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Aoife O'Leary McNeice

Aoife O'Leary McNeice

PhD Candidate, History

Aoife O'Leary McNeice is available for consultancy.

Pembroke College
Cambridge CB2 1RF

Biography:

My doctoral studies, under the supervision of Dr Renaud Morieux, examine transnational networks of aid that emerged during the Great Irish Famine, which took place between 1845-1852. I hope to resituate the Famine within a transational, imperial framework by examining the global systems that enabled transfer of money. These systems include the British Empire, the global Catholic word, personal diasporic networks, and others. I am using a wide range of sources, including reports from charitable societies, newspapers and private correspondences. My background is interdisciplinary, encompassing literature, history and history of art and I hope to imbue my work with this interdisciplinarity. My current research is funded by the Robert Gardiner Memorial Scholarship and a Cambridge Trust European Scholarship. 

I received my BA joint honours in English and History from University College Cork in 2014. In 2012 I was accepted onto the University of California reciprocity exchange programme, enabling me to study at the University of California, San Diego the following academic year. I was awarded the John A. Murphy Prize and the Mansion House Scholarship for my undergraduate thesis which looked at the gender dynamics surrounding the first female university students in Ireland.

I completed my MSc with distinction in Literature and Society: Enlightenment, Romantic, Victorian at the University of Edinburgh in 2015. My MSc dissertation examined the politics of aesthetics in women's travel literature in eighteenth-century Europe. I focused on the work of Helen Maria Williams and Mary Wollstonecraft. 

Before starting my PhD I worked in various collections and digitisation roles in the Edinburgh University Library and the National Library of Scotland.      

 

Research Interests

  • Eighteenth and nineteenth century philanthropic history 
  • Modern Irish History
  • Transnational history 
  • Movement and travel 
  • Travel literature
  • Humanitarianism and Human Rights 
  • Gender

Teaching

  • Historical Argument and Practice, The Global 

Other Professional Activities

Keywords

  • Economic, Social History
  • Global History
  • Modern British History
  • Imperial History

Key Publications

Conference Contributions and Talks 

  • 'The British Relief Association and global philanthropy during the the Great Irish Famine', Voluntary Action History Society Seminar, February 2019 (invited to present).
  • ‘Civilising the Rural Landscape: Feminism and the Genteel Domination of the Countryside’, Cambridge Festival of Ideas, October 2018.
  • ‘The power of subscribers to undermine textual authority in the report of the British Association for the Relief of Distress in Ireland, 1847-1848’, Texts in Motion: Materiality, Mobility and Archiving in World History, University of Cambridge, May 2018.
  • ‘The Politics of Aesthetics in the Travel Narratives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Helen Maria Williams’, Women’s History Network Annual Conference, University of Kent, September 2015.

Reviews

  • John Gibney, 'A short history of Ireland, 1500–2000', Irish Studies Review, 27:1, 134-135
  • Helen McGonagle, 'A Room of Their Own', Women’s History Association of Ireland, 2018.
  • Niamh O’Sullivan, 'In the Lion’s Den: Daniel MacDonald, Ireland and Empire', Women’s History Association of Ireland, 2016.

Other Publications