Exciting things are happening in Dublin in June. First the annual Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing will be held at Trinity College Dublin from the 26-29th of June. This year’s theme is the ‘The Battle for Books’ and more details, registration, and a full program are available through the society’s webpage.
While this conference promises to be very exciting, several other organizations will be making the most of this opportunity by scheduling related events in the days and weeks surrounding the SHARP conference. For those of us interested in book history, that means that the end of June will be a very exciting time in Dublin, and a great chance to hit several events all in one go.
Monday the 25th of June Trinity College will also be hosting a one-day event ‘BUILDING COLLECTIONS: 300 years of the Old Library’ to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the Long Room. This will include speakers one the history of the library, its collections and buildings. A volume has also been announced, which will be available later this year. In the fine tradition of eighteenth century publishing, those interested in a copy can subscribe in advance to receive a discount and their name published in the volume.
In the week before, TCD will be hosting the annual Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society Conference from the 22-24th of June. While not specifically focusing on book history topics, this conference generally features a few panels on literature and publishing in the eighteenth century, and does feature plenary lectures on Jonathan Swift by Moyra Hasslet (QUB) and Maria Edgeworth by James Chandler (UChicago).
With these events all scheduled together, there are several good reasons to be in Dublin at the end of June. I for one will certainly be here. I am sure there are also other events scheduled to take advantage of this convergence, so if you know of any please post them to the comments section.