In 2002 the Commonwealth Fund Lecture and Colloquium in American History and the Neale Lecture and Colloquium in British History at University College, London, will combine to sponsor a three-day conference on `Re-writing Irish Histories'. The aim is to reflect on Irish history writing and on the myriad connections between Irish, British, US and imperial histories. In a period when so many changes have taken place in the writing of histories - from new concerns with the construction of nations, to questions of gender, cultural identity and diaspora, and to the multiple crossings across nations and empires - it seems timely to consider how this work has impacted on Irish history writing. What implications does it present for thinking about the related histories of Britain, Ireland, the United States and the erstwhile British Empire? The scope of the subject-matter and the academic interests of the participants already involved promise that this conference will be a stimulating one.
There will be two keynote addresses. Professor Roy Foster of Hertford College Oxford will deliver the Neale Lecture on Thursday 4th April and Professor Nicholas Canny of the National University of Ireland, Galway will deliver the Commonwealth Fund Lecture on Friday 5th April. We have other distinguished speakers from Ireland, the US, and Britain. We have tried to invite speakers who are working in different areas and are at different stages of their research. The panels take up questions of the Irish diaspora, the `racing' of the Irish, working-class identities and comparative history writing in moments of great change.
The programme and a registration form are available on the Conference Website. Please register early if you are interested as places are limited.
Miss Nazneen Razwi
Department of History
UCL, Gower St
London, WC1E 6BT, England
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