Karol Mullaney-Dignam

Lecturer Below The Bar BA, HDip IH, PhD

Contact Details

Course Director, MA in Public History & Cultural Heritage
Department of History
Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
E: Karol.Mullaney-Dignam@ul.ie
 
researcher

Biography

I am a Lecturer in History and Director of the MA in Public History & Cultural Heritage (beginning September 2018) at the University of Limerick.

The MA in 
Public History & Cultural Heritage is offered as a one year full-time or two-year part-time online/blended postgraduate degree programme.  The aim is to provide a structured academic approach to the practice of history in public settings and includes a combination of conceptual, methodological and practice-based modules. Details: https://www.ul.ie/graduateschool/course/public-history-cultural-heritage-online-ma

My own work in
cludes public history and heritage interpretation projects, most notably with the Office of Public Works, as well as contributions to regional and national radio and television programmes. My research interests lie in the cultural and social history of Ireland in the long nineteenth century, focusing on processes of individual and collective identity formation. I have a particular interest in socio-economic and political aspects of music history, particularly the roles that music has played in Irish nation-building. I also explore the social life and musical culture of country houses in Ireland and have received grants and awards for this work from the Irish Research Council and the Royal Irish Academy. 

Books

  Year Publication
2011 Music and dancing at Castletown, Co. Kildare, 1759-1821.
Karol Mullaney-Dignam (2011) Music and dancing at Castletown, Co. Kildare, 1759-1821. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]

Edited Books

  Year Publication
2014 William Despard Hemphill, Irish Victorian Photographer
Karol Mullaney-Dignam (Ed.). (2014) William Despard Hemphill, Irish Victorian Photographer Dublin: Irish Government Publications for National Historic Properties, Office of Public Works. [Details]
2014 Aspects of Irish aristocratic life: essays on the FitzGeralds and Carton House
Karol Mullaney-Dignam, Patrick Cosgrove, Terence Dooley (Ed.). (2014) Aspects of Irish aristocratic life: essays on the FitzGeralds and Carton House Dublin: University College Dublin. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2018 '‘“What do we mean by Irish music?”: the politics of state-sponsored music publication in independent Ireland’'
Karol Mullaney-Dignam (2018) '‘“What do we mean by Irish music?”: the politics of state-sponsored music publication in independent Ireland’' In: Lorraine Byrne Bodley (eds). Music Preferred: Essays in Musicology, Cultural History and Analysis in honour of Harry White. Vienna: Hollitzer Verlag. [Details]
2016 '‘Useless and extravagant? The consumption of music in the Irish country house’'
Karol Mullaney-Dignam (2016) '‘Useless and extravagant? The consumption of music in the Irish country house’' In: The country house: material culture and consumption. Swindon: Historic England. [Details]
2014 '‘Hemphill’s world: Clonmel and beyond’'
Karol Mullaney-Dignam (2014) '‘Hemphill’s world: Clonmel and beyond’' In: Karol Mullaney-Dignam (eds). William Despard Hemphill, Irish Victorian Photographer. Dublin: Irish Government Publications for National Historic Properties, Office of Public Works. [Details]
2008 'Forging a musical culture: state, nation and music in Ireland, 1922-1932'
Karol Mullaney-Dignam (2008) 'Forging a musical culture: state, nation and music in Ireland, 1922-1932' In: Tatjana Marković and Vesna Mikić (eds). Musical Culture and Memory. Belgrade, Serbia: Belgrade University of Arts. [Details]
2014 'French horns playing at every meal: musical activity at Carton, 1747-1895''
Karol Mullaney-Dignam (2014) 'French horns playing at every meal: musical activity at Carton, 1747-1895'' In: Aspects of Irish aristocratic life: the FitzGeralds and Carton House. Dublin: UCD Press. [Details]
2014 'Persevering post-PhD: contemporary issues for early career academics’'
Karol Mullaney-DIgnam (2014) 'Persevering post-PhD: contemporary issues for early career academics’' In: Restating the value of Humanities in contemporary contexts. Dublin: Royal Irish Academy, 2014. [Details]
2011 '‘The Music in the Irish Country House project: origins and objectives’'
Karol Mullaney-Dignam (2011) '‘The Music in the Irish Country House project: origins and objectives’' In: The Irish country house: its past, present and future. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2012 ''Irish country house music collections: Birr Castle, Co. Offaly''
Karol Mullaney-Dignam (2012) ''Irish country house music collections: Birr Castle, Co. Offaly''. Brio: Journal of the International Association of Music Libraries, UK and Ireland Branch, 49 (2):23-36 [Details]
2012 '‘Spacious and splendid': music, dancing and social life at Glin Castle, 1781-1854'
Karol Mullaney-Dignam (2012) '‘Spacious and splendid': music, dancing and social life at Glin Castle, 1781-1854'. Irish Architectural And Decorative Studies, xiv :16-37 [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
2015 'Treasure island [on Ilnacullin/Garinish island, Co. Cork]'
Karol Mullaney-Dignam (2015) 'Treasure island [on Ilnacullin/Garinish island, Co. Cork]' Irish Arts Review, Summer 2015 . [Details]
2013 ''An “Italian palace” in Co. Roscommon: the creation of Rockingham House, Boyle’'
Karol Mullaney-Dignam (2013) ''An “Italian palace” in Co. Roscommon: the creation of Rockingham House, Boyle’' Roscommon Historical and Archaeological Society Journal, :12-16. [Details]

Encyclopedia Entry

  Year Publication
2013 Feis Ceoil.
Karol Mullaney-Dignam (2013) Feis Ceoil. Encyclopedia Entry [Details]
2013 Tailteann Games [Aonach Tailteann].
Karol Mullaney-Dignam (2013) Tailteann Games [Aonach Tailteann]. Encyclopedia Entry [Details]

Article

  Year Publication
2018 What was St Patrick's Day like in 1918?.
Karol Mullaney-Dignam (2018) What was St Patrick's Day like in 1918?. Article [Details]

Video recording / TV

  Year Publication
2018 Tríd an Lionsa (Through the Lens), episode 1.
Karol Mullaney-Dignam (2018) Tríd an Lionsa (Through the Lens), episode 1. Video recording / TV [Details]
2013 The Big House in Ireland.
Karol Mullaney-Dignam (2013) The Big House in Ireland. Video recording / TV [Details]

Audiovisual material

  Year Publication
2015 Cultural nexus: the country house in Ireland.
Karol Mullaney-Dignam (2015) Cultural nexus: the country house in Ireland. Art Institute of Chicago: Audiovisual material [Details]

Radio Presentation

  Year Publication
2017 Ireland's National Anthems: from God Save the King to The Soldier's Song.
Karol Mullaney-Dignam (2017) Ireland's National Anthems: from God Save the King to The Soldier's Song. Radio Presentation [Details]
2014 The FitzGeralds in Ireland.
Karol Mullaney-Dignam (2014) The FitzGeralds in Ireland. Radio Presentation [Details]

Book Review

  Year Publication
2013 Review: Helen Berry, The castrato and his wife (Oxford, 2011).
Karol Mullaney-Dignam (2013) Review: Helen Berry, The castrato and his wife (Oxford, 2011). Book Review [Details]
2011 Review: Patrick Walsh and A.P.W. Malcomson (eds), The Conolly Archive (Irish Manuscripts Commission, Dublin, 2010).
Karol Mullaney-Dignam (2011) Review: Patrick Walsh and A.P.W. Malcomson (eds), The Conolly Archive (Irish Manuscripts Commission, Dublin, 2010). Book Review [Details]

Blog

  Year Publication
2013 ‘Larkin' About: Topical humour from the Weekly Irish Times’.
Karol Mullaney-Dignam (2013) ‘Larkin' About: Topical humour from the Weekly Irish Times’. Blog [Details]

Consultancy

  Year Publication
2013 Visit Maynooth: Heritage Interpretation Strategy.
Karol Mullaney-Dignam (2013) Visit Maynooth: Heritage Interpretation Strategy. Consultancy [Details]

Teaching Interests

I coordinate and contribute to a range of survey and elective modules on Irish, cultural and social history at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. I am also course director for the online MA Public History and Cultural Heritage, working with local and national public history practitioners and cultural heritage partners.

Modules Taught

  Term (ID)) Title Link Subject
2017/8 History of Australia, 1788-1918 HI4148
2017/8 Games of thrones: gender, power and identity, Ireland and the wider world, 1500-1950 HI4142
2017/8 Public history internship HI6792
2017/8 Graduate seminar in Irish cultural history HI 6191
2017/8 Ireland: 1750-1850 HI4053