CFP: 'Dwelling(s)' in Nineteenth Century Ireland, Deadline 15 Jan 2020

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Society for the Study of Nineteenth-Century Ireland


Dwelling(s) in Nineteenth-Century Ireland

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 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 constituted ‘home’?


The organisers welcome proposals from new and established scholars. Voices not traditionally heard in academia are particularly welcome.  Abstracts of 250 words (or 750-word panel submissions) are invited on themes 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 the 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