Prof. Guy Beiner of BGU's Department of General History, has been awarded honorable mention by the 2018 James S. Donnelly Sr. Prize for Books in History and Social Sciences in Irish Studies, for his 2018 book Forgetful Remembrance Social Forgetting and Vernacular Historiography of a Rebellion in Ulster (Oxford University Press: Oxford and New York, 2018). The prize was awarded by the American Conference for Irish Studies.
The book focuses on the Northern Irish province of Ulster, following Protestant loyalist groups committed to remaining inside the United Kingdom. For more than 200 years many loyalist groups have tried to erase the memory of Protestant involvement on the side of Catholics during the 1798 uprising against British rule.
Since being published last year, the book, which presents a rich trove of previously unstudied sources, gives follows the phenomenon of "social forgetting" from the end of the 18th century to the present time. It has gained widespread interest in popular as well as academic circles in Northern Ireland, on both sides of the political spectrum there, as well as in the Republic of Ireland.
His last book, Remembering the Year of the French: Irish Folk History and Social Memory (University of Wisconsin Press: Madison, 2007; paperback 2009) won several international awards, including the Ratcliff Prize 2007 for "an important contribution by an individual to the study of Folklore or Folk Life in Great Britain and Ireland"; the Wayland D. Hand Prize 2008 for an outstanding publication in history and folklore; the National Council on Public History [NCPH] Book Award 2008 finalist, commended for "outstanding contribution in the subfield of public history and policy"; Cundill International Prize 2008 longlist for a book determined to have a profound literary, social and academic impact in the area of history.