10th Robert Boyle Summer School

The 10th Robert Boyle Summer School to run in Waterford and Lismore 9th -10th September 2022.

This year we are addressing the important theme: Science and 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. It is timely to examine these issues and we will consider the Boyle family, Boyle’s own interests, the relationship between science and colonialism and the part Irish people played in colonial ventures. As is our custom, we look at present issues and the future in post-colonial counties. 

I will follow this email with details of times, venues and descriptors early next week.

We have an excellent lineup of speakers including

Dr David Edwards, Dept of History, UCC: The rise of the Boyle family in Ireland, 1588-1643

Dr Colin Rynne, Dept of Archaeology, UCC: Technological change and technology transfer on the Munster estates of Richard Boyle 1st earl of Cork, c. 1602-1643

Eoin Gill, Calmast, South East Technological University: Colonialism, the case against Robert Boyle

Dr Sherra Murphy, Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dún Laoghaire: Irish science and colonialism at the Natural History Museum

Dr Rachel Hand, Cambridge Ethnographic collection: Science and colonialism seen in the NMI collection

Dr Donald Brady, Historian and former Waterford County Librarian: John Palliser’s explorations in Canada

Dr Matthew Jebb, Director National Botanic Gardens: Boyle, botany and colonialism

Dr Emma Dunne, Palaeontology. Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU): Scientific colonialism and parachute science

Dr. Gozibert Kamugisha, University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) Tanzania. Founder of Young Scientists Tanzania: Young scientists, building the future in Africa

Visit to Lismore Castle Gardens