We are delighted to announce that the second plenary lecture at the 2016 Irish Conference of Medievalists will be given by Professor Brendan Smith, professor of medieval history at the University of Bristol. Professor Smith is the editor of the forthcoming medieval volume of the Cambridge History of Ireland and he will speak about the conceptual underpinnings of that project. The title of his lecture is ’The Cambridge History of Ireland volume 1, 600-1550: Why?’. Professor Smith’s lecture is generously sponsored by the Maynooth University School of Celtic Studies.
We are delighted to announce that one of the plenary lectures at the 2016 Irish Conference of Medievalists will be given by Professor Elisheva Baumgarten, Yitzhak Becker Professor of Jewish Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The title of her lecture will be: ‘“Like Adam and Eve, Like Abraham and Sarah”: Biblical Models and Jewish Daily Life in Medieval Christian Europe’. Professor Baumgarten is a noted expert in medieval Jewish history, gender history, and Jewish-Christian relations. Her lecture is generously sponsored by Irish Theological Quarterly.
The 30th Irish Conference of Medievalists will take place in Maynooth (Co. Kildare) on 30th June – 2nd July 2016. The 30th ICM is organised by Maynooth University in association with St Patrick’s College Maynooth. The call for papers and details about plenary lectures will follow soon.
Dr Rob Meens (Utrecht University) gave a wonder plenary to the 29th ICM. It was entitled ‘Columbanus and the Practice of Penance in Early Medieval Europe’. The podcast can be heard by following this link. The slides accompanying the lecture can be downloaded here.
Dr Rob Meens delivering the ICM Plenary
The 29th ICM was a great event. As organisers we would like to thank all the participants, speakers, chairs and delegates. In particular, we would like to congratulate Margaret Smith (St Louis University). Her paper ‘Kinship and Kingship: Identity and Authority in the Book of Lismore‘, was the winner of the Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Prize for best graduate paper.
A special thank to our team of graduate helpers. Without them, things would not have run nearly as smoothly.
The UCD Centre for Experimental Archaeology and Ancient Technology has offered to bring delegates on a tour of their site on the Belfield campus. This innovative project reconstructs life in the ancient past from roundhouses to firing clay pots. You can read more about it here.
The tour will last an hour and is scheduled for 10am-11am on Friday 3rd July. There are no papers scheduled at that time. If you are interested please email firstname.lastname@example.org. The pickup point will be the Arts Cafe on the ground floor of the Newman Bldg, the venue of the ICM.
Brepols, Four Courts Press and DIAS publications will all have stalls at the ICM. These will be in the UCD Common Room, close to the conference venues. Coffee breaks will also be held here. If you are interested in purchasing we advise delegates not to leave it too late as the stands are unlikely to be open for all of the final day.