CFP: PhD seminar in Irish Studies in Europe

Leuven, 25-29 August 2014

Deadline for submission of project and bio: 15 February 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 from different countries (Ireland & Europe get preference but others can apply too) who work on an Ireland-related topic 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)

–          Seminar leaders are Prof. dr. Jane Ohlmeyer (Trinity College Dublin), Prof. Dr. Katharina Rennhak (Universität Wuppertal), Prof. Dr. Dirk Van Hulle (Joyce Centre & Genetic Text Centre Universiteit Antwerpen)

Students can apply by submitting a CV and a short description of their research project (up to 1,000 words) before the 15th of February 2014. The number of participants is limited to 25; you will be notified on 28 February.

The registration fee for this seminar will be 250 EUR for the week. 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 Irish college 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. There will be five scholarships available in the form of a big discount for people with low or no income, as the tuition fee will be waived (so you only pay 130 EUR for the whole week). Candidates for grants should send, along with their abstract and biography, a letter from their supervisor to confirm their suitability for a grant.

Participants or their institutions must be members of EFACIS.

For applications and further information, please contact Hedwig Schwall at