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Deeds not Words? Assessing a Century of Change

November Conference: Call for Papers

Conference at the National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks

3rd November 2018

Anti-Consription Rally 1918


The National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History, invite papers for an upcoming conference exploring changes and advancements since 1918. The year saw significant social change, including the end of World War I, the passing of the Representation of People Act and the 1918 elections.

The conference aims to explore ‘deeds’ focusing on actions and inactions, and poses the question what has changed for society since 1918, for better and worse?

Papers are invited but not limited to the themes and subthemes listed below. We welcome proposals from all disciplines; whether you are a historian, artist, postgraduate student, heritage professional, independent researcher, or collector.

Irish Women's Franchie League Banner


  • Material Culture: Use of images and language in campaigns and protests 1918-2018
  • Autograph books/Documentary objects.



  • Changes and examples of action/inaction with regards to Education/Health/Voting/Work/Property/Pension/Wealth
  • Family/Home.



  • Fashion/Clothing changes. Masculinity/ femininity
  • Imprisonment/Hunger Strikes
  • Post-Traumatic Stress- WWI
  • Art/Visual Culture

Submissions are also encouraged on topics providing international and national contexts, and focus on how material culture reflects these changes, particularly artefacts held in the National Museum’s collections.


Submissions have now closed for this conference. Please keep an eye on this page for further information.