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.
A second strand of my research examines social networks in the nineteenth- century with particular interest in sport, print culture and transport.

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)

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

• ‘”Racy of the soil”: Young Ireland and the cultural production of nationhood’, in Building cultural nations: the matica and equivalent intermediary structures in Europe, J. Leerssen, A. Miller and L. Vos (eds.) (forthcoming, 2015)

• ‘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 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.

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

• '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)