Royal Irish Academy Committee for Historical Sciences Conference
The Irish Lord Lieutenancy, c.1541-1922
10 - 11 September 2009
Dublin Castle and Academy House, Dawson St, Dublin
The Academy Committee for Historical Sciences is hosting this conference to address a significant gap in our understanding of the history of Irish governance and British-Irish relations. For more than three-hundred years the government of Ireland was headed by the Irish Lord Lieutenant, a peer who combined the ‘efficient’ direction of the Irish executive on behalf of the British crown with the ‘decorative’ role of viceroy or surrogate of the crown at the Irish court. The conference is intended to explore, through a series of invited papers, the multiple dimensions of the Lord Lieutenancy as an institution – political, social and cultural. The conference will build on recent research into the historical relationship between the British monarchy and Ireland and its relationship with the complex and contested state-building and nation-building activities of the colonial state.
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Update: A volume of essays drawn from this conference has been published as Peter Gray and Olwen Purdue (eds), The Irish Lord Lieutenancy, c.1541-1922 (UCD Press, 2012).