Call for Papers: Eighteenth-Century Ireland Annual Conference


Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society/An Cumann Éire San Ochtú Céad Déag

2019 Annual Conference

Queen’s University Belfast

14-16 June 2019


Proposals are 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 ( 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.

Postgraduate Bursaries are available – please see details of how to apply below


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 ( roimh 29 Aibreán 2019. Cuirfear scéala chuig cainteoirí roimh an Luan an 6 Bealtaine 2019.


Plenary Speakers:

Fionntán de Brún (Maynooth University)

Catriona Kennedy (University of York)

Finola O’Kane (University College Dublin)


During the conference, there will be an exhibition of manuscripts and prints from the Bunting collection held at Special Collections, Queen’s University. A performance of Irish music from the Bunting collection will take place on Saturday 15 June. A walking tour of Belfast will be led by Sean Connolly (Queen’s University Belfast) on the morning of Sunday 16 June.


The conference is sponsored by the School of Arts, English and Languages and the Institute of Irish Studies, both of Queen’s University Belfast.


The conference is co-organised by Ciara Conway and Moyra Haslett. Queries should be addressed to in the first instance.


Postgraduate Bursaries

The Society is pleased to announce details of 4 postgraduate bursaries as follows:


Marsh’s Library PG bursary (300Euro)

1 bursary awarded by Marsh’s library in Dublin to the value of Euro300 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)

3 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 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 3 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.