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Southampton Centre for Nineteenth-Century Research

Nature and the Environment in Nineteenth-Century Ireland Conference Event

16 - 17 June 2016
Avenue Campus, University of Southampton, SO17 1BF

For more information regarding this event, please email Dr Matt Kelly at .

Event details

This conference is organised by the Society of the Study of Nineteenth-Century Ireland and sponsored by the Southampton Centre for Nineteenth-Century Research.


Below you will find the programme for the upcoming conference.


Thursday 16 June 2016


Introduction & Keynote Lecture

Professor David Brown (Southampton), 'Lord Palmerston's conquest of Sligo'

11:15 Coffee break

Professor Claire Connolly (University College Cork), ‘“By the Atlantic's verge” with James Clarence Mangan.’

Dr Raphaël Ingelbien (KU Leuven), ‘Providential Unionism: Geology and “Irish” Landscapes of the Mind in the Dublin University Magazine.’

13:00 Lunch

Dr Brian Casey, ‘Consuming the landed estate: the case of the Headfort Demesne, Kells, county Meath.’

Dr Terry Dunne, ‘Discourses of Improvement and of Resistance.’

15:15 Professor Peter Gray (Queen’s University Belfast), ‘William Sharman Crawford, the Famine and Land Reclamation.’
16:00 Coffee break

Dr Ronan Foley (NUI Maynooth), ‘Spa towns and sweat houses: healthy environments in 19th century Ireland.’

Dr Huston Gilmore, ‘“And for what a land are we struggling?” Nature and the environment during the “monster meeting” campaign of 1843.’

18:00 Drinks reception hosted by the Southampton Centre for Nineteenth-Century Research (SCNR).
19:00 Conference Dinner


Friday 17 June 2016

09:00 SSNCI Board Meeting
09:30 Coffee break


Professor Mary Orr (Southampton), ‘Mainstream or Tributary? The Question of “Hibernian” Fish in Thompson's The Natural History of Ireland (1856).’

11:15 Coffee break
11:45 Dr Peadar McArdle (former Director of the Geological Society of Ireland), ‘“The World’s more full of weeping”: An exploration of nineteenth-century Irish landscape through literature and geology.’
13:00 Lunch

Seán Hewitt (Liverpool), ‘Solace of earth-exiled things’: Social Change and Revivalist Nature Poetry, 1895-1905.’

Dr Patrick Maume (Dictionary of Irish Biography), ‘Elusive realities: Art, science and post-Darwinian nature in the stories of Emily Lawless.’

15:15 Coffee

Dr Anna Pilz (UCC), ‘Tales of the Woody Island: Ireland’s Arboreal Landscape in the early Nineteenth Century.’

Professor John Roney (Sacred Heart University, Connecticut), ‘Growing Awareness of Environmental Protection or Fear of Modernity? Controversies over Fishing in the West of Ireland, 1830-1880.’

17:00 Discussion


There is two packages available for this conference:

  • Two day conference fee excludin the Conference Dinner: £80.00
  • Two day conference fee including the Conference Dinner: £110.00

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