The Sixth Galway Conference on Colonialism, June 24-26, 2010

 Education and Empire
The Sixth Galway Conference on Colonialism

National University of Ireland, Galway
24th -26th June 2010





*N.B. Parking at NUI Galway*

There is limited parking for conference delegates, on campus, Monday to Friday from 08.30 to 17.30.   Access is available to all car parks evenings (after 17.30) and weekends. Permits have been arranged to facilitate access to Orbsen Car Park (highlighted on attached map), alternatively, delegates can park at Corrib Village.  (Use Distillery Road entrance to the campus for access to Orbsen Car Park).

Permits are available by clicking here.  Please print off a copy and display it in your vehicle. These permits are available to registered delegates only and must be displayed at all times.

There are also a number of pay and display parking areas on campus (highlighted on attached map). 

All illegally parked vehicles, including cars not displaying a permit will be clamped.


Please note that it is recommended that those planning to attend without giving a paper should register as soon as possible.

Continuing in the tradition of Colonialism Conferences at NUI Galway, we are delighted to announce that the sixth conference in the series –  Education and Empire – will take place in Galway from 24th to 26th June 2010.

The aim of this interdisciplinary conference is to explore the role of education in shaping, promoting, and challenging imperial and colonial ideologies, institutions and processes throughout the modern world.  We invite papers from every discipline and suggested topics may be found in the Call for Papers.

Since this conference is being in part funded through a grant provided by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences to an inter-university group to explore the relationship between empire and higher education in Ireland, a strand of the conference will explore the particularity of Irish institutions of higher education in shaping the above processes, and of the role of higher education in shaping Ireland’s ambiguous coloniality.

Details regarding registration and reserved accommodation have been posted, and general practical information about accommodation and transport is available at links on this website. Participants are responsible for the conference fee and the cost of their travel and accommodation.

We look forward to welcoming back old friends to Galway and meeting new ones.

Fiona Bateman and Muireann O’Cinnéide

Please address any queries to us at


It is our pleasure to confirm Professor John Coolahan, Professor Sanjay Seth, Goldsmiths, University of London, and Professor Gauri Viswanathan, Columbia University, New York, as the plenary speakers.

Previous Colonialism conferences at NUI Galway:
Gender and Colonialism  14th-17th May 1992
Culture and Colonialism 22nd-25th June 1995
Defining Colonies  17th-20th June1999
India and Ireland  2nd-5th June 2004
Settler Colonialism  27th-30th June 2007

Timothy P. Foley, Lionel Pilkington, Sean Ryder and Elizabeth Tilley (eds), Gender and Colonialism. Galway University Press: 1995.

Máire Ní Fhlathúin (ed), The Legacy of Colonialism: Gender and Cultural Identity in Postcolonial Societies. Galway University Press: 1998.

Terrence McDonough (ed), Was Ireland A Colony? Economics, Politics and culture in Nineteenth Century Ireland. Irish Academic Press: 2005.

Tadhg Foley and Maureen O’Connor (eds), Ireland and India: Colonies, Culture and Empire. Irish Academic Press: 2006.

Fiona Bateman and Lionel Pilkington (eds), Studies in Settler Colonialism. Palgrave Macmillan: forthcoming.