The conference kicks off on Friday evening (July 4th) with a public talk by David Lloyd (University of California, Riverside). The talk will take place in the Mechanics’ Institute in Galway city centre, a listed building with many of the original features of local Mechanics’ Institute that was established in 1838. Now a private members club, there will be plenty of time for discussing the links between Ireland and Chartism throughout the evening (with bar service and Guinness on tap).
Chartism Day 2014 starts Saturday morning at 9.30 in the Hardiman Research Building on the NUI, Galway campus. The line-up has been confirmed, and the papers will approach the theme of Ireland and British Democracy from multiple perspectives.
Joan Allen (Newcastle University) – ‘The Language of Emancipation: electoral politics and print culture in the North East of England, 1825-1848’
Maura Cronin (Mary Immaculate College) – ‘Legion of the Rearguard? The Irish Democratic Association 1849-50’
Ian Haywood (University of Roehampton) – ‘“Ireland for the Irish”: a selection of poems by W.J. Linton’
Michael Huggins (University of Chester) – ‘The Confederates and the Charter: “mere matters of arrangement and detail”?’
Tim Keane (National University of Ireland, Galway) – ‘Ghosts of Ireland: Reading Henry Gracchus’
Christine Kinealy (Quinnipiac University) – ‘Patrick O’Higgins – a forgotten Irish Radical’
John McGrath (Mary Immaculate College) – ‘Provincial Irish Artisans and Political Conservatism, 1819-1848: isolation or indifference?’
Brendán Mac Suibhne (Centenary College, NJ) – ‘Backlit; or, the Making of a Misfit: Thomas Ainge Devyr (1805-87), Irish Radical, British Chartist, and American Reformer’
Matthew Roberts (Sheffield Hallam University) – ‘From Ante-Hero to Anti-Hero? The Chartists and Daniel O’Connell’
Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh (NUI, Galway) – Closing commentary
The programme will be updated in coming weeks with panel titles and times. The conference will run from 9.30-5.30, with a one-hour lunch break.