United Islands 2

Multi-Lingual Radical Poetry and Song in Britain and Ireland, 1770–1820

FINAL Programme


Papers are 30 minutes in length. Sessions will comprise all papers then discussion. After 3 or 4 papers there will be 30 minutes discussion; after 2 papers 15 minutes discussion.

Wednesday 26 August 2009: Old Staff Common Room

7.00–9.00 p.m. informal evening buffet; Registration

Additional overlapping event

7.00 Launch of Liam McIlvanney’s first novel All the Colours of the Town, at No Alibis Bookshop, 83 Botanic Avenue, Belfast, BT7 1JL. Tel. 028 9031 9601, with the author in attendance.

It may be possible to attend the book launch first and then still register and partake of the buffet.

Thursday 27 August 2009: The Harty Room, School of Music

8.30 Registration

9.00 sharp–9.15 Welcome and Introduction

John Kirk

Andrew Noble

Michael Brown

9.15–10.45 Session 1a: Non-canonical Issues (5 papers + discussion)

Chair: John Kirk

Nigel Leask (University of Glasgow)

Radicalism, Romanticism and Popular Culture

Mark Samuel Sweetnam (TCD)

Canonicity and Radical Evangelicalism

Donald William Stewart (University of Edinburgh)

Radical and Non-radical Gaelic Poetry and Song, 1770–1820

10.45–11.15 Coffee

11.15–12.45 Session 1b: Non-canonical Issues cont.

E. Wyn James (Cardiff University)

William Williams of Pantycelyn: Forerunner of the Missionary and Abolition Movements

Maura Cronin (Mary Immaculate College, Limerick)

Broadside Literature and Popular Political Opinion in Munster, 1800–1820

12.45–1.30 Lunch

13.30–15.30 Session 2: England 1 (3 papers + discussion)

Chair: Michael Brown

Katrina Navickas (University of Edinburgh) 

‘Theaw kon ekspekt no moar eawt ov a pig than a grunt’:

Searching for the Radical Voice in Northern England, 1789–1819

Andrew McKillop (University of Aberdeen)

An Antidote to Radicalism? London and Imperial Patronage

Craig Bailey (Villanova University, PA)

Polycentric London

3.30–4.00 Tea

4.00–6.30: Session 3a: Ireland and Scotland 1 (4 papers + discussion)

Chair: John Kirk

Jim Flannery (Emory University)

Singing on a Tightrope: Radical Sentiments in the Work of Robert Burns and

Thomas Moore²

Michael Griffin (University of Limerick)

Between Clare and Ayr: Tomás Ó Míocháin, Robbie Burns,

and the Compromised Radicalism of Thomas Dermody

Stephen Dornan (University of Aberdeen)

Radical Politics and Vernacular Poetry in the British Archipelago

Petri Mirala (University of Helsinki / Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

Freemasonry and the ‘Rhyming Weavers’ of Ulster

7.00 Reception at Linen Hall Library, Donegal Square North.

7.30 Talk by John Killen, Acting Librarian

Hidden Gems of Radical Poetry in the Linen Hall Library Poetry Collection

thereafter tour of the Linen Hall Library Archives (limit to 15 participants)

Evening free (own arrangements)


Friday 28 August 2009: The Harty Room, School of Music

9.00 sharp–11.00 Session 4: Scottish Popular Enlightenment (3 papers + discussion)

Chair: Andrew Noble

Chris Whatley (University of Dundee)

 ‘It is said that Burns is a Radical’: Contest, Concession and the Political Legacy of Robert Burns, c. 1796–1859

Bob Harris (University of Oxford)

Scottish Towns and the Enlightenment, c. 1745–1820

Nathalie Rosset (University of Dundee)

The Literary Life of James Tytler

11.00–11.30 Coffee

Session 5: Gender, Nation, Genre (4 papers + discussion)

Chair: Clare Connolly (Cardiff University)

11.30–13.00 Session 5a: Masculinity

Julia Wright (Dalhousie University)

Stateless Citizens: The Problem of Masculinity in Moore and Morgan

Christina Morin (University College Cork)

Gendering Genres: Poetry and Prose in the Fiction of Charles Robert Maturin

Maureen McLane (New York University)

Whose World Anyway? Border Trouble in Scottish Ballad and Song

13.00–13.45 Lunch

13.45–14.45 Session 5b: Women’s Writing

Jane Rendall (University of York)

British Women Writing War and Empire: From Eighteen Hundred and Eleven to Eighteen Hundred and Thirteen

14.45–16.00 Session 6: England and Song (2 papers + discussion)

Chair: John Kirk

Michael Scrivener (Wayne State University)

Reading the Political Songs of the 1790s

Joan Beal (University of Sheffield) 

"Why should the landlords have the best tunes?"

Thomas Spence and the Subversion of Popular Song

16.00–16.30 Tea

4.30–6.30 Session 7: Performance (3 papers + discussion)

Chair: John Kirk

Catherine Jones (University of Aberdeen)

Music and Performance

John Moulden (National University of Ireland, Galway)

Popish Plots, Protestant Heroes, Disputed Marches and Ridicule of Priest and People: Protestant, Loyal and Orange Song, 1558–1849

Brian Caraher (Queen’s University Belfast)

Moore’s ‘Canadian Boat Song’

6.30–8.00 Dinner in the Canada Room

8.00–9.30 Session 8: Concert (4 performers)

Chair: John Kirk

David Edwards (Cardiff)

Adam McNaughtan (Glasgow)

Jim Flannery (Emory, Atlanta)

Saturday 29 August 2009: The Harty Room, School of Music

9.30–11.00 Session 9a: Serial Publication (5 papers + discussion)

Chair: Michael Brown

Martyn Powell (University of Aberyswyth) 

Jacobitism versus Scotophobia: Political Radicalism and the Press in Late Eighteenth-Century Ireland

Hamish Mathison (University of Sheffield)

'A just cause of complaint': Scotland, Serials and Popular Print Culture, 1508–1794

Dan Wall (University of Aberdeen)

Radical Poetry and the Literary Magazine, 1800–1820

11.00–11.30 Coffee

11.30–13.00: Session 9b: Serial Publication cont.

Marion Loeffler (University of Aberyswyth)

Radical Welsh periodicals and the Beginnings of a Public Sphere in Wales

Niall Ó Ciosáin (National University of Ireland, Galway)

Publishing in Irish and in Gaelic, 1750–1840

13.00–14.00 Lunch

14.00– c. 15.00: Session 10: 3 Rapporteurs + Discussion

Chair: John Kirk

Michael Scrivener (Wayne State University)

Fred Lock (Queen’s, Kingston) 

Mark Philp (University of Oxford) 

thereafter Session 11: United Islands Radical Poetry Research Project

John Kirk (Queen’s University Belfast)

Andrew Noble (Glasgow)

Michael Brown (University of Aberdeen)

Catriona Kennedy (University of York)

c . 16.00 Closure