Graduate Students Conference in Irish Studies: Tradition and Modernity


The 3rd International Postgraduate Conference in Irish Studies

20 – 21 September 2013

Centre for Irish Studies, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic



8:30 – 9:00     Registration

9:00 – 9:30      Opening Remarks

9:30 – 11:00    James Joyce

David Vichnar (Charles University, Prague) The Strange Case of Master Joyce and Disciple Beckett (respondent Darren Lee Dunning)

Darren Lee Dunning (University of Liverpool) James Joyce and Dana: An Irishman of Independent Thought (respondent Michal Kleprlík)

Michal Kleprlík (Palacký University Olomouc) James Joyce: North from the Future (respondent David Vichnar)

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break

11:30 – 13:00 Samuel Beckett and Cinema

Einat Adar (Charles University, Prague) Or Percipere: Self-Perception in Samuel Beckett’s Film (respondent David Vichnar)

Galina Kiryushina (Charles University, Prague) Not Only to Be Read: Aural and Visual Aspects of Samuel Beckett’s Ill Seen Ill Said (respondent Einat Adar)

Verónica Membrive Pérez (University of Almería) Echoes of Walter Starkie’s voice from The Road to Santiago in Luis Buñuel’s The Milky Way (respondent Hana Pavelková)

13:00 – 14:15 Lunch Break

14:30 – 16:00 Responses to the Conflict in Northern Ireland

Michaela Marková (Trinity College, Dublin) Haunting Legacies: Northern Irish Troubles Novels (respondent Matthew Sweney)

Benjamin Mallon  (St. Patrick’s College, Dublin) From Recollections of the Past, to Responsibility for the Future?: Peace Education on the Island of Ireland (respondent Henrik Forsberg)

Hana Pavelková (Charles University, Prague) Modernity and/or Tradition? Owen McCafferty’s Quietly and Frank McGuinness’s The Match Box (respondent Michaela Marková)

16:00 – 16:30 Coffee Break

16:30 – 18:00 Thomas Moore and Folklore

Sheila Rooney (Queen’s University, Belfast) Problematizing Primitivism: a Closer Look at Moore’s Irish Melodies (respondent Ken Ó Donnchú)

Joanne Burns (Queen’s University, Belfast) Performing ‘Irishness’: Thomas Moore and Sydney Owenson in the Nineteenth-Century English Drawing-Room (respondent Jack Fennell)


10:00 – 11:30 Nationalism and Identity

Henrik Forsberg (University of Helsinki) ‘And Righteous Men Must Make our Land A Nation Once Again.’ Constructing National Identities through History Textbooks by the End of 19th Century (respondent Maciej Ruczaj)

Maciej Ruczaj  (Charles University, Prague) Pearse the Messianist: Dialectics of Tradition and Revolutionary Change in Patrick Pearse’s Writings (respondent Radvan Markus)

Ríonnagh Sheridan (Queen’s University, Belfast) Small Houses, Short Fiction: Examining the Geography of Identity in Maeve Brennan’s 1920s Dublin(respondent David McKinney)

11:30 – 12:00 Coffee Break

12:00 – 13:00 Parallel Panels

Bás na Seanríthe agus an Teagasc Nua (trí mheán na Gaeilge)

Ken Ó Donnchú (Coláiste na hOllscoile Corcaigh) Plummer, Stokes agus Comthóth Lóegairi co Cretim 7 a Aided (freagróir Justin Quinn)

Hynek Janoušek  (Prifysgol Aberystwyth; Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh) ‘Ci ddú dún …?’ – Dlús, Forbairt agus Fóintiúlacht an Téasc in Aided Chonchobuir (freagróir Radvan Markus)

History of Madness

Julia McGrath (University of Limerick) The Medical Profession’s Challenge to the Authority of Limerick’s Aristocracy (respondent Michael Robinson)

Michael Robinson (University of Liverpool) The Mad Irish Soldier, 1914-1918 (respondent Julia McGrath)

13:00 – 14:30 Lunch Break

14:30 – 16:00 Contemporary Fiction

David McKinney (University College Dublin) ‘A Room in Beckett’s House: The Re-Emergence of the Beckettian Aesthetic in Recent Irish Fiction. (respondent  Michaela Marková)

Jack Fennell (University of Limerick) Welcome to the World of Tomorrow: The Conflict Between Tradition and Modernity in Irish Science Fiction (respondent Hynek Janoušek)

Julia Schwaninger (University of Vienna) Emigration from Ireland (from the 1920s to the Early 21st Century) as a Theme in Contemporary Irish Fiction (respondent Ríonnagh Sheridan)

16:00 – 16:30 Coffee Break

16:30 – 18:00 Tutored Session and Q & A on Research Methods and Job Applications

Dominic Bryan (Queen’s University, Belfast), Ondřej Pilný (Charles University Prague)

18:00 – 18:15 Concluding Remarks

The conference is hosted by the Centre for Irish Studies at Charles University, Prague and takes place under the aegis of the European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies (EFACIS). The event is supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ireland.

The conference fee is EUR 10, payable in cash at registration. Basic student accommodation will be provided for international participants upon request. Publication options will be discussed as part of the closing session of the conference.

Do not hesitate to contact us for any further inquiry.

Conference Committee:

Einat Adar, Michaela Marková, Radvan Markus, Hana Pavelková, Ondřej Pilný, Maciej Ruczaj, Martin Světlík

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