Irish Studies in Britain, 2017-8

This is a report on major Irish Studies activity, compiled by Lloyd (Meadhbh) Houston, BAIS Communications Manager.  If you wish to be included in a future report and have activities under the following headlines only, please mail Please note, this is limited to activity in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

It will be presented at the EFACIS Board Meeting in Leuven in September 2018 by Dr Caroline Magennis, Chair of BAIS and British representative on the Board.

• Conor Carville, Samuel Beckett and the Visual Arts (Cambridge University Press, 2018)
• Joseph Darlington, British Terrorist Novels of the 1970s (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)
• Gerald Dawe, In Another World: Van Morrison and Belfast (Irish Academic Press, 2017)
• Richard Grayson, Dublin’s Great Wars: The First World War, the Easter Rising and the Irish Revolution (Cambridge University Press, 2018)
• David Heffernan, Debating Tudor Policy in Sixteenth-Century Ireland: ‘Reform’ Treatises and Political Discourse (Manchester University Press, 2018)
• Paddy Hoey, Shinners, Dissos and Dissenters: Irish Republican Media Activism Since the Good Friday Agreement (Manchester University Press, 2018)
• Kyle Hughes and Donal MacRaild, Ribbon Societies in Nineteenth-Century Ireland and Its Diaspora: The Persistence of Tradition (Liverpool University Press, 2018)
• Florence Impens, The Answering Voice: Classical Presences in Irish Poetry after 1960 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018)
• George Legg, Northern Ireland and the Politics of Boredom: Conflict, Capital and Culture (Manchester University Press, 2018) – Forthcoming
• Michèle Mendelssohn, Making Oscar Wilde (Oxford University Press, 2018)
• Emilie Morin, Beckett’s Political Imagination (Cambridge University Press, 2017)
• Andrew Murphy, Ireland, Reading and Cultural Nationalism, 1790–1930 (Cambridge University Press, 2017)
• Gerry Smith, The Judas Kiss: Treason and Betrayal in Six Modern Irish Novels (Manchester University Press, 2018) – Paperback
• Derval Tubridy, Samuel Beckett and the Language of Subjectivity (Cambridge University Press, 2018)
• Dirk Van Hulle and Shane Weller, The Making of Samuel Beckett’s ‘Endgame’/’Fin de partie’ (Bloomsbury, 2018)
• Margaret Ward, Hanna Sheehy Skeffington: Suffragette and Sinn Feiner: Her Memoirs and Political Writings (University College Dublin Press, 2017)

Edited Collections
• Thomas Bartlett, James Kelly, Jane Ohlmeyer, and Brendan Smith, eds. The Cambridge History of Ireland, Vols. 1-4 (Cambridge University Press, 2018)
• Eve Campbell, Elizabeth FitzPatrick and Audrey Horning, eds. Becoming and Belonging in Ireland AD c. 1200-1600: Essays in Identity and Cultural Practice (Cork University Press, 2018)
• Gerald Dawe, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Irish Poets (Cambridge University Press, 2017)
• Terence Dooley, Maeve O’Riordan and Christopher Ridgway, eds. Women and the Country House in Ireland and Britain (Four Courts Press, 2018)
• Katherine Ebury and James Alexander Fraser, eds. Joyce’s Non-Fiction Writings: Outside His Jurisfiction (Springer, 2018)
• Liam Harte, ed. A History of Irish Autobiography (Cambridge University Press, 2018)
• Kyle Hughes and Donald MacRaild, eds. Crime, Violence, and the Irish in the Nineteenth Century (Liverpool University Press, 2017)
• Naomi Lloyd-Jones and Margaret Scull, eds. Four Nations Approaches to Modern ‘British’ History: A (Dis)United Kingdom? (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)
• Michael Pierse, ed. A History of Irish Working-Class Writing (Cambridge University Press, 2017)
• Anna Pilz and Whitney Standlee, eds. Irish Women’s Writing, 1878-1922: Advancing the Cause of Liberty (Manchester University Press, 2018)
• Sonja Tiernan, ed. Eva Gore Booth: Collected Poems (Arlen House, 2018)

Journal Special Issues
• Deaglan O Donghaile and Gerry Smith, eds. ‘Remapping Irish Modernisms’, Irish Studies Review (September 2018)
• George Legg, Caroline Magennis, and Maggie Scull eds. ‘Agreement 20’, Open Library of Humanities (April-July 2018)
• Anna McMullan and Graham Saunders, eds. ‘Staging Beckett and Contemporary Theatre and Performance Cultures’, Contemporary Theatre Review, 28.1 (March 2018)
• Peter Shirlow, ed. ‘Twenty Years After the Belfast / Good Friday Agreement’, Parliamentary Affairs 71.2 (April 2018)

• 21st Conference of Irish Historians in Britain – Conflict and Reconciliation: The History of Irish Political Ideas (University of Northumbria, 07-09 September 2018)
• The UK Through Comparative and Transnational Perspectives (King’s College London, 02 July 2018)
• The Worlds of Maria Edgeworth: Networks, Influence, Reception (University of York, 29-30 June 2018)
• Irish Rebellion and Militancy in Transnational Perspective (Birkbeck, 14 June 2018)
• Moving Statues – Shifted Meanings: Ireland and the USA (Queen’s University, Belfast, 08-09 June 2018)
• Fugitive Ideas: A Cerebration for Hugh Haughton (University of York, 08-09 June 2018)
• The End of Outrage: Post-Famine Adjustment in Rural Ireland (University of Manchester, 06 June 2018)
• Corresponding with Beckett: The London Beckett Seminar Conference (University of London, 01-02 June 2018)
• Ireland, Scotland, and the Problem of English Nationalism: From Home Rule to Brexit (University of St Andrew’s, 01 June 2018)
• Emotions in Irish History (University of Sheffield, 29 May 2018)
• Room to Rhyme: Poetry and Crisis Conference and Reading, with Michael Longley, Edna Longley, Alan Gillis and Colette Bryce (Linen Hall Library, Belfast, 23 May 2018)
• Gaelic Hardship: Flann O’Brien’s ‘The Poor Mouth’ (Birkbeck, 15 May 2018)
• Victimhood and Dealing with the Past in Northern Ireland (Queen’s University, Belfast, 14 May 2018)
• Agreement 20 (King’s College London, University of Salford, Irish World Heritage Centre, 06-07April 2018)
• Remembering 1968: The Civil Rights Movement in Northern Ireland (Queen’s University Belfast, 24 March 2018)
• Joyce to Beckett: Ireland and Modernism (University of Cambridge, 22-23 March 2018)
• Un-shared Futures?: Teaching the Literatures of Four Nations in Flux (University of Wolverhampton, 05 December 2017)

Seminar Series
• Early Modern British and Irish History Seminar (University of Cambridge)
• Modern Irish History Seminar (University of Cambridge)
• Modern Irish History Seminar (University of Edinburgh)
• Oxford Seminar in Irish History (Hertford College, University of Oxford)
• Charles Peake Ulysses Seminar (Institute of English Studies, University of London)
• Finnegans Wake Research Seminar (Institute of English Studies, University of London)
• Irish Studies Seminar (Institute of English Studies, University of London)
• Irish Literary Society
• Irish Studies Research Group Seminar (Liverpool Hope University)
• Irish Studies Research Seminar (Queen’s University, Belfast)
• Postgrad Irish Studies Reading Group (Queen’s University, Belfast)
• Ulster Society for Irish Historical Studies

• Agreement: A People’s Process (University of Liverpool, 09 March – 21 April)

Research Projects
• Cheryl Lawther (School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work, Queen’s University Belfast) and Kieran McEvoy (School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast), Voice, Agency and Blame: Victimhood and the Imagined Community in Northern Ireland (2016-2018)

• Jennifer Orr, Cosmopolitan Literary and Scientific Correspondence in the Transatlantic Revolutionary World, 1790-1845
Database of 10,000+ searchable letters
‘I am currently beginning a major project examining cosmopolitan literary and scientific correspondence in the transatlantic revolutionary world (1790-1845), focusing on immigrant and transnational populations who acted as ‘nodes’ in the network. Major case studies include several prominent United Irish figures such as Mathilda and William Wolfe Tone, William Duane, William McNeven, William Sampson and transnational scientific writer David Bailie Warden (1772-1845) who became American consul in Paris during the Napoleonic era. A major interest of the project is revise the importance of so-called ‘minor’ nodes within correspondence networks, who are often transnational migrant figures who facilitate cosmopolitan exchanges. In addition to a monograph study, the project aims to create a database of over 10,000 searchable letters.’

• Josie Richardson (PhD Student, University of Brighton) supervised by Claire Hackett (Falls Community Council), Prof Graham Dawson (University of Brighton), and Prof Catherine Moriarty (University of Brighton), Cross-Community Oral History, Post-Conflict Geography and Conflict Resolution at West Belfast Interfaces
AHRC/TECHNE Doctoral Partnership Award, University of Brighton in collaboration with the Dúchas Oral History Archive at Falls Community Council, West Belfast. Grant awarded June 2018 for three-year programme of study commencing September 2018.

• PI: Dr Liam Harte (University of Manchester), CI: Prof Graham Dawson (University of Brighton), Research Fellow: Dr Barry Hazlev (University of Liverpool), Conflict, Memory and Migration: Northern Irish Migrants and the Troubles in Great Britain
AHRC Standard Research Grant awarded April 2018 for a three-year project commencing January 2019.



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