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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 second talk of the Staff-Postgraduate Seminar series will take place on Tuesday 10th October at 1pm in Aras an Phiarsaigh Room 2.03. Our speakers will be Dr, Paul Delaney whose paper is entitled 'Reading Revisions: Frank O’Connor’s ‘Guests of the Nation’’ and James Hussey will be discussing ‘The Colour of Doubt in Hawthorne and Melville’.



  • Staff-Postgraduate Seminar Series Michaelmas Term 2017-18