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A welcome to the event by staff.
This panel looks at progress and degeneration as a theme within literature of the fifteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
- Lars Nooij, Manuscripts as witness to cultural change: The Tract on the Mass in the Stowe Missal and the Leabhar Breac
- Matthew Fogarty, ‘The loose-fitting robe of Western culture’: Nietzschean Paralysis in James Joyce’s ‘The Dead”.
- Sara J. Kerr, ”Pictures of perfection’: Conflict Beneath the Surface in Jane Austen’s Novels.’
- Chris Beausang, ”without style’: A Quantitative Analysis of Samuel Beckett’s prose vocabulary’
An Foras Feasa will provide lunch for conference attendees and posters will be presented by three of our conference attendees.
- Aoife Kavanagh, ‘Making Music and Making Place: Mapping Musical Practice in Irish Towns’
- Kira J. Hußing, ‘Between adolescents and motherhood: politics and the representation of young single motherhood in German film’
This panel will focus on research being conducted which investigates the protean nature of social and political norms.
- Conor Dowling, ‘Secular and national progress in Flann O’Brien’s The Third Policeman’
- Rachel McMahon, ‘Debating nationhood through images: the visual language of French political cartoons’
- Daniel Murphy, ‘Refusing the Need to Escape from Oneself: Levinas on the Degeneration of the Human Spirit in ‘Reflections on the Philosophy of Hitlerism’
This panel will consider the ways in which the humanities engage with ethical and political boundaries, in the print and digital realms.
- Teresa Cassin, ‘An Gúm’s censorship of Makers of Europe’
- Adrian Smyth, ‘The digital lives of older people: the challenge and opportunities of their digital worlds’
- Brandt Dainow, ‘Digital Technology and the Illusion of Progress’
Catriona Crowe, ‘Guilt, Shame, Acknowledgment and Redress: some reflections on Ireland’s institutional treatment of women and children’
Over the last 40 years, Ireland has seen unprecedented disclosure and examination of the state’s and the churches’ archipelago of institutions – industrial schools, reformatories, Magdalen asylums, mother and baby homes – which were used to deal overwhelmingly with the poorest of our citizens, and about which many commissions of inquiry have reported, revealing very worrying treatment of vulnerable inmates.
What caused Ireland to continue this model of institutional care long after it had ceased in the UK? What networks existed between state, church and Irish families to ensure its existence? And how do survivors of the system recall their experiences in these institutions?
This panel will examine research being conducted on propaganda and truth, both in the contemporary, and other historical contexts.
- Declan Mills, ‘to fill up the Vacuities of the Play’: – Joseph Addison’s Cato: a tragedy and the many faces of propaganda’
- Alan Carmody, The Burroughs Adding Machine
- Daire Boyle, ‘The Meaninglessness of Political Truth’
- Matthew Mallia, ‘The Implications for Education and Pedagogy in Derrida’s Structure, Sign And Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences’
Coffee tea, and pastries to be provided by NPPSH
On January 22nd 2017, the US Counsellor to the President, Kellyanne Conway, used the phrase “alternative facts” to excuse the misinformation conveyed by then White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, with regard to the attendance figures at Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th President of the United States. This expression has since become a synecdoche for the tactics Trump deployed throughout his presidential campaign, which was largely characterised by a rhetorical strategy that appealed to emotion, rather than providing details about policy, or at all engaging in factual rebuttals. All this, in addition to his apparent incapacity to refrain from using the term “fake news”, has led many to conclude that Trump stands the very embodiment of the kind of post-factual politics Ralph Keyes identified in his 2004 book The Post-Truth Era: Dishonesty and Deception in Contemporary Life. Indeed, one might also point to the types of rhetoric used in the run-up to the recent Brexit referendum as evidence to further bolster Keyes’s assessment. But is this idea of “post-truth” truly a contemporary phenomenon? To what extent does it differentiate itself from the kinds of propaganda and “fake news” that have come before? How does this phenomenon manifest itself in contemporary Irish society? And what role is to be played by the humanities in times of propaganda and “fake news”? These are the kinds of questions our panellists will consider in what we are sure will be a thoroughly engaging roundtable event.
- Meredith Dabek, “Beyond Original E-Lit: Deconstructing Austen Cybertexts.”
- Stephen Lucek and Victoria Garnett, “Irish English through Non-Linguists’ Eyes: Perceptual Dialectology using GIS.”
- Aine Mc Adam, “From Wilderness to Wonderment: The multifaceted Processes behind Irish heritage and tourism.”
- Rachel Mc Ardle, Aoife Delaney, and Lorna O’Hara “Supporting Women in Geography (SWIG) Ireland: An innovative new group attempting to help gender balance in the discipline of Geography.”
In this session, researchers will present their papers on the subject of politicised identities.
- Caroline Schroeter , ‘From Griffith to Parker: The Birth of a Rebellion?’
- Michael Mulvey, ”I’ve Won a Hero’s Name’: Stereotyping the Post-war Irish Builders and Mythologizing the Mundane’
- Sarah O’Brien, ‘Global Refugee Crisis: Re-imagining the Nation-State in Mohsin Hamid’s ‘Exit West.”
- Laura Loftus, ‘Homosocial Bonding and Periodical Codes: ‘Centre’, ‘Margin’ and Gender in Irish Literary Journals, 1980-1992′
The event will present a number of papers which address the themes of advancement and regression.
- David Teevan, ‘Performing the diversity of everyday practice: a critical analysis of “The
Far Side”, a co-authored performance piece by Upstate Theatre’
- Ashling Shalvey, ‘Theories of Mental Degeneration in Ireland ‘
- Jaime Cummins, ‘Construct reification in social psychological research: Some issues arising from ontological naivety’
- John Singleton, ‘Sex and the City’: The Urban Space of a Rural Elegist- John McGahern’s The Pornographer