The McNeil Center for Early American Studies and the Library Company of Philadelphia will sponsor a conference on "Ireland, America, and the Worlds of Mathew Carey” in Philadelphia, 27-29 October 2011.

Carey (1760-1839) 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 and 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 careers an economist and political advocate are inseparable from the trans-Atlantic print culture of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The main preoccupations of Carey's life and writing are among the most important issues historians of this period are addressing today: 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 organizers invite proposals for papers on aspects of Carey as a publisher, pamphleteer, polemicist and political economist, as well as contributions on the larger Irish and American cultural, political and social contexts in which he worked and lived.  Papers of approximately thirty pages in length will be pre-circulated to all conference participants.  Accepted papers will be due by 1 August 2011. Some support for participants' travel and lodging will be available.

To apply, submit a 500-word proposal and a c.v. by 1 November 2010 to or:

Mathew Carey Conference
McNeil Center for Early American Studies
3355 Woodland Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4531