Research Group


Juliana Adelman

A postdoctoral fellow in the Trinity Long Room Hub. Her research interests include the history of science and medicine, the history of education, urbanization and human-animal relationships. She has worked on the imperial networks of the natural history and zoology communities in Ireland and is currently investigating the relationship between empire and conceptions of epidemic and epizootic disease. Her publications include Communities of Science in Nineteenth-Century Ireland (Pickering and Chatto, 2009) and 'Animal knowledge: zoology and class-ification in Dublin' (Field Day Review, 2009). She is currently working on a book about humans and animals in the Victorian city, to be published by University of Virginia Press.

Fiona Bateman

A postdoctoral fellow on the 'Texts Contexts Cultures' project at the Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities and Social Studies, NUI Galway. Her research interests include postcolonialism and
Irish cultural history, and she has published book chapters and articles on Ireland's twentieth-century religious missions. Her current research addresses the topic 'Ireland and Biafra'.

David Dickson

Former PI and Chair of the Project, he is based in the TCD Department of History. He has comparative interests in Irish and Sub-Saharan African social and economic history and in the inter-connections. He has supervised a number of dissertations on Irish missionary activity in Africa, and on the history of Irish overseas aid. He has a specific interest in pastoral societies in colonial settings.

Philip McEvansoneya

His interests lie in two related areas, imperial museums and Sir William Gregory as a cultural figure. So far this has involved a study of Gregory's role in the establishment of what is now the National Museum of Sri Lanka [see 'Sir William Gregory and the origins and establishment of the Colombo Museum', in Sarah Longair and John McAleer eds., Curating empire: Museums and the British imperial experience (Manchester: University Press, 2011). He is now examining how far Gregory's awareness of cultural, especially archaeological, activity in Ireland may have influenced his thinking about the preservation of the cultural heritage of Sri Lanka, and more generally about the role of Irishmen in the colonial administration of Sri Lanka.

Eric Morier-Genoud

A lecturer in African history at Queen's University Belfast. He works on Southern Africa, religion and politics, missionaries, and Africans in Northern Ireland. His PhD focused on the Politics of the Roman Catholic Church in colonial Mozambique and his first book on the Swiss Protestant mission in South Africa. He presently works on edited volumes about nationalism in Lusophone Africa and about colonial migrations within the Portuguese empire. He is currently doing research on memorials in post-colonial Mozambique, on a missionary's scientific and institutional contribution in Switzerland and South Africa, and a history of Africans at Queen's University Belfast. He is editor of the Journal Social Sciences and Missions (Leiden: Brill).

Ciaran O'Neill

Joined the Department of History at TCD in 2011 having completed his doctorate at the University of Liverpool in the summer of 2010. He was the 2010-2011 Irish Government Scholar at Hertford College, Oxford. Interested in education and social stratification in the nineteenth-century, his involvement in this research group is motivated by research on Catholic higher and intermediate educational institutions, both in Britain and in Ireland, and their role in preparing students for the professions and colonial service.
Justyna Pyz

Research Associate and Executive Coordinator of the Project. She is an Anthropologist, interested in Irish iinvolvement in India during the British Empire. On more particular level she is researching the colonial career of Major R.W.G. Hingston, a surgeon, naturalist and explorer, who spent most of his life in Asia, Africa and South America.

Mridu Rai

Daniel Roberts

Daniel's research focuses on the postcolonial legacy of British Romantic imperialism in India and the intersection between the Romantic period and Indian literature in English. His publications to date include Revisionary Gleam: De Quincey, Coleridge and the High Romantic Argument (Liverpool UP, 2000); a collection of critical essays, co-edited with Robert Morrison, entitled Thomas De Quincey: New Theoretical and Critical Directions (Routledge, 2007), and new editions of Robert Southey's The Curse of Kehama (volume 4 of Robert Southey: Poetical Works, 1793-1810, 5 vols., 2004) and De Quincey's Autobiographic Sketches (comprising the two opening volumes of his own collected edition of his writings, Selections Grave and Gay).

Christopher Shepard

His work focuses on the expansion of Irish higher education in the long nineteenth century and the role of Irish universities in producing graduates for imperial service.  He is particularly interested in the development of an Irish intellectual/professional diaspora during this period, especially in relation to professions such as medicine and journalism and has undertaken research in Britain, India and the United States. Currently his research focuses on the training and migration of Irish medical doctors during the long nineteenth century. Focusing on the social backgrounds and career outcomes of Irish medical graduates, this work also seeks to identify the contribution that Irish doctors had in the seeding and expansion of the profession throughout Britain’s colonial empire.

Ailish Veale

Ph.D. topic 'Irish medical missionary nuns in Africa 1920-1960
This study will provide a critical analysis of the history of Irish medical missionary nuns in Africa. It will use oral history and archival research to give an insight as to how the gender, nationality and religious identities of Irish female missionaries shaped their practice of obstetrics in Africa between 1920 and 1960.

Jonathan Wright

He completed his PhD at Queen’s University Belfast in 2010, and currently holds an IRCHSS funded postdoctoral fellowship at Trinity College, Dublin. His doctoral research concerned the world of Belfast’s Presbyterian elite during the period c. 1801-32, and his current project concerns the life of James Emerson Tennent, the Belfast-born writer, parliamentarian and sometime colonial administrator, who served as colonial secretary of Ceylon from 1845 to 1850. Emerson Tennent’s life and career offers a means to explore a variety of imperial and empire-related themes and issues, and Jonathan is particularly interested in the following areas: imperial career-building; the Irish – and, in particular, the Ulster – experience of empire; the collection and dissemination of imperial knowledge; imperial networks; British government and native opposition in Ceylon; and the Irish in Ceylon.



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