BAIS Council Elections 2020

We are pleased to announce our forthcoming elections this Autumn to appoint the organisation’s Council for 2021-23. Our organisation operates with a council of 15: the Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, and 11 ordinary council members. Our elections open on 6 November and close on 27 November, with successful candidates notified by 1 December. If you are a member […]

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This is a report on major Irish Studies activity, compiled by Lloyd (Meadhbh) Houston, BAIS Communications Manager.  If you wish to be included in a future report and have activities under the following headings only, please mail Please note, this is limited to activity in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. It will be circulated to the EFACIS […]


BAIS Prize Winners 2020

We would like to congratulate all of our prize winners for 2020. We hope to be able to celebrate their successes in person in 2021. We thank our judges for their scrupulous work in difficult circumstances this year and the Embassy of Ireland for funding our bursaries. The BAIS Essay Prize is kindly supported by […]

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BAIS Conference Cultural Programme – Liverpool 2020

BAIS CULTURAL PROGRAMME Institute of Irish Studies, Liverpool. More details on booking to follow. Please find our CFP here.  Thursday 2 July – What If? A Play by Patricia Downey (Spanner in the Works Theatre) Friday 3 July – Eimear McBride in conversation with Professor Derval Turbidy (Goldsmiths) Saturday 4 July – Tony Doherty and Jimmy McGovern in conversation   Biographies PATRICIA DOWNEY/SPANNER IN THE WORKS THEATRE Spanner in the Works Theatre […]

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Literature and Women’s History of the Northern Irish ‘Troubles’ Conflict

Republican Feminism(s): Literature and Women’s History of the Northern Irish ‘Troubles’ Conflict The final instalment in our BAIS postgraduate bursary prize winner series comes from Aimee Walsh (Liverpool John Moores University). Aimee utilised her bursary winnings to attend a writing retreat in the late stages of her PhD. My PhD research examines the representation of […]

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Historical Puzzles

Historical Puzzles The fifth instalment in our series of posts by BAIS postgraduate bursary winners comes from Rachel Kowalski (Wolfson College, Oxford). Rachel utilised her bursary funding for a trip to Galway to speak at an NUI Galway research seminar about her work on the Provisional IRA and sectarianism. As a historian, I spend my […]

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Being English in Ireland

Being English in Ireland The fourth instalment in our series of posts by BAIS postgraduate bursary winners comes from Victoria Brown (Queen Mary, University of London). Victoria used her bursary funding to conduct preliminary research in the Republic of Ireland for her thesis on the experience English emigrants in Ireland. “Do you mean Irish people […]

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