SSNCI Conference on Philanthropy: 17-18 June 2010

 University College Cork, June 17th and 18th, 2010

The Sixteenth Annual Conference of the Society for the Study of Nineteenth-Century Ireland will take place at University College Cork in 2010.

This conference will address the theme of ‘philanthropy’, broadly defined, and examine the manner in which philanthropic endeavour underpinned State initiatives for the poor and vulnerable, but also provided opportunities for special interest groups in Ireland.

Charitable and voluntary organisations provided a wide range of services for the disadvantaged, the sick, and those in need of temporary assistance. But the poor were not helpless: philanthropic history shows a high level of active engagement with a range of charities, and evidence that individuals employed a sophisticated knowledge of charitable ambitions to secure advantages for themselves.

Organisers: Dr Larry Geary and Dr Oonagh Walsh, Dept. of History, University College Cork, Ireland.

Contact the organisers: Larry Geary at, and Oonagh Walsh at

Philanthropy in Nineteenth-Century Ireland Programme

Please also note that selected proceedings from this conference will be published.

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