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tinkerbWednesday 16th of February 2005 05:56:49 AM
Upcoming Conference on Irish Studies - The Nicholson Center for British Studies at the University of Chicago is pleased to announce its first graduate organized conference:

The 20th century Irish World:
Internationalism and Irish Studies

Saturday, March 5, 2005
9am – 6pm
Judd Building, room 126
(5835 S. Kimbark Ave., Chicago IL 60637)

Keynote Speakers:
David Lloyd (professor of English, USC)
“The Irish Famine and the Emergence of a Developmental Economics”

Harry White (professor of Music, University College, Dublin)
“The Progress of Music in Ireland: Irish Art Music in a Post-Colonial World”

Panel Discussions:
Women, Citizenship, and Transnationalism
Emily Brunner (U of C), Anwen Tormey (U of C), Eileen O’Halloran (DePaul)

Pop Culture/Youth Culture
Carole Holohan (UCD), Simon May (U of C), Alex Harnett (U of C)

Redressing Poetry
Jenny Ludwig (U of C), Robert Huddleston (U of C), Irene de Angelis (University of Turin)

Selling Culture
Gayle Rogers (Northwestern), Margaret O’Neill (Northwestern), Deborah Rapuano (Loyola)

In 1973, both the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland officially entered the European Union. During the thirty years that followed, the face of Ireland and Irish identity were drastically altered: Between 1970 and 1980, the population of the Republic rose from 3 million to 3.5 million; Between 1996 and 2000, 200,000 foreigners entered the country, half returning Irish emigrants and half other foreign nationals and asylum seekers. Since 1996, over a quarter of the 160,000 immigrants has come from countries outside of Europe and America. International scholarship tends to view Ireland as a mythic tourist spot, the locus of a nationalist struggle, or a discuss for rethinking the changes wrought in the move from modernity to postmodernity; but new problems come with the social complexities of involvement in the world economy and a newly diverse citizenship, and Ireland’s new face demands a long-overdue change in the scope of Irish Studies.

This conference examines the recent changes wrought by Ireland's rapid modernization and entrance into a world economy, as well as the neglected story of Irish internationalism throughout history, and the history of Irish diasporas. The organizers hope additionally to challenge the traditional limits of the discipline of Irish studies beyond the interest with nationhood and identity politics.

Keynote speakers include Professor David Lloyd and Professor Harry White. David Lloyd, Professor of English at the University of Southern California, is the author of Anomalous States: Irish Writing and the Postcolonial Moment (Duke, 1993), Culture and the State (Routledge, 1993, with Paul Thomas) and Ireland after History (UNDP, 1999). Harry White, Professor of Music at University College Dublin, is the author of The Keeper's Recital: Music and Cultural History in Ireland, 1770-1970 (Cork and UNDP, 2000) and the editor of Musical Constructions of Nationalism: Essays on the History and Ideology of European Musical Culture, 1800-1940, (Cork, 2001).

This conference is being generously co-sponsored by: the Poetry and Poetics Program, Center for International Studies Norman Wait Harris Memorial Foundation Fund, the English Department, the Anthropology of Europe workshop, Ethnoise! Ethnomusicology workshop, the Mass Culture workshop, and the Social History workshop.

For more information on this or any other Nicholson event, or for disabled people who believe they may need assistance, contact Eva Wilhelm at or 773-834-3403, or visit our website at

chinita96Wednesday 16th of February 2005 10:17:27 AM
- awww, I wish I could go to Chicago. I have to work :(

but atleast I get to go to Daltai's Irish Immersion Weekend this weekend Feb 18-20 in Esopus, NY. that is going to be a lot of fun!

slán a chara,
tinkerbThursday 17th of February 2005 07:54:31 AM

Hey Chinita96.

I know what you mean; I'm not in Chicago either. I saw this posting on one of the mailing lists that I receive, so I thought I would post it. I have a feeling most people would need more notice to go to a conference like this one, but the speakers seemed to be interesting and well-trained. So it was more a FYI for anyone who might be interested! And we have a lot of people interested in Ireland/Irish/Irish Studies in the discuss. :)

Have fun at the immersion weekend! It sounds fun!!