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International History Conference: Sport and Education in Ireland and Britain

Date: Friday 27th September 2019

This conference will be held at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI), set in Belfast’sTitanic Quarter. It seeks to provide a discussion forum for an historical and contemporary analysis of sport, education and society in an international context. It will examine sport’s historical and contemporary role and place within education with a view towards the development of a research network and the publication of a special edited collection on the subject. 





Introduction: Dr Conor Curran and Stephen Scarth



Keynote Talk: Dr Donal McAnallen (National Museums NI)

'Partition, Sport and Education in Ireland, 1921-72'



Dr Hugh Dan MacLennan (University of Edinburgh)

‘The game of the camán people: an illustrated, convivial and collegiate look to the future.’



Coffee Break



Declan O’Keeffe (Clongowes Wood College)

‘ALL THE OTHER BOOTS AND LEGS RAN AFTER’: The long life and slow death of ‘Gravel’ football



Basudhita Basu (Jawaharlal Nehru University)

‘Discipline and sports: the importance of sports education in Colonial Bengal’



Dr Richard McElligott (UCD)

‘Look how they seek "their inspiration from the playing fields of Eton, Rugby or Timbuctoo": Nationalism and Sport and Irish Education, 1880-1920'



Julien Clenet (UCD)

‘Sport in nineteenth-century Dublin schools: beyond the educational tool’



Lunch at the PRONI Café



Professor Dil Porter (De Montfort University)

‘Advice to “footballers-in-the making”: lessons in sport and life from a football international’



Clemence Pillot (Sciences Po Lille)

‘From playing fields to battlefields: Twentieth Century public schools and sport’



Paul Gunning (Independent Scholar)

‘Northern Troubles on the Free State Education Playground’



Conor Murray (DCU)

‘The football codes and grammar schools in Northern Ireland, 1922-1972’



Dr Conor Curran (Trinity College Dublin)

‘The migratory career of Joan Burnett Knight, Physical Education Organiser in mid-twentieth century Europe’



Tom O’Connor (Independent Scholar)

'Is England's difficulty now Ireland's opportunity? An early look at how the Republic of Ireland's new football pathway is producing a different kind of player.'



Concluding Comments


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