MISS: Melbourne Irish Studies Seminar

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

Tuesdays, 6 pm to 7.30 pm @ THE ORATORY, NEWMAN COLLEGE


Semester 1 2019

Tuesday 26th March

Sharon Crozier-De Rosa, University of Wollongong
‘A Sword of Light…or a Swashbuckling and Murderous Fraud? Contesting Memories of the Violent Revolutionary Irish Woman’.

Female revolutionaries were written out of the national historical narrative in postcolonial Ireland, forming a repressed memory for almost seventy years, until feminist scholars resurrected their stories. Constance Markievicz, however, was a notable exception. She was remembered; but she was also misremembered. In the first section of the paper, I look at how revolutionary men in the Irish Free State and later the Irish Republic represented their revolutionary sister in their speeches, memoirs, and biographies. In the relative absence of state and academic forms of remembering revolutionary women, these often vitriolic recollections have been pivotal in directing twentieth-century attitudes towards female activists. In the second section, I analyse how Markievicz is remembered through public memorials, north and south of the Irish border she fought against. How has the memory of female militant nationalism manifested itself differently in: the post-colonial Republic of Ireland, a state wary of ongoing violence in the north; and, in Northern Ireland, home of the devastating Troubles (1969–1998) and potential site of further violence given the Brexit debacle?

Biographical Note: 
Sharon Crozier-De Rosa is a Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Wollongong. She is the author of Shame and the Anti-Feminist Backlash: Britain, Ireland and Australia, 1890-1920 (Routledge 2018) and Remembering Women’s Activism, co-written with Vera Mackie (Routledge 2019). Sharon is the Deputy Editor of Women’s Historical Review. She blogs at The Militant Woman [themilitantwoman.wordpress.com]. Follow Sharon on Twitter @S_CrozierDeRosa.

Tuesday 16th April
Patrick Morgan
“The Mannix Era”

Thursday 16th May
Sinead Burke
Disability advocacy

Monday June 3rd
Peter Burke
“True to Ireland, Eire’s conscientious objectors in New Zealand in World War II.”


Past Events

Tuesday 12th February 2019

Prof. Regina Uí Chollatáin School of Irish, Celtic Studies and Folklore, University College Dublin

Revival and Irish language media: The Australian Connection

‘The sentiment “Ireland a nation” finds an echo in the hearts of the “sea-divided Gael”… The revival of the Gaelic language is one of the most hopeful signs of the times’.

This is one of the prominent references to the Irish language Revival in The Advocate (Melbourne) on March 16th 1907. It is the first mention of the Irish Revival in an editorial and one of many gleanings from the Advocate newspaper on the Gaelic Revival connections in Australia. This talk will review this newspaper content in the context of the background to Irish language media and the Gaelic Revival in a national and international context.

Thursday 8 November, 2018

5.30pm – 7:00pm (Please note this event is on a Thursday), The Oratory, Newman College, Swanston Street

Newman College in association with the Gerry Higgins Chair of Irish Studies and the Melbourne Irish Studies Seminar and are pleased to present

Archbishop Goold and the Invention of Melbourne

Paola Colleoni (University of Melbourne) will talk about St. Patrick’s Cathedral; Huw Sandaver (Mannix Library) on Visualising Goold’s Library; and Prof. Jaynie Anderson (University of Melbourne) Goold’s Passion for Late Baroque Painting.

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Tuesday 18 September, 2018

The D’Altons of Dublin: An Irish Regency Romance

Dr Craig D’Alton

Tuesday 21 November, 2017

Irish Divorce and James Joyce’s Ulysses

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

Tuesday 19 September, 2017

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

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

Tuesday 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)

Tuesday 25 July, 2017

Pathways to Permanence: Irish Working Holidaymakers in Australia

Fidelma Breen (University of Adelaide)

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.