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Curriculum vitae

My current research priority (2012-2017) is the Academy of Finland project, 'The Terrible Visitation. Famine in Finland and Ireland, c. 1845-1868: Transnational, Comparative and Long-Term Perspectives'. As a part of this project, I have written Éire na Rúise, a book on Irish-Finnish history, and edited The Enormous Failure of Nature, a collection on famine in the nineteenth century. I am also organising a comparative collection of historical articles on aspects of Finnish and Irish history from ca. 1800 to 1920, as well as participating in other international networks: from 2014-2017 I am co-director of the NWO-funded 'International Network of Irish Famine Studies', based at the Radboud University, Nijmegen.

I have been examining memorials to the Great Hunger Years in Finland, and have published pictures of these memorials online.

As Docent in European Area and Cultural Studies I am interested in a wide variety of historical and contemporary topics, from a range of disciplinary perspectives. In pursuing both transnational and comparative research, I enjoy questioning some of the accepted norms of European 'national' narratives.  


  • 615 History and Archaeology
  • Famine
  • Philanthropic studies
  • Nationalism
  • Area and Cultural Studies

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Publications 1998 2018


Newby, A., 2018, (Accepted/In press) An Encyclopaedia of Contemporary Nordic Culture. Forsås-Scott, H., Hilson, M. & Hjelm, T. (eds.). London: Hurst, 2 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Overcoming Amnesia? Memorializing Finland's "Great Hunger Years"

Newby, A. G., 2018, The Great Famine and its Legacies: Visual and Material Culture. Corporaal, M., Mark-FitzGerald, E. & Frawley, O. (eds.). Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, p. 229-258 30 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

"Black Spots on the Map of Europe": Ireland and Finland as oppressed nationalities, c.1860–1910

Newby, A. G., 2017, In : Irish Historical Studies. 41, 160 , p. 186-205 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Finland and Ireland: Transnational and Comparative Perspectives

Mc Mahon, R. (ed.) & Newby, A. G. (ed.), 2017, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 160 p. (Irish Historical Studies; vol. 41, no. 160)

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or special issueScientificpeer-review

Finland’s “Great Hunger Years” Memorials: A Sesquicentennial Report

Newby, A. G., Apr 2017, In : COLLeGIUM : Studies across disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. 22, p. 173-214 42 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Projects 2011 2011

The Nordic Society in Cross-disciplinary and Transnational Perspectives (NordSoc)

Ahokas, M., Alanko, A., Alapuro, R., Aunesluoma, J., Blomberg-Kroll, H., Borioni, P., Brisku, A., Fellman, S., Forsander, A., Glover, N., Götz, N., Haapakorpi, A., Haggrén, H., Hannikainen, M., Haldén, P., Heikkinen, S., Helander, M., Hilson, M., Hopkins, T., Huhta, I., Jalava, M., Kallio, J., Kananen, J., Kettunen, P., Kroll, C., Laine, J. M., Lauren, J. S. I., Lloyd, C., Marjanen, J., Marklund, C., Muir, S., Newby, A., Nordberg, C., Nygård, S., Outinen, S., Pellander, S., Prutsch, M., Rainio-Niemi, J., Riska, E., Roumpakis, A., Räisä, T., Saaritsa, S., Stadius, P., Stenius, H., Strang, J., Stråth, B., Suoranta, A. M., Syrjämäki, S., Wahlbeck, Ö., Vauhkonen, J., Wrede, S. & Österberg, M.

24/02/2011 → …

Project: Research Evaluation 2011


Jeremiah Dalziel Prize in British History

Andy Newby (Recipient), Jul 1998

Prize: Prizes and awards

Maclehose-Dickinson Prize in Scottish History

Andy Newby (Recipient), Apr 2003

Prize: Prizes and awards

RSE / CRF European Research Fellowship

Andy Newby (Recipient), Sep 2007

Prize: Prizes and awards

Activities 2004 2017

PhD Examination: The Irish Transport and General Workers Union and the Irish Labour Press, 1909-1920

Andy Newby (Opponent)
1 Mar 2017

Activity: Examination typesOpponent of doctoral dissertation

Tradea - Embassy of Ireland - St. Patrick's Day Event

Andy Newby (Speaker: Keynote)
14 Mar 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Talks

NÄLKÄ! The Great Finnish Famine - A 150th Anniversary Exhibition

Andy Newby (Participant)
20 Sep 201720 Apr 2018

Activity: Other activity typesTypes for other activities - Other

National Famine Walk 2017

Andy Newby (Participant)
26 May 20171 Jun 2017

Activity: Other activity typesTypes for other activities - Other

29. Nordiske Historikermøde -- Lutheranism & Social Welfare

Andy Newby (Speaker)
17 Aug 2017

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Press / Media

On the Famine Road

Andy Newby


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media

Irish researcher hunts Finnish famine memorials

Andy Newby


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

150 vuotta sitten 200 000 suomalaista menehtyi – muistatko syyn?

Andy Newby


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media