This is the first part of a trans-Atlantic conference on Mathew Carey (1760-1839) that will take place on two occasions. Carey made his mark in both his native Ireland and in Philadelphia as a printer and editor of influential periodicals. By the mid-1790s, he had transformed himself from printer to publisher, from artisan to manufacturer, becoming the most important American book publisher of the early national period. Carey’s identity as an Irish-American and a Catholic, and his contributions to economics and politics are inseparable from the trans-Atlantic print culture of the early national era. The main preoccupations of Carey’s life and writing are among the most important issues historians of this period are addressing today, including the development of American capitalism; religious toleration and Catholicism in the Anglophone world; the history of the book and the public sphere; arguments concerning American union, federalism, and the extent of national power; and race and ethnicity in the early American republic.
The second part of this trans-Atlantic conference will be held at Trinity College Dublin, on November 17-19, 2011. It will be hosted by the Centre for Irish-Scottish and Comparative Studies and Trinity College Dublin, and coordinated through the Trinity Long Room Hub in association with the National Library of Ireland, University College Dublin, and the University of Aberdeen. For further information please contact Johanna Archbold at: firstname.lastname@example.org