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.
10 May 2022. Ulsterman John Black left Belfast after the Seven Years War to establish a Caribbean node in his family’s Atlantic network. He became enmeshed in transatlantic slavery in Grenada and Trinidad as a slave trader, planter and colonial administrator. His daughter Adele was born in Spanish Trinidad and spent most of her childhood in Belfast, before returning to the Caribbean to raise a family with her Irish husband. Both yearned for a return to Ireland but lived out their lives in Trinidad. Father and daughter illuminate the ways of being Irish in a dysfunctional, crisis-ridden slave society, with the complexities and challenges that entailed.
22 March 2022. The transnational history of the 'Ireland Question' in the imperial and ethico-political imaginary of radical and labour movements in (White) Australia during the 'Irish revolutionary period', broadly conceived, are explored in this paper by Dr. Jimmy Yan. It traces the contestation of 'Ireland' as a political signifier, with attention to its constitutive differences, transnational circuitries, utopian investments, relations of recognition and desire, and articulatory practices. Combining attention to settler-colonial difference with the discursive articulation of political forms, it situates the 'Ireland Question' firstly in relation to the political as a signifier of settler ambivalence, and secondly to politics as a social movement.
Another year disrupted. Another unforeseen turning in the widening gyre. For this year’s conference, which will be fully online, we seek papers, panels, and roundtables on the following, as well as any or all other topics in Irish Studies: Imagined and real Irish pasts; Speculative and potential Irish futures; Irish encounters with other fields of study; Imbricated Irish experiences; Teaching Irish Studies in new contexts.
24-25 June 2022. The 2022 SSNCI Conferences offers a unique opportunity to explore conflict as a critical lens and to bring together not just researchers from a range of disciplinary backgrounds and international and transnational perspectives. Papers are invited from researchers based around the world and in all disciplines that engage with the history of conflict relative to Ireland and Irish people in the nineteenth century.
VIth International Flann O'Brien Conference. 6 - 9 April 2022. Boston. Boston College is happy to host the VIth International Flann O’Brien Conference. After Vienna, Rome, Prague, Salzburg, and Dublin, this will be the first time Flanneurs will gather outside Europe. Delayed by a year due to Covid, the conference will take place in Boston from Wednesday evening, April 6, through Saturday evening, April 9, 2022. We offer a hearty advance welcome to Flannoraks for an opportunity to return, finally, to the delights of a face-to-face conference (sorry, no virtual or hybrid participation, but those who do come might encounter some form of virtual or augmented reality!). All are invited to respond to our Call for Papers. Please submit your proposal by the January 31 deadline. The title and theme of the conference—Flannagain: in far Amurikey—speak to the circumstances of its inception and its venue: our (hoped-for!) relief from the pandemic, and our location at the Hub of the Unified Stations.