Book Launch: Finnian Ó Cionnaith, Exercise of Authority

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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.

 

Theatre in the Regency Era Conference

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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

IHS Talk: Dr Eoin Kinsella, Testing the Limits of the Penal Laws, 17 November

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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.

CFP: Dutch-Belgian Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Conference

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.

Limerick Early Modern Studies Forum Conference, 20-21 November 2015

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/

Jonathan Swift Symposium, 17 October 2015

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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.

Speakers

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 dean@stpatrickscathedral.ie

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.

DDFAS Talk at the RIA: Toile and Trouble

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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 dubdecandfine@gmail.com

New Publication: Enlightening Enthusiasm by Lionel Laborie

laborieIn 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.

New Approaches to Ossian Symposium

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.

CFP: Irish Panels at the 2016 ASECS Conference

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.

CFP: Moments of Becoming Conference, Nov. 2015

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

Personal transformations

  • 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

22 May: CECS Study Day on Dublin Court Culture

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, s.mccleave@qub.ac.uk

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.

30 Apr. 2015 CECS Urban Culture Lecture

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

s.mccleave@qub.ac.uk
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Huguenot Society Lecture, 11 April 2015

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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/

 

ECIS Conference Postgraduate Bursaries

The Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society is pleased to announce two bursaries for postgraduate students presenting papers at this year’s conference.

The bursaries will cover registration, special student membership of the Society (including copies of Eighteenth-Century Ireland for 2012 and 2013), and the attendance at the conference dinner.

Applicants should send an abstract of their Continue reading ECIS Conference Postgraduate Bursaries

Call for Contributions: Cuadernos Jovellanistas. De la Ilustración a la Modernidad

The Foro Jovellanos Foundation www.jovellanos.org, would like to warmly encourage you to contribute with an article to its academic Journal Cuadernos Jovellanistas. De la Ilustración a la Modernidad (previously Cuadernos de Investigación).

The scope of the peer-reviewed Journal is wide and interdisciplinary, with special focus on the age of Jovellanos (Eighteenth and Nineteenth Continue reading Call for Contributions: Cuadernos Jovellanistas. De la Ilustración a la Modernidad

Prof. Andrew Carpenter lecture on #18thC Censorship

Programme for Censored lecture seriesProfessor Andrew Carpenter will be delivering a public lecture entitled ‘Censorship and deception in the printing of Swift’s works 1690-1758’ at the National Print Museum this Thursday, 15 January 2014, at 6.30pm. This event is free of charge and all are welcome to attend.

The lecture is part of the National Print Continue reading Prof. Andrew Carpenter lecture on #18thC Censorship

Prof. James Kelly lecture on #18thC Censorship: Thursday, 4 Dec. 2014

Professor James Kelly (St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra) will be delivering a public lecture entitled ‘The Control of Print in Eighteenth Century Ireland’ at the National Print Museum this Thursday, 4 December 2014, at 6.30pm. This event is free of charge and all are welcome to attend.

The lecture will conclude the first Continue reading Prof. James Kelly lecture on #18thC Censorship: Thursday, 4 Dec. 2014

Two fellowships at the Centre Culturel Irlandais

The Centre Culturel Irlandais / Irish College Paris is offering two Fellowship bursaries to encourage research on its Old Library and Historical archives.

The purpose of the Fellowships is to establish the intellectual and academic value of the holdings.

The Old library contains 8000 volumes (from the 15th to the 19th century). Once Continue reading Two fellowships at the Centre Culturel Irlandais

Armagh Public Library, First ‘Rokeby’ Lecture

Armagh Public Library will host the first ‘Rokeby Lecture’ when Dr Sarah McCleave, Director of the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies at Queen’s University Belfast, will speak on the Georgian musical heritage of Armagh.

The event, which has free admission, will be held in the Library’s Long Room on Friday 28 November Continue reading Armagh Public Library, First ‘Rokeby’ Lecture

UL-MIC #18thC Seminars, November 2014

The University of Limerick-Mary Immaculate College Eighteenth-Century Research Group are delighted to announce the following two seminars:

  • Monday, Nov, 17, 3 pm, (Week 11), Maunsell Room: Christina Morin, ‘What happens depends a lot on where it happens’: (Re)-Mapping eighteenth-century Irish Gothic’
  • Tuesday, Nov. 25, 3pm, (Week 12), Millstream MC2005: Caitríona Ni Shíocháin, ‘Play, Continue reading UL-MIC #18thC Seminars, November 2014

CFP: 2015 ECIS Annual Conference

The next Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society/An Cumann Éire San Ochtú Céad Déag Annual Conference will be held in University College Cork, 12-14 June 2015.

The Call for Papers is now open and available from our Annual Conference page.

Queries about the conference and call for papers should be addressed to the conference organiser, Dr Continue reading CFP: 2015 ECIS Annual Conference

CFP: ISECS Seminar for Early Career Scholars, July 2015

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The International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies’ annual Seminar for Early Career Scholars will take place 20-25 July 2015, in Amsterdam. This is a prestigious event limited to 15 participants and offering travel/accommodation costs as well as the opportunity for publication after the seminar. All ECIS early career members are encouraged to Continue reading CFP: ISECS Seminar for Early Career Scholars, July 2015

CFP: Irish Fine Art in the Early Modern Period

Papers are invited for a forthcoming book, to be published by Irish Academic Press, which will showcase new scholarship focused on the history of fine art in Ireland in the early modern period (c. 1600-c. 1815).

Abstracts of proposed papers (approx. 400 words) and a brief biographical note (max. 200 words) can be Continue reading CFP: Irish Fine Art in the Early Modern Period

ASECS Irish-American Travel Grant 2015

Applications are invited for the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) Irish-American Travel Grant Scheme 2014-15.

The purpose of the award is to support documentary scholarship on Ireland in the period between the Treaty of Limerick (1691) and the Act of Union (1800), by enabling North American-based scholars to travel to Ireland Continue reading ASECS Irish-American Travel Grant 2015

Lecture: Collecting Medicine in Early Eighteenth-Century Dublin

A lecture by Elizabethanne Boran entitled ‘Collecting Medicine in Early Eighteenth-Century Dublin: The Edward Worth Library’, hosted by the History of Medicine Section of RAMI (Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland), will take place at 6.15pm on 17 September at Setanta Place, Dublin 2.

In this lecture Elizabethanne Boran explores the medical Continue reading Lecture: Collecting Medicine in Early Eighteenth-Century Dublin