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About the Symposium

3rd Interdisciplinary Research Symposium:
Irish Studies in Talamh an Éisc

 

This is our third event.

The 1st Interdisciplinary Research Symposium: Irish Studies in Talamh an Éisc was hosted by the Department of Gender Studies and the Faculty of Arts (now the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences) at Memorial University of Newfoundland on March 08, 2013. Participants included student researchers, faculty researchers and scholars and community members from St. John’s and the surrounding area. They met to engage in interdisciplinary discussion, to further existing research, and to develop new, and fruitful community-university collaborations.

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The 2nd Interdisciplinary Research Symposium: Irish Studies in Talamh an Éisc, was hosted at Memorial University, Thursday, November 19, 2015 - Saturday, November, 21, 2015. A Keynote Address, "Tracking the Dresser: The Biography of One Piece of Traditional Furniture in Mid-Twentieth Century Rural Ireland" was given by Dr. Rhona Richman Kenneally, Professor, Design and Computational Arts, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec.

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In 2017, the event will be held on Thursday, November 23, 2017 and Friday, November 24, 2017, with support from Adrian Coady, President, Offshore Recruiting Services Inc, the Department of English, and the Department of Gender Studies, Memorial University. The Keynote Address will be a literary reading, "Carlow to Avalon: Irish Voices in Gaff Topsails," by author, Patrick Kavanagh. Copies of the book, Gaff Topsails, will be available for purchase at the event.

Memorial University is an ideal host location. Newfoundland, in Irish, Talamh an Éisc, (“The Land of The Fish”) is the only location outside of Ireland with a place name in Irish.

Newfoundland was an important site of Irish emigration during the late 18th and early 19th centuries, which included the arrival of Irish-speaking immigrants. Memorial University has hosted the Ireland Canada Foundation Irish (ICUF) Language Scholar, funded by the Irish National Lottery and the Irish Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Republic of Ireland. The university has also awarded undergraduate level scholarships for Irish language study in Ireland. Faculty researchers, across a range of disciplines, are amongst the past recipients of the Ireland Canada University Foundation Dobbin Scholars Award, and are active in the Canadian Association of Irish Studies, and related scholarly and professional bodies, including the American Conference on Irish Studies, and the European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies.

The Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada recognizes the Queen Elizabeth II Library collection at Memorial University as one of importance for Irish Studies. The collection includes over 15,000 related books, and subscriptions to more than 60 magazines and scholarly journals related to a wide range of topics, including Irish emigration, settlement patterns, Irish family history, Anglo-Irish and Gaelic literature, Irish foklore and folk music, and Irish and Hiberno-English.

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Please join us:


Thursday, November 23, 2017 & Friday, November 24, 2017
Memorial University of Newfoundland

 

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Thursday, November 23, 2017

7:30-9:00 pm

Room: AA 1046

Author, Patrick Kavanagh

"Carlow to Avalon: Irish Voices in Gaff Topsails"

 

Introduction by Dr. Caitlin Charman, Department of English, Memorial University

 

All are welcome.

Sponsored by Adrian Coady, President, Offshore Recruiting Services Inc, and the Department of English, Memorial University

 

The full programme of events on Friday, November 24, 2017, sponsored by the Department of Gender Studies, is available on this website (under Programme).

Contact

Irish Studies

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000