Conference Programme 2017

Oral Histories of Work & Leisure
Conference Programme

23rd – 24th June 2017

The Connacht Hotel Galway


Our conference programme is now available to download – Programme_Oral Histories of Work & Leisure

DAY ONE: Friday 23rd June

09.30 – 10.30 Registration [Inish Mor Suite]
10.30 – 12.15 Workshops A & B

Workshop A: Interviewing basics — Sinéad Power-Quinn [Oranmore Room]

Workshop B: Oral histories of work as a lens on society: where and how to look? — Ida Milne [Inish Mor Suite]

12.15 – 13.30 Lunch (at leisure)


13.30 – 14.50 Panel Session 1

Panel 1A: Rural Lives [Inish Mor Suite]
Paul O’Brien — Life and leisure: memories of the ‘big houses’ of Co Clare since 1930
Sorcha O’Brien — Brown bread and washing machines: nostalgia and perspective in Irish women’s experience of rural electrification
Arlene Crampsie — Work, leisure or life? The muddy lines of GAA membership

Panel 1B: Changing Worlds [Oranmore Room]
Carmel McKenna — (Irish) Dancing at the crossroads of work and leisure – utopia, dystopia or myopia?
Marina Ní Dhubháin — Performing testimony: some dramaturgical permutations
Nora Katz — Performing remembrance: history, ethics, and spectatorship in Irish site-specific theatre

14.50 – 15.20 Tea / Coffee Break


15.20 – 16.40 Panel Session 2

Panel 2A: Public Servants [Inish Mor Suite]
Archana Venkatesh — Private lives, public work: women doctors at work and home in post-colonial India
Mark Loughrey — Resemblance amid rupture – the 1999 National Nurses’ Strike: new insights from oral history
Noelle Grothier — Defence forces oral history project

Panel 2B: Workers’ Lives in England [Oranmore Room]
Angela Maye-Banbury — Strangers in the shadows – the hidden housing histories of Irish men living in Leicester’s ‘Boarding Houses’ during the 1950s and 1960s
Michael Mulvey — “Paddy does not die in vain”: Irish builders in post-war London – health, safety and welfare at work, hegemonic masculinity and reckless roguery
Sarah Campbell – ‘Smokestack nostalgia’ or re-imagining a future? Deindustrialisation in north-east England

16.40 – 17.30 Opening Reception


17.30 – 19.00 Keynote: Don Ritchie — Oral Historians at Work (and Play) [Inish Mor Suite]


19.00 Conference Dinner


**Please note: Due to space limitations, delegates wishing to attend the conference dinner must book and pay by June 16th**

DAY TWO: Saturday 24th June

09.00 – 09.15 Registration [Inish Mor Suite]


09.15 – 11.00 Workshop C: The rewards and perils of creating an oral history archive – Don & Anne Ritchie [Inish Mor Suite]


11.00 – 11.30 Tea / Coffee Break


11.30 – 12.50 Moments [Inish Mor Suite]

Lynda Dunne — Crafts and Trades ‘A Dublin City Master Tailor crafting men’s attire for over six decades: An Oral History.’
Christina Cassidy — Anyone wearing false teeth? I’d advise them to take them out now! Oral Histories from Day Centre clients at St. Brendan’s Community Hospital, Loughrea, Co Galway
John Gibbons — The arrival of the ‘Electric’ in Co Offaly
Patricia McCarthy & Mick Rafferty — The radical tradition in working class Protestantism

12.50 – 14.00 Lunch (at leisure) & OHNI AGM [Inish Mor Suite]
14.00 – 15.20 Panel Session 3

Panel 3A: Working Women [Inish Mor Suite]
Rita McCarthy — Challenge and opportunity: the Irish women at work in London and New York, 1950 – 1970
Victoria Millar — Wrens of HMS Caroline: recording women’s experiences of serving in the Royal Navy
Sara S. Goek — Nurses to nannies: Irish women’s working lives in the United States after the Second World War

Panel 3B: Ordinary Lives [Oranmore Room]
Paul Carroll — A job for life: Using oral history to examine job security and stability
Sam Manning — Cinema memory in post-war Belfast: reflections and insights
Tracy-Ann Mahady — Oral history as a method for researching the topic of working history in Ireland prior to 1990

15.20 – 15.40 Tea / Coffee Break
15.40 – 17.00 Panel Session 4

Panel 4A: Leisure in Troubled Times [Inish Mor Suite]
Fearghus Roulston — ‘Justa Nother Teenage Rebel’: Belfast punk remembered
Nancy Cooey — “We started to live a normal life”: stories of work and leisure in displaced persons camps after the Holocaust
Maria Clara Mendes — A child’s play: remembering infancy in Enniskillen during the Troubles

Panel 4B: Moving beyond the interview [Oranmore Room]
Conor Curran — Writing Irish Soccer Migrants: A Social and Cultural History and the use of oral sources
Chris Fitzgerald — Oral histories: the linguistic perspective
Gavin Wilk — ‘I thought I was home in Ireland again’: Irish emigrants’ recollections of life in Mayo and Cleveland during the interwar years

17.00 – 18.00 Panel Session 5 — Gaps or silences: where next for oral histories of work and leisure? [Inish Mor Suite]
18.00 Closing Address