MELBOURNE IRISH STUDIES SEMINARS: An Inter-University Forum for Irish and Irish-Australian Studies


An Inter-University Forum for Irish and Irish-Australian Studies


Tuesdays, 6 pm to 7.30 pm


When entering from Swanston Street, turn right into the main College building and up the stairs on the right of the corridor. Pre-seminar drinks will be at 6 p.m. and the paper will commence at 6.15 pm.


‘The Republican Police and Courts during the Irish War of Independence’

Dr Anastasia Dukova (Griffith University, Brisbane)


WEDNESDAY 21 June 2017 (note irregular day)

‘Killurin to Kalgoorlie: the making of Hugh Mahon’.

Jeff Kildea (Adjunct Professor in Irish Studies, University of NSW)

This paper will be accompanied by the launch of Jeff Kildea’s new book on Mahon.


TUES. 25 July 2017

‘Pathways to Permanence: Irish Working Holidaymakers in Australia’

Fidelma Breen (University of Adelaide)

TUES. 1 August 2017

‘The Witness and the Archive: Digitising Memories of Childhood Abuse in Ireland’

Emilie Pine (Associate Professor in Modern Drama at the School of English, Drama and Film, University College Dublin).

Those who wish to do so may join the group for dinner and/or a drink after the seminar at Naughton’s Hotel in Royal Parade.

These are free public seminars. For further details email < <> OR <>. OR<>

Convenors:Philip Bull (LaTrobe University), Frances Devlin-Glass (Deakin University); Dianne Hall (Victoria University); Elizabeth Malcolm (University of Melbourne)

TUES. 19th September

Dr Debra Smith (Research Fellow, Victoria University, Melbourne)

“How do you feel about that?: Talking with the Provos about emotion”

Abstract: This papers uses data drawn from interviews conducted with 15 former members of the Provisional Irish Republican Army to highlight some of the ways that emotion is intertwined with decisions to use violence in pursuit of a substate political goal.

TUES. 21 Nov 2017

Peter Kuch (Eamon Cleary Professor of Irish Studies at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand)

‘Irish Divorce and James Joyce’s Ulysses’.

Peter Kuch challenges the long-held conviction that prior to the second divorce referendum of 1995 Irish people could not obtain a divorce that gave them the right to remarry. Joyce knew otherwise. Obtaining a decree absolute in Edwardian Ireland, rather than separation from bed and board, was possible.

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