PhD seminar in Irish Studies in Europe

Leuven, 25-29 August 2014


Following the very successful editions of 2010 and 2012, the Leuven Centre for Irish Studies of the University of Leuven will organise its third PhD seminar in Irish Studies in August 2014, in collaboration with EFACIS and with the Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe.

The aim is to give PhD students in Irish Studies from different European countries the opportunity

– to present their research in a congenial, interdisciplinary environment,

– to receive feedback and advice from established scholars and students with various backgrounds,

– to hone their methodological skills,

– to deepen their knowledge of the different aspects of Irish literature and culture, history and society.

The programme will consist of

– lectures by invited keynote speakers from different universities,

– workshops which will discuss the state of a given field or methodological/theoretical approach, using selected texts as a basis for discussion; practical aspects of research (e.g. where and how to publish) will also be discussed

– student papers: presentation of (aspects of) participants’ own research projects followed by discussions.

Confirmed plenary speakers are

–          Dr. Anne Mulhall (University College Dublin)

–          Prof . Dr. Matt Campbell (University of York)

–          Prof. Dr. Claire Connolly (University College Cork)

–          Prof. Dr. Mary Daly (University College Dublin)

Students can apply by submitting a CV and a short description of their research project (up to 1,000 words) before the 31st of January 2014. The number of participants is limited to 25.

The registration fee for this seminar will be 250€. This will cover both tuition fee and accommodation, more specifically (1) participation in the seminars and lectures, (2) accommodation in twin rooms with breakfast in the beautifully refurbished Irishcollege in Leuven, (3) registration as KU Leuven visiting scholar with access to library facilities (including JSTOR’s Ireland Collection, British Periodicals Online, Project Muse and lots of other sources) and (4) insurance.

Participants or their institutions must be members of EFACIS.

For applications and further information, please contact Hedwig Schwall at