(Thank you to supporters of the conference Failte Ireland: National Tourism Development Agency, UCC School of English, UCC Department of Sociology, and University of Missouri – St Louis)

All sessions, unless otherwise indicated, will be held in the O’Rahilly Building (ORB)

19 June, Thursday

9:00 – 10:00 (and throughout the day, every day)

Registration (Social Area A, First Floor ORB)


10:00 – 11:00 Keynote Address (West Wing 5)

Chair: Maureen O’Connor (University College Cork)

Christine Cusick (Seton Hill University, USA)

Reinhabiting the Academy

11:00-11:30 Coffee (Social Areas A and b, First Floor ORB)


Panel 1A (ORB 2.55)

Empire and Landscape

Chair: Tadhg Foley (National University of Ireland, Galway)

John Patrick Montaño (University of Delaware, USA)

Landscape, Nature, and Civility: The Plantations in Tudor and Stuart Ireland

Yvonne Scott (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)

Ruins in Ireland: Ireland in Ruins: Symbols and Semiotics in Irish Contemporary Visual Art

Anna Pilz (University of Liverpool, UK)

‘Save the Trees of Ireland’: James Joyce, the Irish Literary Revival, and Arboreal Culture


Panel 1B (ORB 1.01)

The Savage Other

Chair: Michael Paye (University College Dublin, Ireland)

Imren Yelmis (Hacettepe University, Turkey) and Atreya Banerjee (Jadavpur University, India)

Constructed ‘Otherness’ of Nature and Its Inhabitants: (Re-)Reading Murphy’s Famine and Sircar’s Bhoma in Terms of Ecological Imperialism

Wong Yeang Chui (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)

Poetizing Conquest: Explicating the Natural Environment from Colonial Conquest in Edmund Spenser’s Faerie Queene and A View of the Present State of Ireland

Kübra Baysal (Kastamonu University, Turkey)

All Going Back to Nature and Ireland: The Elementals

12:45-1:45 Lunch (Social Areas A and b, First Floor ORB)



Panel 2A (ORB 2.55)

Urban Greens

Chair: Christine Cusick (Seton Hill University, USA)

Florence Schneider (Paris West University – Nanterre, France)

From Nature to Natures in Paula Meehan’s Poems

Lucy Collins (University College Dublin, Ireland)

‘Once more concrete blot’: The Re-Shaping of Dublin in Contemporary Irish Poetry

Catherine Conan (Université Brest Bretagne Occidentale, France)

The Rhetoric of Waste and Excess in Thomas Kinsella’s Late Poems: An Anti-Utilitarian Poetics


Panel 2B (ORB 1.01)

Transatlantic Visions

Chair: Lee Jenkins (University College Cork)

Eamonn Wall (University of Missouri – St Louis, USA)

Green Greg Delanty

Derek Gladwin (University of Alberta, Canada)

Ecocritical and Geocritical Conjunctions: Environmental Mixed Media and Place-Based Poetry in Ireland and Newfoundland

Mairead Pratschke (University of Massachusetts – Lowell, USA)

Pauline Cummins’s Water/Leopard: Eco-Performance Art and the Alberta Tar Sands

3:00-3:30 Coffee (Social Areas A and b, First Floor ORB)

3:30 – 5:00


Panel 3A (ORB 1.01)

Ecology and Empire: From Capital to Climate Change

Chair: Malcolm Sen (National University of Ireland, Maynooth)

Conor Murphy (National University of Ireland, Maynooth)

Ireland and Climate Change: Key Issues

Treasa De Loughry (University College Dublin, Ireland)

Eco-Apocalypse and Organising Nature in Contemporary Fiction

Ciara Gallagher (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)

Repetition and Renewed Visibility in Narratives of Environmental Crisis

Malcolm Sen (National University of Ireland, Maynooth)

Waking up to Waste: Narcotics, Narratives, Topographies, and Temporalities



Panel 3B (ORB 2.55)

Echo Eco-Joyce

Chair: Martin Ryle (University of Sussex, UK)

Robert Brazeau (University of Alberta, Canada)

‘Singing to empty benches’: Negating the Body in ‘A Painful Case’

Jim Fairhall (DePaul University, USA)

Nature and the Body in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Coílín Parsons (Georgetown University, USA)

Joyce without Nature: Ulysses, Scale and Ecocritcisim

William Kupinse (University of Puget Sound, USA)

The Rich Soil of Ulysses: Joyce’s Organic Models


5:30 – 6:30

Poetry Reading (Fitzgerald Park)

Chair: Patricia Coughlan (University College Cork)

Sinéad Morrissey (Queen’s University, Belfast)



Staff Common Room, Main Quad North Wing

Reception and book launch, by Jody Allen Randolph (Westmont College), of Eco-Joyce: The Environmental Imagination of James Joyce, edited by Robert Brazeau and Derek Gladwin, Cork University Press, our reception hosts.


Dinner on your own!


20 June, Friday

9:00 – 9:30 Coffee and Registration (registration available all day)

Coffee (Social Areas A and b, First Floor ORB)


9:30 -10:00 Official Welcome and Opening Remarks

Professor Caroline Ferrell, Head of UCC College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences

(Main Quad, West Wing 5)

10:00 – 11:00 Keynote Address (Main Quad, West Wing 5)

Chair: Eamonn Wall (University of Missouri – St Louis, USA)

Oona Frawley (National University of Ireland, Maynooth)

On Development and Waste: Comparative Considerations of Colonial Attitudes towards Land’



11:00 – 6:00 Book Sales, Friday only




Panel 4A (ORB 1.01)

Grounding W.B. Yeats

Chair: Alex Davis (University College Cork)

Bisewar Pattniak (Salepur College, India)

Writing Landscapes: Yeats, Heaney, and Boland

Shruti Das (Berhampur University, India)

Nationalism, Ecofeminism, and W.B. Yeats

Sandra Sprayberry (Birmingham – Southern College, USA)

Stolen yet Returned: The Landscapes of ‘The Stolen Child’


Panel 4B (ORB 2.55)

The Power of Language; The Language of Power

Chair: Flore Coulouma (Paris West University – Nanterre, France)

Kieran Keohane (University College Cork)

Exorcism and Anamnesis for a New Ireland

Anna Ryan (University of Limerick, Ireland)

Beyond in Bohane: Language, Topography, and Urban-ness on the West Coast of Ireland

Lawrie Barnes (University of South Africa)

The Speckled People: A Study in Language Ecology

12:15 – 1:45 Lunch (Main Restaurant, Upstairs)

1:45 – 3:00


Panel 5A (ORB 1.01)

Place: Eco-Poets Reading

Chair: Tim Wenzell (Virginia Union University, USA)

Nathalie Anderson (Swarthmore College, USA)

Ed Madden (University of South Carolina, USA)

Mary Madec (Villanova University, USA)

Eamonn Wall (University of Missouri – St Louis, USA)

Drucilla Wall (University of Missouri – St Louis, USA)

Kathryn Kirkpatrick (Appalachian State University, USA)


Panel 5B (ORB 2.55)

‘Natural’ Science and the Nation

Chair: Eoin Flannery (Oxford Brookes University, UK)

Barbara Suess (William Paterson University, USA)

Frances Power Cobbe on the ‘Fact and/or ‘Evil’ of Disease

Nessa Cronin (National University of Ireland, Galway)

‘Rearing Experiments’: Gendering the Spaces of Irish Fieldwork and Nature Writing in the Life and Work of Maude Delap (1866 – 1953)

Sheshalatha Reddy (Howard University, USA)

Cellular Structures: The Spaces of Nineteenth-Century Fenian Rebellion

3:00 – 3:30 Coffee (Social Areas A and b, First Floor ORB)

3:30 – 4:45


Panel 6A (ORB 1.01)

Violence and Detritus

Chair: Dan O’Brien (University College Cork)

Alison Lacivita (University of Southern Mississippi, USA)

The Phoenix Park in Joyce’s Finnegans Wake

Flore Coulouma (Paris West University – Nanterre, France)

Sense of Self, Sense of Place: The Landscapes of Urban Violence in Love/Hate


Panel 6B (ORB 2.55)

Gender and Animals in Irish Literature and Culture

Chair: Maureen O’Connor (University College Cork)

Kathryn Kirkpatrick (Appalachian State University, USA)

Quick Red Foxes: Irish Women Write the Hunt

Ed Madden (University of South Carolina, USA)

Even the Beasts: Animals, Queers, and Violence

Holly Connell Schaaf (Boston University, USA)

Caring about Beings with non-Human Cares: Connections with Animals in the Poetry of Moya Cannon and Mary Montague


4:45– 6:00


Panel 7A (ORB 1.01)

Re-Framing the Landscape: Tourism and Travel

Chair: Eve Stoddard (St Lawrence University, USA)

Tina-Karen Pusse (National University of Ireland, Galway)

Ireland’s Green Revirginisation

Giulia Bruna (University College Dublin, Ireland)

J.M Synge in ‘The Garden of Ireland’: The Wicklow Essays

Joanna Kruczkowska (University of Lodz, Poland)

‘On the other side are the Cyclades’: Derek Mahon’s ‘Christmas in Kinsale’ and Michael Longley’s  ‘A Hundred Doors’


Panel 7B (ORB 2.55)

Queering Irish Ecocriticism

Chair: Moira Casey (Miami University – Middletown, USA)

Rebecca Barr (National University of Ireland, Galway)

Queer Pastoral: Forrest Reid’s Elysian Ulster

Robinson Murphy (University of Notre Dame, USA)

The Queer Irish Anthropocene

Caitlin McIntyre (University of Manitoba, Canada)

The Queer Ecology of James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man


8:00 Conference dinner, Fenn’s Quay Restaurant


21 June, Saturday

9:30 – 10:00 Coffee and Registration Coffee (registration available all day)

(Social Areas A and b, First Floor ORB)




Panel 8A (ORB 1.01)

Natural History: Myth and the Irish Imagination

Chair: Shruti Das (Berhampur University, India)

Rebecca Graham (University College Cork)

‘A myth of a mother tongue’: Maternal Landscapes in Éilís Ní Dhuibhne’s The Pale Gold of Alaska and Midwife to the Fairies

Tim Wenzell (Virginia Union University, USA)

‘In the woods we return to reason and faith’: Æ, John Moriarty, and a Theosophical Ireland


Panel 8B (ORB 2.55)


Art and the Crisis

Chair: Laura Pomeroy (University College Cork)

Eoin Flannery (Oxford Brookes University, UK)

‘Listen to the leaves’: The Global Crisis in the Poetry of Derek Mahon

A Clare Brandabur (Fatih University, Turkey)

Stalking the Ruined Landscape: Prophecy and Epiphany in the Fiction of Cormac McCarthy

Nora Ward (University of North Texas, USA)

Defending the Local: The Role of Place in the Irish Environmental Movement




Panel 9A (ORB 1.01)

Tana French’s Irish Eco-Systems

Chair: A. Clare Brandabur (Fatih University, Turkey)

Kerstin Fest (Albert Ludwigs University Freiburg, Germany)

Broken Places: Post- Celtic-Tiger Landscapes in the Novels of Tana French

Moira Casey (Miami University – Middletown, USA)

‘This great big animal waiting to pounce…’: The Metaphors of Nature in the Novels of Tana French

Eve Stoddard (St Lawrence University, USA)

Skeleton Houses and Bats: The Re-Haunting of Ireland


Panel 9B (ORB 2.55)

Socio-Ecologies: Money and the Environment

Chair: Rob Brazeau (University of Alberta, Canada)

Kate Soper (London Metropolitan University, UK)

‘An Alternative to the World?’: Consumption and the Dialectics of Development

Paul O’Connor (University College Cork)

From Conservation to Sustainability: Changes in Irish Environmental Discourse

Michael Paye (University College Dublin, Ireland)

Trouble at the Ecotones: Culture, Politics, and the Sea-Fisheries in Walter Macken’s Rain on the Wind


12:30 – 2:00 Lunch (Upstairs, Main Restaurant)

2:00 – 3:15


Panel 10A (ORB 1.01)

Articulate Nature

Chair: William Kupinse (University of Puget Sound, USA)

Jay Johnston (University of Sydney, Australia)

Self and Soil: Narratives of Healing in the Irish Landscape

Kübra Vural (Hacettepe University, Turkey)

Agentic Power of the Sea: Riders to the Sea

Rosemarie Rowley (Ireland)

Locus of the Inexpressible: Lakes and the Crisis of Masculinity and Modernity in Irish Literature


Panel 10B (ORB 2.55)

Fiction of John McGahern and Edna O’Brien

Chair: Heather Laird (University College Cork)

Martin Ryle (University of Sussex, UK)

‘The very poorness of the soil saved these fields’: Reading John McGahern in the Zone of Over-Development

Paula McDonald (University of Ulster, UK)

Unpaved Inroads: ‘Nature’ in the Works of John McGahern

Antonella Trombatore (Charles de Gaulle University – Lille 3, France)

Mirror Images in Edna O’Brien and John McGahern

3:15 – 3:45 Coffee (Social Areas A and b, First Floor ORB)

3:40 – 5:00


Plenary Presentation: UCC and the Environmental Arts

Prize presentation and reading

Winners of the ‘Oikos: Secret Places’, the UCC Green Campus writing competition, will read their

award-winning entries and receive their prizes.

Aoife Desmond and Maureen O’Connor


‘Retro-reflection’, a collaboration between Aoife Desmond, an interdisciplinary artist working in film, sculptural installation and drawing, and Maureen O’Connor, is a film and critical writing project, focusing on the unique architecture of the Environmental Research Institute (ERI), UCC, and its position as a locus of research between built and natural environments.



Dinner at La Dolce Vita

One thought on “Programme

    Lawrie Barnes said:
    March 20, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    happy with programme happy to give my paper on 2nd day

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