Aoife O'Leary McNeice
My doctoral studies, under the supervision of Dr Renaud Morieux, examine global networks of humanitarianism that emerged during the Great Irish Famine, which took place between 1845-1852. I hope to resituate the Famine within a transnational, 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. 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.
Eighteenth and nineteenth century philanthropic history
Modern Irish History
Movement and travel
Humanitarianism and Human Rights
Historical Argument and Practice: The Global, Gender
Part 1 Paper 10: British Economic and Social History: 1700-1880
Part 2 Paper 25: Ireland and the Irish Since the Famine
‘The Gifts of the Poor to the Poor’: Emigrant remittances and personal sympathy on a global scale”, Cambridge Modern Irish History Seminar, University of Cambridge, 4 June 2020. (online)
‘The Church in Conflict: Global Catholic Giving during the Great Irish Famine’, 5th Cambridge-Edinburgh Graduate Workshop in Modern Irish History, University of Cambridge, 16-17 January 2020.
‘Global Giving and the limitations of Relief during the Great Irish Famine’, ‘An Unhealthy Intersection? Cultural Politics and the Politics of Culture in Ireland, 1789 to Present’, Woolf Institute, Cambridge, 28 – 29 March 2019.
'The British Relief Association and global philanthropy during the Great Irish Famine', Voluntary Action History Society Seminar, Senate House, London, February 2019 (invited to present).
‘Adapting Transatlantic Humanitarianism: The Abolitionist Movement and Famine Relief’, Cambridge Cultural History Workshop, November 2018.
‘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 BritishAssociation 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.