*Please note that this programme is provisional and subject to change
Friday, 10 June
11.00-12.00: Registration (Hardiman)
- Bernadette Cunningham (RIA): Antiquity and authenticity: the quest for the ‘Psalter of Tara’ in the early eighteenth century.
- Liam Mac Mathúna (UCD): Poems for all seasons: the Ó Neachtains address their Catholic clerical friends in good times and bad.
- Diarmaid Ó Catháin (Ind.): ‘Peadar Ó Muireagáin: ball de chrobhaing Thaidhg Uí Neachtain’.
- Christina Morin (UL): Regina Maria Roche, the Minerva Press, and the bibliographic spread of Irish gothic fiction.
- David O’Shaughnessy (TCD): ‘Looks like we got ourselves a reader’: Charles Macklin’s Library.
- Andrew Carpenter (UCD): Subscription lists as an indicator of social structures in eighteenth-century Ireland.
13.30-14.30: Lunch and Presentation of Irish Trade and Economic Data: New Sources and Perspectives (Aidan Kane, Patrick Walsh, Daniel Cassidy and Eoin Magennis)
14.30–14.45: Official opening by Lesa Ní Mhunghaile (NUIG) and Eoin Magennis, President of the Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society
- Clíona Ó Gallchoir (UCC): The Enlightenment and Narratives of Childhood in Ireland: Henry Brooke’s The Fool of Quality.
- Alvin Chen (Oxford): George Berkeley and Enlightenment(s): The Problem of Stability from Passive Obedience to Discourse to Authority.
- Tomás Ó Maolalaidh (NUIG): Francis Hutcheson: Educator, Scholar and Enlightenment Pioneer.
- Lee Morrissey (Clemson): “Fit to execute any villainy, but rich”: The painful arrival of an Irishman in Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko.
- Ciarán McDonnell (Irish Archaeology Field School): Traitors or patriots? Irish identity in the British service in the long 18th century.
- Paul Smith (TCD): Sir William Talbot: Restoration Lawyer, Colonist and Comptroller of the Royal Harem.
16.45-17.45: PLENARY LECTURE
Norma Clarke (Kingston): Brothers of the Quill: Oliver Goldsmith in Grub Street.
17.45: Book launch of Norma Clarke, Brothers of the Quill: Oliver Goldsmith in Grub Street (Harvard, 2016) and Michael Brown, The Irish Enlightenment (Harvard, 2016). Launches sponsored by Harvard University Press.
19.45: Conference Dinner at No. 15 Restaurant, Meyrick Hotel
Saturday, 11 June
- Vincent Morley (Ind.): Athspléachadh ar bhunús na gcúirteanna éigse.
- Pádraig Ó Liatháin (DCU): Tionchar Virgil ar litríocht na Gaeilge san ochtú haois déag.
- Peadar Ó Muircheartaigh (Aberstwyth): Debating Ossian, via text: The Friendship of Charles O’Conor and James McLagan.
- Brendan Twomey (Ind.): ‘Societies for the support of widows and orphans’; Financial innovation in early eighteenth-century Dublin.
- Emma Lyons (NLI): To ‘form the[ir] minds and manners … so as to render them happy in themselves and useful to society’: The education of Catholic girls in eighteenth-century Ireland.
- Dan Carey (NUIG): Francis Hutcheson’s Irish Critics: Edmund Burke and Charles-Louis de Villette on the Aesthetic Sense.
11.30-12.30: The Alan Harrison Memorial Lecture
Meidhbhín Ní Úrdail (UCD): Transcripts from the Long Eighteenth Century and their Transcribers.
- Conrad Brunstrom (NUIM): George Nugent Reynolds’ Bantry Bay: A Catholic Loyalist Fantasy.
- David Clare (NUIG): Brian Friel’s Invocation of Edmund Burke in Philadelphia, Here I Come!
- Michael Griffin (UL): Poets militant: William Kenrick’s abuse of Oliver Goldsmith.
- Moyra Haslett (QUB): Irish Song in the eighteenth century.
- James Robert Wood (UEA): William Molyneux and the Unfinished Atlas.
- Brant Vogel (Ind.): Samuel Molyneux Beyond the Pale.
- Ciaran McDonough (NUIG): “Here begins the province of the antiquary, who will never be deemed an unserviceable member of the community”: an Investigation into the Role of the Eighteenth-century Irish Antiquarian.
16.00-17.00: PLENARY LECTURE
Michael Brown (Aberdeen): Anglo-Irish Elective Affinities.
17.00: Closing remarks Rebecca Barr (NUIG)