Past Events

Since its foundation, the Irish Memory Studies Network has run an annual seminar series, as well as a number of workshops and conferences. Podcasts from many Network events are available via our Memory Cloud


‘Memory, Space and New Technologies’ Symposium.

The ‘Memory, Space and New Technologies’ symposium took place at IADT in June 2015.

The symposium addressed theoretical and critical perspectives on memory and subjectivity as it is mediated and created through new (digital) technologies. Speakers at the symposium included, Dr Ronit Lentin (TCD), Dr Anne Mulhall (UCD), Michael O’Rourke (Skopje), Prof Brian Singleton (TCD), Louise Lowe (Artistic Director, Anu productions), Evelyn Glynn (visual artist), Paul Gilgunn (composer-performer), and John Buckley (IADT).

Michael O'Rourke at the Memory, Space, and New Technologies Symposium (© Real Smart Media)

Michael O’Rourke at the Memory, Space, and New Technologies Symposium (© Real Smart Media)

Methodologies of Memory: Distinguished Lecture Series, Spring 2015.

The third lecture series of the Irish Memory Studies Network, on the theme of ‘Methodologies of Memory’, was hosted by the Humanities Institute, University College Dublin, from December 2014 – April 2015. The series was generously funded by UCD College of Arts and Celtic Studies and the Irish Research Council New Foundations.

December 2 – Professor Martijn Meeter
Cognitive Models of Memory, Trauma and Truth.

February 19 – Professor Ann Rigney
Transnational Memory: Bloody Sunday 1887-2014

March 24 – Professor Keith Murphy
The Neurobiology of Memory Encoding

April 7 – Dr Fred Cummins
The Folly of the Engram: Considering Individual and Collective Memory

April 14 – Professor Danielle Clarke
Memory as Method: The Practice of Memorialisation/Memorisation in Early Modern Women’s Poetry

April 21 – Dr Naomi McAreavey
Memory and Reconciliation: The 1641 Rebellion in (Northern) Irish History and Memory

April 28 – Dr Kate Kenny
Whistleblowing in Banks and the Role of Time


Ways of Representing the Past: Documentary Theatre in Ireland and Brazil.

Ways of Representing the Past: Documentary Theatre in Ireland and Brazil (L-R, Colin Murphy, Aideen Howard, Jimmy Murphy, Shaun Richards, Beatriz Kopshitz Bastos and Alinne Fernades)

Ways of Representing the Past: Documentary Theatre in Ireland and Brazil (L-R, Colin Murphy, Aideen Howard, Jimmy Murphy, Shaun Richards, Beatriz Kopshitz Bastos and Alinne Fernades)

Attilio Favorini opens the Introduction to Voicings: Ten Plays from the Documentary Theatre (1995) with Herodotus’ comments on The Capture of Miletus, a play on the recent Persian Wars by Phrynichus, performed in Athens in 492 BC, only some two years after the events it depicted. According to Herodotus, ‘the whole audience at the theatre burst into tears and fined Phrynichus a thousand drachmas for reminding them of a calamity that was their very own; they also forbade any future production of the play.’ The origins of documentary drama are then as old as that of western theatre itself and the form has lost none of its power to shock. This panel considers the ‘calamities’ that are our own.


Aideen Howard is Literary Director of the Abbey Theatre, commissioned No Escape and devised Down off his Stilts, a play about Yeats and the Abbey.

Colin Murphy is a journalist and author of Guaranteed!, a play about the government’s underwriting of the banking collapse, which is now also a film.

Jimmy Murphy is author of Brothers of the Brush and Kings of the Kilburn High Road is currently developing Of this Brave Time, a documentary about the Easter Rising for production by the Abbey in 2016.

Beatriz Kopshitz Bastos is literary advisor and produce of Cia Ludens, the Sao Paulo based company currently developing Amazon Diaries, a documentary play on Roger Casement’s time in the Amazon.

Alinne Fernandes has a PhD in Theatre and Translation from QUB and is currently working on the translation of Irish documentary plays (including No Escape) for a series of rehearsed readings by Cia Ludens.

2nd Lecture Series of the Irish Memory Studies Network – Memory and Community.

The second lecture series of the Irish Memory Studies Network focused on aspects of memory in relation to concepts of society and community, and considered the role of memory in community formation and cohesion.

March 3 – Professor Richard Kearney
The Politics of Memory: Between History and Imagination

April 1 – Professor Guy Beiner
Intra-Community Remembering and Forgetting: Commemorative Possessiveness and Envy in Ulster

April 8 – Dr Fionnuala Dillane
Affective Historiography, Effective Anne Enright: narrative, aesthetics and memory making


Memory and Trauma: The Body in Pain in Irish Culture

Conference of the Irish Memory Studies Network, September 2013
Keynote Lecture: Dr Kali Tal, ‘Issues in Contemporary Trauma Studies’

First Lecture Series of the Memory Studies Network – Gender and Commemoration

The first lecture series of the Irish Memory Studies Network, hosted by the UCD Humanities Institute in Spring 2013, featured work on diverse aspects of the ethics of commemoration and the role of gender in shaping commemorative practices and reception.

Lecture 1: Dr Oona Frawley, ‘Irish Memory Studies’
In this lecture, Dr Oona Frawley outlines the context for discussing memory studies in Irish literature and culture.

Lecture 2: Louise Lowe, ‘Laundry and the Memory of the Magdalen Laundries’
In this lecture, Louise Lowe, Director of Anu Productions, discusses the genesis and making of the award-winning 2012 theatre piece Laundry.

Lecture 3: Professor Cahal McLaughlin, ‘Armagh Women’s Prison Memories (Prisons Memory Archive)’
In this lecture Professor Cahal McLaughlin discusses the film project Prisons Memory Archive and the use of film in excavating a divisive past.

Lecture 4: Professor Margaret Kelleher, ‘Memory studies and Famine studies: Gender, Genealogy, History’
In this lecture Professor Margaret Kelleher discusses recent approaches to the narrativisation and commemoration of the Irish Famine.

Lecture 5: Dr Emily Mark-Fitzgerald, ‘Famine Commemoration and Migration’
In this lecture Dr Emily Mark-Fitzgerald discusses international practice in monuments dedicated to the Irish Famine.

Lecture 6: Dr Emilie Pine, ‘Commemorating Abuse: Gender politics and Making Space’
In this lecture Dr Emilie Pine discusses recent work in Irish culture which commemorates institutional abuse.

Lectures 1 and 2 are available as podcasts on the Memory Cloud.
Lectures 3-6 are available as UCD Scholarcasts.