University of Limerick Centre for Early Modern Studies Autumn 2020 Research Seminar

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The Centre for Early Modern Studies, University of Limerick are hosting an online seminar by Dr Annaleigh Margey (DKIT) ‘Making Sense of Early Modern Maps of Ireland’ on 17th November at 4 p.m.

Please note that this seminar will take place online. Registration is free but essential. Please use this link to book a place: .

In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, maps of Ireland and its regions, became a much sought-after commodity. These maps reflected England, and later Britain’s, changing relationship with Ireland, moving from purely reconnaissance, to defence, to plantation and to estate mapping, as subjugation gave rise to full-scale settlement in the Irish midlands, Munster and Ulster. Increased interaction with the country by English statesmen, in particular, gave rise to an increase in requests for, and commissions of, maps, the result of which is the over 650 surviving manuscript maps of Ireland. This paper will introduce the breadth of this collection. It will focus specifically on how, in recent centuries, historians, geographers, archaeologists and other specialists have attempted to make sense of the collection through research and cataloguing. It will then move to explore why, for whom and, by whom, many of these maps were being commissioned and produced. In particular, this will examine the public and private commissioning of maps by statespeople such as Sir William Cecil, Lord Burghley and Sir George Carew, and new landowners, such as Sir Matthew de Renzi and Sir James Hamilton.


Early Modern Studies at Limerick

The Centre for Early Modern Studies, Limerick supports the research activities of scholars of the history and culture of the sixteenth, seventeenth and eighteenth centuries at the University of Limerick and Mary Immaculate College. The Centre stimulates interdisciplinary engagement and seeks to enhance the environment for intellectual exchange between its members. The Centre also promotes postgraduate studies and postdoctoral research. The Centre will draw on the wealth of material in the Bolton Collection, Glucksman Library, UL and other collections to promote early modern studies. The Centre emerges from Limerick Early Modern Studies Forum which was established in February 2015 following the award of funding from the Irish Research Council New Foundations Scheme. The Centre was launched on 13th October, 2016.

The priority research themes of the Centre are:

  • Manuscript and Print Culture
  • The Circulation of People and Ideas
  • Confessional Identities
  • Other Worlds: The Wondrous and the Marvellous
  • Boundaries and Spaces
  • Performances: Private and Public

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