Conference on: ‘Communities of knowledge in nineteenth-century Ireland: science, culture and society’

22-23 February 2007

UCD Humanities Institute of Ireland in association with the Royal Irish Academy Committee for the History of Irish Science

The near-final programme for this event follows. For more information, please contact the organising committee of Marc Caball, Clara Cullen

[[email protected]] and Mary Daly.


Thursday 22 February 2007

Welcome Introduction 1.30 pm – 2.00 pm

The Learned Societies and Museums (2.00 pm – 3.15 pm) Chair: To Be Arranged

Michael Ryan (Chester Beatty Library) – Learned societies Mary Daly (UCD) – The Statistical and Social Enquiry Society Clara Cullen (UCD)- The Museum of Irish Industry

Tea/Coffee 3.15pm-4pm

Science and Antiquarianism in Provincial Ireland (4pm-5.15pm) Chair: John McCafferty (UCD)

Marc Caball (HII) – AB Rowan and The Kerry Magazine. Juliana Adelman – Science and Society in Nineteenth Century Provincial Ireland Ruth Bayles (QUB) – Belfast Society of Natural History

5.15 pm – 6pm Developments in contemporary national science policy Dr Michael John Gorman, (senior manager of the ‘Discover Science and Engineering’ programme at Forfás)

Reception at 6.00 and Dinner at 7.30 pm

Friday 23 February

Science and the University (9.15am-10.30am) Chair: Aileen Fyfe (NUIG)

Greta Jones (UU) – Darwin and the Universities Patrick Wyse Jackson (TCD) – A Girdle of Granite: the institutionalisation of geological studies in Ireland, 1770s to 1860s. Julia Sigwart (UCD) – Natural History in Victorian Ireland

Tea/Coffee (10.30am-10.45am)

Applied Science, Engineering, Medicine and Natural History (10.45am-12 pm) Chair: Professor Des Fitzgerald (UCD)

Catherine Cox (UCD) – Psychiatric Knowledge and Lay Communities in Nineteenth Century Ireland Ron Cox (Director, Centre for Civil Engineering Heritage, TCD) – Engineering Ireland, 1850-1900: transportation and public health. Brendan O’Donoghue – The Leahy Family [provisional title]

Key Note Lecture (12pm-1pm) Chair: Peter Bowler (QUB)

Jim Bennett (Director, Museum of the History of Science, Oxford) – Science and public life in nineteenth-century Ireland: the case of Thomas Romney Robinson.