Panel Session on Early Career Research and Career Building

Dr Deirdre Flynn (Mary Immaculate College, Limerick) | Mary Immaculate College

Deirdre Flynn is a lecturer in 21st-century literature at MIC Limerick. She is a member of the inaugural Young Academy of Ireland, at the Royal Irish Academy. She has published widely on Precarity, Contemporary literature, Irish Studies, Haruki Murakami, Migration, and Literary Urban Studies. Her newest co-edited collection, Austerity and Irish women’s writing and culture 1980 – 2020 with Dr Ciara Murphy was published with Routledge in 2022. She co-edited two collections on Irish Literature with Palgrave Macmillan: Irish Urban Fictions and Representations of Loss in Irish Literature. Deirdre is the secretary of the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures (IASIL) and edits the blog on She has worked in NUI Galway, UL and UCD. She coordinates the MA in Modern English Literature at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick and you’ll find her on twitter @deirdre_flynn. 

Prof Ondřej Pilný (Charles University)

Ondřej Pilný is a Professor of English and American Literature, Director of the Centre for Irish Studies and Chair of the Graduate Studies Board in Anglophone Literatures and Cultures at Charles University, Prague. He has published widely on subjects ranging from modern and contemporary Irish and Anglophone drama to Irish fiction, cultural memory, and structuralist theory, and has translated into Czech works by J.M. Synge, Flann O’Brien, Samuel Beckett, Brian Friel, Martin McDonagh, Enda Walsh, Mark O’Rowe and others. His recent publications include Ireland: Interfaces and Dialogues (ed. with Radvan Markus, Daniela Theinová and James Little, Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2022), Cultural Convergence: The Dublin Gate Theatre, 1928-1960 (ed. with Ruud van den Beuken and Ian R. Walsh; Palgrave, 2021) and a thematic journal issue, “Dialogue, Performance and the Body Politic in Contemporary Theatre”, co-edited with Clare Wallace (Litteraria Pragensia, 32.63 [2022]). Ondřej is a past Chairperson of IASIL and a former Vice-President of EFACIS.

Dr Petra Johana Poncarová (Charles University)

Academic assistant, project manager of the H2020, MSCA ITN European Joint Doctorate (EJD) Project MOVES. Her research focuses on Scottish literature and culture, especially on modern writing in Scottish Gaelic (Derick Thomson, Sorley MacLean, Tormod Caimbeul, Ruaraidh Erskine of Mar), and on British literature of the 20th and 21st century. She is deputy convenor for Europe and interim secretary of the International Association for the Study of Scottish Literatures, international affiliated member of The Scottish Revival Network, and co-director of Ionad Eòghainn MhicLachlain | National Centre for Gaelic Translation. She is part of the teaching and organizing team of the International Summer School of Romanticism.