Special offer on Dickson, The First Irish Cities

Members of the Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society are invited to partake of a special offer on David Dickson, The First Irish Cities. An Eighteenth-Century Transformation, Yale University Press, 9780300229462, hb, 65 illustrations, 352 pages.

The book is now on offer to members of the Society for €25.00 post free within Ireland.

Email Robert Towers, Publishers’ Agent, at [email protected] or telephone 01 2806 532 to avail of this offer.

Events: Commerce, Experiment, Innovation & the Arts online symposium

Maynooth University and the Irish Georgian Society are partnering to deliver a live online symposium, ‘Speculative Minds: Commerce, Experiment, Innovation & the Arts in Georgian Ireland‘ on Thursday 27th May 2021. The symposium has been convened by Dr Toby Barnard, Emeritus Fellow of Hertford College, Oxford University and Dr Alison FitzGerald, Associate Professor, Maynooth University.

Further information, including the symposium programme, is available from the Irish Georgian Society website.

A. C. Elias, Jr., Irish-American Research Travel Fellowship

Joel W. Herman has been awarded the A. C. Elias, Jr., Irish-American Research Travel Fellowship for 2021 by the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS). The award will assist Mr. Herman, a Ph.D. student in history at Trinity College Dublin, in producing his thesis on “Revolutionary Currents: Ideas, Information, and the Imperial Public Spheres in Dublin and New York, 1776-1782″.

The Fellowship was endowed by the renowned independent scholar A.C. Elias Jr (1944-2008). It offers US$2,500 per annum 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 and Irish-based scholars to travel to North America for furthering their research.”

Projects conducting original research on any aspect of eighteenth-century Ireland qualify for consideration, but recipients must be members of ASECS who have permanent residence in the United States or Canada or be members of its Irish sister organization, The Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society, residing in Ireland.

More information Mr. Herman’s project and details of the 2022 Fellowship Competition are available from the Marsh’s Library website.

Funding: 2020 Desmond Guinness Scholarship

The Desmond Guinness Scholarship 2020 is currently open for applications.

The scholarship is awarded annually by the Irish Georgian Society to an applicant or applicants engaged in research on the visual arts of Ireland including the work of Irish architects, artists and craftsmen, material culture and design history, 1600-1940.

Applications must be submitted by 2pm, Monday 30 November 2020.

More information is available on the Irish Georgian Society website, at this link.

Event: Eighteenth-Century Urban Cultures Workshop

The Eighteenth-Century Urban Cultures Workshop will take place at Queen’s University Belfast on Thursday 27 February 2020, from 10.00-17.30.

Speakers will include: Moyra Haslett (QUB), Jonathan Wright (Maynooth), Sarah McCleave (QUB), Ruth Thorpe (QUB) and Leonie Hannan (QUB), with a keynote lecture presented by Alison Fitzgerald (Maynooth).

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/urban-cultures-in-the-eighteenth-century-tickets-90634659707

Events: ‘Rags, Riches and Recycling’

A talk entitled ‘”Rags, Riches and Recycling”; the Dublin Society’s encouragement of Art & Artefacts, 1731-1881’ by Dr Claudia Kinmonth MRIA will take place at 7.30pm, 23rd Jan 2020 at R.S.A.I. 63 Merrion Square S. Dublin 8.

This richly illustrated talk presents the findings of Kinmonth’s 2018 ‘Library & Archives research Bursary’ at the Royal Dublin Society. She researched the first fifty years of the Dublin Society’s existence; using their manuscripts together with their collection of art, sculpture and furniture, to reveal how they boosted ‘Poor Ireland’s’ material culture. They advertised prizes for eg drawing and sculpture, for planting trees, for manufacturing such things as salt, glue, paper or gold lace (which previously had been imported), and their ‘premiums’ helped the working poor and their children. Themes emerge about eg the barter of china for rags, the recycling of rags into paper, re-use of gold lace for re-smelting into jewellery, and the names and appearance of individuals rewarded for inventions. This work is published as an article in ‘Irish Architectural and Decorative Studies’ Vol. XXI (2018).

New recording of The Jubilee

Theatrical works in the eighteenth-century did not play for continuous ‘runs’ in the manner of modern popular theatre. The key figure is the number of performances in a particular season, making the most successful theatrical work of the British eighteenth century David Garrick’s The Jubilee, with music by Charles Dibdin, which played for 91 performances in the 1769-70 season.

To mark the 250th anniversary of this important musical play, Retrospect Opera has released a recording which includes all the sung music and a good deal of the spoken dialogue. For more information visit:  http://www.retrospectopera.org.uk/CD_SALES/CD_details_Jubilee.html

The Jubilee is a comic representation of Garrick’s Shakespeare ‘Jubilee’ of 1769, a 3-day festival in Stratford-upon-Avon that famously ended up getting washed out, but which achieved unprecedented publicity and represents a milestone in the history of Shakespeare’s reception. It deifies Shakespeare, but at the same time gently pokes fun at the fashion for literary tourism that the festival did so much to promote.

The central character is an Irishman who has traveled all the way to Stratford to see the Jubilee, but who falls asleep at the wrong time, and misses the grand Shakespeare pageant. Dibdin’s songs are richly melodic and extremely memorable, and several of them, celebrating Shakespeare as a sort of folk hero (‘The lad of all lads was a Warwickshire lad’!), enjoyed a long cultural afterlife. 

The Jubilee should be essential listening for anyone interested in the ‘god of our idolatry’ idea of Shakespeare that Garrick bequeathed to the Romantics, and representations of the Irish on the English stage.

Retrospect Opera is constituted as a charity so all profits from the sale of The Jubilee go directly towards making more such recordings possible.


As part of the Jonathan Swift Festival, four leading experts on Swift will present short papers (each of 20 minutes’ duration) on aspects of the great man’s life, writings, and relationships.

Time: 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm

Date: Saturday, 23 November 2019

Location: Marsh’s Library, St Patrick’s Close, Dublin D08 FK79.


2.00 – 2.15. Welcome by Dr. Bob Mahony of the Swift Foundation, USA.

2.15 – 3.45. Presentations:

‘Swift’s Lost Works and the Confessional State in Queen Anne’s Reign’, by Prof. Ian Higgins (Australian National University, Canberra).

‘Swift in 1719’, by Prof. Norma Clarke (University of Richmond, London).

‘Jonathan Swift and the Pursuit of Happiness’, by Prof. Melinda Rabb (Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA).

‘Swift and Gibbon’, by Prof. Jenny Davidson (Columbia University, New York, USA),

3.45 – 4.00. Break

4.00 – 4.20. Response to the four papers by Dr. Nathalie Zimpfer (Université de Paris IV, France).

4.20 – 4.50. Questions and contributions from the audience

5.00 – 6.00. Reception in Marsh’s Library sponsored by the Swift Foundation.

This event is free of charge and open to the public. No advance booking is necessary.

See www.marshlibrary.ie/swift2019/

New Resource: Censorship of British Theatre website

ECIS members may be interested in the new web resource ‘The Censorship of British Theatre, 1737-1843’, available at https://tobeomitted.tcd.ie

The website explores the topic of theatre censorship in Britain 1737-1843. It hosts 40 carefully selected play manuscripts submitted to the Examiner of Plays who had the primary responsibility of safeguarding the morals of theatre audiences after the passage of the Stage Licensing Act of 1737. The manuscripts are drawn from the Larpent Collection (Huntington Library, Los Angeles) and the Lord Chamberlain’s Plays (British Library, London) and have been carefully selected to show the variety of reasons a play might be deemed inappropriate through the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Each manuscript is accompanied by an author bio, plot synopsis, reception history, and commentary on the censorship. The editorial apparatus amounts to 95,000 words in total.

Specifically of interest to ECIS members is the inclusion of a number of Irish playwrights and/or plays of Irish interest. These include Thomas Moore, MP; or, The Bluestocking (1811); Elizabeth Griffith, The Platonic Wife (1765); Charles Macklin, Covent Garden Theatre (1752) and The Man of the World (1770); John O’Keeffe, Quarter Day (1800); Anon. Fingal; or, Erin Delivered (1813); Anon. Giovanni in Ireland (1821); and, Joseph Stirling Coyne, The Humours of an Election (1837).

Events: Transformation of Rathfarnham Castle

The conference, ‘Transformation: From Fortified House to Georgian Villa’, will take place at Rathfarnham Castle on 4-5 October 2019. This event will feature a range of speakers discussing the transformation of the building into a fashionable villa in the eighteenth century.

For further information, download the full conference programme here.

A limited number of tickets priced €25/€15 are available at eventbrite.ie (search for ‘Rathfarnham Castle’).

Discount Code: Yale University Press

Yale University Press have recently published some new titles (listed below) that may be of interest to members of the Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society. These titles are available to members at a 30% discount until 31 October 2019. The discount code is Y2009 and should be entered at the check out on the Yale University Press UK website.

Follow the links below for further information about each title:

Funding opportunity: Keogh-Naughton Library Research Award

The Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies and Notre Dame International are pleased to announce the continuation of the Keough-Naughton Library Research Award in Irish Studies. The award provides grant funding to assist scholars who travel to use the collections of the Hesburgh Libraries for research in all aspects of Irish studies.

The Irish Studies collections of the Hesburgh Libraries, primarily print, include a wide-ranging fiction collection, a strong seventeenth- and eighteenth-century print book collection, and collections on Berkeley, Burke and Swift. Lists and descriptions may be found in the research guide, Irish Studies Resources for Graduate Research, and on the Rare Books and Special Collections website.

The award is intended to defray the cost of travel and accommodation for research visits of one to three weeks in duration. The value of the award is normally between $1,500 and $4,000. Awardees may be established scholars, graduate students or postdoctoral scholars. Applications from international locations are encouraged. An important consideration will be the relevance of the Hesburgh Library collections to the proposed research project.

The anticipated time-frame for visits to the Libraries is between December 2019 and June 2020. Applications should be submitted by September 20, 2019. Recipients will be notified by early October.

For more information, please visit: https://irishstudies.nd.edu/news/new-application-cycle-for-the-keough-naughton-library-research-award-in-irish-studies-applications-due-sept-20-2019/

Funding Opportunity: Louth County Archives

Louth County Council invites proposals for research projects on the mercantile, industrial and commercial heritage of Co. Louth (using the Byrne Family of Allardstown as a focal point). Applicants should be suitably qualified researchers, including PhD students, historians, or archivists. Proposals from companies which provide research and writing services are also welcome.

For further information, please visit https://www.louthcoco.ie/en/louth_county_council/latest-news/mercantile-industrial-and-commercial-heritage-research-project.html

Introducing Project Erin: Thomas Moore in Europe


ERIN documents two of Thomas Moore’s song series – the Irish Melodies (1808-1834) and National Airs (1818-1827) – as well as music inspired by his ‘oriental romance’ Lalla Rookh (1817). ERIN enables the user to track the production and dissemination of these works in Europe, from their respective dates of creation through to 1880. Any contributors to this process (composers, arrangers, editors, illustrators, engravers, publishers, etc.) are indexed or tagged as part of the project. All of ERIN’s resources are now available at www.erin.qub.ac.uk. This website unites the previously available blog and OMEKA resources with some new features, including podcasts and a catalogue that unites the collections of eight European repositories. ERIN was co-produced by Dr Tríona O’Hanlon (Dublin) and Dr Sarah McCleave (Queen’s University Belfast).

To complement ERIN’s launch, the exhibition, ‘Discovering Thomas Moore: Ireland in nineteenth-century Europe’ is on display at the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin from 17 June to 23 December 2019. ‘Discovering Thomas Moore’ is curated by Dr Sarah McCleave (Queen’s University Belfast). For further information about this exhibition and a series of complementary lectures on Thomas Moore, visit: https://www.ria.ie/discovering-thomas-moore-ireland-nineteenth-century-europe-0


The fifth biennial conference of the Romantic Studies Association of Australasia will take place in Canberra, Australia on 21-23 November 2019.

The conference theme is ‘Embodying Romanticism’ and proposals are now invited for 20-minute papers on any aspects of Romanticism and embodiment. Proposals may be for individual papers or for panels of 3-4 papers. Postgraduate bursaries are available.

See the conference website for the call for papers and further details:

New Books: Henry Redhead Yorke, Colonial Radical

A 20% discount for Amanda Goodrich’s new book, Henry Redhead Yorke, Colonial Radical Politics and Identity in the Atlantic World, 1772-1813 (Routledge, 2019) is now available.

This is the first biography of Henry Redhead Yorke, a West Indian of African/British descent. Born into a slave society in Barbuda but educated in Georgian England, he developed a complex identity to which politics was key. Yorke was radicalised in revolutionary Paris, became a citizen of the world and the most revolutionary radical in Britain between 1793–5. Imprisoned for his politics, Yorke recanted to loyalism but never lost his political zeal. This book raises important issues about political exclusion, the impact of ‘outsider’ politics in England, political apostasy and the complexities of politicisation and identity construction in the Atlantic World

A blog post about the book is now available at The Victorian Commons.

Follow this link to obtain the discount code and further information about this title.

DRI Early Career Research Award

Digital Repository of Ireland invite early career researchers to apply for a new annual Research Award. This Award grants a prize to an original short article or blog post summarising research informed in whole or in part by objects/collections deposited in DRI. Submissions will be assessed by a panel made up of DRI staff and an external judge, and the winner granted the bursary award of €500.

This Award is open to early career researchers in the areas of arts, humanities, social sciences and digital humanities, including (but not limited to)

  • Masters students
  • Those awarded a masters within the last two years
  • PhD students or those awarded a PhD within the last year 

For further information, please visit https://www.dri.ie/dri-research-award.

Seminar: The Irish to the Rescue

A seminar entitled ‘The Irish to the Rescue: the Tercentenary of the Polish Princess Clementina’s Escape’ will take place on 30 April in Europe House, 12-14 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2.

This event is organized on the occasion of the tercentenary of the rescue of the Polish Princess Maria Clementina Sobieska from captivity in Innsbruck in April 1719 by a small group of Irish people and one French woman in a most dramatic fashion.

The rescue itself will be retold and complemented by other perspectives offered by six world-class historians. The seminar will commence with an opening address by Professor Marian Lyons (NUIM) to be followed by papers from Dr Declan Downey (UCD), Dr Jarosław Pietrzak (University of Poznań), Dr Eamonn Ó Ciardha (UU), Dr Aneta Markuszewska (University of Warsaw), Professor Edward Corp (Université Toulouse), Dr Linda Kiernan (TCD), Richard Maher (Rathmines College / TU Dublin).

Tea and coffee will be provided during a short break between panels and wine will be offered at the closing of proceedings.

This example of Franco-Irish-Polish cooperation is generously sponsored by The Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Dublin; the Embassy of France in Ireland; the Alliance Française Dublin; Rathmines College of Further Education; The Technological University of Dublin.

This event is free to attend and you can reserve a seat by following the eventbrite link below:


History Ireland Hedge School

HA Maritime People? A Conversation on the Irish at Sea

With a panel of guest speakers chaired by Tommy Graham, editor of History Ireland Saturday 16 March 2019, 15:00–16:30 in the vaults, CHQ building, Custom House Quay, Dublin 1 

In 1986, the prominent maritime historian John de Courcy Ireland wrote: ‘the lives of island peoples like Ireland’s [have] been dominated by the seas encircling them. Yet this fact has been largely ignored by Irish historians.’ This History Ireland Hedge School asks why, three decades later, Ireland’s maritime history and heritage continues to be under-valued. Panellists will reflect on the potential of a better appreciation of Irish maritime history and heritage, to help improve understanding of Ireland’s relationships with the wider world over past centuries and into the future.
Panel: Dr Lar Joye, Dublin Port Authority; Dr David Murphy, Maynooth University; Dr Marie-Louise Coolahan, NUI Galway; Dr Angela Byrne, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum. 

All welcome. Booking essential at https://www.stpatricksfestival.ie/events/event/history_ireland_hedge_school_a_maritime_people_a_conversation_on_the_irish

ECIS Postgrad Bursaries 2019

Marsh’s Library PG bursary (EUR300)

A bursary awarded by Marsh’s library in Dublin to the value of EUR300 towards conference costs (this may be used to pay for registration, conference dinner, accommodation and / or travel costs). This bursary is awarded to a student currently registered for PhD study and who has a paper accepted for the conference. Please signal when submitting an abstract that you would like to be considered for the Marsh’s Library bursary.

Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society bursaries (conference registration, conference dinner, and EICS membership)

Three ECIS bursaries for a student currently registered for PhD study and who has a paper accepted for the conference. Please signal when submitting an abstract that you would like to be considered for an ECIS PG bursary. These bursaries cover the following costs: conference fee, conference dinner, one year’s membership of the Society (including copies of the Society’s Journal, Eighteenth-Century Ireland Vol. 31 and Vol. 32).

PhD students should apply to present at the ECIS 2019 conference in the usual way and include with their abstract a short statement (maximum 500 words) on why presenting at the conference is important for your research.

A panel comprising three members of the executive committee of the Society will review all applications after the deadline for papers (Monday 29th April 2019) and will notify successful applicants by email on Friday 10 May.

Submission of proposals for papers

Proposals should be submitted by e-mail to Moyra Haslett ([email protected]) before Monday 29 April 2019. Proposals should include: name, institutional affiliation, paper title, and a 250-word abstract. See our annual conference page for full details of the Call for Papers. Prospective speakers will be notified of a decision by Monday 6 May 2019.

CFP: 2019 ECIS Annual Conference

Proposals are now 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 addressing the following topics will be particularly welcome:

  • Eighteenth-century Belfast
  • Ireland and Europe
  • Music and performance

Proposals should be submitted by e-mail to Moyra Haslett ([email protected]) before Monday 29 April 2019. Proposals should include: name, institutional affiliation, paper title, and a 250-word abstract.

Prospective speakers will be notified of a decision by Monday 6 May 2019.

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 Moyra Haslett ([email protected]) roimh 29 Aibreán 2019. Cuirfear scéala chuig cainteoirí roimh an Luan an 6 Bealtaine 2019.

Download the call for papers

A.C. Elias Research Travel Fellowship 2019

The A.C. Elias Irish-American Research Travel Fellowship of ASECS, with $2500 in annual funding, supports “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 pursue research in Ireland and Irish-based scholars, in North America.  Projects conducting original research on any aspect of eighteenth-century Ireland qualify for consideration, but recipients must be members of ASECS with permanent residence in the United States or Canada or be members of its Irish sister organization, the Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society, with residence in Ireland. Prize winners are chosen by an independent jury from different disciplines and applications are evaluated by several anonymous readers in the applicant’s field.

The next A.C. Elias Jr. Research Travel Fellowship will be awarded at the end of 2019, with applications due on 15 November 2019 to the fellowship’s two trustees: 

Dr. Jason McElligott, Director, Marsh’s Library, St. Patrick’s Close, Dublin 8, Ireland ([email protected]) and Dr. James May ([email protected]), 1423 Hillcrest Road, Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17603, USA.

Applications should consist of the coversheet downloaded at the ASECS travel-fellowship website (https://asecs.press.jhu.edu/general%20site/travelgr.html), a short curriculum vitae, a narrative description of the project (3 pp. or less, treating its contribution to the field and work done and to be done during the proposed research period), a one-page bibliography of related studies, a short budget, and two signed letters of recommendation.

Further information is available at ASECS’s website or from the trustees. 

Public lecture: Rags, Riches & Recycling

RDS Library & Archives invites you to attend the RDS Library Speaker Series talk ‘Rags, Riches & Recycling; the Dublin Society’s encouragement of art & artefacts, 1731-1781’ by Dr Claudia Kinmouth on Wednesday 31 October at 6.30pm in the RDS Library, followed by a wine reception.

Dr Claudia Kinmouth, author and design historian, is the recipient of the RDS Library & Archives Research Bursary 2018. She is Moore Institute Visiting Research Fellow, NUI Galway and was elected a member of the RIA in March 2018. Her previous publications include Irish Rural Interiors in Art (2006) and Irish Country Furniture 1770-1950 (1993)

Please RSVP via email
library [email protected]
or call +353 (0)1 2407254

Bookings can also be made online: http://www.rds.ie/Whats-On/Event/37038

Book Launch: Swift’s Irish Political Writings after 1725

Irish Political Writings after 1725: A Modest Proposal and Other Works edited by David Hayton and Adam Rounce is the latest volume of The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jonathan Swift and the first fully annotated edition of Swift’s Irish prose writings from 1726 to 1737.

The book will be launched at 7.30pm on Wednesday, 26 September 2018 at Armagh Robinson Library. Professor Andrew Carpenter will be guest speaker at the event and there will be an opportunity to purchase copies of the book, signed by Professor David Hayton.

Refreshments will be kindly provided by Ulster University.

RSVP by 21 September 2018 via e-mail: [email protected] or telephone: 028 37523142

CFP: Irish Philosophy in the Age of Berkeley

Scholars in any academic discipline are invited to submit abstracts of papers to be presented at the Irish Philosophy in the Age of Berkeley conference, to be held in Trinity College Dublin, 5 and 6 April 2019.

George Berkeley’s Treatise concerning the Principles of Human Knowledge (1710) and Three Dialogues between Hylas and Philonous (1713) are standard texts in the philosophy curricula of most European and American universities. No other Irish philosopher, and no other work of Berkeley’s, has achieved this ‘canonical’ status. However, there was a vibrant philosophical scene in Ireland in Berkeley’s lifetime, to which Berkeley was far from the only contributor. Studying this broader Irish philosophical discussion will improve our understanding of Berkeley and also of early modern philosophy more generally.

The Irish Philosophy in the Age of Berkeley conference will include general exploration of the intellectual culture of early modern Ireland as well as examination of specific thinkers with significant connections to Ireland active during Berkeley’s lifetime (1685–1753). Such figures include Katherine Jones, Lady Ranelagh (1615–1691); Robert Boyle (1627–1691); Michael Moore (c. 1639–1726); William King (1650–1729); William Molyneux (1656–1698); Edward Synge (1659–1741); Jonathan Swift (1667–1745); John Toland (1670–1722); Peter Browne (d. 1735); and Francis Hutcheson (1694–1746).

Invited speakers will include:

• Lisa Downing, Professor of Philosophy, The Ohio State University, USA
• Eric Schliesser, Professor of Political Science, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
• Kate Davison, Lecturer in Long Eighteenth-Century History, University of Sheffield, UK
Approximately nine additional papers will be selected by anonymous review of submitted abstracts.

We welcome abstracts from scholars in any discipline addressing one or more of the following issues:

• The Irish context of Berkeley’s philosophy.
• The philosophical work of other Irish thinkers active during Berkeley’s lifetime.
• The reception within Ireland of other philosophical figures, ideas, and movements.
• The reception of Irish philosophy outside Ireland.

Particular preference will be given to papers that address figures and/or topics outside the currently recognized philosophical ‘canon’, including the work of early modern women.
Papers presented at the conference will be published as part of the Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplements series, Cambridge University Press.

Abstracts should be submitted by 15 October, 2018. Full details, including submission instructions, are available at: http://www.tcd.ie/Philosophy/events/IPAB/.

Participants and attendees may also be interested in attending Berkeleian Minds: Will and Understanding, to be held at the University of York on 2 and 3 April (https://philevents.org/event/show/63750).

Primary sponsorship for this conference is provided by the Royal Institute of Philosophy, together with the Mind Association. Additional support is provided by the Trinity Long Room Hub Making Ireland Research Theme and the Department of Philosophy, Trinity College Dublin.

Postgrad Bursary Winners: Anne-Claire Michoux

Anne-Claire Michoux is a doctoral assistant at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. Her research focuses on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century fiction, women’s writing, and national identity. She will be speaking about her work at the ECIS Annual Conference on 8-9 June 2018

Favourite archive:
I would love to have the opportunity to do more archival research but I would have to say the Huntington Library so far. Their art gallery and gardens are wonderful.

Favourite museum, gallery or heritage site:
The Musée d’Orsay. Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire is also worth a visit.

Most exciting place or time in the eighteenth-century:
Any event which the Duchess of Devonshire attended. Otherwise, I would be really curious to know what it was really to go to theatre at the time.

Best online resource:
ECCO and the Adam Matthews Digital Archives

Best book of 18th century interest:
It’s really hard to pick one, there are so many, but I would say Deidre Shauna Lynch, The Economy of Character, and Patricia Meyer Spacks’ Privacy: Concealing the Eighteenth-Century Self

What eighteenth century figure would you most like to have a drink with?
Marie Antoinette and Mary Wollstonecraft

What will you be talking about at the ECIS Annual Conference 2016?
My doctoral thesis examines the construction of British national identity in women’s fiction of the Romantic period, with a particular focus on Jane Austen, Frances Burney, and Maria Edgeworth, whose work has become increasingly prominent over the course of my research. The paper I will present at the conference offers a reading of Edgeworth’s last Irish novel, Ormond (1817), and its negotiation of national identity. Edgeworth’s protagonists often have complicated national allegiances and the eponymous Ormond is no exception: an English orphan, he is raised in Ireland by the Irish landlord Sir Ulick O’Shane, who served in the same regiment as his father. As he embarks on a career as an ‘Irish Tom Jones’, the young Ormond develops as a ‘gentleman’, an issue that many novels in the period also dramatized. It is this examination of the figure of the gentleman that is at the heart of the novel’s positioning of its hero as an Irish and British citizen. I will draw connections to Jane Austen’s Emma (1816) and William Shakespeare’s Henriad to demonstrate Edgeworth’s participation in the debates on the nation in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

Postgrad Bursary Winner Profiles: Matthew Ward

Matthew Ward is an Oxford DPhil History Candidate, Vincent Packford and Geoffrey Smart Scholar, Kellogg College. His research looks at Anglo-Irish political thought in the seventeenth  and eighteenth centuries. He is particularly interested in the English political philosopher Thomas Hobbes and his reception in Ireland.  He will be speaking about his work at the ECIS Annual Conference on 8-9 June 2018

Favourite archive:
I recently enjoyed a visit to Armagh Robinson Library to consult the Dopping Papers. The De Vesci Collection at the NLI is also amazingly rich.

Favourite museum, gallery or heritage site:
I really love the Kafka Museum in Prague. The newly refurbished Abbeyleix Heritage House is also very charming.

Most exciting place or time in the eighteenth-century:
The 1794 Treason Trials in London.

Best online resource:
Though it might be a rather obvious answer, I couldn’t do without the pamphlet and sermon material available on ECCO (Eighteenth Century Collections Online).

Best book of 18th century interest:
John Robertson, The Case for The Enlightenment.

What eighteenth century figure would you most like to have a drink with?
John Abernethy Sr. Though his might be an orange juice.

What will you be talking about at the ECIS Annual Conference 2016?
My paper will offer an interpretation of Edward Synge’s The case of toleration (1725) and the debate it sparked in Dublin’s public prints. Synge was Prebendary of St Patrick’s, chaplain to the Lord Lieutenant, and was later promoted to the episcopal bench. Though he sprung from the heart of Ireland’s clerical establishment, he was a critic of the penal laws and enjoyed a close relationship with the Presbyterian philosopher Francis Hutcheson. In The case, Synge objected to the use of force to discipline religious disobedience and alleged that the Irish penal laws embodied the coercive politics and religion of Thomas Hobbes in De Cive. Synge’s characterisation touched a nerve in his Anglican critics who responded by identifying the Hobbesian aspects of his own argument. Showing how Hobbes set the terms of discussion of the penal laws in the 1720s, will allow me to draw broader conclusions about his Anglo-Irish reception and the intellectual culture in which he was received.