PubhD 21: Ancient Empires, Bio Drugs & Medieval Ireland

PubhD 21 – Our 21st PubhD Dublin event will take place on the 2nd August at 7:00 pm in The Pavilion Bar’s balcony in Trinity College Dublin, with three more guests presenting their research for 10 minutes each followed by a Q&A after each presentation. All are welcome to come and enjoy interesting talks and pints!

So who is speaking?

Ronan Stewart who graduated with his Master’s degree in South Asian studies from the University of Cambridge in 2012. His work is about the fall of the Hindu Vijayanagara civilisation in 1565 and involved exploring three different literary traditions, with Islamic, Western and Hindu accounts of all working through this.

He aims for a balanced and informed dialogue about history and how it informs the present, especially as it informs the Muslim world and assists the rise of violent Islamist groups like ISIS. He has conducted lectures about this topic with University College Dublin and sports against racism in Ireland. These issues can range from the treatment of minorities in Muslim countries, gender issues, how Muslims approach crime and so on.

This involves tackling historical myths which pervade our society and help push forward nationalistic, religious or other ideologies which can cause conflict. Myths include the notion of a poverty-free Islamic caliphate, the return to a totally moral past, or a past which was free of religious discord. Ultimately this discussion is about what kind of society we want to live in.


Prashant Kaushik is a second year Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher in National Institute of Cellular Biotechnology in DCU. He is studying proteins produced by Chinese Hamster Ovary cells to improve the biological processes used widely in pharmaceutical industry.


John Tighe completed his BA in AHA/History in TCD in 2013, and an MPhil in Medieval History in TCD in 2014, doing a thesis on ‘The Inter-relationship of power structures and agricultural systems in al-Andalus c.Ad900-1300’, and since 2014 has been doing his PhD with Prof. Emeritus Terry Barry and Dr Immo Warntjes on Settlement Patterns in the Diocese of Tuam in the early medieval period.


(Unfortunately, Jacintha O’Sullivan & Laura McGrady had to postpone their talks for this months PubhD).