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Keynote Speakers and Events

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Guy Beiner

Guy Beiner is the Sullivan Chair in Irish Studies at Boston College, USA.

Guy specializes in the historical study of remembering and forgetting. Other interests include oral history, folklore, public history and heritage, historiography, terrorism, the fin de siècle, and the ‘Spanish’ Influenza pandemic. His books on history, memory and forgetting in Ireland have won multiple international awards. His most recent publications are 'Pandemic Re-Awakenings: The Forgotten and Unforgotten ‘Spanish’ Flu of 1918-1919' (Oxford University Press, 2022), and 'Forgetful Remembrance: Social Forgetting and Vernacular Historiography of a Rebellion in Ulster' (Oxford University Press, 2018)

Dr Elizabeth Boyle

Dr Elizabeth Boyle lectures in the Department of Early Irish (Sean-Ghaeilge) at Maynooth University, Ireland.

Elizabeth's research interests include the religious and intellectual history of north-western Europe, c.400-c.1200, medieval theology and philosophy, education in medieval Ireland, the relationship between Latin and the vernaculars in medieval Britain and Ireland, the influence of the Bible on medieval literature and society, and historiography. Her recent publications include 'Fierce Appetites: Loving, Losing and Living to Excess in My Present and in the Writings of the Past' (Penguin, 2022) and 'History and Salvation in Medieval Ireland' (Routledge, 2021).

Diane Urquhart
Prof Diane Urquhart

Diane Urquhart is Professor of Gender History at Queen's University Belfast.

Diane is a gender historian with a special interest in modern Ireland and Britain. Her research specialises in political and legal history particularly women’s first entry into politics from the late-nineteenth century onwards, Anglo-Irish political patronage and Ireland's history of abortion and divorce. She co-authored with Lindsey Earner-Byrne, 'The Irish Abortion Journey, 1920-2018', published in the Pivot series by Palgrave Macmillan in 2019. Her monograph 'Irish Divorce: A History', the first full-length history of Irish divorce, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2020.

Dr Zélie Asava

Dr Zélie Asava is an independent researcher and film classifier at Irish Film Classification Board.

Zélie is the author of two books and the driving force behind a series of projects focused on questions of race, gender and visual culture in Ireland, France, Senegal, Scandinavia, Burkina Faso, Britain and the US. 'The Black Irish Onscreen: Representing Black and Mixed-Race Identities in Irish Film and Television' (2013), was the first major study of black and mixed-race themes in Irish Screen Studies. 'Mixed-Race Cinemas: Multiracial Dynamics in America and France', published in 2017, charts race relations from the birth of cinema to the present day on both sides of the Atlantic. In 2022, Zélie co-edited a pioneering special issue of the Journal of Scandinavian Cinema; she is currently writing chapters for the books Innovations in Black European Studies and Mixed Marriage in Modern Ireland.

Conference Events

City Hall Reception

On 24 August, Conference delegates are invited to a drinks reception in Belfast City Hall.

Details of guest speaker to follow.

City Hall interior
The Seamus Heaney Centre Presents

On 25 August, the Seamus Heaney Centre for Creative Writing at Queen's will host an event for conference attendees showcasing new writing from the north of Ireland.

More details to follow!

Seamus Heaney Centre
EFACIS 2023 (European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies)
EFACIS 2023 (European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies)