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Events and CFPs

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Conference CFP: Terence MacSwiney, Cork Men’s Gaol, and the Political Hunger Strike, 1920-2020

Deadline: 15 May 2020

Conference Dates: 9-10 October 2020

2020 marks the centenary of the hunger strike of Irish republicans in Brixton Prison and Cork Men’s Gaol. The hunger strike tactic had been deployed prior to 1920, but the Cork/Brixton strike was distinctive for its length (three months) and the ultimate deaths of Cork Lord Mayor Terence MacSwiney, Joe Murphy and Michael Fitzgerald. Drawing intense public interest, the strike created a political crisis in Britain and Ireland, and made Terence MacSwiney into a global figure. Events in Cork and Brixton also brought the hunger strike into broader political consciousness, contributing to its use by different political and social movements during the twentieth century. Paper proposals are invited on all aspects of the 1920 Cork/Brixton hunger strike; its participants, including Terence MacSwiney; and the national and international evolution of the hunger strike tactic. Historical, medical, ethical, cultural, and political perspectives, and comparative and multi-disciplinary approaches are particularly welcome. Suggested topics may include:

  • Cork/Brixton solidarity protests and support efforts

  • the appropriation of Terence MacSwiney by political and social movements

  • the global influence of MacSwiney and the Cork/Brixton strike

  • historical and international comparisons, including strikes by women suffragists

  • the hunger strike as an embodied protest

  • the hunger strike as performance and as media spectacle

  • medical, legal and ethical aspects of hunger strikes, including interventions/force-feeding

Those interested in presenting a 20-minute paper are invited to submit a title, brief abstract of 250 words, and short CV.

The proposals deadline is 15 May 2020.


Acceptance notifications will be sent by 1 June 2020.

Conference organisers: Dr John Borgonovo and Dr Seán Lucey, University College Cork.

UCD Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland Seminar Series 2020 Semester Two

6 February 2020

Dr Ana Antic (University of Exeter)

‘Transcultural psychiatry and the birth of a “global psyche” after WWII: a global history from below?’

20 February 2020

Panel: ‘New Histories of the Medical Profession’

Dr Mary Hatfield (University College Dublin) 

‘Passionate physicians and childish children: diagnosing emotion in Irish paediatrics, 1780-1850’

Dr Kieran Fitzpatrick (National University of Ireland, Galway)

‘Beyond villainy? Some reflections on the medical profession and its place in modern history’

23 April 2020

Dr Laura Kelly (University of Strathclyde)

‘Sex, marriage and contraception in Ireland, 1950-80: an oral history of sexual knowledge and family planning practices


All seminars take place at 5pm, Room K114, School of History, Newman Building, UCD

Mind Reading Conference 2020: Adolescent perspectives in clinical practice

Royal College of Physicians Ireland

Deadline: 8 December 2019

This interdisciplinary event seeks to explore productive interactions between literature and clinicians in physical and mental health. Participants from interprofessional backgrounds explore together the interfaces between literature and health in adolescence. At previous events, participants have shared useful resources, and engaged in critical discussion about literature as a point of therapeutic engagement and a tool in clinical and reflective practice.


We welcome poster submissions from colleagues in clinical practice, the history of medicine, and the arts and humanities for an interdisciplinary conference exploring the role of humanities and medicine in adolescent health at RCPI on 3 April 2020. Accepted posters will be displayed on poster boards. 


Abstracts may be submitted by emailing Dr. Clare Hayes-Brady,

Please submit your abstract before 5pm on 6th December. The abstract must be submitted in English.  Please make sure that the name and email address of the corresponding author are complete and correct. In order to standardise the layout, we kindly ask you to read the following guidelines carefully.

Irish Medical Humanities Today

National University of Ireland

8 November 2019

We are proud to announce the launch of the Irish Medical Humanities Network: an interdisciplinary network for scholars working on any aspect of the intersections between culture, health, and medicine in Ireland. Irish medical humanities is a vibrant, diverse, and growing field with researchers from around the world in a wide range of disciplines from historians to social scientists, and literary critics to curators. The network aims to foster this community and encourage interdisciplinary collaborations within it.

‘Irish Medical Humanities Today’ will be our launch event on 8 November 2019. It aims to bring researchers together and showcase the breadth and diversity of current activity in the field. We invite abstracts from scholars from a variety of different institutions and disciplines, within and beyond the island of Ireland, describing their current projects or research activities within their department/school/college. If you are working on any aspect of Irish medical humanities, we would love to hear from you.

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