PRONI – Public Record Office of Northern Ireland AND Queens University Belfast
13 – 15 June 2019
Prisons, Asylums, Workhouses: Institutions in Ireland Conference 2019
From the late 18th century, residential institutions were built in ever-greater numbers in Ireland and elsewhere. As the numbers and types of institutions for care, confinement and/or reform multiplied during the 19th and into the 20th century, critics questioned their effectiveness, the living conditions prevailing within and their very humanity, questions that still loom large in Ireland, north and south, today. #PAWIreland2019 brings together researchers, professionals and artists from the US, Europe, Britain and Ireland, to discuss three centuries of institutional life in Ireland and the voices and spaces of the marginalised in Irish society. The conference promises to be thought-provoking, enlightening and truly memorable with 42 speakers from the US, Europe, Britain and Ireland covering institutions in all their historic diversity.
Co-organisers: Dr Gillian Allmond (QUB) and Triona Waters (University of Limerick)
PRONI Liaison: Dr Glynn Kelso
Committee: Dr Max Meulendijks, Dr Wills McNeilly, Clare Privilege, Oonagh Murray, Susan Clarke, Cathy McCusker, Dr David Bell
Supporters: We are very grateful for the financial and ‘in kind’ support of the School of Natural and Built Environment “Culture and Society” Research Cluster, Queen’s University Belfast and the following bodies, without whose assistance, this conference would not have been possible:
We would also like to thank Alison Lowry, artist, for the art installation that she has created specially for the conference, and which can be seen in the foyer of PRONI. The installation will remain in PRONI until 4 July 2019. Alison is currently also exhibiting her work at the National Museum, Collins Barracks in Dublin.
Postgraduate/ECR Bursaries: Congratulations to Victoria Pearson and Michael Robinson who have been awarded bursary funding. This was made possible through a conference organisation grant from the Royal Historical Society.
The call for papers is now closed and a provisional programme has been issued to all contributers by Dr Gillian Allmond and Triona Waters and is also available on this website. Please do not hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org for any further queries.
The conference will take place over three days, 13th to 15 June 2019 at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI), which is located in the Titanic Quarter of Belfast and Queen’s University Belfast, on the final day.
Conference events will include:
- A wine reception and tour of Clifton House (former poorhouse for Belfast)
- A conference dinner at Crumlin Road Gaol (including a tour of the former prison)
- A walking tour of West Belfast led by former republican and loyalist prisoners.
- PRONI staff will lead tours of the building during the conference and present selected archive records.