The purpose of the Society is to promote research into nineteenth-century Ireland. Its membership is open to scholars both from Ireland and other countries. It welcomes members from a wide range of disciplines: literature, history, economics, geography, sociology, anthropology, theology, women’s studies, fine arts, etc. It thus seeks to foster an inter-disciplinary approach to nineteenth-century Irish studies.

The principal activities of the Society are the organising of conferences and the publication of works or collections of papers on Nineteenth-Century Ireland.

To date the Society has held the following 22 conferences:

  • Victorian Ireland Revisited (Maynooth University, 1992)
  • The Famine (Maynooth University, 1994)
  • Gender and Nineteenth-Century Ireland (All Hallows College Dublin, 1995)
  • Ideology and Ireland in the Nineteenth Century (NUI Galway, 1996)
  • Regionalism and Nineteenth-Century Ireland (Queen’s University Belfast, 1997)
  • 1798, 1848, 1898: Revolution, Revival, and Commemoration (University College Cork, 1998)
  • Ireland and the Union: Questions of Identity (Bath Spa, 1999)
  • Ireland Abroad (University of Aberdeen, 2000)
  • Nineteenth-Century Studies in the Twenty-First Century (Maynooth University, Symposium, 2000)
  • Victoria’s Ireland (University of Southampton, 2001)
  • The Irish Revival Reappraised (All Hallows Dublin, 2002)
  • Ireland and Europe in the Nineteenth Century (Queen’s University Belfast, 2003)
  • Structures of Belief in Nineteenth-Century Ireland (De Paul University, Chicago, 2004)
  • ‘Across the Water’: Ireland and Scotland in the Nineteenth Century (University of Ulster, 2006)
  • Romantic Ireland – from Tone to Gonne (University of Glasgow, 2007)
  • Visual, Material and Print Culture in Nineteenth-Century Ireland (University of Limerick, 2008)
  • Science and Technology in Nineteenth-Century Ireland (Royal Irish Academy, 2009
  • Philanthropy in nineteenth-century Ireland (University College Cork, 2012)
  • Irish Elites in the Nineteenth Century (University of Liverpool, 2011)
  • Leisure and the Irish in the Nineteenth Century (University College Cork, 2012)
  • Crime, Violence and the Irish in the Nineteenth Century (University of Northumbria, 2013)
  • Irish urban spaces in the nineteenth century (Queen’s University Belfast, 2014)

Volumes of collected essays originating from most of these conferences are already available. Others are in preparation.