Have we been too preoccupied with narratives of revolution and crisis?

UCC School of English hosts IASIL 2016: Change

July 25-29, 2016 

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This week sees University College Cork hold the annual meeting of the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures. Hosted by UCC’s School of English, the conference welcomes papers that embrace the full range of research within the School, including creative writing; digital humanities; film and screen media. 

Approximately 290 delegates arrive today in Cork to attend presentations on a fascinating array of subjects. Among these are Tuesday’s panel “After 1916: Women Rethink the Past” and Friday’s keynote lecture “Remembering Past Futures: Commemoration and the Roads Untaken” by Dr. Heather Laird.

In the year in which Ireland marks the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising, IASIL 2016 invites a wide-ranging discussion of change in Irish culture. 2016 also marks the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Frank O’Connor, a writer whose life was irrevocably changed by the experience of political revolution, and whose writings reflect ceaselessly on blocked paths to change in the Ireland of his day.

  • To what extent has Ireland changed because of its literature?
  • Have we been too preoccupied with narratives of revolution and crisis?
  • Do we have a sufficiently nuanced and differentiated sense of change across the centuries of Irish writing?

Explore the programme here

IASIL 2016 will also feature a programme of cultural events and performances in Cork city, as well as an afternoon trip to Cobh, including the Queenstown Story at the Cobh Heritage Centre. The conference is an incredible opportunity to observe the state of Irish literatures, attended by a distinguished list of academics and writers from all over the world. 


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