The American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS), established in 1969, is the foremost learned society in the United States for the study of all aspects of the period from the later seventeenth through the early nineteenth century. Collectively, they are dedicated to the interdisciplinary, global study of the eighteenth century. This esteemed society has awarded the A. C. Elias Irish-American Research Travel Fellowship for 2024 to Janet Hammond. The Fellowship provides funding up to $2500 to support “documentary scholarship on Ireland in the period between the Treaty of Limerick (1691) and the Act of Union (1800).”
Ms. Hammond’s research is focused upon the education of children in middle and upper class families in the Atlantic basin of the eighteenth century. Specifically, how higher status people invested and socially crafted their children’s learning. She asks the question: “to what extent did British Atlantic children’s education reflect the societal and familial expectations and realities of education in the British Isles.” Her dissertation topic explores the social messages embedded in British Atlantic childhood education from the 1660s to the 1760s. In effect, Hammond’s research triangulates a comparative between Britain’s North American colonies and its Caribbean colonies upon education in Britain. The award will facilitate her access to primary source evidence in Britain and Ireland.
The Irish-American Research Fellowship was established in 1993-1994 by the late A. C. Elias, Jr. The Fellowship was renamed in 2013 to honor Elias's scholarship and contribution to the ASCES community. In his obituary, Archibald Cameron Elias Jr. (d.2008), is remembered as “prolific, relentlessly destructive of old biases, and among the most resourceful of scholars in discovering and interpreting documentary evidence... He most trusted those facts and conclusions that took him by surprise.” In other words, a quintessential scholar. Let us wish for Ms. Hammond many delightful surprises.
January 31, 2024