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.
Recently, papers have been given on topics as varied as William Shakespeare and Survivor: Pacific,Joyce and the Irish language, Chaucer and music, Anglo-American poetry anthologies and David Foster Wallace. Seminars generally take place on Wednesday evenings during terms. 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.
The seminars for the academic year 2014–15 are under the stewardship of current PhD students Anne Thompson, James Little and Stephen O’Neill. 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 250 words to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can find more information on our Facebook page or on Twitter: @TCDSeminars14.
Dr David O’Shaughnessy
Assistant Professor for Eighteenth-century Studies
School of English
Trinity College Dublin