Ireland, America and the Worlds of Mathew Carey

This conference is the second-leg of a transatlantic conference on the subject of Mathew Carey, to be held at Trinity College Dublin, 17-19 November 2011.  The first leg of which will be held in Philadelphia at the end of October and is sponsored by the Library Company of Philadelphia.  The website for the first leg is available here.  As promised here is a tentative program for the three days.  Further information, and registration can be done by contacting Dr. Johanna Archbold at TCD.

This looks to be an extremely exciting event, which will allow scholars from both sides of the Atlantic to engage is some sociability and debate.  Hope to see you there!




Thursday, 17 November, 2011

National Library of Ireland

6pm     Keynote Lecture

Richard B. Sher, New Jersey Institute of Technology

Piracy or Patriotic
Publishing? Conflicting Visions of the Reprint Trade in Late Eighteenth-Century
Britain, Ireland and America

Followed by Reception in the National Library of Ireland


Friday, 18 November 2011

Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin 

Martin Burke (CUNY), Mathew Carey – Philadelphia Conference Review

Maurice Bric (UCD), Mathew Carey – Dublin Conference Preview

Session 1:

Molly O’Hagan Hardy (Southwestern) “If that be in my power”: Transatlantic Copyright and Local Citizenship in Eighteenth-Century Philadelphia

Carl Keyes (Assumption College) “A New Spring to the Business” Mathew Carey and Innovations in Consumer Advertising in Eighteenth-Century America

Sarah Crider Arndt (Trinity College Dublin), Mathew Carey Baltimore Bookseller

Session 2:

James Kelly (St Patrick’s College) Carey and the Volunteers Journal 

Andrew Fagal (State University of New York) War, memory, politics and Mathew Carey’s Naval History

Brendan MacSuibhne (New Jersey?) title TBC

Session 3:

James N. Green (Library Company of Philadelphia), “I was always dispos’d to be serviceable to you”: Benjamin Franklin’s relationship with Mathew Carey

Niall Gillespie (Trinity College Dublin) William Paulet Carey: Literary Journalism in Associational Dublin

Anne Markey (Trinity College Dublin) John Carey and the Politicisation of Children’s Fiction


Saturday 19 November 2011

Session 4:

Eoin Magennis (Intertrade Ireland) Mathew Carey and the meanings of ‘free trade’ in Ireland in the 1770s and 1780s

Daniel Peart (Queen
Mary, University of London) “The vital interests of a great nation are too valuable to be offered a sacrifice to any man or any party”: Mathew  Carey and the making of US tariff policy

Marc-William Palen (University of Sydney) An old controversy laid to rest: The ideological origins of Henry Charles Carey

Session 5:

Kenneth Ferguson, Philadelphia and the divergent destinies of Carey and Tone

David Barnwell (National University of Ireland, Maynooth) Mathias O’Conway & Mathew Carey: Two Irish Catholics, Two Different Stories

Session 6:

Michael Brown (University of Aberdeen) The Politicisation of Mathew Carey

Johathan Wright (Trinity College Dublin) “A man of the mob”: Peter Finnerty and the Irish contribution to English radicalism, c. 1799-1822

Tim Murtagh (Trinity College Dublin) Mathew & William Paulet Carey: contrasting attitudes towards plebeian radicalism


Talk by Padhraig Higgins (Mercer Community College) on women and gendered language from his recently published work A Nation of Politicians: Gender, Patriotism, and Political Culture in Late Eighteenth-Century Ireland (History of Ireland & the Irish Diaspora) University of Wisconsin Press (2010).



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