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Faculty of AHSS showcases research postgraduates’ work at annual conference

The Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences yesterday held its second annual AHSS Postgraduate Research Conference.  The conference highlights the research of the Faculty’s postgraduate students, and gives students the opportunity to present in a real conference environment.

Speaking about the conference, Professor Eoin Devereux, Assistant Dean of Research said: “We are immensely proud of the research work being undertaken by our PhD students in the AHSS Faculty.  Our annual postgraduate conference represents an opportunity for our students to showcase their work and to hear about the work being undertaken by their fellow PhD researchers in our six departments and schools.  The conference sessions are chaired by the PhD students themselves. It is an an important part of their overall academic training but is also an opportunity to share ideas and experiences.”

In her opening address Dr Mary Shire, Vice President of Research at the University of Limerick, spoke about the importance of research in the Humanities, and also complimented the Faculty on recent initiatives to highlight the research being carried out by the Faculty.

The conference featured presentations and posters on the current work being carried out by over 30 of the Faculty’s students, and was widely supported by their supervisors and other members of the Faculty. Students from the disciplines of English, Journalism, Law, Sociology, History, Politics, Public Administration, Languages, Linguistics, Technical Communication and Instructional Design presented their work on a diverse range of subjects – for a full list, click here.

Professor Eoin Devereux awarded prizes for the best posters and presentations at the end of the conference.  The 2016 winner of the Dean’s Prize for best Poster was Zach Roche (Department of Sociology) for his poster ‘Life after debt: the engagement and non-engagement of debtors with the insolvency service of Ireland’.  Posters by Orla Banks and John Hogan (both from Politics and Public Administration) were also commended by the judges.


The 2016 winner of the Dean’s Prize for best Paper Presentation was Muireann Prendergast (MLAL) for her paper ‘Humor Registrado: A Multimodal Discourse Analysis of Political Cartoons During Argentina’s Last Military Dictatorship 1982-1983’.  Papers by Kathryn Hayes (Culture & Communication) and Sean Whitney (History) were also commended by the judges.IMG_0187

All 2016 posters can viewed at the links below:

The conference was organised by the Faculty Office, with special thanks to Dr Niamh Lenahan, Jess Beeley, Claire Ryan,  Sean Whitney and our two judging panels for their help with the overall organization of the event: Maura Murphy (CTL), Arlene Hogan (UL Press Office), Dr Martin J. Power and Dr Ann Marcus Quinn.

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