Speakers 2017-18


Lent Term

24 January  

Dr. Simon Prince, Canterbury Christ Church University:

The majority always rules’: Democracy and the start of the Troubles.


7 February

Hugh Hanley, University of Cambridge, with Professor Stefan Collini, University of Cambridge, as a discussant:

The worst country in the world for intellectuals’: Intellectuals in post-revolutionary Ireland.


21 February

Kaitlin Ball, University of Cambridge:

Shadow politics: Paramilitary control in contemporary Northern Irish life.


7 March

Joint Modern Irish History – Intelligence History Seminar

Dan Larsen, University of Cambridge:

British signals intelligence and the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland.


8 March

Third Annual Brian Lenihan Memorial Lecture

Bertie Ahern, former Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland:

On the 20th Anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement. (Mong Hall, 5:30pm)



Michaelmas Term

11th October

Professor Mary Daly, UCD

Reflecting on the social history of modern Ireland.


8th November

HH Judge Sean Enright

Revisiting the 1916 Easter Rising trials.


15th November

Dr. Owen McGee

Arthur Griffith: an architect of Irish independence?


29th November

Professor Lance Pettitt, Birkbeck

“Must I reverse the cinematograph?”: Yeats, auto/biography and the medium of film.



Seminar room 1, Chapel Court, Sidney Sussex College

All meetings begin at 5pm.


The seminar is supported by the Trevelyan Fund of the Faculty of History, University of Cambridge, with a contribution from the Embassy of Ireland.




Convenors:  Eugenio Biagini, Sean Campbell, Hugh Hanley, Trisha Kessler, Christopher Morash, Charles Read,  Bronwen Walter.