Warwick University will host The London Irish in the Long Eighteenth Century (1680-1830) conference, 13-14 April.
The Irish became an intrinsic part of the London population through the course of the 18th century. It offered opportunities for waves of Irish migrants, whether from the professional or labouring classes and regardless of religious persuasion.
But data on these migrants is relatively scarce and what little exists tends to concentrate on the famine years. So this conference aims to take a deeper look at how the Irish were received, at the networks they created, and how they evolved during the long 18th century before the Great Hunger.
Topics include literature, history, visual culture, architecture, and women's studies, so there should be something for everyone.
This interdisciplinary conference is being organized by David O’Shaughnessy and will be hosted by the Department of English & Comparative Literature, University of Warwick.
Plenary lectures will be given by Dr Toby Barnard (History, University of Oxford); Professor Claire Connolly (Literature, University of Cardiff); and Professor Mary Hickman (Sociology, London Metropolitan University).
The full programme can be viewed here. Costs range from £30 for single day attendance, including lunch (£25 for students), to £150 for 2-day attendance plus full board and overnight accommodation.
Three bursaries are available thanks to the support of the Embassy of Ireland, Great Britain.