International Ph.D seminar, Leuven, 2021


6th PhD seminar in Irish Studies

13-15 April 2021




Tuesday 13 April


10.00-11.00*: Welcome session

11.00-12.00: Workshop 1

Dr. Ronan Crowley, “Digital Humanities: Methods and Practices”

(discussion texts: Jerome McGann, ‘Literary Scholarship in the Digital Future’, Chronicle of Higher Education, 49.16 (13 December 2002), B7. James O’Sullivan, ‘The Digital Humanities in Ireland’, Digital Studies/le champ numérique (2020).


14.00-15.00: lecture 1 (chair: Raphaël Ingelbien)

Dr. Olwen Purdue (Queen’s University Belfast), “Spaces of engagement: families and the poor law in the Irish industrial city 1880-1914”


15.30-17.00: presentation session 1 (chair: Raphaël Ingelbien)

Susan Curley Meyer (University College Dublin), “The Visual and Material Culture of Dublin Street Trading in the Long Nineteenth Century (1871-1926)”

Vojtėch Halama (Charles University Prague), “The Easter Rising and Transformation of the Irish State Commemoration”

Susan Byrne (Trinity College Dublin), “Women’s Experience of the Free State Justice System – 1922-37”



Wednesday 14 April


10.00-11.00: presentation session 2  (chair: Elke D’hoker)

Marina Fleck (Catholic University Eichstaett-Ingolstadt), “Remembering the ‘Great Hunger’: Trauma and Memory in Irish Poems from the 19th Century”

Geraldine Brassil (Mary Immaculate College Limerick), “A Study of Nineteenth-Century Irish Women Writers and their Literary and Publishing Networks (1857-1900): Sarah Atkinson’s Contribution to the Nineteenth-century Periodical Press”


11.00-12.00: workshop 2:

Prof. Raphaël Ingelbien (University of Leuven), “Ireland and the Four Nations/Archipelagic paradigm”

(Discussion texts: Marie‐Louise Coolahan, “Whither the Archipelago? Stops, Starts, and Hurdles on the Four Nations Front.” Literature Compass 15:11 2018; Naomi Lloyd-Jones and Margaret M. Scull, “A New Plea for an Old Subject? Four Nations History for the Modern Period” in Four Nations Approaches to Modern ‘British’ History, eds Naomi Lloyd-Jones and Margaret M. Scull (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).


14.00-15.00: lecture 2   (chair: Hedwig Schwall)

Prof. Margaret Kelleher (University College Dublin), “Literature and Public Value: Making the Case for Funding for the Arts”


15.30-17.00: presentation session 3 (chair: Raphaël Ingelbien)

Phyllis Boumans (University of Leuven), “The Bell and the modern Irish Short Story”

Sophie Van Os (University of Nijmegen), “The Transnational Dimensions of the Region in the European Illustrated Press, 1842-1900”

Fanni Fekete-Nagy (Eötvös Loránd University Budapest), “Biblical and Religious Allusions in the Poetry of Medbh McGuckian, Eiléan Ni Chuilleanáin and Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill”


Thursday 15 April

10.30-12.00: presentation session 4  (chair: Hedwig Schwall)

Cheong Xian Hui Adel (Dublin City University), “Late twentieth and twenty-first century Irish fiction”

Francesco Costantini (Jagiellonian University, Kraków), “On the way to independence: the role of literature from a postcolonial perspective in a comparative context between Poland and Ireland”


14.00-15.00: lecture 3  (chair: Elke D’hoker)

Dr. Paul Delaney (Trinity College Dublin), “Gathering Thoughts: migration and agency in Melatu Uche Okorie's short fiction”


15.30-16.30: presentation session 5  (chair: Elke D’hoker)

Elliott Mills (Trinity College Dublin), “Brian O’Nolan’s Systems of Mediation”

Emily Bell (University of Antwerp), “A Digitization of James Joyce’s Library”

16.30-17.00: Closing session, with Prof. Katharina Rennhak, president of EFACIS