Globalising the Rising: 1916 in context


Renowned national and international speakers will consider the impact and legacy of 1916 on global political systems.

DATE: 5 - 6 February 2016

VENUE: O’Reilly Hall, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4

This conference focusses on the Easter Rising which broke out in Dublin on 24 April 1916.  Aiming to inform public discourse in advance of the state centenary, it investigates the Rising both from international and interdisciplinary perspectives. By internationalising the Irish experience, this seminal event in modern Irish history will be considered in global context. The rising was shaped by transnational forces, including the end of empire, the growth of nationalism, and the First World War. Furthermore, the 1916 Rising was watched closely by radicals and aspirant revolutionaries as far away as India and Russia.

By interpreting the Rising from multiple disciplinary perspectives, new avenues of research into the 1916 Rising will be explored. Study of the Rising is by no means confined to historians. Scholars in memory studies, political science, medicine, language, and literary criticism will outline how this event impacts upon their own disciplines and also how their disciplines can advance our understanding of this event.

The conference is free of charge and open to everyone. The papers and panels presented are aimed to be of interest to everyone from school students to specialists.


Please register in advance in order to secure your place. Attendees should note that tickets must be booked for each day (Friday and Saturday) of the conference.  Please print your ticket and bring it with you to secure entry on the day in question. For group and school bookings, please contact in advance to avoid disappointment. Booking is through EVENTBRITE and is open for registration now.


This project has been funded by

University College Dublin Decade of Centenaries Award

Dr Conor Mulvagh

Lecturer in Irish History, UCD School of History & Archives, UCD Centre for War Studies


Dr Conor Mulvagh is Lecturer in Irish History at UCD with special responsibility for the decade of centenaries. He is currently researching the history of UCD during the Irish Revolution. He lectures on memory and commemoration as well as on nineteenth and twentieth century Irish and British history. He has previously lectured on the Irish revolution, the Northern Irish Troubles, and Irish Studies at UCD as well as having worked on the Royal Irish Academy’s Documents on Irish Foreign Policy project (2013). His recent publications include, Irish Days, Indian Memories: V. V. Giri and Indian Law Students at University College Dublin, 1913-1916 (Irish Academic Press, 2016) and The Irish Parliamentary Party at Westminster, 1900-18 (Manchester University Press, 2016).