STAGE IRISH: 12th EFACIS Conference

Stage Irish

The 12th Conference of EFACIS

28-31 August 2019, University of Ljubljana

 

 

In memory of Professor Werner Huber (1952-2016)

Professor of English & American Language & Literature,

University of Vienna (2005-2016)

 

Keynote Speakers

Ruben Borg (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Anne Fogarty (University College Dublin)

Stefanie Lehner (Queen’s University, Belfast)

 

Guest Writers & Readers

Wendy Erskine (Sweet Home)

Annemarie Ní Churreáin (Bloodroot, Town)

Mary O’Donnell (The Light Makers, Empire)

Jessica Traynor (Liffey Swim, The Quick)

 

Conference Organisers

Igor Maver

(Head of the American Studies Interdisciplinary Doctoral Programme,

Faculty of Arts of the University of Ljubljana)

 

Paul Fagan, Dieter Fuchs, Ulrike Zillinger

(Vienna Centre for Irish Studies, University of Vienna)

 

Contact us

efacis2019@univie.ac.at

 

Welcome from the organisers!

The University of Ljubljana, in partnership with EFACIS and The Vienna Centre for Irish Studies, is proud to welcome you to an interdisciplinary Irish Studies conference in memory of Prof. Werner Huber. The conference’s theme of Stage Irish invites us to revisit and reconsider diverse modes of (mis)representing, performing, articulating, witnessing, constructing, and deconstructing ‘Irishness’ as an identity, as a genre, and as a contested coordinate in diverse critical fields. The time is ripe for such an inquiry. First, the rubric of the ‘stage Irishman and woman’, while long a commonplace in the field, has not been rigorously re-examined for some time, providing a real opportunity to re-open this critical debate with the tools and insights of contemporary criticism and theory. Secondly, we find ourselves at a liminal moment in which the very concept of Irishness is being remade and its possibilities reimagined. The Celtic Tiger and Brexit, the Marriage Equality referendum and the #Repealthe8th and #WakingTheFeminists campaigns, the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement and the re-politicisation of the border compel us to turn to history and representation (across disciplines, genres, media, and platforms) to reassess how ‘Irishness’ has been shaped and reshaped as a parochial, (inter)national, gendered, sexual, religious, political, artistic identity. This focus on the cultural, societal, historical, and political interfaces between performance, spectatorship, and identity in diverse Irish contexts reveals tensions between self-image and Othering, innovation and cliché, cultural production and negotiated reception.

The status of the EFACIS conference as a truly interdisciplinary Irish studies event is borne out in the programme you will find in these pages. In this regard, it is a fitting tribute to the late Prof. Werner Huber (University of Vienna), to whose memory this event is dedicated. The immense range of literary, cultural, medial, and historical coordinates of Werner’s work and interests will be fondly remembered by many in attendance, and the conference draws inspiration from his pioneering interdisciplinary research and great contribution to the development of Irish Studies in Europe.

 

- Paul Fagan, Dieter Fuchs, Igor Maver

Venue

 

The conference’s opening session, including Prof. Fogarty’s opening keynote address, will be held on Wednesday 28 August from 12.30 at the old Aula Magna/Audimax of the University of Ljubljana, entrance from Vegova Street 1 (right hand-side building entrance “Protocol entrance” of the main university building at the big Congress Square, Kongresni trg 12) in the old centre of the city.

All subsequent conference sessions will take place on the ground floor in Room 15 and the adjacent Room 13 at the Faculty of Arts (‘Filozofska fakulteta’), Aškerčeva 2, a leisurely 5-10 minute walk from the main university along Vegova Street and Emonska Street and then to the right a bit on Zoisova Street to Aškerčeva 2.

The REGISTRATION will also take place in the lobby of the Faculty of Arts, to the left after entering, on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10.00 to 17:00.

 

Suggested Eateries and Cafés near the Faculty of Arts

 

Accommodation

M-HOTEL

To get from M-Hotel to the Faculty of Arts or city centre, it is best to take bus number 1 (or 3) from in front of the hotel, on the main Celovška road, going to the right to the old city centre (4-5) stops. Before boarding the bus, get a card and put on some money to top it up.

 

All Departures for Social & Evening Events

not taking place in either of the main venues

 

Wednesday 28 August

The opera performance, for those who hold tickets, is in Cankarjev dom, the biggest modern concert hall in Ljubljana, which is 10 minutes from the Faculty of Arts – the conference organisers will lead the way from the Faculty immediately after Wendy Erskine’s reading.

 

Thursday 29 August

We will depart together for the reception and reading at the Irish embassy residence from the front entrance of the Faculty of Arts, the main venue, at 19.20

 

Friday 30 August

We will depart together for the organized town walk with a guide, from the front entrance of the Faculty of Arts, the main venue, at 17.15.

Likewise, we will depart together for the conference dinner from the Faculty of Arts directly following Jessica Traynor’s reading. The dinner will take place at “Gostilna Sokol” just to the left of the Town Hall, Ciril Metodov trg 18.

 

Academic & Social Programme

 

Wednesday 28 August

 

10.00-17.00

Registration Desk

Faculty of Arts, Lobby

 

* * *

 

12.30-13.00

Aula Magna/Audimax, University of Ljubljana

 

Welcome Address

 

Igor Maver

(Head of the American Studies Interdisciplinary Doctoral Programme,

Faculty of Arts of the University of Ljubljana)

 

Dieter Fuchs & Paul Fagan

(Heads of the Vienna Centre for Irish Studies, University of Vienna)

 

Arthur Hendrick

(Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Ireland in Ljubljana)

 

Seán Crosson

(EFACIS President, NUI Galway)

 

* * *

 

13.00-14.00

Aula Magna/Audimax, University of Ljubljana {Chair: Dieter Fuchs, University of Vienna}

 

Opening Keynote Address

 

Reconfiguring the Stage Irish Woman:

Adaptations by Contemporary Irish Women Playwrights

 

Anne Fogarty

(University College Dublin)

 

* * *

 

14.00-15.00

Break

 

{Including the 5-10-minute walk from the University of Ljubljana to the Faculty of Arts}

 

* * *

 

15.00-16.30

Panel 1

Room 15, Faculty of Arts {Chair: Yael Levin, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem}

 

The Limits of the Human

 

The Writer as Gnomon:

The Dominion of the Dead in James Joyce’s Dubliners

Michela Borzaga (University of Vienna)

 

Voices Off:

Disembodiment in Brian O’Nolan’s Novels & Teleplays

Paul Fagan (Salzburg University)

 

‘Something in between’:

Nomadic Beings in Metaphor & Metamorphosis

Hedwig Schwall (KU Leuven)

 

 

15.00-16.30

Panel 2

Room 13, Faculty of Arts {Chair: Ondřej Pilný, Charles University, Prague}

 

Theatre as Spectacle

 

Dion Boucicault & 19th-Century Spectacular Theatre

Nicholas Daly (University College Dublin)

 

‘Making a play’:

Lady Gregory, Playwriting & the Camera Obscura

Eglantina Remport (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest)

 

Props & the Abbey Theatre

Eimer Murphy (Abbey Theatre)

 

 

* * *

 

16.30-17.00

Coffee

 

 

* * *

 

17.00-18.30

Plenary Roundtable

Room 15, Faculty of Arts

 

Aistriú Translation Project

 

Rióna Ní Fhrighil (NUI Galway)

John Caulfield (NUI Galway)

Seán Crosson (EFACIS President, NUI Galway)

 

 

* * *

 

18.30-19.30

Guest Writer

Room 15, Faculty of Arts

 

Wendy Erskine

(Author of Sweet Home)

 

 

* * *

 

{The organisers will lead the way to the theatre where La Traviata is being performed

from the front of the Faculty of Arts, directly following Wendy Erskine’s reading}

 

20.00

Social Programme

 

La Traviata

 

performed by the Teatro Regio Torino

at the Festival Ljubljana

 

This performance is not part of the official conference schedule and not covered by the conference fee;

however, it is possible to book tickets online here:

https://ljubljanafestival.si/en/

 

 

 

Thursday 29 August

 

10.00-17.00

Registration Desk

Faculty of Arts, Lobby

 

* * *

 

09.30-11.00

Panel 3

Room 15, Faculty of Arts {Chair: Britta Olinder, University of Gothenburg}

 

Performing the North

 

Same Again?

Negative Emotions & the Possibility of Change in Recent Stage Images of the North

Clare Wallace (Charles University, Prague)

 

Stereotypes in David Ireland’s Cyprus Avenue & Ulster American

Ondřej Pilný (Charles University, Prague)

 

Deconstructing Stereotypes & Othering Through Humour in Lisa McGee’s Derry Girls

Verónica Membrive (University of Almería)

 

 

09.30-11.00

Panel 4

Room 13, Faculty of Arts {Chair: Katharina Rennhak, Bergische Universität Wuppertal}

 

Remapping 19th-Century Fiction

 

Making Maps:

Irish Literature in Transition, 1780-1830

Claire Connolly (University College Cork)

 

‘The Wind Through the Broken Windows’:

Representations of Imperial Decline in The Byrnes of Glengoulah (1868),

Sally Cavanagh (1869) & In Re Garland (1870)

Sophie van Os (Radboud University Nijmegen)

 

Mickey Free & Co.:

Charles Lever’s Irish Characters

Elisabetta d’Erme (Trieste, Independent Scholar)

 

* * *

 

11.00-11.30

Coffee

 

* * *

 

11.30-12.30

Panel 5

Room 15, Faculty of Arts {Chair: Natasha Remoundou, Moore Institute, NUI Galway}

 

Music
 

Visualising Music, Embodying the Nation:

The Representation of Irish Traditional Music

in Performances at the National Folk Theatre of Ireland, 1968–1998

Susan Motherway (Institute of Technology Tralee)

 

Even Better than the Real Thing:

Spectral Uses of Noise by Irish Popular Musicians

Michael Lydon (NUI, Galway)

 

 

11.30-12.30

Panel 6

Room 13, Faculty of Arts {Chair: Radvan Markus, Charles University, Prague}

 

Drink
 

‘Addiction is a strange bastard’:

Alcohol(ism) in Irish Literature

Wojciech Klepuszewski (Koszalin University of Technology)

 

‘I am certainly alcoholic, but not a drunkard’:

Alcohol in Flann O’Brien’s & Alasdair Gray’s Narratives

Barbara Szot (Palacký University)

 

* * *

 

12.30-14.00

Lunch

 

* * *

 

14.00-15.30

Panel 7

Room 15, Faculty of Arts {Chair: Raphaël Ingelbien, KU Leuven}

 

Staging Irishness: Between the Revival/Modernism

 

Touring Ireland in Ethel Colburn Mayne’s ‘The Happy Day’ (1919)

Elke D’hoker (University of Leuven)

 

Stagecraft & Old Stagers:

Writing Revivalism into Ulysses

Ronan Crowley (Universiteit Antwerpen)

 

Micheál mac Liammóir, the Irish Language & the Idea of Freedom

Radvan Markus (Charles University, Prague)

 

 

14.00-15.30

Panel 8

Room 13, Faculty of Arts {Chair: Verónica Membrive, University of Almería}

 

Local Memories, Global Histories:

Nation & Identity in Poetry, Theatre, Film
 

‘a green hill far away’:

History, Geography & Fantasy

in Paul Muldoon & Ciaran Carson’s Representations of Ireland

Erin Cunningham (King’s College London)

 

The Great Olive Crisis, the Oxygen Ban, & the Good Leg That Was Bad:

Alternative Narratives of Irish History & Irishness in Mark Doherty’s Trad (2004)

Mark Schreiber (Alpen-Adria University Klagenfurt)

 

Juanita Wilson’s Movies:

Between National Literary Tradition & International Commitment

Isabelle Le Corff (Université de Bretagne Occidentale)

 

 

* * *

 

15.30-16.00

Coffee

 

* * *

 

16.00-17.00

Panel 9

Room 15, Faculty of Arts {Chair: Michela Borzaga, University of Vienna}

 

Irish Subjects: Contemporary Fictions

 

Citing the Law:

Legal Constructions of Bodily Autonomy in Irish Fiction

Eugene McNulty (Dublin City University)

 

Fakeness, Dystopia & Satire in Kevin Barry’s City of Bohane (2011)

Sylvie Mikowski (Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne)

 

 

16.00-17.00

Panel 10

Room 13, Faculty of Arts {Chair: Elke D’hoker, University of Leuven}

 

Obscured Identities, Recovered Voices

 

‘Come Back to Aaron, Montana’:

Opening Up Irish Identity in Bryan MacMahon’s Short Fiction in The Bell

Phyllis Boumans (University of Leuven)

 

Ulster Obscura:

The Lost Writing of Gerard Keenan

James Gallacher (University of Liverpool)

 

* * *

 

17.00-17.30

Break

 

* * *

 

17.30-18.30

Keynote Address

Room 15, Faculty of Arts {Chair: Paul Fagan, Salzburg University}

 

The Curve of an Emotion:

Joyce & the Theory of Dramatic Passions

 

Ruben Borg

(Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

 

* * *

 

{We will depart together for the reception and reading at the Irish ambassador’s residence

from the front entrance of the Faculty of Arts at 19.20}

 

20.00

Evening Reception

 

Embassy of Ireland, Ljubljana, Ambassador’s Residence

Hruševo 26, 1356 Dobrova

 

Guest Writer

 

Mary O’Donnell

(Author of The Light Makers, Empire)

Friday 30 August

 

10.00-17.00

Registration Desk

Faculty of Arts, Lobby

 

 

* * *

 

09.30-11.00

Panel 11

Room 15, Faculty of Arts {Chair: Mary O’Donnell}

 

Transcultural Receptions & Refractions

 

Oliver Goldsmith l’Irlandais:

Diasporic Translation & the Greening of Goldsmith

Raphaël Ingelbien (KU Leuven)

 

Restaging Ireland’s Regions:

The New York Publishing World in the 1890s

Marguérite Corporaal (Radboud University)

 

‘Beguiling Shenanigans’:

Ireland & Hollywood Animation, 1947-1959

Michael Connerty (National Film School/IADT)

 

 

09.30-11.00

Panel 12

Room 13, Faculty of Arts {Chair: Dieter Fuchs, University of Vienna}

 

Masques, Hoaxes, Picaresques: Stage Irish Traditions

 

‘mimicall imitation’:

Performing Nationhood in Ben Jonson’s Irish Masque at Court, 1613-1614

Anthony Johnson (Åbo Akademi Universit)

 

Stage Irishness & the Literary Hoax Tradition

Paul Fagan (Salzburg University)

 

From Stage(coach) Irish to the Unravelling of the Rogue:

Liz Nugent & the Picaresque

David Clark (University of Coruña)

 

* * *

 

11.00-11.30

Coffee

 

* * *

 

11.30-12.30

Panel 13

Room 15, Faculty of Arts {Chair: Michael Lydon, NUI, Galway}

 

Memorialising the North

 

Futures Past:

Memory Wars: Commemoration & the Past in Northern Ireland

Thomas Hennessey (Canterbury Christ Church University)

 

‘You can’t grab anything with a closed fist’:

Reflections on Ulster Protestant Identity in Derek Lundy’s Memoir

Men that God Made Mad: A Journey Through Truth, Myth and Terror in Northern Ireland

Billy Gray (Dalarna University)

 

 

11.30-12.30

Panel 14

Room 13, Faculty of Arts {Chair: Wojciech Klepuszewski, Koszalin University of Technology}

 

Parading Irishness

 

Wear Something Green:

How the Artistic Community Reinvented St Patrick’s Day

Eimer Murphy (Abbey Theatre)

 

Order, Please?:

Performative Parading & Celebrating in Ireland

Sarah Ritt (University of Vienna)

 

 

* * *

 

12.30-14.00

Lunch

 

* * *

 

14.00-15.30

Panel 15

Room 15, Faculty of Arts {Chair: Igor Maver, University of Ljubljana}

 

International Relations

 

‘Have you heard the one about the Irishman who…?’:

A Comparative Analysis of Irish Jokes in 20th-Century America

Shane Walshe (Universität Zürich)

 

‘Nowhere is Europe more American than in Ireland’:

Ideology & the Presentation of Ireland

in the German Weekly Newspaper Die Zeit, 1994-2010

Fergal Lenehan (Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena)

 

Effects of Brexit on the Irish Economy:

Estimates from a Stylised Macroeconomic Model

Bas van Aarle (KU Leuven)

 

 

14.00-15.30

Panel 16

Room 13, Faculty of Arts {Chair: Mark Schreiber, Alpen-Adria University Klagenfurt}

 

Revisiting Synge

 

The Oedipus Myth Revisited:

The Return of the Father & the Dispossessed Son

in The Third Policeman & The Playboy of the Western World

Dieter Fuchs (University of Vienna)

 

A Mirror Held up to the Irish:

Revisiting J.M. Synge’s The Playboy of the Western World

Chang, Tsung Chi (Hawk) (The Education University of Hong Kong)

 

Stage Irish:

Representations of the Peasant on the Abbey Stage by J.M. Synge & Conor McPherson

Filomena Louro (Universidade do Minho)

 

 

* * *

 

15.30-16.00

Coffee

 

* * *

 

16.00-17.00

Panel 17

Room 15, Faculty of Arts {Chair: Eglantina Remport, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest}

 

Sinéad Morrissey & Intermediality

 

Drama in Poetry:

The Case of Sinéad Morrissey

Britta Olinder (University of Gothenburg)

 

As Pictures Work, So Does Poetry:

Photography as Visual Frames in Sinéad Morrissey

Viviane Fontoura da Silva (University of Porto)

 

 

* * *

 

17.00

Guided City Walk

 

{We will depart together from the front entrance of the Faculty of Arts at 17.15}

 

* * *

 

19.00-20.00

Room 15, Faculty of Arts

 

Guest Writer

 

Jessica Traynor

(Author of Liffey Swim, The Quick)

 

 

* * *

 

{We will depart together for the conference dinner from the Faculty of Arts

directly following Jessica Traynor’s reading}

 

 

20.30

Conference Dinner

 

Gostilna Sokol

Just to the left of the Town Hall, Ciril Metodov trg 18

Saturday 31 August

 

09.30-10.30

Panel 18

Room 15, Faculty of Arts {Chair: Tamara Radak, University of Vienna}

 

Biopolitical Beckett

 

Cripping Beckett: Jess Thom’s Not I

Katarzyna Ojrzyńska (University of Lodz)

 

Beckett & Biopolitics: Attention, Distraction, Drift

Yael Levin (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

 

* * *

 

10.30-11.00

Coffee

 

* * *

 

11.00-13.00

Room 15, Faculty of Arts

 

EFACIS Annual General Meeting

 

* * *

 

13.00-14.30

Lunch

 

* * *

 

14.30-15.30

Panel 19

Room 15, Faculty of Arts {Chair: Katarzyna Ojrzyńska, University of Lodz}

 

Political Theatre

 

Regarding the Rights of Others:

Reflections on the Middle East in Contemporary Irish Theatre

Natasha Remoundou (Moore Institute, NUI Galway)

 

Activism and/as Performance:

The Case of #WakingtheFeminists

Tamara Radak (University of Vienna)

 

 

* * *

15.30-16.00

Coffee

 

* * *

 

16.00-17.00

Room 15, Faculty of Arts {Chair: Igor Maver, University of Ljubljana}

 

Closing Keynote Address

 

From Stage (Northern) Irish Ubu to New Queer Belongings:

Sounding Conflict & Performing Reconciliation

in Post-Agreement Theatre from Northern Ireland

 

Stefanie Lehner

(Queen’s University Belfast)

 

* * *

 

17.15-18.15

Room 15, Faculty of Arts

 

Guest Writer

 

Annemarie Ní Churreáin

(Author of Bloodroot, Town)

 

* * *

 

18.15

Room 15, Faculty of Arts

 

Organisers’ Closing Remarks

 

* * *

 

18.30

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