Partitions and borders: a comparative and interdisciplinary conference


A conference assessing a formative phenomenon in history and international relations at a time when borders, partition, and migration are increasingly visible.

DATE: 24-25 May 2018

VENUE: School of History, John Henry Newman Building, University College Dublin

On 24-25 May 2018, a two-day international conference will be held in University College Dublin, Ireland, examining comparative and interdisciplinary approaches to partition and border studies. 2020 marks the centenary of the 1920 Government of Ireland Act which legislated for a two-state solution to the Irish question. Nationally, this conference prefaces this event by considering the wider history and contexts of partition. Internationally, the conference provides a forum in which scholars can come together in a focussed manner to explore the interoperability of their differing approaches to this pivotal issue in the history of the modern world.

Jointly organised by University College Dublin and Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, this conference will bring together scholars working on aspects of partition and border studies from multiple disciplines. The conference aims to consider multiple geographical regions and time periods drawing parallels through a targeted analysis of the phenomenon of partition in history and society.


UCD Partition and Border Studies

Running order UCD Partition and Border Studies, 24-25.05.18

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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). 

Image of the Fermanagh-Cavan border from an Irish Government anti-partition pamphlet, 1951.