Valuing the Local:

the significance of cultural heritage of the post-medieval period


 2‐4 February 2018 - John B. Keane Suite, The Harbour Hotel, Galway





 C A L L  F O R  P A P E R S


The Irish Post‐Medieval Group (IPMAG) is pleased to announce its annual conference to be held on 2‐4 February 2018. This year’s conference will take place in Galway in the west of Ireland. 2018 has been designated as European Year of Cultural Heritage and in light of this, the conference theme explores the value and significance of particularly local cultural heritage. National cultural heritage is usually popularly celebrated, while the local is portrayed as somehow less significant, which ultimately results in it being less valued. It is precisely the local aspect of cultural heritage that lend spaces and places their distinctive value. Local cultural heritage should be especially treasured and protected, as its sum is what creates special senses of place.


This call for papers would like to invite proposals which address the conference theme by looking at aspects of particularly locally or regionally rooted post medieval cultural heritage, including but not limited to: vernacular architectures; local material culture and objects; traditional crafts; folklore and oral histories; maritime traditions. Paper topics need not be Ireland‐based, international research on the theme is encouraged. Papers discussing theoretical approaches and policy frameworks relating to the theme are also welcome.


This year IPMAG is also introducing a student research session where undergraduate and post‐graduate students present a 10 minute illustrated talk on their current research in any area of post medieval cultural heritage studies. This is to encourage new research and experience of public speaking in a friendly and collegiate atmosphere.


Please submit proposals, title and a 250 word abstract along with a short biography, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please note thematic proposals are for twenty minute papers, and ten minute student presentations.


Deadline for submissions on or before Friday November 24, 2017.


IPMAG is a voluntary, not‐for‐profit organisation, and unfortunately cannot cover speakers’ conference travel or other expenses. However, as a small vote of thanks from IPMAG, paper contributors will be invited to attend the conference dinner free‐of‐charge. For the student research session, a sponsored prize of €100 is offered for the best talk on the day.




IPMAG XVIII Indicative Programme Outline: Friday 2nd walking tour of Galway, conference launch, keynote address, wine reception. Saturday 3rd paper sessions, evening conference dinner at the Harbour Hotel. Sunday 4th paper sessions and student research session, conference close.


Indicative Fees: IPMAG members €30; non‐members €55; concession €27.50. IPMAG annual subscription €20.


Accommodation Tip: Galway City is a very popular destination year round. Early booking of accommodation is essential. The Harbour Hotel is the conference’s base. Special IPMAG rates of €119 B&B per room for Friday and €149 B&B per room for Saturday have been arranged. There is a full range of accommodation in close proximity to the venue also – details to be posted on presently.



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Irish Post-Medieval Archaeology Group
c/o Wes Forsythe
Centre for Maritime Archaeology
University of Ulster
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