Tudor & Stuart Ireland Interdisciplinary Conference at Queen’s University Belfast

The 8th Annual Tudor & Stuart Ireland Interdisciplinary Conference will take place at Queen’s University, Belfast on 24 – 25 August 2018

The programme for this year’s conference is available to download here.

Plenary addresses will be delivered by Dr David Edwards (University College Cork) and Dr Deana Rankin (Royal Holloway, University of London).

Registration for this year’s conference is now open.

  • Registration Only (Student/Unwaged): £15
  • Registration Only (Full Fee): £25
  • Registration and Conference Dinner (Student/Unwaged): £42.50
  • Registration and Conference Dinner (Full Fee): £52.50

Online registration is available via the QUB online portal. Please see the TSI conference webpage for details on how to register.

Contact: If you have any queries relating to this year’s conference, please email the organisers at: 2018@tudorstuartireland.com

Info from TSI website.



British Shakespeare Association Conference at Queen’s University Belfast, 14-17th June

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2018 BSA Conference – 14-17th June 2018 at Queen’s University Belfast

Following on from the 2016 celebrations, the 2018 BSA conference offers an opportunity for academics, practitioners enthusiasts and teachers (primary, secondary and sixth- form teachers and college lecturers) to reflect upon Shakespeare Studies today.

What does Shakespeare Studies mean in the here-and-now? What are the current and anticipated directions in such diverse fields of enquiry as Shakespeare and pedagogy, Shakespeare and race, Shakespeare and the body, Shakespeare and childhood, Shakespeare and religion, Shakespeare and economics, Shakespeare and the law, Shakespeare and emotion, Shakespeare and politics, Shakespeare and war and Shakespeare and the environment? What is Shakespeare’s place inside the curriculum and inside debates around theory, queer studies and feminism? Where are we in terms of editing and materiality, and where does Shakespeare sit alongside his contemporaries, male and female? How does theatre practice, performance history, adaptation, cinema and citation figure in ever evolving Shakespeare Studies?

In particular, this conference is keen to explore the challenges facing Shakespeare Studies today and to reflect on newer emergent approaches. 

Plenary Speakers include: Prof. Pascale Aebischer (University of Exeter), Prof. Clara Calvo (University of Murcia), Prof. Richard Dutton (Queen’s University Belfast), Prof. Courtney Lehmann (University of the Pacific), and Prof. Ayanna Thompson (George Washington University).

UK Premieres include: Veeram (dir. Jayaraj, 2016), a South Indian film adaptation of Macbeth, and Hermia and Helena (dir. Matías Piñeiro, 2016), an Argentine adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

BSA 2018 also includes: Q+As with theatre director Andrea Montgomery (The Belfast Tempest, 2016) and film directors Jayaraj and Matías Piñeiro.

For more information contact BSA2018@qub.ac.uk

For details on the programme,etc. and to register, see QUB website here.

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[Image from The Belfast Tempest (dir. Andrea Montgomery, 2016), Terra Nova Productions. Courtesy of Neil Harrison (models Sean Brown and Louise Parker).]


Renaissance Re-enactment: The Visit of Archduke Ferdinand of Hapsburg to Kinsale in 1518

500 years ago Archduke Ferdinand of Habsburg arrived in Kinsale, Co. Cork, having been blown off course whilst sailing from Spain to the Low Countries. He and his party spent four days in June 1518 resting and resupplying in Ireland’s southernmost medieval town. The population provided a very hospitable welcome and even more so when they discovered that the Prince was on board. The chronicle of the voyage gives a colourful account of the royal party’s time in Ireland commenting on the dress, culture, and music of the people. Ferdinand succeeded his brother Charles V as Holy Roman Emperor in 1558.

At noon on Saturday 9th June we commemorate this event which connects us to the high politics of Europe. This will involve a short parade along the Pier Road from the Galleon Mast and a recreation of a meeting between the town councillors, townspeople, gallowglasses and the Archduke’s party as took place at the time, followed by complementary historical talks in the Temperance Hall during the afternoon.

Renaissance Re-enactment

Photo opportunities: 10:30am at St. Multose Church and 11am at Desmond Castle

12 noon: A pageant from the Galleon Mast, Pier Road to Market Quay to recreate encounters with townspeople, gallowglasses and poet.

2pm to 5pm: Talks at Temperance Hall (see poster and website below for details.)

For more on this event, see Kinsale.ie here.

For more on Ireland and 1518, see the website here.

Kinsale 1518 Archduke reenactment 2018


TV: King Lear on BBC2 – Monday 28th May

BBC2 will broadcast King Lear with an all-star cast on Monday 28th May 2018. Directed by Richard Eyre, Sir Anthony Hopkins stars as the titular monarch with Emma Thompson as Goneril, Emily Watson as Regan, and Florence Pugh as Cordelia.

Other key players include Jim Broadbent as Gloucester, Christopher Eccleston as Oswald, John Macmillan as the nefarious Edmund, and Irish actor Andrew Scott as Edgar. A co-production between Amazon and BBC, this film is set in an alternative 21st century Britain and is directed by Richard Eyre (The Hollow Crown).

For more, see the BBC website here.

Shakespeare’s Fourth Folio at Maynooth University Library

MU Library Treasures

Barbara McCormack, Special Collections Librarian

Shakespeare Portrait of William Shakespeare from the ‘Fourth Folio’

Shakespeare’s Fourth Folio, printed in 1685, will be on display outside the Special Collections Reading Room in the John Paul II Library during May 2018.

The fourth edition of Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies, more commonly known as the Fourth Folio, was printed for Herringman, Brewster and Bentley ‘at the Anchor in the New Exchange, the Crane in St. Paul’s Church-Yard, and in Russell-Street Covent-Garden’ in the year 1685. The Fourth Folio was printed just twenty-two years after the printing of the Third Folio, many copies of which were destroyed during the Great Fire of London in 1666. The text features the engraved portrait of Shakespeare by Martin Droedshout which appears opposite the title page. It also includes the original dedication to William Earl of Pembroke and his brother Philip E. of Montgomery by compilers of…

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The Early History of Printing and Philanthropy in Cork – The River-side

The River-side welcomes Garret Cahill’s guest post on the early history of printing and philanthropy in Cork. 2018 marks European Year of Cultural Heritage and, relatedly, the Jubilee of Johannes Gutenberg (c.1440-1468), the father of European printing, who died 550 … Continue reading →

Source: The Early History of Printing and Philanthropy in Cork – The River-side

Reading Ireland, 1500-1700: An Interdisciplinary Conference, Marsh’s Library, 31st May 2018


PANEL 1: 10-11:30

Welcome: Colin Lahive (UCD)

Presider: Stephen O’Neill (Maynooth University)

David Baker (UNC-Chapel Hill): ‘What Ish My Network?: Introducing MACMORRIS’

Pat Palmer (Maynooth University): ‘“seanróimh éigsi is ealadhan”: Mapping Cultural Complexity in 1590s’ Munster’

Naomi McAreavey (UCD): ‘The Place of Ireland in the Letters of the First Duchess of Ormonde’


TEA/COFFEE: 11:30-12


PANEL 2: 12-1:30

Presider: Marian Lyons (Maynooth University)

Angela Andreani (University of Milan): ‘Meredith Hanmer’s “Chronicle of Ireland” From Manuscript to Print’

Danielle Clarke (UCD): ‘Irish Recipe Books as Life Writing?’

John McCafferty (UCD): ‘The Island at the Hinge of the Universe: seventeenth-century exiles who wrote Ireland into the Virgin Mary’s spotless being’


LUNCH (on your own): 1:30-3:00


PANEL 3: 3-4:30

Presider: Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin (Ireland Professor of Poetry)

Marc Caball (UCD): ‘Two Gaelic Elegies and Change in the Seventeenth Century’

Pádraig Lenihan (NUI-Galway):  ‘A Jacobite epic, Poema de Hibernia

Andrew Carpenter (UCD): ‘Satirical Verse in Restoration Dublin: who wrote it and who read it?’


TEA/COFFEE: 4:30-5



‘“Barbarisme and obdurate wilfulnesse”: animal welfare and animal warfare in seventeenth-century Ireland’

Willy Maley (University of Glasgow)

Introduction: Thomas Herron (East Carolina University)


Launch of Spenser Studies vol. 32

Speaker: Jane Grogan (UCD/Past President of the International Spenser Society)

Irish Studies Program, Queens College/CUNY
Society for Renaissance Studies
University of Chicago Press
Marsh’s Library
School of English, Drama and Film, UCD

Organizers:  Colin Lahive (colin.lahive@ucd.ie) and Thomas Herron (herront@ecu.edu)

If you would like to attend the colloquium, please email Colin Lahive before Friday, 11th May.