Professor Emeritus of Irish History; Visiting Research Professor in Irish Studies
Sean Connolly was born in Dublin, and studied at University College, Dublin, and what was then the New University of Ulster. He held posts at the Public Record Office of Ireland (now the National Archives of Ireland), St Patrick’s College, Dublin, and the New University of Ulster, before becoming Professor of Irish History at Queen’s University, Belfast, in 1996. He has held Fellowships at the Folger Library, Washington DC, and the European University Institute, Florence, and twice served as editor of the journal Irish Economic and Social History.
Sean Connolly began his career as a historian of Irish Catholicism in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, looking in particular at the relationship between the official doctrines and practices of the Catholic church and the beliefs and customs of lay men and women. From there he went on to explore the very different world of the Irish Protestant elite, the so-called ‘ascendancy’, in the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. He remains interested in the many questions thrown up by the history of religion and popular belief in all their forms. More recently, however, the main focus on his work has been on urban history, specifically on the development of Victorian Belfast, and he is now working on a new project, a general survey of the Irish diaspora, viewed in the context of the development of the world economy.
(with Dominic Bryan and John Nagle) Civil Identity and Public Space: Belfast since 1780 (Manchester University Press, forthcoming)
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Connolly, S.J., ‘Settler colonialism in Ireland from the English conquest to the nineteenth century’ in The Routledge Handbook of the History of Settler Colonialism, Cavanagh, E. and Veracini, L. (eds), London: Routledge, pp 49-64
Connolly, S.J., ‘Patriotism and nationalism’ in The Oxford Handbook of Modern Irish History. Jackson, A. (ed.), Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp 27-44
p. 106-20Ulster since 1600: Politics, Economy and Society. Kennedy, L. & Ollerenshaw, P. (eds.). Oxford: ,
p. 74-89Ulster since 1600: Politics, Economy and Society. Kennedy, L. & Ollerenshaw, P. (eds.). Oxford: ,
p. 174-188Re-imagining democracy in the age of revolutions: America, France, Britain, Ireland 1750-1850. Innes, J. & Philp, M. (eds.). Oxford: ,
p. 25-48Belfast: The Emerging City 1850-1914. Purdue, O. (ed.). Dublin: ,
p. 161-198Belfast 400: People, place and history. Connolly, S. J. (ed.). Liverpool: ,
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p. 255-269Politics and Literature in the Age of Swift: English and Irish Perspectives. Rawson, C. (ed.). ,
p. 220-237Theorizing Identities and Social Action . Wetherell, M. (ed.). ,
in Forging the State: European State Formation and the Anglo-Scottish Union of 1707. MacKillop, A. & Siochru, M. O. (eds.). , p. 133-152
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p. 187-202Reading Swift: Papers from the Fifth Münster Symposium on Jonathan Swift. Real, H. J. (ed.). ,
p. 119-134Religion und Nation. Altematt, U. & Metzger, F. (eds.). ,
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