The UCD Humanities Institute @ 15 - A celebratory symposium

Thursday, 7 December 2017

The mark our fifteenth anniversary at the UCD Humanities Institute we are holding a celebratory symposium on with talks by researchers both past and present, from Ph.D. scholars to professors. We would love for you to join us. Please RSVP to

We will finish the day with a guest lecture by Dame Marina Warner at 6 p.m.: Truth in Stories. Registration for this is now full but to be added to the waiting list please email

VENUE: Room H.204, HI Seminar Room

10.45 –11.00       Welcome by Professor Anne Fuchs, HI Director

11.00 – 11.40      Looking Back: The Early Years - a Roundtable Discussion

Prof. Mary E. Daly, co-founder and first Director of the Humanities Institute: The early years of the Humanities Institute
Prof. Angela Bourke, co-founder and PI of Tuiscintí Féiniúlachta / Gaelic Identities
Prof. Mary Gallagher, PI of Identity, Memory and Meaning in Europe and Beyond - World Writing in French
Prof. Anne Fuchs, co-founder and PI of German Memory Contests
Emeritus Professor of Psychology Ciaran Benson, UCD School of Psychology

11.40–12.00        Coffee break

12.00–13.30        Former HI Scholars look back

12.00–12.15        Dr Eleftheria Rania Kosmidou, Salford: ‘The HI: or how I learned to stop worrying and love my PhD’
12.15–12.30        Dr Shane McCorristine, Newcastle: ‘Silence, Exile, or Cunning?:  Being Interdisciplinary’
12.30–12.45        Dr Linda Shortt, Warwick: ‘The HI as Home’
12.45–13.00        Dr Tziovanis Georgakis, Cyprus: ‘Re-Interpreting the History of Philosophy: From Memory to Machination’
13.00–13.15        Dr Joanne Banks, ESRI: ‘Research with no boundaries: how I remember my time in the HI (2004-2007)’
13.15–13.30        Discussion

13.30–14.30        Lunch

14.30–16.00        The HI Now: HI Funded Research Projects 2017-2020

14.30–14.45        Prof. Finola O’Kane, PI: Ireland and the Caribbean: Comparative Perspectives
14.45–15.00        Prof.  Anne Fogarty and Dr Kate Fama, PIs: Architecture and Narrative: The Built Environment in Modern Culture
15.00–15.15        Dr Emily Mark-Fitzgerald and Prof. Emilie Pine, PIs: Media, Encounter, Witness: Troubling Pasts
15.15–15.30        Prof. Kathleen James-Chakraborty and Prof. Douglas Smith, PIs: Modern Architecture and Culture in the Early Twentieth Century: From Exporting to Importing the New
15.30–16.00        Discussion

16.00 – 16.30      Coffee break

16.30 – 17.30      The HI Now: Current Ph.D. Students and Postdoctoral Fellows

16.30–16.40        Emma Penney, title to be confirmed
16.40–16.50        Donal Fullam, 'Algorithmic Musical Dice Games of the 17th Century'
16.50–17.00        Dr Britta Jung: ‘Contested Identities: An Introduction to a Comparative Study Project of Migration Literature’
17.00–17.10        Dr Daniel O’Brien: ‘"Fine Meshwork": the Intertwining Fiction of Edna O'Brien and Philip Roth’
17.10–17.30        Discussion

Our symposium will be followed by a talk by Dame Marina Warner which is part of the Truth to be Told public lecture series. Registration is via eventbrite

18.00 – 19.00      Keynote 

Marina Warner

Truth in Stories

Marina Warner (DBE, FRSL, FBA) is Professor of English and Creative Writing, Birkbeck College, University of London and Professorial Research Fellow, SOAS, 2014-2017. Her award-winning books include Alone of All Her Sex: The Myth and the Cult of the Virgin Mary (l976), Joan of Arc: The Image of Female Heroism (l982), From the Beast to the Blonde: On Fairy Tales and Their Tellers (1994), No Go the Bogeyman (1998). Phantasmagoria: Spirit Visions, Metaphors, and Media (2006), and Stranger Magic: Charmed States and The Arabian Nights (2011) In l994 she gave the BBC Reith Lectures on the theme of Six Myths of Our Time. She also writes fiction: The Lost Father (l988), was short listed for the Booker prize, and in 2000, The Leto Bundle (2000) was long-listed. In 2014 she produced What is a Story?, a radio programme in twelve parts for BBC Radio 4.

19.00 - 19.45       Wine reception