Robert Boyle Winter School

The Robert Boyle Winter School will return in person this year at the RDS Dublin, on 18th February 2023 from 10 – 4 pm.

Following on from the interest shown in the 10th annual Robert Boyle Summer School, this year’s Winter School will address the topic of Science, Ireland & Colonialism.

Boyle’s father Richard was the most successful colonial adventurer of the 17th Century. Income from lands in Ireland helps fund Boyle’s scientific programme. Boyle also had interests in certain colonial enterprises. In the succeeding centuries, there has been an interrelationship between science and colonialism. Meanwhile, Ireland both suffered under colonialism and participated in, and benefitted from colonialism. It is important and timely that we examine these issues with respect to Ireland.

Our expert lineup of speakers include:

Prof Peter Bowler, EmeritusQueens University Belfast will talk will examine 19C scientific racism including that directed at Ireland and its role in sustaining colonialism.

Dr. Ciaran O’Neill, Trinity College Dublin Department of History will relate the work of the Trinity Colonial Legacies Project.

Dr. Sherra Murphy, Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dún Laoghaire will explore Colonialism and Dublin’s Natural History Museum.

Full details will be announced shortly. Thanks to the support of our partners, South East Technological University, the Royal Dublin Society and Science Foundation Ireland, we are pleased that we can offer this programme free for participants but as places are limited booking is essential.

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