Text/Sound/Performance:

Making in Canadian Space

25th-27th April, 2019

Newman Building, UCD and city centre locations

(See programme for further details)

In April 2019, scholars, students, writers, and community partners will gather in Dublin, Ireland for a three-day conference on the theme of TEXT/SOUND/PERFORMANCE: Making in Canadian Space. There will be a keynote address and masterclass workshop on each of the three pillars of the conference, alongside academic and creative panels, roundtables, and performances.

Other forms of nontraditional engagement, including performances, thematic unconference-style discussions, and exhibitions, will supplement the panels, classes, and plenary talks. The conference will feature papers and presentations that expand, trouble, decentralize, destabilize, or interrogate literary practices and performance. Canadian and Indigenous authors and scholars will dialogue with Irish authors and scholars about the legacies of experimentation and decolonization.

Keynote speakers include D'Bi Young ANitafrika, Joshua Whitehead, Jordan Abel and Christian Bök. The Silas Singers and Barry O'Halpin will perform amongst others, and five masterclasses are on offer from Lillian Allen, Derek Beaulieu, Gary Barwin, Janet Marie Rogers and Lucy Collins. In addition, over 122 speakers will present their research at a series of parallel sessions.  Full programme details are available on the Text/Sound/Performance website.

All registration details are available through Eventbrite.

WE GRATEFULLY ACKNOWLEDGE THE SUPPORT PROVIDED BY THE EMBASSY OF CANADA TO IRELAND, THE ASSOCIATION WRITING PROGRAMMES OF IRELAND, BROCK UNIVERSITY’S HUMANITIES RESEARCH INSTITUTE, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN’S COLLEGE OF ART & HUMANITIES, THE SCHOOL OF ENGLISH, FILM, & DRAMA, AND THE CRAIG DOBBIN PROFESSOR OF CANADIAN STUDIES.

Professor Gregory Betts is the 2018-19 Craig Dobbin Professor. Gregory is Professor of English at Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. He is a poet, scholar, and editor who has published fifteen books of experimental Canadian writing.

The Craig Dobbin Professorship is housed in the UCD Centre for Canadian Studies within the School of English, Drama and film at the College of Arts and Humanities. It was established in 1994, a legacy of Dr. Craig Dobbin of St John’s, Newfoundland, whose forebears came from Co. Waterford, Ireland.