The Irish Centre for the Histories of Labour and Class (ICHLC) was established in 2013 at the Moore Institute, NUI Galway. The founding meeting on 1 February was attended by 30 lecturers, researchers and research students from a number of disciplines, including History, Politics, Sociology, Economics, English, and Law.
The aims of the ICHLC are as follows:
• To encourage research on the history (including the contemporary history) of labour and class, especially in relation to Ireland and Irish people abroad;
• To promote interest in these issues within the university community through the holding of regular seminars, symposia and conferences, the development of new courses, and the expansion of digital archives;
• To raise consciousness about issues of labour and class in society generally, through the organisation of public lectures, debates and classes, through engagement with media, and through occasional publications.
The group is an interdisciplinary one comprised of students and academics in NUI Galway and other universities. It is convened and run by Dr John Cunningham and Dr Sarah-Anne Buckley (Dept of History, NUI Galway).