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Trinity CollegeProfessor David Dickson

Career History:
David Dickson is a graduate of the University of Dublin, a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin and a Member of the Royal Irish Academy. He served as Head of the Department of Modern History from 1995 to 1998 and is Associate Professor of Modern History. He was awarded a Government of Ireland Senior Research Fellowship by the Irish Humanities and Social Science Research Council for 2002-3.

He was a founding editor of the journal Irish Economic and Social History and is currently President of the Economic and Social History Society of Ireland. He was a co-founder of the African Studies Association of Ireland. He is currently Co-Director of the Centre for Irish-Scottish and Comparative Studies.

He served as College Registrar between 2004 and 2007.

Recent and forthcoming publications
David Dickson has published extensively on the social, economic and cultural history of Ireland in the long eighteenth century. Past collaborative research projects have included the demographic history of eighteenth-century Ireland; the comparative history of famine in Ireland; and the social history of eighteenth and nineteenth-century Dublin.

His current research interests are in [a] the long-term impact of Irish cities on Irish society;  [b] Irish migrations in the long eighteenth century; [c] weather crises in Irish history; [d] Ireland and nineteenth-century empire; and [e] the Irish book trade.

Dublin: The Making of a Capital City (London: Profile Books, 2014)

Irish Classrooms and British Empire: Imperial contexts in the origins of modern education (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2012) [co-edited with Justyna Pyz & Christopher Shepard]

Irish and Scottish mercantile networks in Europe and overseas in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries (Gent: Academia Press, 2007) [co-edited with Jane Ohlmeyer & Jan Parmentier]

Old world colony: Cork and South Munster 1630-1830 (Cork: University Press, and Madison: Wisconsin University Press, 2005) 

Refiguring Ireland: Essays in honour of L.M. Cullen (Dublin: The Lilliput Press, 2003) [co-edited with Cormac Ó Gráda]

1798: A bicentennial perspective [co-edited with Thomas Bartlett, Kevin Whelan and Daire Keogh] (Dublin: Four Courts, 2003)

The hidden Dublin: Thomas Willis' Facts (1845) [edited] (Dublin: Trinity History Workshop, 2002)

Ireland and Scotland ? Nation, region, identity [edited with Sean Duffy, Cathal O Hainle and Ian Campbell Ross] (Dublin: A. & A. Farmar, 2001)

The outer edge of Ulster: A memoir of social life in nineteenth-century Donegal by Hugh Dorian [edited with Breandán MacSuibhne] (Dublin: Lilliput Press, 2000)

New foundations: Ireland 1660-1800 (2nd ed., Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 2000)

Recent articles
‘City, seasons and society’, in Atlas of Cork city, eds. John Crowley, Robert Devoy, Denis Linehan & Patrick O’Flanagan (Cork, 2005), 127-34

‘Jacobitism in eighteenth-century Ireland: A Munster perspective’, in Eire-Ireland, XLIX, 3-4 (2004), 38-99

‘Smoke without fire?   Munster and the 1798 rebellion’, in 1798: A bicentenary perspective (Dublin, 2003), eds. Thomas Bartlett, David Dickson, Dáire Keogh & Kevin Whelan

‘Death of a capital?  Dublin and the consequences of Union’, Proceedings
of the British Academy, CVII (2001), 111-31

Current Research
David Dickson was grant-holder for the HEA PRTLI 1 and 3 research awards for Irish-Scottish Studies, spanning the years 1999-2003 and 2002-07, and he oversaw all projects in the two cycles.    In the current cycle (PRTLI 4) in which the Centre has become part of the Trinity Long Room Hub’s ‘Humanities Serving Irish Society’ programme, he is research co-ordinator of four projects:  ‘Atlantic Contexts for the Irish Book Trade 1750-1850’;  ‘1798: Writings, Reflections, Images, Impressions’;  the Irish Merchant Diaspora Project;  and The History of the City of Dublin Research Group.  He is completing a new social history of the city of Dublin in the last half millennium.

Contact: CISS Last updated: Jun 15 2015.