MISS Programme

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

MISS will continue online for the second half of the year, and speakers from outside of Melbourne have been invited to contribute. Zoom links for seminars will be sent closer to the meeting dates. Arrangements for in-person meetings will be confirmed in-line with the current government advice. The MISS committee is also considering options that will allow online attendance at in-person seminars (hybrid events). 

Unless otherwise indicated, seminars begin at 6:30pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (Melbourne); 8.30pm New Zealand Standard Time (Wellington); 9:30am Irish Standard Time (Dublin). Recordings for some seminars are also available on this page. For event details please RSVP melbirishstudies [at] gmail.com. General queries may be addressed to melbirishstudies [at] gmail.com or dianne.hall [at] vu.edu.au

2021 SEMINAR PROGRAMME

Semester 2, 2021

Tuesday 10th August, 2021 at 6:30pm (AEST) on Zoom
A/Prof. Katie Barclay, University of Adelaide
Men on Trial: Performing emotion, embodiment and identity in Ireland, 1800-45

Tuesday 14th September, 2021 at 6:30pm (AEST) on Zoom
Prof. Emerit. Peter Kuch, University of Otago
The Sydney Theatre and the Irish play in the 1830s

Tuesday 28th September, 2021 at 7:30pm (AEST) on Zoom (n.b. later start time)
Prof. Fearghal McGarry and Dr Darragh Gannon, Queen’s University, Belfast
Ireland 1922 : Independence, Partition, Civil War

Semester 1, 2021

Tuesday 23rd March, 2021 at 12:00 noon (AEDT) on Zoom
Prof. Jane McGaughey, Concordia University, Canada.
“These raving maniacs”: Gender, Ethnicity, and the Irish in Canadian Colonial Lunatic Asylums, 1832-1868

Tuesday 20th April, 2021 at 6:30pm (AEST) on Zoom
Clive Probyn, Emeritus Professor of English, Monash University.
Anglo-Irish roads to Jonathan Swift

Tuesday 18th May, 2021 at 6:30pm (AEST) on Zoom
Dr Sophie Cooper, Teaching Fellow in Irish History, University of Leicester
Women and the shaping of Irish identities in Melbourne 1857-1920

Tuesday 29th June, 2021 at 6:30pm (AEST) on Zoom
Dr Jeff Kildea, Dr Perry McIntyre and Dr Richard Reid
To Foster an Irish Spirit – writing the centenary history of the Irish National Association of Australasia


UPCOMING SEMINARS

Details for any upcoming seminars are listed immediately below. Recordings and details of past seminars are provided further down the page.

MISS Online: Ireland 1922 : Independence, Partition, Civil War

28 September 2021. This seminar will be about the forthcoming collection of articles, Ireland 1922: Independence, Partition, Civil War, edited by Darragh Gannon and Fearghal McGarry and to be published by Royal Irish Academy. The collection examines 1922 through key incidents and different perspectives including material culture, violence, gender, politics and the diaspora. A pivotal year in Irish history, 1922 saw the ratification of the Anglo-Irish Treaty leading to the establishment of the Irish Free State, the outbreak of the Irish Civil War, and the consolidation of partition as Northern Ireland opted out of the Free State settlement.

MISS Online: The Sydney Theatre and the Irish play in the 1830s

14 September 2021. Prof. Peter Kuch on The Sydney Theatre and the Irish play in the 1830s. For the most part, Irish roles in the plays produced at the Sydney Theatre Royal throughout the 1830s are notable for their wit, whimsy, sociability and fortuitous problem solving. But as the decade progressed, a reaction set in that saw the re-emergence of the Stage Irishman. The story of the Irish on the Sydney stage throughout the 1830s is a story of Irish character roles and ‘ersatz Irish’ commercial forms. 


NEWMAN COLLEGE

After seminars the speaker usually joins any interested audience members for dinner at a local cafe or hotel. Queries about the seminar series may be directed to any of the MISS convenors: Philip Bull (La Trobe University), Frances Devlin-Glass (Deakin University), Dianne Hall (Victoria University), Elizabeth Malcolm (University of Melbourne), or Ronan McDonald (University of Melbourne)


RECORDINGS

14 September 2021, Prof. Emerit. Peter Kuch
The Sydney Theatre and the Irish play in the 1830s

10 August 2021, A/Prof. Katie Barclay
Men on Trial: Performing emotion, embodiment and identity in Ireland, 1800-45

29 June 2021, Dr Richard Reid, Dr Jeff Kildea, and Dr Perry McIntyre
To Foster an Irish Spirit – writing the centenary history of the Irish National Association of Australasia

18 May 2021, Dr Sophie Cooper
Women and the shaping of Irish identities in Melbourne 1857-1920

20 April 2021, Prof. Clive Probyn
Anglo-Irish roads to Jonathan Swift

23 March 2021, Prof. Jane McGaughey
“These raving maniacs”: Gender, Ethnicity, and the Irish in Canadian Colonial Lunatic Asylums, 1832-1868

8 December 2020, Prof. Jeff Kildea
Hugh Mahon’s expulsion from the Australian parliament in 1920

1 December 2020, Dr Robert Lindsey
Vincent Hearnes and the cultural landscape of Irish Australia

17 November 2020, Dr Craig Pett
The death of Swift’s printer John Harding: new evidence that implicates Swift

13 October 2020, Prof. Sonja Tiernan
Commemorating controversy: Women and the shaping of Modern Ireland


PAST SEMINARS

MISS Online: Women and the shaping of Irish identities in Melbourne, 1857-1920

18 May 2021. Traditional migrant histories have emphasised the role of male ‘culture brokers’ in the shaping of migrant communities to the exclusion of influential women. This paper will argue that the priest, the politician, and the publican need to be joined by the teacher and the nun when assessing the influences on multigenerational Irish and Irish Catholic identity in Melbourne.

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MISS Online: Anglo-Irish roads to Jonathan Swift

20 April 2021. What was the relationship between Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver’s Travels (1726) and his own experience of contemporary Anglo-Irish travel? The Irish Sea made Swift into a restless and necessary traveller capable of living in the space between an imperial England and a colonised Ireland, never at home in any one place.

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MISS Online: Gender, Ethnicity, and the Irish in Canadian Colonial Lunatic Asylums, 1832-1868

23 March 2021. No study has yet undertaken a detailed analysis of how the Great Irish Famine and negative stereotypes about the Irish affected the rate of their incarceration in Canadian lunatic asylums. Drawing on asylum admission records, case files, annual reports, casebooks, and administrative letters, this paper investigates how being Irish affected the medical treatment offered in Canadian colonial lunatic asylums and the gendered significance these medical determinations had on beliefs about the Irish before Canadian Confederation in 1867.

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