Irish Post-Medieval Conference 2016: The archaeology of consumption in Ireland c.1550-1950

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Call for Papers
December 14, 2015
Ireland {Republic}
Subject Fields: 
Anthropology, Archaeology, Colonial and Post-Colonial History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Early Modern History and Period Studies

The archaeology of consumption in Ireland c.1550-1950

County Museum Dundalk, Co. Louth, Ireland, 5-7 February 2016

From ceramics to tobacco and textiles to tea, patterns of consumption in Ireland underwent profound shifts between c.1550 and 1950. It was an era marked by increased commodity consumption and the spread of global communication structures that have shaped the world we live in. 

This conference aims to explore themes relating to consumption and material culture in Ireland c.1550-1950. We welcome papers that range from case studies of recent archaeological excavations or assemblages to thematic overviews or explicitly theoretical analyses.

Papers might address any of the following themes: archaeological or historical evidence for consumption; changing pattern of consumption through time; consumption, ethnicity, class and/or gender; consumption and the household; conspicuous consumption; consumption in rural/urban contexts; consumption and the market economy; and/or consumption and colonialism.

We invite papers from a wide array of contributors including professional archaeologists, independent researchers, academics, and students.

Papers will be 25 minutes long. An abstract of 250 words should be sent to by Monday 14 December 2015.

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