UCD Humanities Institute of Ireland in association with the Royal Irish Academy Committee for the History of Irish Science
Conference : ‘Communities of knowledge in nineteenth-century Ireland: science, culture and society’ 22-23 February 2007
The primary objective of this conference is to elucidate aspects of the intellectual richness of scientific and antiquarian activity in Ireland during the course of the nineteenth century. It is not intended to focus on the history of Irish science per se. Rather, it will seek to cast light on the complex and varied interactions between scholars of science, antiquarians and science policy-makers in Victorian Ireland. It is intended to explore the seamless web of research and knowledge which constituted academic enquiry at this period. Particular attention will be paid to the educational, social and cultural implications or impact of such research. In this regard, contributions to the conference will be presented from a standpoint of intellectual inclusivity. It is intended that such a premise will inform a series of papers which will discuss aspects of intellectual and institutional interaction between scholars, scientists and policy makers. Accordingly, the conference will seek to eschew the distinctive disciplinary boundaries which determine and to some extent regulate contemporary research in the humanities and in the sciences.
This conference will be hosted by UCD Humanities Institute of Ireland in association with the Royal Irish Academy Committee for the History of Irish Science and will take place over the afternoon of Thursday 22 and morning of Friday 23 February 2007. The conference will consist of a series of thematic sessions (with time for discussion after each session).
It is intended that there will be a complimentary exhibition of UCD’s archival holdings in the history of Irish science and science policy.
Speakers will include – Michael Ryan (Chester Beatty Library), Prof. Mary Daly (UCD), Marc Caball (HII), Juliana Adelman (NUIG), Ruth Bayles (QUB), Michael John Gorman, (Forfás), Greta Jones (UU), Patrick Wyse Jackson (TCD), Jim White (UCD), Catherine Cox (UCD), Ron Cox (TCD), Julia Sigwart (UCD), Jim Bennett (Director, Museum of the History of Science, Oxford), Clara Cullen (UCD).
Organising committee: – Marc Caball, Clara Cullen and Mary Daly.