Centre for Irish Studies
The Centre aims to study and research Irish literature and culture in European and global contexts. Our focus is chiefly on modern Irish writing in English, Irish theatre and film, and contemporary critical theory. This framework is further extended by teaching courses of the Irish language and on older traditions of writing from Ireland. Many of our activities strive to contribute to the development of existing links between the Irish and Czech cultures and the forging of new ones.
Publications associated with the Centre include books on modern and contemporary Irish drama, James Joyce and technology, Irish poetry, and a white paper on the future of Irish Studies (Report of the Irish Forum, Florence). The Centre runs an ongoing research project focused on the work of James Joyce, part of which is the publication of the online international journal Hypermedia Joyce Studies. It manages an extensive bibliography of translations from Irish literature into Czech and Slovak and reflections of Czech authors and intellectuals on Irish culture and politics (compiled by Daniel Samek).
The centre maintains active links with third-level institutions and research centres worldwide, particularly through the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures (IASIL) and the European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies (EFACIS). Conferences organised include the 2010 International James Joyce Symposium, the 2005 annual conference of IASIL (each featuring over 300 delegates) and colloquia on the work of James Joyce (2003, 2005, 2007) and Samuel Beckett (2006). Guest speakers have included scholars R.F. Foster (Oxford), Declan Kiberd (UCD), Edna Longley (QUB), Luke Gibbons (Notre Dame), Nicholas Grene (TCD), Brian Singleton (TCD), Joep Leerssen (Amsterdam), Margaret Kelleher (NUIM/UCD), Christopher Morash (TCD), Matthew Campbell (Sheffield/York), Patricia Coughlan (UCC), Mícheál MacCraith (UCG), Michael Cronin (DCU), Werner Huber (Vienna), poets Seamus Heaney, Michael Longley, Derek Mahon, Medbh McGuckian, Louis de Paor, David Wheatley, Vona Groarke, Aifric Mac Aodha and prose writers Glenn Patterson and Kevin Barry.
Teaching is organised in an autonomous programme within an umbrella MA in Anglophone Literatures and Cultures. A limited number of courses are also offered within a BA programme in English and American Studies. Moreover, postgraduate research is sought in the areas of the Centre’s staff expertise. Applications for the MA as well as PhD programme are welcome from both Czech and international students – feel free to contact us for more details at any time.
doc. Ondřej Pilný, PhD
Pádraig Ó Liatháin, M.Litt., PhD (St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra), Síle Ní Bhroin, B.A. (Graffiti Theatre, Cork), Maciej Ruczaj, PhD (Polish Institute in Prague)
Einat Adar, MA (Samuel Beckett and George Berkeley), Mgr. Galina Kiryushina (Samuel Beckett), Mgr. Karolína Vančurová (W.B. Yeats)