Conference Programme

The Language of Fractured Identity: Non-National Formations of Irishness, 1880-1923

Date: Friday 13 February 2015

Location: Trinity College Dublin, Trinity Long Room Hub, Neill Lecture Theatre

Funded by Trinity Long Room Hub Research Incentive Scheme, 2014-2015

Keynote address: Professor Marianne Elliott ‘Religion and identity in Ireland’.


10:00-10:30 Registration and tea/coffee

10:30-10:45 Dr Anne Dolan

10:45-11:40  Panel 1: Interrogating a nationalist identity             Chair: Dr Anne Dolan

Gerry Watts – PhD student, Moore Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway                                                                                                             James Larkin: Alien, criminal and non-nationalist.

Dr Bill Kissane – Associate Professor in Politics, London School of Economics.
Nationalism without the nation state? The views of some intellectual Sinn Feiner’s, 1905-1923

11:45-12:40 Panel 2: The identity of ir/religious minorities        Chair: Prof Eunan O’Halpin

Dr Ian d’Alton – Senior Research Associate, Peterhouse, University of Cambridge
‘We shall have to get on as best we can’ – southern Irish Protestantism’s creation of identity, 1885-1923

Leah Hunnewell – Irish Research Council Scholar, School of Histories and Humanities, Trinity College Dublin
‘Dublin, the most Christian City in the most Christian country’ Irreligion in Ireland, 1901-1916

12:40-1:30 Lunch: Hoey Ideas Space, Trinity Long Room Hub

1:30-2:25 Panel 3: Literary formations of Irishness                          Chair: Dr Sam Slote

Erin O’Sullivan – Fulbright scholar, MA Modern Irish History, University College Dublin
Beyond Bridget: an examination of literary Irish American women writers in the early twentieth century

Anthony J Jordan – independent scholar
James Joyce – a European construct of Irishness.

2:30-3:25 Panel 4: Irish identity abroad                                                     Chair: Dr Kate O’Malley

Declan O’Keeffe – Head of communications, Clongowes Wood College, Clane, Co. Kildare
‘Very much like other people – only nicer’: Catholic Ireland and the British Empire.

Sarah Hunter – PhD student, School of Histories and Humanities, Trinity College Dublin
Explicitly Irish, implicitly imperial: the Dublin University Mission in India, c.1890 1920.

3:30-4:00 Coffee break

4:00-4:55 Panel 5: Irishness: a global perspective                              Chair: Dr David Dickson

Loughlin Sweeney – PhD student, Queen’s College, University of Cambridge
Military Irishness at the frontiers of Empire: a contested identity?

Tomás Irish – Postdoctoral Fellow and Associate Director at the Centre for War Studies, Trinity College Dublin
A man called Mahaffy: an Irish cosmopolitan in crisis, 1899-1919

5:00-5:40 Keynote speaker, introduction by Dr Ciaran O’Neill

Professor Marianne Elliott ‘Religion and identity in Ireland’


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The language of fractured identities: non-national formations of Irishness – a multidisciplinary conference.

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