Irish Studies Seminar | Newberry

Irish Studies Seminar

“Hibernia siue Irlanda insula maxima inter Brittanniam & Hispaniam,” by Ferrando Bertelli, 1560.

The Newberry Irish Studies Seminar provides a forum to further understanding of Irish culture both nationally and globally by bringing together scholars from across this methodologically varied discipline. We welcome papers that address a wide range of topics pertaining to Ireland, including but not limited to memory, diaspora, religion, class relations, emigration and immigration, social movements and activism, culture, politics, gender and sexuality, violence, medicine and health. We are particularly interested in works that feature new or novel approaches to Irish Studies and which focus on underrepresented aspects of Irish culture, literature, or history.

The Irish Studies Seminar is supported by Mr. and Mrs. William F. Mahoney and Christine and Michael Pope, and the DePaul University Irish Studies Program.

If you have questions, please contact seminar co-coordinators, Keelin Burke, the Newberry, Bridget English, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Colleen English, Loyola University.

The Call for Proposals for 2020-2021 is now closed. Please check back in Spring 2021 for more information.

This seminar is free and open to faculty members, independent scholars, graduate students, and interested members of the public. Each session features a work in-progress paper that will be pre-circulated; please email scholarlyseminars@newberry.org to RSVP and request a paper. In 2020-2021, all sessions will be held virtually via Zoom. Sessions will begin at 11 am Central Time.

Seminar Schedule 2020-2021

Friday, September 11, 2020
The Problem of Capitalism in Irish Catholic Social Thought, 1922-1950, Aidan Beatty
Friday, October 2, 2020
‘Goodbye now, naughty darling’: Henry Flower Esq and the Uses and Disadvantages of History for Life in James Joyce’s Ulysses, Matthew Fogarty
Friday, November 13, 2020
Silence, Shame, and Escape in Contemporary Mermaid and Selkie Stories, Molly Ferguson
Friday, February 5, 2021
Political Friendships and Personal Vendettas: Irish-American Relations During World War II, Karen Garner
Friday, March 19, 2021
‘Ambassadors of Irish taste’: the marketing of ‘Culture Ireland’ in the United States, 1889-1922, Margaret Kelleher
Friday, April 9, 2021
A New Form of Beauty: Irish postpunk and the liberalization of Ireland, 1977-1991, Kenneth Shonk