SSNCI Annual Lecture: Searching for a ‘normal Irish person': metrics and race in nineteenth-century

Society for the Study of Nineteenth-Century Ireland Annual Lecture

Tuesday 19 January, 7pm

Platform: Zoom

Speaker: Dr. Ciaran O'Neill, Trinity College Dublin

Ireland played a surprisingly central role in the evolution of physical anthropology: a field that quickly became focused on connecting racial and criminal ‘degeneracy’ under the guise of a scientific search for the ‘normal,’ ‘average’, or ‘typical’ example of any given ethnic or social group.
This exploratory paper will trace the evolution of physical anthropology in Ireland through the nineteenth century and question what the search for a ‘normal’ or ‘average’ Irish person was really about.

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NLI Reference: CLON55
NLI Reference: CLON55
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