The launch of Finnian Ó Cionnaith’s new book Exercise of authority: Surveyor Thomas Owen and the paving, cleansing and lighting of Georgian Dublin is taking place on Wednesday 10 Feb at the Mansion House, Dublin. The book considers the work of the Dublin Paving Board and the ways in which this organisation controlled and maintained the streets of Georgian Dublin. It is the second in a series of books sponsored but Dublin City council on the history of engineering in the city. The Lord Mayor and Dr. Kieran Feighan of Engineers Ireland will be speaking at the launch.
Pedagogy-oriented submissions that give insight into the ways Gulliver’s Travels is taught in higher education are invited for the Long 18th Teaching Tools page of the Studies in the Novel website.
Possible contributions might explore
- methods of teaching we employ, with a particular emphasis on using Gulliver’s Travels as a prompt to pedagogic experimentation.
- selections or extracts from the novel that we teach and the purposes they serve from discipline to discipline.
- disciplinary possibilities and limitations of the text.
- using Gulliver’s Travels to teach formal disciplinary requirements such as the use of evidence, the nature of genre, the skills of close reading, writing style modeling, etc.
- varied student responses to the Travels across stages of learning (from first-year undergraduate courses to graduate seminars)
- reaction of students across different educational contexts and institutional settings such as the community college, the four-year “commuter campus,” the liberal arts college, etc.
- engagement of the student’s social identity in reading and responding to the book.
- interactions that Gulliver’s Travels generates in the classroom: the moral, political, social, and aesthetic concerns it raises.
For further information follow this link to download the full call for papers.
A conference entitled ‘Theatre in the Regency Era: Plays, Performance, Practice 1795-1843’ will take place in Downing College, University of Cambridge, on July 29-31, 2016. Early bird rates are available until 30 January 2016.
This conference will explore the Regency Era’s dance, music and drama from a wide range of historical and methodological perspectives. The keynote address will be given by Celina Fox (The Arts of Industry in the Age of Enlightenment), and historical gesture specialist Jed Wentz (Conservatorium van Amsterdam) will present a lecture-performance. In addition, the conference will open with an introduction by Iain Mackintosh (Architecture, Actor and Audience) at the remarkable Cambridge Festival Theatre (built in 1814), providing a rare opportunity for conference attendees to see an original surviving Regency three-level horseshoe auditorium.
For further details and to book the conference, please see: www.regencytheatre2016.com
ECIS members may be interested in a recent article from The Guardian about a lost poem written by Percy Bysshe Shelley which was made public for the first time in more than 200 years last week.
The 172-line poem, accompanied by an essay and Shelley’s notes, was written in support of the Irish journalist Peter Finnerty, who had been jailed for libelling the Anglo-Irish politician Viscount Castlereagh.
Follow this link to read the full article, ‘Lost Shelley poem execrating “rank corruption” of ruling class made public’, on The Guardian website.
Dr Eoin Kinsella (Irish Association of Professional Historians) will be presenting a paper entitled ‘Testing the limits of the penal laws’ at the next meeting of the Irish Historical Society on 17 November 2015.
The meeting will be held at 7.00 p.m. in the Centre for Irish Programmes, Boston College Dublin, 43 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2.
All are welcome.
The Dutch-Belgian Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies (DBSECS) annual conference will take place in Brussels on 10-11 March 2016.
The theme of the conference will be ‘Flavours of the Eighteenth Century’. The organisers have been in touch to encourage ECIS members with an interest in the subject to consider participation.
Click on this link to download the Call for Papers, which is open until 23 November.
The Limerick Early Modern Studies Forum will host a two-day conference on 20-21 November on the theme ‘Moments of Becoming: Transitions and Transformations in Early Modern Europe’.
The conference takes place at the University of Limerick.
Further information is available on the Forum’s website at https://emslimerick.wordpress.com/moments-of-becoming-conference/
The fourteenth Dublin International Symposium on Jonathan Swift will take place from 2 pm to 5 pm on Saturday 17 October 2015 at The Deanery, Upper Kevin Street, Dublin 8.
Professor Michael Brown, (History, University of Aberdeen), “How English was Jonathan Swift?”
Professor Aida Ramos (Economics, University of Dallas), “Swift’s Economics: An Alternative to English Mercantilism”
Dr. Charles Ivar McGrath (History, University College, Dublin), “The Grand Question Debated: Swift, Army Barracks and Money”
Professor Moyra Haslett (English, Queen’s University, Belfast), “Singing at the Club: Songs on the Wood’s Halfpence Affair, Dublin 1724-25”
Respondent: Dr. Clíona Ó Gallchoir, Department of English, UCC.
To register please telephone 01 453 9472 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday 18 October 2015 – 15.15
Annual Service in Commemoration of Jonathan Swift; Saint Patrick’s Cathedral Dublin
Address: Dr. Aileen Douglas, Associate Professor of English, Trinity College, Dublin.
Tomorrow evening in the Royal Irish Academy member’s room, John Gibson, Chairman of the Dublin Decorative and Fine Arts Society, will give a talk entitled ‘Toile and Trouble: The Story of Toile de Jouy’.
Ever since it’s invention by Francis Nixon in Drumcondra in 1752, Toile de Jouy has been more than just a home furnishing fabric. It has chronicled the leisure and interests of the bourgeoisie of the period, from the pastoral ideal of picnicking in the countryside, to hot air ballooning, contemporary literature, opera, and theatre. It has also been used by those seeking to subvert the establishment, as reflected by American revolutionary and other republican designs. New generations of designers continued this tradition, from Ireland’s Sybil Connolly to New Yorker Sheila Bridges, whose Harlem Toile is pictured above. Our chairman, John Gibson, will explore the Irish origins and continuing relevance of this most unlikely of contested grounds.
- Wednesday the 7th of October, The Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson St.
- Doors open at 6.30 pm and the lecture begins at 7 pm sharp.
- Please R.S.V.P. to email@example.com
In the summer 1706, three Protestant refugees from the last French war of religion arrived in London to prophesy the fall of Rome and Christ’s imminent Second Coming. They claimed to be inspired by the Holy Spirit, experienced bodily agitations and sought to revive the apostolic Church. Within two years, these ‘French Prophets’ counted nearly 500 followers, including Huguenots, Anglicans, Philadelphians, Quakers, Presbyterians, Baptists, Quietists and even Jews. Their movement launched missionary tribes after failing to resurrect one of their members from the dead and spread across Europe. They remained active in Britain until the late 1740s, reappearing sporadically among the first Methodists, Moravians and Shakers.
The French Prophets sparked one of the greatest controversies in eighteenth-century England, marked by a prodigious battle of pamphlets on revealed religion and miracles, violent riots and a political trial. They were branded as ‘enthusiasts’, then a derogatory label for religious fanaticism, but one whose modern representation largely draws upon the hostile discourse of Augustan moralists.
In his new book, Enlightening Enthusiasm: Prophecy and Religious Experience in Early Eighteenth-Century England (Manchester University Press, 2015), Lionel Laborie examines the nature of religious enthusiasm against the backdrop of the early English Enlightenment. It offers the first comprehensive approach to enthusiasm by looking at this multifarious issue from a social, religious, cultural, political and medical perspective. Based on new archival research, it challenges our modern understanding of this originally infamous term by dissociating religious experience from millenarianism, radical dissent and popular religion, to shed new light on the reality of enthusiasm in early Enlightenment England.
The book can be ordered from Manchester University Press. Follow this link for further information.
The first collected edition of James Macpherson’s Ossian poems, The Works of Ossian was published in two volumes in 1765. To mark the 250th anniversary of this significant cultural event and the development of a new online resource, Ossian Online, a one-day symposium and public lecture will be held in the Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson street, Dublin on Friday 4 September 2015.
Reflecting the diversity of Ossian’s appeal, the symposium will feature speakers from a range of disciplines, presenting papers on new and recent research on Macpherson’s work. These talks will present new perspectives on familiar topics such as the role and meaning of Ireland in Ossian and Gaelic sources for the poetry, alongside considerations of the current status of Ossian studies in the academy and its potential place in public humanities. Digital humanities projects that focus on Ossian are represented by presentations on Ossian Online and on network analysis of the Ossian corpus. The symposium concludes with a public lecture by James Mulholland (North Carolina State University) on “Ossian and the Global Crisis in Authenticity”.
Attendance is free, but delegates are asked to register for the symposium on the Eventbrite website where you can also access the full programme.
This symposium is supported by the Irish Research Council’s New Foundations Scheme. Ossian Online is supported by the Moore Institute; School of Humanities, National University of Ireland, Galway; and the National Library of Scotland.
Michelle from Ard na Sidhe Country House, in Co. Kerry has put together an interactive StoryMap called ‘A Literary Landscape of Ireland’ to celebrate all of Ireland’s most prolific writers and poets.
This StoryMap highlights many of the places that inspired the writers and poets involved, as well as the locations where the writers grew up and attended school.
The entry on Jonathan Swift might be of particular interest to ECIS blog readers.
Follow this link to view the Literary Landscape of Ireland StoryMap in a new window.
The American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies will hold its annual meeting in Pittsburgh, PA on 31 March to 3 April 2016.
The Irish Caucus is given two panels at the annual ASECS meeting. Please see the descriptions of these panels below and consider proposing a paper for one of them. Graduate students and junior scholars are especially encouraged to submit proposals. Abstract of your paper (approximately 300 words) can be sent to Scott.Breuninger@usd.edu by 15 September 2015.
Panel 1: The Irish Enlightenment VIII
Over the past decade, scholars of the Enlightenment have increasingly recognized the contributions of Ireland to broader strands of eighteenth-century thought and the place of Irish thinkers’ work within the context of European and Atlantic intellectual movements. This research has spawned an increasing number of essays, books, and conference panels, illustrating the vitality of debate concerning the Irish dimension of the Enlightenment and collectively helping to define the nature of the Irish Enlightenment. This panel welcomes participants whose work focuses on Irish thought and/or its relationship to the Enlightenment world, especially papers that utilize new methodological approaches to the study of intellectual history; including (but not limited to) models drawn from the digital humanities, global history, and/or gender studies.
Panel 2: Conflict and Violence in Eighteenth-Century Ireland
During the long eighteenth-century, warfare and violence was inscribed upon Ireland. The century began in the wake of the Battle of the Boyne and ended with the aftermath of the Rebellion of 1798. Between these irruptions of conflict, Irish life was transformed by a series of internal rebellions and international wars. This panel welcomes papers that explore how these destructive forces shaped the lives of people in Ireland during this period (politically, religiously, economically, socially) and/or how they were represented in popular culture (theatre, literature, history).
Follow this link to visit the ASECS website for further information.
Journal•Lists is a free subscription service that emails you historical novels, periodicals and diaries in short e-installments.
It has been designed to recapture the process of reading in installments that was a key part of the reading experience in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It also offers a new way of reading diaries and letters that encourages a closer connection with their authors’ daily lives.
The first Journal•Lists goes live on 14 August with James Boswell’s Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides. If you sign up, you will receive each entry of Boswell’s diary on the anniversary of the day it was written.
Upcoming Journal•Lists will include The Spectator and Lord Byron’s Ravenna.
Go to www.journallists.wordpress.com to find out more.
Philip Walsh is currently a doctoral student at UCD finishing his PhD thesis on ‘The Blakes of Ballyglunin: Catholic merchants and landowners of Galway Town and County in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries’. He will be speaking at the 2015 Annual Conference in Cork.
What is your favourite museum, gallery or heritage site?
The Battle of the Boyne site does a great job of bringing history to life for all ages.
What is your favourite online resource?
Eighteenth-Century Collections Online is indispensable for anyone studying the eighteenth century.
Your favourite book/poem/painting/object of 18th century interest?
Gulliver’s Travels is a great read and has hardly dated.
What 18th century figure would you most like to have a drink with?
Meeting up with Turlough O’Carolan on some back road pub, with his tunes and undoubtedly stories, would be a fascinating experience.
What will you be talking about at the ECIS Annual Conference 2015?
Younger sons posed a challenge for the remaining Catholic landowners of Ireland in the eighteenth century, whether from a feeling of familial obligation or the cold hard reality of estate management. For the Blakes of Ballyglunin, County Galway the second son from the first two generations of the eighteenth century were given a substantial child’s portion and sent to the West Indies to make their fortune. Both did this to great effect. When these younger sons had made their fortune, they did not return to Ireland but to England, where subsequent generations were knighted and became part of the English gentry. I will be exploring the effect of this on the wider family, the financial implications and the continued links between the families in Galway, the West Indies and England.
Please note that online registration for the ECIS Annual Conference to be held on 12-14 June 2015 in University College Cork will close at 8pm today. Please register as soon as you can!
See our Annual Conference page for further details.
Moments of Becoming: Transitions and Transformations in Early Modern Europe
University of Limerick, Ireland, 20-21 November 2015.
The aim of this interdisciplinary conference is to explore the theme of ‘becoming’ in early modern European and Irish culture. The early modern period itself is often understood as a time of transition, but how did the people of the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries experience periods of transformation/transition in their own lives and work, and how were these processes accomplished and accommodated? Conference papers will explore changes to personal, professional, religious or political identity and identifications, as well as understandings of transformations of state, status and nature more broadly.
Plenary Speakers: Professor Daniel Carey (NUI Galway), Professor Raymond Gillespie (Maynooth University), Professor Alison Rowlands (University of Essex).
We invite proposals for 20-minute papers on themes that might include:
Transition in religion and politics
- Religious conversion
- Alterations to political sympathies
- Migration and naturalisation
- Becoming a soldier, priest, rebel, martyr, hero or villain
- Acquiring competencies, skills or professional training
- Social mobility, upwards or downwards
- Becoming a parent
- Rites of passage
Transition and the supernatural
- Death and movement to the next world
- Magical and miraculous transformations
Textual and performative transformations
- Responses to societal transitions in poetry and prose
- Transforming texts via translation, printing or performance
- The use of space and material culture in ceremonial/ritual contexts
Please submit an abstract of about 250 words to Richard Kirwan (Richard.Kirwan@ul.ie) or Clodagh Tait (Clodagh.Tait@mic.ul.ie) before 10th July 2015.
This conference will occur under the auspices of the Limerick Early Modern Forum of the University of Limerick and Mary Immaculate College. The conference is funded by the Irish Research Council New Foundations Scheme. The organisers plan to publish a volume of essays drawn from the conference papers.
For further information see https://emslimerick.wordpress.com
The Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies at Queen’s University Belfast is holding a Study Day on Dublin Court Culture on Friday 22 May 2015, from 10:30-5:00, in the Music Building on University Square. All are welcome to attend the papers; complimentary tea and coffee will be provided; £6/£3 tickets (available on the day) offer entrance to lunch and the concluding reception. Registering intentions to attend (for catering purposes) is encouraged.
For this, or any queries, please contact Dr Sarah McCleave, firstname.lastname@example.org
Programme (in Old McMordie Hall, Music building, unless otherwise indicated)
- 10.30-11.00: Coffee and Introduction
- 11.00: David Hayton (Belfast) “Representations of monarchy in early eighteenth-century Ireland.”
- 11:45: Rachel Wilson (QUB): “The vicereines and the court culture of Dublin.”
- 12.30-1.30: Lunch
- 1.30: Estelle Murphy (Maynooth University): “Court music in eighteenth-century Dublin.”
- 2:15: Kevin Mulligan (TCD): “The architecture and decoration of Dublin Castle.”
- 3.00-3.30: Tea
- 3.30-4.15: Andrew Carpenter (UCD): “The literature of the Dublin court.”
- 4.15-4.45: Closing round table, Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities, 18 University Square
- 5:00: Reception, Old McMordie Hall, Music.
You are invited to the 2015 CECS Urban Culture Lecture, which takes place on 30 April at 4pm.
The speaker is Dr Anthony Malcolmson, who will present “Nathaniel Clements and the development of north Dublin, c.1730-c.1760.” The venue is Queen’s Film Theatre, Screen 1. University Square, Belfast. No advance booking necessary.
For further information contact:
Dr Sarah McCleave, Director
Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies
Queen’s University Belfast
Many congratulations to the Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society members who have been awarded prizes by the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies this year!
- The ASECS 2014-15 Editing and Translation Fellowship award of $1,000 went to Aileen Douglas, Associate Professor of Irish literature and Director of Research at Trinity College in Dublin. She will use the prize money for travel to the Newbery Library in Chicago to work on a scholarly edition of Elizabeth Sheridan’s novel The Fairy Ring, or Emeline, A Moral Tale, first published in Dublin in 1780 and then in London in 1783. Novelist and diarist Elizabeth Sheridan was the youngest of four siblings, all of whom would, as adults, achieve varying degrees of success as writers, particularly her older brother, the dramatist Richard Brinsley Sheridan.
- The A. C. Elias, Jr. Irish-American Research Travel Fellowship was awarded to Michael J. Griffin, University of Limerick and David O’Shaughnessy, Trinity College.
- Finally, the Hans Turley Prize in Queer Eighteenth-Century Studies was awarded to Declan Kavanagh for his project ‘”A Motel Figure, of the Fribble Tribe”: Charles Churchill’s Poetry and the Racialization of Effeminate Discourses’.
The Irish Section of the Huguenot Society of Great Britain and Ireland is hosting a commemoration of Daniel O’Connell’s duel in 1815 with John d’Esterre on Saturday at 2pm, 11th April in The Palatine Room, Collins Barracks, Dublin.
Patrick Geoghegan of TCD and Lar Joye of the National Museum will be speaking.
Visit the Huguenot Society of Great Britain and Ireland – Irish Section website for further details: http://huguenotsinireland.com/
Mounsey, Chris. ‘Oliver Goldsmith and John Newbery’, Eighteenth-century Ireland/Iris an dá chultúr, Vol. 13 (1998), pp 149-158.
This article gives an account of London publisher John Newberys business relationship with Oliver Goldsmith. Mounsey considers Newberys dealings with Goldsmith and other authors including Johnson, Smart and Dodd, and refutes John Gingers Continue reading Vol. 13: Mounsey, Chris.
Morley, Vincent. ‘Tá an cruatan ar Sheoirsefolklore or politics?’, Eighteenth-century Ireland/Iris an dá chultúr, Vol. 13 (1998), pp 112-120..
This article begins by referring to what seem to be two differing positions held by S. J. Connolly of the significance of the song Tá an cruatan ar Sheoirse written by Eoghan Continue reading Vol. 13: Morley, Vincent.
Tucker, Bernard. ‘Our Chief Poetess: Mary Barber and Swifts Circle.’, Eighteenth-century Ireland/Iris an dá chultúr, Vol. 7 (1992), Pp 43-56.
Until recently, according to Bernard Tucker, scant attention has been paid to Irish women poets of the first half of the eighteenth-century. Despite the success of her collection titled Poems Continue reading Vol. 7: Tucker, Bernard.
Magennis, Eoin. ‘A Beleaguered Protestant?: Walter Harris and the Writing of Fiction Unmasked in Mid-Eighteenth Century Ireland’, Eighteenth-century Ireland/Iris an dá chultúr, Vol. 13 (1998), pp 86-111.
This article looks at the attitudes and writings of the eighteenth-century historian Walter Harris within the context of Jacqueline Hills theory of the beleaguered Continue reading Vol. 13: Magennis, Eoin.
Type: Review Article
Mac Craith, Mícheál. ‘Breandán Ó Buachalla, Aisling Ghéar’, Eighteenth-century Ireland/Iris an dá chultúr, Vol. 13 (1998), pp 166-71.
This is a review (in English) of a major work on Irish Jacobitism described by Mac Craith as a work of deep scholarship and of meticulous research, a labour Continue reading Vol. 13: Mac Craith, Mícheál.
Le Juen, Yves. ‘The Abbé MacGeoghegan Dies’, Eighteenth-century Ireland/Iris an dá chultúr, Vol. 13 (1998), pp 135-148..
This article examines the papers relating to the demise of the Abbé James MacGeoghegan, conserved in the Archives Nationales in Paris amongst other Ancien Régime Successions en déshérence. The papers provide valuable information Continue reading Vol. 13: Le Juen, Yves.
Friend, María Losada. ‘Ghosts or Frauds? Oliver Goldsmith and The Mystery Revealed’, Eighteenth-century Ireland/Iris an dá chultúr, Vol. 13 (1998), pp 159-165..
This article looks at Oliver Goldsmiths 1762 pamphlet The Mystery Revealed as part of the Gothic tradition of the eighteenth century. In the pamphlet, and as well as Continue reading Vol. 13: Friend, María Losada.
Fagan, Patrick. ‘Infiltration of Dublin Freemason Lodges by United Irishmen and other Republican Groups’, Eighteenth-century Ireland/Iris an dá chultúr, Vol. 13 (1998), pp 65-85.
This article gives an account of the infiltration of Freemason lodges in Dublin by the United Irishmen in the 1790s. Fagan explores the history of the Continue reading Vol. 13: Fagan, Patrick.
OFlaherty, Eamonn. ‘Burke and the Catholic Question’, Eighteenth-century Ireland/Iris an dá chultúr, Vol. 12 (1997), pp 7-27.
This article examines Edmund Burkes writings on the Catholic question, which span nearly four decades and contain important evidence of the development of Burkes ideas about the nature of law and obligation and the Continue reading Vol. 12: OFlaherty, Eamonn.