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7th April 2022, 5pm

Conversation with the Quebec author Fanie Demeule
Hosted by: Prof Michael Brophy

Zoom link: https://ucd-ie.zoom.us/j/68162131412?pwd=Vm1RQVdVOFllaFJwTXFyUFhmb255QT09

25th November 2021, 5pm 

'Turning Back to the Mystics: W. B. Yeats and Juan Ramón Jiménez’s Religious Modernism' - Dr Nuria de Cos Lara

ABSTRACT: In his lectures in the Universidad de Puerto Rico, Juan Ramón Jiménez contended that literary modernism was born out of theological modernism, a Catholic, European movement that sought to revise traditional Catholic teachings in the light of modern-day cultural advancements. While the efforts of theological modernism were short lived within the Catholic Church, they had an impact that can be perceived in the works of Juan Ramón Jiménez, amongst other writers of the period. While there have not been many attempts to outline a clear field of Modernism and Christianity studies, this has started to change in recent years. This paper examines the poetry of W. B. Yeats and Juan Ramón Jiménez to find that they turn back to the Spanish Mystic tradition to creatively support their unorthodox religious position within Modernism. It claims that the Neo-Mysticism of both writers is one of intense individualization to achieve contact with divinity.

11th November 2021, 5pm 

Video Essay: ‘Hunks in Habits: Muscular Christianity and Spanish National Television' - Dr Mary Farrelly

ABSTRACT: While Catholic schoolgirls have long been fans of photographer Piero Pazzi’s annual Calendario Romano (better known as the Hot Priest Calendar), the rest of the world has now also been awakened to the cinematic potential of hunks in habits through Andrew Scott’s portrayal of The Hot Priest in Fleabag Season 2. The character has renewed reflections around the cultural potency of the celibate male religious figure, raising questions that also need to be answered in the context of contemporary Spanish hagiographies where the rugged masculinity of clergy is often asserted as the linchpin of their Christian values. This paper will discuss the fetishization of athleticism and virility as moral virtues in and the RTVE hagiographies Tarancón, el Quinto Mandamiento (2011), Descalzo sobre la tierra roja (2013), and Vicente Ferrer (2013). 

21st October 2021, 5pm 

'Elevating the honour of the screen from its degraded depths’: The distribution and exhibition of European religious films in 1950s Ireland' - Dr Sarah Culhane

2018/19 - Semester 1

  • ‘Turmoil / Dans la Tourmente: Instability and Insecurity in 18th-century France’, International Conference, organised by Dr Siofra Pierse and postgraduates Emma Dunne and Edward O’Sullivan, 7-8th September, Humanities Institute
  • ‘New Formations of the Italian Self: stories of subjectivity across boundaries in recent Italian migration narratives’, Professor Jennifer Burns, University of Warwick, 20th September, 6pm Theatre R, Newman (organised by the Italian Foundation)
  • ‘Ethnography as transnationalizing practice in contemporary fictions in Italian’, Professor Jennifer Burns, University of Warwick, 21st September, 2pm J104, Newman (organised by the Italian Foundation)
  • ‘The Global Turn: Post-War Modernism and its Regimes of Circulation’, Professor Tom Avermaete,
    co-organised by Dr Douglas Smith and Dr Kathleen James-Chakraborty (School of Art History and Cultural Policy), 8th October, 6pm
  • ‘Architects of amnesia: Spain’s Memory Wars: Irresponsible Folly or Assertion of Human Right to Remember?’, Paddy Woodworth, 18th October, 1pm, L-024 SUTH
  • ‘États présents, états futurs: French and Francophone Studies in the 21st century’, annual conference of ADEFF, l’Association des études françaises et francophones d’Irlande, co-organised by Dr Manu Braganca and Dr James Hanrahan (Trinity College Dublin), 19-20th October, D101 / 107, Newman Building
  • ‘Remembering childhood in artistic practice’, Artist Susanne Wawra, organised by Dr Gillian Pye, 5th November, 9 a.m., A 105
  • Round Table: ‘Posthumanism’, organised by Dr Enrica Ferrara with Dr Gillian Pye, Dr Jeanne Riou, Dr Douglas Smyth, Dr Tara Plunkett, 15th November, 4-6pm, D301
  • ‘Violence and Gender on the US/Mexico border’, Professor Nuala Finnegan, UCC, Thursday 15th November, 1pm, L-024 SUTH
  • ‘Conflict, Crisis and Culture’:Annual Conference of the German Studies Association of Ireland, co-organised by Dr Gillian Pye, Dr Sabine Strumper-Krobb & Dr Joseph Twist, 16-17th November (16th Nov: Goethe Institute; 17th Nov: Humanities Institute, UCD)
  • ‘Dancing between East and West: Destabilising the Subject in Feridun Zaimoglu’s Short Stories’, Dr Joseph Twist, 22nd November 4pm, D301
  • ‘Austrian Foreign Affairs: From the Viennese Congress to the Presidency of the EU-Council in 2018’; workshop organised by Anneliese Rieger, 22nd-23rd November, D301 Newman Building
  • ‘Una foschia sanguigna. Corpo e destino femminile nella narrativa delle donne in Italia da Lettera all'Editore (1945) di Gianna Manzini a Dalla parte di lei (1949) di Alba De Céspedes’, Dr Margherita Ghilardi (Florence), 29th November, Newman Th. R, 6.30pm
  • ‘Remembering Perec: forty years after La Vie mode d’emploi and Je me souviens, Symposium, organised by Dr Emer O’Beirne, 5th December, NUI Merrion Square
  • Introduction to Corpus Linguistics: Applied Workshop, organised by Dr Sandrine Peraldi, 6th December, 4-6pm, D301
2018/19 - Semester 2

2019/20 - Semester 1

  • Author and poet Gabrielle Alioth presenting her new poetry collection The Poet’s Coat, with translator Fred Kurer, Thursday 10 October 2019, 4pm, D301
  • ‘Bodies, Identities and Languages on the threshold of local and global: Elena Ferrante in a Global Context’, Prof. Ursula Fanning, Dr Enrica Ferrara, Emanuela Caffè (UCD), Thursday 24 October 2019, 5pm D301
  • ‘Hitler's French Literary Afterlives,1945-2017’, Dr Manu Braganca, UCD, Talk and book launch, Thursday 7 November 2019, 5pm D301
  • 'On the Ruins of Empire: Reading the Vestiges of the Colonial Past', Prof Charles Forsdick (University of Liverpool), Friday 15 November, 2pm, Humanities Institute
  • 'James Joyce as an Italian-Irish intellectual', Dr Antonio Bibbo' (University of Trento), Thursday 21 November 2019, 5pm, D301
Foundation for Italian Studies events:
  • 'Beyond Dante: Finding Feminine Voices in Medieval Italy', Dr David Bowe (UCC), Wednesday 2 October, 6.30 pm, Th. 1 Newman
  • ‘All Irish in the eyes of Mussolini: Irish theatre in Italy in the WWII years’, Dr Antonio Bibbo' (University of Trento), Wednesday 20 November, 6.30 pm Th. 1 Newman
2019/20 - Semester 2
  • Thursday, 27 February, 5pm, D301, Newman Building
    Dr Stephen Lucek (UCD)
    ‘Linguistic Discrimination and the Dublin Secondary School’
  • Thursday, 5 March, 4pm, D301, Newman Building
    Dr Philip Johnston (UCD)
    ‘Form, Frenzy, Folly and... Falsehood(?) in Lorca's Romancero gitano
  • Friday, 27 March, 9am - 5pm, D301, Newman Building
    SLCL Graduate Conference
    Talks by Graduate Taught and Research Students
  • Thursday 2 April, 4pm, D301, Newman Building
    Natasha Kanapé Fontaine
    Interview and Q&A session
    In conjunction with the Franco-Irish Literary Festival
  • Wednesday 8 April, 5.15pm, D301 Newman Building
    Professor Suzan van Dijk (Huygens Institute for Dutch History, Amsterdam)
    'Digitising the Humanities: online publication of Dutch-Swiss Isabelle de Charrière (1740-1805) correspondence'
  • Thursday 16 April, 4pm, D301, Newman Building
    ‘The transmission of Scandinavian literature around 1900’ (UCD)
    Dr Sabine Strumper-Krobb
  • Saturday 18th April, 10 a.m. – 5pm, D301, Newman Building
    ADEFFI Postgraduate symposium
    (Association des études françaises et francophones d’Irlande)

2020/21 - Trimester 2

25th February 2021, 5pm
‘Ensuring a fair hearing: the challenges of collecting earwitness testimony’
Dr Sarah Kelly

4th March 2021, 5pm
‘Édouard Glissant Is Asking You to Think Otherwise: on Glissant's Attempts to Create a Caribbean Philosophy’
Dr Michael Wiedorn

25th March 2021, 5pm

‘“Contrabando y Traición”: A Border Ballad and its Heroine’
Dr Pascale Baker

2020/21 - Trimester 1

5.15pm, Thursday 22 October 
Dr Douglas Smith
‘Magic Roundabout or Vicious Circle? The Paris Ringroad as Cultural Chronotope’

5pm, Thursday 12 November 
Dr Sabine Strumper-Krobb
‘Women and the transmission of Scandinavian literature, c. 1900’

5pm, Thursday 26 November
Dr Francesco Lucioli
‘Transmutations of Ludovico Ariosto's Orlando Furioso’

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