NISN 2023

Nordic Irish Studies Network biennial conference


Transmissions and Transits in Irish history, literature, and culture

All events will take place on the University of Iceland campus, at Veröld Hús Vigdísar (VHV), Brynjólfsgötu 1, 107 Reykjavík

Thursday 25th May

9.00 Meeting – VHV 201 (Heimasvæði)

9.30 – 9.45 Welcome – VHV 201

9.45 – 10.45 Keynote lecture

Peadar Ó Muircheartaigh: ‘Transmissions, translations and transits: Ireland and the Nordic World’ (Chair: Ciaran McDonough) – VHV 201

10.45 – 11.00 Coffee

11.00 – 12.30 Panel sessions

Panel 1 (Chair Caitlin Ellis) – VH201

  • Anthony Olsson: ‘The Faroe Islands is the center of heroic balladry – is Ireland as a staging place significant in that tradition?
  • Fangzhe Qiu: ‘Revisiting the Nordic names in pre-11th century Irish annals’
  • Elín Ingibjörg Eyjólfsdóttir: ‘Working towards an Icelandic (and a new English) translation of the Bórama’

12.30 – 1.30 Lunch

1.30 – 3.00 Panel sessions

Panel 2 (Chair Fangzhe Qiu) – VH201

  • Isabelle Torrance ‘Greece and Rome in Irish Culture: A Bird’s Eye View’
  • Gregory Darwin ‘Dala Ercuil: Hercules in Translation’
  • Cameron Wachowich ‘Vienna, ÖNB, Cod. Lat. 366: A Remnant of the Irish in Salzburg?’

Panel 3 (Chair Ruben Moi) – VH103

  • Anne Karhio ‘Cartographies of consumption and recycling in contemporary Irish poetry’
  • Simon Workman ‘To Ireland in the End Times: Figuring the Future in Contemporary Irish Fiction’
  • Wit Pietrzak ‘Revis(it)ing Yeats: Paul Muldoon and Contemporary Irish Poetry’

3.00 – 3.30 Coffee

3.30 – 5 NISN Business Meeting

Friday 26th May

9.45 – 10.45 Performance and talk

Poet Kathy D’Arcy (Chair: Anne Karhio) – VHV 201

10.45 – 11.00 Coffee 

11.00 – 12.30 Panel Sessions

Panel 4 (Chair Elín Ingibjörg Eyjólfsdóttir) – VHV 201

  • Gísli Sigurðsson ‘Memory of Ireland in the different versions of the Book of Settlement’
  • Ásta Kristín Benediktsdóttir ‘‘Rise, thou youthful flag of Iceland!’ Moonstone and Sjón’s queer antipatriotism’
  • Gunnþórunn Guðmundsdóttir ‘Iceland – Ireland: Transnational memories of crises in Álfrún Gunnlaugsdóttir’s Siglingin um síkin and Conor O’Callaghan’s Nothing on Earth’

Panel 5 (Chair Charles Armstrong) – VH103

  • Anthony Johnson ‘Drama and the Recirculation of Justice: Massinger’s Comedy, A New Way to Pay Old Debts (c. 1625), and its Restaging in Smock Alley (c. 1760)’ 
  • Fionna Barber ‘Outmoded Paintings and Revolutionary Politics: the Portraits of Estella Solomons’
  • Ruben Moi ‘The Lonesome West, Again: What’s New in Martin McDonagh’s Recirculations, Myths and Structures in The Banshees of Inisherin (2022)?’

12.30 – 1.30 Lunch

1.30 – 3.30 Panel Sessions

Panel 6 (Chair Cameron Wachowich) – VH201

  • Charles Armstrong ‘“’Twixt lays and re-lays”: Neoclassicism and Ekphrasis in Thomas Moore’s Rhymes on the Road’
  • Genna Scott ‘“The cradle of our noblest energies and blood:” national identity and the misuse of Viking history in Britain and Ireland’
  • Virginie Roche-Tiengo ‘Molière in Ireland, Transmissions in Irish Literature from 1906 to 2023’

Panel 7 (Chair Gregory Darwin) – VH103

  • Ira Ruppo ‘A look at James Joyce in Russian Translation’
  • Ástráður Eysteinsson ‘Reading, Rereading – Across Borders Encountering James Joyceʼs “The Dead” in English and Icelandic’
  • Brianna Riggio ‘Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill: The Undead and Untranslatable’

4.00 Conference close