Last updated 12 September 2023


Charles University, Faculty of Arts
nám. Jana Palacha 1/2, 116 38 Prague 1, Czech Republic


Friday, 22 September 2023

09:00 – 09:30

09:30 – 09:45
Conference Opening

09:45 – 11:00
Panel 1: Poetic Nuances

Chair: Claire Palzer

Sarah d’Episcopo, University of Zurich – “An Aperture of Silence”: Thresholds of Potential in Ciaran Carson’s Post-Troubles Poetry

Vasiliki Tatouli, Mary Immaculate College – Connecting Ireland and Greece with the Collective Human Experience: Heaney and Dorgan’s Transnational Memory Recollections Through Poetry

Brianna Riggio, Trinity College Dublin – Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill: The Undead and Untranslatable

11:00 – 11:15
Coffee break

11:15 – 12:30
Panel 2: Trauma in Contemporary (Northern) Irish Fiction

Chair: Nathalie Lamprecht

Alexander Kroll, University College Dublin – “Did You Read about Erskine Fogarty?”: Trust and Trauma after the Celtic Tiger

Sara Romero Otero, University of Seville – The Suppression of Grief in the Context of the Northern Irish Troubles: Wendy Erskine’s “Lady and Dog”

Marie Gemrichová, Charles University – Breaking the Binary: Portraying a Generational Gap in Contemporary Northern Irish Novel

12:30 – 13:45
Lunch – See the info on our website (‘Your Stay in Prague’) for food recommendations.

13:45 – 15:00
Panel 3: Contextualising Sally Rooney

Chair: Marie Gemrichová

Paddy Brennan, University of Liverpool – Clogging up the System: Consumption and Self-Starvation in the Fiction of Sally Rooney and Niamh Campbell

Danielle O’Sullivan, Mary Immaculate College – “Being alone with her is like opening a door away from normal life and then closing it behind them”: Intimacy in Sally Rooney’s novels

Sofía Alférez Mendía, University of Almería – Female Sexual Conduct in Sally Rooney’s Normal People and Conversations with Friends: Resilience or Resistance.

15:00 – 15:15
Coffee break

15:15 – 17:00
Keynote Event

ERC Q&A with Dr Deirdre Flynn (Mary Immaculate College, Limerick), Dr Petra Johana Poncarová (Charles University) and Prof Ondřej Pilný (Charles University/ Anglo-American University, Prague)

Conference dinner
Restaurant Na Rozhraní (delegates will pay for their own food & drinks)

Saturday, 23 September 2023

09:00 – 10:40
Panel 4: Re-reading (Northern) Irish History

Chair: Vojtěch Halama

Luca Bertolani Azeredo, Scuola Superiore Meridionale – The
Children of the Empire: Youth organisations in British Ireland between
imperialism and anti-colonialism, 1909-1916.

Constantin Torve, Queen’s University Belfast – Mapping the
Molly Maguires. Tracing an agrarian secret society in the Ulster-Connacht
borderlands and beyond, 1844-1870.

Karen Hanrahan, University of Brighton – “Life depends on
the liver”: education as salvation in the lives of nuns and former nuns

Tiffany Thompson, Boston College – Raids, Riots, Refugees:
(Re)Writing Women into the (Re)Introduction of Internment in Northern Ireland

10:40 – 10:55
Coffee break

10:55 – 12:10
Panel 5: Space and Place in Contemporary Irish Fiction

Chair: Klára Witzany Hutková

Taylor Follett, University College Dublin – “Fragmenting
without her mother’s ordering gaze”: Family breakdown in the contemporary Irish

Nathalie Lamprecht, Charles University – Vivian in not-so
Wonderland: Looking for Belonging in Caitriona Lally’s Eggshells

Franca Leitner, University of Würzburg – Atopias in
Post-Celtic Tiger Literature

12:10 – 13:00
Lunch – will be provided at the conference venue

13:00 – 14:15
Panel 6: Intertextuality in Irish Drama

Chair: Ondřej Pilný

Soltan Jaber, University of Szeged – Hecuba in the
Contemporary World: Marina Carr’s Usage of Reported Speech

Klára Witzany Hutková, Charles University – Medea in the
Midlands: Death, Swans, and the Mélusine Legend in Marina Carr’s By the Bog
of Cats…

Ciara Moloney, Mary Immaculate College – The Intertextual
Presence of Seán O’Casey in Martin McDonagh’s Irish Plays

14:15 – 14:30
Coffee break

14:30 – 15:45
Panel 7: Navigating Change and Loss

Chair: Franca Leitner

Jie Wang, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven – Reconstructing
the “Prison House”: An Analysis of Emily Lawless’ A Chelsea Householder

Declan Houten, University of Liverpool – ‘Life is Suspended
in Doubt’: Exiles, the Revolutionary Period and the Early Drafts of Finnegans

Margaret Bonass Madden, Dundalk Institute of Technology –
“The power of ambiguity in complicating loss”: Saying Goodbye Without a Body in
Donal Ryan’s From a Low and Quiet Sea (2018)

15:45 – 16:00
Coffee break

16:00 – 17:15
Panel 8: Spoken Word and Changing Aesthetics

Chair: Sarah d’Episcopo

Claire Palzer, University of Vienna – “How About Us?” –
Hearing Unheard Voices in Spoken Word Poetry in Ireland

Clodagh Heffernan, University College Cork – “Soft Boy”
Vulnerabilities: An Aesthetical Analysis of Drugs and Love in Kojaque’s
“Midnight Flower”

Lauren Cassidy, University College Dublin – “Call me Éire
and Weed All the Aryans out of Your Area”: Irish Feminist Mythmaking in Anne
Enright’s The Green Road and Denise Chaila’s Music

17:15 – 17:30
Closing Remarks