Annual Conference

The next Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society / An Cumann Éire San Ochtú Céad Déag Annual Conference will be held online on 16-18 June 2021 and hosted by the University of Limerick in association with the Centre for Early Modern Studies, Limerick.


Proposals are invited for twenty-minute papers (in English or Irish) on any aspect of eighteenth-century Ireland, including its history, literature, language, and culture. There is no specific conference theme, but proposals for papers and panels focusing on the following long eighteenth-century anniversaries (for both 2020 and 2021) will be particularly welcome:

  • The rejection of the Bank of Ireland Bill (1721)
  • The enactment of the Declaratory Act (1720)
  • The publication of Goldsmith’s The Deserted Village (1770)
  • The publication of Maturin’s Melmoth the Wanderer (1820)

Due to the circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic, the conference will take place entirely online this year, with one plenary lecture scheduled each day as well as a number of stand-alone sessions. We are particularly keen to encourage PhD students to participate and are therefore introducing a Thesis in Three (3 minute explanation of your PhD thesis) session.

Proposals should be submitted by e-mail to Christina Morin ([email protected]) by Monday, 6 April 2021. Proposals should include: name, institutional affiliation, paper title, 250-word abstract, and an indication of which format you see your paper fitting (traditional 20 minute conference paper or Thesis in Three). If you are proposing a panel, please include the titles/abstracts of all papers as well as the names/emails of the contributors. Prospective speakers will be notified of a decision by Friday, 4 May 2020.

Cuirfear fáilte ar leith roimh pháipéir agus/nó roimh phainéil iomlána i nGaeilge ar ghné ar bith de shaol agus de shaíocht na Gaeilge san Ochtú Céad Déag. Iarrtar ar dhaoine ar mhaith leo páipéar 20 nóiméad a léamh, teideal an pháipéir mar aon le hachoimre ghairid (250 focal) a sheoladh chuig Christina Morin ([email protected]) roimh 6 Aibreán 2021. Cuirfear scéala chuig cainteoirí roimh an 4 Bealtaine 2021.

Confirmed Plenary Speakers:

Ian McBride, Hertford College, Oxford

Ciarán MacMurchaidh, Dublin City University

Clíona Ó Gallchoir, University College Cork

The conference is co-organised by David Fleming, Michael Griffin, and Christina Morin. Queries should be addressed to [email protected] in the first instance.