Irish Memory Studies Network - Events

Please click here for a Call for Papers for the Irish Studies and the Dynamics of Memory conference which will take place in Radboud University Nijmegen from 31 March-2 April 2015

Confirmed keynote speakers
Guy Beiner (Ben-Gurian University of the Negev)
Graham Dawson (University of Brighton)
Emilie Pine (University College Dublin)


Please click on the link to see the full Spring 2015 schedule for the:

'Methodologies of Memory: Distinguished Lecture Series'

This lecture series, which began in December 2014, features leading scholars in the field of memory research, as they consider the various angles from which we can understand, research, and teach memory studies in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.

All events are open to everyone - places can be reserved by email ( Due to generous funding from the UCD College of Arts and Celtic Studies and the Irish Research Council, all lectures will be recorded and available as podcasts from our website: We hope that you will join us for some - or all - of these events which are are hosted in the Seminar Room of the Humanities Institute, UCD.

Details are our next event are:

Dr Keith Murphy, The Neurobiology of Memory Encoding (24 March 2015 @ 2.30pm)

Dr Keith Murphy is Head of the School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science. His research group, the Neurotherapeutics Research Group, is dedicated to the identification of novel drug targets for the treatment of neurological and neurodegenerative diseases such as schizophrenia, depression, Alzheimer's disease and multiple sclerosis.


Ways of Representing the Past: Documentary Theatre in Ireland and Brazil

Irish Memory Studies Network Seminar

2.30pm, 18 November, UCD Humanities Institute,

Roundtable and discussion, with panellists: Aideen Howard (Abbey Theatre), Colin Murphy (Guaranteed!), Jimmy Murphy (Of This Brave Time), Shaun Richards (St Mary, London), Alinne Fernandes (Translator), and Beatriz Kopschitz Bastos (Cia Ludens/UFSC).

The panel will talk about their experience of writing, working with, and commissioning documentary theatre pieces in Ireland, and also address the Teatro Documentário Irlandês: Traduções e Leituras / Irish Documentary Theatre: Translations and Readings project, which aims to bring Irish documentary theatre to Brazil in 2015/16.

Please register for the session by emailing Dr Emilie Pine (

Event Details: UCD Humanities Institute Seminar Room (Belfield), 2.30pm, Tuesday November 18.


Distinguished Memory Lecture Series: Methodologies of Memory

In 2014/15 the Irish Memory Studies Network will host a distinguished lecture series on 'Methodologies of Memory'. The first lecture in this series will be delivered in December:

Professor Martijn Meeter, University of Amsterdam
Professor Meeter will discuss cognitive models of memory, trauma and truth.

This lecture is made possible by the College of Arts and Celtic Studies Distinguished Lecture fund.

Event Details: UCD Humanities Institute Seminar Room, 5pm, Tuesday December 2.



Lecture Series of the Irish Memory Studies Network - Memory and Community

The second lecture series of the Irish Memory Studies Network focuses on aspects of memory in relation to concepts of society and community, and considers the role of memory in community formation and cohesion.

March 3 Professor Richard Kearney

The Politics of Memory: Between History and Imagination

April 1 Professor Guy Beiner

Intra-Community Remembering and Forgetting: Commemorative Possessiveness and Envy in Ulster

April 8 Dr Fionnuala Dillane

Affective Historiography, Effective Anne Enright: narrative, aesthetics and memory making

Venue: H204, Seminar Room, Humanities Institute, UCD. All lectures are held at 2.30pm.


Memory Studies Workshop

The Network will host a memory studies workshop on the theme of ‘Post-Memory’, led by Professor Guy Beiner on the morning of April 1st. Contact Dr Emilie Pine for further details and to register.


‘Memory and Trauma: The Body in Pain in Irish Culture’

Conference of the Irish Memory Studies Network, September 2013

Keynote Lecture: Dr Kali Tal, ‘Issues in Contemporary Trauma Studies’

Introduced by Dr Naomi McAreavey

In this lecture Kali Tal, author of Worlds of Hurt: Reading the Literatures of Trauma, reflects on challenges involved in undertaking trauma studies. The lecture was recorded at the Memory and Trauma conference, co-hosted by the Irish Memory Studies Network, UCD, and Boston College Ireland. The conference was funded by the Irish Research Council, UCD College of Arts and Celtic Studies, UCD Humanities Institute and Boston College Ireland.


First Lecture Series of the Memory Studies Network - Gender and Commemoration

The first lecture series of the Irish Memory Studies Network, hosted by the Humanities Institute in Spring 2013, features work on diverse aspects of the ethics of commemoration and the role of gender in shaping commemorative practices and reception.

Lecture 1: Dr Oona Frawley, ‘Irish Memory Studies’

In this lecture, Dr Oona Frawley outlines the context for discussing memory studies in Irish literature and culture. 

Lecture 2: Louise Lowe, ‘Laundry and the Memory of the Magdalen Laundries’

In this lecture, Louise Lowe, Director of Anu Productions, discusses the genesis and making of the award-winning 2012 theatre piece Laundry

Lecture 3: Professor Cahal McLaughlin, ‘Armagh Women’s Prison Memories (Prisons Memory Archive)’

In this lecture Professor Cahal McLaughlin discusses the film project Prisons Memory Archive and the use of film in excavating a divisive past.

Lecture 4: Professor Margaret Kelleher, ‘Memory studies and Famine studies: Gender, Genealogy, History’

In this lecture Professor Margaret Kelleher discusses recent approaches to the narrativisation and commemoration of the Irish Famine.

Lecture 5: Dr Emily Mark-Fitzgerald, ‘Famine Commemoration and Migration’

In this lecture Dr Emily Mark-Fitzgerald discusses international practice in monuments dedicated to the Irish Famine.

Lecture 6: Dr Emilie Pine, ‘Commemorating Abuse: Gender politics and Making Space’

In this lecture Dr Emilie Pine discusses recent work in Irish culture which commemorates institutional abuse.

Lectures 1 and 2 are available as podcasts:

Lectures 3-6 are available as Scholarcasts: