CfP: Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society, Annual Conference, University of Limerick 12-14 June 2020

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 focusing on the following long eighteenth-century anniversaries will be particularly welcome

The enactment of the Declaratory Act (1720)
The publication of Goldsmith’s The Deserted Village (1770)
The publication of Maturin’s Melmoth the Wanderer (1820)

Proposals should be submitted by e-mail to Christina Morin ( by Monday, 6 April 2020. Proposals should include: name, institutional affiliation, paper title, and a 250-word abstract. Prospective speakers will be notified of a decision by Friday, 1 May 2020.

Confirmed Plenary Speakers:

Ian McBride, Hertford College, Oxford

Ciarán MacMurchaidh, Dublin City University

Clíona Ó Gallchoir, University College Cork

The conference is co-organised by David Fleming, Michael Griffin, and Christina Morin. 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 Bursary
One (1) bursary awarded by Marsh’s Library in Dublin to the value of €300 to be used towards conference costs (conference registration, conference dinner, accommodation, and/or travel costs). The bursary will be awarded to a student currently registered for PhD study 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
Three (3) ECIS bursaries for students currently registered for PhD study who have papers accepted for the conference. These bursaries cover the following costs: conference registration, conference dinner, and one year’s membership of the Society (including copies of the Society’s Journal, Eighteenth-Century Ireland, volumes 32 and 33). Please signal when submitting an abstract that you would like to be considered for an ECIS PG bursary.

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 their research. A panel comprising 3 members of the executive committee of the Society will review all applications after the deadline for papers (Monday, 6 April 2020) and will notify successful applicants by email on Friday, 1 May