‘Globalising the History of Revolutions’ conference held at UCD on 23 & 24 October 2015

Front row: Dr. Conor Mulvagh (UCD), Professor Jane Ohlmeyer (IRC Council Chair), Dr Mark Jones (UCD/FU Berlin). Back row: Dr Fergus Robson (TCD); Dr Mercedes Peñalba-Sotorrio (UCD); Dr Susan Grant (Liverpool John Moores); Dr. Dmitar Tasic (UCD); Dr Matteo Millan (UCD). Image with thanks to http://realsmartmedia.ie/.

Last week saw the first in a series of workshops and conferences to take place in 2015 and 2016 for the purpose of developing and testing global comparative and transnational perspectives to the history of revolutions. The ‘Globalising the History of Revolutions’ conference featured 24 speakers from universities in 6 countries, covering revolutionary history over three centuries across a range of spaces from Mexico to China.

Speakers at the conference included scholars whose work deals with the history of the French Revolution and its aftermath; experts in 19th century Russian literature and revolutionary thought; as well as specialists in a geographically wide range of early twentieth century revolutions and near revolutionary situations. The event, organised by Dr Mark Jones, was orchestrated as part of a growing international scholarly attempt to re-imagine national histories in their broader global and transnational contexts.

Dr Jones’ association with the Irish Research Council began when he secured a Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship at UCD (prior to that he had studied at the European University Institute in Florence, Cambridge and Trinity). His multinational career path is testimony to the kind of internationalisation of the Irish university sector that the Irish Research Council sets out to promote.

Dr Jones currently holds an ELEVATE International Career Development Fellowship (co-funded by Marie Curie Actions) which allows award holders to spend two years as a visiting researcher at an international host organisation of their choice before returning to Ireland for the fellowship’s final year. The purpose of these awards is to promote the internationalisation of Irish universities in addition to providing the award holders with an opportunity to gain new skills and experiences whilst based abroad.