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Former Vice-President for Global Relations Gives Lecture in India

Posted on 24 April 2015

map bombay island jane ohlmeyer trinityImage: A 17th century map of Bombay. Gerald Aungier was Governor of Bombay from 1672 - 1675.

Professor Jane Ohlmeyer, Erasmus Smith's Professor of Modern History and former Vice-President of Global Relations at Trinity College Dublin, will give an outreach lecture in India on 27 April 2015. Currently conducting research at Cambridge University and in India, Professor Ohlmeyer acts as a special advisor on Indian affairs to Trinity. This lecture is one of a series by Professor Ohlmeyer and will highlight one of the many historical links between Ireland and India.

The upcoming lecture will examine the career of Gerald Aungier, the most important early governor of Bombay (1669-1677). Aungier was the grandson of an early seventeenth-century Ulster planter and the brother of the earl of Longford, an active colonist and entrepreneur who developed 1670s Dublin on the back of Indian treasure. Aungier planted and colonised Bombay much as his relatives had colonised Ireland during an earlier period. Professor Ohlmeyer will explore similarities and differences in the colonial processes, look again at Irish and British expansionism in the East and examine the extent to which Ireland served as a ‘laboratory for empire’ during the early modern period. Aungier is immortalised on Dublin maps in 'Aungier Street' in Dublin's city centre.

Under Professor Ohlmeyer's tenure as the Vice-President of Global Relations, strong academic links were forged between Trinity and several of India's leading universities. Her work laid a strong foundation for current Global Relations collaborations in India.

Professor Ohlmeyer is an expert on the New British and Atlantic Histories and has published extensively on early modern Irish and British history. She has recently completed Making Ireland English: the formation of an aristocracy in the seventeenth century for Yale University Press. She is currently working on an edition of Edward Hyde, earl of Clarendon, A shorte view of the State and condicon of the kingdome of Ireland/The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in Ireland (Dublin, 1719/20 and London, 1720 and 1721) and a book on Warfare in early modern Ireland. Professor Ohlmeyer is also an active proponent of the Digital Humanities. She has considerable expertise in overseeing major editorial projects and helped to secure over €1M in funding from the IRCHSS, the AHRC (the UK funding council) and Trinity College for the digitization and online publication of the ‘1641 Depositions’.