Dr Peter Hession received a PhD in Modern Irish History from the University of Cambridge, and carried out postdoctoral research at the Institute of Irish Studies at the University of Liverpool.
Dr Hession is using his Fellowship to explore the role of technology during the Great Irish Famine (1845–1852). By examining new and innovative technologies of exchange (rail, steam, road infrastructure) and relief (vats, mills, scales), he is investigating how the crisis of scarcity experienced in Ireland can be explained as much in terms of technical competence as ecological breakdown. Dr Hession is mentored by Professor John McCafferty and is based in UCD School of History.
“As a Newman Fellow I have particularly benefited from access to the range and depth of cognate specialisms both within and beyond my immediate disciplinary environment, developing connections across a community of scholars unique to UCD. From ready access to archival resources to the forging of new networks, the Fellowship continues to shape the path and progress of my scholarship in new and often surprising ways.”
“Time is the most precious resource for human beings. Everything depends on it. UCD Newman Fellowships are nothing less than a major gift of time itself, generously given by individuals and corporate bodies to the University.” Professor John McCafferty, UCD School of History and Academic Mentor for the R. Dudley Edwards Newman Fellowship in Irish History.
“Advancements in the study of history, and the humanities in general, are vital to our understanding of contemporary society, never more so than in an era of rapid technological change. The research undertaken by Newman Fellow Dr Peter Hession will further enhance appreciation of the rich foundations of life in the 21st century. As a proud graduate in history and a former student of Professor Edwards, I value the assurance of continuing commitment to the role of the humanities in stimulating progress across so many disciplines.” Ms Joyce Padbury, Donor
My Newman Fellowship has thus far proved a fantastic opportunity to develop my research within a rich and stimulating intellectual environment. Since taking up the role in the School of History, I have benefited from its long tradition of leading scholarship in the area of modern Irish history, while utilising the Fellowship to develop my own contribution to the field of famine studies.
Dr Peter Hession
Advancements in the study of history, and the humanities in general, are vital to our understanding of contemporary society, never more so than in an era of rapid technological change….. I value the assurance of continuing commitment to the role of the humanities in stimulating progress across so many disciplines.
Ms Joyce Padbury, Donor