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History Hub first started podcasting talks, lectures and interviews in 2011. Since then we have had over 1.3 million downloads across more than 20 different podcast series.
History Hub podcast series feature interviews, conference presentations and research papers on everything from the Easter Rising to the cult of Stalin, from early Christian Ireland through the Tudor and Stuart monarchs to contemporary European.
Many of our podcasts are posted directly to the site but for convenient access to our entire archive, users can subscribe (completely free of charge) to our various podcast series on Apple, Spotify, Soundcloud and via RSS feed. Our content is all entirely free for listeners and we regularly get more than 8,000 downloads per month.
At History Hub we enjoy collaborating with historians all across the world, local historical associations and academic conferences, on producing all manner of podcast material. Since 2011 we have been privileged to collaborate with the Tudor and Stuart Ireland conference in producing podcasts of their proceedings. Renowned historian Professor Michael Laffan honoured us by recording his final semester of lectures at UCD in 2010. His series The Irish Revolution became the most popular podcast in Ireland shortly after launch.
The Irish Revolution
The Irish Revolution was a module taught by renowned Irish historian Professor Michael Laffan in UCD from the late 1970′s until his retirement in 2010. The lecture series covers a tumultuous period in Irish history. All 10 of the lectures were recorded and are available to download for free. The course has proven to be extremely popular (+250,000 downloads) and the series was, for a time, the most popular podcast in Ireland on iTunes.
History Hub's Podcast Series
The History Hub podcast series features recordings of interviews, talks and research papers by historians on a variety of topics, across all time periods, from early Christian Ireland to contemporary Europe. You'll find social history, military history, economic history, political history and everything in between. This series is where you'll find content not covered in our other series, which are more focussed on specific topics.
A history of xenophobia: from the goldmines to the rise of the far right today
This is a series of interviews between our editor Dr Irial Glynn and a number of leading experts on the history of xenophobia. The key question the series grapples with is: what causes xenophobia? Why are certain people hostile towards or afraid of immigrants or of people who come from different cultural backgrounds?
Kingdom, Empire and Plus Ultra: conversations on the history of Portugal and Spain, 1415-1898
This series consists of interviews with leading experts in the areas of Portuguese and Spanish history, from the beginning of the Portuguese discoveries in 1415 to the end of Spanish dominion in America in 1898. The interviews, conducted by Dr Edward Collins, cover a range of topics on the domestic and overseas histories of both nations.
Sport and Ireland: A History
Between March and June 2020, Prof. Paul Rouse of the School of History in University College Dublin recorded the weekly lecturers of his long running ‘Sport and Ireland: A History’ module. The recordings were undertaken as a series of interviews with Joe Molloy, the award-winning presenter of ‘Off the Ball’ on Newstalk FM and were broadcast live on radio.
History Hub’s Educational Resources
This is a podcast series for all history students – young and old. The series, which consists of interviews and lectures, features UCD historians sharing their expertise on topics such as: The Anglo-Irish Treaty; the development of fascism in interwar Europe; the Irish Women’s suffrage movement; and the Catholic Church in twentieth century Ireland.
‘Women and the Irish Constitution: a roundtable discussion’ took place on 13 February 2024 in UCD Humanities Institute. The panel included contributions from Dr Mary McAuliffe (UCD, chair) Prof. Caitriona Beaumont (London South Bank University), Associate Professor Jennifer Redmond (Maynooth University), Orla O’Connor (National Women’s Council), Prof. Lindsey Earner Byrne (Trinity College Dublin) and the Sutherland School of Law Poet in Residence, Julie Morrissy.
‘Our shared built military heritage: the online mapping, inventorying and recording of the army barracks of Ireland, 1690-1921
Digital Cultures is one of the research themes for the UCD College of Arts and Humanities Research Strategy for 2020-2024. The strategy brings together and supports the combined research excellence from across the College’s Schools, Institutes, Centres and subject disciplines. As part of the Digital Cultures theme of the strategy, Dr Charles Ivar McGrath (UCD) and Dr Suzanne Forbes (Open University) gave a presentation entitled ‘Our shared built military heritage: the online mapping, inventorying and recording of the army barracks of Ireland, 1690-1921’. The presentation took place in January 2024 and focused on their work on the Army Barracks of Ireland project.
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To mark the date of the November Pogrom, Dr. Mark Jones gave a lecture – ‘1923: Hitler’s Breakthrough Year’ – in association with Holocaust Education Ireland, Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin. The lecture took place on Tuesday 7 November in Trinity College Dublin.
Since 2011, researchers from a range of disciplines including History, English, Archaeology and Art History, have presented papers at Tudor and Stuart Ireland conferences. History Hub, in association with Real Smart Media, has produced more than 250 podcasts from these conferences.
Dr Mark Jones is Assistant Professor in Global History at University College Dublin. A specialist in the history of political violence, war, and revolution, his publications include ‘Founding Weimar. Violence and the German Revolution of 1918-19 (Cambridge University Press, 2016). His latest book is ‘1923: The Forgotten Crisis in the Year of Hitler’s Coup’. This podcast ‘The murder of Walter Rathenau and the survival of Weimar democracy. Mark Jones on the year 1923’ is based on this latest book.
The first in-person meeting of the Military Welfare History Network took place in Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin on 7 July 2023. The event, which was co-ordinated by Dr Paul Huddie, comprised two keynotes and four panels, totalling 14 speakers. Conference keynotes by Dr Matthew Neufeld (University of Saskatchewan) and Dr Ke-Chin Hsia (Indiana University Bloomington) were recorded and are now available to podcast.
Afterlives – Grannies, Guns, and Archives: Tracing revolutionary and post revolutionary women’s lives
In June 2023 Professor Caitríona Beaumont (LSBU / UCD) joined UCD historians Dr Mary McAuliffe and Dr Fionnuala Walsh to record a podcast on a new project: AFTERLIVES.
The aim of the project is to uncover the afterlives and trace the life stories of lesser known activist women. As Beaumont explains, the inspiration for the project came from a surprising discovery.
History Hub regularly collaborates with associations in the production of podcasts from their conferences and events. This helps the associations to reach a wider audience, both in Ireland and worldwide, and it also helps the individual speakers to showcase their research.
Tudor and Stuart Ireland Interdisciplinary Conference
The annual Tudor & Stuart Ireland Interdisciplinary Conference welcomes established academics, early stage and independent researchers, as well as postgraduates from Ireland and beyond to present their research in a genuinely collegial environment. Since 2011, over two hundred speakers from a range of disciplines have presented papers at Tudor and Stuart Ireland Conferences.
Commemorating Partition and Civil Wars in Ireland, 2020-2023
Commemorating Partition and Civil Wars in Ireland, 2020-2023 is a project run by Dr Marie Coleman and Dr Dominic Bryan at Queen’s University Belfast. The AHRC-funded project, examined approaches to the 2020-2023 period of the ‘decade of centenaries’, on both sides of the Border. Project events, were recorded for podcasting in association with History Hub.
Holocaust Education Ireland
Holocaust Education Ireland is the independent and non-profit organisation which aims to educate and inform about the Holocaust and its consequences. History Hub has recorded several Holocaust Education Ireland events, including a UCD lecture by Dr Anna Hájková on sexuality in the Holocaust, and a TCD lecture by Roger Moorhouse on The Łados Group which are available to podcast.
Partitions and Borders
Partitions and borders: a comparative and interdisciplinary conference took place in UCD School of History in May 2018. Jointly organised by University College Dublin and Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, this two-day international conference brought together scholars working on aspects of partition and border studies from multiple disciplines.
The Abbey of St Thomas the Martyr: A Dublin City Council Medieval Symposium
The Abbey of St. Thomas the Martyr was founded in the 12th century and played a pivotal role in the religious and political affairs of Dublin city until its dissolution in 1539. A weekend of events celebrating the abbey took place in October 2017. As part of the celebrations, a symposium on the history of the abbey took place in St Catherine’s Church, Thomas Street.
Universities in Revolution and State Formation conference
The Universities in Revolution and State Formation conference took place in UCD Newman House in June 2015. The conference offered a national, European and global perspective on the role and experience of universities in times of revolution and uprising. The conference proceedings are available to podcast.
Women’s History Association Annual Conference 2020 / 2021
The annual conference of the Women’s History Association of Ireland is one of the highlights of the history conference calendar. The conference was titled “Besieged bodies: Gendered violence, sexualities and motherhood”. It showcased innovative new research by fifty scholars from Ireland and abroad in fields of women’s history and gender history.
The Tercentenary of the Polish Princess Clementina’s Escape
The seminar was organised on the occasion of the tercentenary of the rescue of the Polish Princess Maria Clementina Sobieska from captivity in Innsbruck in April 1719. The story of the rescue itself was retold and complemented by perspectives from several historians. The podcasts from the event are now available.