Reminder: Paper Proposals Due 2 March

With all the disruption of Christmas, New Year, and a new term, I thought I might post a gentle reminder that paper proposals for this year’s Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society Conference, to be held in Trinity College Dublin, 22-24 June, are due by 2 March. It’s shaping up to be a great couple of days, so be sure to get your proposals in to join in all the fun. Here’s the call for papers ….

Proposals are invited for twenty-minute papers and/or 3-4 person panels (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 Dublin

With the 2012 conference based in the heart of Dublin city centre, papers concerning any facet of Georgian Dublin, including, but not limited to, history, literature, architecture, and urban planning, are invited.

  • The Irish Parliament

To mark the 230th anniversary of Irish legislative independence, papers addressing any aspect of the Irish parliament, its members, its activities, and its effect on Irish social, political, and cultural life are especially encouraged.

  • Dublin City of Science

In July 2012, Dublin will host Europe’s largest science conference, Euroscience Open Forum; in conjunction, science-related events and exhibitions are planned across Ireland in the months preceding the conference. To join in this celebration of Irish scientific endeavour, papers are invited on any aspect of the practice of scientific experimentation, enterprise and research in the long eighteenth century.

  • The History of Jack Connor and Early Irish Fiction

As 2012 is the 260th anniversary of the publication of William Chaigneau’s only novel, The History of Jack Connor (1752), papers are invited on any aspect of the text and its relationship to the development of Irish and British fiction. More widely, papers considering other examples of early Irish fiction, their contribution to the rise of the novel in eighteenth-century Britain, and their exploration (or lack thereof) of Irish life, are also welcome.

Postgraduate students are particularly encouraged to offer papers. Proposals should be submitted by e-mail to Christina Morin ( before 2 March 2012. Proposals should include: name, institutional affiliation, paper title, and a 250-word abstract. Panel proposals should include: the names and institutional affiliations of all speakers, a panel title, a short description of the panel, titles and abstracts for each of the papers, and the name and contact details of the panel chairperson. Prospective speakers will be notified of a decision by the end of March.

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 ( roimh 2 Márta 2012. Iarrtar orthu siúd a bhfuil spéis acu painéal a eagrú ainmneacha na gcainteoirí, na n-institiúidí lena mbaineann siad, teidil na bpáipéar agus achoimrí mar aon le hainm agus sonraí teagmhála an chathaoirligh a bheith san áireamh. Cuirfear scéala chuig cainteoirí roimh dheireadh mhí na Márta.

Confirmed Plenary Speakers:

Christine Casey (Trinity College Dublin) ‘European Craftsmen in Eighteenth-Century Ireland’

James Chandler (University of Chicago) ‘Maria Edgeworth, Edmund Burke and the First Irish Ulysses’

Moyra Haslett (Queen’s University Belfast) ‘Swift and Conversational Culture’

The conference is hosted by Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and will take place in The Long Room Hub (

Further details will be posted on the conference website ( as they become available. Queries should be addressed to the conference organiser:

Dr. Christina Morin

IRCHSS Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of English

Trinity College Dublin

Dublin 2, IRELAND



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