CfP: Dwelling(s) in Nineteenth-Century Ireland

Call for papers, deadline 15 January 2020

University College Cork, 25-26 June 2020

As Irish Society ponders how to deal with a housing market that has shut out many from home ownership while leaving others vulnerable or homeless, this conference will explore dwellings and the concept of the home in nineteenth-century Ireland; from the Big House to an Bothán; from the Convent to the Workhouse. Papers are sought which explore the physicality and symbolism of Irish dwellings. What did it mean to have an ‘Irish’ dwelling? How did Irish people write about, think about, visually represent, or imagine what constitute ‘home’?

The organisers welcome proposals from new and established scholars. Voices not traditionally heard in academia are particularly welcome. Abstracts of 25o words (or 750-word panel submissions) are invited on theses that include, but are not limited to:

Representations of Irish dwellings                                             State policy and dwellings
Communal dwellings                                                                     Institutional dwellings
Home ownership                                                                            Possession and dispossession
Law and the legal establishment of dwelling in Ireland              Material Culture of dwellings
Animals and cohabitation in Irish dwellings                               Memory and dwellings
Gender and the meaning and experience of dwellings           Dwelling on road or on the sea
The home as a site of repose, resistance, or remembrance    Dwellings and the diaspora
The social dynamics of access to housing in Irish life             Family dwelling
Cultures of work in and around dwelling places                      Childhood and dwelling
Architecture of dwelling                                                                The emotions of ‘home’
Liminal spaces within the home                                                  Art and dwellings

Please email abstracts (and 50-word bio) to Jay Roszman ( for consideration no later than 15 January 2020. We are eager to consider papers from a wide variety of disciplines (in keeping with the Society’s mission of interdisciplinarity), and from new and established scholars from the academy and other professions.

Two Bursaries of €150 will be provided on a competitive basis to postgraduate, early-career researchers, or independent scholars for whom another source of funding is not available for travel expenses. Please mention if you wish to apply for a bursary when submitting your abstract.

Organising committee: Dr Heather Laird (, School of English; Dr Maeve O’Riordan ( and Dr Jay Roszman (, School of History, UCC.

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