Marie Gemrichová

Marie Gemrichová is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Irish Studies at the Department of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures. Her PhD research focuses on the topic of personal and communal memory in post-agreement Northern Irish novel and tracks the development in the portrayal of the Northern Irish conflict (The Troubles) in the texts, the importance of the conflict narrative through generational shifts and historic events (like the Brexit negotiations) utilizing concepts from cognitive psychology. She is one of the editors of the student journal The Protagonist and a student representative in the board of EFACIS (European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies). She studied both her BA and MA at the department and was a visiting student at Trinity College Dublin (2015-2016). Her MA thesis discussed the novels of Dermot Healy and their use of memory concepts.



Grant projects:

2023–2024: GA UK (Principal Researcher): Memory in Post-Agreement Northern Irish Novel, n. 99623.

Conferences organised:

6th International Postgraduate Conference in Irish Studies (2023), co-organiser

Brendan Behan at 100: Legacy and New Directions (2023), co-organiser

EFACIS: Interfaces and Dialogues (2021), conference manager

Conference papers:

‘Breaking the Binary: Portraying a Generational Gap in Contemporary Northern Irish Novel’, Reading Ireland in the Twenty-first Century: The 6th International Postgraduate Conference in Irish Studies, Centre for Irish Studies, CU FA, Prague, 2023.

‘Memory of Brendan Behan in 20th and 21st Century Popular Music’, Brendan Behan at 100, Centre for Irish Studies, CU FA, Prague, 2023.

‘Haunted by the Future: Children, Parents and Community in Jan Carson’s The Raptures’, SOFEIR (Société Française d’Études Irlandaises), Lille, 2023.

‘Memory in Post-Agreement Northern Irish Novel’, 7th EFACIS PhD Seminar in Irish Studies, KU Leuven, 2022.

‘Boundaries and Border Crossing in Nick Laird’s Utterly Monkey’, IASIL (International Association for the Study of Irish Literature), Limerick, 2022.


‘Review of Northern Ireland a Generation After Good Friday: Lost Futures and New Horizons in the ‘Long Peace’ by Colin Coulter, Peter Shirlow, Niall Gilmartin and Katy Hayward (2021), Irish Studies Review, Volume 31 Issue 2

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