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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.

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  • 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.

Speaker information:

A speaking fee of €150 will be available to accepted papers. While the Museum welcomes submissions from beyond Ireland, travel and accommodation will not be covered.

Individual papers will last for 20 minutes and anyone interested in presenting their work should submit a short biographical note (150 words) along with an abstract of no more than 300 words to Holly Furlong, hfurlong@museum.ie or to the below address before 5pm Friday 15th June.


Holly Furlong

Education & Outreach Department,

National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History,

Collins Barracks,

Benburb Street,

Dublin 7