Call for Papers

Cork Studies in the Irish Revolution

‘“Neither local or isolated”?

Ireland and a revolutionary world, 1912-1923’

University College Cork, 3-4 November 2017

Call for Papers: The closing date for abstracts is Friday, 28 April 2017.


In the Preface to his 1923 book The revolution in Ireland 1906-1923, W.A. Phillips, the-then Lecky Professor of Modern History in Trinity College, Dublin, argued that the recent events in Ireland amounted to a revolution that was neither ‘local or isolated … but part of the revolution which has been in process to a greater or lesser degree everywhere, and the lessons it teaches are of universal application.’


The latest in the ‘Cork studies in the Irish revolution’ series of annual conferences proposes to examine the value of this claim as a means of interpreting the events that took place in Ireland and elsewhere during the years from 1912 to 1923.


Proposals for papers of up to 20 minutes duration are therefore invited for the conference, which is to be held in University College Cork, Ireland, on Friday 3 and Saturday 4 November, 2017.


Papers may deal with any aspect of the subject. Proposals from all disciplines are welcome in order to encourage discussion of the subject from as many angles as possible. Postgraduate students are particularly encouraged to offer papers.


Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • the discussion of new international trends in social, cultural, economic, religious and political thought in Ireland during these years;
  • the international attention given to, and the international influences on, the events in Ireland, from 1912-1923;
  • the involvement of Irish nationals in international movements seeking political and cultural change during this period;
  • the engagement of major institutions on the island with international developments;
  • the impact of new modes of thought on Irish society;
  • the response in Ireland to international events and campaigns during this period, including:
    • expanded, and especially female, suffrage;
    • trade unionism;
    • military conflict;
    • demands for national self-determination;
    • Post-First World War state formation;
    • the Bolshevik revolution in Russia;
  • the coverage of the national and international media of these events, campaigns and new modes of thinking;
  • the response of artists in Ireland to contemporary changes, and of artists outside Ireland to developments on the island;
  • the commemoration, especially the political, social, economic and human legacy, of these changes


Proposals for papers on relevant topics not included in the above list are, of course, welcome.

Abstracts of 250 words should be e-mailed to Gabriel Doherty, of the School of History, University College Cork, at

The closing date for abstracts is Friday, 28 April 2017.

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