"Vernacular Imagination" - 2014 Irish Seminar

Author: Margaret Lloyd


The Irish Seminar, an annual series directed by Notre Dame faculty since 1999, brings together outstanding young scholars and internationally known faculty to engage in intellectual examination of issues in Irish Studies.

Taking place at the Keough Naughton Notre Dame Centre in O’Connell House, Dublin, the Irish Seminar is fashioned on the ideal of a collaborative community of scholars engaged across disciplines and institutions. Sponsored by the Keough-Naughton Institute of Irish Studies and home to the Madden-Rooney Public Lectures, the Irish Seminar was fashioned and directed by Notre Dame professors Seamus Deane, Kevin Whelan and institute director Chris Fox.

Vernacular Imagination” is the subject of the 2014 Irish Seminar, which takes place from June 16 to July 4th.  Diarmuid Ó Giolláin, executive director of this year’s Irish Seminar, says “Vernacular Imagination promises to be a multidisciplinary approach to the question of the people, vernacular language and popular culture in modern (if not only in modern) societies.”

Approximately thirty graduate students attend each year, representing the United States, Canada, Ireland, Scotland, England, France, Italy, Hungary, Czech Republic, Albania, Israel, and New Zealand. Their home institutions include Berkeley, Princeton, Yale, NYU, Chicago, Dartmouth, Oxford, Cambridge, and the Sorbonne.

In addition to Notre Dame faculty, confirmed external participants to date include Paul Muldoon (Princeton), who will open it, James Clifford (University of California, Santa Cruz), Clair Wills (Queen Mary), Katie Trumpener (Yale), John Kelly (Oxford), Anne-Marie Thiesse (CNRS, Paris), Guy Beiner (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel), Henry Glassie (University of Indiana) and writers Éilís Ní Dhuibhne, Ciaran Carson and Pat McCabe.

Past Irish Seminar faculty includes Nobel Laureate and poet Seamus Heaney, Irish writers, actors, literary critics and experts in areas of Irish literature, theatre, poetry and music.  Varied aspects of Irish culture, history and language, as well as Ireland’s external relations and perceptions, have been considered in past programs.

Interested graduate students are invited to apply.  Financial assistance may be available.  The registration deadline is March 17th. To learn more about the Irish Seminar or to register, please visit Irishseminar.nd.edu.  

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