Digitising Ireland: Irish Studies PGR Symposium 2021

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Hear how postgraduate research relating to Ireland has been aided by online collections and is creating digital output.

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The institute of Irish Studies at Queen's University, Belfast, presents a PGR symposium, 'Digitising Ireland: research with online collections'. Join us as we hear from PGRs using online collections in their research and creating digital output. Topics include sound archives, digital mapping, accessibility and public engagement. Panel discussions concerning the challenges, benefits and possibilities of digitisation will be led by academics and curatorial staff working with Irish collections.

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Welcome 10.00


Panel 1: Online opportunities: New perspectives and obstacles in Irish research

Chair: Deirdre Wildy QUB Special Collections

Samuel Guthrie, QUB, School of History Edward O’Hara: Archives and ethics during lockdown

Hannah Mac Auliffe, Trinity College Dublin, School of History CELT: the benefits and pitfalls of using digitised annals in the research of medieval Irish kingship

Samuel Beckton, University of Ulster, School of HistoryThe Unbroken Covenant: Could Ulster Unionists have controlled a nine-county state, 1920-1939?


Panel 2: Virtual Voices: revisiting and preserving online sound archives

Chair: Prof. Sean O’Connell, QUB

Conor Murphy, Trinity College Dublin, School of History ‘Memories of a Magdalene Laundry: Revisiting the Magdalene Oral History Collection’.

Martin Duffy, QUB, School of Irish Studies Digitalizing Narrative Accounts of "the Troubles": A Review of a segment of the British Library "Unlocking our Sound Heritage" Programme.

Samuel Guthrie, NMNI & QUB. Irish voices in the archive: unlocking Our Sound Heritage at NMNI

Lunch break 12.15-1.00


Panel 3: Cyber spaces: The challenges, accessibility and audiences of digitised places. Chair: Dr Darragh Gannon, QUB

Rebecca Milligan, QUB, School of Natural and Built Environment Mapping WW2 Airfields

Chris Hamill, QUB, School of Architecture The Atlas of Lost Rooms

Sarah McDonagh, QUB, School of Arts English Digitisation & Accessibility: Prisons Memory Archive Case Study

Jonathan Small & Robert Barratt, QUB, School of Natural and Built environment Minecraft at the Museum: engaging children with NMNI collections and museums online.


Closing Round Table: Using digitised sources in academic research.

Chair: Dr. Lisa Griffith, Programme Manager, Digital Repository of Ireland

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