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Historical Studies Committee

The committee was established in September 2014 with members from across academia professional organisations and agencies on the island of Ireland.

Latest News and Events

Early Modern Book Collections: Past, Present and Future

The Historical Studies Committee and the Library of the Royal Irish Academy are pleased to present a series of lunchtime lectures on the topic of early modern book collections. At each lecture, two experts from the field of print culture and book collecting will present short papers, to be followed by a Q&A session. The speakers will elaborate on the subjects of early modern libraries, private collections and caring for early modern collections in the 21st century.

Where: Royal Irish Academy
When: 24 April-5 May 2024, 13:00-14:00

History of  Emotions Podcasts


From grief to wonder: exploring emotions in Irish History

Listen to our podcast series which presents a new perspective of how histories of locations, buildings, places and experiences are enriched and deepened through the history of emotions.  Emotions are historically variable and embedded into the history of places, informing their design and architecture, and the circulation and the dissemination of ideas.

Reflect on the multidisciplinary perspectives of the podcasters who present a wide-ranging consideration of new approaches to historical subjects.  The podcasters offer an expanding range of methodological approaches such as how histories of emotion are informed by, for example; anthropology, architecture, material culture, epidemiology, psychology, literature and other disciplines.  

The series foregrounds a deeply ethical approach to thinking about the responsibilities of scholars when considering the importance of emotions in the experience, understanding and interpretation of historical events. Further, some of the podcasts address what are the ethical considerations needed when accessing archives and documents from institutional spaces, for example, hospitals and prisons.

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Heritage Podcast Series


To Preserve and Protect: Contemporary Issues in Irish Cultural Heritage

This is a series of eight 20 minute podcasts by academic researchers and leaders of major Irish heritage institutions. The series addresses questions of critical importance in Irish heritage. Opportunities and challenges of preservation and protection of Irish cultural heritage are addressed. It also provides a valuable and educational resource recorded by experts in heritage and preservation, which is publicly accessible to prompt thought and discussion.

Developed and produced by the Historical Studies Committee of the Royal Irish Academy. Supported by The Heritage Council as part of the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage. Recorded by Real Smart Media.

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