Local and regional impact of the Great Irish Famine

Country: Ireland

City: Strokestown

Abstr. due: 15.02.2015

Dates: 20.06.15 — 21.06.15

Area Of Sciences: History and archeology;

Organizing comittee e-mail: ciaran.j.reilly@nuim.ie

Organizers: Irish National Famine Museum


2015 marks the 170th anniversary of the Great Irish Famine. To coincide with this, on 20-21 June 2015, the Irish National Famine Museum at Strokestown Park House will host an international, interdisciplinary conference to examine the Famine experience at a local and regional level. Bringing together a network of Famine experts, local, national and international, the conference will approach the above theme from the broadest possible historical perspective. The conference is part of the inaugural Irish Famine Summer School which will be held in Strokestown from 17-19 June 2015.


Proposals for papers (20 minutes duration), exploring how the Great Famine impacted on a locality or region in any location are now welcome. We particularly invite proposals for papers from postgraduate students and local historians. Proposals for papers may include, but are not limited to:

-          how the Famine played itself out at a local level i.e. causes, reaction and consequence;

-          landlord tenant relations;

-          the management of estates;

-          regional variations;

-          women and the Famine;

-          charity and private relief;

-          the operation of local relief committees;

-          crime and outrage;

-          the workhouse system;

-          accounts of the Famine at local and regional level;

-          folklore and oral history;

-          emigration;

-          historiography, commemoration and memory.


Conference Web-Site: http://thegreatirishfamine.com/