Lectures, Seminars and Readings Spring 2005


February 4th

A Reluctant Observer: Swift and Architecture
Joseph McMinn, Professor of Anglo-Irish Studies at the University of Ulster at Jordanstown
Visiting Keough Faculty Fellow and Distinguished Professor, 2004-2005

February 11th

Ireland before Nationalism: The Evolution of National Identity in Irish Bardic Poetry, 1541-1649
Sîan White, University of Notre Dame

February 25th

Passive Resistance: Michael Davitt and the Positivist School of Criminology
Sean O'Brien, University of Notre Dame


March 4th

Racing through the Atlantic: The Americas, Ireland, and Dissent
Ivy Wilson, University of Notre Dame

March 18th

Roger Casement and the Dystopian Archive
Angus Mitchell, Department of Global Studies, St. Lawrence University


April 6th

Catholic Modernism and the Irish Avant-Garde
James Wilson, University of Notre Dame

April 14-17th

The American Conference for Irish Studies

The Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies will host the 43rd Annual Meeting of The American Conference for Irish Studies. In conjunction with the conference, the Keough Institute will also host a series of musical, theatrical, and literary performances, including a performance by premier Irish musical group Altán, hosted by the new Marie P. DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts; readings by Irish poet Cathal Ó Searcaigh and writer Nuala O'Faolain; a special exhibit at the Snite Museum by Irish painter Margaret Corcoran; a staged reading by actor Stephen Rea; recitals by the traditional Irish singers Maighread and Tríona Ni Dhómhnaill; a special display of the Hesburgh Library's unique holdings in manuscripts, books, and maps, including the newly acquired Loeber Collection; and a lecture-demonstration by Jean Butler, the original Riverdance star and Irish dance innovator. This event will also coincide with a reception and celebration hosted by the Keough Institute to mark the 25th Anniversary of the foundation of Field Day and the official launch of the Field Day Review, a new annual journal of Irish criticism and culture, edited by Keough faculty Breandán Mac Suibhne and Seamus Deane.

The plenary speakers include James R. Barrett, Professor of History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Angela Bourke, Senior Lecturer in Modern Irish, University College Dublin; Seamus Deane, Professor of English and Donald and Marilyn Keough Professor of Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame; Thomas Kilroy, International award-winning novelist and playwright; Joep Leerssen, Professor of Modern European Literature and co-chair of the Programme in European Studies at the University of Amsterdam; Nuala O'Faolain, Irish Times columnist and award-winning writer; David Roediger, Kendrick C. Babcock Professor of History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Katie Trumpener, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Yale University.


May 1-3

Forms of Empire

Forms of Empire, An International Conference, seeks to redress the realities of historical and contemporary imperialism and expand the ways in which we comprehend the political and ethical implications of colonial practices and what role our forms of investigation play in the knowledge we produce. Speakers include: Patrick Brantlinger (Indiana), Amanda Anderson (Johns Hopkins), Luke Gibbons (Notre Dame), Kate Baldwin (Notre Dame), Aamir Mufti (UCLA), and Anthony Barrymore.