PGR Report, History of Education Society Annual Conference, Limerick 9-10 November 2018

Catherine Holloway and Ellie Simpson

This year’s History of Education Annual Conference was welcomed to the historical city of Limerick, the third largest city in Ireland. Delegates were encouraged to explore the vibrant city and were impressed by the panoramic views over the River Shannon which the conference venue, the Strand Hotel, afforded. The conference commenced with an impassioned address from Dr Eilís O’Sullivan, who enlightened the audience on the historical origins of Mary Immaculate College. This was followed by an atmospheric wine reception accompanied by the Mary Immaculate College choir; this marked the beginning of this year’s annual History of Education Conference.

Friday saw a full and comprehensive programme of parallel panels and keynotes. The last session of the first day, saw the Wogan Suite, bustling with anticipation for the Post-Graduate Panel. The session was hosted by the newly appointed History of Education Society post-graduate representatives, Catherine Holloway and Ellie Simpson, who introduced each of the post-graduate presenters. The panel afforded each post-graduate student with an opportunity to present a ten-minute paper on their doctoral research. This rich and varied panel began with a paper by Francesca Rosati, papers then followed from Victoria Valdebenito, Ellen Regan, Olive Chute Burke, Carmelo Galioto and finally Steven Barclay. The panel concluded with an informal opportunity for the audience to ask the presenters questions and offer constructive feedback. The benefits of this opportunity were reported to the post-graduate representatives, by the presenters, who felt this panel was a supportive and inclusive event, especially given its central and significant position within the conference programme. Other post-graduate students chose to present longer twenty-minute papers within the parallel sessions relating to the conference themes of Revolution, Remembrance and Re-vision. A wide range of papers were given by Emily Barker, Joe Hopkinson, Catherine Freeman, Catherine Holloway, Mia Khachidze, Andria Tsangari, Catherine Sloan and Ellie Simpson.

The roof terrace of the Strand Hotel was transformed for the conference dinner. Delegates were treated to an unimpeded view of the illuminated city skyline. A designated table allowed for collaborative discussion between post-graduate students to continue from the day’s events. Friendships and networks were created over the three courses as conversation and wine flowed. Saturday saw yet more thought-provoking parallel sessions. The conference concluded with a well-attended Annual General Meeting of the History of Education Society; where a report on post-graduate activity was given by the post-graduate representatives. However, the day was concluded in various pubs across Limerick. Many reported on the success of the conference and anticipation for the post-graduate panel at the next History of Education Society Conference to be held at University College London in November 2019. For details on the conference and bursaries for society members, see the special Postgraduate Call for Papers here.

In addition, the advertisement for the History of Education Society Post-Graduate Conference, to be held at the University of Winchester in May 2019, was well received. For details on presenting at the conference, see the Call for Papers here.

The History of Education Society post-graduate representatives would like to thank the History of Education Society executive board for their continued help and support of post-graduate events. This is invaluable to post-graduate students who are embarking on an academic career. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank this year’s conference organising committee for their commitment to the conference. Finally, we would like to thank all the post-graduate presenters for their contributions. We very much look forward to developing and expanding this post-graduate community further.