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University College Dublin

 

The 2007 IASIL conference takes place at University College Dublin

Monday 16 July - Friday 20 July

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Full final programme to be published online week beginning 9 July

Registration for IASIL 2007 closed on 15 May 2007

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VARIETIES OF IRISHNESS

Keynote Speakers: Professor Anne Fogarty (University College Dublin), Professor Nicholas Grene (Trinity College Dublin), Professor Cheryl Herr (University of Iowa), Professor Declan Kiberd (University College Dublin)

This topic was suggested by the Ireland of the 21st century and how it is impacting on the development of Irish literatures. Ireland is a country transformed by the economic success of the Celtic Tiger and the replacement of decades of emigration by immigrants from a wide variety of countries. How that phenomonon is being represented, both by those already here and by the new arrivals, is a major area of investigation for Irish literary and cultural studies. A decade earlier, the cultural contribution of the Irish diaspora achieved greater prominence through the speeches of then-president Mary Robinson. At the 2006 IASIL Sydney conference, a call went out for more attention to writing from that diaspora, from the literatures in the various countries to which the Irish emigrated and on which they impacted. The Irish contribution to Australian life and letters was a notable focus of the keynote addresses by writers Tom Kenneally and David Malouf. In the longer historic context, varieties of Irishness still has resonance in relation to the two tribes on the island. Different forms of Irish identity and belief challenge the monolith of Catholic nationalism but that monolith in turn obscures contested issues within those two key terms.

The topic is also meant to highlight issues of gender in the cultural and literary context – to encourage the strong feminist strand that was so prominent in the 2004 IASIL Galway conference. Marina Carr’s profile as the only Irish woman playwright to have achieved both international success and scholarly attention suggests the continued need to focus attention on those women writers who are marginalised in both the record and the canon. There has been increased attention to gay writers in recent conferences and queer theory is bound to proceed beyond Joyce studies, as was evident from the ‘Queering Beckett’ panel at the 2005 IASIL Prague conference. ‘Varieties of Irishness’ will also, it is hoped, broaden the focus to other areas of Irish representation – such as film, video, dance, art, music – and encourage emphasis on a wide variety of writing – there was a wonderful paper at Sydney on Roy Keane’s autobiography, for example. None of this is intended to take away from attention to the major writers whose works have and will continue to dominate IASIL conferences and the Irish literary scene – not only from Yeats and Joyce on but to writers from earlier periods such as Spenser, Swift, Edgeworth and Boucicault; the topic should equally accommodate them.

Papers about Irish language authors will be particularly welcome.

Read the first call for papers, issued October 2006

 

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