Researchers at UCD


Ian Campbell

Occasional Lecturer

School Of History & Archives
Newman Building
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 716


I am an IRCHSS postdoctoral fellow in the School of History and Archives. My current project, 'Peoples of seventeenth-century Ireland: Aristotelianism and ethnicity before race', asks how ethnic difference worked before the Enlightenment invented race. This study of early modern Irish intellectuals will expose a pre-racial ideology of ethnic difference which depended on university philosophy, professional medicine, and gentry genealogies.

I took my BA in History from Trinity College Dublin in 2001, and my MA from the University of Durham in 2004. I then spent a year at the Centre for Neo-Latin Studies at University College Cork, gaining a Diploma in Latin in 2005. I defended my PhD thesis, 'Alithinologia: John Lynch and seventeenth-century Irish political thought', supervised by Professor Jane Ohlmeyer, at TCD in 2008.

My research interests include early modern Irish and European history, and the history of political thought. I am particularly interested in the transition between traditional and modern politics in Ireland between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries, including the relationship between humanism and the Ancient Constitution; in connections between the history of race and the history of science; and in the debt modern human rights doctrines owe to natural law.


Honours and Awards

Year: 2009.
Title: IRCHSS postdoctoral fellow
Year: 2009.
Title: Research fellow
Year: 2005.
Title: Government of Ireland research scholar in the humanities and social sciences

Conference Contributions

Ian W. S. Campbell; (2010) Aristotelianism and ethnicity before the Enlightenment: a case study from seventeenth-century Ireland. [Chaired Session], Centre for Seventeenth-Century Studies Thirteenth International Conference, Durham University , 19-JUL-10 - 22-JUL-10.
Ian W. S. Campbell; (2010) Aristotelianism and ethnicity before the Enlightenment. [National Refereed Conference Paper], Forum for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Ireland, Trinity College Dublin , 26-FEB-10 - 27-FEB-10.
Ian W. S. Campbell; (2009) John Lynch, Sir John Davies, and the kingdom of Ireland in the seventeenth century: how to kill an ancient constitution. [Invited Lecture], Early modern British and Irish history seminar, Trinity College Dublin , 30-NOV-09 - 30-NOV-09.
Ian W. S. Campbell; (2009) Aristotelian ancient constitutionalism in Stuart Ireland: substance, the four causes, and politics. [Invited Lecture], Early modern British and Irish history seminar, Trinity Hall, Cambridge , 04-NOV-09 - 04-NOV-09.
Ian W. S. Campbell; (2009) John Lynch, Sir John Davies, and the kingdom of Ireland in the seventeenth century: how to kill an ancient constitution. [Invited Lecture], Mícheál Ó Cléirigh seminar, University College Dublin , 23-OCT-09 - 23-OCT-09.
Ian W. S. Campbell; (2009) Virtue in the blood? Nobility, sin, and dishonour in seventeenth-century Ireland. [International Refereed Conference], Nobility in early modern Ireland, National University of Ireland, Galway , 22-MAY-09 - 23-MAY-09.
Ian W. S. Campbell; (2009) Republican honour in seventeenth-century Ireland. [International Refereed Conference], Republican exchanges, c. 1550-c. 1850, Newcastle University , 16-JUL-09 - 18-JUL-09.
Ian W. S. Campbell; (2009) State, saint, and secretary: Richard Bellings, Augustine of Hippo, and power in the Catholic Confederation of Ireland. [International Refereed Conference], Power and history: 29th Irish conference of historians, Centre for Historical Research, University of Limerick and Mary Immaculate College , 12-JUN-09 - 14-JUN-09.


Year 2001 Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Qualification: BA (Hons.) Subject: History
Year 2004 Institution: University of Durham
Qualification: MA (With Distinction) Subject: History
Year 2005 Institution: University College Cork
Qualification: Diploma Subject: Latin
Year 2008 Institution: Trinity College Dublin
Qualification: PhD Subject: History



Outreach Activities

I curated the exhibition 'Kingship in Ireland and France' at the Centre Culturel Irlandais, 22 January - 25 February 2010. Exploiting the rich holdings of the Old Library of the Irish College (which now houses the Centre), this exhibition of rare sixteenth and seventeenth century books sought to explain the international cultural movement of Renaissance humanism to the public, and in particular to emphasize that Irish and French intellectuals were grappling with the same problems of kingship and confessional conflict in the early modern period. 



Book Chapters

Ian W. S. Campbell; (2011) 'Power after Machiavelli: Richard Bellings, reason of state, and Jansenism in seventeenth-century Ireland' In: Anthony McElligott et al (eds). Power and history from medieval Ireland to the post-modern world, Historical Studies XXVII. Cork: Irish Academic Press. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Ian W. S. Campbell; (2012) 'Truth and calumny in Baroque Rome: Richard O'Ferrall and the Commentarius Rinuccinianus, 1648-1667'. Irish Historical Studies, (150). [Details]
Ian W. S. Campbell; (2010) 'John Lynch and Renaissance humanism in Stuart Ireland: Catholic intellectuals, Protestant noblemen, and the Irish respublica'. Eire-Ireland, . [Details]
Ian W. S. Campbell; (2010) 'Aristotelian ancient constitution and anti-Aristotelian sovereignty theory in Stuart Ireland'. Historical Journal, 53 (3):573-591. [Details]
Ian W. S. Campbell and Nienke Tjoelker; (2008) 'Transcription and translation of London version of Richard O'Ferrall's report to Propaganda Fide (1658)'. Archivium Hibernicum, 61 :7-61. [Details]
Ian W. S. Campbell; (2007) 'The role of John Fisher's memory and Philip Melanchthon's hermeneutics in the household of Bishop Stephen Gardiner'. Recusant History, 28 (3):365-377. [Details]



External Collaborators

Ms Nienke Tjoelker, of the Centre for Neo-Latin Studies at UCC, and I have collaborated on a parallel-text translation of Richard O'Ferrall's Latin report to the committee of cardinals known as Propaganda Fide in 1658, which argued that those Catholics of English descent should be excluded from positions of power in the Irish Catholic church, and that the Stuart kings of Ireland had forfeited their right to the kingdom by their Protestantism. Ms Tjoelker is currently completing her PhD thesis, a parallel-text edition of John Lynch's Alithinologia (1664), which responded to O'Ferrall's radical arguments.