The Land Agent in transnational context: an interdisciplinary workshop

The Land Agent in transnational context: an interdisciplinary workshop

University of Dundee, Dalhousie Building, 2F13

Saturday 24 October, 10am – 4pm

 Call for Papers

This workshop is being organised by the European Forum for the Study of Country Houses and Landed Estates, led by its partners the Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses and Estates, National University of Ireland Maynooth, the Institute for Welsh Estates at University of Bangor and the Centre for Scotland’s Land Futures at University of Dundee and University of Stirling, and incorporating the Yorkshire Country House Partnership and the Thames Valley Country House Partnership.

We are hosting an international and interdisciplinary workshop to explore the latest research on the role, perceptions, and activities of the land agent, or estate factor in the British and Irish context, c. 1700 – the present.

We would be interested to receive paper proposals on the following broad themes, although warmly welcome other viewpoints and perspectives:

  • The land agent in the making: training, career paths, apprenticeships, backgrounds.
  • The transnational land agent: managing land in the four nations and beyond, particularly the colonial context.
  • Challenges to the land agents: agricultural agitation, political upheaval, agrarian violence and state landownership.
  • The land agent and the ‘decline and fall’ of the landed classes.
  • Controversy and the land agent: managing catastrophe – famine, clearance.
  • The modern land agent and agencies.
  • The dissemination of knowledge in a transnational context: publications, networks and travel.
  • The land agent in fiction, poetry & drama.
  • Social memory and the land agent across Britain and Ireland: the comparative context?
  • The land agent and landscape change – motives, methods and results?
  • Supporting the land agent: the role of other estate officials such as bailiffs, stewards, ground officer, farm managers etc

As the emphasis on the day will be on discussion, we ask for short, agenda-setting discussion papers (10-15 mins max.), to help us map out future research directions and collaborations. The organising team also envisage a publication from the workshop, for those participants who would like to publish on this topic.

If you would like to give a paper, or to attend, please register with Dr Annie Tindley (University of Dundee) at: or 01382 384516

If proposing a paper, please include a title and brief description of the content.


Dr Annie Tindley, University of Dundee

Dr Lowri Ann Rees, University of Bangor

Dr Ciaran Reilly, National University of Ireland, Maynooth