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Current Seminar Series

Our Irish Studies Research Seminar Series runs weekly on Monday afternoons at 4.15 (note new starting time). Seminars are open to members of the university and the public. Come and join us!

Next Seminar

Monday 18 Nov 2019, 4.15pm - Irish Studies Seminar Room, 27 University Square 01.003. Dr Caroline Magennis (University of Salford): ‘Moving through Milkman: The body in motion in some recent Northern Irish texts’

Dr Caroline Magennis is Reader in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature at the University of Salford. She received her BA, MA and PhD from the School of English at QUB. Dr Magennis is the Chair of the Council of the British Association for Irish Studies and she sits on the English Association Higher Education Committee and the Steering Board of the European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies.

Autumn 2019 Seminar Series

Our Autumn 2019 Seminar series starts on 23 September at 4.15pm.

All welcome - come and join us!

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Previous Seminars

A number of our previous 2018-19, 2017-18 and 2016-17 Seminars are available online for audio streaming.

CLICK HERE to see the programmes and access the audio streams.

Irish Studies International lecture

The Institute hosts an annual International Irish Studies Lecture given by a distinguished academic or figure in public service.

Previous lecturers have included Prof David Lloyd (University of California, Riverside), Prof Richard Kearney (Boston College), Prof Joe Lee (New York University), Prof Joep Leerssen (University of Amsterdam), Prof Elizabeth Malcolm (University of Melbourne) and Prof Marianne Elliott (University of Liverpool).

30 May 2019 at 5pm

Prof. Pat Palmer (Maynooth University): 'Did Ireland Have a Renaissance?'

Ireland never features in traditional accounts of the European Renaissance. It’s easy to see why: while literature and the arts flourished elsewhere, all that happened in Ireland during the late 16th & early 17th centuries, it seems, was war, rebellion, famine, defeat and plantation. True, newcomers – often the agents of the Tudor conquest – brought with them offshoots of other people’s Renaissance: Edmund Spenser wrote 'The Faerie Queene', the great Elizabethan epic, in a planter castle in North Cork; Sir George Carew turned the first part of Ercilla’s 'La Araucana' into a military handbook geared to defeating Irish insurgents; and Sir John Harington translated Ariosto’s 'Orlando Furioso' in the interval between colonial adventures in Ireland. But what of the Irish themselves? Where are they in this narrative? This lecture argues that only by adding the rich culture of Gaelic and Gaelicised Ireland to the mix – not to mention the defiantly hybrid culture of the English Pale – can we get begin to recognise the complexity and dynamism of Ireland in the Renaissance and get a more unified sense of its convulsive entry into modernity.




Date: 25/10/2019
Time: 1:30PM - 6:00PM
Location: PETER FROGGATT CENTRE, QUB Room 02.026

Newspaper and Periodical History Forum of Ireland conference


Dates: 8/11/2019 - 9/11/2019
Time: 9:00AM - 5:00PM
Location: Institute of Irish Studies, 27 University Square, QUB

Postgrad Reading Groups

The Reading Group in Irish Studies is open to all interested postgrads (MA and PhD), and is run by the Postgrads.

It meets monthly in term time.

Irish Studies Reading Group

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The Troubles Reading Group

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Ulster Society for IHS Seminars

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