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Opening symposium of Scientific Interest Group E.I.R.E. in Paris

Hello, we are very pleased to announce the launch of our Scientific Interest Group (in French, Groupent d’Intérêt Scientifique) in Irish Studies which will include 20 French universities and 2 Irish institutions. If you re interested in having your institution join the Group, please contact Anne Goarzin (anne.goarzin@univ-rennes2.fr) or Sylvie Mikowski (sylvie.mikowski@univ-reims.fr). Please find below the programme of the opening symposium. 

Opening Symposium of
GIS E.I.R.E : Etudes Irlandaises, Réseaux et Enjeux

Democracy, Human Rights and Diasporic Strategies in Ireland :
Emerging Networks and Models

Démocratie, droits humains et stratégie diasporique en Irlande :
modèles et réseaux émergents

Friday Jan 18, 2019

Accueil et café  Salle Athéna

Salle Athéna
Meeting of GIS participants :
discussion of future research orientations and projects. Financial resources
Repas libre / Lunch break (meal not included)
Intervention de Deirdre Farrell, Deputy Head of  Mission, Irish Embassy
Discussion panel 1: Diaspora, What Diaspora ?
Panel moderators : Anne Groutel (Université Paris 1-Panthéon-Sorbonne)
Speakers :
14.30-15 - Dr. Breda Gray (University of Limerick): ‘Diaspora’ - an elusive if increasingly amplified notion: What is at stake and for whom?
15-15.30 -Prof. Liam Kennedy (University College Dublin (UCD)): Irish Diaspora Strategy in the Age of Globalisation
Participating GIS Members:
Mary Maire and Christophe Poiré (Université de Lorraine-Metz): L’Irlande dans les programmes et les manuels scolaires d’histoire du second degré en France.
16.00: Pause Café/Coffee Break
Erick Falc’her Poyroux (Ecole Polytechnique de Nantes): (project presentation):  Irish music, an Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Laurent Daniel (Université de Lorient)(project presentation): The GAA in Europe.
Julien Guillaumond (Université Clermont-Auvergne) (project presentation): Connecting with the diaspora': can France and Ireland be compared?
RECEPTION, IRISH EMBASSY IN FRANCE, in presence of Her Excellency the Ambassador Patricia O’Brien
Light refreshments
Musical interlude
(Fabrice Mourlon – vocals Scott Flanigan - piano)
Irish Embassy in France
12, Avenue Foch, Paris (métro Etoile)
Saturday Jan 19, 2019
Université Paris 3- Sorbonne Nouvelle
Maison de la Recherche
Salle du Conseil

Discussion panel 2 : Writing and Performing Human Rights in Ireland

Panel convenors : Anne Goarzin (Université Rennes 2), Eva Urban ( Sen. George Mitchell Institute, Belfast), Lisa FitzGerald (Université de Nice)

Dr Rióna Ní Fhrighil, (NUIG, lead researcher of IRC project “Republic of Conscience: Human Rights and Modern Irish Poetry” at the Moore Institute, NUI Galway).
“Writer as Righter? Irish Poetry and Human Rights”.

Dr Sarah Jane Scaife, (Assistant Professor in Drama, Trinity College Dublin
Artistic Director, Company SJ)
“Beckett in the City: Reflecting the socio-cultural revelations of the past decade in Ireland, Company SJ inserts Beckett’s writing into the social and architectural spaces of the City of Dublin”.
Discussion with participating GIS members
Eva Urban, (Sen. George  Mitchell Institute, Queen's University Belfast)  : On the role of the institute.
Lisa FitzGerald, (Université de Nice), “Environmental Justice and the Body Politic”.
Marie Mianowski, (Université Grenoble-UGA), “ Narrative 4: Sharing experiences, making narratives”

Coffee break

Discussion Panel 3: Human Rights in Practice in Ireland

Panel moderators : Marie-Violaine Louvet (Université Toulouse-Capitole) and Bairbre Ní Chiosáin (Université Toulouse-Capitole)
Speaker 1:
Mary Lawlor, (Trinity College Dublin, Director of Front Line Defenders (2001-2016))
“Human Rights in Ireland: National and Foreign Policy”;

Speaker 2:
Liam Thornton, (School of Law, University College Dublin)
“Human Rights and Asylum Seekers: On the Margins?”

Panel moderators : Marie-Violaine Louvet (Université Toulouse-Capitole) and Bairbre Ní Chiosáin (Université Toulouse-Capitol

Lunch break on site Maison de la Recherche

Discussion panel 5 : Human rights in Ireland  
Room: Salle mezzanine
Moderator: Karin Fischer (Université d'Orléans)

Speakers :
14.30-14.55: Agnès Maillot (Dublin City University): “Do they really care? Political discourses on asylum”

14.55-15.20: Nathalie Sebbane (Université Paris 3- Sorbonne Nouvelle): “We’re just Magdalene women, we don’t deserve human rights”: how national and international recommendations are being implemented.

15.20-15.45: Charlotte Barcat (Université de Nantes): The European Convention on Human Rights, the Human Rights Act and the protection of human rights in Northern Ireland: recent evolutions and future prospects in the context of Brexit

15.45: Pause Café

16.00-16.45: round table discussion with guest speakers Mary Lawlor, Liam Thornton and participating GIS members

Discussion panel 4 : The Irish Diaspora in France
Moderator: Sylvie Mikowski (Université de Reims)
Room: Salle du Conseil
14.30-15.00: Dr. Piaras McEinri (University College Cork (UCC): The Irish in Paris: still an aberrant community?

15.00-15.30: Grainne O’Keeffe-Vigneron (Université Rennes 2): Who are the Irish in France today?

Participating GIS Members:

15.30-16.00: Jérémy Filet (Université de Lorraine) : From Nepotism to integration: the settlement of an Irish diaspora in the Duchy of Lorraine (1697-1766?)
16.00: Pause Café

16.15- 16.45:
Marion Naugrette-Fournier (Université Paris 3), Cliona Ni Riordain (Université Paris 3) et Sylvie Mikowski (Université de Reims): France translating Ireland: « L’Irlande littéraire » in translation

Closing remarks : Salle du Conseil


Cocktail  Maison de la Recherche

Margins and Marginalities in ireland

13th AFIS (Association for Franco-Irish Studies) Conference

Université de Lille (France) (24-25 May, 2019)

Theme: Margins and Marginalities in Ireland and/or France

French and Irish societies have been characterised in recent times by major upheavals wrought by the threat of terrorism, the collapse of economic and social structures, mass migration, the diminished role of organised religion, the ghettoization of minorities, increased homelessness and a general distrust of institutions. As a result of all these changes, the margins are now beginning to attract more and more people who find themselves placed in disadvantaged circumstances through political upheaval, and/or economic or cultural necessity.

Living on the edge may be imposed by circumstances; it may be chosen by those who wish to identify with the marginalized; it may even be a natural home for those who reject conventions. In all cases, it is a place teeming with contradictions, where worlds are made and unmade, a locus of both opportunities and lack of opportunities. On the margins, stereotypes and norms are challenged, dependence and independence co-exist, as do rejection and mattering (Nancy Schlossberg[1]). Migration in particular fosters marginality as the clash of identities confines the migrant to a structure of ambivalence (Robert Park and Adam Weisberger[2]) that leads him to become ‘something different’. As a consequence, margins may be a crucible for the reinvention of reality, a cradle of innovation and a seed of creativity.

The margins and the condition of marginality have therefore sometimes been a source of inspiration for artists, musicians, writers, mystics and even those engaged in culinary activity. Occasionally, distancing oneself from what is perceived to be a ‘desirable’ or ‘accepted’ mode of existence can help one to see things more clearly. However, clear thinking runs the risk of discommoding the ruling classes who have a vested interest in keeping things as they are. The tension between the centre and peripheries and the interaction between them fuel the dynamics of change. But the world is racked by instability and uncertainty about the future, as climate change and political disquiet dominate international debates, but without any resolutions being implemented. Questions of ‘truth’ and ‘authenticity’ inundate a public discourse that is preoccupied with instantaneous communication, the validity of which it is impossible to gauge.

This conference seeks to address the contribution of the margins to reflections on the present situation and to the elaboration of the necessary transformations that may eventually emerge from the current confusion, an increasingly relevant topic for France and Ireland.

Certain issues that might be addressed could include the following:

- The impact of increased marginality on French and Irish societies: Are things different now than they were in the past?

- The Irish diaspora in France and its contribution to the current re-invention of French society and identity;

- The way Churches and ruling elites deal with the issues that emerge as a result of the margins becoming home to more and more groups, some disadvantaged and others who freely choose this condition;

- Food studies as an example of the cultural hybridity fostered by the development of marginalities;

- Fictions of place – making room for the margins;

- Positive and negative marginalities;

- Round tables are planned around food studies and the diaspora.

Keynote speakers:

Fr Tony Flannery, a founding member of the Association of Catholic Priests, Ireland

Dr Máirtín Mac Con Iomaire (Dublin Technological University, Cathal Brugha Street)

Dr Pilar Villar-Argáiz (University of Granada, Spain), editor of Irishness on the Margins: Minority and Dissident Identities (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)

Abstracts of about 200 words should be sent to Professor Catherine Maignant (catherine.maignant@univ-lille.fr. )  and Dr Eamon Maher (eamon.maher@it-tallaght.ie) by 31 December, 2018.

Details about registration and accommodation will be made available on the special conference website early in 2019.

[1] Nancy K. Schlossberg, "Marginality and Mattering: Key Issues in Building Community", New Directions for Student Service, N° 48, 1989, pp. 5-15.

[2] Robert Park, "Human Migration and the Marginal Man", American Journal of Sociology, vol. 33, N° 6, May 1928; Adam Weisberger, "Marginality and its Directions", Sociological Forum, vol. 7, N°3, 1992, pp. 425-446.

“Nótaí/Notes: Music and Ireland” Research Symposium

NUI Galway is delighted to announce the forthcoming research symposium "Nótaí/Notes: Music and Ireland," which will take place on Saturday, 23 September 2017 in Boston College’s Gasson Hall. This full-day symposium will gather together international scholars from a variety of academic disciplines, united in their interest in the topic of Music and Ireland. The symposium theme is tied to the forthcoming 2019 special issue of Éire-Ireland: an Interdisciplinary Journal of Irish Studies. Keynote speakers will include Dr Helen O’Shea (University of Melbourne) and Dr Méabh Ní Fhuartháin (National University of Ireland, Galway). Participants will also have an opportunity to acquaint themselves with Boston College’s extensive Irish Music Archives.

The symposium will be free and open to all interested parties. A full programme will be published in due course. For planning purposes, we invite you to register your interest in attending by 31 May 2017 with onsite coordinator Elizabeth Sweeney, Irish Music Librarian, John J. Burns Library, Boston College: elizabeth.sweeney@bc.edu. General enquiries should also be directed to the onsite coordinator.

Any other enquiries may be directed to symposium coordinators Dr Verena Commins and Dr Méabh Ní Fhuartháin, NUI Galway: meabh.nifhuarthain@nuigalway.ie

This event is cosponsored by Comhrá Ceoil, Centre for Irish Studies at NUI Galway, together with the Boston College Libraries and Boston College Center for Irish Programs, with additional funding provided by the Irish Research Council New Foundations scheme.

The 4th International Postgraduate Conference in Irish Studies 8 - 9 September 2017: Influences, Intersections, Interactions

Influences, Intersections, Interactions

The 4th International Postgraduate Conference in Irish Studies

8 - 9 September 2017

Centre for Irish Studies, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

Website: www. http://ualk.ff.cuni.cz/centre-for-irish-studies

Contact e-mail: praguepostgraduate@gmail.com


Paper proposals are invited for an international conference which aims to bring together postgraduate projects in the area of Irish Studies. Following the success of “The Politics of Irish Writing” (2009), “Boundary Crossings” (2011) and “Tradition and Modernity” (2013),  we wish to continue offering discussion space for graduate students working in Irish literature and studies. We particularly welcome those working outside the Anglophone academic environment.

The recent rise of nationalist discourse worldwide creates a need for discussion and a re-evaluation of the concepts of influence, intersection, and interaction within, as well as  between cultures. Proposals for papers are welcome on any aspect of Irish writing, society, history or politics, with special attention to the inherent permeability of culture and society, and the role of personal, historical, literary and other influences in various areas of Irish Studies.

Participants are encouraged to address the subject in a wide range of ways, which may include:

  • Literary and artistic influences in Irish writing and the arts
  • Intersections of Irish culture with external influences
  • The role of social and literary institutions as a formative space
  • Intersections of gender, class, and ethnicity.

The conference is hosted by the Centre for Irish Studies at Charles University, Prague and takes place under the aegis of the European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies (EFACIS). The event is supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ireland.

The conference is free for all participants. Basic student accommodation will be provided for international participants upon request (please notify us when sending your paper abstract). Publication options will be discussed as part of the closing session of the conference; these include a refereed collection of essays.

In order to provide more detailed feedback for each paper, the conference format will consist of 15-minute summaries followed by responses from nominated participants, who are acquainted with the full-length paper, followed by a general discussion. Participants will be asked to submit the full-length paper in advance, and may be appointed respondents to other papers. For this reason, accepted papers are expected to be in the region of 3 000 words, with a submission date of 15 June.


The closing session, co-presented by Dr Tom Walker (TCD) and Dr Ondřej Pilný (Charles University), will focus on research and publication opportunities, career building, and funding in Irish Studies.


Paper abstracts of 250 words, in either English or Irish, should be submitted to the organisers at praguepostgraduate@gmail.com by 30 January 2017. Abstracts must include the title of the paper, name and e-mail address, institutional affiliation and any AV requirements for your presentation.

Do not hesitate to contact us for any further inquiry.

Conference Committee:

Einat Adar, Galina Kiryushina, Ondřej Pilný, and Markéta Pospíšilová.

EFACIS Conference 2017: A CORUÑA

Translocation: Pathways in Irish Studies   31st Aug - 3rd Sept 2017

First Call for Papers

Whither Irish studies? Where are we and where are we going? With scholars from every continent in universities all over the world, Irish studies is a multidisciplinary field which has expanded well beyond its initial home, geographically in Irish, British and American universities, and academically, in historical and literary studies. Irish studies flourishes in academic institutions from Beijing to Buenos Aires, from Mumbai to Moscow, and in a varied and expanding range of disciplines, including politics and sociology, musical studies, film and media studies, the visual and plastic arts, and sports studies, to name but a few. Translocation, defined as the act, process, or an instance of changing location or position, seems a fitting umbrella title to embrace the multiple themes which will be under discussion at the EFACIS Conference 2017, to be held in the beautiful Galician coastal city of A Coruña. This conference aims to be a celebration of all these different pathways in the vast field of Irish Studies and to debate the present and future of the field, with academics, experts and administrators from a variety of different academic and geographical background, while attempting to showcase the wealth and breadth of research being undertaken throughout the world.

Registration is open here.

See the full CFP and bursary options here

Acting Out: The IV International Flann O'Brien Conference

Call For Papers
Acting Out: The IV International Flann O'Brien Conference
Salzburg University, 17-21 July 2017 

Keynote Speakers
Anne Fogarty (University College Dublin)
Stanley E. Gontarski (Florida State University)
Maebh Long (The University of the South Pacific)

Guest Writers & Performers (more to be announced...)
Arthur Riordan (Improbable Frequency, Slattery’s Sago Saga, The Train
The Liverpool-Irish Literary Theatre (The Glittering Gate, The Dead Spit of Kelly, Thirst)

The International Flann O’Brien Society is proud to announce Acting Out: The IV International Flann O’Brien Conference, an international conference on the theme of performance, theatricality, and illusion in Flann O’Brien’s writing, hosted by the Department of English Studies at Salzburg University, 17-21 July 2017.

        In recent years O’Brien’s writing has been foregrounded as an integral site for testing the rise of new modernist studies, as it troubles critical commonplaces about modernism itself by virtue of its ephemerality and parochial energies. Recent publications of out-of-print English and Irish-language columns, short stories, non-fiction, dramatic works for the stage, and teleplays for Raidió Teilifís Éireann have not only made O’Brien’s broader canon accessible to a new generation of scholars, but have also highlighted its importance to an understanding of modernism which ‘has grown more capacious, turning its attention to previously neglected forms’ (Rónán McDonald and Julian Murphet). 

  •         Germane to these critical projects is the recurring concern with performance, theatricality, and illusion in O’Brien’s prose, columns, plays, and TV scripts. In establishing his (highly ironised) aesthetic manifesto in At Swim-Two-Birds, the student narrator notes that ‘the novel was inferior to the play inasmuch as it lacked the outward accidents of illusion, frequently inducing the reader to be outwitted in a shabby fashion and caused to experience a real concern for the fortunes of illusory characters.’ If, as Richard Schechner claims, ‘performances mark identities, bend time, reshape and adorn the body, and tell stories’, then few writers better demonstrate this shaping influence and potential of the performative and the fake. 

            This dynamic of O’Brien’s work has become all the more visible with the marked rise of creative adaptations of his writing for the stage and beyond. Building on the precedent of pioneering O’Brien performers such as Jimmy O’Dea, David Kelly, and Eamon Morrissey, recent years have seen numerous creative engagements with O’Brien’s work for the stage (Blue Raincoat’s adaptations of O’Brien’s major novels, Arthur Riordan’s Improbable Frequency and Slattery’s Sago Saga, Ergo Phizmiz’s electronic-1920s-Vaudeville adaptation of The Third Policeman, Stephen Rea’s musical dramatic reading of same), film (Kurt Palm’s In Schwimmen-Zwei-Vögel, Park Films’ John Duffy’s Brother and The Martyr’s Crown) and the visual arts (John McCloskeys graphic novel of An Béal Bocht, David O’Kane’s stunning O’Brien artworks). As well as demonstrating the significant weight O’Brien’s writing continues to carry in the present cultural moment, these adaptations emphasise its sustained creative dimensions and dramatic energies.

            With these issues in mind, the conference aims to address the contours and concealments of performance in Flann O’Brien’s work as it relates to issues of identity, genre, pseudonymity, adaptation, and creative reception. Salzburg is the home of numerous internationally renowned and prestigious theatrical institutions and events, providing the perfect setting to this symposium, which will take place at the outset of the 2017 Salzburger Festspiele (Salzburg Music and Drama Festival).

    * * *

    The organisers invite proposals on any aspect of O’Nolan’s writing, but are especially interested in papers that explore questions of performance, theatricality, and illusion in O’Brien’s prose, columns, plays, and TV scripts, including, but not limited to:

    • Becoming Other: Masks, Pseudonyms, Role-Playing in O’Brien
    • (Mis)Leading Men: Gender Performativity in O’Brien
    • Props/Performing Objects: The life of objects / Object as metaphor
    • The outward accidents of illusion: Sartorial style, costumes, & uniforms in O’Brien
    • Transmedialisation: Music, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Illustration, Animation, Film
    • Come to your Senses: Sight, Sound, Smell, Touch, Taste in O’Brien
    • Comic & Tragic Passions: O’Brien & Genre
    • Puppets and Puppet-Masters: Agency, Post-Humanism; Author vs. The Authored
    • Creativity: Improvisation vs. learning by heart
    • Culture’s Scripts: Secular and Sacred Rituals
    • Dumb play: Playing dumb
    • O’Brien and the Theatre in Irish, European, & Modernist contexts (The Abbey, The Čapeks, Pirandello, modernist anti-theatricality, William Sayoran, etc.)
    • Creative Receptions / Adaptations of O’Brien’s work

    Abstracts and Submissions

    If you would like to propose a paper (not exceeding 20 minutes), or panel (maximum 3 speakers) please submit your title and an abstract of 250 words accompanied by a short biographical sketch to flannsalzburg2017@gmail.com or paul.fagan@sbg.ac.at by 1 February 2017


    Given the conference’s theme, the organisers also welcome alternative forms of presentation and dialogue, such as roundtables, workshops, debate motions (and debaters), performances, creative responses to Flann O’Brien’s writing, etc.


    For more details as they emerge, including social programmes and accommodation & travel details, we invite you to visit


    Organising Committee

    Sabine Coelsch-Foisner (Salzburg University)

    Paul Fagan (Salzburg University  University of Vienna)

    Dieter Fuchs (University of Vienna)

    Ruben Borg (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

CFP 'Archival Afterlives: Postwar Poetry in English', University of Manchester, 27-29 June 2017

'Archival Afterlives: Postwar Poetry in English', The John Rylands Research Institute, University of Manchester, 27-29 June 2017.

Confirmed Speakers: Lucy Collins (UCD), Stephen Enniss (University of Texas, Austin), Rachel Foss (British Library), Peter Jay (Anvil Press), Robyn Marsack (Royal Literary Fund/University of Glasgow), Deryn Rees-Jones (Pavilion Press/University of Liverpool), Michael Schmidt (Carcanet Press), David Sutton (University of Reading), Kevin Young (Emory University), 

with Poetry Readings by Elaine Feinstein and Tara Bergin.

Reflecting the strengths of the Special Collections at the John Rylands Library (University of Manchester), ‘Archival Afterlives’, the 2017 John Rylands Research Institute conference will focus on modern literary archives, and in particular on archives related to postwar poetry in English.

‘Archival Afterlives’ is intended as a forum for researchers, postgraduate students, curators, archivists, as well as poets to discuss their relationship with archival material, whether it be through creating, collecting or donating archives, or through using archival and material culture for inspiration, learning or research.

Topics for discussion will include: genetic histories of poetic texts; poetic communities and networks; poetry in translation; life writing; the publishing of poetry; the relationship of poet and editor; the materiality of poetic texts; collecting the archives of modern poetry; archives, objects with associational value and the material culture of writers and writing.

We also welcome presentations on any of the poets, translators, editors, publishers and poetic movements represented in the Library’s outstanding collection of Modern Literary Archives. These comprise the archives of poetry publishers Carcanet and Anvil, the literary journals PN Review and Critical Quarterly, as well as papers of and related to a diverse range of poets and translators. Many Irish poets are represented in the archives, and we encourage scholars of Irish poetry to submit paper proposals.

For more information about the conference, and for a detailed call for papers with submission guidelines, please visit the conference website at http://www.jrri.manchester.ac.uk/connect/events/conferences/institute-conference-2017/.

Deadline for paper and panel proposals: 15 January 2017.

Conference Steering Committee: Florence Impens (UoM), Fran Baker (UoM Library), Douglas Field (UoM), Vona Groarke (UoM), Stella Halyard (UoM Library), John McAuliffe (UoM).


2nd CALL FOR PAPERS: 'Archival Afterlives: Postwar Poetry in English', University of Manchester, 27-29 June 2017


Confirmed Speakers: Lucy Collins (UCD), Stephen Enniss (University of Texas, Austin), Rachel Foss (British Library), Peter Jay (Anvil Press), Robyn Marsack (Royal Literary Fund/University of Glasgow), Deryn Rees-Jones (Pavilion Press/University of Liverpool), Michael Schmidt (Carcanet Press), David Sutton (University of Reading), Kevin Young (New York Public Library),

with Poetry Readings by Elaine Feinstein and Tara Bergin. 

The John Rylands Research Institute invites proposals for its 2017 conference on modern literary archives. Reflecting the strengths of the Special Collections at the John Rylands Library, the conference will focus in particular on archives related to postwar poetry in English.

‘Archival Afterlives’ will provide a forum for academic researchers, postgraduate students, curators, archivists, as well as poets to discuss their relationship with archival material, whether it be through creating, collecting or donating archives, or through using archival and material culture for inspiration, learning or research. The conference also takes place as part of a wider programme of activities at the John Rylands Research Institute and Library to facilitate the study of the holdings in modern and contemporary literature.

Topics for presentation might include:

·      Genetic histories of poetic texts; the role and place of genetic criticism in literary studies; the role and place of archival material in the study of contemporary poetry;

·      Poetic communities and networks; correspondence and its role in cementing literary networks and movements; collaborations; network mapping;

·      Poetry in translation; the process of translation; the relationship between the poet and the translator;

·      Life writing; archives and biographies;

·      The publishing of poetry; journals, publishing houses, and literary magazines;

·      The relationship of poet and editor;

·      The materiality of poetic texts; creating, documenting, managing and using literary drafts, manuscripts and proofs in physical and digital form;

·      Collecting the archives of modern poetry; ‘being archived’; the relationship of poets with their archives, and the poet with the archivist; collecting policies and strategies; the global diaspora of modern literary archives;

·      Archives and life-objects.

We also welcome presentations on any of the poets, translators, editors, publishers and poetic movements represented in the Library’s outstanding collection of Modern Literary Archives. These comprise the archives of poetry publishers Carcanet and Anvil, the literary journals PN Review and Critical Quarterly, as well as papers of and related to a diverse range of poets and translators. Poets represented in the archives include Elaine Feinstein, Grevel Lindop, Elizabeth Jennings, John Heath-Stubbs, Michael Schmidt, Brian Cox, Jeff Nuttall, John Ashbery, Eavan Boland, Gillian Clarke, Carol Ann Duffy, Louise Glück, Jorie Graham, Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes, Paula Meehan, Edwin Morgan, Sinéad Morrissey, Les Murray, Dennis O’Driscoll, Sylvia Plath and many more.

Submissions from researchers at any stage of their career, as well as from curators and archivists are welcome. Due to significant interest, the deadline for paper and panel proposals has been extended to Monday, 20th February 2017.

Please visit the conference website for further information and guidelines on how to submit proposals.

Email address: jrri.conference2017@manchester.ac.uk

Conference Convenor: Florence Impens, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, John Rylands Research Institute, University of Manchester.

Steering Committee: Fran Baker (University of Manchester Library), Douglas Field (University of Manchester), Vona Groarke (University of Manchester), Stella Halkyard (University of Manchester Library), John McAuliffe (University of Manchester).

Joyce’s Fiction and the New Rise of the Novel

The X James Joyce Italian Foundation Conference in Rome

Conference Date: February 1-2-3, 2017. DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS: November 25, 2016

The James Joyce Italian Foundation invites proposals for the Tenth Annual Conference in Rome. It will be hosted by the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the Università Roma Tre, to celebrate Joyce’s 135th birthday.

Joyce famously described Ulysses as a “damned-monster novel”, a definition that could as well be applied also to his final anti-novel, Finnegans Wake. To a certain extent, it can be argued that all of his prose fiction, from the novellas of Dubliners onwards, is an attempt to stylistically and philosophically challenge the history and the tradition of realism and anti-realism in the novel in any of its multifarious forms.

Confirmed key note speaker: Finn Fordham, Royal Holloway University of London

We invite scholars to send proposals for a 20-minute contribution. The conference will be the occasion to present unpublished papers and works in progress on Joyce to an international audience.

Related topics include, but are not limited to:

- Joyce and/vs the tradition of the English novel

- Joyce and/vs the tradition of the Irish novel

- Joyce and/vs the tradition of the European novel

- Joyce and/vs the tradition of the Italian novel

- The novel as autobiography: writing the self

- Joyce and the theory of the novel

- Joyce and the end of the novel

- Joyce’s anti-novels

- Joyce and the novels of the Revival

- Joyce and history

- Joyce, genetic studies and the novel

- Joyce’s novels in translation

- Joyce between realism, surrealism and hyperrealism

- Joyce: word and world

- Joyce between fiction and the real

Selected papers will be published. Please send abstracts, 250-500 words in length, along with a short bio-sketch to joyceconference@gmail.com

The Conference includes a Joycean birthday party.

Accepted speakers will be notified by December 15, 2016.

On arrival, participants will be expected to sign up for membership of The James Joyce Italian Foundation (Students: 25 Euro; Faculty: 35 Euro; supporting members : 70 euro).

Please visit the James Joyce Italian Foundation website for information about the “Giorgio Melchiori Grants”.



Irish Modernisms: Gaps, Conjectures, Possibilities

Call for Papers
Irish Modernisms: Gaps, Conjectures, Possibilities

University ofVienna, 29 September1 October 2016

Keynote Speakers

Patricia Couglan (University College Cork)

Barry Sheils (University College Dublin)

We are proud to open a call for papers for Irish Modernisms: Gaps, Conjectures, Possibilities, an international conference dedicated to testing the borders of Irish Modernism to be hosted by the Dept. of English and American Studies, University of Vienna, 29 Sept1 Oct 2016.

        Over the course of the past two decades, the coordinates of Irish studies and modernist studies have shifted dramatically. Where once the critic may have nodded in agreement with Ezra Pound’s estimation that Joyce ‘writes as a European, not as a provincial’ and approved of Pound’s implication of an oxymoronic quality to the notion of an Irish Modernism, the ongoing historicising turn has irrevocably problematised these critical commonplaces. Significant studies re-positioning Yeats, Joyce, and Beckett’s modernist impulses in their Irish contexts have traced their sustained, if often contentious engagements with overlapping debates regarding Irish aesthetics, politics, and identities. At the same time, the previously assured binaries of Revivalist and Modernist creative modes have been profoundly complicated and disrupted. The rise of New Modernist studies, with its insistence upon a plurality of modernisms, has also refocused the critical lens to look to marginal modernisms and previously neglected genres, forms, and sites of publication or expression. Casting a critical eye across this transformed landscape, Edwina Keown and Carol Taaffe observe that if ‘the incompatability of modernism and Ireland gradually became a critical staple, juxtaposing an enlightened internationalism with an insular and conservative nationalist culture,’ recent critical work has revealed ‘not only the importance of modernism to Ireland, but also of Ireland to modernism’.

        The Cambridge Companion to Irish Modernism, published in 2014, presents an ideal occasion to take stock of this critical turn, to evaluate its past and future influence in the field and investigate it for gaps, oversights, and unfulfilled potential. Boasting contributions by leading figures in the field, the volume aims both to stabilise and push the ground upon which Irish Modernism can be conceived. A note by the editor Joe Cleary impresses that this volume ‘serves as an incisive and accessible overview of that brilliant period in which Irish artists not only helped create a distinctive national literature but also changed the face of European and Anglophone culture’. This vantage encourages us to complicate and nuance our historical view in a dual direction, noting the anti-realist experimentation of the Revivalist turn away from the modern alongside Jean-Michel Rabaté’s insistence that ‘in most recently produced histories of the concept of modernity, the return of the past is too often overlooked because the declaration of the “new’” is taken at face value.’ A vista of new critical considerations thus comes into view, incorporating Irish modernism’s roots in, and debts to, the 19th century as well as residual or belated modernisms in mid-century and (post-)Celtic Tiger Ireland; the too often marginalised importance of women’s writing to the Irish avant-garde; the interventions of Irish-language, bilingual, and diglossic modes; the exchanges and clashes of mass culture and rural modernisms.

        The conference invites critical, scholarly, and creative responses to the question of Irish Modernism as characterised in this Cambridge Companion. Rather than restating past gains, we propose to initiate a conversation that treats the field’s borders, coordinates, and key texts as fluid and open to further investigation. As we mean to foster dialogue, debate and exchange on this focused topic, in addition to the submission of papers (1520 minutes in length) and themed panels (maximum 3 speakers), the organisers particularly welcome alternative forms of presentation and dialogue, such as roundtables, workshops, debate motions (and debaters), creative responses, etc. which tackle the question of Irish Modernism and engage with the parameters of the Cambridge Companion project.


If you wish to propose a paper, panel, roundtable, workshop, debate motion (and debaters), creative response, etc. please submit a 250-word abstract, together with a short biographical note, to irishmodernismvienna@gmail.com by 1 August 2016.

For more details see

Tamara Radak (University of Vienna)

John Greaney (University College Dublin)

Paul Fagan (Salzburg University/University of Vienna)

event organisers

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