Publications

Journal Articles:

‘Made in Ireland’? National Narratives and Hybrid Identities in Irish Design History’, Writing Visual Culture, Volume 8, December 2017. Direct Link: http://www.herts.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/187573/8_OBRIEN_MADE_IN_IRELAND_WVC8_2017_Final.pdf
 
 

Conference Papers and Talks:

‘Kitchen Power: Women’s Experiences of Rural Electrification’, talk to BA Fashion and Textiles students, NCAD, Dublin, October 2019
 

‘Kitchen Power: Women’s Experiences of Rural Electrification’, Institution of Engineering and Technology Conference on the History of Technology, Dublin, September 2019
 

‘Kitchen Power: Women’s Experiences of Rural Electrification’, Roscommon County Council Offices, Roscommon, September 2019
 

‘Kitchen Power: Beyond the Cabinet Door’ curator’s talk with Noel Campbell, National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Mayo, August 2019
 

‘Kitchen Power: Women’s Experiences of Rural Electrification’, Modernism in the Home conference, University of Birmingham, June 2019
 

‘Kitchen Power: Women’s Experiences of Rural Electrification’, Electric Irish Homes textile art showcase, National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Castlebar, May 2019
 

‘Kitchen Promises: Keeping Country Girls at Home with Rural Electrification’, Dublin One City One Book, Rathfarnham Castle, April 2019
 

‘Kitchen Promises: Oral History’ talk to the Lord Mayor’s Certificate in Oral History, Dublin City Libraries, March 2019
 

‘Kitchen Promises: Rural Electrification in 1950s and 1960s Ireland’, Working for the Home symposium, Trinity College Dublin, February 2019
 

‘Kitchen Promises: Researching Housewives, Electrical Products and Domesticity in 1950s and 1960s Rural Ireland’, invited research seminar, Trinity College Dublin Centre for Contemporary Irish History, November 2018
 

‘Electrical Demonstrators and Irish Countrywomen: Official and Voluntary Promotion of Irish Rural Electrification’, Material & Consumer Culture network, ESSCH conference, Belfast, April 2018
 

Real World Engagement talk on research as a career, BA Contemporary Visual Culture, Dublin Institute of Technology, March 2018
 

‘Using Oral History to Study 1950s and 1960s Ireland’, TVAD Research Talk, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, February 2018
 

‘Made in Ireland’? National Narratives and Transnational Networks in Irish Design History’, Design History Society annual conference, Making and Unmaking the Environment, Oslo, September 2017
 

Electric Irish Homes: Age & Opportunity Arts & Culture workshop, as part of an Age & Opportunity taster day at An Grianán, Termonfeckin, Co. Louth, September 2017
 

‘Brown Bread and Washing Machines: Nostalgia and Perspective in Irish Women’s Experience of Rural Electrification’, Oral History Network of Ireland, Galway, June 2017
 

‘Oral Histories in Research’, at ‘Domesticating Energy’, Material Cultures of Energy AHRC project workshop, University of Cambridge, June 2017
 

Research Week presentation, Kingston School of Art Research Institute, London, April 2017
 

‘Electric Irish Homes: Researching Housewives, Electrical Products and Domesticity in 1950s and 1960s Rural Ireland’, V&A/RCA History of Design Spring Research Seminar, Royal College of Art, London, March 2017
 

‘Shining Clean Machines: The Promotion of Vacuum Cleaners in 1950s and 1960s Ireland’, Mise Éire: Shaping a Nation Through Design, National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts, Dublin, November 2016
 

‘‘Look what Santa’s Brought for You, Mummy’: Women, Domesticity and the Vacuum Cleaner in 1950s and 1960s Ireland’, Historical Geographies of Home session at the 16th International Conference of Historical Geographers, London, July 2016
 

‘‘Look what Santa’s Brought for You, Mummy’: Women, Domesticity and the Vacuum Cleaner in 1950s and 1960s Ireland’, Irish Women and Rural Society: From Medieval to Modern, Women’s History Association of Ireland annual conference, Queen’s University Belfast, March 2016
 
 

Online Material:

 
Sorcha O’Brien awarded AHRC Leadership Fellowship, FADA Kingston University, April 2016. Link: http://fada.kingston.ac.uk/news/lecturer-sorcha-obrien-awarded-ahrc-leadership-fellowship/
 
Design History Society Research Travel Grant Report – Siemens Archive Munich, Design History Society, May 2016. Link: http://www.designhistorysociety.org/blog/view/siemens-archive-munich-travel-report
 
Dr. Sorcha O’Brien wins research grant for the study of domestic appliances, FADA Kingston University, May 2015. Link: http://fada.kingston.ac.uk/news/dr-sorcha-obrien-wins-research-grant-for-the-study-of-domestic-appliances/S