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Monday, February 14, 2011

Summer Program in Irish Studies in Dublin

Each summer, the Univeristy of Notre Dame offers a three-week Irish Studies Seminar in Dublin that has a very strong national reputation. Tuition and housing are usually around $4,000 per student. This year, the seminar has offered a special "two students for the price of one" deal to our students. One student has already expressed interest in the program. If you are interested in participating, please contact Dr. Heather Hicks! Here is some more information regarding the program:

The IRISH SEMINAR 2011: Irish Modernisms

20 June – 8 July 2011

Modernism, marked by a strongly self-conscious rupture with tradition and a formal and conceptual inventiveness, is often understood as a vigorous reaction against established religious, social and political views. Informed on one hand by the horrors of the Great War (1914-18) and governed on the other by a belief that our world is created in the very act of perceiving it, no absolute truth existed to provide guidance or solace. Dominated by a relativistic aesthetic, Modernists turned inward to examine the sub-conscious, advocating individuality and celebrating interiority. The crisis of representation, the rise of the cosmopolitan, cultural dislocation, the subconscious, memory and sexuality all found expression in European modernism in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Modernism exerted, and still exerts, a profound pressure on contemporary culture, literature, cinema, art and scholarship.
The Irish Seminar 2011 convenes a stellar cast of international scholars to examine Irish Modernism in its varied manifestations, as well as their interrelationships with Western and global Modernism. The contribution of Ireland’s English-language authors to Modernism is unparalleled: Yeats, Joyce, Beckett, Bowen, and O’Brien. Recent criticism has engaged with issues of national, regional and local origin to construct a ‘Modernism of the Margins’. A three-week series of seminars, lectures and events probes the paradoxical and opposed trends of revolution and reaction (1916, War of Independence, Civil War), the struggles of nascent political parties in their clashes with established forces and older vested interests, the attrition of traditional elites and the emergence of new states north and south.
Yet Modernism, no less than Ireland itself, cannot be reduced to a caricature or stereotype. A key concern of the Irish Seminar 2011 is the interrogation of the standard account. In addition to exploring Modernism of the margins, the Seminar examines minority languages, vernacular culture, the local and the national, and gendered identities in the Irish Modernist experience.
As well as concentrating on historical and theoretical issues, the Seminar will focus on modernism as a mode of creativity that emphasizes disruption and fracture, questioning expressiveness, originality, tradition, revolution, gender, sexuality, language and identity. Exploring the constant tension between nihilism and enthusiasm, energy and ennui that emerged in Ireland between 1880 and 1940, and which sparked this efflorescence of modernist works, the Irish Seminar 2011 will provide challenging perspectives on Irish modernism in its multi-faceted dimensions.

Full Information is available at: http://irishseminar.nd.edu


Executive Director: Brian Ó Conchubhair (Notre Dame)

The 2011 IRISH SEMINAR faculty includes: Joe Cleary (Yale), Seamus Deane (Notre Dame), Wes Hamrick (Notre Dame), John Kelly (Oxford), Declan Kiberd (Notre Dame), José Lanters (Wisconsin-Milwaukee), Joseph Lennon (Villanova), David Lloyd (Southern California), Barry McCrea (Yale), Bríona Nic Dhiarmada (Notre Dame), Emer Nolan (NUI Maynooth), Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh (NUI Galway), Kevin Whelan (Notre Dame).


Participants will stay at UCD Summer Residence, Roebuck Hall, located close to Dublin’s city centre and within easy reach of the city’s many amenities. UCD is just a short 10 minute bus ride to the city centre via a direct route. Its superb location, just on the edge of town on an attractive green-field campus, provides easy access to an abundance of restaurants, as well as Dublin’s attractive coastline and the Wicklow mountains. Onsite facilities include a pharmacy, medical centre, banks, post office, delicatessens, newsagent, gym, launderette and mini-markets. The apartments are spacious and fully furnished to a high standard. There are 6 single en-suite bedrooms in each apartment. All accommodation has self-catering facilities, including kitchen, laundry and a living room. Guests have the option of being totally self-sufficient during their stay, although it is comforting to know that there are extensive catering facilities on campus and close-by. The residences at UCD are carefully integrated into their setting. Maintained to a high standard, they are an ideal home away from home. Features include: modern furnished apartments with en-suite toilet and shower in each bedroom – generous sized living area, including a fitted kitchen/dining area – free wifi – secure controlled access to each apartment.


Website: http://irishseminar.nd.edu

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Director of the Abbey Theater Comes to Villanova

At 1:00 PM on Thursday, February 17th, Fiach Mac Conghail, the director of the Abbey Theater, is speaking to Irish Literature classes. The event will take place in the Villanova University Theatre and we encourage you to attend!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

"Terminus" at the Annenberg Center

On Thursday the 17th of February, the Annenberg Center will be hosting the Abbey Theatre's production of "Terminus" by Mark O'Rowe. The event will take place at 8:00 PM and those graduate students who wish should attend should contact Dr. Joseph Lennon. Some free tickets are available!

Upcoming Irish Studies Event

At 4:30 PM on Tuesday, February 15th, the Irish Studies Program will be hosting "James Joyce, Pioneer of Page and Screen." There will be a lecture given by John McCourt of the University of Trieste, followed by a film. McCourt is a world-renowned Joyce scholar who has written about Joyce’s time in Trieste in his biography, The Years of Bloom: James Joyce in Trieste, 1904–1920. The event will take place in Room 300 of the St. Augustine Center and we encourage you to attend!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Call for Submissions for the Spring 2011 issue of "Anamesa": Deadline February 18th

Anamesa, a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal of graduate student writing and art based at New York University, is now accepting submissions for its Spring 2011 print issue. Graduate students across all disciplines are encouraged to send in writing including but not limited to:
~Academic essays
~Creative non-fiction
~Short stories
~Other unclassifiable prose creations, and art of all sorts (such as photography, drawings, paintings, film stills, posters, prints, etc.).
Anamesa considers material from diverse subject matter, and publishes creative and intelligent works that exemplify the transdisciplinary spirit of
the graduate community.

Submission guidelines for papers:
Include complete paper (up to 6000 words), abstract (up to 200 words), and cover sheet. Academic papers must adhere to the Chicago Manual of Style. All
paper submissions—both non-fiction and fiction—are blind-reviewed so there should be no author-identifying information in the text of the paper. Although the publication will be in English, we are also interested in texts in translation.

Submission guidelines for art works:
Visual art submissions must be in digital format with a minimum resolution of 300 DPI and no smaller than 5 x 7 inches.

Send submissions and queries to anamesa.journal@gmail.com. Please include in the body of the email: your name,departmental affiliation, expected degree and date, telephone number, and email address. We accept multiple submissions, but we ask that you place each submission in a different email message with the subject heading listing the relevant genre (e.g., “essay,” “fiction,” or “photography”). All works MUST be produced by members of the graduate community (student
or faculty) and failure to disclose university affiliation will result in the rejection of your submission.

For further information and to view previous issues of Anamesa, visit www.anamesajournal.org. Printed copies of Anamesa are available at the office for the John W. Draper Interdisciplinary Master's Program in Humanities and Social Thought at 14 University Place.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

James Joyce Birthday Celebration

On Thursday, February 3rd the Villanova Irish Studies Program helped celebrate James Joyce's birthday at Flip and Bailey's. There was Irish music, dance, and readings at the open mic from works by James Joyce and other Irish writers. The Villanova Irish Dance Club also performed, as did musicians from Villanova and the Ancient Order of Hibernians. Thanks to all who attended and performed!