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Irish Spirits, Irish Souls

The 2013 New England Regional Meeting of the
American Conference for Irish Studies

Friday, November 1
TimeEvent / TitlePresentersLocation
2:00 p.m. -
Registration Front Foyer
(2nd floor)
3:00 p.m. to
4:15 p.m.
Session I Panels Modern Hybridity:
Beckett and Joyce
  • Chair: Charles Kell, University of Rhode Island
  • Ellen Scheible, Bridgewater State University, "The Irish Sublime in Samuel Beckett's Molloy"
  • Kara Watts, University of Rhode Island, "A 'Scissors and Paste Man': Toward a Plagiarized Irish Identity in Joyce's Ulysses"
  • Erin Mitchell, SUNY Plattsburgh, "Strangers, Hospitality, Hybridity, Cosmopolitanism: James Joyce's 'Cyclops' and Celtic-Tiger Ireland"
Room 6004
Hybridity in Ulster and Beyond
  • Chair: Matthew Barlow, Salem State University
  • Robert McLaughlin, University of Hartford, "Ulster Loyalists in Canada, 1913-2013"
  • Hannah Shepard, Fordham University, "Vanished in Plain Sight: Scots-Irish Presbyterians in Wisconsin, 1830-1890"
  • Margo Shea, Salem State University, "Stories, Rhymes, Rituals, Memories: Performing Faith, Family and Community in Partitioned Northern Ireland 1922-1945"
Room 6006
Silences and Secrets
  • Chair: Matthew Brown, University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • Geraldine Rossiter, Union Institute and University, "Hybrid Voices: Cultural Subversion in Modern Irish Women's Writing"
  • Rachael Sealy Lynch, University of Connecticut, " 'A Sickness That Must Be Stamped Out': Homosexuality and Elite Education in Molly Keane's Good Behavior, Jennifer Johnston's This is Not a Novel, and Patrick Campbell's Lord Dismiss Us."
  • Kelly Matthews, Framingham State University, "Silences and secrets in Mary Beckett's short stories of the 1950s"
Room 6008
4:30 p.m. to
5:45 p.m.
Session II Panels Contemporary Irelands
  • Chair: Kelly Matthews, Framingham State University
  • Shaun O'Connell, University of Massachusetts Boston, "Revised Emblems of Erin in Novels by John McGahern and Colum McCann"
  • Thomas O'Grady, University of Massachusetts Boston, "All changed, changed utterly: The Journey Home, At Swim Two Boys, and City of Bohane"
  • Matthew Brown, University of Massachusetts Boston, "At the End of Things: John Banville's Ancient Light and Anne Enright's The Forgotten Waltz"
Room 6004
Building Irish-American Communities
  • Chair: James Silas Rogers, University of St. Paul
  • Margaret Lasch Carroll, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences , "Albany's Irish Elite and the Establishment of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church"
  • Norma Jenckes, Union Institute and University, "Transatlantic Bardic Echoes and Kindred Poetic Spirits: from the Old Cross at Ardboe to the Ann & Hope Mill Village"
  • Ray McKenna, Independent Scholar, "Hidden in Plain Sight: The Irish on Federal Hill"
Room 6006
Irish Music: Crossing Boundaries
  • Chair: Rachael Lynch, University of Connecticut
  • Roxanne O'Connell, Roger Williams University, "The 'Golden Age' of Irish Music: The Cultural Impact of 78 rpm Records on Ireland and Irish America"
  • Sally K. Sommers Smith, Boston University, "Summer Music Schools as Agents of Change in Irish Traditional Music in North America"
  • Paul F. Wells, Middle Tennessee State University, "Irish Tunes in American Collections: An Initial Survey"
Room 6008
6:00 p.m. to
6:45 p.m.


CCRI Welcome from Dr. Greg LaMontagne, VP for Academic Affairs

Room 4090
7:00 p.m. to
8:00 p.m.

Featured Speaker: Michael Patrick MacDonald

"The Irish Soul of South Boston"

Room 4080
8:30 to ? After Michael Patrick MacDonald's talk, conference participants are encouraged to congregate in the lounge at the Nylo Hotel, 400 Knight Street, Warwick, RI. Join us for good conversation, an Irish music seisiún, and an informal tribute to the life of Seamus Heaney (bring your favorite poems to share).
Saturday, November 2
TimeEvent / TitlePresentersLocation
8:00 a.m. -
Registration Front Foyer
(2nd floor)
8:00 a.m. to
8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast Room 4090
8:30 a.m. to
9:30 a.m.
"Healing Journeys Home: A Credulous Look"  Featured Speaker: James Silas Rogers Room 4090
9:45 a.m. to
11:00 a.m.
Session III Panels The Abbey, Shaw, and Dublin Theatre
  • Chair: Norma Jenckes, Union Institute and University
  • Johanna Church, Assistant Professor, Johnson & Wales University, "The Abbey in America: Political Manipulation or Cultural Exchange?"
  • Nicole Scimone, Montclair State University, "Henry Higgins's "Live Doll" and Thomas Edison's Talking Dolls: Shaw's Pygmalion as a Robot Story"
  • Nelson O'Ceallaigh Ritschel , Massachusetts Maritime Academy, "Shaw, Markievicz, Ashley, and the Dublin Repertory Theatre to the 1913 Lockout"
Room 6414
The Irish in North American History
  • Chair: Margo Shea, Salem State University
  • Garrett McGrath, New York University, "James Connolly and the American Left"
  • John Matthew Barlow, Salem State University, "Nations and Nationalism during the First World War in Montréal"
  • Kevin Dooley, Independent Scholar, "The Human Aspects of the building of the Rideau Canal, Ontario, Canada (1826 – 1832)"
Room 6416
Poetic Hybridity
  • Chair: Jeanne Lakatos, Western Connecticut State University
  • John B. Roney, Sacred Heart University, "Thomas Moore's Image of Ireland: Real or Commercialized"
  • Adam Farley, New York University, "Hedonistic Formalism: Louis MacNeice's The Burning Perch and Alan Gillis's Here Comes the Night"
  • Jon Curley, New Jersey Institute of Technology, "Howe 2: Trans-Atlantic Identities and Sisterly Strategies in Contemporary American Poetry"
Room 6418
11:15 a.m. to
Featured Panel Presentation: The Irish Cultural Renaissance in Rhode Island
  • Chair: Scott Molloy, University of Rhode Island
  • Participants: Scott Molloy, University of Rhode Island; Don Deignan, Rhode Island Irish Famine Memorial Committee, Inc.; Rick O'Neill, Newport Irish History Museum and lecture series; Ken Dooley, playwright; and Rhode Island State Representative Peter Martin.
Room 4090
Noon to
12:30 p.m.
Lunch Room 4090
12:30 p.m. to
12:45 p.m.
Book Launch: The Country of the Young Editors: John Countryman and Kelly Matthews Room 4090
12:45 p.m. to
1:00 p.m.
NE ACIS Business Meeting Room 4090
1:00 p.m. to
2:00 p.m.

Featured Speaker: Aine Greaney 

"Writing in Expat Patois: The Best of What's Native and New"

2:15 p.m. to
3:30 p.m.
Session IV Panels "Hyphenated Identities:
The Many Meanings of Irish-American"
(Roundtable Discussion)
  • Chair: Mary Kelly, Franklin Pierce University
  • Participants: Mary Kelly, Franklin Pierce University; Aine Greaney, author; Beth O'Leary Anish, Community College of Rhode Island; James Silas Rogers, University of St. Paul
Room 6414
Contemporary Irish Theater
  • Chair: Nelson O'Ceallaigh Ritschel, Massachusetts Maritime Academy
  • Nancy Raftery, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, "Adapting Place:  Brian Friel's and Frank McGuinness's Adaptations of Anton Chekhov's The Three Sisters"
  • John Countryman, Berry College (Georgia), "Hybrid Identity in Ronan Noone's Brendan."
  • Fiona Coffey, Tufts University, "Just Don't Call Us Feminists: Women Dramatists in Northern Ireland, 1980-2012"
Room 6416
Interdisciplinary Hybridity:
History through Fiction
  • Chair: Ellen Scheible, Bridgewater State University
  • Andréa Caloiaro, University of Florida, "'I am dispossessed': The Irish Soldiery, Anglo-Irish Hybridity, and Cultural Amnesia in Irish First World War 'Big House' Novels"
  • James Byrne, Wheaton College, ""I shall say nothing of the character of the man, because the very name imports what he was": Teague O' Regan, the myth of Anti-Civility, and the Archetype of Irishness in the New Republic"
  • Jennifer McClinton-Temple, King's College (PA), "Negotiating Irishness Down Under in Peter Carey's True History of the Kelly Gang"
Room 6418
3:45 p.m. to
5:00 p.m.
Session V Panels Intersections:
Digital Humanities and Irish Studies
(Roundtable Discussion)
  • Participants: Catherine Ahearn, Joshua Pederson, and Meg Tyler, with Meghan Kelly and Sarah Weiskittel, of Boston University; Kelly Matthews, Framingham State University
Room 6414
Hybrid Identities, Hybrid Voices
  • Chair: Kara Watts, University of Rhode Island
  • Jeanne I. Lakatos, Western Connecticut State University, " Iconic Realism and Cultural Hybridism of Nineteenth Century Ireland and Hungary in the Writings of Sydney Owenson (Lady Morgan) and Imre Madach"
  • Charles Kell, University of Rhode Island, " 'This spawning of multiple selves': Slippery Notions of Identity, Memory, and Irish Hybridity in John Banville's The Newton Letter"
  • Thomas F. Shea, University of Connecticut, "The Great Blasket's Tomás O'Crohan: Crossbred Identity"
Room 6416
Ireland in Popular Media
  • Chair: John Roney, Sacred Heart University
  • Christopher Dowd, University of New Haven, "Irish American Hybrids and the Birth of American Comic Strips"
  • M. Sheila McAvey, Becker College, "Ireland through Irish Eyes in New Yorker Fiction at Mid-century"
  • Tomás Ó h-Íde, Lehman College-CUNY, "Irish Language Film: The American Connection"
Room 6418
5:00 p.m. Conference ends. Slán abhaile!

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