Call for Papers

The aim of the conference is to highlight new research and resources, yet also to refocus attention on material and visual technologies, economies, and epistemologies that shape Famine memories and legacies. Papers might address (but are not limited to):

  • visibility of impacts of the Famine upon the land and environment
  • social and material cultures of food and hunger
  • ritual and social practices of protest, resistance and commemoration
  • architectural history and legacy of workhouses and other institutions
  • print and periodical culture
  • photographic and cinematic engagements
  • dramatic stagings of the Famine
  • folklore collection and the museology of social histories
  • archaeologies of death and burial
  • Famine and popular culture
  • tourism and heritage development
  • tenement life and displacement/settlement in Ireland and the diaspora
  • historical and contemporary artistic engagements with the Famine
  • intertwined representations of Famine and contemporary migrations

Abstracts of 250-300 words for 20-minute papers, or proposals for roundtable sessions on specific themes and comprising 10-minute contributions, are invited and can be submitted by 15 December, along with 100-word biographical statements, to:

Dr. Marguerite Corporaal (, director of INIFS
Dr. Oona Frawley (, local organizer
Dr. Emily Mark-FitzGerald (, advisor

The Great Famine and its Impacts_CFP.pdf