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Imagallamh: the Kylemore Summer School in Irish Studies

Adopting a flexible approach to Irish Studies, this seminar is less constrained by the firmness of institutional boundaries and disciplinary consolidation. It is self-reflective about professional and intellectual formation, while seeking to foster a supportive environment that develops the intellectual poise of emerging scholars.

The Seminar sessions are designed to elicit sustained feedback between faculty and participants. Ideas are taken seriously and exchanges occur in a dialogical manner, where there is a real focus on fostering a community of learning. Alongside formal sessions, there are readings, theater visits, archive and library visits, and field trips. Participants are drawn from third level institutions across the globe. The mingling of graduate students from various parts of the world and different disciplines provides a matrix for stimulating debate.

2024 Imagallamh: the Kylemore Summer School in Irish Studies

Dates: June 9-20, 2024

We are delighted to announce the inaugural session of Imagallamh: the Kylemore Summer School in Irish Studies. Directed by Professor Barry McCrea, with executive director Lisa Caufield, it will take place from June 9th-20th at Notre Dame Kylemorein Connemara, and in Trinity College Dublin. Students will stay in residence in Kylemore (week 1) and in Trinity (week 2).

This first summer will be devoted to the topic of “The Languages of Ireland”. In Kylemore, participants will explore the question of Irish literary language in Ireland and the world. They will follow an intensive seminar on contemporary Irish fiction and poetry led by Prof. Clíona Ní Ríordáin, and participate in conversations and readings with a group of writers who will be in residence for the duration: poets Natasha Trethewey, and Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin; and novelist Paul Murray.

After Kylemore, the School moves to Trinity College Dublin, where the focus will be on the linguistic history and sociology of Ireland. Participants will join a seminar on "The Anglicization of Ireland" with Profs. Peter McQuillan and Rory Rapple, and attend lectures on subjects ranging from the languages of medieval Ireland to the languages of contemporary ethnic minorities. There will be field trips, excursions, and sessions exploring the language of traditional Irish music.

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Applications for the 2024 session of Imagallamh: the Kylemore Summer School are now closed.

Decisions will be communicated to all applicants by the end of March.

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