Modernism, Memory and Media: Ireland 1913-1916

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Call for proposals: March 15th deadline
A hundred years ago, Ireland was marked by a series of events that proved fundamental to the making of its modern memory. Those events – from the passing of the Home Rule Bill to the Lock-Out of 1913, from the slaughters on the battlefields of the Great War to the Easter Rising – occurred during a period of unparalleled modernist innovation, and in a mass media age. A subsequent history of national foundation and decolonization can be traced in part to this moment of Irish history, when Ireland's struggles proved paradigmatic of what was to come in other places.
'Modernism, Memory and Media: Ireland 1913-1916', to be held in NUI Maynooth in June 2013, will focus on Irish culture, broadly conceived, during the revolutionary period, attending to literature, cinema, theatre, visual culture and mass media. In particular, the conference will emphasize the innovative and progressive elements in early twentieth-century Irish culture that have been occluded, for a variety of reasons, in the following decades. Close attention will be paid to the uses of historical memory in the art, culture and political writing of the period. The conference will also debate whether present-day commemorations of events in Ireland 1913-1916 have any value in the context of the current national crisis.
Proposals for papers, panels or roundtables are sought for (but are not limited to) the following themes:
*The uses of memory: 1913 in 2013
*The representation of 1913-1916 in literature, drama and film
*Irish visual and consumer culture in the early twentieth century
*Practices of commemoration
*The politics of Irish modernism
*The histories and legacies of Irish anti-imperialism
Plenary speakers:
David Lloyd
Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Southern California; a leading figure in contemporary Irish literary and cultural studies and author of several seminal works including Anomalous States (1993), Ireland After History (1999) and Irish Culture and Colonial Modernity 1800-2000 (2011).
Clair Wills
Professor of Irish Literature at Queen Mary, University of London; distinguished historian of Irish culture whose recent publications include That Neutral Island: A Cultural History of Ireland during the Second World War (2007) and Dublin 1916: The Siege of the GPO (2009).
Jay Winter
Charles J. Stille Professor of History at the University of Yale; an authority on the impact of World War I and of the remembrance of war in the twentieth century; author of many key books on these subjects, including Sites of Memory, Sites of Mourning: The Great War in European Cultural History (1995) and Remembering War: The Great War between History and Memory in the Twentieth Century (2006).
Conference Fees: Given the economic climate in Ireland and around the world, the conference fees will, on principle, be kept as low as possible so as to afford the opportunity to attend to all of those who wish to. Though the final fee will be based on the numbers attending, we estimate that registration – including a conference dinner and light lunches – will be no more than 100 euro, and every effort will be made to lessen this fee if possible. Accommodation will be available on campus from as little as 30 euro per night.
Organizing committee: Prof Joe Cleary, Dr Denis Condon, Dr Michael Cronin, Dr Oona Frawley, Prof Luke Gibbons, Dr Sinéad Kennedy, Dr Emer Nolan, Dr Stephanie Rains
Advance enquires and proposals for panels/ papers/ roundtables by March 15th to Dr Oona Frawley, Conference Organizer, School of English, Media and Theatre Studies, NUI Maynooth (