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Seventh PhD seminar in Irish Studies: 'Irish Studies in Europe'

Seventh PhD seminar in Irish Studies: 'Irish Studies in Europe'

 
Following the very successful editions of 2010, 2012 and 2014, the Leuven Centre for Irish Studies of the University of Leuven will organise its fourth PhD seminar in Irish Studies in 2016, in collaboration with EFACIS and with the Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe. The programme can be viewed here.
 
The aim is to give PhD students in Irish Studies from different European countries the opportunity
-          to present their research in a congenial, interdisciplinary environment,
-          to receive feedback and advice from established scholars and students with various backgrounds,
-          to hone their methodological skills,
-          to deepen their knowledge of the different aspects of Irish literature and culture, history and society.
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The programme will consist of
-          lectures by invited keynote speakers, all renowned scholars in different fields of Irish studies
-          workshops on different critical theories and methodologies convened by academic experts
-          student presentations, where participants present their own research for an audience of scholars and peers
 
Confirmed plenary speakers are
-          Prof . Ondrej Pilny (Charles University Prague)

​-            Dr. Eamonn Hughes (Queen's University Belfast)

-          Prof. Lance Pettit (St. Mary’s University Twickenham)
-          Dr. Derek Hand (St. Patrick’s College)
-          Dr. Emilie Pine (University College Dublin)
 
Students can apply by submitting a CV and a short description of their research project (up to 1,000 words) before the 31st of January 2016. The number of participants is limited to 25.
The registration fee for this seminar will be 250€. This covers (1) tuition, (2) 5 nights of accommodation and breakfast in the beautifully refurbished Irish college, (3) registration as KU Leuven visiting scholars with access to library facilities (digital and otherwise) and (4) insurance for the duration of the stay. Participants or their institutions must be members of EFACIS.
 
For applications and further information, please contact Elke D’hoker at elke.dhoker@arts.kuleuven.be

Sixth PhD seminar in Irish Studies: 'Irish Studies in Europe'

Leuven 2014: 25-29 of August

Location: Irish College, Leuven

Programme: click here 

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You can find the reading list and reading materials for the seminar here. This page is only accessible to participants of the seminar. 

Fifth PhD Seminar in Irish Studies: 'Tradition and Modernity'

This seminar was held in Charles University Prague from 20 to 21 September 2013. 

More information and the seminar programme can be found here

Fourth PhD Seminar in Irish Studies: 'Irish Time'

Leuven 2012:

Following a very successful first edition in 2010, the Leuven Centre for Irish Studies of the University of Leuven will organise its second PhD seminar in Irish Studies in September 2012, in collaboration with EFACIS and with the Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe.

The aim is to give PhD students in Irish Studies from different European countries the opportunity

  • to present their research in a congenial, interdisciplinary environment,
  • to receive feedback and advice from established scholars and students with various backgrounds,
  • to hone their methodological skills,
  • to deepen their knowledge of the different aspects of Irish culture, history and society.

The programme will consist of

  • lectures by invited keynote speakers from different universities,
  • workshops which will discuss the state of a given field or methodological/theoretical approach,  using selected texts as a basis for discussion, or practical aspects of research (e.g. publication),
  • student papers: presentation of (aspects of) participants’ own research projects followed by discussions.

The programme will partly be built around the theme of ‘Irish Time’ so as to ensure coherence and facilitate the exchange of ideas across the different disciplines.
In a possibly very Irish paradox, Ireland was only aligned to Greenwich Mean Time in 1916, the year that decisively alienated much of the island from Britain.
Ireland regularly confronts scholars with problems of chronology, periodization, and the charting of genealogies. The boundaries of European or World history are often said to apply to Ireland only imperfectly, if at all. Beyond the tourist stereotype of an island where time passes differently, Irish history is marked by continuities and discontinuities that only partly overlap with those of other histories. Time is also foregrounded and problematized in many famous texts of Irish literature. Ireland’s problematic relation to Western modernity is another frequent theme. While the Celtic Tiger had seemed to consecrate Ireland’s entry into Western (post-)history, the mean times that have followed its demise suggest an uncertain future, and a potential return to Irish exceptionalism or peripherality. For historians, literary and cultural critics, economists and other scholars who choose Ireland as their object, the choice of chronological boundaries (or their avoidance) almost inevitably requires a justification that can become a complex research question in itself.
PhD candidates working in all fields of Irish studies are invited to compare their experiences with such issues and to present aspects of their own research at the seminar.

Third PhD seminar in Irish Studies: 'Boundary Crossings'

The Third PhD seminar in Irish Studies was held in Charles University Prague from 16 to 17 September 2011. 

 

Second PhD seminar in Irish Studies: 'Fins de siècles: Developments in Irish Culture, Literature and Society from the 1890s to the 1990s'

The second PhD seminar in Irish Studies, "Fins de siècles": developments in Irish culture, literature and society from the 1890s to the 1990s, was held in  Leuven from 6 to 10 September 2010.

This is the first of a series of two-yearly doctoral seminars which the Leuven Centre for Irish Studies of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven will organise in collaboration with EFACIS and with the Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe.

The aim of this seminar is to give PhD students in Irish Studies from different European countries the opportunity to present their research to receive feedback from established scholars and other students from a wide variety of backgrounds to improve their methodological skills to deepen their knowledge of the different aspects of Irish culture, history and society to encourage the interdisciplinary exchange of ideas and insights within the broad field of Irish Studies.

The programme consists of lectures by invited keynote speakers theoretical-methodological seminars which discuss the state of a given field or methodological/theoretical approach on the basis of selected texts student papers: presentation of participants' research projects followed by discussion tutorials: individual discussions of participants' research with participating scholars.

The programme is built around a central theme so as to ensure coherence and facilitate the exchange of ideas across the different disciplines. The 2010 theme will be the developments in Irish culture, literature and society from one fin-de-siècle (the 1890s) to the next (1990s). In the course of this ‘long’ century, Ireland saw considerable changes in terms of politics, religion, economics and social organisation as well as in the different domains of its culture. We therefore invite those students whose doctoral research investigates an aspect of these developments to participate in this PhD-seminar. Keynote speakers for the 2010 seminar are Dominic Bryan, Wesley Hutchinson, Margaret Kelleher, John Kelly, Gerardine Meaney and Tina O'Toole.

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First PhD seminar in Irish Studies: 'The Politics of Irish Writing'

The conference was hosted by the Centre for Irish Studies at Charles University, Prague. It was organised in association with EFACIS, and supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Ireland.

Seminar programme: click here


 

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