed to and were shaped by Ireland’s decade of war and revolution. It will be published in late 2015. He also serves as advisor to the Provost of Trinity College, Dr. Patrick J. Prendergast, on issues pertaining to the ‘Decade of Commemorations.’

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The language of fractured identities: non-national formations of Irishness – a multidisciplinary conference.

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