Relocating Nationalism between the Regional and Transnational: Unexpected Lessons from the Lives and Works of Amateur Historians
This lecture will explore how current discussions on the place of Ireland and Northern Ireland in Europe and the wider world may benefit from a reappraisal of two largely-neglected Irish intellectuals: Richard Robert Madden (1798-1886) a Dublin-based Catholic physician, novelist, journalist, colonial administrator, abolitionist and historian, and Francis Joseph Bigger (1863-1926), a Belfast-based Protestant solicitor, naturalist, social reformer, cultural revivalist and antiquarian.
Guy Beiner, Professor of History at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beer Sheva, Israel, is the 2019-2020 Burns Visiting Scholar in Irish Studies at Boston College. His most recent book, Forgetful Remembrance: Social Forgetting and Vernacular Historiography of a Rebellion in Ulster (Oxford, 2018) is the winner of the Irish Historical Research Prize for 2019, awarded by the National University of Ireland, and other honors.
Wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres will be offered beginning at 6:00pm, followed by the lecture at 7:00pm, and continuation of the reception at 8:00pm. All are welcome.
Limited free parking on Linden Lane and Commonwealth Avenue. Paid visitor parking available in BC’s Commonwealth Ave. Garage. For details, see bc.edu/burns/visit.
Tuesday, February 18 at 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Boston College, 153-189 College Road, Chestnut Hill, MA, 02467, USA