The Book-launch of Dr Brendan Kelly’s Hearing Voices: The History of Psychiatry in Ireland (Irish Academic Press) is to take place on 23 November, 6 pm at O’Connell House, 58 Merrion Square, Dublin 2.
Please RSVP via firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line ‘Book Launch RSVP – Hearing Voices’
The following may be of interest to Historians of STEM subjects. The Society for the Study of Nineteenth-Century Ireland (SSNCI) fosters an inter-disciplinary approach to Nineteenth-Century Irish studies.
Figures of Authority in 19th-Century Ireland.
The 19th century is often seen as a period when age-old sources of social, political, spiritual and cultural authority were eroded by various crises, triggering searches for alternative forms of leadership. While such a diagnosis may certainly ring true for Victorian Britain and by extension for the neighbouring island, 19th-century Ireland also witnessed both the restoration of older forms of authority (e.g. the re-establishment of the Catholic hierarchy at a time when papal power was reinforced) and the rise of figures who defined new models of authority (e.g. Daniel O’Connell as a prototype for the charismatic politician in a democratic age). The struggle for the definition of the Irish nation empowered conflicting claims to public authority. New cultural and educational forces vied to assert authority on an increasingly literate population, while new media saw themselves as leaders of opinion and gradually helped fashion a cult of personality centered on public figures. Despite his notorious anti-Irish pronouncements, Thomas Carlyle’s views on hero-worship and on the nature of authority exerted an influence on generations of Irish intellectuals across sectarian and political divides. Romantic concepts of literary authorship prompted some to think of poets – both dead and living –as (un)acknowledged legislators, while in the scholarly sphere, new distinguished Societies emerged to enshrine intellectual authority. Social and economic changes entailed reconfigurations of authority within age-old family structures. Various studies suggest that the waning of Ascendancy power did not automatically entail a corresponding decline in traditional deference, while others have shown how existing public offices could be reinvented and reinforced as well as contested.
The conference will bring those various strands together in a collective reflection on the forms that authority assumed in 19th-century Ireland, on the complex relations they bore to wider British and international redefinitions of authority, and on the specificity of Irish contributions to the reshaping of authority in the modern age.
The resulting publication of selected proceedings will be an interdisciplinary volume of interest to the various fields of Irish studies as well to 19th-century historians in general. If authority seems to be in crisis in early-21st-century Ireland, it is important to bear in mind that many contested forms of authority that look ‘traditional’ from our point of view emerged from 19th-century crises and developments.
Please contact the local organizer Raphaël Ingelbien (email@example.com) with any questions. 200-word abstracts or panel descriptions and a brief CV should be sent to the same address by 15 January 2017.
There will be no registration fee. Two postgraduate travel bursaries of up to 400 euros each will be available for students without full scholarships, eligible students should send an accompanying letter about their finances together with their abstract and CV to the organizer.
More details on the SSNCI Website.
With just over two weeks to go until the History of Science, Technology and Medicine Network Ireland Annual Conference 2016 don’t forget to secure your place by registering in advance through this link on eventbrite.
Don’t forget to check out our updated conference programme.
We are excited to see you there!
The conference will take place on the St Patrick’s Campus (formerly St Patrick’s College) of Dublin City University. Registration will be at the entrance near reception. If you wish to attend you are kindly requested to register in advance via Eventbrite. Continue reading “Updated HSTM Network Conference Programme”
Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland, History of Medicine Section (jointly with the RCSI)
Ears, Noses, Throats and Irish Independence
Wednesday 26th October 2016 6.15pm
First Floor, Setanta House,
Setanta Place, Dublin 2.
Sir Robert Woods, the first surgeon in Ireland to specialise solely in ENT, had an illustrious career which included presidency of the Royal College of Surgeons and receiving a knighthood. He became politicised during the Great War, being elected a Unionist Member of Parliament, and was involved in Anglo-Irish negotiations during secession. Woods’ protégé, Oliver St John Gogarty, not only established a successful ENT practice, but became a renowned author and poet, and was famous for his flamboyant theatrics in the operating room. He was a staunch Republican and Sinn Féiner who became a Senator in the fledgling Irish Free State.
All Welcome, particularly students.
We are counting down the days until the 2016 HSTM Network Ireland annual conference on the 11th and 12th of November in Dublin City University.
Register now through Eventbrite to guarantee your place.
There are numerous talks to get excited about all detailed on our conference programme. We’re especially excited about our two key note addresses by Peter Bowler (Queen’s University, Belfast) and Maja Horst (University of Cophenhagen).
‘The Medical World of early Modern Ireland, 1500-1750’ will take place at the Long Room Hub in Trinity College Dublin 3-4 September.
Further details and online registration are available at the conference webpage. There is no charge to attend the conference sessions, but advance registration is required for catering purposes.
Please click on the links below for the programme and speakers’ abstracts
Programme The Medical World of Early Modern Ireland
Abstracts The Medical World of Early Modern Ireland