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‘2017: Pasts, Presents, and Futures’

O’Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance

National University of Ireland, Galway

19th-20th May 2017

All sessions will take place in the O’Donoghue Theatre auditorium.

Friday 19th May

8:30-8:45: Registration (O’Donoghue Centre for DTP)

8:45-9:00: Opening address by Prof. Lionel Pilkington (English, NUI Galway)

9:00-10:15: Panel 1: Contesting Geographies, Contesting Landscapes

Chair: John Singleton (English, NUI Galway)

Ryan Dennis (English, NUI Galway):

From Policy to Plot: The Diverging Farm Narratives of Ireland and Iceland

Audrey Robitaillié (Visiting Fellow, NUI Galway):

Hugo Hamilton’s Migrant Geographies in Hand in the Fire

Anna Sikora (English, NUI Galway)

Making of a sense-less place in space in John Wyndham’s ‘No Place like Earth’ (1951)

10:15-10:45: Tea/Coffee Break Provided by the Centre For Irish Studies NUI Galway

10:45-12:00: Panel 2: Commemoration and Protest

Chair: TBC

Ciara L. Murphy (O’Donoghue Centre for DTP, NUI Galway):

The State of Us: Challenging State-led Narratives Through Performance During Ireland’s ‘Decade of Centenaries’

Siobhán Doyle (Creative Arts and Media, Dublin IT):

The Visual and Material Culture of Death in Commemorative Exhibitions in National Cultural Institutions in Ireland

Tricia O’Beirne (O’Donoghue Centre for DTP, NUI Galway):

Staging the GUBU State: Farce, Satire and Protest Theatre in 1980s Ireland 

12:00-12:45: Lunch 

12:45-2:00: Panel 3: Alternative Ulsters: Writing Northern Ireland

Chair: Eoin Byrne (Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway)

Cody Jarman (English, UCC):

Terra (in)Firma: Digging in the Poetry of Seamus Heaney and Ciaran Carson

Aimee Walsh (English, Liverpool John Moores University):

‘“Unthinkable” Pasts?” Towards Gendering the Northern Irish Conflict

Martin McConigley (English, UCC):

They’d been filling our heads with that much shit, it was starting to get into our eyes: Embracing Failure in the Irish Border Novel

2:00-2:15: Break

2:15- 3:30: Panel 4: Creative Processes

Chair: TBC

Rachel Coventry (Philosophy, NUI Galway):

What Contemporary Poetry Tells Us About Our Time?

Sean Scully (English, NUI Galway):

What Good is Art

Martin Keaveney (English, NUI Galway):

Predicting the Future: The creative process in Chapter 8 of John McGahern’s The Dark

3:30-3:45: Break

3:45-4:45: Plenary 1:

Chair: TBC

Prof. Gerry Smyth (English, Liverpool John Moores University)

Isms of the New Left: Reading Contemporary Irish Fiction

5:00-6:00 Tour of NUI Galway Archives by Barry Houlihan (Special Collections, Hardiman Research Building)


Saturday 20th May

10:00-11:15: Panel 5: Mediating Representation

Chair: Emer McHugh (O’Donoghue Centre for DTP, NUI Galway)

Edward Kearns (English, NUI Galway)

Through liquid crystal, darkly: mediation in hypertext and Twitter fiction

Mary McGill  (Languages, Literatures & Cultures, NUI Galway)

Interrogating the Gaze: On Selfies, Self-Representation and the Politics of Looking

Finian O’Gorman (O’Donoghue Centre for DTP, NUI Galway)

The ’71 Players, Derry: Amateur theatre a site of local resistance

11:15-11:45: Tea/Coffee Break Provided by the Centre For Irish Studies NUI Galway

11:45-1.00: Panel 6: Contemporary Representations of Irish Identities Abroad

Chair: Justine Nakase (O’Donoghue Centre for DTP, NUI Galway)

Orla Donnelly (English/ Film and Screen Media, UCC)

A Stage Irishman’s Tale: There and Back Again? Comparing British and US receptions to Irishness in the twenty-first century

Dan Dwyer (Gaeilge/ Media Studies, NUI Galway)

Media Practices and Irish Identity in Britain

Loretta Goff (English/ Film and Screen Media, UCC)

Oscar Buzz and Ireland’s Lead Actresses: Mixed Identities in the Spotlight

1:00-1:45: Lunch

1:45-3:00: Panel 7: Contemporary and Modernist Women’s Writing

Chair: Evan Bourke (English, NUI Galway)

Chris Beausang  (An Foras Feasa, Maynooth University)

Contemporary Modernism of Subversion and Inclusivity: Anne Enright and Eimear McBride

Gaby Fletcher (English, NUI Galway)

Re-reading Modernist Women Writers

3:00-3:15: Break

3:15-4:30 Panel 8: Song, Dance and Design

Chair: TBC  

Mike Lydon (Centre for Irish Studies, NUI Galway)

Noisy Island?: Irish Popular Music in the Digital Age and the Domestication of Noise

Rachel Parry (O’Donoghue Centre for DTP, NUI Galway)

Imprint and Impact: Trisha Brown’s Non-Narrative Choreographic Legacy in Speckled Egg Dance Company’s Practice.

Chris McCormack (O’Donoghue Centre for DTP, NUI Galway)

Irish Modernity and Gender: the Hidden History of the Abbey Theatre’s Women Designers

4:30-4:45: Break

4:45-5:45:  Plenary 2

Chair: TBC

Dr Aoife McGrath (Arts, English, and Languages, Queen’s University Belfast)


5.45-6.00: Closing Remarks (Organising Committee)