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Grian Conference 2008

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The 10th Annual Grian Conference:
Cosmopolitical Ireland

March 13-15, 2008

Glucksman Ireland House
New York University


Conference Schedule for the 10th Annual Grian Conference: Cosmopolitical Ireland

Thursday, March 13, 2008

6-7pm: Open registration
7pm: David McWilliams on Ireland's new elite

Broadcaster & author David McWilliams launches the US edition of The Pope’s Children: The Irish Economic Triumph and the Rise of Ireland’s New Elite (Wiley, 2008).  RSVP required to (212) 998-3950 (option 3) or


Friday, March 14, 2008

 9:00 - 9:30am  Registration & Continental Breakfast (included in price of registration)
 9:30 - 11:00am  Panel One: Cosmopolitan Nation
 Chair: Cóilín Parsons, Columbia University
   Damien Keane, Buffalo-SUNY, An Irish Republic of Letters and the Diplomatic Mailbag
   Eve Walsh Stoddard, St. Lawrence University, Primordial Irishness: Undermining Cosmopolitanism in Post-1937 Ireland
   John Brannigan, UCD, 1922, Ulysses, and the Irish Race Congress
 Dathalinn O’Dea, Boston College, Dana (1904): A Magazine of Independent Thought and the Seeds of Cosmopolitical Ireland
11:00 - 11:15am  Break
11:15 - 12:30pm  Panel Two: Contemporary Local
 Chair: Vivian Valvano Lynch, St. John’s University
   Bridget English, Brooklyn College, Old Fashioned Ghosts in a Modern World: The Gathering as a Meditation on Life in the New Ireland
   Lindsay Haney, Boston College, Balaclavas & Feather Boas: From Peace Process to Prosperity in Two Versions of Breakfast on Pluto
   Patrick Maley, Indiana University, The Midlands Our Neighbor: The Localizing Effect of Marina Carr’s Dialect
12:30 - 2:00pm  Lunch (included with registration)
2:00 - 3:30pm  Panel Three: Cosmopolitan Performance
 Chair: Abby Bender, NYU
   Fintan Walsh, TCD, Redressing the Past, Cross-Dressing the Future: Homosexuality, Queerness and Cosmopolitanism in Irish Theater
 Elizabeth Mannion, Temple University, Not Entirely Peasant: The City, the Tenement and the Abbey Theatre’s Early Years
 Mary Burke, Univ. Conn, Unsettled: The Returned Emigrant in Tom Murphy’s Drama
 Brian Stone, Southern Illinois at Carbondale, Absurd Form: Sentimental Mythology, Terrorist Violence, and the Situatedness of Audience in Receptions of McDonagh’s The Lieutenant of Inishmore and Cripple of Inishmaan
 3:30 - 3:45pm  Break
 3:45 - 5:00pm  Language Abroad
 Chair: Pádraig Ó Cearúill, NYU
 Hilary Mhic Suibhne, NYU, The Pursuit of Status in Cosmopolitan Ireland
 Elaine Ní Bhraonáin, CUNY, The Irish Language at Home & Abroad: the Cycle of Respect & Disdain
 Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh, CUNY FLTA, Ar son na Cúise?! The cúis I write filíocht
 5:00 - 5:30pm  Break
 5:30 - 6:30pm  Plenary Talk
 Introduction: Elizabeth Gilmartin, Monmouth University
   Marilyn Reizbaum, Bowdoin College, Joyce’s Cosmopolitans

Saturday, March 15th, 9am to 6:30pm

9:00 - 9:30am  Registration & Continental Breakfast (included in price of registration)
9:30 - 11:00am  Panel One: Literature Liberated
 Chair: Heather Clark, Marlboro College
   Jody Allen Randolph, Indep. Scholar, Reconfiguring Irish Studies: Thinking Beyond the National: Irish & Caribbean Poetry
   Kerri Farrell, NYU, An Duanaire, Women Poets, Domestic Images and Cosmopolitan Ireland
   Claire Bracken, Union College, Catherine Walsh’s City West: The Self in Irish Postmodernity
   Jason King, Concordia University, Irish Multicultural Literature: Migrant Memory & National Identity
11:00 - 11:15am  Break
11:15 - 12:45pm  Panel Two: Elites and Migration
Chair: Marion R. Casey, NYU
   Aine O’Neill, NUI Maynooth, Irish Immigrant Entrepreneurs in America: Ethnic Enclaves & Transnational Cosmopolites
   Kit Nicholls, NYU, The Union (of the Atlantic and Pacific): Eliot Warburton & Darien; Or, The Merchant Prince (1852)
   Nels Pearson, Fairfield University, “The Journey Westward”: Rethinking Cosmopolitanism in Irish Expatriate Modernism
   Robert Spiegelman, Indep. Scholar, “Going Cosmopolitan”: or, How to Remain Gentry when being Irish or American Simply Won’t Do
12:45 - 2:00pm  Lunch (included with registration)
2:00 - 2:45pm  Special Talk
Introduction: Eileen Reilly, NYU
 Jim Kennelly, Skidmore College, Capitalizing on Culture, Competing on Place: Innovation & Revival in a Globalizing Ireland
2:45 - 3:00pm  Break
3:00 - 4:15pm

 Panel Three: World Stage
Chair: Sara Brady, TCD

 Labhras Joye, National Museum of Ireland, Saints, Scholars and Soldiers: Ireland’s Cosmopolitan Military History
   Fintan Vallely, Dundalk IT, Meta-Trad, Trad-Pop and Cosmo-Trad – Challenges to Indigenous Irish Aesthetics in a Global Arena
   Rebecca Troeger, Boston College, “Voices of the World”: John McCormack On the Global Stage
4:15 - 6:00pm  Closing remarks and reception

The Grian conference is open to the public, but attendees must register. Registration includes a light breakfast and lunch both March 14th and 15th.

Full conference: $40
Full conference for Members of Glucksman Ireland House NYU: $25

One day: $20
One day for Members of Glucksman Ireland House NYU: $13

NYU students with valid ID may attend the conference for free without registering, but no meals will be provided; NYU students intending to participate in meals must register at the Members rate ($25/$13).

The registration fee is to cover the costs of the conference, including meals.

Please register at the door as you enter the conference and bring applicable ID for discounts.

If you have questions, please email