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News: Research Prize, University of Santiago

The University of Santiago Institutional Chair of the Camino de Santiago and Pilgrimages has announced its annual competition for new research on the Camino de Santiago or on pilgrimages.


Any researcher, from Spain or any another country, may submit a work completed in the calendar year 2020 and created by one individual or by a team of authors.  This includes doctoral dissertations which deal with the Camino de Santiago or Pilgrimage under any disciplinary lens, such as history, culture, geography, tourism studies…

A firm requirement for consideration by the jury will be that the work has not received any prior prize.  The monetary award (by wire transfer) is 1000€ accompanied by a certificate of recognition.  The prize will be shared equally if there are multiple winners.  The work may be in any language but requires a 1500-word summary in Galician, Spanish or English.

The application form, in Galician, is in the attached file.  For further assistance, contact the Cátedra Institucional do Camiño de Santiago e das Peregrinacións da USC

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Event: Women Traveling, 8-10 June, 2021

Women traveling: Feminine experiences, narratives and writings about changing and diverse times and worlds
VIRTUAL SCIENTIFIC EVENT, June 8, 9 and 10, 2021

XIV Interdisciplinary Conference on Studies on Women
XI International Conference on Women in the Middle Ages
VI Colloquium on Bibliographic Update on Issues of the Female Universe

Women in the Middle Ages, to be held on June 8, 9 and 10, 2021 at the Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, University Nacional de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina, virtual modality.

Programme available here

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Event: Fourth International Congress on the Camino de Santiago and Pilgrimages, 21-22 July 2021

With the goal of making available the research, promotional efforts and educational outlets of individuals, institutions and universities, within and beyond Spain’s borders, during this two-year Jacobean Holy Year, the “Fourth International Congress on the Camino de Santiago and Pilgrimages. Twenty-one Studies for the Holy Year” sponsored by the Univ. of Santiago de Compostela will take place.

In the course of two days university students and faculty, national and regional associations of Friends of the Camino, research centers, specialists in tourism and the general public are welcome to hear the results of 21 projects in diverse disciplinary fields, promotional initiatives and educational outlets.  All were funded last September by the Univ. of Santiago de Compostela, the Ministry of Tourism of the Autonomous Region of Galicia, and the Cathedral of Santiago under the aegis of the University’s Institutional Chair on the Camino de Santiago and Pilgrimages.

          In English

          In Galician

          In Spanish

Presentations in Spanish and Galician.  Fees: 60€ in person, 25€ on-line

Address questions to Severine at

Miguel Taín Guzmán
Professor of Art History
Director of the Institutional University Chair “The Saint James Way and Pilgrimages” 
University of Santiago de Compostela

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Event: Church Momuments Society Lectures 2021

Church Monuments Society
Lectures online via Zoom

10 April 2021 – 5pm GMT
Fine and Private Places: or, why study funerary monuments?
A general introduction to the study of funerary monuments by Dr Jean Wilson MBE FSA.

17 April 2021 – 5pm GMT
‘Reading’ Damage and Design in British and Irish Cadaver Sculptures
A talk discussing the history of these unusual Church monuments, by Dr Christina Welch, University of Winchester.

24 April 2021 – 5pm GMT
The Cross-Legged Effigy in Context: Myth and Legend
A talk about cross-legged effigies of medieval knights, by Mr Mark Downing, President of the Church Monuments Society.

01 May 2021 – 5pm GMT
A Dead Good Job: Gravedigging in Municipal Cemeteries
An in-depth talk about the role of gravediggers, by Dr Helen Frisby and Dr Stuart Prior.

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Event: WHAI Online Conference 2021

Women’s History Association of Ireland
Conference 2020/2021
Besieged bodies: Gendered violence, sexualities and motherhood
March 2021
Online Conference via Zoom

Day 1 WHAI Conference, 5 March 2021 features a medieval session in the morning and a medieval keynote in the evening:

Panel 2: 11.45-1.15pm

2. Pregnancy, motherhood and violence
Chair: Mary McAuliffe

Niamh Wycherley, ‘Gendered and sexual violence in early medieval Ireland’.
Elaine Pereira Farrell, ‘Pregnancy and Motherhood in early medieval Ireland’.
Áine Foley, ‘Ravished and taken by force: Rape and abduction in Ireland during the later medieval period’.

Keynote 5pm: Professor Ruth Karras (Trinity College Dublin):
Chair: Dr Elva Johnston (UCD)
‘Mutilation as Gendered Punishment: State Violence and Sexual Transgression in Medieval Europe’

Registration and further Details available here:

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News: Óenach Reviews 10 (2019-2020)

Our most recent issue of Óenach features the following review:

Rachel Moss, Felicity O’Mahony and Jane Maxwell (eds), An Insular Odyssey. Manuscript Culture in Early Christian Ireland and Beyond. Reviewed by Deborah Hayden (pp. 14–20)

The editors of this volume are to be congratulated for producing a varied and wide-ranging, but also cohesive and rigorous, collection of essays that pay fitting tribute to the scholarship of Bernard Meehan and the work of the TCD Early Irish Manuscripts project. The book will be of interest to a broad audience of academics specialising in various aspects of early and later medieval Irish manuscript culture, the history of liturgy, missionary activity, and the transmission of ideas between the Insular world and centres of learning on the European continent. In addition, however, it is also a valuable and accessible resource for members of the wider public who wish to explore in more depth some of the most famous manuscript treasures held in the library of Trinity Dublin.

An Insular Odyssey is currently available half-price from Four Courts Press:

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News: NUI Publication Prizes for Irish History

Irish Historical Research Prize

The Irish Historical Research Prize is offered in alternate years for the best new work of historical research with a significant Irish dimension, which must have been published for the first time, by a graduate of the National University of Ireland. The work, which should be substantial, must be of an original character indicating direct research in historical records. Works previously entered for the Prize are not eligible for consideration.

The Application Form, Regulations, and FAQs are available from
The deadline for applications is Friday, 9 April 2021

NUI Publication Prize in Irish History

The NUI Publication Prize in Irish History, first introduced as an NUI Centennial Award in 2008, is offered for competition in alternate years to graduates of the National University of Ireland of doctoral status. Works eligible to be considered for the Prize must be published as a first sole author book following the conferral of a doctoral degree. The work, which should be substantial, must be of an original character indicating direct research in historical records.

The Application Form, Regulations, and FAQs are available from
The deadline for applications is Friday, 9 April 2021.

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NEWS: NUI Travelling Doctoral Studentships 2021

NUI Travelling Doctoral Studentships
Deadline for applications 12 March 2021

The NUI Travelling Doctoral Studentship Scheme is one of the University’s longest running competitions and has been in existence since 1910. Funded by the University from its own resources, it continues an earlier scheme established by the Royal University of Ireland, which preceded NUI.

The NUI Travelling Doctoral Studentship Scheme has as its main objectives:

  1. to encourage the most able students in the NUI federal system to pursue research;
  2. to enable these students to undertake postgraduate research abroad, in the most reputable universities, towards a doctoral degree, or
  3. to enable students registered in NUI institutions participating in international partnerships to undertake substantial research periods overseas as part of their doctoral studies;
  4. to attract these scholars back to enrich the learning community within NUI.

In 2021, the maximum value of a full Travelling Doctoral Studentship will be €24,000 per annum to include a stipend of €16,000 and a contribution towards fees of up to €8,000, where appropriate.

The competition for the Travelling Doctoral Studentships in the Humanities & Social Sciences and the Travelling Doctoral Studentships in the Sciences are now open.

NUI is aware of the impact that the COVID-19 emergency is having on academic life both in Ireland and internationally. NUI is committed to providing ongoing funding and support to its awards recipients at this challenging time, and understands that travel plans may be amended during or after the application process.

The deadline for applications is Friday, 12 March 2021.

Further details available:

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News: Óenach Reviews 10 (2019-20)

Óenach Reviews 10 (2019-20)
Edited by Dr Clare Downham

FMRSI is pleased to announce the publication of the latest issue of our review journal, Óenach.
Edited by Dr Clare Downham, Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool.

1. Laura Cleaver, Education in Twelfth-Century Art and Architecture: Images of Learning in Europe, c. 1100-1220. Reviewed by Róisín Astell(pp. 1–7)

2. Mark Hagger, Norman Rule in Normandy, 911-1144. Reviewed by Katherine Cross(pp. 7–13)

3. Rachel Moss, Felicity O’Mahony and Jane Maxwell (eds), An Insular Odyssey. Manuscript Culture in Early Christian Ireland and Beyond. Reviewed by Deborah Hayden(pp. 14–20)

4. Niamh Wycherley, The Cult of Relics in Early Medieval Ireland. Reviewed by Shane Lordan(pp. 21–25)

5. Geraint Evans and Helen Fulton (eds), The Cambridge History of Welsh Literature. Reviewed by Sara Elin Roberts(pp. 26–35)

6. Michael W. Herren and Shirley Ann Brown, Christ in Celtic Christianity: Britain and Ireland from the Fifth to the Tenth Century. Reviewed by Kevin G. Smith(pp. 36–39)

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Event: James Ford Lectures 2021

The James Ford Lectures in Hilary Term 2021

Ireland, empire, and the early modern world

Jane Ohlmeyer

(Trinity College Dublin)

Frontispiece in Sir James Ware, Equitis Aurati de Hibernia and Antiquitatibus ejus, Disquisitiones (London, 1658)

The illustration depicts Hibernia as both shepherdess and huntress, with bees – the symbols of industry and colonization – circling her head and Irish wolfhounds at her side.  This, and the accompanying contrasts between the wild forests and the cultivated arable and pastoral lands represents many of the themes that are explored in these lectures which re-examine Ireland’s role in empire through the lens of early modernity. The focus will be on Ireland and the First English Empire (c.1550-1770s) but it is critical, where possible and appropriate, to look to other European and global empires for meaningful comparisons and contrasts.  These lectures draw on a wide range of written, visual, and archaeological sources while works of poetry, prose, and performance help to recapture emotions and more nuanced senses of identity. 

Four interconnected themes underpin the series. First, as England’s first colony, Ireland formed an integral part of the English imperial system. Second, as well as being colonised the Irish operated as active colonists in the English and other European empires. Third, the extent to which Ireland served as laboratory for empire in India and the Atlantic world is analysed.  Finally, the impact empire had on the material and mental worlds of people living in early modern Ireland is examined alongside how these years are remembered today.

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News: Óenach: Reviews 9 (2017-18)

Delighted to announce the publication of the latest volume of our review journal, Óenach.

Óenach is edited by Dr Ann Buckley and as previously announced Dr Clare Downham, Institute of Irish Studies, has joined the editorial team. We would like to take this opportunity to welcome Clare again.

Óenach Reviews 9 (2017-18)

1. T. Atkin and F. Leneghan (eds), The Psalms and Medieval English Literature: From the Conversion to the Reformation. Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2017. Reviewed by Christine Rauer (pp. 1–4)

2. Marian Bleeke, Motherhood and Meaning in Medieval Sculpture. Representations from France, c. 1100-1500. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 2017. Reviewed by Gabrielle Storey (pp. 5–7)

3. Ann Buckley (ed.), Music, Liturgy, and the Veneration of Saints of the Medieval Irish Church in a European Context. Ritus et Artes, 8. Turnhout: Brepols, 2017. Reviewed by Charles Doherty (pp. 8–25)

4. Peter Crooks and Seán Duffy (eds), The Geraldines and Medieval Ireland: The Making of a Myth. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2017. Reviewed by Simon Egan (pp. 26–32)

5. Charles Doherty and Jan Erik Rekdal (eds), Kings and Warriors in Early North-West Europe. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2016. Reviewed by John Tighe (pp. 33–39)

6. Seán Duffy (ed.), Medieval Dublin xvi: Proceedings of Clontarf 1014–2014: National Conference Marking the Millennium of the Battle of Clontarf. Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2017. Reviewed by Stephen Hewer (pp. 40–49)

7. Roy Flechner & Sven Meeder (eds), The Irish in Early Medieval Europe. Identity, Culture and Religion. London: Palgrave, 2016. Reviewed by Ali Bonner (pp. 50–56)

8. Eric Haywood, Fabulous Ireland — Ibernia Fabulosa: Imagining Ireland in Renaissance Italy. Bern: Peter Lang, 2014. Reviewed by Caoimhe Whelan (pp. 57–64)

9. Georgia Henley and A. Joseph McMullen (edd), Gerald of Wales: New Perspectives on a Medieval Writer and Critic (University of Wales Press: Cardiff, 2018). Reviewed by Sparky Booker (pp. 65–73)

10. Elva Johnston, Literacy and Identity in Early Medieval Ireland, Studies in Celtic History 33. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 2013. Reviewed by Patrick Wadden (pp. 74–78)

11.  Andrew King and Matthew Woodcock (eds), Medieval into Renaissance: Essays for Helen Cooper. Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2016. Reviewed by Caoimhe Whelan (pp. 79–86)

12.  Henning Laugerud, Salvador Ryan and Laura Katrine Skinnebach (eds), The Materiality of Devotion in Late Medieval Northern Europe: Images, Objects and Practices, Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2016. Reviewed by Andrew George Foster (pp. 87–94)

13. Peter J. Lucas & Angela M. Lucas, The Medieval Manuscripts at Maynooth: Explorations in the Unknown (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2014). Reviewed by Áine Foley (pp. 95–97)

14.  Lynette Olson (ed.), St Samson of Dol and the Earliest History of Brittany, Cornwall and Wales. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 2017. Reviewed by Elysée Yhuel (pp. 98–103)

15.  Jerry Root, The Theophilus Legend in Medieval Text and Image. Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2017. Reviewed by Marie Charbonnel (pp. 104–108)


For further information regarding our review journal please see the website:


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Event: Making Sense of Song in Anglo-Saxon England, Online Lecture, 24 April 2020, 4pm GMT


Online Lecture

This event provides an opportunity to gather virtually across the globe, owing to the cancellation of the FMRSI conference on ‘Hearing and Auditory Perception’ on 24-25 April at Trinity College Dublin. Dr Barrett was to give one of the keynote lectures on that occasion, and has now kindly offered to present it online. There will be an opportunity for Q&A after the lecture, followed by an informal ‘meeting’, both of which will be accessible to all participants.

Please note: Registration is essential. 

Only registered attendees will be sent a link to the Zoom event which is kindly facilitated by the Medieval History Research Centre, Trinity College Dublin.

For enquiries, please email:

For ongoing updates about the postponed 2020 Conference, see our website:


‘Making Sense of Song in Anglo-Saxon England’

Dr Sam Barrett, University of Cambridge

What did it mean to listen to song in Anglo-Saxon England? When so little is known about the singing of early medieval poetry beyond the liturgical round, any attempt to answer to this question might seem premature. It is argued in this paper that a significant source of information about the place of song in histories of listening, emotion and musical cognition has been overlooked. Glosses added to Anglo-Saxon copies of Boethius’ De consolatione philosophiae contain insightful commentary on the songs that play a central role in the unfolding dialogue. These glosses will be investigated along two axes. The Latin commentary on key passages is compared with continental traditions from the ninth to eleventh centuries. Insular Latin glosses are then compared with Anglo-Saxon translations of the De consolatione philosophiae. What emerges are evaluations of singing and listening that differ significantly between Anglo-Saxon and continental traditions. Most importantly, the distinctive formulations provided in the insular glosses and Anglo-Saxon translations align with the findings of recent studies of Anglo-Saxon psychology by Leslie Lockett and Britt Mize. Interpretation of key terms in the light of models of cognition recently traced by literary scholars opens up a broader context for understanding how sense was made of song in Anglo-Saxon England. A final example, announcing a previously unknown notation for Philosophia’s opening lament, demonstrates in practical terms what it meant for a melody ‘to come to mind’ in Anglo-Saxon England.

Sam Barrett is Reader in Early Medieval Music as the University of Cambridge and Fellow at Pembroke College. He is a specialist in early medieval music with a particular interest in Latin song and issues in notation, transmission and performance. His work within medieval music is driven by an interest in song, especially in the way it crosses boundaries between text and music, writing and orality, and memory and performance. These interests have focussed on arguably the earliest surviving layer of the Western European lyric tradition, namely the music of the late antique and early medieval Latin lyric, in relation to which he has identified new notated sources and developed analytical techniques for assessing a musical tradition previously presumed to lie beyond detailed commentary.

Dr Barrett has extended his scholarly work through collaboration with the Sequentia ensemble over the last five years, resulting in contributions to several concert programmes, and a recording titled Boethius: Songs of Consolation – Metra from 11th-century Canterbury (Glossa, 2018). His latest performing edition of songs reconstructed in conjunction with members of Sequentia from the mid-eleventh century Cambridge Songs manuscript is freely available on the project website:

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NEWS:NUI Grant Scheme for Early Career Academics (Pilot Phase II)

NUI Grant Scheme for Early Career Academics (Pilot Phase II)

Closing Date Extended to 17 April 2020
(Given Covid19 situation, please check NUI website for updates)

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Event: Medicine in the Medieval North Atlantic World, Maynooth University, Mar 2020

Medicine in the Medieval North Atlantic World,
Maynooth University,
19-21 March 2020

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Event: Kilkenny: Memorial Capital of Ireland , May 2020

Kilkenny: Memorial Capital of Ireland,
15 – 17 May 2020 Continue reading

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EVENT: The Flour & Corn Mills of Dublin, 4 Oct

The Flour & Corn Mills of Dublin
Wood Quay Venue
Dublin City Council Civic Offices
Dublin 8

Friday 4th October 

Flour and corn mills were central to the expansion of Dublin from the early medieval period, with milling reaching its zenith during the 19th century due to population increase and technological advances. Several examples of large
industrial corn and flour mills, such as Boland’s Mills in Ringsend, remain as landmarks within the cityscape and serve as physical reminders of a once vibrant industry.

Dublin City Council Archaeology Section in association with the Industrial Heritage Association of Ireland present a seminar on the historical context and archaeological evidence for the development of corn and flour milling in Dublin.

9.00 Registration

9.30 Opening address

9.45 Colin Rynne on the development of corn and flour mill technology in Ireland

10.15 Claire Walsh on the archaeological evidence of milling in early medieval and medieval Ireland

10.45 Niall Colfer on the corn and flour mills in post-medieval Dublin

11.15 Break

11.30 Franc Myles on the rise and fall of the city’s windmills

12.00 Fred Hammond on revolutionary developments in Dublin’s milling industry

12.30 Q&A and close, chaired by Ruth Johnston, Dublin City Archaeologist

Attendance is free but booking is essential. Please see link below to register:
Dublin Festival of History

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NEWS: Óenach, Reviews & Dr Clare Downham

FMRSI coordinators, Ann Buckley, Carry Griffin and Emer Purcell, are delighted to welcome Dr Clare Downham who has joined Ann Buckley as Assistant Editor of Óenach:Reviews.

A graduate of St Andrews and Cambridge universities, Clare is Reader in Irish Studies at the Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool. Her publications have focused on Viking Age history and contact across the Irish Sea in the Middle Ages. Her most recent book Medieval Ireland AD400–1500 was published by Cambridge University Press in 2017.

Óenach: FMRSI Reviews is an online series specifically for reviews.

Please see link here for issues:

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EVENT: The Viking Mounds at Jelling, UCD

The Viking mounds at Jelling and ancient Irish kingship

Charles Doherty

11.00 am Wednesday 10 April 2019

Theatre 1, Newman basement, UCD

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EVENT: Dante, Public Lecture Series 2019, UCC

Public Lecture Series 2019

The Department of Italian UCC and CASiLaC (Centre for Advanced Studies in Languages and Cultures) are pleased to announce the annual series of five public lectures on Dante:

  • Mon January 21 – Dagmar Ó Riain-Raedel (Cork) – “Dante’s Commedia: did it all start in Cork?”
  • Mon January 28 – Dr Vittorio Montemaggi (King’s College London) – “Goodness and Darkness: What did Dante actually think of Hell?”
  • Mon February 4 – Dr Federica Coluzzi (University of Manchester) – “A Tale of Two (Victorian) Sisters: Reading Dante with Christina and Maria Francesca Rossetti”
  • Mon February 11 – Dr Rhiannon Daniels (University of Bristol) – “Positioning the Author in Renaissance editions of Dante”
  • Mon February 18 – Dr Alessandro Gentili (Florence) – “Reading John Montague sub specie Dantis

VENUE: All lectures take place in BOOLE LECTURE THEATRE 1

TIME: 7.00pm


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Post-doctoral Fellowships, Doctoral Funding and Grants for Early Career Academic among awards open for competition as part of the 2019 NUI Awards Scheme

On Monday 21 January 2019 NUI launched its annual competitions for graduate, doctoral and post-doctoral awards and grants.Last year, NUI granted in excess of €1 million worth of awardsto NUI students, graduates and staff, and looks forward to continuing with another successful year of the Scheme in 2019.

Among the Awards on offer in 2019 are:

  1. A Post-Doctoral Fellowshipin Sciences, Engineering and Architecture, worth €80,000
  2. 4 NUI Travelling Studentshipsin the Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences, each worth €96,000 to fund doctoral students undertaking travelas part of their PhD programme
  3. An NUI Dr Peter Sutherland Travelling Studentship, worth €96,000 to fund a doctoral student within the broad field of European Studies
  4. NUI Dr Mary L Thornton Scholarship and Prize in Educationfor doctoral students in the field of Education
  5. The Irish Historical Research PrizeandNUI Publication Prize in Irish Historyfor publications in the area of Irish history for doctoral students in the field of Education

NUI is particularly delighted to offer the NUI Dr Peter Sutherland Travelling Studentship in European Studiesin 2019, in honour of the late Dr Peter Sutherland SC, in respect of his work in the area of EU student mobility and his wider range of EU-related interests and experience. It will be open to competition to doctoral students in any area of European Studies and is valued at €96,000.

This year’s programme of Awards reflects
NUI’s commitment to supporting and
encouraging academic achievement at all levels
throughout the federal university. It will provide fantastic opportunities for students and graduates
for further study or research, whether
in Ireland or overseas.

Dr Attracta Halpin,
NUI Registrar


Full details, application forms and regulations for all of the awards on offer can be found on the 2019 NUI Awards Pageor on social media at #NUIAwards19

Further information contact:
The Registrar,
National University of Ireland,
49 Merrion Square,
Dublin 2, D02 V583.
T:    353 (0)1 4392424
Twitter: @NUIMerrionSq
Facebook: National University of Ireland


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