Famine Arrival ship sculpture by Behan
   'Arrival - The New Dawn' by John Behan

"Women and the Great Hunger" conference to take place June 3-6, 2015

We are pleased to welcome you to Ireland's Great Hunger Institute's  conference to be held at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut in June.

The conference will examine the role of women during a period of sustained hunger or famine. We are delighted to have three prominent and distinguished keynote speakers:  Jason King, PhD, of Galway University; Ciarán Reilly, PhD, of Maynooth University; and Margaret Ward, PhD, of Queen's University, Belfast. We look forward to hearing about their research on this largely disregarded topic. 

Details of the conference can be found below. Please check back regularly for updates to the program.

Papers are welcome from both established and starting scholars - we hope that you will join us for this exciting and ground-breaking conference. 

Professor Christine Kinealy
Founding Director
Ireland's Great Hunger Institute

Call for Papers

We encourage papers from established and starting scholars: view the call for papers

Submit your abstract. (Please note - you are required to submit a short bio at time of abstract submission.)

Keynote Presenters

Margaret Ward, PhD, Honorary Research Fellow in History, Queen's University, Belfast

Jason King, PhD, Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow, Moore Institute at NUI Galway

Ciarán Reilly, PhD, Research Fellow, Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses & Estates, NUI Maynooth 

Registration and Conference Information

Registration is offered as a package:

$240 for all days including some meals.

There is a discount price of $120 for students.

Online registration details and event schedule will be forthcoming.

Accommodations and Travel


We are pleased to offer simple on-campus accommodations from Wednesday to Saturday on a first come, first served basis to 35 attendees at the rate of $150 per person.

The single-occupancy rooms are located in our Eastview dormitories and include a bed with linens and towels, as well as a shared bathroom. Please note that guests will need to bring ALL other personal items such as toiletries, clocks, or hair dryers. In order to receive on-campus accomodations, registration must be complete by May 18, 2015.

*Please note - a car is necessary to travel off campus. Ample parking will be provided.

Click here to take a virtual tour of our campus and conference facilities.

Best Western PLUS 
Conference rate: $99 (reserve by June 10)
201 Washington Avenue
North Haven, CT 06473

Clarion Hotel & Suites
Conference rate: $116 (reserve by May 3)
2260 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518

The Study at Yale
Conference rate: $239 (reserve by May 2)
1157 Chapel Street
New Haven, Ct 06511


Quinnipiac University is located near many major highways, approximately 20 minutes from New Haven, CT. 

To travel via air transportation, we are just 50 minutes from Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, CT, and less than two hours from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City. Both have several options for ground transportation upon arrival.Regional ground travel:

  • Metro Taxi (services greater New Haven area) - 203-777-7777 
  • Amtrak Train (nationwide service)
  • Metro North (train services greater New York City, with nearest station being Union Station in New Haven)

Quinnipiac University will have plenty of free parking available on campus.

View directions to Quinnipiac University's York Hill Campus.