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:

‘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/