Conference: Conference and Networking Event for Literature and Ireland’s Trees

Friday, November 18, 2022 - 14:00 to Saturday, November 19, 2022 - 18:00
Room 1.37, Arts and Humanities Institute, First Floor, Iontas Building, Maynooth University

Friday 18 November  

14:00: Welcome and Tea/Coffee with refreshments 

14:30 Paper Session I: Arboreal and Literary Irelands 

Chair: Stephen O’Neill 

“Ireland’s Arboreal Environments, History, and the Novel” Dr Anna Pilz, Academic Developer, Institute for Academic Development, University of Edinburgh 

“English Romantic Writers and Ireland's Trees” Dr Brandon Yen, London  

15:30 Under the Yew: Campus Tree Trail provided by Stephen Seaman, MU Grounds Supervisor and Maynooth Green Campus  

16:30: Keynote  

Chair: TBC 

“Words, woods, webs: mapping trees in the works of James Joyce” Dr Katherine O’Callaghan, Department of English, UMass Amherst 

18:00 Wine Reception kindly provided by MU Arts and Humanities Institute  

20:00 Conference Dinner (self-funded).  

Saturday 19 November

10:00 Tea/coffee with scones 

10:30 Paper Session II: Roots  

Chair: Prof. Pat Palmer Department of English, Maynooth University  

“Shakespearean Family Trees: a diffractive memoir of metaphor, literature, and genetics”  Dr Timothy Ryan Day, St Louis University, Madrid  

“Ventriloquizing (Arboreal) Forms: Finding Tree lines  Dr Stephen O’Neill, Department of English, Maynooth University  

11:30 Break  

11:45 Paper Session III: Deep Time / Tree Time 

Chair: TBC  

“Deep mapping the arboreal in early modern Munster” Dr Evan Bourke, Dr Phil Mac a' Ghoill, Prof. Pat Palmer, MACMORRIS Team presentation, Department of English, Maynooth University

13:00 Lunch  

14:00 Paper Session IV: Arboreal Letters / Images / Words  

Chair: Stephen O’Neill  

The Irish Tree Alphabet  Katie Holten  

Artist workshop: visualizing the literary tree Susan Leen  

15:30 Tea/Coffee and biscuits 

16:00 Paper Session IV:  In conversation with Louise Fitzgerald, Department of Geography, Maynooth University