19 July 2022. What kind of relationship did the Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney have to Australia? How did his interactions with Australian poets shape his own work, and how has his poetry been received in the country? This paper will survey the relationship between Heaney and Australia: drawing on a range of archival material; exploring his friendships with writers including Vincent Buckley and Les Murray; and revisiting his 1994 appearance at the Melbourne Writers’ Festival, a significant moment in the poet’s career.
July 2022. The Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce will host a series of events across Australia this July, featuring keynote speaker Mary Lou McDonald, President of Sinn Féin and Leader of the Opposition in the 33rd Dáil. Ms McDonald will share her thoughts on the impact of the global pandemic, on the implications of Brexit, and on the role of Ireland in both Europe and the wider world from a business and geopolitical perspective going forward.
16 June 2022. 9am-5:30pm. The Oratory, Newman College. Stephen Dedalus famously declared his intention to ‘fly by’ the nets of nationality, language and religion. One hundred years after the publication of UIysses (1922), this symposium asks where Joyce might be ‘caught’ in the widest senses of that word. All welcome.
2 June 2022 at 6:00pm (AEST), Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, and online. The subject of Helen O'Shea’s new work, No Better Boy: Listening to Paddy Canny is an iconic fiddle player from the rural West of Ireland, whose life spanned the War of Independence, the new nation state’s slow emergence from poverty and isolation, and the rise of a national music culture. The book reveals how Paddy’s musical practice developed alongside critical developments in sound technology and consequent changes in listening practice and musical models. This lecture demonstrates the author’s adoption of creative non-fiction techniques to meet the twin challenges of writing a life story with virtually no written sources, and of producing musical analyses accessible to readers with and without formal music education.
The Irish History Students’ Association has launched a new podcast, to provide an informal platform for students of history to network with the wider academic community. The focus of each episode will be to disseminate new student research, which could take the form of a one-to-one conversation with an experienced scholar in your field, or a panel discussion bringing together students examining a similar research topic. Students and early-career researchers in Ireland studying any historical theme or period, along with those researching Irish history abroad, are invited to submit a proposal. The deadline for the first round of proposals is 12 May 2022.
24 March - 19 May 2022. Burning the Big House. The theme of this lecture series fills a gap in the historiographical debate, by focusing on the experiences of the Irish landed gentry and aristocracy during the revolutionary period 1920- 23, as seen through the prism of the burning of their Big Houses. 9 - 11 May 2022. 20th Annual Historic Houses International Conference (Hybrid). Exploring the Mental World of the Country House.
15 - 16 June 2022. We invite participants to reflect on the theme of ‘catching’ Joyce from any perspective. James Joyce has sometimes been caught – in the sense of confined – by a specialist Joyce industry. We are keen that this conference is inclusive and liberating in all senses, and we welcome those who don’t regard themselves as Joyceans. Traditional 15-20 minutes presentations are welcome. So too roundtables, seminars or themed group presentations amounting to 15-20 minutes per participant. Please abstracts by 1 April 2022.