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History research trip to Italy and Spain

By Stephen Griffin, PhD student, Department of History Since February of this year I have been undertaking research in archives in both Italy and Spain with the purpose of examining the respective reports of the Papal and Spanish ambassadors to Vienna during the years 1727-43. My trip to Italy and the Vatican Secret Archives earlier… Continue reading History research trip to Italy and Spain

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AHSS Postgraduate Research Conference 2018

The annual AHSS Postgraduate Conference took place on Tuesday 22nd May in the IWAMD Building. The conference highlights the research of the Faculty’s postgraduate students, and gives students the opportunity to present in a real conference environment. Each conference panel was chaired by a PhD student, and the day also featured a number of academic posters… Continue reading AHSS Postgraduate Research Conference 2018

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FAHSS PhD students compete in Thesis in 3 Minutes Competition

Ten Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences PhD candidates took part in the Faculty heat of UL's Thesis in 3 Minutes competition this afternoon. Organised by  the Graduate School at the University of Limerick, each student was given a strict 3 minutes to tell the audience about their research at UL. Dr Ann Ledwith, Dean… Continue reading FAHSS PhD students compete in Thesis in 3 Minutes Competition

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Scholarships for Postgraduates 2018

Are you planning a PhD, or thinking of pursuing a taught postgraduate course? The Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences (AHSS) at the University of Limerick, Ireland, is offering a number of Scholarships, Fellowships, Bursaries and Fee Waivers to MA and PhD candidates for September 2018. For full details please visit: https://ahss.blog/scholarships/

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Frankenweek at UL: Call for proposals to mark the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

2018 marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s seminal gothic novel Frankenstein. In honour of this occasion, members of the Centre for Early Modern Studies have partnered with the Frankenreads project – a global community of scholars and enthusiasts committed to celebrating Shelley’s remarkable achievement – to coordinate a Limerick-based series of events… Continue reading Frankenweek at UL: Call for proposals to mark the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

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CFP: AHSS Annual Postgraduate Research Conference

AHSS ANNUAL POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH CONFERENCE 22 MAY 2018, UL Call for Papers Paper proposals: submit an abstract of 300 words for an individual paper (20 mins). Panel proposals: submit a panel proposal, including the panel theme, a short 150 word panel abstract, and the 4 proposed speakers with their 300-word paper abstracts and the name… Continue reading CFP: AHSS Annual Postgraduate Research Conference

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FAHSS researcher awarded Irish Research Council’s Laureate Consolidator grant

The Government has moved to substantially increase “frontier research” by allocating €30 million to third level institutions in 36 projects approved by the Irish Research Council. We are delighted to congratulate our Department of History colleague, Dr Ciara Breathnach, on the outstanding achievement of being awarded the amount of €600,000 over four years. This is… Continue reading FAHSS researcher awarded Irish Research Council’s Laureate Consolidator grant

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Diplomacy and Politics: The Vatican Secret Archives

Fascinating post by our History PhD student Stephen Griffin on his time in the Vatican Secret Archives

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Stephen Griffin, PhD student in the Department of History, UL, writes about evidence for high levels of international diplomacy in archives in Rome and Vienna:

Stephen Griffin

I recently undertook a short trip to Rome to conduct archival research at the Vatican Secret Archives. The purpose of this visit was to identify and examine primary sources relating to the Papal Nuncios who dwelt in Vienna in the years 1727-43, the period in which Owen O’Rouerke, an agent of James Francis Edward Stuart, also lived there. The correspondence between the Nuncios and the Vatican Secretaries of State largely deals with Italian affairs, but also provides details on the affairs of the Stuarts in Europe. In particular, they highlight Papal involvement in the lawsuit between the Stuarts and their in-laws, the Duke and Duchess of Bouillon between 1737 and 1741.

Vatican2 Entrance to the Secret Archives, Vatican City

James Stuart’s father-in-law was James Louis Sobieski…

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What was St Patrick’s Day like in 1918?

1918 was a seminal year in Irish, European and global history. Dr Karol Mullaney-Dignam, Course Director, MA in Public History & Cultural Heritage at UL looks back on St. Patrick's Day in Ireland a century ago. Witness statements given decades later to the Bureau of Military History (1913–21) by former volunteers detailed local tensions with… Continue reading What was St Patrick’s Day like in 1918?

Prof McElligott with History PhD students Punita Kapoor and Reka
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Faculty of Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) New Delhi sign an historic agreement of cooperation

The Faculty of Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences at the University of Limerick has signed an historic agreement of cooperation with the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) New Delhi, one of India’s foremost research universities. The agreement was signed in the presence of Minister Mary Mitchell-O’Connor, and His Excellency The Irish Ambassador to India, Dr Brian McElduff. … Continue reading Faculty of Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) New Delhi sign an historic agreement of cooperation

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UL Postgraduate Study Open Evening

Join us on Thursday the 22nd of February, from 17.30 to 19.30, at the University of Limerick Postgrad Open Evening, in The Pavilion on the University’s North Campus. The University of Limerick offers a suite of taught postgraduate programmes and invites you to meet UL Faculty and current postgraduates to learn more about the opportunities… Continue reading UL Postgraduate Study Open Evening