The National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks invites graduate and post-doctoral students and researchers to submit papers on new research into artefacts from the Museum’s collections relating to Ireland’s Centenaries of the War of Independence, Partition, the Civil War and the founding of the Free State. Participants can present in a number of ways: podcast, video or in the galleries themselves.
We welcome proposals from historians, artists, students, heritage professionals, independent researchers, or collectors. Submissions are encouraged but not limited to the below the themes, focusing on how material culture reflects these topics – particularly as they relate to artefacts held in the Museum’s collections:
- Creating a cultural identity/expressing and defining nationalism
- Issues in collecting and displaying conflict
- Commemorating and communicating contested histories
- Changes in everyday life from the War of Independence to the foundation
of the Irish Free State
- Broadcasting and advertising a new nation
- Drawing parallels between centenary and current events
- Individual papers and presentations should be of 15 minutes maximum duration.
Proposals must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org on or before 5pm Friday 3 January 2020. In the subject line, please state your name, followed by Research Symposium 2020. Submissions need to include a short biographical note (150 words) along with an abstract of no more than 300 words. Applicants will be notified if their paper is accepted on or before Friday 10 January 2020.