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International Symposium on Ubiquitous Music

2nd - 4th November, Ulster  University, Derry~Londonderry (Magee) campus  and partners NWRC

Keynote: [M] [Monhrea], aka Wanjiru Ngure (live music coder from Nairobi) - keynote lecture and performance

Ubimus 2023 Invited lecture: Prof. Andrew Hugill (University of Leicester)

Supported by the Department for the Economy Connected fund (HE-FE collaboration)

Theorising Zombiism

30th-31st October, Ulster  University, Derry~Londonderry (Magee) campus

Keynote: Prof. Stacey Abbott (Univ. Roehampton)

Oscillations and Modulations festival

29th Sept - 1st Oc, Ulster University, Derry~Londonderry (Mage) campus and partner venues including Guildhall, Cultúrlann, NWRC

Partners including  Movin' Music Academy, Northern Lights Project (Arts Council NI-funded) and NWRC

Supported by the Department for the Economy Connected fund (HE-FE collaboration)

Irish Museums Association 2023 Annual Conference

8th-9th September, Ulster  University, Derry~Londonderry (Magee) campus


Irish Society for Theatre Research annual conference

3rd and 4th June, Ulster  University, Magee campus and Playhouse Theatre

Keynote Performance:  “Shedding of Skin” by Kabosh Theatre Company

Keynotes:  Paula McFetridge (Artistic Director, Kabosh Theatre) and Dr Christopher Fitz-Simon (Artistic Director, Lyric Theatre)


Women, Citizenship, and Conflict

18th June (online, Ulster University, Magee campus, in association with Kabosh Theatre Company, Belfast)

Keynotes and panelists: Dr Tina Davids  (Radboud University Nijmegen), Dr Maria Estrada Fuentes (Royal Holloway, University of London), Dr Lisa Fitzpatrick (Ulster)

In Practice: creative arts PhD research and careers

17th, 24th June (online, Magee campus, supported by the Covid-19 Research Recovery Fund)

Day one focused on examples of practice-based research approaches, with presenters including Dr Carolann North (poet), Dr Trish Morgan (media artist and lecturer, Dublin City University), Dr Stephen Roddy (artist-researcher in data-driven sound and music, Trinity College Dublin), Dr Brona Martin (composer-researcher, University of Southampton), and Dr Robin Parmar (artist-researcher across various media and lecturer, University of Limerick).

Day two continued discussions of practice-based research, but will also focus on career paths, with presentations from Dr Laura Aguiar (community engagement, Nerve Centre), Dr Jenn Kirby (composer-performer-researcher in music technology, University of the West of Scotland), Dr Richard Graham (CEO Delta Sound Labs, USA, and former tenure-track assistant professor at a US university). Day concluded with a two-hour workshop from Ottowa-based Dr Chris Cornthwaite, author of Doctoring: Building a Life with a PhD, tailored to PhDs in creative and practice-based arts.

American Conference of Irish Studies

2nd-5th June (online, Ulster University, Magee campus)

Keynotes, invited panels and plenaries:

President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins

Professor Pádraig Ó Macháin (UCC) and Dr Anne Marie O’Brien (DIAS) with Barbara McCormack (RIA) and Prof. Ruairí Ó hUiginn (Maynooth, DIAS) | Prof. Nollaig Ó Muraíle (NUI Galway) and Prof. Máirín Ní Dhonnchadha (NUI Galway) | Prof. Máire Ní Annracháin (UCD), Professor Máiréad Nic Craith (Heriot-Watt), Dr Brian Lacey | Dr Clíona Ní Ríordáin (Sorbonne) Crónán Ó Doibhlin, University College Cork, Barbara McCormack, Royal Irish Academy

Irish Screen Studies Seminar (symposium)

6th-7th May 2021 (online, Magee campus)
Keynotes: Prof. John Hill (Royal Holloway) and Dr Liz Greene (Liverpool John Moores)


Irish Screen Studies Seminar (symposium) - postponed to 2021

Taking Pride in the Past: LGBTQ+ Engagement at Museums and Heritage Sites

19th February 2020 
Keynote: Prof. Richard Sandell, University of Leicester
Collaboration with Hillsborough Castle


Border Heritage: Irish Humanities Alliance 2019 annual conference

24th-25th October 2019
Keynotes: Dr Mags Daugbjerg (Aarhus University) and Bryonie Reid (artist and writer)

Rethinking the Display of East Asian Art in Museums: Interpretation, Representation and the Art Market

Tuesday 16 April 2019
Keynote: Dr Stacey Pierson (SOAS)
Collaboration with the Ulster Museum

Performance and Protest symposium

10th January 2019
Collaboration with the Museum of Free Derry

Presentations from researchers representing: University of Anbar (Iraq), Royal Holloway University of London, Leeds University, Kadir Has University (Turkey), Exeter University, Leeds Beckett University, Queen's University, Belfast, and Concordia University (Canada).

Artistic programme including artists from Hong Kong, India, the UK, Ireland and Italy


Irish Sound, Science and Technology Association annual conference and festival

9th and 10th November, 2018
Keynotes: Prof. Salomé Voegelin (Univ. Arts London) and Prof. Anna Barney (Southampton); invited composer Prof. Leigh Landy (De Montfort University)

Movies in Mind: interdisciplinary symposium and festival

9th October 2018
Keynote: Prof. Siobhan O'Neill (Ulster University: Psychology)
In association with the Nerve Centre

Oscillations and Modulations: a festival of synthesisers

20th and 21st March, 2018
Including presentations from Richard Duckworth (Trinity College Dublin, School of Music), and Dr Niall Coghlan (Dundalk Institute of Technology), along with practical workshops and concerts including NI Music Prize winner Ryan Vail
Supported by the Higher Education Innovation Fund (Provosts’ Outreach Event Fund)


Virtual Systems and MultiMedia International Conference

3rd-5th November
Ulster University Belfast campus, in association with Art and Design

International Workshop on Digital Empathy

31st October, 2017
Keynote: Prof. Noel Sharkey (Sheffield)
In association with the Ulster University Annual Convocation Lecture

Canadian Association for Irish Studies Annual Conference: Connections and Reconnections in Irish Studies

June 27th-30th, 2017
Magee campus, in association with History and English at Ulster
Keynotes: Professor Donald Harman Akenson (Queen’s University, Canada) Professor Danine Farquarson (Memorial University, Canada) Professor Margaret Kelleher (University College Dublin), Professor Máirín Nic Eoin (Dublin City University)

Inclusive Creativity: Digital Practices symposium

May 31st, June 1st, 2017
Collaboration with the Walled City Music Festival, supported by Garfield Weston Trust
Keynotes: John Kelly and Charles Matthews (Drake Music); Prof. Tony Brooks and Prof. Eva Brooks (Aalborg University)

Staging Sonic Spaces symposium

7th – 9th March, 2017
Featuring SounDKarD ensemble; Keynote: Prof. Leigh Landy (De Montfort University)
In association with the Glassworks/Cultúrlann uí Chanáin and the Spatial Music Collective


Irish Sound, Science and Technology Association annual conference

7th-9th September 2016
Keynotes: Prof. Leigh Landy (De Montfort University) and Dr Liz Dobson (Huddersfield)
In association with partner venues including Void Gallery, Echo Echo Dance Theatre, the Inner City Trust, the Garden of Reflection Gallery and the Nerve Centre/Fablab NI

Social Media and Politics Symposium

June 3rd 2016
Ulster University Belfast campus
Delegates from Sussex, Newcastle, Royal Holloway, Essex, Cardiff, Manchester Metropolitan, and Erasmus University, addressing topics including the similarities and differences between social media mobilisation in the USA, Egypt, Ukraine, Turkey, and Hong Kong

Hearts of STEM symposium

Keynote: Prof. Susan Schreibman (Maynooth University)
Ulster University Magee and Belfast campuses, 24th and 26th February, 2016
In association with the NI Science Festival