Since the early 1990s, the School of English postgraduate community has run a successful programme of staff–postgraduate seminars. During this period, Masters and PhD students have been able to present their work to fellow researchers in a friendly collegiate atmosphere. School of English faculty members also contribute presentations of research-in-progress and benefit from the lively comments and observations of seminar participants. Traditionally, distinguished guest lecturers from other institutions have been invited to give talks at the request of the conveners. Most recently, we were lucky to have Professor Declan Kiberd; Trinity Long Room Hub Fellow, Prof. Andrew Murphy; and Dr Barry McCrea of the University of Notre Dame speak at the series.
Papers have been given on topics as varied as The Beatles' album Abbey Road, the character of Gollum in Lord of the Rings, William Shakespeare and the French language, the philosophy of Bishop Berkeley in the works of Samuel Beckett, the genre of speculative fiction and John McGahern. Seminars generally take place on Tuesday evenings in the Trinity Long Room Hub Neil Lecture Theatre during term. The series presents a unique opportunity for emerging voices to test out their research in a friendly atmosphere, as well as allowing for a social and academic discourse to take place between the staff and postgraduate bodies. Furthermore, it is an important forum for the school to share its research with visiting scholars, as well as scholars from other disciplines outside the School of English. We also welcome members of the public to attend the seminars.
The seminars for the academic year 2015–16 are under the stewardship of current PhD students Nora Moroney, Kate Smyth and Gavin Doyle. Papers are encouraged from current postgraduate students in the college and staff members. If you are interested in presenting a paper in the coming academic year, please send a title and an abstract of no more than 300 words to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can find more information on our Facebook page or on Twitter: @TCDSeminars15