Melbourne Irish Studies Seminars (MISS)
An Inter-University Forum for Irish and Irish-Australian Studies
Given the current situation in Melbourne seminars for semester 2 will be offered online via zoom and will include some great international speakers. Further details will be published here as speakers are confirmed.
2020 MISS Online Seminar Programme
Tuesday 1st September, 2020. Prof. Brian Bocking
A long-lost canvas: Early Irish Buddhists in Melbourne
Tuesday 13th October, 2020. Prof. Sonja Tiernan
Commemorating controversy: Women and the shaping of Modern Ireland
Tuesday 17th November, 2020. Dr Craig Pett
The death of Swift’s printer John Harding: new evidence that implicates Swift
Tuesday 1st December, 2020. Dr Robert Lindsey
Vincent Hearnes and the cultural landscape of Irish Australia
Seminars start at 6:30pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time (Melbourne); 8.30pm New Zealand Daylight Time (Wellington); 7:30am Greenwich Mean Time (Dublin)
For zoom details RSVP: melbirishstudies [at] gmail.com.
For queries contact: melbirishstudies [at] gmail.com or dianne.hall [at] vu.edu.au
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)
13 October, 2020. The intention of this paper is to track the use of commemorations, which have played a pivotal role in Ireland as a way of re-evaluating the ideals and objectives of those who fought for an independent county. A central focus is to examine commemorations at various stages so that we can follow the changing position of women in Ireland and gain insight as to how women’s contributions to the shaping of modern Ireland were in effect written out of Irish history books, until recently.
1 September, 2020. Thousands of fragments of information, loose ends, straight fabrications and apparent contradictions have provided a research window into hitherto unsuspected Buddhist links between Ireland and Australia (and many other places) around the turn of the twentieth century. The careers of Dhammaloka and Charles Pfoundes, two of the most significant international Buddhist pioneers of their time, entirely lost to history until now, will be discussed.
February 11, 2020. Dr Darragh Gannon, Queen’s University, Belfast.2020 O’Donnell Irish Studies Fellow. Making Mannix global, 1919-1923: a Melbourne reader. Newman College, Melbourne
December 4, 2018. Michael Murphy, University College Cork will present on the The Great Irish Famine Online. A joint project between Geography Department University college Cork and The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.