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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UCD welcomes the appointment of Professor Gregory Betts as the 2018-19 Craig Dobbin Visiting Professor

The UCD College of Arts and Humanities UCD Arts and Humanities, the School of English, Drama and Film, and the UCD Centre for Canadian Studies are delighted to welcome Professor Gregory Betts as the 2018-19 Craig Dobbin Professor.

During his year-long tenure in the he School of English, Drama and Film, and the UCD Centre for Canadian Studies, Gregory will give an introductory module on Canadian Studies and a stage-three seminar on Canadian literature called “Conflict in Canadian Literature.” Gregory will also convene a conference with performances at UCD called, “TEXT/SOUND/PERFORMANCE: Making Canadian Space,” which responds to recent and significant shifts in innovative writing practices in Canada poetry and experimental performances.

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. Gregory has been a tireless advocate for literature in Canada, digging up lost gems from the past (such as Lawren Harris’ poetry, which he published in a best-selling collection called Contrasts In the Ward, a Book of Poetry and Paintings) and highlighting contemporary avant-garde work (such as his forthcoming collection, co-edited with Christian Bök, Avant Canada: Poets, Prophets, Revolutionaries, due out this Fall). As a poet, he has performed his poetry and music across Canada, the United States, and Europe, including performing at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics as part of the Cultural Olympiad. To promote literature and literacy in his hometown, Betts launched the Festival of Readers in 2016 and remains its Artistic Director. Of his appointment, Gregory said: “I am thrilled to be coming to such a prestigious venue for innovative and experimental writing, into a community so well-attuned to the written word. Canada has much to learn from Ireland in both literature and politics, and I come with open ears, eyes, and mind.” 

Paul Halferty, Director of the Centre for Canadian Studies welcomed Gregory, saying: “The Centre for Canadian Studies is truly delighted to have Gregory as Craig Dobbin Chair. His work as a poet and educator are distinguished and his tenure as Craig Dobbin Professor will strengthen Canadian Studies at UCD, and literary connections between Ireland and Canada.” 

 Professor Sarah Prescott, College Arts and Humanities Principal, said: “I warmly welcome the appointment of Professor Gregory Betts as Craig Dobbin Chair and the College as a whole is very excited by his plans to develop the areas of creativity and performance in Canadian Studies at UCD .”

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 the 1994, a legacy of Dr. Craig Dobbin of St John's, Newfoundland, whose forebears came from Co. Waterford, Ireland. It was endowed through Professor John Kelly, when he was Registrar of the College, in conjunction with the Ireland Canada University Foundation.

The UCD Centre for Canadian Studies serves as a forum for intellectual and academic debate and research relating to historic and contemporary Canada. The Centre’s objectives are: The promotion of research and teaching in Canadian Studies at UCD and nationally; the development of critical mass in Canadian Studies research at UCD; the provision of a development and funding mechanism for Canadian Studies at UCD.


Students can take two Modules with Professor Betts, both in term two:

ENG10190    Introduction to Canadian Studies


ENG 31840 Conflict in Canadian Literature




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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