Dr Tomás Irish on his summer of research and remembrance…

CRAM member Tomás Irish had a busy summer of research, conferences, and commemorative events. At the end of June he was one of the organizers of a summer school called ‘Faces of First World War Battles and Battlefields’ which brought together 25 doctoral and masters students from across Europe and North America who specialize in the study of the Great War. Over a week the group took in a range of battlefields, cemeteries, and memorials at the Somme, Verdun, Chemin des Dames, and other sites, while also participating in a range of workshops given by leading scholars of the First World War at the Historial de la Grande Guerre in Péronne.

The Summer School concluded at Thiepval on 1 July for the official ceremony to commemorate the centenary of the beginning of the Battle of the Somme.


David Cameron speaks at the Thiepval ceremony on 1 July 2016.

Dr Irish then spent three weeks in Paris conducting research on his new project which will look at the intellectual work of the League of Nations in the 1920s and 1930s. The project will examine the emergence of an international understanding of the intellectual (and their role) during and following the Great War. After fruitful stays at the Archives Nationales, the Bibliotheque de documentation international contemporaine, and the UNESCO archives, he travelled to Asiago in Italy for an international conference on the role of universities during the First World War. His  summer concluded in Swansea with a talk to the local branch of the Historical Association about the memory of the year 1916 in Ireland.

Dr Irish is author of Trinity in War and Revolution 1912-23. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy Press, 2015) and The University at War 1914-25: Britain, France, and the United States. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.



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