Queen's University Belfast History Graduate Studies Webinar
22 February 2021
History at Queen’s University Belfast is the largest group of historians at any university on the island of Ireland, and has a number of collaborative research initiatives with other universities in Ireland, the UK and abroad, including Boston College, Vanderbilt and George Washington University.
Join leading QUB historians Dr Olwen Purdue and Professor Sean O’Connell to find out more about their MA History and MA Public History.
The webinar will explore:
- Why History at QUB is ranked in the Top 200 in the world (QS World Rankings 2021)
- Studying history in a post-conflict city offering a plethora of social, cultural and economic perspectives with field trips, practitioner workshops, internship options and hands-on experience on the ways in which history is created and presented in the public arena.
- Class options which include political, urban, women and gender and religious history spanning from ancient to modern-day following history across the globe from the UK and Ireland to Europe, Africa, Asia as well as the USA.
The academic panel will also be joined by representatives from the North American team, Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty and current students in this 1 hr session with an opportunity to ask questions.
Dr Olwen Purdue specialises in the history of urban poverty and welfare, and in difficult or contested public histories. She is founder and Director of the Centre for Public History at Queen’s University, and of the MA in Public History, and works closely with the cultural and heritage sectors across Northern Ireland in research, teaching and public engagement.
She was specialist historical advisor for Titanic Belfast and a member of the advisory group for the Ulster Museum's Irish history exhibition and its Troubles and Beyond gallery, and has worked on numerous history documentaries for television. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Irish Museums Association and international editor of The Public Historian.
Professor O’Connell works on the social history of modern Britain and Ireland (particularly Belfast). He has been active in developing oral history at QUB and is an editor of the journal Oral History.
Research interests include working-class communities, gender, and consumption. His most recent publication was a research report commissioned by the Department of Health (NI), examining the history of mother and baby homes and Magdalene laundries in Northern Ireland.
The report was debated in the Stormont assembly (and in the media) on 26 January and deals with one of the most controversial issues in recent Irish history.
To find out more about Queen’s University Belfast, visit their profile page here. To find out more about Graduate studies in the UK, or to learn more about opportunities to study History, email your Consultant or enquire here.