A one day interdisciplinary conference aiming to bring together researchers whose work offers an insight into the lives of ordinary people in nineteenth century Ireland. The particular focus is on class as those lives were bound up with production, domination, exploitation and conflict.
Given the relatively sparsely documented nature of this topic and the consequent challenges to research, employing the different approaches represented by different disciplines can be of great utility in giving us a fuller picture.
In addition political/elite history is still the predominate focus of research on the Irish past, but a comprehensive understanding is only possible with a commensurate orientation towards the mass of the population.
It is intended that the conference will attract the participation of people from different fields including post-medieval archaeology, historical geography, historical sociology, social history, and economic history (and others are welcome).
We are particularly interested in involving postgraduate students and early career scholars.
The conference will take place in N.U.I. Maynooth on Saturday the 31st of July 2010.
Persons interested in presenting should send a title and abstract (no more than 250 words), and contact details, to the organising committee – Eoin O’Flaherty and Terry Dunne at firstname.lastname@example.org by the 21st of June 2010.
It would be convenient if people interested in attending but not presenting also got in touch by the 21st of June 2010 (so as to help getting an idea of necessary room size etc..).
Sponsored by the Historical-Comparative Research Cluster, Sociology Department, N.U.I. Maynooth
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