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Staff-Postgraduate Seminars

Since the early 1990s, the School of English postgraduate community has run a successful programme of staff–postgraduate seminars. The seminars allow postgraduate students and staff members from the School to present their work to their peers in a friendly, collegiate atmosphere. 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.

We are delighted that our first speaker of the new term is Dr Aileen Douglas, Head of the School of English. Her paper is entitled 'Alphabets, Black arts, and Cyphers: Writing, Gender and Jonathan Swift,’ and is taking place at 5pm in the Long Room Hub on September 26th. For more on our schedule for the whole term, you can visit our blog at This year, we have guest lectures at the beginning and end of each term at 5pm in the Trinity Long Room Hub, alongside fortnightly seminars throughout the term at lunchtimes where staff and postgraduates can deliver papers.

The seminars for the academic year 2017–18 are under the stewardship of current PhD students Alexander Jones and Julia O'Connell. If you have any enquiries about the seminars, do not hesitate to contact us at You can find more information on our Facebook page TCD Staff Postgraduate Seminars, on Twitter: @SeminarsTCD17 or our blog site:

The Staff-Postgraduate Seminar is thrilled to welcome Professor Claire Connolly as the final guest speaker of 2017. Professor Connolly's talk will be entitled 'Estuarine Affordances: Environmental Narratives in Irish Romanticism.' Please join us in the Trinity Long Room Hub at 5pm on Tuesday 12th December, followed by a wine reception.

Professor Connolly joins us from University College Cork where she is Professor of Modern English. She has published widely on the Irish novel and cultural history including A Cultural History of the Irish Novel, 1790-1829 (2010). She is also Vice Chair (Ireland) of the International Association for the Study of Irish Literature; and Co-Director of the Wales-Ireland Research Network.



  • Staff-Postgraduate Seminar Series Michaelmas Term 2017-18