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The IRISH Seminar

Since 1999, the IRISH Seminar has been nurturing a cosmopolitan community of young scholars and providing an intellectual infrastructure for scholarly collaboration. The Seminar adopts a flexible approach to Irish Studies, less constrained by the firmness of institutional boundaries and disciplinary consolidation. It is self-reflective about professional and intellectual formation, while seeking to foster a supportive environment that develops the intellectual poise of emerging scholars.

Seminar sessions elicit sustained feedback between faculty and participants. Ideas are taken seriously, the exchanges occur in a dialogical manner, and there is a real focus on fostering a community of learning. Alongside formal sessions, there are readings, theater visits, archive and library visits, and field trips. Participants have been drawn from third level institutions across the globe. The mingling of graduate students from various parts of the world and different disciplines provides a matrix for stimulating debate.

The IRISH Seminar has been presented annually since 1999 at ND’s Dublin Global Gateway in O’Connell House. A flagship program for Irish Studies at Notre Dame, the Seminar has taken place in Dublin, Kylemore, Paris, Buenos Aires, and Oxford.

Faculty have included two Nobel Prize winners (Seamus Heaney, Derek Walcott), some of the world’s pre-eminent scholars (Edward Said, Fred Jameson, Giovanni Arrighi, Jacqueline Rose, Homi Bhabha, Benedict and Perry Anderson) and celebrated writers (Edna O’Brien, Paul Muldoon, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, John McGahern, Medbh McGuckian, Ciaran Carson, Nuala Ó Faoláin, Alice McDermott). Leading figures in Irish Studies participating in the Irish Seminar have included Elizabeth Cullingford, Emer Nolan, Clair Wills, Marjorie Howes, Siobhán Kilfeather, Máirín Nic Eoin, David Lloyd, and Joe Cleary.

List of past seminars

2021 IRISH Seminar

The 2021 IRISH Seminar will take place online from 8-18 June.

Is21 Poster Final

The IRISH Seminar 2021 invites faculty and graduate students to participate in a series of roundtable discussions, seminars, and public talks spanning a range of Irish Studies topics including:

  • The State of Irish History
  • Irish Studies from austerity to pandemic
  • Black Ireland
  • Irish Theatre & the Pandemic
  • Life Writing
  • Children's Literature in Ireland
  • Beyond 2022: digital humanities & Irish Studies

Faculty and speakers include: Claire Bracken, Nessa Cronin, Michael Cronin, Mike Cronin, Enda Delaney, Anne Dolan, Eric Falci, Renée Fox, Korey Garibaldi, Patrick Griffin, Susan Cannon Harris, Carole Holohan, Declan Kiberd, Lynn Kigallon, Jarlath Killeen, Chanté Mouton-Kinyon, Louise Lowe, Ian McBride, Barry McCrea, Tim Murtagh, Caitríona Ní Dhúill, Doireann Ní Gríofa, Brian Ó Conchubhair, Nuala O'Connor, Maggie O'Neill, Emilie Pine, Annie Ryan, Colm Tóibín, Sarah Townsend.

Due to ongoing travel restrictions, the programme will take place in an online format inviting international faculty and participants to contribute via conference call. Notre Dame graduate students will have the opportunity to meet in person in line with COVID regulations on campus.

2021 IRISH Seminar Schedule

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The IRISH Seminar is interdisciplinary and open to all faculty and graduate students. Students applying from the University of Notre Dame will be admitted as participants while students and faculty applying from other universities will be admitted as associates.

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