WRITING LIVES IN EUROPE 1500-1700, 6-8 September 2018



A conference to be held at University College Dublin 6-8 September 2018
(supported by the College of Arts and Humanities and the Humanities Institute, UCD)


Thursday 6th September 2018, Humanities Institute, UCD

9-9.30            Registration and coffee

9.30-11          Plenary I: Prof Andrew Hadfield (Sussex), Reading The Life Between the Lines: Nashe, Spenser and Others

11-11.30        Coffee

11.30-12.30   Panel 1: The Religious Self
                      Richard Kirwan (UL) “Trouble Every Day: Experiences of Religious Exile in the Writings of Jacob Reihing”
                      John McCafferty (UCD)  '"O Felix Columba Caeli/ O Happy Dove of Heaven": a manuscript life shredded by early modern print'

12.30-1.30     Lunch (food trucks, Sutherland School of Law, UCD)

1.30—2.30     Panel 2: Unmooring life-writing: method, memory, and genre
                      Chair: Prof Kate Chedgzoy (Newcastle)
                      Ramona Wray (QUB), “Reading Life-Writing in the Cary/Tanfield Record”
                      Kate Hodgkin (U of East London), “Memory, melancholy and the languages of loss in 17th century life writing”

2.30-3           Break

3-4.15           Panel 3: – Life writing and religion
                     Ann-Maria Walsh (UCD) “Mary (née Boyle) Rich, Countess of Warwick (1624-1678): Writing and Experimenting – A Spiritual Life”
                     Mark Empey (NUIG) “Life writer and Life writing: the parallel worlds of Sir James Ware”

5                   Wine reception – Common Room, Newman Building, UCD

Friday 7th September 2018, K114, Newman Building, UCD

9.30-11        Plenary II: Prof Kate Chedgzoy (Newcastle), Writing Children’s Lives

11-11.30      Coffee

11.30-1        Panel 4: – Women in the 17th Century
                    Carol Baxter (independent scholar) “’Serving God rather than my father’: religious life writing as a rejection of the patriarchal family”
                    Naomi McAreavey (UCD) – The Countess of Ormonde’s Letters (title tbc)
                    Danielle Clarke (UCD) “Irish women’s recipe books as life writing: form, process, method”

1-2               Lunch (exhibition and archive visit)

2-3               Panel 5: – Travel and formation of the self
                    Maria Luis Dominguez-Guerrero (Seville) “Rhetoric of the Conquest: Narrations from Castilian Explorers”
                    Eva Holmberg (Helsinki)  “Visual Self-Description in Seventeenth-Century British Travel Accounts”

4-6               Walking tour of Renaissance Dublin (AM Walsh), followed by pub visit and conference dinner, at Le Pichet, Trinity Street, Dublin 2*

Saturday 8th September 2018, K114, Newman Building

9.30-11        Plenary III: Prof Alan Stewart (Columbia), Writing Lives under Duress

11-11.15      Coffee

11.15-1        Panel 6: - Alternative Forms
                    Nelson Marques (Miami) “War and Self: Soldier’s Petitions in Seventeenth-Century Portugal”
                    Emma Claussen (Oxford)  “Forms of living in Descartes’s Les passions de l’âme”
                    Raluca Duna (Bucharest) “Writing the self with images, painting identity with texts”

1-1.30          Roundtable and close

Followed by optional lunch at Avalon, Donnybrook, Dublin 4

* Dinner is €40 per head. Wine will be supplied!

Conference information:

-    The conference is free to attend, but for catering purposes we would appreciate it if you could sign up using this link

-    All sessions will take place on the UCD campus, details of which you can access here http://map.ucdestates.ie/

-    UCD is on many direct bus routes from the city centre (39/39a, 46a, etc); the Aircoach (stops outside T1 and T2 at Dublin airport) also stops outside. Full details are here http://ucdestates.ie/commuting/

-    There are numerous accommodation options nearby, or on direct transport links: the Mespil hotel, Leeson Bridge B&B, Shanahans on the Green, Radisson Blu, St Helen’s – Air BnB will also have a wide range of differently priced options.

If you have any questions, please email us at writinglives@ucd.ie. We look forward to meeting you in September!