IASIL2017 NTU-Singapore 24-28 July, 2017

Ireland’s Writers in the 21st Century 

Keynote Speakers

Professor Derek Attridge ● Professor Margaret Kelleher ● Professor Gerry Smyth


Guest Writers

Marina Carr ● Julian Gough ● Belinda McKeon ● Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill

Second Call for Papers (Closing: March 15, 2017)

The political, economic, cultural, and artistic histories of Ireland are deeply intertwined with its rich tradition of writing in Irish and English, with generations of writers greatly contributing to broader literary categories like the realist novel, European modernism, postmodernism, colonial, and postcolonial literature. Writers such as Laurence Sterne, Jonathan Swift, Oliver Goldsmith, Maria Edgeworth, Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, W.B. Yeats, James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, Flann O’Brien, Elizabeth Bowen, Máirtín Ó Cadhain, Edna O’Brien, Seamus Heaney, John Banville, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Anne Enright, and many more, have left indelible marks on the development of literature worldwide while, more recently, Irish musicians and film-makers have greatly influenced some of the major international movements in popular culture.

Cultural and critical analyses of many kinds, in turn, have greatly benefited, and derived distinctive focus, from engagements with Irish creative artists, and the culture(s) that they have come to represent. It is difficult to conceive of contemporary modernist studies without consideration of Yeats, Joyce, Beckett, and Bowen, while all the major critics of postmodernism place the works of Sterne, Beckett (again), and Flann O’Brien as key central figures in their critical frames.  Women’s writing in the British Isles owes an immense debt to writers like Iris Murdoch, Edna O’Brien, Anne Enright, and Marina Carr, while postcolonial studies, as an international discipline in itself, frequently includes consideration of all of the above.  Similarly, the history of poetry in English has been greatly enhanced by a vast number of major Irish poets. More recently, Irish writers have been constituent parts of reconfigured historically-orientated modernist studies, transnational studies, cultural studies, theatre studies, and many philosophical and ideological perspectives on transformations and continuities in Irish and European cultural formations.  Similarly, digital humanities have intersected with Irish studies in very meaningful ways, as have ecocritical approaches, urban studies, queer studies, and embodiment studies.

IASIL 2017 invites papers that seek to engage with any of the following areas in an effort to offer expression to the ways that Irish writers and culture continue to inform both traditional and new debates in literary and cultural scholarship:

  • Considerations or reconsiderations of any Irish writer, text, or bodies of work
  • Comparative work between any writers, in English and/or Irish
  • Reconsiderations of Irish writing and: modernism; postcolonialism; postmodernism; the realist novel; women’s writing; theatre studies
  • Complicated stories: history and Irish writing
  • Contemporary critical modes of analysis and Irish studies: digital humanities; narrative theory; aesthetics; queer theory; gender; medical humanities; ecocriticism and/or sustainability studies; interdisciplinary studies and cross disciplinary formations; transnational literatures; embodiment studies; ageing studies; animal studies; the new gothic
  • Games and narrative, graphic fiction, literature and the internet
  • Regional Ireland and/or urban spaces
  • Contemporary writing in Irish and/or contemporary translations of Gaelic writing
  • Celtic-Tiger/Post-Celtic Tiger literature, film, music, cultural expressions
  • Irish writing and the new diaspora
  • Irish writing and the visual arts
  • Key developments in literary genres: theatre; poetry; fiction; film; graphic fiction; travel writing; creative non-fiction; autobiography
  • Critical Re-assessments: Seamus Heaney, Aidan Higgins, Dermot Healy, Leland Bardwell, Brian Friel

In keeping with IASIL’s general practice, papers are also invited in other areas of Irish literary studies.

Abstracts (250 words) for 20-minute papers to be delivered in the English or the Irish language should be emailed to by March 15, 2017

Conference Website:

Fees for postgraduate research students presenting papers have been waived by the conference organisers.

Organising Committee: Neil Murphy, Daniel Jernigan, Richard Barlow, Michelle Wang, Guinevere Barlow (Irish Language), Derek Hand (External), Keith Hopper (External)


Competing Traditions The 20th and 21st Century Irish Literatures between Realism and Experimentation 30 June-1 July 2017

The tension between realism and experimentation has marked the development of modern Irish literature, being intrinsic to the work of a number of major Irish writers. Often regarded as a father-figure of all experimental writing, James Joyce was attacked by as different commentators as Lukács and Pound for the scope and radicalness of experiment, particularly in Finnegans Wake. However, Joyce himself considered his work to be firmly set in the realist tradition. At a time when he was yet to publish his first collection of lyrics, W. B. Yeats was encouraged by his father to write realist prose, which may eventually have contributed to his abhorrence of realism in favour of ever more daring experimentation in verse writing. Nonetheless, Yeats’s poetry is packed full of amazingly realist portrayals of the world about him. J. M. Synge may have worked in a realist mode but his implementation of vernacular Aran speech paved the way for the linguistic experimentation of the following generations of Irish (also English-language) playwrights.

Modern Irish literature may seem to be a field of (whether conscious or not remains to be investigated) vacillators who employ traditional genres and modes of writing, while at the same time, almost instinctively, seeking to supersede conventions. Sometimes this happens tacitly, by pushing the boundaries of expressiveness a little further, like with Synge. Occasionally the revolt engulfs conventions in flames in which new means of expression are forged, as is the case in Joyce.

In view of this peculiar tradition that weds compliance with rebellion, the conference aims to focus on a broad spectrum of literatures from across Ireland and the Irish diaspora with a view to unravelling not only the conflict but also exchanges and creative t ensions between realism and experiment.

The topics of presentations may include but are in no way limited to:

Realist and experimental modes in high modernism and onwards

Experimental literature today and a century ago: continuity and change

Revisions of the realist mode in contemporary Irish literatures

Ethics and aesthetics of realist and/or experimental literature

The great masters’ (stifling/enabling) influences

Contemporary realisms (including magical realism)

Voices from the margin (social, cultural, racial, etc.) and the conventions and aesthetics they have embraced or created

Cosmopolitanism vs. parochialism – openness and resistance to foreign trends

Irish literature and globalization (e.g. realism and experimentation in literary responses to global traumas, literature and the new media, literature and migration, etc.)

The aesthetics of nostalgia and futurity

The Conference will also mark the inauguration of the University of Łódź Centre for Irish Studies (ULCIS), an academic body affiliated with the Institute of English Studies, University of Łódź, whose main objective will be to organise and promote researches into Irish studies.


Professor Nicholas Grene (Trinity College, Dublin)

Doctor Michael McAteer (Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest)


All abstracts (ca. 250-300 words) must contain the title, the name of the author and contact information (institutional affiliation, mailing address, and email address). Abstracts and short bios should be submitted no later than 31 January 2017 (acceptance announced by 14 February 2017)


The fee covers conference materials, coffee and snacks, and lunches.

Early bird fee: 350 PLN for academics holding positions at Polish Universities, 100 Euro for delegates based outside of Poland, and reduced fee of 300 PLN/75 Euro for doctoral students. Payment deadline: 15 March 2017

Regular fee (after 15 March 2017): 450 PLN for academics holding positions at Polish Universities, 120 Euro for delegates based outside of Poland, and reduced fee of 400 PLN/100 Euro for doctoral students. Payment deadline: 30 April 2017



Please send abstract and queries to:

Wit Pietrzak ( Katarzyna Ojrzyńska (


dr hab. Wit Pietrzak

dr Katarzyna Ojrzyńska

mgr Maciej Wieczorek

2017 SSNCI conference – Irish College, Leuven, Belgium, 29-30 June

2017 SSNCI conference – Irish College, Leuven, Belgium, 29-30 June

Figures of Authority in 19th-Century Ireland


19th-century Ireland witnessed both the restoration of older forms of authority (e.g. the re-establishment of the Catholic hierarchy) and the rise of figures who defined new models of authority (e.g. Daniel O’Connell). New cultural and educational forces and media vied to assert authority on an increasingly literate population. Carlyle’s views on hero-worship influenced Irish intellectuals of all stripes. Romantic concepts of literary authority cast poets – both dead and living – as (un)acknowledged legislators. Distinguished societies emerged to enshrine intellectual authority. Social and economic changes reconfigured authority within family structures. Despite the waning of Ascendancy power, deference proved resilient, and existing public offices could be reinvented as well as contested.

The conference will reflect on the forms that authority assumed in 19th-century Ireland, on their relations to wider British and international redefinitions of authority, and on Irish contributions to the reshaping of authority in the modern age.

Topics may include, among others:

– new and old positions of authority in politics, religion, education, science …

– personality cults and Carlylean hero-worship

– the visibility of institutional power

– Irish v. trans- or supranational forms of authority

– authority on a micro-level: local and familial authority

– the making and unmaking of canons

– deference in a democratic age

– …

Please contact the local organizer Raphaël Ingelbien ( ) with any questions. 200-word abstracts or panel descriptions and a brief CV should be sent to the same address by 15 January 2017.

There will be no registration fee. Two postgraduate travel bursaries of up to 400 euros each will be available for students without full scholarships. Eligible students should send an accompanying letter about their finances together with their abstract and CV to the organizer.

XVI International Conference of the Spanish Association for Irish Studies (AEDEI) (UR) (LIVE STREAMING and TWITTER HASHTAG: #aedei2017)

XVI International Conference of the Spanish Association for Irish Studies (AEDEI) (UR) (LIVE STREAMING and TWITTER HASHTAG: #aedei2017)

Filologías Universidad de La RiojaDear AEDEI members,
It is a great pleasure to announce the XVI International Conference of the Spanish Association for Irish Studies (AEDEI) “Fe/male Challenges in Irish Studies from the 19th to the 21st Centuries”, taking place at the University of La Rioja (Spain), on 25-27 May 2017.

Download the conference final programme and the final poster.

For further information, please visit the conference website at:


Thursday, 25 May – 10.45
Public Reading and Interview: Evelyn Conlon. Chair: Melania Terrazas Gallego
Friday, 26 May –  18:00
Public Reading and Interview: Rob Doyle. Chair: Jonatan González

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