Society for the Study of Nineteenth-Century Ireland: Nature and the Environment

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Date(s) - 16 June - 17 June
All day

University of Southampton, Avenue Campus


This year’s annual conference of the Society for the Study of Nineteenth-Century is to held at the University of Southampton on 16-17 June, 2016. The theme is ‘Nature and the Environment’.

This conference seeks to raise the profile of the environmental humanities in Irish Studies. It will examine the production of Irish nature, exploring its anthropic or hybrid character, whether imaginative, political, scientific or material. How and why were Irish rural landscapes transformed in the nineteenth century? What role was played by experts? What can be known about changing flora and fauna? How did representations of Irish environments evolve? How was Irish nature made politically legible? Did ideas about the Irish natural environment shape ideas about the Irish people?

Keynote lectures will be give by Prof. Mary Orr and Prof. David Brown. Other speakers include Clare Connolly, Peter Gray, Paeder McArdle and Patrick Maume.

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Contact Dr Matt Kelly ( for further details.