Guy Beiner

Guy Beiner is a senior lecturer at the Department of History at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. His undergraduate degree is from Tel Aviv University and he holds a PhD in Modern Irish History from University College Dublin, the National University of Ireland, where he was a Government of Ireland Scholar. In addition to the NEH Keough fellowship at the University of Notre Dame, he was a Government of Ireland Senior Research Fellow at Trinity College Dublin; a Government of Hungary Fellow at the Central European University, and a Gerda Henkel Marie Curie Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford.

Beiner Profile

While his research interests cover a wide range of topics in modern European cultural and social history, Dr. Beiner has specialised in the study of history and memory in modern Ireland and in recent years has focussed in particular on social forgetting.

His book Remembering the Year of the French: Irish Folk History and Social Memory (University of Wisconsin Press) was awarded the 2007 Ratcliff Prize for the Study of Folklore of Great Britain and Ireland and the 2008 Wayland D. Hand Prize for an outstanding publication in history and folklore; it was also selected as a finalist for the 2008 National Council on Public History Book Award and was listed for the 2008 Cundill International Prize in History.

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When asked to reflect on the importance of the NEH fellowship to his career, Dr. Beiner wrote:

"My year at the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies was pivotal in shaping my academic formation. I benefitted from the intellectual stimulation of being in the midst of a community of world-class scholars and availed myself of the incomparable bibliographical resources of the Hesburgh Library. In addition to working on my book Remembering the Year of the French, which went on to win a number of international awards, during that year I wrote a number of articles, including (among others) ‘Between Trauma and Triumphalism: The Easter Rising, the Somme, and the Crux of Deep Memory in Modern Ireland’ (Journal of British Studies) and ‘The Mystery of the Cannon Chains: Remembrance in the Irish Countryside’ (History Workshop Journal), and I co-authored with Joep Leerssen ‘Why Irish History Starved? A Virtual Historiography’ (Field Day Review). All in all, it was an enlightening experience, which gave me a taste of what can be achieved if the optimum research and study conditions are put at your disposal."