Using Visual Materials as Historical References

Can visual materials be historical references? Why should one use images in historical analysis, writings and presentations? What do they say that text does not? How might they, should they or can they be interpreted?

This event, to be held at the RSAI in Dublin, will be a three-hour workshop comprising two parts. The first being a short seminar, which will introduce the attendees to the concept of using visual materials as historical references; visual methodologies; compositions of images; and an introduction to conventions. This will be followed by a hands-on workshop where researchers can engage with their own research images and materials through various methodological perspectives.

The event will be facilitated by four art and visual culture historians from IADT and UCD. It is aimed at professional historians with limited or no experience using visual materials in their research, but we equally welcome more experienced researchers who are willing to further develop their skills and share their insights.

Date: Sat 12th October 2019

Time: 10 am – 1 pm

Location: Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, 63 Merrion Square, Dublin 2, D02X338

A limited number of places are available for this event

Deadline for sign up: 28th Sept 2019

This event is free to IAPH Members and €7 for non-Members.

Non-members will have the option of paying via PayPal beforehand, or on the day itself.

Tea, Coffee and refreshments to be provided


1000-1015 – Welcome (Dr Paul Huddie, IAPH Committee)

1015-1115 – Seminar: Using visual materials as historical references, this will comprise four segments:

  • Audiences (Dr Elaine Sisson, IADT);
  • Circulation (Dr Colleen Thomas, UCD);
  • Image (composition) (Dr Roisin Kennedy, UCD);
  • Production (Dr Sherra Murphy, IADT)

1115-1145 – Coffee Break

1145-1300 – Break-out sessions (Drs Sisson, Kennedy, Thomas and Murphy)