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Welcome to Scholarcast

UCDscholarcast is a Digital Humanities project dedicated to the dissemination of academic research in the field of Irish Studies and adjacent disciplines through podcasting. Our specially commissioned podcasts by leading scholars, writers and artists are recorded in studio to ensure a high quality listening experience.

These open access podcasts are aimed at a wide academic audience of scholars, graduate students, undergraduates and interested members of the public. The objective is to broaden the impact of academic scholarship.

Each Scholarcast is accompanied by a downloadable PDF transcript to facilitate citation in written academic work.

To date UCDscholarcast has produced academic podcasts in the following subject areas: literature, history, music, archaeology, popular culture, film, media studies, classics.

PJ Mathews is Director of UCDscholarcast and lectures in the School of English, Drama and Film at UCD.

SCHOLARCAST SERIES

Emilie Pine

Series 9: Dublin: One City, One Book Lectures 2014

These lectures offers a series of reflections on poems from this anthology. Each of the four speakers has chosen a particular theme and explores it in relation to a group of poems, reflecting on the richness and variety of these texts. These talks remind us of the important role that Dublin has played in the work of Irish poets over the centuries.

Emilie Pine

Series 8: The Irish Memory Studies Research Network Lectures: 'Gender and Commemoration'

The past is a foreign country and we must explore it; from the commemoration of historic events to the newly visible histories of modern institutions, the remembrance of things past is embedded in the spaces of the Irish rural and urban landscapes. And this is not a new phenomenon – the backward glance has always been an integral element of how Ireland is imagined and framed.

North Bank lighthouse, Dublin Port

Series 7: The Literatures and Cultures of the Irish Sea

This series hosts eight lectures by major scholars on literary and cultural transactions across the Irish Sea, and which focus on the Irish Sea as an 'inner waterway' of the British and Irish Isles.

Sean O'Brien

Series 6: The UCD / Notre Dame Lectures

Contributors include: Robert Schmuhl.

PJ Matthews

Series 5: Reflections on Irish Music

In this series some of the major participants in the Irish folk music revival, as well as a number of the leading scholars in the field reflect on developments in Irish music over the course of the twentieth century. Contributors include: Paul Brady.

John Brannigan

Series 4: Reconceiving the British Isles: The Literature of the Archipelago

This series brings together some of the major scholars in the cultural study of modern conceptions of the British Isles, and connections between their constituent parts. Contributors include: Edna Longley, Julian Wolfreys, Alice Entwistle, Claire Connolly, Nick Groom, Michael Gardiner, John Brannigan.

PJ Matthews

Series 3: Scholars off the Page

In this series we invite leading academics to read extracts from their recently published work. Contributors include: Declan Kiberd, Diarmaid Ferriter, Diane Negra, Nick Daly, Aude Doody.

Ian Russel

Series 2: Archaeologies of Art: Papers from the Sixth World Archaeological Congress

In this series a number of distinguished archaeologists consider relationships between archaeology and art. Based on papers given at the Sixth World Archaeological Congress held at University College Dublin in 2008. Contributors include: Ian Russell, Douglass Bailey, Blaze O'Connor, Kevin O'Dwyer, Andrew Cochrane.

PJ Matthews

Series 1: The Art of Popular Culture

This inaugural Scholarcast series features eight talks on aspects of Irish popular culture from the early nineteenth century to the late twentieth century. Contributors include: Frank McGuinness, Bill Whelan, Paige Reynolds, Clair Wills, Anne Fogarty, Eddie Holt, Elaine Sisson & P.J. Mathews.

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RECENT EPISODES

  1. Scholarcast 42: Peopling the Place

    This talk explores some poems by women published in the last one hundred years, from lesser-known figures such as Winifred Letts to contemporaries Eavan Boland and Paula Meehan...
  2. Scholarcast 41: Peopling the Place

    The essential feature of a city is that people live, work and move through its streets, parks and buildings, interacting with it and at once defining and being defined by the locale they inhabit. The city exists as a place in which the actions and awareness of its inhabitants are endlessly played out. This short talk will consider some of the ways in which poems in the If Ever You Go anthology visualise and present people in the city environment of Dublin...
  3. Scholarcast 40: The Lyric Flow of Street

    The poems that appear in this anthology reflect the broad spectrum of relationships that exist between the city and those that inhabit, however briefly, its public and private spaces. From speakers who trace their Dublin roots through generations, to those who visit the city for a short time, perhaps to visit a hospital there, these poems express the varying emotions generated by the experience...
  4. Scholarcast 39: Giving 'A Tongue to the Sea Cliffs': The Landless Inheritance of W.B. Yeats and Eavan Boland

    Irish literature has often been shaped by its relation to the national through land and the consciousness of land.  New perspectives provided by Atlantic studies, however, now allow for new narratives unrelated to land to be put into conversation with older narratives. This lecture examines work by two twentieth-century poets, one early and one late, that offer insight on this...
  5. Scholarcast 38: 'port-lights/Of a ghost-ship': Thomas Carnduff and the Belfast Shipyards

    Belfast, as a city, has come to be represented in recent years by the shadow of its industrial heritage. The Titanic, and the shipyards in which it was built, have become central to the city's attempt to give cultural and economic purchase to its contemporary identity. This lecture uncovers some of the history behind that branding of Belfast...
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