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IASIL 2019 – The Critical Ground

The 50th anniversary of IASIL (International Association for the Studies of Irish Literatures) takes place this year and is being marked by the conference being held once again in Dublin, in Trinity College, from 22 – 26 July. 

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘The Critical Ground’ and is ‘an invitation to reflect in the broadest possible terms on the critical traditions, interventions, controversies, and conversations which have shaped Ireland’s literature in both the Irish and English languages, and to chart the relationship between such critical engagement and Ireland’s wider political, cultural, and intellectual sphere.’

The conference organiser in this celebratory year is Trinity’s Dr Tom Walker, Ussher Assistant Professor in Irish Writing, and keynote speakers will include Matthew Campbell, Máirín Nic Eoin, Helen Small and Nicholas Grene. 

Evening reading events will include Hugo Hamilton, Carlo Gébler, Kevin Power, Biddy Jenkinson, Moya Cannon and Leontia Flynn, and books being launched will include The Danger and the Glory (Arlen House) and a new Cork University Press title, Hannah Lynch 1859-1904: Irish Writer, Cosmopolitan, New Woman.

Full details on the conference can be found here