Leaders in SHAPE: Roy Foster FBA

3 Mar 2023

Headshot of Roy Foster FBA

Meet the most influential figures within and beyond academia shaping the fields of social sciences, humanities and the arts.

As part of the Leaders in SHAPE series, historian Roy Foster talks to Richard English about his life, career and the making of modern Ireland.

Born and educated in Waterford, Roy Foster read history at Trinity College Dublin and has held posts at Birkbeck, Oxford and Princeton. One of the foremost historians of modern Ireland, in 1991 he became Carroll Professor of Irish History at the University of Oxford, the first endowed chair of Irish history in Britain, a post he held until 2017. The chair is now named after him.

His seminal work Modern Ireland 1600-1972 is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the history of Ireland and Irish identity. His book Vivid Faces: the revolutionary generation in Ireland 1890-1923 charts the colourful lives of Ireland's revolutionary generation, exploring how bohemian idealism underpinned the independence movement in the lead-up to the Easter Rising in 1916 and Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921.

In addition to his work as an historian, Foster has also written biographies of WB Yeats and Seamus Heaney, the latter published in 2020 to great acclaim.

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Speaker: Professor Roy Foster FBA, Emeritus Professor of Irish History, University of Oxford; Emeritus Professor of Irish History and Literature, Queen Mary University of London

Chair: Professor Richard English FBA, Director of the Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice and Professor of Politics, Queen's University Belfast

In the Leaders in SHAPE series, meet the most influential figures shaping the fields of social sciences, humanities and the arts for a conversation about their lives and careers. A video and podcast episode are made available on YouTube and  Apple Podcasts following the event.

If you have any questions about this talk, please email [email protected].

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