About me

Email

r.higgins@tees.ac.uk

Address

Room M4.18
Middlesbrough Tower
Teesside University
Middlesbrough
Tees Valley
TS1 3BA UK

Bio

Having completed a PhD at the University of St Andrews I got my first lectureship in Economic and Social history at the University of Manchester and then moved to lecture at the University of Edinburgh. In Ireland I worked in University College Dublin, Queen’s University Belfast and Boston College-Ireland before moving to England to take up a Senior Lectureship at Teesside University.

Areas of expertise

My research focuses on the politics of historical memory with particular emphasis on commemoration of the Easter Rising.
My current research project is a history of the Troubles through the five senses.

Keywords

nineteenth century Ireland; twentieth century Ireland; Easter Rising; Patrick Pearse; First World War; historical memory; commemorations; associational culture; sport; communication

Member Details

Full Name

Roisín Higgins (Professional Historian)

Membership Type

Professional Historian

Experience

Consultancy work

Historical adviser for the 'Commemoration' zone of the GPO: Witness to History exhibition, opening 2016.

Awards

- 2016: Royal Historical Society funding and sponsorship for ‘Political Thought in Revolutionary Ireland’ Symposium (with Ultán Gillen and Charlie McGuire).
- 2015: Heritage Lottery Funding for the digitisation and public history project 'Dear Mrs Pennyman: Letters to the King's Own Scottish Borderers Widows and Orphans Fund'
- 2013: Winner of the 2012 James Donnelly Sr Prize for books in History and Social Science for 'Transforming 1916: meaning, memory and the fiftieth anniversary of the Easter Rising' (Cork University Press, 2012)

Other activities

Curator on 'National Treasures', a collaboration by RTE, the National Museum of Ireland and the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (2018).

Publications

Books

• Transforming 1916: meaning, memory and the fiftieth anniversary of the Easter Rising (Cork: Cork University Press, 2012)

• Places We Play: Ireland’s Sporting Heritage, with Mike Cronin (Cork: The Collins Press, 2011)

• The Life and After-Life of P.H. Pearse/ Pádraic Mac Piarais: Saol agus Oidhreacht (eds.) with Regina Uí Chollatáin, (Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2009)

Book Chapters

• ‘Commemoration and the Irish Revolution’ in J. Crowley et al, The Atlas of the Irish Revolution (Cork: Cork University Press, 2017), pp.848-857.

• ‘”The Irish Republic was proclaimed by poster”: The politics of commemorating the Easter Rising’, in R. Grayson and F. McGarry (eds.), Remembering 1916 (Cambridge University Press, 2016), pp.43-61.

• ‘The Nation Reading Rooms’ in J. H. Murphy (ed.), The Oxford History of the Irish Book, Vol. IV: The Irish Book in English 1800-1891 (Oxford University Press, 2012), pp 262-273.

• ‘The changing fortunes of national myths: commemorating Anzac Day and the Easter Rising,’ in K. Holmes and S. Ward (eds.), Exhuming Passions: the pressure of the past in Ireland and Australia (Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2011), pp 145-162. (Also published by University of Western Australia Publishing).

• ‘Introduction’ in R. Higgins and R. Uí Chollatáin (eds.), The Life and After-Life of P.H. Pearse: Pádraic Mac Piarais: Saol agus Oidhreacht (Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2009), pp xvii-xxx.

• ‘Remembering and Forgetting P.H.Pearse’ in: R. Higgins and R. Uí Chollatáin (eds.) The Life and After-Life of P.H. Pearse: Pádraic Mac Piarais: Saol agus Oidhreacht (Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2009), pp 123-38.

• 'Sites of Memory and Memorial' in M.E. Daly and M O'Callaghan (eds.), 1916 in 1966: commemorating the Easter Rising (Dublin: Royal Irish Academy, 2007), pp. 272-302.

• 'I am the narrator over and above…the caller up of the dead: pageant and drama in 1966' in M.E. Daly and M O'Callaghan (eds.), 1916 in 1966: commemorating the Easter Rising (Dublin: Royal Irish Academy, 2007), pp 148-172.

• 'The Constant Reality Running through our Lives: Commemorating Easter 1916' in P. Crotty, L. Harte and Y. Whelan (eds.), Ireland: Space, Text, Time (Dublin: Liffey Press, 2005), pp 45-56.

• 'Creating New Forms: Civil Society in Northern Ireland' in R. J. Morris and L. Kennedy (eds.), Order and Dis-order: Ireland and Scotland, 1500-2000 (Edinburgh: John Donald, 2005), pp 101-112.

Peer Reviewed Journals

• “The ‘incorruptible inheritors of 1916’”: the battle for ownership of the fiftieth anniversary of the Easter Rising’ in Saothar: The Journal of Irish Labour History (Summer, 2016), pp.33-44.

• ‘The hall mark of pluperfect respectability’: the early development of golf in Irish society, Éire Ireland, Spring /Summer (48:1/2) 2013, pp 15-31.

• 'Projections and Reflections: Irishness and the fiftieth anniversary of the Easter Rising', Eire-Ireland, Autumn/Winter (42: 3/4), 2007, pp 11-34.

• 'Review Essay: A Drift of Chosen Females: The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing, Vols. 4 and 5'. Irish University Review, Autumn/Winter (33: 2), 2003, pp 400-6.

Other Journals

• ‘The Past is a Political Minefield: public memory, politicians and historians’, Museum Ireland, vol. 24 (2015), pp.13-18.

• ‘Carlow’s Sporting Heritage’ Carloviana: Carlow Historical and Archaeological Society, (Number 59), 2010, pp 7-8.

• ‘The Irish Sporting Heritage Project’, History Ireland, (17:6), Nov/Dec, 2009, pp 8-9.

• '1966 and all that: the fiftieth anniversary commemoration' with C. Holohan and C. O’Donnell, History Ireland, March/April, 2006, pp 31-6.

Electronic Publications

• ‘Remembering the Rising’: in 1916: Weaving Private and Public Narratives: the online exhibition curated by the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI). http://inspiring-ireland.ie/1916/remembering-rising

Reviews

• Review of 'Ireland’s 1916 rising: explorations of history-making, commemorations & heritage in modern times', by Mark McCarthy, in Irish Geography (2013).

• Review of 'Dublin 1916 and the French Connection' by W.J. McCormack in History Ireland, (21:2), March/ April, 2013, p. 59.

• Review of 'That Neutral Island: A Cultural History of Ireland during the Second World War' by Clair Wills in Journal of Modern History, Vol 82, No. 1, 2010, pp 194-196.

• Review of 'The Irish Art of Controversy' by Lucy MacDiarmaid in Journal of British Studies, Vol. 45, No. 3, 2006, pp 703-704.

• Review of 'Religious Revivals in Britain and Ireland, 1859-1905' by Janice Holmes in Irish Historical Studies, Vol. 34, No. 134, 2003, pp 243-245.

Other

• A Nation’s Voice, Arts Council of Ireland, 2016: http://www.artscouncil.ie/Art-2016/A-Nation_s-Voice/

• ‘The Past is a Political Minefield: public memory, politicians and historians’, Museum Ireland, vol. 24 (2015), pp.13-18.

• 'Buildings for sports and sports fields', in R. Loeber and H. Campbell, (eds.), Art and Architecture in Ireland, Vol IV (Yale University Press, 2014).

• ‘Every First World War memorial tells as story’, Evening Gazette, 6 February 2014.

• ‘Sporting Heritage’, Heritage Outlook: the magazine of the Heritage Council, Winter 2009/ Spring 2010, pp 62-63.

• ‘William Robertson Nicoll’, Dictionary of Nineteenth Century Journalism. The British Library, Academia Press of Ghent, and ProQuest, 2007.

• Programme notes and glossary for production of G.B. Shaw’s John Bull’s Other Island, Lyric Theatre, Belfast, 2004.

• No Place Like Home, (ed.), (Belfast: Tinderbox, 2001)