CFP: 'The Irish Regional Press: Past & Present', Dublin City University, 12 December 2014

James O'Donnell Discussion

Proposals are invited for papers to be presented at an upcoming interdisciplinary conference on the Irish regional press to be held at Dublin City University (DCU) on Friday 12 December 2014. The conference aims to address the historical and contemporary development of the regional press in the major urban centres and rural areas across Ireland. This conference is organised in association with the Newspaper and Periodical History Forum of Ireland (NPHFI).

Papers might address, but are not limited to, the historical and contemporary consideration of the following themes in relation to the Irish regional press:

·         Biographies of reporters, editors or owners

·         History of individual newspapers

·         Corporate and business organisation

·         Political influence and / or affiliation

·         Professional networks

·         Sport

·         Gender

·         Technological and communication developments

·         The community and social role of the regional press

·         The Irish Language and the regional press

·         The urban-rural divide

·         Union organisation

Papers which address these themes, and others, from an historical or regional perspective, through case studies or quantitative and qualitative analysis are welcome. The conference is open to all disciplines. Early career researchers and postgraduate students are particularly encouraged to contribute.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words, for papers of twenty minutes, should be emailed to by Friday 3 October 2014. Abstracts should clearly indicate the proposed title, the paper’s main aims, and the name and affiliation of the author(s). Abstracts should be accompanied by a brief biography and contact details.

For further information or enquiries please contact either Ian Kenneally ( or James O’Donnell (

It is intended that the papers and discussion at this conference will contribute to an edited volume on the history of the Irish regional press to be published with a leading academic publishing house.