The IRISH SEMINAR has been presented annually since 1999 by the Irish Studies program at Notre Dame at the Keough Naughton Notre Dame Centre, situated in O’Connell House on Merrion Square. It is aimed at post-graduate students and faculty in Irish Studies, drawn from all over the world.

The aims of the IRISH SEMINAR include the creation of a cosmopolitan community of young scholars: the eighteenth-century Republic of Letter reconfigured for the 21st century. It provides an intellectual infrastructure for scholarly collaboration, balancing the theoretically rich with the empirically rigorous. It adopts a flexible pluralisation of approaches, less constrained by the firmness of institutional boundaries and disciplinary consolidation. It is self-reflexive about professional and intellectual formation, while seeking to generate a supportive environment that nurtures the intellectual poise and confidence of young scholars.

Directed by ND faculty Seamus Deane and Kevin Whelan, this programme was inaugurated in 1999 as a world-class post-graduate program in Irish Studies. The Seminar has ranged across the globe to recruit outstanding faculty and students. Speakers have included two Nobel Laureates Seamus Heaney and Derek Walcott, Irish writers John McGahern, Paul Muldoon, Tom Kilroy and Edna O’Brien, internationally renowned critics Edward Said, Benedict Anderson, Homi Bhabha, Fred Jameson, Perry Anderson and Tom Paulin, actor Stephen Rea and artist Bobby Ballagh. The Madden-Rooney Public Lectures associated with the Seminar have attracted representatives from over 100 different universities. Typically there are thirty graduate students each year, drawn from the USA, Ireland, Scotland, Hungary, Israel, Albania, France, Italy, New Zealand, Czech Republic, Canada, and England. Our student participants have included representatives from Berkeley, Princeton, Yale, NYU, Chicago, Dartmouth, Oxford, Cambridge, and the Sorbonne.

Under the Executive Directorship of Diarmuid Ó Giolláin IRISH SEMINAR 2014 will run from 16 June – 4 July 2014. For more information about Fellowships or Application process contact

Irish Seminar themes 1999-2014

1999: Memory and History: Ireland 1500-2000.
2000: Modern Ireland 1880-1930.
2001: Contemporary Ireland.
2002: Ireland and Globalisation.
2003: The Irish Body.
2004: Boston or Berlin?
2005: Genealogies of Culture.
2006: Capitals of Culture: Paris and Dublin.
2007: Irish Classics.
2008: Republics and Empires.
2009: Apocalypse and Utopia.
2010: The Irish Revival.
2011: Irish Modernisms.
2012: Contemporary Irish Theatre.
2013: Contemporary Irish Poetry.
2014: The Vernacular Imagination.

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