Janice Holmes
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Biography <p>I am a historian of modern Britain and Ireland with a particular interest in the social history of religion and Irish local history.</p><p>I completed a&nbsp;BA in History at the University of Guelph (1989) and an&nbsp;MA in History at Queen&#39;s University Kingston (1991) before going on to doctoral studies at Queen&#39;s University Belfast, from where I was awarded a PhD in History in 1995. I then took up a three-year Faculty of Arts Fellowship in the Combined Departments of History at University College Dublin before, in 1997, being appointed Lecturer in Irish History at the University of Ulster Coleraine (now Ulster University). In 2006 I moved to the OU where I am currently Senior Lecturer in History and a member of&#39;regional academic staff&#39;, which means I am based in the OUs Belfast office. In December 2018 I my full-time position with the university&nbsp;and moved to Sweden. I continue to work for the OU on a part-time basis.</p><p>I have served on the executive committees of&nbsp;the<a href="http://usihs36.com/" rel="nofollow">Ulster Society for Irish Historical Studies</a>(USIHS) and<a href="http://www.fuls.org.uk/" rel="nofollow">The Federation for&nbsp;Ulster Local Studies</a>. I have been a member of the editorial board of<a href="http://www.irishhistoricalstudies.ie/" rel="nofollow"><em>Irish Historical Studies</em></a>, a leading Irish history journal. I am a former Chair of the USIHS (2009-15) and of the<a href="http://www.historians.ie/" rel="nofollow">Irish Committee of Historical Sciences</a>&nbsp;(2015-17), the national committee for history in Ireland.</p><p>I am a member of&nbsp;<a href="http://fass.open.ac.uk/history/research/britain-and-ireland-1750-1950">&#39;Britain and Ireland, c.1750-1950: Connections and Contexts&#39;</a>, a departmental research group, and an Affiliate Member of the<a href="http://www.du.se/en/about-du/organisation/subjects/english/ducis/" rel="nofollow">Dalarna University Centre for Irish Studies</a>in Sweden.</p><p>I am a member of the&nbsp;<a href="http://iaph.ie/" rel="nofollow">Irish Association of Professional Historians</a>.</p>
Description <p>I am a historian of modern Britain and Ireland with a particular interest in the social history of religion and Irish local history.</p><p>I completed a&nbsp;BA in History at the University of Guelph (1989) and an&nbsp;MA in History at Queen&#39;s University Kingston (1991) before going on to doctoral studies at Queen&#39;s University Belfast, from where I was awarded a PhD in History in 1995. I then took up a three-year Faculty of Arts Fellowship in the Combined Departments of History at University College Dublin before, in 1997, being appointed Lecturer in Irish History at the University of Ulster Coleraine (now Ulster University). In 2006 I moved to the OU where I am currently Senior Lecturer in History and a member of&#39;regional academic staff&#39;, which means I am based in the OUs Belfast office. In December 2018 I my full-time position with the university&nbsp;and moved to Sweden. I continue to work for the OU on a part-time basis.</p><p>I have served on the executive committees of&nbsp;the<a href="http://usihs36.com/" rel="nofollow">Ulster Society for Irish Historical Studies</a>(USIHS) and<a href="http://www.fuls.org.uk/" rel="nofollow">The Federation for&nbsp;Ulster Local Studies</a>. I have been a member of the editorial board of<a href="http://www.irishhistoricalstudies.ie/" rel="nofollow"><em>Irish Historical Studies</em></a>, a leading Irish history journal. I am a former Chair of the USIHS (2009-15) and of the<a href="http://www.historians.ie/" rel="nofollow">Irish Committee of Historical Sciences</a>&nbsp;(2015-17), the national committee for history in Ireland.</p><p>I am a member of&nbsp;<a href="http://fass.open.ac.uk/history/research/britain-and-ireland-1750-1950">&#39;Britain and Ireland, c.1750-1950: Connections and Contexts&#39;</a>, a departmental research group, and an Affiliate Member of the<a href="http://www.du.se/en/about-du/organisation/subjects/english/ducis/" rel="nofollow">Dalarna University Centre for Irish Studies</a>in Sweden.</p><p>I am a member of the&nbsp;<a href="http://iaph.ie/" rel="nofollow">Irish Association of Professional Historians</a>.</p>
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Research overview <p>My primary research interest is in the area of Protestant evangelicalism, particularly in Britain and Ireland in the nineteenth century. My research has focused on evangelical efforts to convert others and to revitalise religious practice, both amongst the&#39;unsaved&#39; and within churches and congregations. In this context I have written about religious revivals, the role that women played as evangelists and public speakers and the sectarian implications of evangelistic activity in nineteenth-century Ulster. I have also written about&nbsp;the cultural manifestations of religion in Ireland more widely.</p><p>Please click on the&#39;Publications&#39; tab, above, for a selected list of my publications in these&nbsp;areas.</p><p>At the moment my research focuses on the following areas:</p><h3>Clergy, congregation and locality: Belfast Presbyterianism c.1829-1914</h3><p><img alt="Bushmills Presbyterian Church Ordination Soiree card" src="http://www.open.ac.uk/people/sites/www.open.ac.uk.people/files/images/IMG_0063.jpg" style="height:175px; float:right; width:225px; margin:10px" /></p><p>I have long been interested in the Rev.&#39;Roaring&#39; Hugh Hanna (1821-92), a controversial Belfast Presbyterian clergyman. From there I developed an interest in Irish Presbyterian clergymen more broadly and the relationships they had with their families, their congregations and their localities. I have<a href="https://vitterhetsakad.bokorder.se/en-us/shop/book/3261?slug=spiritual-and-ecclesiastical-biographies" rel="nofollow">written about the biographies which were published about many of these Belfast clergymen</a>and what that tells us about attitudes towards clerical family life. I have also started to research Presbyterian clerical residences, called&#39;manses&#39;, and to examine them as sites of both religious domesticity and congregational space. I plan to develop this initial work into a book-length account of the social history of congregational life&nbsp;within nineteenth-century Belfast Presbyterianism.</p><h3>Scandinavian influences on the Ulster folklife movement and the foundation of the Ulster Folk Museum, 1938-68</h3><p><img alt="A Folk Museum for Ulster_pamphlet cover" src="/people/sites/www.open.ac.uk.people/files/images/Folk%20Museum%20for%20Ulster_cover.jpg" style="width:100px; height:150px; float:left; border-width:0px; border-style:solid; margin:10px 15px" />Since taking over the OUs MA History programme in 2009 I have developed an interest in Irish local and cultural history, especially the emergence of a professional&#39;folklife&#39; movement in the north of Ireland in the 1920s and 1930s. At this time university academics and experienced amateurs came together to protect what they saw as the rapid disappearance of Irish rural folk culture. Their efforts to protect this culture were strongly influenced by similar movements in Scandinavia, particularly the establishement of Skansen, the world&#39;s first open-air museum, in Stockholm in 1891. I am currently completing an article which examines the connections between this Scandinavian folklore movement and how it was translated into the context of the early Northern Irish state through the creation&nbsp;of the Ulster Folk Museum (1968).</p><p>&nbsp;</p><h3>Professional women in early twentieth-century Belfast: religion, crime and social work</h3><p><img alt="A Century of Service_front cover" src="/people/sites/www.open.ac.uk.people/files/images/IMG_7386.jpg" style="width:150px; height:225px; float:right; margin:10px" /></p><p>While conducting research into the Rev. Hugh Hanna in 2006, I discovered a&nbsp;minute book of the Deaconess Guild, the committee within the Presbyterian Church which oversaw full-time female church workers, known as&#39;deaconesses&#39;. I began to research the historical origins of the Irish Presbyterian deaconess movement more broadly and eventually published a narrative account of that group as a small book.&nbsp;I have continued to be interested in one deaconess in particular - Jane Bell - who, in 1918, became one of the first female policewomen in Belfast. This has sparked my interest in crime, female police and the opening of new professions for women in the early twentieth-century. I&#39;m particularly interested in the intersection between evangelism, social work and policing which Jane Bell and her colleagues represented. I have&nbsp;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCcZksQHF_g" rel="nofollow">given a recent lecture on Jane Bell</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>
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