IRISH Seminar

Since 1999, the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies has sponsored a summer graduate seminar that brings together Irish scholars, graduate students, and faculty in Irish Studies.  An intense intellectual exchange and experience, the seminar has been a formative experience for scores of Notre Dame graduate students and their peers from universities around the world.

2018 Irish Seminar

2018 Theme: Ireland 1600-1800:  Kingdom, Colony, Union, Empire.

The Notre Dame Keough-Naughton Institute's 2018 interdisciplinary IRISH Seminar will bring graduate students together with students from other universities and major scholars in the field to explore Ireland's history, literature and culture between 1600-1800.  This remains a seminal and highly-contested period, when Ireland moved from a kingdom to colony, to union, and empire. We will explore these transitions through a combination of historical readings and exemplary texts beginning with Edmund Spenser's A View of the State of Ireland and ending with Maria Edgeworth's Castle Rackrent.  Writers to be considered will also include Swift, Berkeley, Merriman, Burke and Corkery. These will be augmented by sessions with Notre Dame faculty and Madden-Rooney Lectures given by Declan Kiberd, Bríona Nic Dhiarmada, and Patrick Griffin, along with talks by major outside scholars, including Ian McBride, Ciaran Brady, David Dickson, Claire Connolly, Michael Browne, Vincent Morley, Thomas Bartlett, and Nicholas Canny.  The IRISH Seminar will also host a formal opening with a reading by poet Paul Muldoon, and evening social, theatrical, and musical events, including a launch of Ailbhe Darcy's new book, Bloodaxe. Participants will also enjoy site visits in Dublin, Kylemore, and the west of Ireland.


For more information and for application details, see The IRISH Seminar

For information about previous IRISH Seminars, read about "Ireland & Italy," the 2017 IRISH Seminar in Rome, "Classical Influences," the 2016 IRISH Seminar in Dublin and Kylemore Abbey, and "Peripheral Modernities?", the 2015 IRISH Seminar in Buenos Aires.

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