Modern Irish History

Seminar or event series

The Modern Irish History Seminar is a research seminar of the History Faculty of the University of Cambridge. It provides a forum to explore new perspectives in Irish history since 1800. The Seminar is methodologically eclectic and open to cognate disciplines (including geography, sociology, demographics and economics). It does not aim to produce ‘a school’, except in the sense that it is a collective and pluralist endeavor, which encourages diversity and original thinking.

The seminar is generously supported by the Trevelyan Fund of the Faculty of History, University of Cambridge, with a contribution from the Embassy of Ireland in London. 

 Convenors: Eugenio Biagini, Niamh Gallagher, Richard Bourke, Charles Read, Sean Campbell, Bronwen Walter, Trisha Kessler, Robert O’Sullivan.



William Sharman Crawford and the Revival of Ulster Radicalism

Peter Gray, Queen’s University Belfast

Freud in Ireland: reflections on the reception of psychoanalysis in Belfast, Cork and Dublin c. 1928-2024.

Fergus Campbell, Newcastle University

The IRA and the Northern Ireland Peace Process

Richard English, Queen’s University Belfast

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Banner image: Muriel Brandt, 'The breadline' (c.1950). A reflection on the 1916 Easter Rising, the painting gives pictorial expression to a social critique of the revolution which parallels that expressed by Sean O’Casey in The Plough and the Stars (1926) While the soldiers in the background are the only allusion to the fighting by the GPO, the painting's main themes are the poor – women and children in particular – as both the victims and the survivors of political violence.

Brandt The Breadline 1916