CIISN on You Tube

Following our ‘Health in Crisis’ conference, which took place on 19th April 2012 in the Humanities Institute UCD we would like to thank everyone who contributed to making this a successful event with many varied and insightful papers.

Here is just a selection of presentations from speakers on the day – now available on You Tube – with more to come:



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Health in Crisis Conference Update: Speakers and Registration Announced

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Health in Crisis: deadline extension

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New One Day Seminar Announced


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Welcome to our website

Welcome to the Critical Issues in Irish Society website.

This network is open to PhDs and early stage researchers across the island of Ireland (and beyond!) who wish to connect and create a dialogue around issues of critical importance in Irish society.

It was founded in 2010 by PhDs in the School of Sociology UCD and mostly consists of students from human science, arts and humanities. But we’re open to researchers and students from all disciplines wishing to contribute to the issues raised by the group.

From Jan to May 2011 the CIISN network hosted a series of seminars on topics ranging from the labour market to health. You can browse the working papers, listen to the podcasts or download the PowerPoint presentations here.

Upcoming events for 2011/12 will be posted on this site, so please check back for updates. Alternatively, you can email us at

Finally, you can join our google group for regular news and discussion by clicking here.


All the best,

The Critical Issues in Irish Society Network


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Missed Health in Crisis?

We concluded the final seminar in the Ireland in Crisis series by addressing the question of “Health in Crisis” . The (mis)management of diabetes, mental health care and the formation of identity around chronic illness were among the topics discussed. We would like to thank the speakers for their contributions; (our very own) Shane O’Donnell and Carol Ellis (UCD) and Liz Brosnan (UL). We are also very grateful for the insight provided by Dr Jo Murphy-Lawless on this issue, and her generous feedback to each of the researchers concerned.

Please note: Unfortunately, a technical error has arisen with the audio file. As such, we are unable to post it in the website. Apologies for this. we are doing our best to fix it and will post if/when possible!

In the meantime, please check out abstracts/papers  and presentations from this session on our seminars page.

Finally, we invite you to join our google group where you can continue the discussion with questions, comments and thoughts on the theme. To join click here.

Many thanks to all of the speakers, chairs and organisers involved in the seminar series and hope to see you all again soon for more events…

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Final session! Reminder: Health in Crisis Fri 29th April

The Critical Issues in Irish Society network is proud to present:

Health in Crisis?

A PhD Seminar Series

2:30pm- 4:30pm

Fri 29th of April 2011

Room F308, Newman Building, Belfield, University College Dublin

Click here for map (Building 36, Grid ref D8)

        “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society”                 Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895 – 1986)

***Abstracts available here***

We are pleased to invite you to the final seminar in our series on Friday 29th April where we will conclude our discussion on the theme of “Ireland in Crisis” by examining Health on this occasion. A selection of speakers will discuss various aspects of this topic: from power within the medical profession; to barriers posed by social class in managing illness; to how chronic illness shapes self-identity. We are delighted to be joined by Dr Jo Murphy-Lawless (TCD) as a guest speaker who will look at the denial of health as a core human need.

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