CfP: Metamorphoses: The III International Flann O’Brien Conference

via Paul Fagan

Registration is now open for “Metamorphoses: The III International Flann O’Brien Conference” at the Centre for Irish Studies, Charles University, Prague (16-19 September 2015). All are welcome!

Written at a time of profound transformation in post-independence Ireland and war-torn Europe, and displaying an acute awareness of the epochal changes bearing on modern notions of literature and the self, Flann O’Brien’s œuvre offers a sustained engagement with the representation of cultural, political, and personal metamorphosis. This is a body of writing in which the human always bears the potential to be radically remade in the forms of horses, bicycles, and trains; in which genre, language, and literary form are constantly reorganised and refashioned; in which a programme of pseudonymity presents the comic writer as a master of disguise and identity as a matter of constant flux. At Metamorphoses: The III International Flann O’Brien Conference, the organisers propose to build on the current sea change in O’Brien studies to foster a scholarly and critical debate dedicated to the theme of metamorphosis in the writer’s work.

For more information, please visit the CfP’s official website.


CfP: Ireland and Europe: Cultural and Literary Encounters

via Jonathan McCreedy

“Ireland and Europe: Cultural and Literary Encounters” is an international conference organised by the Department of English and American Studies. It is open to post-graduates and all academic specialists in the broad research field of Irish cultural, literary and linguistic studies.

The release of Bloomsbury’s 2013 ‘The Reception of British and Irish Authors in Europe’ series with its monographs devoted to Oscar Wilde, Jonathan Swift, and W.B Yeats continues a growing trend of research devoted to the impact that Irish culture and language makes in countries all across the European continent: East and West.

“Ireland and Europe: Cultural and Literary Encounters” is a further occasion to debate on “Ireland” within a European context. Our intention is to create a forum of discussion that puts no restrictions on academic approaches or methodologies.
Our plenary speaker is Jack Harte: renowned Irish author and founder of the Irish writer’s Union.

The conference will take place at Sofia University (Sofia, Bulgaria), on June 15-16. The deadline for the CfP is May 15.

For more information, send an email to

ESTS 2015: 19-21 November, Leicester

The Society’s 12th annual conference will be held at the Centre for Textual Studies, De Montfort University, Leicester England, and will take place from 19 to 21 November 2015. The theme is “Users of Scholarly Editions: Editorial Anticipations of Reading, Studying and Consulting”. The CfP is now available from the conference pages. The Centre for Textual Studies also made a CfP Flyer. Please note that all speakers must be members of the Society in good standing.

Wanted: Variants Review Editor

The Society’s journal, Variants, is looking to appoint a number of new book review editors who can take responsibility for a specific region or language. Book review editors will monitor new publications (monographs, collections of essays, scholarly editions, digital projects) within their area, order review copies, commission reviews and sent copy-edited reviews to the journal editor. This is an ideal opportunity for PhD students or early career researchers. Please contact the editor Wim Van Mierlo, with an expression of interest.

Registration: Samuel Beckett Summer School 2015

via Sam Slote

Registration now open for the 2015 Samuel Beckett Summer School, 9-14 August, Trinity College Dublin

Confirmed list of lecturers for the 2015 Samuel Beckett Summer School:

  • C. J. Ackerley
  • Amanda Dennis
  • Lois Oppenheim
  • Paul Stewart
  • Derval Tubridy
  • David Wheatley

‘The loutishness of learning’: a roundtable on teaching Beckett, chaired by Jonathan Heron

A tour of the Beckett country, led by Feargal Whelan


  • Beckett and the Visual Arts, Derval Tubridy
  • Beckett and Poetry, David Wheatley
  • Beckett’s Manuscripts, Mark Nixon & Dirk Van Hulle
  • Performance Workshop, Jonathan Heron & Nicholas Johnson
  • Reading Group, Sam Slote

Details of the performance schedule to be announced shortly.

The deadline for bursary applicants is 13 March.

The deadline for registration is 4 May.

For a registration form please email: Sam Slote (

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