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Dr. Conor Kostick

Research Fellow (History)


I am a Research Fellow with the Department of History, working on the Climates of Conflict in Ancient Babylonia (CLICAB) project.
  Babylon   Children's Fantasy and Science Fiction   Crusades   Easter Rising   Family, Church history   Germany and Italy   History of Islam   History of women   Marxist Historiography   Marxist Political Theory   Medieval Europe   Medieval History   Medieval Warfare   Military History   Papacy, history of ideas in Central Middle Ages   Urban and economic history   War of Independence
 The Second Crusade (1146 - 8): A social analysis
 Climates of Conflict in Ancient Babylonia (CLICAB)

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Member of the Board of the National Library of Ireland 2015
Member of the Board of the Irish Copyright Licensing Agency 2012
Executive Member of the Irish Writers Union 2009
TCD Students' Union Executive member 1998 - 2000
TCD Graduate Students' Union Executive Member 2001 - 2004
Irish Writers' Union Executive 2001 - 2008
Irish Writers' Union Chairperson 2002 - 2004
Irish Writers' Union Chairperson 2006 - 2008
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
Latin Fluent Basic Basic
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Ecclesiastical History Society 2003 continuing
The Society for the Study of the Crusades and the Latin East (SSCLE) 2006 continuing
Seigneurie: Group for the Study of Nobility, Lordship, and Chivalry. 2007 continuing
The Gaelic Annals and Climate, 431 - 1649 CE in, editor(s)Malcom Sen , Cambridge History of Irish Literature and the Environment , Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2021, pp19 , [Conor Kostick & Francis Ludlow], Book Chapter, IN_PRESS
Drought and Plague in Adso of Montier-en-Der's Miracles of St Mansuy in, editor(s)Christine Meek Thomas McCarthy , CHURCH FAITH AND CULTURE IN THE MEDIEVAL WEST, Amsterdam, Amsterdam University Press, 2020, pp19 , [Conor Kostick], Book Chapter, IN_PRESS  TARA - Full Text
Chris Jones, Conor Kostick & Klaus Oschema, Making the Medieval Relevant, 1, Berlin, De Gruyter, 2019, 1-270pp, Notes: [Das Mittelalter. Perspektiven mediävistischer Forschung. Beihefte 6], Book, PUBLISHED
Medieval History, Explosive Volcanism,and the Geoengineering Debate in, editor(s)Chris Jones, Conor Kostick & Klaus Oschema , Making the Medieval Relevant: How Medieval Studies Contribute to Improving Our Understanding of the Present, Berlin, De Gruyter, 2019, pp45 - 97, [Conor Kostick & Francis Ludlow], Notes: [One of the most important issues facing humanity is the rise in temperature of the planet. One current line of investigation for the reversal of global warming is that of using one or more of a suite of geoengineering (or climate engineering) techniques known as solar radiation management (SRM) in order to reflect sunlight back into space. The Paris Agreement of 2015, COP21, invited further research into this kind of geoengineering solution. One idea is to artificially emulate the effect of large volcanic eruptions, which can certainly lead to global cooling. Here, medieval history offers a perspective from which to help understand the challenges that geoengineering may present and inform our choices. The closest natural parallel to stratospheric aerosol injection (SAI) geoengineering are volcanic eruptions and case studies of their climatic (and subsequent societal) impacts are much needed. By studying historical explosive volcanism, medieval history provides a laboratory for understanding the climatic and societal impacts of geoengineering in the form of reports of extreme weather and societal stresses such as subsistence crises and even conflict arising from scarcity induced resource competition. We argue that this history must be taken seriously in the discussion about whether to proceed with solar geoengineering. The twentieth and twenty-first centuries have been volcanically quiescent relative to earlier centuries, but this can change at any time. In particular, advocates of a geoengineered solution have to appreciate the relevance of the question: what will happen if the planet experiences another period in which one or more sulphur-rich VEI 5 to 7 eruptions occur, if we have already laden the stratosphere with sulphates artificially? The medieval experience of such eruptions can point to an answer that serves as a warning.], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Why Should we Care about the Middle Ages? Putting the Case for the Relevance of Studying Medieval Europe in, editor(s)Chris Jones, Conor Kostick & Klaus Oschema , Making the Medieval Relevant, Berlin, De Gruyter, 2019, pp1 - 30, [Chris Jones, Conor Kostick & Klaus Oschema], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Neither Rome nor Baghdad: the Crusades - a view from Ireland in, editor(s)Felix Hinz & Johannes Meyer-Hamme , Controversial Histories - Current Views on the Crusades, London, Routledge, 2019, pp67 - 70, [Conor Kostick], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Tony Farmar Conor Kostick, Irish Book Publishing from 2001, 1, Dublin, The History Press (Ireland), 2018, Notes: [The author, Tony Farmar, died with the manuscript incomplete. I was asked to edit it and supply the final quarter of the book.], Book, PUBLISHED
Gao, C., Ludlow, F., Amir, O. and Kostick, C., Reconciling Multiple Ice-Core Volcanic Histories: The Potential of Tree-Ring and Documentary Evidence, 670-730 CE, Quaternary International, 394, 2016, p180 - 193, Notes: [Chronologically-secure volcanic event histories are important for improving our understanding of volcano-climate responses, and securing ice core chronologies. We present an exploratory case-study that attempts to reconcile the chemical fingerprints of major volcanism in Greenland ice-cores for the years 670-730 CE. This period experienced considerable volcanic perturbation with multiple volcanic signals registered in all 8 Greenland ice-core datasets studied, including some comparable in magnitude to the great 1815 Tambora eruption, but reconciling signals with divergent dating between datasets presents a number of challenges. To further our understanding of the volcanic history of this period, frost-rings, tree-ring growth width and density minima from Europe, Siberia and China are considered together with Western European, Near Eastern and Chinese documentary evidence. These reveal a striking sequence of co-occurring inter-regional climatic extremes and social crises. We further examine a recently proposed 7-year adjustment to the GICC05 chronology used by many Greenland ice cores, and find that this results in a more coherent volcanic history for these years, and an improved agreement with tree-ring and written records. Three major volcanic events can now be identified, dated to 681, 684-686 and 706-707, with several moderate events further contributing to a sustained climate perturbation reflected in prolonged temperature reductions in high-resolution reconstructions.], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Sigl, M., Winstrup, M., McConnell, J.R., Welten, K.C., Plunkett, G., Ludlow, F., Büntgen, U., Caffee, M., Chellman, N., Dahl-Jensen, D., Fischer, H., Kipfstuhl, S., Kostick, C., Maselli, O.J., Mekhaldi, F., Mulvaney, R., Muscheler, R., Pasteri, D.R., Pilcher, J.R., Salzer, M., Schüpbach, S., Steffensen, J.P., Vinther, B., Woodruff, T.E. , Timing and Climate Forcing of Volcanic Eruptions during the Past 2,500 Years, Nature, 523, 2015, p543 - 549, Notes: [Volcanic eruptions contribute to climate variability, but quantifying these contributions has been limited by inconsistencies in the timing of atmospheric volcanic aerosol loading determined from ice cores and subsequent cooling from climate proxies such as tree rings. Here we resolve these inconsistencies and show that large eruptions in the tropics and high latitudes were primary drivers of interannual-to-decadal temperature variability in the Northern Hemisphere during the past 2,500 years. Our results are based on new records of atmospheric aerosol loading developed from high-resolution, multi-parameter measurements from an array of Greenland and Antarctic ice cores as well as distinctive age markers to constrain chronologies. Overall, cooling was proportional to the magnitude of volcanic forcing and persisted for up to ten years after some of the largest eruptive episodes. Our revised timescale more firmly implicates volcanic eruptions as catalysts in the major sixth-century pandemics, famines, and socioeconomic disruptions in Eurasia and Mesoamerica while allowing multi-millennium quantification of climate response to volcanic forcing.], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Frank Ludlow Conor Kostick, The dating of volcanic events and their impact upon European society, 400-800 CE, European Journal of Postclassical Archaeologies, 5, 2015, p7 - 30, Journal Article, PUBLISHED

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Conor Kostick, The Dragon's Revenge, 1, London, Level Up, 2019, 1 - 462pp, Book, PUBLISHED
Conor Kostick, Edda, First, Dublin, O'Brien Press, 2011, 1 - 393pp, Book, PUBLISHED
Conor Kostick, Move, First, Dublin, O'Brien Press, 2008, 220pp, Book, PUBLISHED
Conor Kostick, The Book of Curses, First, Dublin, O'Brien Press, 2007, 1 - 80pp, Book, PUBLISHED
Michael Rosen(ed.), Children's Literature Some Marxist Perspectives, Children's Literature Annual, University of Hertfordshire, 1, (1), April 2006, University of Hertfordshire Press, 2007, 106 - 7 p, Proceedings of a Conference, PUBLISHED
Conor Kostick, Saga, First, Dublin, O'Brien Press, 2006, 308pp, Book, PUBLISHED
Conor Kostick, Samara, Journal of Music in Ireland, 6, (1), 2006, p38 - 38, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Conor Kostick, Laudabiliter, History Ireland, 13, (3), 2005, p7 - 8, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Conor Kostick, The O'Rahilly, History Ireland, 13, (4), 2005, p11 - 12, Journal Article, PUBLISHED


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Award Date
British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award 2015
Marie Curie Career Integration Grant 2011
Gold Medal November 2001
Lyster Prize (History) November 2001
Cluff Prize (History) November 2001
Brown Prize (History) 1998
Dublinia Medieval Essay Prize 2001
IBBY Honour List Member (for Epic) 2006
Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences Scholarship 2002 - 2005
Irish Research Council For the Humanities and Social Sciences Post Doctoral Fellowship 2007 - 8
White Ravens Collection, Special Mention (Epic) 2006
Soaring Eagle Book Award Master List (Epic) 2008 - 9
Reading Association of Ireland Shortlist (Saga) 2008
Booklist Top Ten Fantasy Books for Youth list for 2007 (Epic) 2007
Reading Association of Ireland Shortlist (Epic) 2005
Arts Council Literature Travel Award 2006
A New York Public Library 'book for the teen age' (Epic) 2008
Beehive Award Shortlist (Epic) 2008 - 9
Grace Lawless Lee Fund 2008
International Reading Association, Young Adult Reader's Choice, for Epic 2009
This project hypothesises that climatic changes, including periods of drought, flooding and other extreme weather, are linked to patterns of violence and conflict in the Ancient Near East. We also hypothise that any "climate-conflict linkages" vary meaningfully through time according evolving socioeconomic, political and cultural background in which climatic changes and extreme weather occurred. This research aims to investigate climatic changes in Babylonia during the final eight centuries BCE and assess for linkages to patterns of violence and conflict, through the application of historical climatology to the wealth of data available.