Monthly Archives: October 2013


PGSeminar 30 Oct

We’ve got a particularly appetising line-up this week! Melissa Flynn and Miles Link are our speakers in what promises to be a really interesting session.

Melissa’s paper is ‘Irony in Children’s Picturebooks’ and Miles will present a paper entitled ‘The Invention of Nuclear Winter: Changes in the Imagination of the Late Cold War’. Abstracts for both papers can be read here:

Do join us at 5pm in room 3027 of the the Arts Block. If you can’t make it, feel free to catch up on what you missed by tracking us down in the Duke afterwards!


If you didn’t make our guest speaker Heiko Zimmermann’s talk on Oct 16 – or even if you did – you may be interested in taking a peek at Dr Zimmermann’s informative lecture slides. Just click on the link below!


We’re making our way nicely through this term’s programme and hopefully everyone is enjoying the seminars so far. Thanks to everyone who has made the effort to come along and support the speakers and the seminar series. It’s been great to see such interest.

Anyone who is interested in presenting a paper in Hilary term can now send us an abstract. We welcome abstracts on all topics and are happy to hear from everyone from experienced postgrads to new M.Phils. We’re particularly open to proposals from students who haven’t presented before and are looking for a friendly environment to exercise their presentational chops.

Abstracts should be no more than 250 words and can be sent to by December 11th. We look forward to hearing from you all!

Ben and Jenny

PGSeminar 23 Oct


After our adventurous trek to the other side of campus last week for a rather great super-group combination of English and Digital Humanities folks, we make our triumphant return to room 3027 in the Arts block this Wednesday. We return to our usual two speaker format and will hear papers from Ian Kinane and Jim Clarke.

We might be returning from our epic journey but the topics for discussion suggest a metaphorical voyage is on the cards! Ian’s paper will be ‘Theatre of War: Survivor:Palau as a Pacific “Lieu de Memoire”‘. Jim’s paper is entitled ‘Rome in the Rain: Reflection in the Collaboration of Anthony Burgess and David Robinson’. Both abstracts can be read here:

We’ve been delighted with the interest in the series so far. Hopefully we’ll see many of you there. As always, we will be found nursing a fizzy drink in the Duke afterwards so do join us for a chat!



PGSeminar 16 Oct

We have a slightly different format this week as we welcome our first guest speaker, Dr. Heiko Zimmermann from the University of Trier. Our session this week is a cross-over with the M.Phil in Digital Humanities course and will be two hours long, running from 5 to 7pm. You can visit Dr. Zimmermann’s website here:

Dr. Zimmermann will be leading a seminar on Reconfigurations of Author and Readership in Digital Literature. To accommodate everyone, we will also be moving (temporarily!) to Áras an Phiarsaigh, room 0.09. All are welcome to attend, and we hope to see many of you there.

We will, as usual, retire to the Duke afterwards so do come along!

Next week – on October 16 – we are delighted to welcome our first guest speaker, Dr Heiko Zimmermann, from the University of Trier. In the meantime, please do check out the information below about workshops Dr Zimmermann will be giving during his time in TCD.


Visiting scholar, Dr Heiko Zimmermann, will be offering two half-day seminars on Digital Writing in the Long Room Hub on Thursday 10 October and Thursday  17 October. The topics will be: “Barthes’ Death of the Author and Foucault’s Author Function: Theory and Aesthetic Implications” (10 October) and “Collaborative Digital Writing: A Million Penguins and the “War of the Collaborators” – A Reconstruction and Discussion of Focal, Para and Social Texts” (17 October).


Event Details:                    Seminar 1

                                 Date:                     Thursday 10 October

                                 Time:                    2 pm to 6 pm

                                 Venue:                 Trinity Long Room Hub, Arts and Humanities Research Centre


Event Details:                    Seminar 2

                                  Date:                    Thursday 17 October

                                  Time:                    2 pm to 6 pm

                                  Venue:                 Trinity Long Room Hub, Arts and Humanities Research Centre

Admission is free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants may attend either or both seminars.

Those interested in attending should contact  to request a copy of the recommended readings and for further information.

PGSeminar 9 Oct


The seminar series continues this Wednesday, October 9th at 5pm in room 3027. Attendance has been excellent so far so make sure to get there early to guarantee a seat! This week we will hear papers from Elizabeth Parker and Dr. Elizabeth McCarthy.

Elizabeth Parker’s paper is entitled Deciduous Progeny: The Roots of Evil. Elizabeth McCarthy will present a paper entitled Mean Streets, Dark Cities, Endless Night: The World of Noir Fiction. 

Abstracts for both papers can be read here:

We hope to see lots of you there or afterwards for drinks and chat in the Duke.

Ben and Jenny