IASIL conference

Between 23 and 27 July, Radboud University hosted the annual conference of the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures (IASIL). I was one of the organisers. It was a great event, with amazing keynotes, performances, and Q&As, and scores of great papers from delegates from a wide range of countries. I presented a paper on Irish-American popular fiction published during the First World War, which was based on my new research project.

During the conference, the executive committee ratified my appointment as chair of the IASIL bibliography committee. I’m now responsible for compiling the annual IASIL bibliography – an interesting challenge!

Here’s a pre-conference photo of some of the organisers and conference assistants.

Organisers

Forum on Religion and Irish-American Identity

I’ve just got the green light for my call for papers for a special forum for the journal Religion & Literature (University of Notre Dame Press) on “Religion and Cultural Identity in Irish-American Literature.” I’ll be inviting some 6-10 experts in the field of Irish-American literature to contribute pieces exploring different aspects of this topic, which is curiously neglected in the scholarship.

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Lecture at German Society of Pennsylvania

On 5 July, during my research trip to the German Society of Pennsylvania as Joseph Horner Memorial Library Fellow, I gave a lecture about my current research project and the new sources I’d found at the GSP. The audience was very interested in the talks I and my fellow Horner Fellow Dr Andreas Hübner (Flensburg) gave, and asked very useful questions (including one about alcohol and German- and Irish-American identities during the First World War…). Thanks again to the GSP and the German Historical Institute for funding this trip!

PPT GSP

Bloomsday lecture

I was asked by Stichting Arsis in Bergen op Zoom to give a lecture on Ulysses for Bloomsday 2018. Though unfortunately I was ill on the day itself, the organiser read out my lecture and apparently it was well-received. As there are several good Dutch translations to choose from, I hope my lecture has inspired people to try and tackle Joyce’s masterpiece!

Flyer Bloomsday 2018 A5

PhD

On 16 February, after successfully defending in public my thesis “Memory, History, and Identity in Irish and Irish-Diasporic Famine Fiction, 1892-1921”, I was awarded my PhD cum laude, the highest distinction for doctorates in the Netherlands. I was examined by Prof Frank Mehring (Radboud University), Prof James H. Murphy (Boston College), Prof Chris Morash (Trinity College Dublin), Dr Melissa Fegan (University of Chester), Prof Peter Gray (Queen’s University Belfast), Dr Elke D’hoker (KU Leuven), and Prof Lotte Jensen (Radboud University). The next step is reworking my thesis into a monograph. To infinity and beyond!

Chris Post-defence

Image: Raphaël Irié