The 2010 Conference in MIC, Limerick

EcoJoyce book forthcoming

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Cork University Press will soon be publishing a volume of essays based on a panel at the 2010 Ireland and Ecocriticism conference, EcoJoyce:The Environmental Imagination of James Joyce. This is the only link I can find just yet, but when  a better image of the beautiful cover is available, it will be posted:


2010 Papers and Panels

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Here are the panels and papers from the 2010 conference in at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. Moya Cannon was the featured poet, and Sociologist Chris Sparks from Sligo IT kindly stepped in to filll a last-minute gap and delivered a riveting presentation on ghost estates. His RTÉ docuentary on the subject, Ghost Land, had aired only a few months earlier.

Keynote Julie Anne Stevens, St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra

Learning a Landscape: Emily Lawless, Percy French and Somerville and Ross’s Studies of the Irish Countryside

Panel   Our Strange Human Duty: Essays on Irish Poetry and the Environment

Borbála Faragó, University College Dublin

Local and Global Environments in Irish Immigrant Poetry

Kathryn Kirkpatrick, Appalachian State University (Boone, NC)

Restoring the Garden: Toward an Animistic Vision in the Work of Paula Meehan

Jody Allen Randolph, Westmont College (Santa Barbara, CA)

The Ecocritical Turn in Contemporary Irish Poetry

Panel  Ways of Seeing

Tom Moylan, University of Limerick

The Dialectics of Ecology: Confronting the Crisis

Lucy Collins, University College Dublin

‘There are limits to what any eye can absorb’: Caitríona O’Reilly’s New Visions of Nature

Dawn Wood, University of Abertay, Dundee

Mary Ward and the Delicate Empiricism of Drawing

Panel   ‘Natural’ Women

Mary Ellen Donaghy, Queen’s University, Belfast

‘All the green world is on our side’: Nature and Non-Human Animals in the Writings of Eva Gore-Booth

Heidi Hansson, Umeå University, Sweden

Emily Lawless and Late Nineteenth-Century Nature Journalism

Ashley Ortiz, University of Kansas

‘The Same Lion Who Tore Stripes Once Off Zebras’: Place and Displacement in the

Work of Eavan Boland

Panel   Reading Fiction

Carly J Dunn, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Left Alone With Her Land: Nature and Place in Two Short Stories by Mary Lavin

Sylvie Mikowski, Université de Reims-Champagne-Ardenne (France)

Liam O’Flaherty’s Land: Nature as a Site of Struggle for Power

Gerald Lynch, University of Ottawa

Fitting Finally: John McGahern’s That They May Face the Rising Sun

Panel   Staging Nature

Derek Gladwin, Portland Community College (Portland, OR)

Staging the Trauma of the Bog in Marina Carr’s …By the Bog of Cats

Andrew Hazucha, Ottawa University (Ottawa, KS)

David McWilliams, Conor McPherson, and Contested Nature in The Weir

Molly O’Donnell, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Motherless Nature: The Implications of Landscape in Mrs. Warren’s Profession

Panel  Sacred Spaces

Dean Bethea, Centenary College (Hackettstown, NJ)

‘Haunts of Ancient Peace’: Pilgrimage and Pantheism in Van Morrison’s Music

A. Joseph McMullen, Harvard University

‘The Mythological Geography of the Country’: A Phenomenology of Landscape in Early Irish Literature

John Eastlake, University College Cork

Jeremiah Curtin’s Embryonic Indigeneity: Native American and Irish Mythologies and Place


Panel  Property and Propriety

Christine Cusick, Seton Hill University (Greensburg, PA)

‘And now intellect, discovering its own effects’: Reading Tim Robinson’s Connemara as Narrative Scholarship

James W. Hamrick, University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, IN)

Jacobite Ecology: Ó Rathaille, Oak Trees, and Eighteenth-Century Killarney

Laura Vickers, Moore Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway

‘Improving Ireland’: The Role of the Landed Estate Agent in the 1840s


Panel   ‘Racy of the Soil’: The Nature of the Nation

Tramble T. Turner, Penn State Abington

Shaw’s Pig: Comedy, Cultural Nationalism, and Irish Ecocriticism

Barbara A. Suess, William Paterson University (Wayne, NJ)

Thomas Davis’s Ireland as Threatened Ecosystem

Anne Moffitt, Princeton University

‘Always the romantic cup of dizzy words’: A Literary Afterlife for the Irish Countryside after the Big Houses Burned

Panel   Eco-Joyce

James Fairhill, DePaul University (Chicago, IL)

Nature and Existential Shame in Joyce

Brooks Doherty, Rasmussen College (Eden Prairie, MN)

‘Mother Nature Tapping’

Yi-peng Lai, Queen’s University, Belfast


Panel  The Landscape of Poetry

Tom Herron, Leeds Metropolitan University

Mayo Littoral: Michael Longley’s Eco-Political Elegies

John M. Menaghan, Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles, CA)

Writing Poems about Ireland: Pleasures and Challenges

Madan Mohan Buera, Kendrapara Autonomous College, India

Pristine Eco-Love and Human-Nature Harmony in the Architext of W.B. Yeats: A Selective Study of Some Poems

Panel  The Irish Animal

Norma Jenckes, Union Institute & University (Cincinnati, OH)

Animal Imagery, Animal Rights, and Paddy’s Pig as Colonized Subject in Shaw’s John Bull’s Other Island

Leslie Thomas, University of Wisconsin River Falls and Regis University

Pursuing the Irish Salmon from Poetry to Policy

Panel   Modernism

Sandra L. Sprayberry, Birmingham-Southern College (Birmingham, AL)

‘For peace comes dropping slow’: Yeats’s Lake Isle Then and Now

Giulia Bruna, University College Dublin

Ecocritical Perspectives and Convergences in J.M. Synge’s The Aran Islands and Mary Austin’s The Land of Little Rain.

Sabine Mueller, National University of Ireland, Galway

Eco-poetics of Modernity: Mediumism and the Paradox of Incarnation in the Poetry of W.B. Yeats, Dylan Thomas and R. M. Rilke

Panel   Special Session

Tim Wenzell

Readings from the recently published Emerald Green: An Ecocritical Study of Irish Literature (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009).


Keynote  John Wilson Foster, Queen’s University Belfast and University of British Columbia, Vancouver

The first conference

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In case it helps to situate the conference being planned for June 2014 in Cork, and you were not at the 2010 event in Limerick, here is that Call for Papers:

Ireland and Ecocriticism: An Interdisciplinary Conference, 18-19 June 2010 
Maureen O'Connor, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick 

It is a truth universally acknowledged that Ireland is a land of pastoral greenery, but its landscape is an arguably 'unnatural' construct, a topography
shaped by a history of conflict and suffering. Gerry Smyth asserted in 2000 that 'Irish Studies and ecocriticism ... have a lot to say to each other', yet
despite the centrality of the land to Irish identity at home and abroad,ecocriticism remains largely absent from Irish Studies in Ireland. One
explanation for reluctance to engage with this theoretical practice may be the long history of the country's conflicted, traumatized relation to the land, its
often reductive figuration as 'nature', and one aim of this conference will be to examine this critical recalcitrance, when the land and the landscape feature
in a vast range of cultural productions in Ireland, from folklore and music, to poetry and painting. The longstanding tension in Western society between
'nature' and 'culture' has unique implications for the social and political framing of the natural world in an Irish context. This fraught and complicated
relationship urgently requires interrogation in an age of rapid climate change, when, for example, a country as wet as Ireland faces a water crisis. Proposals
are welcome from across the disciplines, including environmental studies, anthropology, journalism, migration studies, history, geography, urban planning, music, 
literary studies, art history, folklore studies, archaeology, education, architecture, women's studies, philosophy, theology, culturalstudies, sociology, film 
and media studies, and colonial/postcolonial studies.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

Plantation and settlement
Irish ecofeminism
The simianised Irish, Paddy's pig, and animal rights
Folklore and fairytales
Traditional music
Irish-language texts-the nature of translation, translating nature
Meat-eating and national identity
'Oriental' Ireland and theosophy
Colonial/postcolonial perspectives on representations of the natural
Agrarian movements and utopian communities
Ruins and landscape
Landscape and national character
Gendering the landscape
The 'Celtic Tiger', late capital, and the death of nature
Tourism and the heritage industry
The visual arts, past and present
The Catholic Church and the 'natural'
Diaspora and nostalgia
Landscape-based worship: holy wells, patterns, and pilgrimages