Fellowships 2012, Old Library and Historical Archives of the Irish College, Paris

November 23, 2011Elmear Clowry

The Irish College Paris (www.centreculturelirlandais.com) offers two Fellowship bursaries to encourage research on its Old Library and Historical Archives collections. The purpose of the Fellowships is to establish the intellectual and academic value of the holdings.

The Old Library contains 8000 volumes (from the 15th to the 19th century). Once the library of the Irish College when it was a seminary, the collection contains works of theology, history, philosophy…
More than 19 000 items are held in the Historical Archives, covering a period extending from the 14th to the 20th century. The main themes are daily life at the Irish College and the buildings which were owned by the Irish Community, the grant foundations, the religious community…
For more details about the collections’ content and access to the online catalogues: www.centreculturelirlandais.com/presentation_eng

The areas of research are open, depending on the candidate’s interests, and could focus on a historical subject, a period of time, an author, the manuscripts or printed items, the provenance of part of the collections, the bindings…

We are looking for an output which would add to our knowledge of the library or archives and to the information which we can put into the public domain.

Priority will be given to research subjects examining a corpus of references instead of one reference in particular.

In 2010 and 2011, Fellows pursued the following research:
-Frédéric Manzini: Robert Boyle chez les philosophes en France et en Europe au XVIIème siècle : diffusion et influence
-Cormac Begadon: Belief and Devotion in a 19th century Irish Seminary: the evidence from the Irish College Paris Collections
-Justin Dolan Stover: Student life, curriculum, and college administration: the Irish College, Paris, under le bureau gratuit, 1870-1918
-Nienke Tjoelker: Irish Neo-Latin style and identity
-Linda Kiernan: Gentlemen Scholars: Minding manners and polite society at the Irish College, Paris
-Brid McGrath: Representative assemblies in Ireland and France in the early modern period
-Rebecca Schwarz: John Toland’s Irish Philo-Semitism: A New Window on Christian-Jewish Relations
-Emmanuelle Chapron: Bibliothèques décomposées : les livres des collèges d’Ancien Régime dans le fonds ancien du Centre Culturel Irlandais

The result should be a report in English or in French (approx. 20 000 words + appendix, bibliography…)
Duration: 1 month between April and November 2012
Grant: €1000 per month; accommodation at the Irish College and travel (from Ireland) will be covered.
Deadline for receipt of applications (in English or French): 20th January 2012

Please send:
-Summary of your proposed research subject (500-1000 words) + your preferred dates
-Bibliography of the items you plan to consult
-Any additional relevant documentation

To: Carole Jacquet, Head of Libraries and Archives
Centre Culturel Irlandais
5 rue des Irlandais
75005 Paris, France

For any queries: 00 33 (0)1 58 52 10 33 or cjacquet@centreculturelirlandais.com