UCD Centre for Canadian Studies

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Welcome to the Centre for Canadian Studies at University College Dublin. The Centre is housed in the School of English, Drama and Film, and serves as a forum for academic research and teaching in the interdisciplinary field of Canadian Studies. It offers selected modules in Canadian Studies, and supports the research and teaching of the annual visiting Craig Dobbin Chair in Canadian Studies.


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Internationally Acclaimed Author Jane Urquhart appointed

Craig Dobbin Visiting Professor in Canadian Studies 

University College Dublin, the College of Arts and Humanities, and the UCD Centre for Canadian are pleased to announce the appointment of Jane Urquhart as 2017-18 Craig Dobbin Visiting Professor in Canadian Studies.

Jane Urquhart is the author of eight internationally acclaimed novels, among them The Whirlpool (winner, Le prix du meilleur livre étranger, France); Away (winner, Trillium Award, Canada); The Underpainter, (winner, Governor General’s Award, Canada; finalist, The Orange Prize, UK); and The Stone Carvers, (finalist, The Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Award, Canada; finalist, Booker Prize, UK). She is the author of a collection of short fiction, and four books of poetry, and she has also written a biography of Lucy Maud Montgomery, and was editor of the Penguin Book of Canadian Short Stories. Her work, which is published in many countries, has been translated into numerous foreign languages. Urquhart has received the Marian Engel Award and the Harbourfront Festival Prize. She is a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France, and is an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 2016 she published A Number of Things; Stories of Canada told through 50 Objects, which was commissioned by publisher HarperCollins to celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial.

Urquhart has received several honorary doctorates from Canadian universities, including the University of Toronto, University of Western Ontario, and the Royal Military College. She has served on the Board of PEN Canada and on the Advisory Board for the Restoration of the Vimy Memorial, and on several international prize juries including that of the International Dublin IMPAC Award, the Giller Prize, The Governor Generals Award Fiction Jury, and the American International Neustadt Award. She has also been writer-in-residence at University of Toronto, University of Guelph, University of Ottawa, University of Guelph, and has just been appointed 2017-2018 Craig Dobbin Chair of Canadian Studies at University College Dublin Ireland. She has taught creative writing at each of these institutions and is an adjunct professor in the School of Creative Writing at the University of Toronto.

Her most recent novel, The Night Stages, was released in 2015 by Farrar Straus Giroux in the USA, McClelland and Stewart in Canada, and Oneworld in the UK.

Jane Urquhart lives in Northumberland County, Ontario, with her husband, artist Tony Urquhart, and in the past three decades she has spent a portion of each year in Ireland.


English Students can take two Modules with this Booker-Prize Nominated author!

ENG10190: Introduction to Canadian Studies

ENG31740: Canadian Literature: Narratives of Migration 




Director: Dr. J. Paul Halferty, C201 Newman Building, School of English Drama and Film, Univeristy College Dublin. paul.halferty@ucd.ie. +353 (0) 716-8373

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