Rachel Murphy

Teaching Assistant PhD

 
researcher

Biography

I am a lecturer on the MA History of Family in the Department of History. I am also a consultant to the Irish Historic Towns Atlas project based in the Royal Irish Academy.

From February 2017 to December 2018 I worked as a postdoctoral researcher on the interdisciplinary project Deep Maps:West Cork Coastal Cultures project funded by the Irish Research Council and based at University College Cork.  

I completed a PhD in History and Digital Humanities at University College Cork (UCC) in 2017, my thesis examining 'Place, Community and Organisation on the Courtown Estates, 1649-1977'. During this time I also completed a Higher Diploma in Geographical Information Systems.

I hold an MA in History of Family from the University of Limerick and a BA (Hons) in English Language and Literature from the University of Oxford.  I also hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK).

Research Interests

As well as the history of family, a key focus of my research is the history of landholding in Ireland during the early modern and modern periods. This includes the history of the landed estate (landed elites, servants, agents, tenant farmers, the roles of women, agricultural labourers and vagrants). Other areas that interest me include local history, urban history and environmental history.

I frequently use digital tools and technologies to facilitate and present research. Areas such as spatial humanities and digital history are of interest to me, in particular the use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS).  As demonstrated by some of the projects I have worked on, I enjoy taking an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to research, as well as conducting individual research.

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2018 'The Courtown Land Agents and Transnational Estate Management, 1850-1900'
Rachel Murphy (2018) 'The Courtown Land Agents and Transnational Estate Management, 1850-1900' In: C. Reilly, L. A. Rees and A. Tindley (eds) (eds). The Land Agent 1700-1920. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. [DOI] [Details]
2016 'Lady Charlotte Stopford: A Lady of Leisure?'
Rachel Murphy (2016) 'Lady Charlotte Stopford: A Lady of Leisure?' In: Leeann Lane and William Murphy (eds) (eds). Leisure and the Irish in the Nineteenth Century. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2015 'Visualising a Spatial Archive: GIS, digital humanities, and Relational Space'
Ronan Foley and Rachel Murphy (2015) 'Visualising a Spatial Archive: GIS, digital humanities, and Relational Space'. Breac, [Details]
2014 'Revolutionary entities: Turning data into knowledge to drive personalized exploration of The Irish Rising of 1916'
Owen Conlan, Alexander O'Connor, Órla Ní Loinsigh, Gary Munnelly, Séamus Lawless and Rachel Murphy (2014) 'Revolutionary entities: Turning data into knowledge to drive personalized exploration of The Irish Rising of 1916'. 2014 Ieee International Conference On Big Data (Big Data), [DOI] [Details]

Book Review

  Year Publication
2016 Review of Maria Luddy and James M. Smith (eds), Children, Childhood and Irish Society, 1500 to the Present (Dublin, 2014) in Children and Society, Vol. 30, (2016), pp 335-6.
Rachel Murphy (2016) Review of Maria Luddy and James M. Smith (eds), Children, Childhood and Irish Society, 1500 to the Present (Dublin, 2014) in Children and Society, Vol. 30, (2016), pp 335-6. Book Review [Details]
2015 Review of Vandra Costello, Irish Demesne Landscapes, 1660-1740 (Dublin, 2015) in Eighteenth Century Ireland, Vol. 30, Dublin, 2015, pp 170-172.
Rachel Murphy (2015) Review of Vandra Costello, Irish Demesne Landscapes, 1660-1740 (Dublin, 2015) in Eighteenth Century Ireland, Vol. 30, Dublin, 2015, pp 170-172. Book Review [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2018 Geospatial Innovation Seminar,
Rachel Murphy (2018) Deep Maps: West Cork Coastal Cultures. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Geospatial Innovation Seminar, Lancaster University [Details]
2017 Mapping Townscapes: Irish Historic Towns Atlas Seminar 2017,
Rachel Murphy and Sarah Gearty (Irish Historic Towns Atlas project) (2017) The IHTA, its cartographic practices and future directions. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Mapping Townscapes: Irish Historic Towns Atlas Seminar 2017, Royal Irish Academy [Details]
2017 Sixth Annual Conference of the All Ireland Architectural Research Group. Evaluating Landscapes panel, convened by Dr. Jane Russell-O'Connor (Waterford Inistitute of Technology),
Rachel Murphy and Sarah Gearty (Irish Historic Towns Atlas project) (2017) Rethinking Historical Urban Landscapes - A Digital Approach. [Oral Presentation], Sixth Annual Conference of the All Ireland Architectural Research Group. Evaluating Landscapes panel, convened by Dr. Jane Russell-O'Connor (Waterford Inistitute of Technology), Waterford Institute of Technology [Details]
2017 Digital Cultures Network,
Rachel Murphy (2017) Deep Maps: West Cork Coastal Cultures. [Invited Oral Presentation], Digital Cultures Network, Cardiff University [Details]
2017 Sea, Land and Spirit Conference,
Rob McAllen, Rachel Murphy, Breda Moriarty, Orla-Peach Power and Michael Waldron (2017) Deep Maps: West Cork Coastal Cultures. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Sea, Land and Spirit Conference, Dingle, Co. Kerry [Details]
2017 European Historic Towns Atlas Project Workshop: 'GIS-based Cartography - A Change of Media or a change of Paradigms for Historic Towns Atlases?' Institut für vergleichende Städtegeschichte,
Rachel Murphy (2017) (i) Town Atlas Mapping: Creating the Core Map in ArcGIS and (ii) Integrating Maps and Texts: Plotting Town Atlas Data in ArcGIS. [Oral Presentation], European Historic Towns Atlas Project Workshop: 'GIS-based Cartography - A Change of Media or a change of Paradigms for Historic Towns Atlases?' Institut für vergleichende Städtegeschichte, University of Münster, Germany [Details]
2017 Environments of Knowledge Masterclass,
Claire Connolly, Rob McAllen, Rachel Murphy, Breda Moriarty, Orla-Peach Power and Michael Waldron (2017) The West Cork Coastline between the Disciplines. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Environments of Knowledge Masterclass, University College Cork [Details]
2017 Meitheal - Irish Studies Graduate Seminar,
Rachel Murphy (2017) An Exploration of Place, Community and Organisation on the Courtown Estates 1649-1933. [Invited Oral Presentation], Meitheal - Irish Studies Graduate Seminar, NUI Galway [Details]
2016 Landscapes, Environment and Heritage in Irish Studies Workshop at University College Cork,
Rachel Murphy (2016) Digital Rural Landscapes - An Analysis of Landholding on the Courtown Estate 1858-1931. [Oral Presentation], Landscapes, Environment and Heritage in Irish Studies Workshop at University College Cork, University College Cork [Details]
2016 Maritime History Conference,
Rachel Murphy and Breda Moriarty (School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, UCC) (2016) Deep Maps: West Cork Coastal Cultures. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Maritime History Conference, University College Cork [Details]
2015 Networking the Digital Environmental Humanities,
Rachel Murphy (2015) Digital Approaches to the study of Landholding in Ireland. [Invited Oral Presentation], Networking the Digital Environmental Humanities, Trinity College Dublin [Details]
2015 Digital Mappings and Historical Geographies panel convened by Keith Lilley (Queen's University Belfast) and Catherine Porter (Lancaster University) International Conference of Historical Geographers,
Rachel Murphy (2015) Place, Space and Community: Mapping an Irish Landed Estate. [Oral Presentation], Digital Mappings and Historical Geographies panel convened by Keith Lilley (Queen's University Belfast) and Catherine Porter (Lancaster University) International Conference of Historical Geographers, Royal Geographical Society, London, UK [Details]
2014 Irish Historic Towns Atlas workshop,
Rachel Murphy (2014) Potential and Practicalities of GIS for the Irish Historic Towns Atlas Project. [Oral Presentation], Irish Historic Towns Atlas workshop, Royal Irish Academy, Dublin [Details]
2014 'Paying the Price to the Utmost Farthing?' Women and the First World War,
Rachel Murphy (2014) ‘We have started saying the rosary together for you every night': A Mother's Perspective on the First World War. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], 'Paying the Price to the Utmost Farthing?' Women and the First World War, University College Cork [Details]
2013 Conceptualising Maps and Land Use Planning (Historical Geography) panel, 38th Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association,
Rachel Murphy (2013) Reconstructing the Courtown Estate Using GIS. [Oral Presentation], Conceptualising Maps and Land Use Planning (Historical Geography) panel, 38th Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association, Chicago, USA [Details]
2012 New Methods/New Perspectives on Humanities Scholarship: A NeDimah (Network for Digital Methods in the Arts and Humanities)/DARIAH Workshop,
Rachel Murphy (2012) Reconstructing the Courtown Estate. [Invited Oral Presentation], New Methods/New Perspectives on Humanities Scholarship: A NeDimah (Network for Digital Methods in the Arts and Humanities)/DARIAH Workshop, Trinity College Dublin [Details]
2012 Society for the Study of Nineteenth Century Ireland 2012 Conference on Leisure and the Irish in the Nineteenth Century,
Rachel Murphy (2012) An Analysis of the Diaries of Lady Charlotte Stopford – A Lady of Leisure?. [Oral Presentation], Society for the Study of Nineteenth Century Ireland 2012 Conference on Leisure and the Irish in the Nineteenth Century, Mater Dei Institute of Education, Dublin City University [Details]
2012 The Economic and Social History Society of Ireland's Annual Conference: 'Networks and Connections',
Rachel Murphy (2012) Recruiting Servants in the Irish Country House 1850-1930. [Oral Presentation], The Economic and Social History Society of Ireland's Annual Conference: 'Networks and Connections', Queen's University Belfast [Details]

Teaching Interests

I lecture on the MA History of Family covering topics such as approaches to the History of Family (demographic, sentiments, household economics) and the family life-cycle and life course. In the second term I lecture on migration of the Irish to America, Australia, Britain and Canada among others. In the past I have also lectured on Irish Local History. 

I am currently supervising four students for their MA History of Family dissertations.


Modules Taught

  Term (ID)) Title Link Subject
Autumn Introduction to History of Family HI6041
Spring History Research Seminar HI6002History
Spring People on the Move: Studying Migration HI6062History
Autumn Linking Families to Communities HI6061