GISC ends 2013 on a high note

19 Dec 2013

The Global Irish Studies Centre has finished the year 2013 on a very busy note, hosting the annual flagship event, The Patrick O'Farrell Memorial Lecture, and launching the 20th Australasian Conference for Irish Studies 'The Ends of Ireland' on Wednesday 4 December.

The centre was delighted to be joined by the Ambassador of Ireland to Australia, Mr Noel White, the Consul-General of Ireland to Sydney, Ms Caitríona Ingoldsby, the Dean of UNSW Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Professor James Donald, members of the centre’s Advisory Committee, conference attendees, university staff and students, and valued members of the Irish-Australian community here in Sydney.

The Patrick O'Farrell Memorial Lecture for 2013 was delivered by Professor Joanna Bourke, notable Professor of History Birkbeck, University of London with the title ‘A “Diabolical Crime”: Sexual Violence in Irish History’. Prof Bourke gave a thought-provoking lecture for the 130+ audience sparking much post-lecture discussion.

A video of the lecture is available to watch here at UNSWTV.

Prof Bourke’s lecture twinned as the opening keynote address for the 20th Australasian Conference for Irish Studies which ran from Wednesday 4 to Saturday 7 December 2013. The conference was hosted by the Global Irish Studies Centre in conjunction with the Irish Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand (ISAANZ), and held here in Sydney for the first time.

Over 80 papers were presented by delegates based all over the globe, including Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, United Kingdom, France, Canada, Singapore, Japan and Fiji. Papers explored the disciplines of history, literature, law, music and fine arts, delighting the 90+ attendees. Both the centre and the association have been thrilled with the diversity of papers and presenters participating in 2013, especially pleasing were the high number of postgraduate and early-career researchers involved. Their contributions have been integral to the success of the conference.

The next ISAANZ Conference is being held in Maynooth, Ireland. For more details see the ISAANZ website

The centre would like to acknowledge the support received from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) and the School of Humanities and Languages in delivering the Patrick O’Farrell Memorial Lecture and conference. Professor Bourke's visit was supported through the FASS International Distinguished Visitors Scheme, as a result of a joint submission made by the Global Irish Studies Centre and the School of Humanities and Languages.