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Maurice Bric

Professor

School Of History
Newman Building
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7168288
Email: maurice.bric@ucd.ie

Biography

Professor Maurice J Bric, MA (NUI), MA (Johns Hopkins) PhD (Johns Hopkins), MRIA

Maurice J. Bric was educated at University College Cork (B.A., M.A.) and The Johns Hopkins University, USA (M.A., PhD). In 2008, he was appointed Associate Professor of History at University College Dublin (UCD) where he had been Senior Lecturer since 2002. He has also held visiting fellowships in America. In 2001, he established the Clinton Institute for American Studies at UCD, of which he became Foundation Director. He now chairs its Board of Management.

Maurice Bric's book on The Re-Invention of America, 1760-1800 was published in May 2008 and won the Historical Research Prize for 2009. In 2005, he co-edited (with John Coakley) a collection of essays on From Political Violence to Negotiated Settlement: The Winding Path to Peace in Twentieth-Century Ireland (Dublin) and more recently (with William Mulligan), A Global History of Anti-Slavery Politics in the Nineteenth Century (June 2013).  He has published numerous articles on the histories of Ireland and the Irish Diaspora, the history and nature of popular protest in eighteenth century Ireland, the political career of Daniel O'Connell as well as on Irish emigration to America. The working titles of his current projects are The Wider Worlds of Daniel O'Connell and Ireland and Quebec: Comparisons and Contrasts, 1790-1840.

In October 2011, he was awarded a Senior Government of Ireland Fellowship to develop a major project on "Daniel O'Connell, Ireland and the Rhetoric of Empire, 1820-1845". He was also awarded a Canadian Research Fellowship to develop a Canadian aspect to this project. These projects are on-going. He was also a member of an academic network of scholars from Ireland and Quebec (2010-12) which examined the role and character of memory in colonial and post-colonial settings.

In addition to his interests in academic history, Maurice Bric maintains a close interest in public policy in Ireland. In 1998, he was asked by the Minister for Education & Science to examine the feasability of setting up a system of research councils in Ireland. His report, The Humanities and Social Sciences: A Case for a Research Council was published in 1999 and led to the establishment of the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS) in 2000 and a year later, of the Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology (IRCSET). A second report, Advancing Humanities and Social Sciences Research in Ireland, of which he was rapporteur on behalf of the Royal Irish Academy, was published in March 2007. In March 2011, he submitted his report on Foresight in the Humanities and Social Sciences which was later published by the Higher Education Authority.

He has also been a member of a number of national bodies which deal with higher education policy and research, notably the Higher Education Authority, the Irish Manuscripts Commission, and the National Archives Advisory Council. He was also Executive Secretary of the IRCHSS and later served as its Chairperson. He was elected as a member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2001 and in 2005-6, served as its vice-president.

At European level, Maurice Bric has also had a number of involvements in the European Science Foundation (ESF), including its Governing Council, and the High Council of the European University, Florence. In November 2006, the EU Commissioner for Research asked him to chair the High Level Expert Committee on the Humanities and Social Sciences for Framework Seven. He has also served on a number of evaluation panels for research related activities both inside and outside Ireland.

In UCD, Maurice Bric teaches courses in the evolution of popular protest in Ireland, and how the Americas were viewed in pre-twentieth century Europe, as well as survey courses in American history. Recently he has also developed an interest in the configuration of Empire and the Atlantic World during the later-eighteenth and early-nineteenth century.

Maurice Bric has also just completed a research theme exploring relationships between the United States and Northern Ireland over the last thirty years. This has involved three symposia at the United States Congress (29 April 2008) and two at the Clinton Institute for American Studies (September 2011 and November 2012).  The proceedings of these conferences will be published in 2014 as will a collection of essays on the history and culture of his native County Kerry.  This volume, entitled Kerry: History and Society will be published as a volume in the acclaimed county history series of Geography Publications.

Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 2000.
Title: Membership of Royal Irish Academy
       

Conference Contributions

Maurice Bric (2015) Daniel O'Connell and the development of Catholic liberalism in Europe, 1812-1840. [Invited Lecture], Daniel O'Connell and the development of Catholic liberalism in Europe, 1812-1840, Derrynane House , 28-AUG-15 - 28-AUG-15.
Maurice J Bric (2013) Opening Remarks. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], The Worlds of Daniel O'Connell, Cahersiveen and Derrynane, Co. Kerry , 06-SEP-13 - 08-SEP-13.
Maurice J Bric (2013) Daniel O'Connell and the Liberal Tradition in France. [Invited Oral Presentation], Ireland, Kerryand Europe, Dingle, Co. Kerry , 27-JUL-13 - 27-JUL-13.
Maurice J Bric (2013) Danierl O'Connell, India and the Nature of Empire. [Invited Oral Presentation], Empire, Slavery and Anti-Slavery, UCD, Dublin , 24-OCT-13 - 24-OCT-13.
maurice j bric (2013) Daniel O'Connell and the Promotion of Human Rights. [Oral Presentation], The Worlds of Daniel O'Connell, Derrynane, Co. Kerry , 06-SEP-13 - 08-SEP-13.

Committees

Committee : E.U.I
Committee : R.I.A. Working Group on Higher Education
Committee : R.I.A Working Group on the Humanities and Social Sciences
Committee : Higher Education Authority Task Forces & Various Working Groups
Committee : Council of the Royal Irish Academy
Committee : Royal Irish Academy
Committee : National Forum on Europe
Committee : Higher Education Authority
Committee : FP7 Advisory Group on the Humanities and Social Sciences
Committee : European Strategy for Research Infrastructures (ESFRI)
Committee : ESRFI: Committee on Cultural Heritage
Committee : National Archives Advisory Council
Committee : Irish Manuscripts Commission
Committee : ESF Various Committees and Task Forces
Committee : NORFACE
Committee : HERA
Committee : IBIS
Committee : Clinton Institute
Committee : Irish Research Council for the Humanities & Social Sciences (IRCHSS)
Committee : IRCHSS Various committees and task forces
Committee : Committee on Special Projects School of History and Archives
Committee : J.Y.A
Committee : Accreditation Committee HETAC
Committee : European Science Foundation (ESF) Standing Committee on the Humanities
Committee : Standing Committee on the Humanities
Committee : European University Institute High Council
Committee : E.S.F Strategy Group
Committee : E.S.F/Cost Group
 

Education

Year 1974 Institution:
Qualification: BA Subject:
Year Institution: John Hopkins Uni, Maryland
Qualification: PhD Subject:
Year Institution: John Hopkins Uni, Maryland
Qualification: MA Subject:
         

Publications

Books

Maurice J. Bric; (2008) Ireland, Philadelphia and the Re-Invention of America, 1760-1800. Dublin: Four Courts Press. Available Online [Details]

Book Chapters

maurice j. bric (2016) 'Catholicism and Empire: Ireland and Lower Canada, 1760-1830' In: margaret kelleher and michael kenneally (eds). Ireland and Quebec: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on History, Culture and Society. Dublin: Four Courts. , pp.119-132 [Details]
Maurice J Bric (2013) 'Mathew Carey, Ireland and the 'Empire for Liberty' in America' In: Cathy Matson and James Greene (eds). The Worlds of Mathew Carey. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press. [Details]
Maurice J Bric (2013) 'Ireland and the Atlantic World, 1690-1840' In: Alvin Jackson (eds). The Oxford Companion to Irish History. Oxford: Oxford University Press. , pp.462-478 [Details]
Maurice J Bric (2013) 'Debating Slavery and Empire: The United States, Britain and the World's Anti-Slavery Convention of 1840' In: Maurice J Bric and William Mulligan (eds). A Global History of Anti-Slavery Politics in the Nineteenth Century. London: Palgrave Macmillan. , pp.59-77 [Details]
Bric, M.; (2005) 'The Irish Immigrant and the Broadening of the Polity' In: Eliza H. Goulds & Peter S. Onuf (eds). Colony and Nation. Charlottesville: *. , pp.159-177 [Details]
Bric, M.; (2005) 'Daniel O'Connell and the Debate on Anti-Slavery, 1820-50' In: Tom Dunne & Laurence Geary (eds). History and the Public Sphere. Cork: Cork University Press. , pp.65-82 [Details]
Bric, M.; (2004) 'The Roots of Militant Politics in Ireland' In: M.J. Bric & John Coakley (eds). From Political Violence to Negotiated Settlement. Dublin: University College Dublin Press. , pp.1-12 [Details]
Bric, M.; (2004) 'The Invention and Reinvention of Public Protest in Ireland, 1760-1790' In: M.J. Bric & John Coakley (eds). From Political Violence to Negotiated Settlement. Dublin: University College Dublin Press. , pp.13-31 [Details]
Maurice Bric ; (2003) 'Ireland and Colonial America: the Viewer and the Viewed' In: H.B.Clarke, J.Devlin, eds (eds). European Encounters.Essays in memory of Albert Lovett. Dublin: University College Dublin Press. , pp.132-154 [Details]
Maurice Bric; (2001) 'Research policy in Ireland' In: Juri Englebrecht (eds). National Strategies of Research in Smaller European Countries. Tallinn: *. [Details]

Edited Books

Maurice J Bric and William Mulligan (Ed.). (2013) Abolition and Empire: A Global History of Anti-Slavery Politics in the Nineteenth Century. London: Palgrave Macmillan. [Details]
Maurice J Bric and John Coakley (Ed.). (2004) The Winding Path to Peace in Twentieth CEntury Ireland. Dublin: UCD Press. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

maurice j. bric (2016) 'Debating Empire and Slavery: Ireland and British India, 1820-1845'. Slavery and Abolition:A Journal of Slave and Post-Slave Studies, 37 (no.3):561-577. [Details]
Bric, M.; (2004) 'The United Irishmen, International Republicanism and the definition of the Polity in the United States of America, 1791-1800'. Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, 104C (4):81-106. [Details]
Maurice J. Bric; (2001) 'Patterns of Irish Emigration to America, 1873-1800'. Eire-Ireland, :17-35. [Details]
Maurice Bric; (1998) 'The American Society of United Irishmen'. Irish Journal of American Studies, VII . [Details]
Bric, Maurice J.; (1996) 'Ireland, America, and the Reassessment of a Special Relationship, 1760-83'. Eighteenth Century Ireland, xi :88-119. [Details]
Bric, Maurice J.; (1986) '"The Tithe System in Eighteenth-Century Ireland"'. Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, 100 (7):271-288. [Details]
   

Published Reports

Maurice Bric; (2010) Plying To Our Strengths: The Role of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and Implications for Public Policy. HEA, Dublin. [Details]
Bric, Maurice J.; (2009) Foresight in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Higher Education Authority, Dublin. [Details]
Bric, Maurice J.; (2008) Humanities and Social Sciences Infrastructures in Finland: An Assessment and Recommendations. Council of Learned Societies, for the Government of Finland, Helsinki. [Details]
                                                                         

Policy Contribution

Bric, M.; (2006) Advancing Humanities and Social Sciences Research in Ireland, Royal Irish Academy, Dublin. Policy Contribution [Details]
Bric, M.; (2006) The ESFRI Report on Cultural Heritage, Eu Comission, Brussels. Policy Contribution [Details]
Bric, M.; (2004) European Observatory for the Humanities (EROHS), Danish Research Agency, Copenhaguen. Policy Contribution [Details]
                                   

Research

Research Interests

The Atlantic World from 1760; Ireland and the British Empire, 1800-1840; Irish-America.

Research Projects

Sponsor : Irish Research Council (IRC)
Title : Abolitionism in Ulster, c. 1780-1877
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-14 / 30-SEP-16
Sponsor : Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS)
Title : Daniel O'Connell, Ireland and the Rhetoric of Empire 1820-1845
Start Date / End Date : 02-OCT-11 / 30-NOV-13
Sponsor : Clinton Institute UCD
Title : The US and Northern Ireland- A transatlantic perspective on problems and solutions 1968 - 2000
Start Date / End Date : 01-OCT-09 / 31-MAY-13
Sponsor : Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS)
Title : Empire and Nation: the Canadas and Ireland, 1820-1845
Start Date / End Date : 19-DEC-11 / 31-MAR-12

Recent Postgraduates

Gessica Cosi
John Knightly
Anthony Owens
 

Collaborators

Internal Collaborators

Clinton Institute for American Studies 15,000 (2005)