Research podcasts produced by ELEVATE Fellows

Posted: 9 January, 2015

Innovative research-based podcasts have been produced by two ELEVATE Irish Research Council International Career Development Fellows (co-funded by Marie Cure Actions):

  • Dr Malcolm Sen: Maynooth University & Harvard University;
  • Dr Coleman Dennehy: University College Dublin & University College London.

Irish Studies and the Environmental Humanities

Introduction by Series Editor, Dr Malcolm Sen:

Every reader and scholar of Irish literature is familiar with its extensive genealogy of nature writing, and a ‘sense of place’ found across a great variety of texts. While not unique to Ireland such a rich heritage has produced some of the most enduring and exciting literary and cultural criticisms. However, given our contemporary concerns with environmental issues, of which climate change is one, literary and cultural narratives need to be re-read and re-energized to help us find a language that speaks to current existential anxieties.

This series brings together a variety of scholars from the humanities and sciences, public officials and politicians, who help us understand and better narrate environmental issues. Such wide-scale, interdisciplinary engagement will update traditional methods of viewing and critiquing nature in Irish literary narratives, and also demonstrate the central importance of narrative in imagining environmental issues and habitable futures. Narrative, it is argued overall, produces conceptual leaps, empathetic bonds, and has deep historical, cultural and somatic effects, all of which determine how we engage with our environments.

Dr Sen is an ELEVATE Irish Research Council International Career Development Fellow – co-funded by Marie Cure Actions.

To access this podcast series, visit the following link:

Law and Revolution in Ireland: Law and lawyers before, during, and after the Cromwellian Interregnum

Conference Overview:
The 1641 rebellion, subsequent wars, and the political change that followed were to have a profound and lasting effect on the island for generations. Recent historiographical trends have seen great strides made in our understanding of the military, political, and religious aspects of this upheaval, but despite some notable work already undertaken, the role of lawyers and the law in this general crisis still warrants further attention.

How consistent with the law and the constitution of Ireland was government policy and its main actors in the decade before the rising? What role did the legal community play in the wars and political dynamics of the period? How did the law adapt to the new political realities in Ireland after 1649, and how was it used to effect a restoration of peace and stability after 1660? To what extent do these changes reflect the situation in Scotland and England at the time? These questions and others were considered at the Law and Revolution in Ireland conference.

This conference took place in the Irish House of Lords, Dublin on 27 and 28 November 2014. It was organised by Dr Coleman Dennehy (University College Dublin/University College London) in association with the Irish Legal History Society, and supported by the ILHS, the Bank of Ireland, UCD Humanities Institute, University College London Department of History, and UCD School of History and Archives.

Dr Dennehy is an ELEVATE Irish Research Council International Career Development Fellow – co-funded by Marie Cure Actions.

The podcasts were recorded for the UCD Humanities Institute podcast series by Real Smart Media.

To access these podcasts, visit the following link:

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