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Paweł Strzelecki and the Great Irish Famine

Paweł Strzelecki and the Great Irish Famine

The Embassy of Ireland is pleased to support upcoming lectures in Poland by Professor Peter Gray (Queen’s University Belfast) on the subject of Paweł Strzelecki and the Great Irish Famine.

  • In Kraków, Prof. Gray will be joined by Dr. Emily Mark-Fitzgerald from University College Dublin for a lecture in Aula Główna, Uniwersytet Pedagogiczny, ul. Podchorążych 2 on Tuesday, 19th November 2019 at 16:00. This event is organised by the Embassy in conjunction with: Polskie Towarzystwo Historyczne, Instytut Historii Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego and Instytut Neofilologii Uniwersytetu Pedagogicznego w Krakowie. To register, please visit:
  • In Poznań, Prof. Gray will deliver a lecture on Thursday, 21st November 2019 at 18:00 in Sala Biała, Urząd Miasta Poznania. This event is being organised in conjunction with the Honorary Consulate of Ireland in Poznań. To register, please visit:

The lecture in Poznań will be followed by a special reception to mark the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Honorary Consulate of Ireland in Poznań.

Prof. Peter Gray and Dr. Emily Mark-Fitzgerald are co-authors of an exhibition: “A Forgotten Polish Hero of the Great Irish Famine: Paul Strzelecki’s Struggle to Save Thousands”.

Peter Gray is Professor of Modern Irish History at Queen’s University Belfast. He was Head of the School of History and Anthropology 2010-15 and has been Director of the Institute of Irish Studies at QUB since 2016. Professor Gray specializes in the history of British-Irish relations c.1800-70, especially the political history of the Great Famine of 1845-50 and the politics of poverty and land in the nineteenth century. Selected publications include The making of the Irish poor law 1815-43 (Manchester UP, 2009); Famine, land and politics: British government and Irish society 1843–1850 (Irish Academic Press, 1999); The Irish Famine (Thames & Hudson, 1995).

Emily Mark-FitzGerald is Associate Professor in the School of Art History and Cultural Policy at University College Dublin, where her research concerns Irish art history, visual culture, museum/heritage studies and cultural policy from the 19th c. – present. Since 2014 she has represented Art History on the Historical Studies Committee of the Royal Irish Academy. From 2009-18 she served as one of the Directors of the Irish Museums Association, and is a current board member of Arts and Disability Ireland. Her publications include The Great Irish Famine: Visual and Material Culture (coedited, Liverpool UP, 2018) and Commemorating the Irish Famine: Memory and the Monument (Liverpool UP, 2013).

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