Call for Panelists: Irish Caucus, 2016 American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Conference

The Irish Caucus of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies is soliciting papers for the 2016 ASECS conference. This meeting will be held in Pittsburgh (PA), from March 31 – April 3; for more information, please see the call for papers.

The Irish Caucus is given two panels at the annual ASECS meeting. Please see the descriptions of these panels below and consider proposing a paper for one of them. Graduate students and junior scholars are especially encouraged to submit proposals. If interested, please send an abstract of your paper (approximately 300 words) to (chair of the ASECS Irish Caucus) by September 15, 2015.

Panel 1: The Irish Enlightenment VIII

Over the past decade, scholars of the Enlightenment have increasingly recognized the contributions of Ireland to broader strands of eighteenth-century thought and the place of Irish thinkers’ work within the context of European and Atlantic intellectual movements. This research has spawned an increasing number of essays, books, and conference panels, illustrating the vitality of debate concerning the Irish dimension of the Enlightenment and collectively helping to define the nature of the Irish Enlightenment. This panel welcomes participants whose work focuses on Irish thought and/or its relationship to the Enlightenment world, especially papers that utilize new methodological approaches to the study of intellectual history; including (but not limited to) models drawn from the digital humanities, global history, and/or gender studies.

Panel 2: Conflict and Violence in Eighteenth-Century Ireland

During the long eighteenth-century, warfare and violence was inscribed upon Ireland. The century began in the wake of the Battle of the Boyne and ended with the aftermath of the Rebellion of 1798. Between these eruptions of conflict, Irish life was transformed by a series of internal rebellions and international wars. This panel welcomes papers that explore how these destructive forces shaped the lives of people in Ireland during this period (politically, religiously, economically, socially) and/or how they were represented in popular culture (theater, literature, history).