Print Networks

Conference: ‘British and Irish Print Networks’

11-12 July 2016 Moore Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway

    The 19th Print Networks conference has as its theme ‘British and Irish Print Networks’. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Ireland became increasingly integrated within a British economic and political space. After 1801, Ireland formed part of the United Kingdom and it supplied both food and labour power to industrialising Britain. The same pattern appears in the domain of print – in the eighteenth century, Dublin printers specialised in reprinting or pirating British books, for transatlantic as well as Irish readers. After 1801 they became agents of English and Scottish publishers, and print workers joined the ranks of larger British trade unions. At the same time, Ireland developed its own print networks in the US and Canada, exporting books and periodicals produced independently of Britain in the indigenous market. Speakers will address the dynamics of the relationship between the print trade in Ireland and its counterparts to England, Scotland and Wales.
    NUI Galway Organising Committee:
    Prof. Daniel Carey
    Dr. Anders Ingram
    Dr. Niall Ó Ciosáin
    Dr. Elizabeth Tilley
    Dr. Justin Tonra
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    Monday 11 July

    10-11am Tea & coffee / Registration

    K. A. Manley (Institute of Historical Research, University of London), 'Promoting Knowledge and the "Rational Amusement of the Leisure Hour": Irish Circulating Libraries, 1801-1825.'
    Paul Rooney (Trinity College Dublin), 'James Duffy & Co., the London Publishing Scene, and Transnational Consumption of the Second Wave of Duffy’s ‘Library of Ireland.'
    Helen Williams (Edinburgh Napier University), '"No man of fair character need apply": the Dublin dispute of 1840 in the pages of the Compositors' Chronicle.'

    1-2pm Lunch

    Andrew Carpenter (University College Dublin), 'The distribution of Irish-printed books in the eighteenth century: the evidence of subscription lists.'
    Valerie Rumbold (University of Birmingham), 'Swift, Satire and Subversion in the Early Eighteenth-Century Dublin Print Trade: Cornelius Carter, John Whalley and the Bickerstaff Paradigm.'
    Molly O’Hagan Hardy (American Antiquarian Society), 'Eighteenth-Century Atlantic Print Networks in a Linked Data Environment.'

    4-4.30pm Tea & coffee

    4.30-5.30pm Keynote lecture 1
    Charles Benson (Trinity College Dublin), 'Ever Closer Union: Evidence of the Integration of the Booktrades in Ireland and Britain After 1801.'

    Tuesday 12 July

    Alberto Gabriele (New York University) Dublin as the Center of Professional Training for the Nineteenth Century Global Trade in Books and Periodicals: the Case of Australian Booksellers and Publishers
    Teresa Breathnach (Independent Scholar)
    Matthew Walker: Parnellite Printer 1846-1922

    10.30-11.15am Tea & coffee

    11.15am-1pm Work-in-progress session

    1-2pm Lunch

    Lucy Collins (University College Dublin) Revolutions in Poetry: Irish Poets and British Publishers in the 1920s
    James M'Kenzie-Hall (Independent Scholar) Ireland Illustrated: Embellished Topography and Extended Sale

    3.30-4.15pm Tea & coffee

    4.15-5.15pm Keynote lecture 2
    Tom Mole (University of Edinburgh)
    Scattered Odes in Shattered Books: Victorian Anthologies as Data


    The conference will be held in the Hardiman Building (number 12 on the NUIG campus map).


    Print Networks offers one-day and two-day bookings: reduced registration for students is generously supported by the Bibliographical Society. Registration includes lunch and refreshments on each day, and a wine reception on the first day. The conference dinner on 11 July can be booked separately.

    Conference Registration

    Conference dinner on July 11 at Vina Mara restaurant.


    There are a number of conference accommodation options. Basic student-type accommodation in shared apartments has been reserved in NUIG's Corrib Village. The apartments each contain four private rooms: when you book online the rooms offered will all be en suite, but non en-suite adjoining rooms are available for those who wish to stay near friends (a specific request should be made for adjoining rooms.) All guests have access to a shared sitting room and kitchen facilities. There is a separate breakfast dining area in a communal building near the accommodation as well as a shop.
    Rooms may be booked through this website. When making the booking, use the Promo code PNC to obtain the conference rate.
    Hotels close to NUIG campus include:
    The House Hotel
    The Harbour Hotel
    The Spanish Arch Hotel
    The Park House Hotel.
    Delegates are advised to make their accommodation choices as early as possible, as Galway gets crowded during the summer months. Information on other hotels and bed-and-breakfasts can be obtained from the local tourist office in Galway


    Flights Galway is located on the west coast of Ireland, and is mainly accessible from international airports in Dublin (2h15m) and Shannon (1h10m). Airports at Cork (3h) and Ireland West Knock (1h30m) are also within reach of Galway, though public transport links are infrequent.
    Convenient buses travel direct to Galway from Dublin airport in 2 ½ hours. For timetables and fares see: CityLink and GoBus
    Information regarding trains from Dublin city centre to Galway is available here
    Information regarding parking on campus can be found here