Photos from ICM 2011

A few slightly blurry photos from the 25th Irish Conference of Medievalists.

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Presentations to Cathy Swift and Muireann Ní Bhrolcháin

The organising committee for ICM 2011 thought that it would be fitting in the 25th anniversary year to acknowledge the enormous contributions of Cathy Swift (Mary Immaculate College, Limerick) and Muireann Ní Bhrolcháin (NUI Maynooth), who between them organised the conference for the bulk of its 25 year history.

The President of NUI Galway, Dr James J. Browne, made a presentation of a Galway Crystal vase to Cathy Swift following his welcome speech to the conference on 25 June 2011. Muireann Ní Bhrolcháin was honoured in absentia, though happily she was there to receive her gift in person later the same day.

Pictured below: President of NUI Galway, Dr James J. Brownse, with Cathy Swift (honorand) and Pádraic Moran (conference organiser).

Presentation to Cathy Swift

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Update on registration and conference dinner

Thanks to all those who registered online so far. This has been very helpful for us in planning logistics for the conference.

Note that you can still register for the conference online (up until a few days before the event), and that everyone is welcome to show up on the day and register in person.

Unfortunately the conference dinner is now well over-subscribed, and we have a waiting list in the event that we can make extra spaces. Bear in mind that there is plenty of choice for restaurants in central Galway, and that everyone will be able to meet up informally in the bar of the House Hotel after the conference dinner proper.

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Online registration open

You can now register for the ICM on this website. [PS We would appreciate if you register by 27 May 2011.]

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ICM 2011: Draft programme and list of abstracts

A draft programme is now available for the ICM 2011. You can also find below abstracts for each title. Many thanks to all speakers for contributing to what promises to be a very lively event.

Further practical details, and an online registration form, will be published on this website in the next few days. (Any enquiries in the meantime to

ICM 2011: Programme (PDF file, 96 KB)
ICM 2011: Abstracts (PDF file, 160 KB)

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Special plenary session on Columbanus

We are please to announce that Dr Sébastien Bully (CNRS, Dijon) will present his latest work on the archaeology of Luxeuil, with an overview of early medieval monasticism in the region. The session will also feature papers by Dr Aidan Breen and Emmet Marron on their work on the Life of Columbanus and the archaeology of Annagray, respectively.

The Call for Papers deadline expires shortly: see below.

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Call for papers, 2011

The 25th Irish Conference of Medievalists will take place at the National University of Ireland, Galway, over 24–26 June 2011. The conference will feature:

  • A keynote address by Prof. Alf Smyth (Canterbury): ‘Ireland and Europe in the Middle Ages: Different cultures or different source materials?’
  • Special plenary session: ‘Cross-currents in Norse and Irish literature’, with Prof. Judith Jesch (Nottingham), Prof. Jan Erik Rekdal (Oslo) and Prof. Gísli Sigurðsson (Reykjavík).
  • Special plenary session: ‘New work on Columbanus’ (details to be announced).

We welcome proposals for papers of 20 minutes’ duration. Proposals should include a title and short abstract (200 words max.), and may be submitted on-line or e-mailed to Topics outside the field of Irish studies welcome!

Deadline: 28 February 2011

Download our poster: ICM 2011: Call for Papers (PDF file, 427 KB) [updated 21 Feb 2011]

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