IASIL 2022 Conference Schedule, 25th to 29th July 2022


Badges: make sure to wear/carry your conference badge throughout the week especially for entry to evening venues. The UL visitor’s shop are offering a 10% discount to IASIL delegates, on production of your conference badge. Limerick Castle are also offering an IASIL discount for entry/tours. Don’t forget!



The conference map (online and in your pack) highlights all key IASIL22 locations on campus.


  • The Glucksman Library is located on the main UL campus, near the Main Building / set-down area for taxis, close to the Stables courtyard (where the bookshop and student bar are located).
  • KBG rooms are all located on the ground floor of the Kemmy Business School (KBS) on the main UL campus. For those walking/cycling/driving in from the direction of the main (flagpoles) entrance: go up the avenue and take the first exit from the mini-roundabout, the KBS is the first building on your left.

Monday, July 25th


Monday, July 25th







KBS (Kemmy Business School)


IASIL Executive Meeting



Registration Opens



ECR event



IASIL Launch

Glucksman Library


Keynote address: Professor Patricia Palmer

Glucksman Library


Welcome Reception

Glucksman Library



Glucksman Library



9:30-2:30: IASIL PhD Forum

Room: KBG-10 (KBS - Kemmy Business School, Ground Floor)


12:00: IASIL Executive Meeting

Room: KBG-15 (KBS – Kemmy Business School, Ground Floor)


1:00: Registration opens

KBS - Kemmy Business School, Foyer


3:15-4:30: Early Career Researcher Event:

What Now? Managing Expectations and Career Options for Early Career Researchers

Room: KBG-11, KBS (Kemmy Business School)


Curated and chaired by Dr Tracy McAvinue (University of Limerick)

Dr Donna Alexander

Dr Michael Kelly (University of Limerick)

Dr Margaret O’Neill (National University of Ireland, Galway)

Dr Arjumand Younus (Technological University Dublin)


5:00: IASIL 2022 Conference Launch & Opening Keynote

Popular Reading Room, Ground Floor, Glucksman Library


5:30: Keynote address: Professor Patricia Palmer (Maynooth University)

We Need to Think about Early Modern Ireland

Chair: Dr Tina O’Toole


6:30: Welcome Reception


7:00-8:00: Readings: Celia de Fréine, Louis de Paor, and Ciara Ní É 





Tuesday, July 26th






Panel Sessions 1






Roundtable Sessions



Keynote address: Dr Zélie Asava






Book Launches

KBS/Glucksman Library


Readings: Dr Emily Cullen and

Dr Rosaleen McDonagh






Panel Sessions 2



Panel Sessions 3



The Holy Show Arts Magazine Launch and Wine Reception



The Alphabet of Birds


Tuesday, July 26th

9:00-10:15: Panel Sessions 1


Room: KBG-10

Irish Traveller Writing 

Chair: Dr Christina Morin


Nathalie Lamprecht  (Charles University, Czech Republic)

Writing “me” into History: Irish Women’s Life Writing and Representations of Irishness  


Elisa Shaholli (University of Connecticut, USA) 

Politics, Plays, and Power: Alina Serban and Rosaleen McDonagh’s Use of Embodied Experience as Empowerment for Roma and Traveller Women 


Dr Beatriz Kopschitz Bastos (Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil)  

Physical Disability in Irish Theatre: Translation and Performance in Brazil 



Room: KBG-11

Black Irish Representations 

Chair: Professor Tom Moylan


Dr Aileen Ruane (Université Concordia, Canada)

Translating Felispeaks in Québec: Intersectionality in Translation through Collaboration 


Dr Christa de Brún (Waterford Institute of Technology) 

Strange Flowers, Unblemished Whiteness and the Pain of Difference 


Mr Victor da Cruz Pacheco (Universidade de São Paulo & University of Limerick)

Shy Abjection: A Reading of Emma Donoghue’s Short Story “The Welcome” 



Room: KBG-13

Anticolonial Movements 

Chair: Dr Chris Cusack


Dr Edward Molloy (University College Cork)

Historicism and Discourses of Right in Nineteenth Century Irish Nationalism 


Professor Pawan Kumar (University of Delhi, India).

Reverberations of the Indian Independence Movement in Ireland: Creative and Political Responses of W. B. Yeats and Maud Gonne to the Colonial Occupation of India  



Room: KBG-14

Austerity and Irish Women’s Writing and Culture, 1980-2022 

Chairs: Dr Deirdre Flynn & Dr Ciara L. Murphy


Dr Deirdre Flynn (Mary Immaculate College, Limerick) & Dr Ciara L. Murphy (NUI Galway)

Irish Women’s Writing and Culture under the Shadow of Austerity


Dr Justine Nakase (Portland State University, USA)

     Austerity and the Precarity of Whiteness


Ms. Sandrine Uwase Ndahiro (University of Limerick)

Black Irish Culture



Room: KBG-15

“Civilising” Process 

 Chair: Dr Sorcha de Brún


Dr Pilar Villar-Argáiz (University of Granada, Spain) 

“In Search of a Nation and a Language”: Revivalist Inclinations in the Poetry of Eavan Boland 


Dr Eóin Flannery (Mary Immaculate College, Limerick) 

“When Species Meet”: Scale and Form in the Poetry of Ciaran Berry and Moya Cannon 


Professor Andrew Fitzsimons (Gakushuin University, Tokyo) 

“Barbarism Begins at Home”: Derek Mahon’s The Snow Party and Bashō 



10:15-10:30: Tea/Coffee

KBS Ground Floor



10:30-11:45: Roundtable Sessions


Room: KBG-10

Exploiting Intersectionality: Irish Women Writers in London, 1880-1940.

Curated by Dr Whitney Standlee (University of Worcester), chaired by Dr Caoilfhionn Ní Bheacháin (University of Limerick)


Ms. Éadaoin Regan (University College Cork),  

Dr Giulia Bruna (Radboud University Nijmegen)

Dr Deirdre Brady (University of Limerick & Mary Immaculate College Thurles)  

Dr Tara Giddens (University of Limerick)



Room: KBG-11

Writing While Trans: Refractions, Reflections, Representations.

Curated by El Reid Buckley (University of Limerick) and chaired by Raevynna El Messaoudi (Trans Community Limerick)


Dr Lauren McNamara (Mary Immaculate College Limerick; Trans Limerick Community)

Matt Kennedy (University College Dublin & BeLonGTo) 

William Keohane (Writer; Founder, Trans Limerick Community)

El Reid-Buckley (University of Limerick; Trans Writers Union)



11:45-1:00: Keynote Address: Dr Zélie Asava

Multiraciality, Intersectionality and Homophily in Irish Screen Narratives

Chair: Ms Sandrine Uwase Ndahiro

Room: KBG-12


1:00-2:00: Lunch

KBS Ground Floor


1:20-2:00 Lunchtime Sessions: Book Launches


Professor Mary Burke, The Horse of Selene by Juanita Casey, Tramp Press, 2022.

Room: Popular Reading Room, Ground Floor, Glucksman Library.


Dr Cormac O’Brien, Masculinities and Manhood in Contemporary Irish Drama: Acting the Man, Palgrave Macmillan, 2021.

Room: KBG-13


2:00-3:00: Readings: Dr Rosaleen McDonagh & Dr Emily Cullen (Meskell UL-Fifty Poet in Residence)

Chair: Professor Michael Griffin

Room: KBG-12



3:00-3:15: Tea/Coffee

(KBS Ground Floor)



3:15-4:30: Panel Sessions 2



Room: KBG-13

Traveller Representations 

Chair: Mx. El Reid-Buckley


Professor Mary Burke (University of Connecticut, USA) 

The 2022 Reissue of Traveller-Romany novelist Juanita Casey’s The Horse of Selene (1971) 


Varade, Kristina (Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York)

Narrating Resilience, Nurturing Respect: Contemporary Irish Traveller Writing 


Professor José Lanters (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA) 

“Who Wouldn’t Be a Tinker?” Donagh MacDonagh’s God’s Gentry at the Gate Theatre 



Room: KBG-14

Spaces of Resistance: A Century of Irish Women Poets 

Chair: Professor Anne Fogarty

Professor Lucy Collins (University College Dublin) 

Lola Ridge and the Spaces of Radical Resistance 


Dr Adam Hanna (University College Cork) 

Rhoda Coghill's Birds 


Professor Lucy McDiarmid (Montclair State University, USA) 

Remapping the Globe in poems by Paula Cunningham, Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, and Nithy Kasa


Room: KBG-11


Chair: Ms. Lauren Cassidy


Dr Emma Radley (University College Dublin) 

Ecological Dead Zones: The Forest in Contemporary Irish Gothic and Horror Film 


Professor Naoko Toraiwa (Meiji University, Tokyo).  

“If it’s life that controls the geological machinery of the planet”: Sinead Morrissey’s Poems from a Perspective of Posthuman- Ecocriticism 



Room: KBG-15

Literary Publics 

Chair: Ms. Colleen Ballard


Ms. Maria Butler (University College Cork)

The Anatomy of a Female Brand: Marian Keyes the Brand Managed Author  


Ms. Klára Hutková (Charles University, Prague) 

Female flânerie in Maeve Brennan’s “Talk of the Town” Columns 


Ms. Phyllis Boumans (University of Leuven, Belgium) 

Promoting the Short Story: David Marcus and Irish Writing



4:30-5:45: Panel Sessions 3


Room: KBG-13

From the Carribean to Conamara: Irish language Narratives of Power, Gender and Place

Ón Chairib go Conamara: Ceisteanna cumhachta agus inscne i litríocht nua-aimseartha na Gaeilge 

Chair: Dubháin O’Longáin


An Dr Síle Ní Choincheannain (Coláiste Mhuire Gan Smál, Durlas)

Beirt bhan eisceachtúla: Lucinda Sly agus Goody Glover


An Dr Laoise Ni Cheallaigh (Coláiste Mhuire gan Smál)(Mary Immaculate College, Limerick)

Lámh Láidir na hIdirchultúrthachta: Gnéithe den idirchultúrthacht iarchoilíneach in úrscéal Joe Steve Uí Neachtain


An Dr Laoighseach Ní Choistealbha (Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh) (National University of Ireland, Galway)

An Ré Antrapaicéineach agus Tírdhreach an Choilíneachais in Na Móinteacha le Pól Ó Muirí



Room: KBG-11

Racialised Narratives 

Chair: Dr Dearbhaile Houston


Mr Sean Aldrich O’Rourke (University of Limerick) 

Reality Creation and its Victims in J.  S. Le Fanu’s Late Fiction 


Ms. Katherine M. Huber (University of Oregon)

Representing Afro-Irish Self-Determination: Filmic and Literary Strategies in Nicky Gogan and Paul Rowley’s Seaview and Melatu Uche Okorie’s This Hostel Life  



Room: KBG-14

Home Truths

Chair: Dr Tracy McAvinue


Dr Aurora Piñeiro (National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico)  

Reading the Map of Motherhood: The Language of Cartography in Anne Enright’s Actress 


Danielle O’Sullivan  

The Representation of Unhealthy Relationships in Contemporary Irish Fiction  


Professor Claire Lynch (Brunel University) 

‘But what if it was one of ours?’ The Trouble with Daughters in Contemporary Irish Fiction  



Evening at Limerick’s Belltable Theatre


6:00 Bus pick-up from carpark near KBS to bring delegates to town (return trip at 10pm)


You will find a list of city-centre eateries we like at the back of this booklet. Please note that Limerick restaurants tend to book out quickly at this time of year so if you plan to dine, do book ahead and tell them you need to make a pre-theatre table booking.


7:00 Wine reception and launch of The Holy Show arts magazine 

Belltable Theatre, 69 O’Connell St, Limerick city centre


8:00 The Alphabet of Birds

Belltable Theatre, 69 O’Connell St, Limerick city centre

Those who booked for this event are on the Belltable list, so there’s no need to present a physical or e-ticket, your names are on a list on the door.





Wednesday, July 27th






Panel Sessions 4






Roundtable Sessions



Panel Sessions 5



Light Lunch



Sharon Slater – Women of Limerick



Tours / On-Campus Events

Various Locations


Spoken Word Event

Dolan’s Upstairs



Wednesday, July 27th


9:00-10:15: Panel Sessions 4



Room: KBG-13

Deactivation and Dissensus 

Chair: Dr Barry Houlihan


Dr Alan Graham (Independent scholar)

“Repeat Play”: Repetition and Truth-telling in Beckett, Friel and Irish Monologic theatre 


Dr Clare Wallace (Charles University Prague, Czech Republic) 

Ecologies of Struggle: Dissensual Speech in Recent Irish Theatre 




Room: KBG-14

Gender, Class and Migration: Tracking Irishness in the British Library 19th Century Corpus 

Chair: Professor Gerardine Meaney (University College Dublin)


Ms. Lauren Cassidy (University College Dublin)

Ms. Karen Wade (University College Dublin)

Ms. Briony Wickes (University College Dublin)










Room: KBG-10


Chair: Dr Aileen Ruane


Professor Yulia Pushkarevskaya Naughton (Qatar University)

Cultural “Intruders in Contemporary Irish and European Narratives of Exile


Professor Marisol Morales-Ladrón (University of Alcalá, Spain) 

Embodying Nora Barnacle, Inhabiting Her Life: Nuala O’Connor’s Biographical Novel Nora 


Jonathan Sanford (University of Texas, USA) 

New Connections: Zora Neale Hurston on James Joyce 



Room: KBG-15

Stage Irish 

Chair: Dr Síle de Cléir


Professor Michał Lachman (University of Lodz, Poland)  

David Ireland’s Ulster American: Decomposing Irish Identity 


Nemo Gorecki (Université de Lille SHS CECILLE, France) 

Queering the Gaeltacht, a Trans-reading of The Roads by Padraic Pearse 


Dr David Clare (Mary Immaculate College, Limerick) 

Otherness in Ursula Rani Sarma’s Blue 


10:15-10:30: Tea/Coffee

KBS Ground Floor



10:30-11:45: Roundtable Sessions    


Room: KBG-13

Multilingual Irish Studies      

Curated by Dr Sorcha de Brún (University of Limerick), chaired by Prof Tadhg Ó hIfearnáin (Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh)  


Prof. Thierry Robin (Université d'Orléans, France)

Prof. Katharina Rennhak (University of Wuppertal) 

Dr Katie Ní Loingsigh (Ollscoil na hÉireann, Gaillimh)  

Professor Michael McAteer (Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Hungary) 

Dr Radvan Markus (Charles University, Prague)




Room: KBG-14

The Diversity of Irishness: Exploring the Importance of Other Voices in Irish Society      

Curated and chaired by Ms Sandrine Ndahiro (University of Limerick)


Fiona O’Kearney (Writer)

Declan Mills (Activist & Writer)

Charlie Mullowney (Disability Activist and Communications Officer Disability Power Ireland)  

Clara Paige   (Publisher, Arcbeatle Press)

Rayene Larkeche (Doctoral Student)

Gareth Brinn (Co-Editor of Unapologetic Magazine & Activist)



Room: KBG-15

Utopian Studies: Contemporary Irish-Based Research      

Curated and chaired by Dr Michael Kelly (University of Limerick)


Dr Laurence Davis (University College Cork)  

Professor Joachim Fischer (University of Limerick)



11:45-1:00: Panel Sessions 5


Room: KBG-13

Intersectional Fiction 

Chair: Dr Tina O’Toole


Dr Doug Battersby (Stanford University / University of Bristol) 

Eimear McBride’s Bodily Forms 


Dr Melania Terrazas (University of La Rioja, Spain) 

Class, Gender, and Sexual Oppression: Intersectionality in Emer Martin’s The Cruelty Men 


Dr Kate Costello-Sullivan (Le Moyne College, New York) 

“I still consider myself a lucky person”: Intersectionality and Entitlement in The Wych Elm and Bad Day in Blackrock 





Room: KBG-10

Gendered Spaces 

Chair: Professor Patricia Coughlan


Dr Dearbhaile Houston (Trinity College Dublin) 

The University in Contemporary Irish Women’s Writing: Nicole Flattery’s “Abortion, A Love Story”  


Ms. Katie Barnes (University of Salford, Manchester)

“Mothers are more than bodies”: Ireland’s Relationship with Motherhood in Claire Lynch’s Small: On Motherhoods (2021). 


Dr Tracy McAvinue (University of Limerick) 

 “Torn Down like Houses”: Woman as Home, Home as Woman in Mary Lavin’s Mary O’Grady.  



Room: KBG-15

Communal Obligations  

Chair: Professor Andrew Fitzsimons


Dr Michelle Miles (Kennesaw State University, USA)  

“Where the flaps don’t meet the knots undone”: Gail McConnell and the Erotics of Elegy  


Dr Scott McKendry (Trinity College Dublin) 

Form and ‘Troubled’ Performativity in the Poetry of Padraic Fiacc and Gail McConnell  


Dr Ailbhe McDaid (University College Cork) 

Beyond the “missionary approach”: New Voices in Irish Poetry  



Room: KBG-11

Class Action 

Chair: Dr Jack Fennell


Ciara McAllister (Queen’s University Belfast) 

“Your Very Presence is Sacrilege”: Gender, Class and the Politics of Place in Brian Friel’s Freedom of the City 


Clodagh Heffernan (University College Cork) 

 “Be Someone": Working-Class Life and Organic Intellectualism in Irish Rap.


Dr Clara Mallon (NUI Galway) and Dr Salomé Paul (Trinity College Dublin) 

Tracing Gendered and Classed Others on Irish Stages 




Room: KBG-14

Questioning Irish Representation 

Chair: Dr Deirdre Flynn


Mr Luke Malone (Dundalk Institute of Technology)  

Feminising the Archetype: Women in Cartoon Saloon’s Irish Folklore Trilogy 


Ms. Alexandria Machado (Bridgewater State University)

Negotiating Identity: Class Anxiety and Sexual Desire in Sally Rooney’s Normal People 


Dr Ketlyn Mara Rosa (Trinity College Dublin)  

The Body, Senses and Violence: Bloody Sunday and Chaos in Derry 


1:00-1:45: Light Lunch

KBS Ground Floor


1:20-1:45: Presentation: Sharon Slater on the Women of Limerick app


Room: KBG-13


2:00: City & County Tours / On-Campus Events:  www.ul.ie/artsoc/iasil-2022/readings/performances


Narrative 4 workshop booking link (for those staying on campus): https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/narrative-4-story-exchange-workshop-iasil-tickets-314489204677


6.00: City Centre suggested activities (note“suggested”, these not part of the main programme)

  • Brewery tour / beer tasting with Treaty City Brewery, Nicholas St (near Limerick Castle, see flyer in information pack). To book: www.treatycitybrewery.ie costs €21;bookings close Tuesday evening and the tour will only go ahead if there are sufficient numbers; do mention that you’re attending the IASIL Conference at UL.
  • Women of Limerick, city walking tour (free and self-guided, using the app presented by Sharon Slater at lunchtime today)
  • Dinner at Dolan’s: for delegates who wish to dine before the evening performance, Dolan’s are offering IASIL22 a special early-bird menu. To avail of this offer, book directly with Dolan’s and let them know you’re attending the IASIL Conference at UL. Covers are very limited so make sure to book early! www.dolans.ie


Evening at Dolan’s Upstairs


9:00: Spoken word event with performances by Sarah Clancy, Eoin Devereux, Felispeaks, and Dubhán Ó Longáin. Traditional music performed by Aileen Dillane and friends.

(Dolan’s Upstairs, Dock Road, Limerick city centre). Please note: we regret to say that Dolan's Upstairs is not wheelchair accessible.






Thursday, July 27th






Panel Sessions 6






Panel Sessions 7



Keynote address: Professor Rióna Ní Fhrighil



Lunch / David Clare Theatrical Productions



Panel Sessions 8






Panel Sessions 9/ Roundtable Sessions



Panel Sessions 10



Readings from UL Writers: Helena Close, William Keohane, Sheila Killian, Lia Mills, Lauren Preston, and Donal Ryan

Traditional music performances from Drs Sandra Joyce & Niall Keegan (Irish World Academy of Music & Dance, UL).

MC: James Lawlor, Narrative4

King John’s Castle, Limerick

Thursday, July 28th

9:00-10:15: Panel Sessions 6


Room: KBG-13


Chair: Professor Naoko Toraiwa


Dr Fuyuji Tanigawa (Konan Women’s University, Japan) 

Seamus Heaney and Senryu: An Anecdote on a Transnational Meeting 


Professor Ondřej Pilný (Charles University, Prague) 

Irish Fiction in Czech: A Case Study 






Room: KBG-10

Blue and Green Humanities 

Chair: Ms. Esther Borges


Dr Ellen Howley (Dublin City University)  

“Snared in a mode of seeing”: Refracting the Past and Present through the Sea in Caitríona O’Reilly’s The Sea Cabinet 


Ms. Charlotte Buckley (Trinity College Dublin) 

Curing the Outdoors: An Ecofeminist Reading of Contemporary Irish Women’s Poetry  


Dr Jessica Bundschuh (University of Stuttgart, Germany) 

The Ecological Border Textures of Maurice Riordan’s Prose Poem Sequence “The Idylls”  


Room: KBG-14

Intersectional Regions
Chair: Professor Laura Izarra


Dr Chris Cusack (Radboud University, The Netherlands) 

“The Present-Day Prince of Irish Storytellers”: Seumas MacManus’s American Market and the Construction of Irishness 


Dr Giulia Bruna (Radboud University, The Netherlands) 

Ulster and New England Village Heroines: Reviewing the Stories of Erminda Rentoul Esler and Mary E. Wilkins Freeman 


Room: KBG-11

Art as Therapy 

Chair: Dr Kate Antosik-Parsons


Ms. Holly May Walker-Dunseith (University College Cork) 

The Healer in the Tower: Biddy Early and Discourses of Healing in the Work of W. B. Yeats and Lady Augusta Gregory


Ms. Alba de Juan Lopez (University of Oviedo)

Animals as Architects of Reality: The Itineraries of Illness in Leanne O’Sullivan A Quarter of an Hour 


Dr Lauren McNamara (Mary Immaculate College, Limerick) 

What I (Don’t) Know About Autism and How Ireland Treats Difference 







Room: KBG-15

The Poetics of Space

Chair: Professor Tom Walker


Ms. Ellen Orchard (Trinity College Dublin)

‘head of curls’: Austin Clarke and Paula Meehan’s Elegies for Children  


Dr Tapasya Narang

Play and Irony in Derek Mahon’s Works


Dr Britta Olinder (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)

Sinéad Morrissey: Traveller in History and Geography



10:15-10:30: Tea/Coffee

KBS Ground Floor



10:30-11:45: Panel Sessions 7


Room: KBG-10

Translational Studies

Chair: Mr Victor Da Cruz Pacheco


Dr Margaret Brehony (National University of Ireland, Galway)

Intersections of Gender, Race, and Irish Genealogies of Slavery in Colonial Cuba 


Dr M. Teresa Caneda-Cabrera (University of Vigo, Spain) 

Intersectional Vulnerabilities and Reciprocal Resistances: Dialectical Itineraries of Irishness across the Atlantic  


Professor Maria Rita Drumond Viana (Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto, Brazil)  

How does one know what spring is like? Translating Sinéad Gleeson’s Travel Writing


Room: KBG-13

Dramatic Situation 

Chair: Dr Graham Price


Dr Alexander Coupe (University of Liverpool) 

Sticking Power: Arts Funding and the Agency of Applied Theatre in Northern Ireland 


Dr Barry Houlihan (NUI Galway) 

Bronze Sabrinas and Caribbean Céilís: The Pike Theatre and Staging Intercultural Ireland 



Room: KBG-14


Chair: Mr Caylum O’Neill


Dr Emer Lyons (University of Otago, Dunedin, NZ)

The Straight Fellow: Code-Switching in Brendan Behan’s The Quare Fellow 


Ms Iria Seijas-Pérez (University of Vigo, Spain) 

Growing up Queer and Muslim in Ireland: The Young Adult Fiction of Adiba Jaigirdar


Room: KBG-15

Reshaping Reality 

Chair: Professor Claire Lynch


Dr Jack Quin (University of Birmingham) 

Eva Gore-Booth and Sculptural Form 


 Dr Moonyoung Hong (University of Hong Kong)) 

“Sexual Styles” of Wilde, Joyce and Enright: Desire and Irish Theatre-Fiction 


Professor Katharina Rennhak (University of Wuppertal)

Intersectionality and Narrative Structures of Trust in Austerity Fiction


11:45-1:00: Keynote address: Professor Rióna Ní Fhrighil

Writing Wrongs: Human Rights and Modern Poetry in Irish

Chair: Dr Sorcha De Brún

Room: KBG-12


1:00-1:45: Lunch

KBS Ground Floor



1:00-1:45 Lunchtime Theatre


David Clare Productions presents The House, written by Anne Devlin, starring Robyn O’Riordan, and West, written by Ursula Rani Sarma, starring James Corr.

Room: KBG-12










1:45-3:00: Panel Session 8


Room: KBG-13

Performance Activism 

Chair: Mx. El Reid-Buckley


Ms Orlaith Darling (Trinity College Dublin) 

“Town’s Dead”: Intersectional Approaches to Contemporary Irish Music and the City  


Ms Helena Young (University College Dublin) 

Intersectional Ireland in Brokentalkers  


Dr Kate Antosik-Parsons (Trinity College Dublin) 

The Embodied Encounters of Amanda Coogan’s They Come Then, The Birds



Room : KBG-14

Fiction / Autofiction / Non-Fiction 

Chair: Professor Gisela Holfter


Thomas Korthals, (University of Applied Sciences Hamm-Lippstadt, Germany)  

“I love the desert […]. But I also love its opposite: Ireland”: The Irish Journal of Ralph Giordano 


Mr Liam Harrison (University of Birmingham) 

Insistent Styles in Contemporary Irish Non-Fiction 


Dr Iva Yates (University of Limerick) 

“New-World Democracy”: Expansionism in Folklore Collecting, the Cases of Ireland and Puerto Rico  



Room: KBG-10

Contested Spaces 

Chair: Professor Emilie Pine


Dr Tara Giddens (University of Limerick) 

Representation of Spaces in Charlotte O’Conor Eccles’ Novel, The Matrimonial Lottery (1906) 


Mr Loïc Wright (University College Dublin) 

Rural and Urban Masculinities, the Failed Bildungsroman, and the Nation in Mary Lavin’s The House in Clewe Street (1945) 



3:00-3:15: Tea/coffee

KBS Ground Floor

3:15-4:30: Panel Sessions 9 / Roundtable Sessions:


Room No: KBG-13

Irish-German Studies Today: Challenges and Chances      

Curated and chaired by Professor Gisela Holfter


Dr Sorcha de Brún (University of Limerick) 

Professor Joachim Fischer (University of Limerick) 

Robert Henneberg (German Embassy Dublin)  

Professor Michelle Witen (Europa Universität Flensburg)


Room No: KBG-14

Teaching and Learning Creative Writing in Higher Education Contexts      

Curated and chaired by Dr Lia Mills

Anna Ryan Moloney (University of Limerick)

Donal Ryan (University of Limerick), 

Marie Gethins (University of Limerick)  

William Keohane  



Room: KBG-15

Intersectional Joyce 

Chair: Professor Ondrej Pilny


Professor Peter Kuch (University of Otago, New Zealand) 

Bloom’s Dilemmas: Ulysses as a Modern/Postmodern “novel of adultery” 


Mr Cody Sanders (University College Dublin)

“Sirens” in Ulysses: A Fugue or Sonata  


Professor Leszek Drong (University of Silesia, Poland) 

Under Foreign Eyes? James Joyce’s Journalistic (Re)discovery of the West of Ireland 



4:30-5:45: Panel Sessions 10


Room: KBG-13

Border Crossings 

Chair: Professor Gerardine Meaney


Ms Marie Gemrichova (Charles University, Prague) 

Boundaries and Border Crossing in Nick Laird’s Utterly Monkey  


Dr Anna Teekell (Christopher Newport University, USA) 

Irish Border Travelogues: Walking the Intersection 


Room: KBG-14

Poetry and Politics 

Chair: Professor Joachim Fischer


Professor Dhananjay Singh (Jawaharlal Nehru University, India)  

Colonialism, Violence and the Poetic Responsibility: The Politico-Aesthetic Third Space in Seamus Heaney’s Poetry  


Mr Danny Shanahan (University of Cambridge)

Spectres of the Gulag: Soviet Bloc Dissident Poetics and Seamus Heaney’s Representation of Political Imprisonment 


Dr Stephen O’Neill (Trinity College Dublin) 

“what a bloody environment for a man of imagination”: Irish Writing and the Special Powers Act (1922) 


Room: KBG-11

Carceral Narratives 

Chair: Professor José Lanters


Ms Michelle Andressa Alvarenga de Souza (University of São Paulo, Brazil) 

A Dreadful Reckoning: Colonial, Racial and Gender Violence in Martin McDonagh’s A Very Very Very Dark Matter 


Ms Molly Hennigan (University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA)

Contextualizing Personal Narratives of Incarceration: Hanna Greally’s Bird’s Nest Soup 


Dr Maureen S. G. Hawkins (University of Lethbridge, Canada)  

The Sense of No Ending in The Hostage and The Island  



Room: KBG-15

Framing the West 

Chair: Professor Michael J. Griffin


Mr Theo Campbell  (Villanova University, USA)

“Customs Handed Down to Us”: Empire and Vulnerability in Glimpses of my Life in Aran  


Dr Marine Galiné (University of Reims Champagne Ardenne, France)

The Bog in Lee Cronin’s The Hole in the Ground (2019): Liminality, Motherhood and Abjection  


Ms Justine Zapin (University College Dublin) 

“In the Wasteland” or Galway Bay, 3000 A.D.: Space, Place, and Identity in Bernard Shaw’s Tragedy of an Elderly Gentleman 




6.00 Evening at Limerick Castle


Please note: delegates are asked to make their own way into town this evening, which they may do by taking public transport, see: https://www.ul.ie/buildings/travel-transport or booking a taxi. For delegates using smartphones: the FREE NOW taxi app makes booking very easy.


  • For delegates who wish to dine before the evening performance, Treaty City Brewery (located a few doors down from our evening venue, King John's Castle, on Nicholas St) are offering a BBQ special for €22, with a menu from award-winning chef Keith Piggott, using only local ingredients. This is available from 6-8pm (i.e. before the readings only). Please make sure to book ahead : www.treatycitybrewery.ie  (select the “food” option).


8:00: Wine reception at the Castle, followed by readings and performances from UL writers and musicians: Helena Close, Sandra Joyce, William Keohane, Niall Keegan, Sheila Killian, Lia Mills, Lauren Preston, and Donal Ryan

(King John’s Castle, Nicholas Street, Limerick city centre)





Friday, July 29th






Panel Sessions 11






Panel Sessions 12



Plenary: Professor Fiona McCann



Lunch / Lunchtime Interview: Claire Lynch in conversation with Emilie Pine on the publication of Small: On Motherhoods



Book Launch



IASIL Annual General Meeting




The Pavilion





Friday, July 29th

9:00-10:15: Panel Sessions 11


Room: KBG-13


Chair: Dr Caoilfhionn Ní Bheacháin


Dr Julie-Ann Robson (University of Sydney, Australia) 

“To reveal art and conceal the artist”: Oscar Wilde in the Archives


Joanna Jarząb-Napierała 

Transnationalism in Irish Literature: The Case of Seán O'Faoláin's The Nest of the Simple Folk 


Professor Tom Walker (Trinity College Dublin) 

Colum’s Revivalist Poetics amid the Institutions of Modernism 



Room: KBG-14

Migration and Community  

Chair: Professor Laura Izarra


Ms. Esther Gazzola Borges (University of São Paulo)  

Queer Diaspora, Identity and Community in Contemporary Irish Literature 


Dr Patricia A. Lynch  (University of Limerick)

Hiberno-English and Jamaican English in an Extended Family: Donal Ryan’s Strange Flowers 


Dr Alessandra Boller (University of Siegen, Germany) 

Shared Experiences and Grievable Lives: Engagements with Subjectivity and Community in Post-Celtic Tiger Migration Narratives 



Room: KBG-10

Northern Exposure 

Chair: Ms. Laura Toner


Ms Sophie Anders (University of Salford) 

The “Wee English Fella”: Queering the Representation of Masculinity in Lisa McGee’s Derry Girls 


Ms Deirdre Canavan (King’s College London)

Testimony and Tolerance in Anna Burns’ Milkman 


Dr Daniela Theinová (Charles University, Prague) 

Masculinities in Transition: Alan Gillis and Padraig Regan in and out of Belfast 



Room: KBG-11

Gendered Representations

Chair: Ms. Sarah Staus


Dr Hawk Chang (Education University of Hong Kong) 

“Watch her carefully, every movement, every gesture, every little peculiarity”: 

Women in Brian Friel’s Philadelphia, Here I Come 


Orsolya Szűcs (PPCU, Budapest) 

“How extravagantly attached we are to the things we own, as if they were the insides of our own bodies”: Writing the Human in Contemporary Irish Women’s Writing 


S. J. De Mattio (Trinity College Dublin)

Contextualizing the Erasure of “Ireland’s Forgotten Genius”, Teresa Deevy 



10:15-10:30: Tea/Coffee

KBS Ground Floor



10:30-11:45: Panel Sessions 12


Room: KBG-13

Public Performativity 

Chair: Dr Tara Giddens


Dr Rui Carvalho Homem (University of Porto, Portugal)  

“Someone who knew what they were doing”: Intermediality and Politics in Muldoon’s Howdie-Skelp  


Dr James Little (Charles University, Prague)

Paula Meehan’s Pubs: From Pub Counter to Counter-Public Sphere 


Dr Anthony P. McIntyre (University College Dublin) 

Voicing 2nd Generation Diasporic Irishness in Popular Culture: Peter Kay and Steve Coogan 







Room: KBG-14

Multimodal Narratives   

Chair: tbc


Mark Ryan (University of Limerick)

Queer Identities in Targeted LGBTQI+ Media: Gay Community News as a Reflection of a Queer, Irish, Diasporic Formation 


Dr Alinne Balduino P. Fernandes (Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil) 

Radio Drama in times of COVID-19: Christina Reid’s My Name, Shall I Tell You My Name? in Translation 


Ms Jenny Kwok (University of Hong Kong)

The Irishness of Anglo-Irish Writers: Some Preliminary Findings of a Digital Humanities Project 



Room: KBG-11

Troubling Narratives

Chair: Dr Katharina Rennhak


Mr Seán Ó Cinnéide (Maynooth University)

 "Mere words are useless": Statelessness and the Artist in Francis Stuart's Freiburg Trilogy


Dr Keelan Harkin (Trinity College Dublin) 

Fascism, Anti-Communist Violence, and the Spanish Civil War in Mary Manning’s Mount Venus 


Mr Elliot Mills (Trinity College Dublin)

Writing the Environment: Mastery and the Imagination in At Swim-Two-Birds 



Room: KBG-15

Written on the Body 

Chair: Dr Melania Terrazas


Dr Karen Anne McCarthy (University of Johannesburg, South Africa) 

“The Incest Plot” in John Banville’s Ancient Light 


Ms Neha Kamrani (University College Dublin) 

Body and Memory: A Comparative Study of Adult Disclosures of Rape and Child Sexual Abuse in Deirdre Kinahan’s Rathmines Road and Dina Mehta’s Getting Away with Murder 


Dr Alfred Markey (University of León, Spain) 

Medicine and the Humanities: Intersectional Strategies for Ireland 



11:45-1:00: Keynote address: Professor Fiona McCann

Forms of Care in Irish Literature 2012-2022: Shifting Agencies and Decolonial Poetics

Chair: Dr Michael Kelly

Room: KBG-12


1:00-2:00 Lunch

KBS Ground Floor


1:20-2.00 Lunchtime Interview    


Claire Lynch in conversation with Emilie Pine on the publication of Small: On Motherhoods

Room: KBG-13


1:20-2:00 Book Launch      


“I love craft. I love the word”: The Theatre of Deirdre Kinahan, edited by Lisa Fitzpatrick and Maria Kurdi (Peter Lang, 2022).

Room: KBG-11


2:00: IASIL Annual General Meeting

Room: KBG-15


7:00: Closing Event and Barbecue

UL Pavilion