Conferences and Activities around Australia and the World

13 May 2013

Global Irish Studies Centre scholars continue to raise the profile of Irish Studies in Australia and around the world through the dissemination of research via publications, conferences and symposia.

Since our last e-newsletter Centre Director Professor Rónán McDonald has, as invited speaker, delivered keynote lectures at two prestigious conferences:

English Language and Literature Association of Korea Global Conference 2012

At the English Language and Literature Association of Korea Global Conference 2012 he spoke on "Home and Away: Form and Affect in Irish Emigrant Letters from Australia'.

Nineteenth Australasian Conference for Irish Studies, hosted by ISAANZ and the University of Otago in New Zealand.

Rónán gave a keynote entitled 'Rigour or Vigour? Disciplinarity in Irish Studies', which mapped some of the challenges of Irish Studies internationally.

The centre was well represented at this key international conference. Adjunct Fellow Dr Pamela O'Neill, Adjunct Lecturers Dr Jeff Kildea and Dr Perry McIntyre, Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Gemma Clark, and PhD candidate Ms Miri Jassy all gave papers in New Zealand. Read abstracts of their talks here (PDF).

John Boyle O'Reilly Commemorations

In a trip to Western Australia, Professor Rónán McDonald was honoured by the city on Bunbury as an invited speaker at the commemoration for John Boyle O'Reilly, the Fenian escapee, poet, journalist and humnitarian with strong links to Western Australia.

In speeches at the dinner and civic recption in Bunbury and the official commemoration at the O'Reilly Memorial in Australind, Rónán recalled the inspirational life and writings of O'Reilly, a great 'global' Irishman who following his hair-raising escape from captivity in Western Australia became an inspirational community leader in Boston.

Other highlights:

Religion and Greater Ireland Symposium

Adjunct Lecturer Dr Jeff Kildea spoke on "'A veritable hurricane of sectarianism": the year 1920 and ethno-religious conflict in Australia' at the 'Religion and Greater Ireland' symposium at the University of Newcastle, NSW 3-4 December 2012. Dr Kildea has also contributed articles to the Dictionary of Sydney and launched a website for his publications and Irish-Australia blog.

ISAANZ annual conference for 2013

The Conference will be hosted by the Centre here at UNSW Sydney. See 'The Ends of Ireland' conference website for details. In further ISAANZ news, Professor McDonald has been appointed to the Presidency of ISAANZ from 2013. As the 2013 conference co-convenor Dr Gemma Clark has also been appointed to the ISAANZ Committee.

Commemoration of the Irish Famine in Sydney 2013

Adjunct Lecturer, Dr Perry McIntyre is working hard with the Great Irish Famine Commemoration Committee to organize events surrounding the International Commemoration of the Irish Famine in Sydney 23-25 August 2013.