International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures 2022

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The International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures 2022 (IASIL) kicks off this week at the University of Limerick, Ireland in running all week from 25th-29th July 2022.

This year’s conference theme is Intersectional Ireland.

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International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures 2022

IASIL schedule July 25th to 29th 2022

Monday, July 25th

9:30-2:30: IASIL PhD Forum

Room: KBG-10 (KBS – Kemmy Business School, Ground Floor)

12:00: IASIL Executive Meeting

Room: KBG-15 (KBS – Kemmy Business School, Ground Floor)

1:00: Registration opens

KBS – Kemmy Business School, Foyer

3:15-4:30: Early Career Researcher Event: What Now? Managing Expectations and Career Options for Early Career Researchers

Room: KBG-11, KBS (Kemmy Business School)

Dr Donna Alexander (University College Cork)

Dr Michael Kelly (University of Limerick)

Dr Margaret O’Neill (National University of Ireland, Galway)

Dr Arjumand Younus (Technological University Dublin)

Chaired by Dr Tracy McAvinue (University of Limerick)

5:00: IASIL 2022 Launch and Opening Keynote

Glucksman Library

5:30: Keynote address: Professor Patricia Palmer (Maynooth University)

Popular Reading Room, Ground Floor, Glucksman Library

We Need to Think about Early Modern Ireland

Chair: Dr Tina O’Toole

6:30: Welcome Reception:

Popular Reading Room, Ground Floor, Glucksman Library

7:00-8:00: Readings: Celia de Fréine, Louis de Paor, and Ciara Ní É 

Popular Reading Room, Ground Floor, Glucksman Library


Monday, July 25th
Time Event Location
9:30 IASIL PhD Forum KBS (Kemmy Business School)
12:00 IASIL Executive Meeting KBS
1:00 Registration Opens KBS
3:15 ECR event KBS
5:00 IASIL Launch Glucksman Library
5:30 Keynote address: Professor Patricia Palmer Glucksman Library
6:30 Welcome Reception Glucksman Library
7:00 Readings Glucksman Library


Tuesday, July 26th

9:00-10:15: Panel Sessions 1

Room: KBG-10

Irish Traveller Writing

Chair: Dr Christina Morin

Nathalie Lamprecht  Charles University, Czech Republic)

Writing “me” into History: Irish Women’s Life Writing and Representations of Irishness 

Elisa Shaholli (University of Connecticut, USA)

Politics, Plays, and Power: Alina Serban and Rosaleen McDonagh’s Use of Embodied Experience as Empowerment for Roma and Traveller Women

Dr Beatriz Kopschitz Bastos (Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil)

Physical Disability in Irish Theatre: Translation and Performance in Brazil


Room: KBG-11

Black Irish Representations

Chair: Professor Tom Moylan

Dr Aileen Ruane (Université Concordia, Canada)

Translating Felispeaks in Québec: Intersectionality in Translation through Collaboration

Dr Christa de Brún (Waterford Institute of Technology)

Strange Flowers, Unblemished Whiteness and the Pain of Difference

Victor Pacheco (Universidade de São Paulo & University of Limerick)

Shy Abjection: A Reading of Emma Donoghue’s Short Story “The Welcome”


Room: KBG-13

Anticolonial Movements

Chair: Dr Chris Cusack

Dr Edward Molloy (University College Cork)

Historicism and Discourses of Right in Nineteenth Century Irish Nationalism

Professor Pawan Kumar (University of Delhi, India).

Reverberations of the Indian Independence Movement in Ireland: Creative and Political Responses of W. B. Yeats and Maud Gonne to the Colonial Occupation of India 


Room: KBG-14

Austerity and Irish Women’s Writing and Culture, 1980-2022 

Chairs: Dr Deirdre Flynn & Dr Ciara L. Murphy

Dr Deirdre Flynn (Mary Immaculate College, Limerick) & Dr Ciara L. Murphy (NUI Galway)

Irish Women’s Writing and Culture under the Shadow of Austerity

Dr Justine Nakase (Portland State University, USA)

Austerity and the Precarity of Whiteness

Ms. Sandrine Uwase Ndahiro (University of Limerick)

Black Irish Culture


Room: KBG-15

“Civilising” Process

Chair: Dr Sorcha de Brún

Dr Pilar Villar-Argáiz (University of Granada, Spain)

“In Search of a Nation and a Language”: Revivalist Inclinations in the Poetry of Eavan Boland

Dr Eóin Flannery (Mary Immaculate College, Limerick)

“When Species Meet”: Scale and Form in the Poetry of Ciaran Berry and Moya Cannon

Professor Andrew Fitzsimons (Gakushuin University, Tokyo)

“Barbarism Begins at Home”: Derek Mahon’s The Snow Party and Bashō


10:15-10:30: Tea/Coffee

KBS Ground Floor


10:30-11:45: Roundtable Sessions:

Room: KBG-10

Exploiting Intersectionality: Irish Women Writers in London, 1880-1940.

Curated by Dr Whitney Standlee (University of Worcester), chaired by Dr Caoilfhionn Ní Bheacháin (University of Limerick)

Room: KBG-11

Writing While Trans: Refractions, Reflections, Representations.

Curated by El Reid Buckley (University of Limerick) and chaired by Raevynna El Messaoudi (Trans Community Limerick)

11:45-1:00: Keynote address: Dr Zélie Asava

Room: KBG-12

Multiraciality, Intersectionality and Homophily in Irish Screen Narratives

Chair: Ms Sandrine Uwase Ndahiro (University of Limerick)

1:00-2:00: Lunch

KBS Ground Floor

1:20-2:00 Lunchtime Sessions: Book Launches

Mary Burke, The Horse of Selene by Juanita Casey, Tramp Press.

Room: Popular Reading Room, Ground Floor, Glucksman Library.

Cormac O’Brien. Masculinities and Manhood in Contemporary Irish Drama: Acting the ManPalgrave Macmillan, 2021.

Room: KBG-13

2:00-3:00: Readings: Dr Emily Cullen (Meskell UL-Fifty Poet in Residence) and Dr Rosaleen McDonagh

Chair: Professor Michael Griffin (University of Limerick)

Room: Popular Reading Room, Ground Floor, Glucksman Library.

3:00-3:15: Tea/Coffee

(KBS Ground Floor)

3:15-4:30: Panel Sessions 2

Room: KBG-13

Traveller Representations

Chair: Mx. El Reid-Buckley

Professor Mary Burke (University of Connecticut, USA)

The 2022 Reissue of Traveller-Romany novelist Juanita Casey’s The Horse of Selene (1971)

Varade, Kristina (Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York)

Narrating Resilience, Nurturing Respect: Contemporary Irish Traveller Writing

Professor José Lanters (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA)

“Who Wouldn’t Be a Tinker?” Donagh MacDonagh’s God’s Gentry at the Gate Theatre


Room: KBG-14

Spaces of Resistance: A Century of Irish Women Poets 

Chair: Professor Anne Fogarty

Professor Lucy Collins (University College Dublin)

Lola Ridge and the Spaces of Radical Resistance

Dr Adam Hanna (University College Cork)

Rhoda Coghill’s Birds

Professor Lucy McDiarmid (Montclair State University, USA)

Remapping the Globe in poems by Paula Cunningham, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, and Nithy Kasa


Room: KBG-11


Chair: Ms. Lauren Cassidy

Dr Emma Radley (University College Dublin)

Ecological Dead Zones: The Forest in Contemporary Irish Gothic and Horror Film

Professor Naoko Toraiwa (Meiji University, Tokyo)

“If it’s life that controls the geological machinery of the planet”: Sinead Morrissey’s Poems from a Perspective of Posthuman- Ecocriticism


Room: KBG-15

Literary Publics

Chair: Ms. Colleen Ballard

Maria Butler (University College Cork)

The Anatomy of a Female Brand: Marian Keyes the Brand Managed Author 

Klára Hutková (Charles University, Prague)

Female flânerie in Maeve Brennan’s “Talk of the Town” Columns

Phyllis Boumans (University of Leuven, Belgium)

Promoting the Short Story: David Marcus and Irish Writing


4:30-5:45: Panel Sessions 3

Room: KBG-13

From the Carribean to Conamara: Irish language Narratives of Power, Gender and Place

Ón Chairib go Conamara: Ceisteanna cumhachta agus inscne i litríocht nua-aimseartha na Gaeilge 

Chair: Dubháin O’Longáin

An Dr Síle Ní Choincheannain (Coláiste Mhuire Gan Smál, Durlas)

Beirt bhan eisceachtúla: Lucinda Sly agus Goody Glover

An Dr Laoise Ni Cheallaigh (Coláiste Mhuire gan Smál)(Mary Immaculate College, Limerick)

Lámh Láidir na hIdirchultúrthachta: Gnéithe den idirchultúrthacht iarchoilíneach in úrscéal Joe Steve Uí Neachtain

An Dr Laoighseach Ní Choistealbha (Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh) (National University of Ireland, Galway)

An Ré Antrapaicéineach agus Tírdhreach an Choilíneachais in Na Móinteacha le Pól Ó Muirí


Room: KBG-11

Racialised Narratives

Chair: Dr Dearbhaile Houston

Sean Aldrich O’Rourke (University of Limerick)

Reality Creation and its Victims in J.  S. Le Fanu’s Late Fiction

Katherine M. Huber (University of Oregon)

Representing Afro-Irish Self-Determination: Filmic and Literary Strategies in Nicky Gogan and Paul Rowley’s Seaview and Melatu Uche Okorie’s This Hostel Life 


Room: KBG-14

Home Truths

Chair: Dr Tracy McAvinue

Dr Aurora Piñeiro (National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico)

Reading the Map of Motherhood: The Language of Cartography in Anne Enright’s Actress

Danielle O’Sullivan

The Representation of Unhealthy Relationships in Contemporary Irish Fiction 

Professor Claire Lynch (Brunel University)

‘But what if it was one of ours?’ The Trouble with Daughters in Contemporary Irish Fiction 


7:00 Wine reception and launch of The Holy Show arts magazine 

Belltable Theatre, 69 O’Connell St, Limerick city centre


8:00 The Alphabet of Birds

Belltable Theatre, 69 O’Connell St, Limerick city centre



Tuesday, July 26th
Time Event Location
9:00 Panel Sessions 1 KBS
10:15 Tea/Coffee KBS
10:30 Roundtable Sessions KBS
11:45 Keynote address: Dr Zélie Asava KBS
1:00 Lunch KBS
1.20 Book Launches KBS/Glucksman Library
2:00 Readings: Dr Emily Cullen and

Dr Rosaleen McDonagh

Glucksman Library
3:00 Tea/Coffee KBS
3:15 Panel Sessions 2 KBS
4:30 Panel Sessions 3 KBS
7.00 The Holy Show Arts Magazine Launch and Wine Reception Belltable
8:00 The Alphabet of Birds Belltable



Wednesday, July 27th

9:00-10:15: Panel Sessions 4

Room: KBG-13

Deactivation and Dissensus

Chair: Dr Barry Houlihan

Wit Pietrzak

“Do not let the olive branch fall from my hand”: States of exception and promise of forgiveness in Colum McCann’s Apeirogon

Dr Alan Graham (Independent scholar)

“Repeat Play”: Repetition and Truth-telling in Beckett, Friel and Irish Monologic theatre 

Dr Clare Wallace (Charles University Prague, Czech Republic)

Ecologies of Struggle: Dissensual Speech in Recent Irish Theatre


Room: KBG-14

Gender, Class and Migration: Tracking Irishness in the British Library 19th Century Corpus. 

Chair: Professor Gerardine Meaney (University College Dublin)

Professor Gerardine Meaney (University College Dublin)

Lauren Cassidy (University College Dublin)

Karen Wade (University College Dublin)

Briony Wickes (University College Dublin)


Room: KBG-10


Chair: Dr Aileen Ruane

Professor Marisol Morales-Ladrón (University of Alcalá, Spain)

Embodying Nora Barnacle, Inhabiting Her Life: Nuala O’Connor’s Biographical Novel Nora

Jonathan Sanford (University of Texas, USA)

New Connections: Zora Neale Hurston on James Joyce


Room: KBG-11

Intersectional Yeats

Chair: Dr Adam Hanna

Dr Alla Kononova (University of Tyumen, Russia)

We’ve worked hard coding reality”: The Irelands of Nikolay Gumilyov and Philip McDonagh

Professor Youngmin Kim (Dongguk University/Hangzhou Normal University)

Coupling Yeats and Heaney: Irish Cross-Cultural Nationalism


Room: KBG-15

Stage Irish

Chair: Dr Síle de Cléir

Professor Michał Lachman (University of Lodz, Poland)

David Ireland’s Ulster American: Decomposing Irish Identity

Nemo Gorecki (Université de Lille SHS CECILLE, France)

Queering the Gaeltacht, a Trans-reading of The Roads by Padraic Pearse

Dr David Clare (Mary Immaculate College, Limerick)

Otherness in Ursula Rani Sarma’s Blue


10:15-10:30: Tea/Coffee

KBS Ground Floor

10:30-11:45: Roundtable Sessions:


Room: KBG-13

Multilingual Irish Studies.

Curated by Dr Sorcha DeBrun (University of Limerick), chaired by Prof Tadhg Ó hIfearnáin (NUI Galway)

Room: KBG-14

The Diversity of Irishness: Exploring the Importance of Other Voices in Irish Society.

Curated and chaired by Ms Sandrine Ndahiro (University of Limerick)

Room: KBG-15

Utopian Studies: Contemporary Irish-based Research.

Curated and chaired by Dr Michael Kelly (University of Limerick)


11:45-1:00: Panel Sessions 5

Room: KBG-13

Intersectional Fiction

Chair: Dr Tina O’Toole

Dr Doug Battersby (Stanford University / University of Bristol)

Eimear McBride’s Bodily Forms

Dr Melania Terrazas (University of La Rioja, Spain)

Class, Gender, and Sexual Oppression: Intersectionality in Emer Martin’s The Cruelty Men

Dr Kate Costello-Sullivan (Le Moyne College, New York)

“I still consider myself a lucky person”: Intersectionality and Entitlement in The Wych Elm and Bad Day in Blackrock


Room: KBG-10

Gendered Spaces 

Chair: Professor Patricia Coughlan

Dr Dearbhaile Houston (Trinity College Dublin)

The University in Contemporary Irish Women’s Writing: Nicole Flattery’s “Abortion, A Love Story”

Katie Barnes (University of Salford, Manchester)

“Mothers are more than bodies”: Ireland’s Relationship with Motherhood in Claire Lynch’s Small: On motherhoods (2021).

Dr Tracy McAvinue (University of Limerick)

 “Torn Down like Houses”: Woman as Home, Home as Woman in Mary Lavin’s Mary O’Grady. 


Room: KBG-15

Communal Obligations 

Chair: Professor Andrew Fitzsimons

Dr Michelle Miles (Kennesaw State University, USA)

“Where the flaps don’t meet the knots undone”: Gail McConnell and the Erotics of Elegy 

Dr Scott McKendry (Trinity College Dublin)

Form and ‘Troubled’ Performativity in the Poetry of Padraic Fiacc and Gail McConnell 

Dr Ailbhe McDaid (University College Cork)

Beyond the “missionary approach”: New Voices in Irish Poetry


Room: KBG-11

Class Action

Chair: Dr Jack Fennell

Ciara McAllister (Queen’s University Belfast)

“Your Very Presence is Sacrilege”: Gender, Class and the Politics of Place in Brian Friel’s Freedom of the City

Clodagh Heffernan (University College Cork)

Reading the Dialectics of Class in Paula Meehan’s “The Exact Moment I Became a Poet”

Dr Clara Mallon (NUI Galway) and Dr Salomé Paul (Trinity College Dublin)

Tracing Gendered and Classed Others on Irish Stages


Room: KBG-14

Questioning Irish Representation 

Chair: Dr Deirdre Flynn

Luke Malone (Dundalk Institute of Technology)

Feminising the Archetype: Women in Cartoon Saloon’s Irish Folklore Trilogy

Alexandria Machado (Bridgewater State University)

Negotiating Identity: Class Anxiety and Sexual Desire in Sally Rooney’s Normal People

Dr Ketlyn Mara Rosa (Trinity College Dublin) 

The Body, Senses and ViolenceBloody Sunday and Chaos in Derry


1:00-1:45: Light Lunch

KBS Ground Floor

1:20-1:45: Presentation: Sharon Slater on the Women of Limerick app

Room: KBG-13

2:00: City & County Tours / On-Campus Events:


9:00: Spoken Word and Traditional Music evening with poets Sarah Clancy, Eoin Devereux, Felispeaks, and Dubhán Ó Longáin

(Dolan’s Upstairs, Dock Road, Limerick city centre)

Wednesday, July 27th
Time Event Location
9:00 Panel Sessions 4 KBS
10:15 Tea/Coffee KBS
10:30 Roundtable Sessions KBS
11:45 Panel Sessions 5 KBS
1:00 Light Lunch KBS
1:20 Sharon Slater – Women of Limerick KBS
2:00 Tours / On-Campus Events Various Locations
9:00 Spoken Word Event Dolan’s Upstairs


Thursday, July 28th

9:00-10:15: Panel Sessions 6

Room: KBG-13


Chair: Professor Naoko Toraiwa

Dr Fuyuji Tanigawa (Konan Women’s University, Japan)

Seamus Heaney and Senryu: An Anecdote on a Transnational Meeting

Dr Michael McAteer (Pázmány University, Budapest)

Moore’s Irish Melodies in Hungarian Verse: Sándor Petőfi’s Translation of ‘Oh! Blame not the Bard!

Professor Ondřej Pilný (Charles University, Prague)

Irish Fiction in Czech: A Case Study


Room: KBG-10

Blue and Green Humanities

Chair: Esther Borges

Dr Ellen Howley (Dublin City University)

“Snared in a mode of seeing”: Refracting the Past and Present through the Sea in Caitríona O’Reilly’s The Sea Cabinet

Charlotte Buckley (Trinity College Dublin)

Curing the Outdoors: An Ecofeminist Reading of Contemporary Irish Women’s Poetry 

Dr Jessica Bundschuh (University of Stuttgart, Germany)

The Ecological Border Textures of Maurice Riordan’s Prose Poem Sequence “The Idylls” 


Room: KBG-14

Intersectional Regions: The Transatlantic Reception of Irish Local Colour Writers 
Chair: Professor Laura Izarra

Professor Marguérite Corporaal, Radboud University, The Netherlands

“One emigrant more”: The Transatlantic Reception of Jane Barlow’s and Katharine Tynan’s Regional Irelands.
Dr Chris Cusack, Radboud University, The Netherlands

“The Present-Day Prince of Irish Storytellers”: Seumas MacManus’s American Market and the Construction of Irishness

Dr Giulia Bruna, Radboud University, The Netherlands

Ulster and New England Village Heroines: Reviewing the Stories of Erminda Rentoul Esler and Mary E. Wilkins Freeman


Room: KBG-11

Art as Therapy 

Chair: Dr Kate Antosik-Parsons

Holly May Walker-Dunseith (University College Cork)

The Healer in the Tower: Biddy Early and Discourses of Healing in the Work of W. B. Yeats and Lady Augusta Gregory

Alba de Juan Lopez (University of Oviedo)

Animals as Architects of Reality: The Itineraries of Illness in Leanne O’Sullivan A Quarter of an Hour 

Dr Lauren McNamara (Mary Immaculate College, Limerick)

What I (Don’t) Know About Autism and How Ireland Treats Difference 


Room: KBG-15

The Poetics of Space

Chair: Professor Tom Walker

Ellen Orchard (Trinity College Dublin)

head of curls’: Austin Clarke and Paula Meehan’s Elegies for Children 

Dr Tapasya Narang

Play and Irony in Derek Mahon’s Works

Dr Britta Olinder (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)

Sinéad Morrissey: Traveller in History and Geography


10:15-10:30: Tea/Coffee

KBS Ground Floor


10:30-11:45: Panel Sessions 7

Room: KBG-10

Translational Studies

Chair: Victor Da Cruz Pacheco

Margaret Brehony (National University of Ireland, Galway)

Intersections of Gender, Race, and Irish Genealogies of Slavery in Colonial Cuba

Dr M. Teresa Caneda-Cabrera (University of Vigo, Spain)

Intersectional Vulnerabilities and Reciprocal Resistances: Dialectical Itineraries of Irishness across the Atlantic 

Professor Maria Rita Drumond Viana (Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto, Brazil)

How does one know what spring is like? Translating Sinéad Gleeson’s Travel Writing


Room: KBG-13

Dramatic Situation

Chair: Dr Graham Price

Dr Emer McHugh (NUI Galway)

Shakespeare and Ireland: Positions and Locations

Dr Alexander Coupe (University of Liverpool)

Sticking Power: Arts Funding and the Agency of Applied Theatre in Northern Ireland

Dr Barry Houlihan (NUI Galway)

Bronze Sabrinas and Caribbean Céilís: The Pike Theatre and Staging Intercultural Ireland


Room: KBG-14


Chair: Caylum O’Neill

Dr Emer Lyons (University of Otago, Dunedin, NZ)

The Straight Fellow: Code-Switching in Brendan Behan’s The Quare Fellow

Yulia Pushkarevskaya Naughton (Qatar University)

Cultural ‘Intruders’ in Contemporary Irish and European Narratives of Exile

Iria Seijas-Pérez (University of Vigo, Spain)

Growing up Queer and Muslim in Ireland: The Young Adult Fiction of Adiba Jaigirdar


Room: KBG-15

Reshaping Reality

Chair: Professor Claire Lynch

Dr Jack Quin (University of Birmingham)

Eva Gore-Booth and Sculptural Form

Dr Moonyoung Hong (University of Hong Kong))

“Sexual Styles” of Wilde, Joyce and Enright: Desire and Irish Theatre-Fiction

Professor Katharina Rennhak (University of Wuppertal)

Intersectionality and Narrative Structures of Trust in Austerity Fiction


11:45-1:00: Keynote address: Professor Rióna Ní Fhrighil

Room: KBG-12

Writing Wrongs: Human Rights and Modern Poetry in Irish

Chair: Dr Sorcha De Brún (University of Limerick)


1:00-1:45: Lunch

KBS Ground Floor

1:00-1:45 Lunchtime Theatre

David Clare Productions presents The House, written by Anne Devlin, starring Robyn O’Riordan, and West, written by Ursula Rani Sarma, starring James Corr.

Room: KBG-12


1:45-3:00: Panel Session 8

Room: KBG-13

Performance Activism

Chair: Mx. El Reid-Buckley

Orlaith Darling (Trinity College Dublin)

“Town’s Dead”: Intersectional Approaches to Contemporary Irish Music and the City 

Helena Young (University College Dublin)

Intersectional Ireland in Brokentalkers 

Dr Kate Antosik-Parsons (Trinity College Dublin)

The Embodied Encounters of Amanda Coogan’s They Come Then, The Birds


Room : KBG-14

Fiction / Autofiction / Non-Fiction

Chair: Professor Gisela Holfter

Thomas Korthals, (University of Applied Sciences Hamm-Lippstadt, Germany)

“I love the desert […]. But I also love its opposite: Ireland”: The Irish Journal of Ralph Giordano

Liam Harrison (University of Birmingham)

Insistent Styles in Contemporary Irish Non-Fiction


Room: KBG-10

Contested Spaces

Chair: Professor Emilie Pine

Dr Tara Giddens (University of Limerick)

Representation of Spaces in Charlotte O’Conor Eccles’ Novel, The Matrimonial Lottery (1906)

Loic Wright (University College Dublin)

Rural and Urban Masculinities, the Failed Bildungsroman, and the Nation in Mary Lavin’s The House in Clewe Street (1945)


Room: KBG-11

Archives, Collections, Anthologies

Chair: Dr Ken Bergin

Dr Iva Yates (University of Limerick)

“New-World Democracy”: Expansionism in Folklore Collecting, the Cases of Ireland and Puerto Rico 

Dr Alex Alonso (University of Huddersfield)

Poetic Intersections: Looking for Women in the BBC Archives


3:00-3:15: Tea/coffee

KBS Ground Floor

3:15-4:30: Panel Sessions 9 / Roundtable Sessions:

Roundtable Sessions:

Room No: KBG-13

Irish-German Studies Today: Challenges and Chances.

Curated and chaired by Professor Gisela Holfter (University of Limerick)

Room No: KBG-14

Teaching and Learning Creative Writing in Higher Education Contexts.

Curated and chaired by Dr Lia Mills


Panel Sessions 9:

Room: KBG-15

Intersectional Joyce

Chair: Professor Ondrej Pilny

Professor Peter Kuch (University of Otago, New Zealand)

Bloom’s Dilemmas: Ulysses as a Modern/Postmodern “novel of adultery”

Cody Sanders (University College Dublin)

“Sirens” in Ulysses: A Fugue or Sonata

Professor Leszek Drong (University of Silesia, Poland)

Under Foreign Eyes? James Joyce’s Journalistic (Re)discovery of the West of Ireland


4:30-5:45: Panel Sessions 10

Room: KBG-13

Border Crossings

Chair: Professor Gerardine Meaney

Dr Yi-ling Yang (National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan)

Intersectional Space: Silenced Border in Eoin McNamee’s Resurrection Man and Claire McGowan’s The Silent Dead

Marie Gemrichova (Charles University, Prague)

Boundaries and Border Crossing in Nick Laird’s Utterly Monkey 

Dr Anna Teekell (Christopher Newport University, USA)

Irish Border Travelogues: Walking the Intersection


Room: KBG-14

Poetry and Politics

Chair: tbc

Professor Dhananjay Singh (Jawaharlal Nehru University, India)

Colonialism, Violence and the Poetic Responsibility: The Politico-Aesthetic Third Space in Seamus Heaney’s Poetry 

Danny Shanahan (University of Cambridge)

Spectres of the Gulag: Soviet Bloc Dissident Poetics and Seamus Heaney’s Representation of Political Imprisonment

Dr Stephen O’Neill (Trinity College Dublin)

what a bloody environment for a man of imagination”: Irish Writing and the Special Powers Act (1922)


Room: KBG-11

Carceral Narratives

Chair: Professor José Lanters

Michelle Andressa Alvarenga de Souza (University of São Paulo, Brazil)

A Dreadful Reckoning: Colonial, Racial and Gender Violence in Martin McDonagh’s A Very Very Very Dark Matter

Molly Hennigan (University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA)

Contextualizing Personal Narratives of Incarceration: Hanna Greally’s Bird’s Nest Soup

Dr Maureen S. G. Hawkins (University of Lethbridge, Canada)

The Sense of No Ending in The Hostage and The Island 


Room: KBG-15

Framing the West

Chair: Professor Michael J. Griffin

Theo Campbell  (Villanova University, USA)

“Customs Handed Down to Us”: Empire and Vulnerability in Glimpses of my Life in Aran 

Marine Galiné (University of Reims Champagne Ardenne, France)

The Bog in Lee Cronin’s The Hole in the Ground (2019): Liminality, Motherhood and Abjection 

Justine Zapin (University College Dublin)

“In the Wasteland” or Galway Bay, 3000 A.D.: Space, Place, and Identity in Bernard Shaw’s Tragedy of an Elderly Gentleman


 8:00: Readings from UL Writers: Helena Close, William Keohane, Sheila Killian, Lia Mills, Lauren Preston, and Donal Ryan

(King John’s Castle, Nicholas Street, Limerick city centre)

Thursday, July 27th
Time Event Location
9:00 Panel Sessions 6 KBS
10:15 Tea/Coffee KBS
10:30 Panel Sessions 7 KBS
11:45 Keynote address: Professor Rióna Ní Fhrighil KBS
1:00 Lunch / David Clare Theatrical Productions KBS
1:45 Panel Sessions 8 KBS
3:00 Tea/Coffee KBS
3:15 Panel Sessions 9/ Roundtable Sessions KBS
4:30 Panel Sessions 10 KBS
8:00 Readings from UL Writers: Helena Close, William Keohane, Sheila Killian, Lia Mills, Lauren Preston, and Donal Ryan

MC: James Lawlor, Narrative4

King John’s Castle, Limerick


Friday, July 29th

9:00-10:15: Panel Sessions 11

Room: KBG-13


Chair: Dr Caoilfhionn Ní Bheacháin

Dr Julie-Ann Robson (University of Sydney, Australia)

“To reveal art and conceal the artist”Oscar Wilde in the Archives

Joanna Jarząb-Napierała

Transnationalism in Irish Literature: The Case of Seán O’Faoláin’s The Nest of the Simple Folk

Professor Tom Walker (Trinity College Dublin)

Colum’s Revivalist Poetics amid the Institutions of Modernism


Room: KBG-14

Migration and Community 

Chair: Professor Laura Izarra

Esther Gazzola Borges (University of São Paulo

Queer Diaspora, Identity and Community in Contemporary Irish Literature

Dr Patricia A. Lynch

Hiberno-English and Jamaican English in an Extended Family: Donal Ryan’s Strange Flowers

Dr Alessandra Boller (University of Siegen, Germany)

Shared Experiences and Grievable Lives: Engagements with Subjectivity and Community in Post-Celtic Tiger Migration Narratives


Room: KBG-10

Northern Exposure

Chair: Ms. Laura Toner

Sophie Anders (University of Salford)

The “Wee English Fella”: Queering the Representation of Masculinity in Lisa McGee’s Derry Girls

Deirdre Canavan (King’s College London)

Testimony and Tolerance in Anna Burns’ Milkman

Dr Daniela Theinová (Charles University, Prague)

Masculinities in Transition: Alan Gillis and Padraig Regan in and out of Belfast


Room: KBG-11

Gendered Representations

Chair: Ms. Sarah Staus

Dr Hawk Chang (Education University of Hong Kong)

“Watch her carefully, every movement, every gesture, every little peculiarity”:

Women in Brian Friel’s Philadelphia, Here I Come

Orsolya Szűcs (PPCU, Budapest)

“How extravagantly attached we are to the things we own, as if they were the insides of our own bodies”: Writing the Human in Contemporary Irish Women’s Writing

S. J. De Mattio (Trinity College Dublin)

Contextualizing the Erasure of “Ireland’s Forgotten Genius,” Teresa Deevy


10:15-10:30: Tea/Coffee

KBS Ground Floor


10:30-11:45: Panel Sessions 12

Room: KBG-13

Public Performativity

Chair: Dr Tara Giddens

Dr Rui Carvalho Homem (University of Porto, Portugal)

“Someone who knew what they were doing”: Intermediality and Politics in Muldoon’s Howdie-Skelp 

James Little (Charles University, Prague)

Paula Meehan’s Pubs: From Pub Counter to Counter-Public Sphere

Dr Anthony P. McIntyre (University College Dublin)

Voicing 2nd Generation Diasporic Irishness in Popular Culture: Peter Kay and Steve Coogan


Room: KBG-14

Multimodal Narratives  

Chair: tbc

Mark Ryan (University of Limerick)

Queer Identities in Targeted LGBTQI+ Media: Gay Community News as a Reflection of a Queer, Irish, Diasporic Formation

Dr Alinne Balduino P. Fernandes (Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil)

Radio Drama in times of COVID-19: Christina Reid’s My Name, Shall I Tell You My Name? in Translation

Jenny Kwok (University of Hong Kong)

The Irishness of Anglo-Irish Writers: Some Preliminary Findings of a Digital Humanities Project 


Room: KBG-11

Troubling Narratives

Chair: Dr Katharina Rennhak

Seán Ó Cinnéide (Maynooth University)

“Mere words are useless”: Statelessness and the Artist in Francis Stuart’s Freiburg Trilogy

Dr Keelan Harkin (Trinity College Dublin)

Fascism, Anti-Communist Violence, and the Spanish Civil War in Mary Manning’s Mount Venus

Elliot Mills (Trinity College Dublin)

Writing the Environment: Mastery and the Imagination in At Swim-Two-Birds


Room: KBG-15

Written on the Body

Chair: Dr Melania Terrazas

Karen Anne McCarthy (University of Johannesburg, South Africa)

“The Incest Plot” in John Banville’s Ancient Light

Neha Kamrani (University College Dublin)

Body and Memory: A Comparative Study of Adult Disclosures of Rape and Child Sexual Abuse in Deirdre Kinahan’s Rathmines Road and Dina Mehta’s Getting Away with Murder

Dr Alfred Markey (University of León, Spain)

Medicine and the Humanities: Intersectional Strategies for Ireland


11:45-1:00: Keynote address: Professor Fiona McCann

Room: KBG-12

Forms of Care in Irish Literature 2012-2022: Shifting Agencies and Decolonial Poetics

Chair: Dr Michael Kelly (University of Limerick)


1:00-2:00 Lunch

KBS Ground Floor


1:20-2.00 Lunchtime Interview:

Claire Lynch in conversation with Emilie Pine on the publication of Small: On Motherhoods

Room: KBG-13


1:20-2:00 Book Launch:

“I love craft. I love the word”: The Theatre of Deirdre Kinahan, edited by Lisa Fitzpatrick and Maria Kurdi (Peter Lang, 2022).

Room: KBG-11


2:00: IASIL Annual General Meeting

Room: KBG-15


7:00: Closing Event and Barbecue

UL Pavilion

Friday, July 29th
Time Event Location
9:00 Panel Sessions 11 KBS
10:15 Tea/Coffee KBS
10:30 Panel Sessions 12 KBS
11:45 Plenary: Professor Fiona McCann KBS
1:20 Lunch / Lunchtime Interview: Claire Lynch in conversation with Emilie Pine on the publication of Small: On Motherhoods KBS
1:20 Book Launch KBS
2:00 IASIL Annual General Meeting KBS
7:00 Barbecue The Pavilion

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