Dr Ciara Boylan

BA., MLIS., PhD

 

Biography

Ciara is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the UNESCO Child & Family Research Centre on the Youth Empathy & Social Values (YES) project (http://www.childandfamilyresearch.ie/cfrc/empathy/). 

Ciara holds a DPhil (Phd) and MSt in history from the University of Oxford and a BA in history and philosophy from NUI Galway. She is co-editor, with Ciara Gallagher, of Constructions of the Irish Child in the Independence Period, 1910-1940, published in 2018 as part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of Childhood series. Her book on the career of Archbishop Richard Whately, The Life and Career of Archbishop Richard Whately: Ireland, Religion and Reform, was published by Four Courts Press in 2018.   

Ciara was Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Trinity College, Dublin on the National Collection of Children's Books project during 2014 and 2015 (https://nccb.tcd.ie/about) where she undertook research on educational texts for children from 1700 to the present day. Prior to this she worked in teacher education with Hibernia College from 2007 to 2014, teaching courses including history of education and philosophy of education. She also holds a Master of Library and Information Studies from University College Dublin and worked in a number of libraries including the Royal Irish Academy Library and the National Library of Ireland.

Research Interests

19th century Irish history
History of children and childhood
Publishing for children
History of education
Philosophy of education 
Educational policy 
Social and emotional Learning






Books

  Year Publication
(2018) The life and career of Archbishop Richard Whately: Ireland, religion and reform.
Boylan, Ciara (2018) The life and career of Archbishop Richard Whately: Ireland, religion and reform. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2018) 'Introduction'
Boylan, Ciara & Gallagher, Ciara (2018) 'Introduction' In: Constructions of the Irish Child in the Independence Period, 1910-1940. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. [Details]
(2017) 'The Great Famine in Irish History Textbooks, 1900–1971'
Boylan, Ciara (2017) 'The Great Famine in Irish History Textbooks, 1900–1971' In: Children's Literature Collections: Approaches to Research. London: Palgrave Macmillan. [Details]
(2016) 'Famine'
Boylan, Ciara (2016) 'Famine' In: Princeton History of Modern Ireland. Princeton: Princeton University Press. [Details]
(2015) 'Civilising a Nation: Reflections on Elementary Education in Nineteenth-Century Ireland'
Boylan, Ciara & Boylan, Thomas (2015) 'Civilising a Nation: Reflections on Elementary Education in Nineteenth-Century Ireland' In: Culture and Society in Ireland since 1750: Essays in Honour of Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh. Dublin: Lilliput Press. [Details]
(2006) 'Victorian Ideologies of Improvement: Sir Charles Trevelyan in India and Ireland'
Boylan, Ciara (2006) 'Victorian Ideologies of Improvement: Sir Charles Trevelyan in India and Ireland' In: Ireland-India: Colonies, Culture and Empire. Dublin: Irish Academic Press. [Details]

Edited Books

  Year Publication
(2018) Constructions of the Irish Child in the Independence Period, 1910-1940.
Boylan, Ciara & Gallagher, Ciara (Ed.). (2018) Constructions of the Irish Child in the Independence Period, 1910-1940. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. [Details]
(2017) Family Histories of the Irish Revolution.
Boylan, Ciara, Buckley, Sarah-Anne & Dolan, Pat (Ed.). (2017) Family Histories of the Irish Revolution. Dublin: Four Courts Press. [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
(2009) 'Archbishop Richard Whately and the Secular Gospel of Political Economy'
Boylan, Ciara (2009) 'Archbishop Richard Whately and the Secular Gospel of Political Economy' New Voices in Irish Studies, . [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
(2018) Church of Ireland Historical Society (COIHS) conference,
Boylan, Ciara (2018) Archbishop Richard Whately (1787-1863): A Churchman in the Age of Reform. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Church of Ireland Historical Society (COIHS) conference, Dublin , 03-NOV-18. [Details]
(2015) International Research Centre for Children’s Literature Congress: Creating Childhoods,
Boylan, Ciara (2015) 'Every Irish girl should be anxious to learn this useful art’: girlhood and womanhood in educational texts for the poor. [Conference Paper], International Research Centre for Children’s Literature Congress: Creating Childhoods, University of Worcester, U.K , 08-AUG-15 - 12-AUG-15. [Details]
(2015) Irish Society for the Study of Children’s Literature: Constructing Childhoods and Texts for Children,
Boylan, Ciara (2015) “Hast thou Children? - Instruct them”: Constructions of Irish childhood in the improvement literature of Abigail Roberts (1748 – 1823). [Conference Paper], Irish Society for the Study of Children’s Literature: Constructing Childhoods and Texts for Children, dlr Lexicon, Dún Laoghaire , 10-APR-15 - 11-APR-15. [Details]
(2015) National Collection of Children’s Books Symposium,
Boylan, Ciara (2015) 'The design of the following...’: Exploring Objectives and Agendas in Educational Texts. [Conference Paper], National Collection of Children’s Books Symposium, Trinity College, Dublin , 16-APR-15 - 16-APR-15. [Details]