First Person Narratives #northumbria2014

Next week I’m attending the annual Social History Society conference, which is being held at the University of Northumbria in Newcastle. It is my first opportunity to test out a new research project, which in part explores the representation of women in the media. I’ll be focussing on what letters to Woman’s Way magazine reveals about social change in Ireland as the country experienced a period of transition.

This is part of a broader panel, which I co-organised with Dr Niamh Cullen (University College Dublin), that draws on first person writing and narratives as historical sources:





The full programme is available here.

A follow-up post will be posted after the conference.

Published by Dr Ciara Meehan

I am Head of History and Reader in History at the University of Hertfordshire. I am the author of 'The Cosgrave Party: a History of Cumann na nGaedheal, 1923-1933' (Royal Irish Academy, 2010) and 'A Just Society for Ireland? 1964-1987' (Palgrave, 2013). I also co-edited 'A Formative Decade: Ireland in the 1920s' (Irish Academic Press, 2015) and 'Perceptions of Pregnancy from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Century' (Palgrave, 2017).

5 thoughts on “First Person Narratives #northumbria2014

  1. Interesting, after reading the start I was wondering if you were moving away from history. Looking at the letters is a really interesting perspective to take!

    1. You should know me better than that — never turn my back on history! Just expanding the types of sources I work with. It’s been something I’ve been thinking about a lot since sharing an office with Niamh Cullen at UCD. She’s been doing some fascinating work mining magazines for what they reveal about coming of age in Italy.

      1. I suppose they’re an underappreciated source. Students are always told of the value of poetry, and more recently newspapers. But other publications which often better demonstrate societal trends are ignored….I remember prof Ferriter used them as examples of changing 20th c Ireland all the time, the arts ones who’s names I cannot remember (ops).

      2. Lot of snobbery in academia altogether, but I did see a lot of it in history. I suppose because it’s one of the most subjective fields.

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