This page will serve as an archive of news and events held by The Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies. Items once featured on the home page will be arranged by semester as a reference when they are no longer current.
Call for Papers: Special Sessions in Honour of Ann Dooley and David Klausner
Celtic Studies Association of North America Annual Meeting
April 18-21, 2013
University of Toronto, jointly hosted by the Centre for Medieval Studies, St. Michael's College and Trinity College
In honour of the distinguished and influential careers of Toronto Celticists Ann Dooley and David Klausner, we are inviting abstracts for two special sessions at CSANA 2013. In consideration of the broad-ranging nature of their work, specific themes have not been assigned for the sessions; however, the intention is that the themes of the papers should intersect in some way with the research of either Ann Dooley or David Klausner. Papers that connect the honourees’ work – such as Ann Dooley’s translation of the Acallam na Senórach or David Klausner’s research on drama and performance in medieval Wales – to current trends and developments in the field of Celtic Studies are particularly welcome. Although it is by no means a requirement, former students of Ann Dooley and David Klausner are especially encouraged to apply. Abstracts that are not selected will be forwarded to the general CSANA Call for Papers.
Please submit a 200-300 word abstract via email by 15 December 2012 to:
Department of English
Centre for Medieval Studies
University of Toronto
Call for Paper: California Celtic Conference 2013
Amber Handy Honored
Massive Congratulations to Amber Handy on being honored as the University of Notre Dame’s 2011 Distinguished Graduate Student. Amber is currently the Institute’s Pre-Doctoral Fellow and is completing her doctoral dissertation “The Specula Principum in Northwestern Europe, A.D. 650-1000: The Evolution of a New Ethical Rule.” You can learn more about Amber here.
Patrick McCabe Reading
The Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies invite you to a reading by noted Irish author and Spring 2011 Distinguished Keough Visiting Professor Patrick McCabe on Thursday, February 10th at 3:00 PM in Hesburgh Center Auditorium.
McCabe is one of Ireland’s foremost contemporary writers. He is the recipient of numerous literary awards and hewas shortlisted for the Booker Prize for Fiction (one of the most prestigous international awards for literature in English) in 1992 and 1998. Out of the dark comedy characteristic of much of Irish literature, McCabe has carved out a unique genre he calls “bog gothic.” His novels The Butcher Boy and Breakfast on Pluto have been adapted into sucessful major motion pictures. His recent novel Winterwood has received wide critical acclaim.
Innovation and the Humanities
Because there are lots of exciting things going on with technology and teaching the humanities at Notre Dame and TED talks format offers a great way for us to share our insights across departments, centers, institutes and schools, we are organizing a TEDxND with the theme “Innovation and the Humanities” on April 15th in Andrews Auditorium in Geddes Hall and the Digital Visualization Theater at the Jordan Hall of Science. You can learn more about TED at ted.com or visit the wikipedia page.
Margaret Kelleher Talk This Friday
You are invited to a talk by Margaret Kelleher, entitled “‘Bilinguals at the Bar’: Maamtrasna Revisited” at 3:00PM on Friday, February 18th in 424 Flanner Hall.
Professor Margaret Kelleher is Director of An Foras Feasa: the Institute for Research in Irish Historical and Cultural Traditions, at NUI Maynooth. She is the author of The Feminization of Famine(published by Duke UP and Cork UP, 1997) and co-editor (with Philip O’Leary) of The Cambridge History of Irish Literature (2006). She was a contributing editor to the Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing, Volume IV: Irish Women’s Traditions (2002). She has published widely in the areas of nineteenth-century Irish writing, Irish literary history, and women’s writings. Kelleher was Burns Visiting Professor at Boston College in 2002-2003 and, in 2006, she held the position of visiting O’Brien Scholar at Concordia Unviersity. She is the national representative for Ireland on the European Science Foundation’s Standing Committee for the Humanities, and is chairperson of the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures (IASIL). Her current research project is a study of bilingual culture in nineteenth-century Ireland.
Irish Seminar June 20– July 8, 2011
Modernism, marked by a strongly self-conscious rupture with tradition and a formal and conceptual inventiveness, is often understood as a vigorous reaction against established religious, social and political views. Informed on one hand by the horrors of the Great War (1914-18) and governed on the other by a belief that our world is created in the very act of perceiving it, no absolute truth existed to provide guidance or solace. Dominated by a relativistic aesthetic, Modernists turned inward to examine the sub-conscious, advocating individuality and celebrating interiority. The crisis of representation, the rise of the cosmopolitan, cultural dislocation, the subconscious, memory and sexuality all found expression in European modernism in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Modernism exerted, and still exerts, a profound pressure on contemporary culture, literature, cinema, art and scholarship.
The Irish Seminar 2011 convenes a stellar cast of international scholars to examine Irish Modernism in its varied manifestations, as well as their interrelationships with Western and global Modernism. The contribution of Ireland’s English-language authors to Modernism is unparalleled: Yeats, Joyce, Beckett, Bowen, and O’Brien. Recent criticism has engaged with issues of national, regional and local origin to construct a ‘Modernism of the Margins’. A three-week series of seminars, lectures and events probes the paradoxical and opposed trends of revolution and reaction (1916, War of Independence, Civil War), the struggles of nascent political parties in their clashes with established forces and older vested interests, the attrition of traditional elites and the emergence of new states north and south.
Yet Modernism, no less than Ireland itself, cannot be reduced to a caricature or stereotype. A key concern of the Irish Seminar 2011 is the interrogation of the standard account. In addition to exploring Modernism of the margins, the Seminar examines minority languages, vernacular culture, the local and the national, and gendered identities in the Irish Modernist experience.
As well as concentrating on historical and theoretical issues, the Seminar will focus on modernism as a mode of creativity that emphasizes disruption and fracture, questioning expressiveness, originality, tradition, revolution, gender, sexuality, language and identity. Exploring the constant tension between nihilism and enthusiasm, energy and ennui that emerged in Ireland between 1880 and 1940, and which sparked this efflorescence of modernist works, the Irish Seminar 2011 will provide challenging perspectives on Irish modernism in its multi-faceted dimensions.
Executive Director: Brian Ó Conchubhair (Notre Dame)
The 2011 IRISH SEMINAR faculty includes:Joe Cleary (Yale), Seamus Deane (Notre Dame), Wes Hamrick (Notre Dame), John Kelly (Oxford), Declan Kiberd (Notre Dame), José Lanters (Wisconsin-Milwaukee), Joseph Lennon (Villanova), David Lloyd (Southern California), Barry McCrea (Yale), Bríona Nic Dhiarmada (Notre Dame), Emer Nolan (NUI Maynooth), Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh (NUI Galway), Kevin Whelan (Notre Dame).
Participants will stay at UCD Summer Residence, Roebuck Hall, located close to Dublin’s city centre and within easy reach of the city’s many amenities. UCD is just a short 10 minute bus ride to the city centre via a direct route. Its superb location, just on the edge of town on an attractive green-field campus, provides easy access to an abundance of restaurants, as well as Dublin’s attractive coastline and the Wicklow mountains. Onsite facilities include a pharmacy, medical centre, banks, post office, delicatessens, newsagent, gym, launderette and mini-markets. The apartments are spacious and fully furnished to a high standard. There are 6 single en-suite bedrooms in each apartment. All accommodation has self-catering facilities, including kitchen, laundry and a living room. Guests have the option of being totally self-sufficient during their stay, although it is comforting to know that there are extensive catering facilities on campus and close-by. The residences at UCD are carefully integrated into their setting. Maintained to a high standard, they are an ideal home away from home. Features include: modern furnished apartments with en-suite toilet and shower in each bedroom – generous sized living area, including a fitted kitchen/dining area – free wifi – secure controlled access to each apartment.
FURTHER INFORMATION AND PROGRAMME UPDATES
Poetry Reading by Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill
All are welcome to attend a reading by Naughton Fellow Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill at 3:00PM in Hesburgh Center Auditorium on Friday, February 25th. Ní Dhomnaill is one of the most popular Irish poets writing today. Her work draws upon themes of ancient Irish folklore and mythology, combined with contemporary themes of femininity, sexuality, and culture. Born in Lancashire, England in 1952 to Irish physicians, Ní Dhomhnaill was sent to live with relatives in the Irish speaking areas of Counties Kerry and Tipperary at the age of five. She studied English and Irish at UCC in 1969 and became part of the ‘Innti’ school of poets. In 1973, she married Turkish geologist Dogan Leflef and lived abroad in Turkey and Holland for seven years. One year after her return to Co. Kerry in 1980, she published her first collection of poetry in Irish, An Dealg Droighin (1981). She subsequently became a member of Aosdána.
Her works include Féar Suaithinseach (1984); Rogha Dánta/Selected Poems (selected translations with parallel text 1986, 1988, 1990); Pharaoh’s Daughter (selected translations with parallel text 1990); Feis (1991); The Astrakhan Cloak (selected translations with parallel text 1992), The Water Horse (selected translations with parallel text 1991) and The Fifty Minute Mermaid (2007). Selected Essays appeared in 2005.
Discussion of Current Events in Ireland Friday
You are invited to join the Keough-Naughton Institute for a discussion of Ireland today by Tony Fahey,
Professor of Social Policy at University College Dublin on Friday, March 4th at 1:30 in 424 Flanner Hall.
Professor Fahey received his initial training in St Patrick’s College, Maynooth (now National University of Ireland at Maynooth). He obtained a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA in 1982. He was a member of the Sociology Department in St Patrick’s College Maynooth from 1987 to 1992. He moved to the Economic and Social Research Institute in Dublin in 1992, where he remained until he took his present position of Professor of Social Policy in UCD in April 2007. He has researched a wide range of sociological and social policy topics relating to Ireland and the European Union and his current research projects deal with social deprivation and living conditions, population dynamics and social policy, and social policy aspects of European integration.
Ní Annracháin Lecture
All are welcome to attend a lecture “Is Metonymy a Cornerstone of Gaelic Poetry” by Máire Ní Annracháin on Friday, March 4th at 3:00 PM in 424 Flanner Hall.
Máire Ní Annracháin is currently Professor of Modern Irish, University College Dublin, appointed 2009. She is a graduate of University College Dublin (B.A. and M.A.) and University College Cork (Ph.D.). Spent many years lecturing in the Department of Modern Irish, National University of Ireland Maynooth. Her dissertation on the poetry of Scottish Gaelic poet Sorley Mclean was subsequently published as Aisling agus Tóir: An Slánú i bhFilíocht Shomhairle MhicGill-Eain (Maynooth: An Sagart, 1992). Professor Ní Annracháin’s main academic interests are modern literary theory, and modern contemporary Irish and Scottish Gaelic literature. She has numerous publications and co-edited Téacs agus Comhthéacs: Gnéithe de Chritic na Gaeilge (Cork UP 1998)with Bríona Nic Dhiarmada. She spent six years as chair of outreach organisation Glór na nGael, extending its scope to include Irish speakers in North America and other countries, has served as a member of Irish Placenames Commission and is currently member of the governing board of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Isle of Skye, and of Royal Irish Academy’s Irish Language committee.
Amber Handy Talk on Friday
Please join us this Friday, March 24th at 3:00PM in 424 Flanner for a talk by Amber Handy entitled “Ethical Evolution: Medieval Irish Advice Manuals and Their Influence Abroad.”
Amber Handy is a Ph.D. candidate in History with a minor in Gender Studies. She earned her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and an M.Phil. in Medieval History from Trinity College, Dublin under the guidance of Dr. Katherine Simms. Under the direction of Professor Thomas F.X. Noble Amber is currently finishing her dissertation, entitled The Specula Principum in Northwestern Europe, A.D. 650-1000: The Evolution of a New Ethical Rule. In the project, Amber examines the advice manuals written for rulers in Ireland, England, and Carolingian Europe in the early medieval period, focusing on the influence of the earlier Irish versions on their continental counterparts and on the negotiations within the text between the older ethical codes and the relatively recent ideas of Christian kingship.
Amber won the nationally competitive Dolores Zorhab Liebmann Fellowship and currently holds the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies Predoctoral Teaching Fellowship. Along with Professor Brian Ó Conchubhair, Amber is currently editing the proceedings of the Celtics Studies Association of North America conference she co-organized at Notre Dame last spring. The collection will be published through Arlen House Press and should be available in 2011. She will graduate this summer and begin her position as a tenure-track assistant professor of History at in August.
Catholic Diasporas: The Irish and Mexican in America
All are invited to join us for this landmark scholarly event.
The Irish have shaped U.S. Catholicism and its impact on the wider society more than any other group since the first great waves of immigration in the nineteenth century. Today the rising influence of Hispanic Catholics, two thirds of them from Mexican backgrounds, is the leading indicator for ongoing developments in the twenty-first century. This conference will examine the Mexican and Irish experience in their native and adoptive homelands, shedding new light on their significance through comparative analysis. The conference is free and open to the public. All sessions are in the McKenna Hall Center for Continuing Education.
This conference begins on Thursday, March 31 and concludes on Saturday, April 2, 2011.
Literature (Thursday 7:30 PM):
Marjorie Howes (Boston College)
Ellen McCracken (University of California Santa Barbara).
Commentator: José Limόn (University of Notre Dame).
The Church and Revolutionary Politics (Friday 9:00 AM):
Kevin Whelan (Keough Notre Dame Study Centre, Dublin)
Julia Darling Young (George Mason University).
Commentator: Jaime Pensado (University of Notre Dame).
History and Memory (Friday 2:00 PM):
Nicholas Canny ( National University of Ireland, Galway)
Davíd Carrasco (Harvard University).
Commentator: Patrick Griffin (University of Notre Dame).
Worship and Devotion (Saturday 9:00 AM):
Diarmuid Ó Giollain (University of Notre Dame)
William Taylor (University of California Berkeley).
Commentator: Jaime Lara (University of Notre Dame).
Irish and Mexican Catholics in America (Saturday 2:00 PM):
Timothy Matovina (University of Notre Dame)
Timothy Meagher (Catholic University of America).
Commentator: Jay P. Dolan (University of Notre Dame).
Irish Film Festival
The Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies and the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center invite you to a film festival bringing the best of recent Irish cinema to Michiana from Friday, April 8th and Saturday, April 9th. On Friday night, April 8th, author Patrick McCabe will introduce two films based on his novels, Breakfast on Pluto and The Butcher Boy at 6:30PM and 9:45PM, respectively. On Saturday, April 9th we will screen a selection of the best of recent Irish short films at 6:30PM and the film White Irish Drinkers at 9PM. For tickets call the Box Office at 574-631-2800.
Claire Wills Talk This Monday
Clair Wills, Professor of Irish Literature in the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary University of London, will give a talk Monday, April 4th at 5 P.M. in the Oak Room entitled “Peripheral Realism: Documentary, Fiction and Post-War Irish Labour.”
Professor Wills holds her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Oxford. She has lectured at venues across the world and has been a visiting professor at Northwestern University, Boston College and Trinity College, Dublin. She has been the recipient of a British Academy Senior Research Fellowship and of a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship, which she currently holds for her project on “The Irish in Britain: A Social and Cultural History.” She is an editor of Volumes 4 and 5 of the Field Day Anthology for Irish Writing, the author of numerous articles and chapters, and the author of four books: Improprieties: Politics and Sexuality in Northern Irish Poetry (Oxford University Press); Reading Paul Muldoon (with Bloodaxe Books), Dublin 1916: The Siege of the GPO (published in the States by Harvard) and That Neutral Island: A History of Ireland during the Second World War (published by Faber and Faber and by Harvard). That Neutral Island won the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History in 2007 and the American Conference for Irish Studies Michael J. Durkan Prize for books on literature and culture in 2008. It was also chosen as Book of the Year in the Irish Times, in TLS, the Sunday Tribune, and Australian Books Review.
Peter Smith Talk
The Department of Irish Language and Literature and the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies would like to invite you to a lecture on Tuesday, April 12 at 3pm in 424 Flanner Hall. The speaker will be Dr Peter Smith, University of Ulster, and the title of his talk is:
Early Eighteenth-Century Irish Voices from the Maelstrom of the Londonderry Plantation: Poems on the O Cahans of the Bann Valley and the O Neills of Clann Aodha Bhuidhe
Dr Smith is currently a Lecturer in Irish in the Irish and Celtic Studies Research Institute at Magee College, Derry. His areas of research include medieval Irish literature, eighteenth-century Ulster poetry as well as the manuscript tradition in Irish. He is also interested in Irish folksong and has contributed to the New Dictionary of National Biography.
Please join us on Tuesday next.
Marcas Mac Coinnigh Lecture Tomorrow
Please join us for a lecture by Marcas Mac Coinnigh entitled “‘Mar a Deir na Seandaoine… / As the Old People Say…’: The Nature of Irish Language Proverbs” on Tuesday, April 19th at 3:00PM in 424 Flanner Hall.
Marcas Mac Coinnigh is the Senior Fulbright Irish Language Scholar at the Department of Irish Language and Literature for 2010-11. He is originally from Omagh, Co. Tyrone. He holds a B.A. in Irish Language and Literature (First Class Honors) and a Ph.D. in Irish Language from the University of Ulster.
He previously held the Vera Furness Research Fellowship at the University of Ulster (2003-2006) where he worked on A Concise Dictionary of Modern Irish. In 2006 he received an IRCHSS Post-doctoral Fellowship to conduct research in the Department of Modern Irish, University College Cork, on the subject of Irish proverbial collections. He is currently a lecturer in Irish and Celtic Studies at Queen’s University Belfast (2007–), where he teaches courses on Irish language and literature, folklore studies and Irish translation studies. He is teaching Notre Dame courses on Irish folklore and Irish proverb studies and researching irish paremiology and paremiography.
Irish Studies Event This Friday
Please join us for an Irish Studies event on Friday, April 29th at 3:00 PM in 424 Flanner Hall. Ruan O’Donnell (Department of History, University of Limerick) and Maria Luddy (Department of History, University of Warwick) will be discussing “The Political Life of Eva Gore Booth” with NEH/Keough Fellow Sonja Tiernan, author of the forthcoming biography An Image of Such Politics: The Life and Work of Eva Gore Booth.
The discussion will be followed by the launch of Professor Sarah McKibben’s Endangered Masculinities in Irish Poetry: 1540-1780 and a special issue of Ethnologie Française devoted to Irish ethnology, edited by Professor Diarmuid Ó Giolláin at 4:30 pm in the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, 422 Flanner Hall. Reception to follow.
Conference on Learning and Teaching the Irish Language
University of Notre Dame – Monday 9th & Tuesday 10th May
The Fulbright Commission in Ireland, together with the University of Notre Dame, jointly announced the launch of ‘Inter-changes: Conference on Learning and Teaching the Irish Language. This conference will bring together those teaching the Irish language in the US to explore current practice, future possibilities and a report on the current state of play regarding Irish language learning in the US.
Commenting on the awards, the Minister of State with responsibility for the Irish language in Ireland, Dinny McGinley T.D. said:
I am delighted that my Department is providing funding to the Fulbright Commission to support this important work programme. The number of universities worldwide that are providing Irish language courses, with funding from my Department, is a clear indicator, not only of academic interest in Irish as one of the world’s oldest vernacular languages, but also of increased opportunities for Irish speakers globally. The Irish language is a hugely valuable resource, particularly with regard to the development of cultural tourism in Ireland. Living in a Gaeltacht area myself, I am always delighted to see at first hand students from all over the world coming to the Gaeltacht to continue their studies and speaking our native language.
Speaking about the conference, Ms Colleen Dube, Executive Director of the Fulbright Commission said:
Our recent research has identified over 90 institutions teaching Irish in the United States. Since 2006 the Fulbright Commission has been actively involved in promoting the Irish language in the US through our FLTA programme where we send recently qualified teachers and fluent Irish speakers to act as Teaching Assistants in US universities.The conference is open to everyone involved in teaching Irish and is being held with a view to informing future provision and promotion of the Irish language at third level as identified in the 20-Year Strategy for the Irish Language.
Draft findings of a report we commissioned into Irish Language Teaching & Learning in the US, being undertaken by the Language Centre at National University of Ireland Maynooth, will be officially presented at the conference.
Although many US students claim Irish heritage as the reason for studying Irish, there are plenty of others who are interested simply because they are interested in Ireland or want to study an ancient language.
The event will explore current practice and future possibilities in terms of Irish language teaching, testing, resources and collaborations.
The Conference is open to the following:
- US Institutions / organizations currently offering or intending to offer Irish
- Irish Teachers / Instructors in Ireland and the US including current Fulbright FLTAs and Scholars
- Representatives from Celtic Studies Association of North America and the North American Association for Celtic Language Teachers
- Educational / Irish publishers / resource developers
- Irish language / studies organisations in Ireland and the US.
Further information and registration details can be found here.
For further information:
Executive Director – Fulbright Commission
(011) +353-1-6607670 / 087 905 1222
Breandán Ó Buachalla: An Appreciation
All are invited to join faculty, students, family and friends for an appreciation of Professor Breandán Ó Buachalla (1936-2010) at 5:00 PM on Thursday, September 23 in 102 DeBartolo Hall. Breandán's Notre Dame students, Simone Hamrick and Wes Hamrick, and his Notre Dame Colleagues, Bríona Nic Dhiarmada, Peter McQuillan and Christopher Fox, will be joined by harpist Amy Kercsmar, world-reknown poet Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Director-General of RTÉ Cathal Goan, and Professor Tomás Ó Cathasaigh, Henry L. Shattuck Professor of Irish Studies at Harvard University.
Irish scholar Declan Kiberd appointed Keough Professor of Irish Studies
Declan Kiberd, one of Ireland’s most prominent intellectuals, has been appointed Donald and Marilyn Keough Professor of Irish Studies and professor of English at the University of Notre Dame.
Kiberd, whose appointment becomes effective in 2011, is now Professor of Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama at University College Dublin (UCD).
“Declan Kiberd is the major figure in the field of Irish studies, whose research commands international acclaim,” said Christopher Fox, director of the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies. “As former graduate students of Declan’s and Notre Dame students who studied with him in the Dublin program at UCD attest, he also is an extraordinary teacher. His arrival will strengthen an already thriving research and teaching center in the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies. It is not an overstatement to say that his presence on the Notre Dame faculty reinforces our position as the world leader in Irish Studies for years to come.”
According to Donald Keough, chairman emeritus of Notre Dame’s board of trustees and co-chair of the University’s Ireland Council, “Declan Kiberd’s appointment will take the Irish studies program at Notre Dame to a new level in years to come.”
“In addition to his unique expertise in Irish literature, Declan Kiberd brings to Notre Dame students his deep knowledge of modern literature in English,” said English Department chairman John Sitter. “He also brings to the study of fiction an engaging ethical commitment. The subtitle the book he published this past year on Joyce’s Ulysses—‘The Art of Everyday Living’—is earned on every page. It is a brilliantly accessible model of how to read complex fiction in relation to daily experience.”
A Dublin native who counted the novelist John McGahern among his earliest schoolteachers, Kiberd studied at Trinity College Dublin before earning a doctoral degree at Oxford, under the direction of Richard Ellmann, the biographer of James Joyce, William Butler Yeats and Oscar Wilde.
A member of the UCD faculty since 1979, Kiberd had taught previously at the University of Kent and Trinity College. An Irish language speaker and a scholar of ancient Celtic culture and Irish literature and history, he has lectured in some 30 countries worldwide and contributes essays and reviews to the Irish Times, the Times Literary Supplement, the London Review of Books and the New York Times.
Kiberd’s study of Irish literature, Inventing Ireland, was praised by the late Edward Said as “a highly readable, joyfully contentious book whose enormous learning and superb understanding of the literary text will introduce readers for the first time to a remarkably lively panorama of Irish culture during the last century.”
Other books Kiberd has written include Synge and the Irish Language, Men and Feminism in Irish Literature, Irish Classics, The Irish Writer and the World, and Ulysses and Us: The Art of Everyday Living.
Seminars this Week
The Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies will be hosting a number of seminars during the Thursday and Friday of the Ireland Advisory Council meeting. At each event an internationally-recognized expert will lead a lively conversation on key issues in Irish politics, history, literature, and culture.
On Thursday, October 7th at 4:00PM, Sean McGraw, C.S.C. will ask the question “What’s it mean to be Irish in the Post-Celtic Tiger Era?” The seminar will be followed by a reception in the Institute from 5:00-6:30.
On Friday, October 8th we will have three seminars: at 9:00AM Madden Hennebry Chair of Irish-American History Patrick Griffin will speak on “The Irish Origins of the American Revolution: the Transatlantic Story of Sir William Johnson”; at 10:15AM Associate Professor of English Susan Cannon Harris will discuss “J. M. Synge’s Playboy of the Western World and the Fighting Irish Audience”; and at 11:30AM Professor of Irish Language and Literature and Concurrent Professor of Anthropology Diarmuid Ó Giolláin will lead a seminar on “Popular Religion in Ireland”.
All events will be held in 424 Flanner Hall and all are welcome to attend.
Garret FitzGerald talk
You are invited to join the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies for a talk by Garret FitzGerald, former Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland, on Wednesday, October 13th at 4:00PM in 102 DeBartolo Hall. Dr. FitzGerald will present a map-illustrated talk detailing the surprising findings of his recent research into education in Ireland in the early 19th-century.
Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin: The Public Sphere, Family Secrets & Republican Histories
The Department of English and the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies invite you to a talk by Guinn Batten, Associate Professor of English at Washington University-St. Louis: Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin: The Public Sphere, Family Secrets & Republican Histories on Thursday, October 28th at 5:15 PM in Andrews Auditorium, Geddes Hall. The lecture will be followed by a reception.
Amber Handy Talk This Friday
Keough- Naughton Pre-Doctoral Fellow Amber Handy will present a talk entitled Myth and Fairytale: Defining a Nation, a Mellon-ISLA Interdisciplinary Workshop for Graduate Students and Faculty. The talk is Friday, October 29th at 2:30PM in 339 O’Shaughnessy Hall.
Life in the Imperial City
Nicholas Allen from the Moore Institute at NUI Galway will lecture on Life in the Imperial City in 322 Jordan Hall of Science at 4:30 PM on Monday, November 1st.
Professor Allen(Ph.D. Trinity College Dublin) is the Moore Institute Professor at the National University of Ireland, Galway. In the ten years since he finished his Ph.D. in 2000, he has published two books, Modernism, Ireland and Civil War (Cambridge UP, 2009) and The Proper Word: Ireland, Poetry, Politics (Creighton UP, 2007). He has a third book, on the 1916 Dublin uprising, under contract with the Cambridge University Press. He has also edited four other books, written 20+ articles and essays on such authors as W.B. Yeats, Frank O’Connor, Louis MacNiece, John Synge, and Sheridan Le Fanu. Nicholas Allen secured a 1.5 million pound grant for a digital humanities graduate program as part of larger 6.8 million pound program he directs with the National University of Ireland, Galway, Trinity College, Dublin and University College-Cork. He received the inaugural Eda Sagaara Medal for Excellence in Research awarded by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences. Before coming to the National University-Galway, he was a tenured faculty member at North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
Evelyn Conlon Lecture
In cooperation with Gender Studies, Irish novelist and short story writer Evelyn Conlon will speak on Hiroshima, the Famine and Grannies Who Have a Good Time at 3:00 PM on Thursday, November 4th in 424 Flanner Hall. This reading has been shortlisted for the “Fall, 2010 Most Notable Event Title” award.
Evelyn Conlon is an Irish novelist and short story writer. An elected member of Aosdána, the Irish honours for distinguished artistic work, she has been writer-in-residence in many countries and at University College Dublin. A clear-sighted, observant and unsentimental thinker, her work is suffused with originality and surprising wit. Born in Co. Monaghan, she is now resident in Dublin. She is currently working on a novel Records on Globe Street which comments on the human and personal dimensions of loss and dislocation by addressing the transport of Irish famine orphan girls to Australia in the wake of the Great Famine. Her earlier work Stars in the Daytime, A Glassful of Letters and Skin of Dreams deal variously with social and political dilemmas in Irish life and the profundity of the death penalty; her edited works include work by Bosnian refugees in Ireland (1995) and Later On, (2004) a memorial anthology of prose and poetry which marked the 30-year memory of the Monaghan bombing.
Traditional Music Talk
On Friday, November 5th, Irish musician Fintan Vallely will speak on Head-space, Community and Nation in Traditional Music at 3:00 PM in 424 Flanner Hall. Illustrated by performed music and select images, Dr. Vallely's talk explores the nature and significance of "free spaces" generated by Irish traditional music in the 21st century.
Fintan Vallely is a musician, writer, lecturer and researcher on Traditional music. He was the author of the first tutor for Irish flute in 1986 (new edition 2010) and has been writing as a journalist and researcher in the music since 1990. Editor of the 1999 encyclopedia Companion to Irish Traditional Music (new edition in press), he has taught Irish music at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth and University of Ulster. Currently he lectures on Traditional music at Dundalk Institute of Technology and at Trinity College Dublin.
Vicki Mahaffey Talk
Vicki Mahaffey will speak on Hibernia and Hibernation: Island of Hunger and Sleep at 4:30PM in Room 322 in the Jordan Hall of Science on Monday, November 8th.
Mahaffey(Ph.D. Princeton University) is the Clayton and Thelma Kirkpatrick Professor of English Literature and Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois-Urbana. She has written three books, Modernist Literature: Challenging Fictions (Basil Blackwell, 2007), States of Desire: Wilde, Yeats, Joyce and the Irish Experiment (Oxford UP, 1998), and Reauthorizing Joyce (Cambridge UP, 1988). Professor Mahaffey has two other books in the pipeline, one on Joyce, the other on femininity and fairy tale. She has edited another book Collaborative Dubliners: Joyce in Dialogue (forthcoming Syracuse UP), published 30+ articles and essays including a number on Yeats and Joyce. She has also won a Guggenheim, an ACLS, and a Whiting Foundation Fellowship in the Humanities, and received the Lindback Award for Teaching at the University of Pennsylvania and before that, a Lily Foundation Award for Teaching. Prior to coming to Illinois, Vicki Mahaffey was the Chaired Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and Chair of Modern Literature at the University of York, U.K.
Gearoid Ó Tuathaigh Talk
Please join us at 4:00 PM in 424 Flanner Hall on Tuesday, November 9th, for a lecture by distinguished Irish historian Gearoid Ó Tuathaigh on Closing a Chapter, Mapping New Horizons: Ireland in the 1950s. All are welcome.
Matthew Campbell Talk
Matthew Campbell will lecture on "They Went Forth to the Battle but They Always Fell": Arnold, Yeats and Victorian Irish on Monday, November 15th at 4:30 PM in 322 Jordan Hall. All are welcome
Campbell (Ph.D. Cambridge) is the Reader in English Literature at the University of Sheffield, U.K. Matthew Campbell has written a book Rhythm and Will in Victorian Poetry (Cambridge UP, 1999) and completed a second book, Irish Poetry Under the Union 1801-1924, under contract at Cambridge UP. He has also edited three other books including the Cambridge Companion to Contemporary Irish Poetry, Memory and Memorials, 1789-1914 (Routledge, 2000) with Sally Shuttleworth and Jacqueline Labbe, and Beyond the Pleasure Dome: Writing and Addiction from the Romantics (Sheffield, 1994). He has also served as editor of the Tennyson Research Bulletin (Tennyson Society, 1999-2004). He has published 27 articles and essays on such writers as Paul Muldoon, James Clarence Mangan, James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, and Thomas Moore. Matthew Campbell serves on the editorial boards of The Irish University Review and The Irish Studies Review and delivered the British Academy’s Warton Lecture in 2008. He was the Visiting Patrick B. O’Donnell Professor in Irish Studies at Notre Dame last Fall.
Yeats and Eliot
John Kelly, Professor at St. John’s College, Oxford University and Distinguished Donald Keough Professor will speak on Yeats and Eliot: A Mutual Illumination? at 4:30 PM on Thursday, November 18 in the Oak Room on the 2nd Floor of South Dining Hall. All are welcome.
Irish Film Night
Marie Darmody, Visiting Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant, will be hosting an Irish Film Night on Wednesday, December 1st at 7:00PM in 117 DeBartolo Hall. All are welcome.
Derek Hand Lecture
You are invited to join the Department of English and the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies for a lecture by Derek Hand "The Endless Possibilities of Ordinary": What a History of the Irish Novel Remembers at 5:15PM in Andrews Auditorium, Geddes Hall on Thursday, December 2nd.
Professor Hand (Ph.D. Trinity College Dublin) is Lecturer in English at St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra. He has written two books, John Banville: Exploring Fictions (Liffey Press, 2002) and the 150,000 word A History of the Irish Novel to be published March, 2011 by the Cambridge University Press. He has written 23 articles and essays on such writers as Colum McCann, Maria Edgeworth, W. B. Yeats, Elizabeth Bowen, Tom Murphy, John Banville, Molly Keane, and Éilís Ní Dhuibhne. Derek Hand has also edited special issues on John Banville for The Irish University Review and co-edited a special issue on Benedict Kiely for The Irish University Review. He is the frequent reviewer on contemporary Irish fiction for the Irish Literary Supplement, the Irish University Review, the Irish Studies Review and the Irish Times. Derek Hand serves as Secretary of the Irish Literatures in English Committee for the Royal Irish Academy and has lectured on James Joyce, Seamus Deane, John Banville and Irish Postmodernism at the Catholic University of Leuven and recently addressed the Association of Franco-Irish Studies in Reims, France.
Breandán Ó Buachalla, 1936-2010
We are deeply saddened to mark the passing of Professor Breandán Ó Buachalla on Thursday, May 20. Professor Ó Buachalla was a scholar of monumental importance, an esteemed colleague, a profoundly influential teacher, and a dear friend. Our thoughts are with his family, especially his wife Aingeal, his daughters Bridóg and Clíona, and his son Traolach.
Personal reflections and links to news reports can be found here.
Irish Studies Talk on Monday, April 12th
On Monday, April 12th at 3:00PM in 424 Flanner Hall, Anne Goarzin will present a talk entitled "Shell-shocked: Representations of War Trauma in Irish Literature." Goarzin is Professor of Irish Studies at the Centre d'Etudes Irlandaises, Centre de Recherche Bretonne et Celtique at University of Rennes 2.
The Irish Only Child
Elizabeth Butler Cullingford, Blumberg Professor in English Literature and University Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas will speak on "The Irish Only Child" at 3:00 PM in 424 Flanner Hall on Friday, April 16th.
Masculinity and Violence in Northern Ireland
Jane McGaughey will be speaking on "Masculinity and Violence in Northern Ireland" today at 3:00PM in 424 Flanner Hall. Dr. McGaughey is the NEH/Keough-Naughton Fellow for the 2009-2010. She completed her Ph.D. at Birkbeck College, University of London in 2008. She is lecture in history at the Royal Military College of Canada. Her research interests include Ulster and Northern Ireland in the twentieth century, concepts of heroism and manliness, warfare since 1800, imperialism, and gendered discourses of violence and conflict. She is the author of Ulster’s Men: Masculinities and Militarization in the North of Ireland, 1912-23, currently under review for publication by McGill-Queen’s University Press.
New and Visiting Faculty for 2010-2011
We will be joined next year by two new permanent faculty members. Professor Diarmuid Ó Giolláin, a world-renowned specialist in Irish folklore, will join us as a Keough-Naughton Fellow in the Departments of Irish Language and Literature and Anthropology. In Fall, 2010, Professor Ó Giolláin will teach an “Introduction to Irish Folklore” and and upper-level course on “Folklore, Literature and Irish National Culture.”
Professor Mary O’Callaghan, a splendid Irish language specialist, will join us in Fall, 2010 as Keough-Naughton Fellow in the Department of Irish Language and Literature to teach courses in “Beginning Irish I” and “Beginning Irish II.” We are delighted to have both Diarmuid Ó Giolláin and Mary O’Callaghan as Fellows of the Keough-Naughton Institute and members of their respective Departments and the Notre Dame family.
For the full 2010-2011 academic year, we will have two visiting Fellows. Our National Endowment for the Humanities Visiting Fellow will be Sonja Tiernan of Trinity College, Dublin, in residence in the Keough-Naughton Institute to finish her biography of Eva Gore-Booth. The Department of Irish Language and Literature will also have a Senior Fulbright Scholar, Professor Marcus Mac Coinnigh, of Queen’s University Belfast, in residence for the year. In Fall, 2010, he will teach a University Social Science Seminar and a 200 level course in the Department of Irish Language and Literature on “Ireland of the Proverb.” We will also welcome Marie Darmody who will be joining the Department of Irish Language and Literature as a Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant for the 2010-2011 academic year. Marie comes to us from the National University of Ireland, Galway and will be in residence at Notre Dame for the entire academic year. She will be teaching “Beginning Irish I” in the Fall of 2010.
For the Fall semester, 2010, Professor John Kelly of St. John’s College, Oxford, one of the world’s most eminent Yeats scholars, will teach a graduate seminar in the Department of English on “The Irish Revival.” He will be joined by Professor Ruan O’Donnell, Head of the Department of History at the University of Limerick, who will teach an undergraduate History course on “Revolutionary Ireland: 1916-1998.” For the Spring semester, 2010-2011, we are pleased to have arguably the greatest poet in the Irish language, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, return to our faculty as a Keough-Naughton Fellow and Professor of Irish Language and Literature. Noted Irish novelist Patrick McCabe, author of The Butcher Boy and other works, will also join us next Spring as a Keough-Naughton Fellow to teach a course in Creative Writing in the Department of English.
Confirmed visitors for the following year (2011-2012) will include Professor Clair Wills of Queen Mary’s College, University of London, who will be here in Fall, 2011 to teach a graduate course on twentieth-century Anglo-Irish literature in the Department of English.
Please give our new faculty and distinguished visitors a warm welcome.
Reflections on the Ryan Report
Please join us for "Founded on Fear? Reflections on the Ryan Report on Institutional Child Abuse in Ireland," a lecture by Professor Daire Keough tomorrow, March 30th at 12:00PM in 424 Flanner Hall.
Dr. Dáire Keogh is a senior lecturer in History at St Patrick’s College, Dublin City University. He is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and Glasgow University. He lectures in Early Modern European and Irish history. He has published widely on the history of religion in Ireland, radical politics and education. He was awarded a Government of Ireland Senior Research Fellowship to research the history Irish Christian Brothers, from their foundation in 1802 to 1968. The first volume of this appeared as Edmund Rice and the First Christian Brothers (Dublin, 2008). He is Principal Investigator of an ambitious plan to edit the correspondence of Cardinal Paul Cullen (1803-78). This project is funded by the Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences, and the correspondence will be published by the Irish Manuscripts Commission. Professor Keogh’s recent publications inclued: The Irish College and its World (Dublin, 2008), edited, with Albert McDonnell, 1798: A Bicentenary Perspective edited with Thomas Bartlett, David Dickson and Kevin Whelan (Dublin, 2003), Christianity in Ireland: Revisiting the story (Dublin, 2002), edited with Brendan Bradshaw, Acts Of Union; Causes, Context And Consequences Of The Act Of Union (Dublin, 2001), edited with Kevin Whelan and History of the Catholic Diocese of Dublin (Dublin, 1999), edited with James Kelly.
Irish Piano Recital-Lecture on Monday
This Monday, March 29th at 4:00 PM in the Annenberg Auditorium the Keough-Naughton Institute will host a lecture-recital in commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Aloys Fleischmann (1910-1992), a transformative figure in twentieth-century Irish cultural life who helped to create the circumstances in which classical music could grow and flourish. Fleischmann grew up in two cultures: that of his German musician parents and that of the new Ireland - of the founders of the Cork Gaelic League and Dramatic Society, Daniel Corkery and Terence McSwiney. He stands in the tradition of the Irish Revival, applying its principles and policies to the field of music; he was a fluent speaker of Irish; he worked all his life to record the folk music heritage and found in it a source of inspiration for his own compositions.
The concert is free and open to the public.
Contemporary Irish Cinema, March 26-28
Between Friday, March 26th –Sunday, March 28th the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies and the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center will bring Ireland’s best recent films to Michiana for a festival of Contemporary Irish Cinema. All screenings will be in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center
Friday March 26th
Saturday March 27
Irish Short Cuts: On the Lighter Side
will feature a collection of absolutely fantastic award-winning short comedy films.
9:30 PM Brothers (2009)
Brothers is directed by Jim Sheridan — one of Ireland’s greatest filmmakers—and stars Ethan Suplee, Sam Shepard, Jake Gyllenhaal and Natalie Portman.
Sunday March 28th
The Boys of St. Columb’s. St. Columb’s school in Derry graduated some of the important figures in recent Irish history, including Notre Dame Professor Seamus Deane, musician Paul Brady, and Nobel Laureates Seamus Heaney and John Hume. The film explores how the men’s time at the school shaped them, and how they went on to shape Ireland today.
Making Soap Operas in Ireland
To launch our weekend of Contemporary Irish Cinema, the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center and the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies will host "Making Soap Operas in Ireland: A Panel Discussion of Irish Language Television from Both Sides of the Camera" on Friday, March 26th at 3:00 PM in the Browning Cinema. All are welcome.
Students interested in careers in media and entertainment may find this talk particularly valuable.
In addition to screening clips from the groundbreaking serial drama Ros na Rún, the evening will feature a discussion between:
Maire Ní Thuathail
Managing Director, EO Teilifís
Anne Marie Horan
Actor, Ros na Rún
Irish Language & Literature
Bríona Nic Dhiarmada
Irish Language & Literature and Film Television & Theatre
Minor in Irish Language and Literature
Friday March 26th evening screenings are Five Minutes of Heaven (2009) starring actor Liam Neeson at 6:30PM and A Film with Me in It (2009) a comedy/thriller starring Irish comedian and smug twerp Dylan Moran.
Nesbitt Named Chancellor of University of UlsterJames Nesbitt, featured in Five Minutes of Heaven, is in the news.
Revising and Re-envisioning 19th-Century Irish Literature
Tuesday, March 2nd at 3:00PM Keough-Naughton Fellow and ND Ph.D. Heather Edwards will present "Revising and Re-envisioning 19th-Century Irish Literature: An Introduction to the Loeber Collection & Sample Case Study." Dr. Edwards' talk will provide an overview of one of the best collections of 19th-century Irish fiction in the world.
Finn Again: Huck Finn, Finn MacCool & the Salmon
The Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies will welcome Vicki Mahaffey’s lecture “Finn Again: Huck Finn, Finn MacCool & the Salmon; The Irish-American Odyssey of Finnegans Wake" on Friday, February 26th at 4:00 PM in 424 Flanner Hall. Professor Mahaffey is the Kirkpatrick Professor of English and Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Illinois. She is the author of Modernist Literature: Challenging Fictions (2007), States of Desire: Wilde, Yeats, Joyce and the Irish Experiment (1998) and Reauthorizing Joyce (1995). Please note that this talk will begin an hour later than the other talks in the series.
Ní Dhuibhne Reading
Please join the Institute for a bilingual reading by Éilís Ní Dhuibhne Thursday at 3:00PM in 424 Flanner Hall. Ní Dhuibhne’s work has won many awards – including the Stewart Parker award for Drama, the Butler Award for Prose, several Oireachtas Awards for novels in Irish, and three Bisto Awards for Children’s Literature. Her novel, The Dancers Dancing, was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, and her collection of short stories, The Pale Gold of Alaska, was selected as a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times. All are welcome.
Michael Collins Reading
Notre Dame graduate Michael Collins will read from his forthcoming novel Midnight in a Perfect Life in 126 DeBartolo Hall on Tuesday, February 16th at 4:15PM. More information about this award-winning novelist, ultra-marathoner and screenwriter can be found at michaelcollinsauthor.net.
Language Policy and Language Ideology
The Spring 2010 seminar will begin Friday, February 5th in 424 Flanner Hall at 3:00PM with a lecture by John C. Walsh, Language Policy and Language Ideology: from the Official Languages Act to Ireland’s Twenty-Year Strategy for the Irish Language. Dr. Walsh is a Lecturer
in the Department of Irish, School of Languages, Literatures and
Cultures at the National University of Ireland, Galway
The Origins of the Harp
Answers from the Grave
Ireland’s 18th-Century Revolution
Irish language film Poitín
Abusing a Tongue-Tied Man
Maria Edgeworth and the Science of FIction
Paul Muldoon Reading, Concert by Rackett
7:00 PM McKenna Auditorium
A Concert by Rackett
Princeton University/ The University of Rock
9:30 PM Legends
Irish-American Exchange on Human Rights
Celtic Arc Light
Her Vertical Smile
Aspects of Memory and Identity
Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly