CFP: Across the Waters – XXIX International James Joyce Symposium

14–19 June 2024
University of Glasgow

For James Joyce, as for many Irishmen and women, Glasgow was the first city he saw beyond his native shores. During the Summer of 1894, Joyce crossed to Scotland from Dublin on a Duke Line steamer with his father. It was also the city where his last book, Finnegans Wake, was printed by the firm of James MacLehose & Sons in Anniesland during the 1930s. One hundred and thirty years after Joyce’s visit, the University of Glasgow welcomes the International James Joyce Foundation to Scotland for the first time to hold the 29th biennial symposium.

The event’s title ‘Across the Waters’ spotlights the recent critical focus on the archipelagic in Irish and Modernist studies, which has inspired renewed scholarly attention to the historical, political, economic, cultural, and literary connections between Ireland and Scotland. Speakers are welcome to take their cue from the implications of migration, recirculation, diaspora, urbanisation, industry, and Celtic connections which our host city might suggest, as well as the ecocritical angle inherent to our theme. However, presentations and papers will not be restricted to such topics, and speakers at ‘Across the Waters’ are invited to explore further crossings, transitions, and new encounters within Joyce’s works and beyond. As well as being a scholarly occasion, we will be offering a programme of cultural events designed to show the city at its vibrant and diverse best.


We invite proposals for both individual papers and fully-formed panels on any theme related to the life, work, and reception of James Joyce. If you would like to respond to the ‘Across the Waters’ theme, or to the history of Glasgow as a place, you might address the following topics in Joyce’s works:

  • Migration and diaspora
  • Scottish-Irish connections
  • Travel and ocean voyages
  • Ecocriticism and the blue humanities
  • Archipelagic approaches and perspectives
  • Urbanisation and architecture
  • Industrialisation
  • Labour
  • Climate Change
  • Medicine
  • Religion
  • Empire
  • Printing and the book arts
  • The Art Nouveau movement
  • The Scottish Enlightenment
  • Food and drink cultures
  • Sport cultures

To propose an individual 20 minute paper (approx. 2,600 words), please submit a 250-word abstract that includes the speaker’s name and academic affiliation (if applicable) alongside the paper title. To propose a panel, the chair should submit a 500-word abstract for the panel as a whole that includes the namesacademic affiliations, and email addresses of all participants; the title of the panel as well as the titles of each individual paper; and the name and affiliation of the panel chair and respondent (if any). Please also include any access or scheduling requirements in your submission.

Please note that participants are limited to one paper and one non-paper panel appearance (e.g. as panel chair or respondent). Proposed panels may have a maximum of four speakers, in which case papers should be 15 minutes (approx. 1,950 words). The panel chair may also give a paper, in which instance it is customary for the panel chair to be scheduled last.

The deadline for paper or panel proposals is 2 February 2024. Proposals should be sent (as attachments: doc, docx, or pdf) to the academic committee at

International James Joyce Foundation Scholarships

As in previous years, the International James Joyce Foundation will sponsor a number of scholarships to enable graduate students and early career researchers to attend the Symposium. Each scholarship will be worth €1000. Details will be posted soon.

Registration, Accessibility, and Inclusion

Please keep in mind that all participants must be members in good standing of the International James Joyce Foundation: non-members or members whose registration has lapsed will not be scheduled. As part of the registration process, attendees will be asked to  agree to a code of conduct to ensure the conference is a safe and inclusive space. The Academic Committee will schedule panels and events in a representative, fair, and inclusive manner in line with the recommendations of the 2022 Joyce Women’s Caucus. A clear access and inclusion statement, including accessibility details for the spaces in which official symposium events are to take place, will be provided on the symposium website and programme. For current information on these issues click here.

Host Committee:

John Coyle, Matthew Creasy, and Vassiliki Kolocotroni (University of Glasgow)

Academic Committee:

Katherine Ebury (University of Sheffield) and Paul Fagan (Maynooth University)