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Margins and Marginalities in France and/or Ireland - 13th AFIS Conference

Université de Lille (24-25 May, 2019)



Friday 24th May

9h - Conference opening (Room F0.15) by Constantin Bobas, director of CECILLE, Catherine Maignant, conference convener and Eamon Maher, president of AFIS


9h30 - Living at the Limen: Human Rights versus Marginalisation and Exclusion in 21st Century France & Ireland - Chair: Christine O'Dowd-Smyth (Waterford Institute of Technology) (Room F0.15)

9h30 -  Matthew Staunton (ENSAD Paris): "Research on the Margins: Methodology in the History of Abuse in Ireland"

10h - Helen Penet (University of Lille): "Hand in the Fire: Exploring Ireland's Marginalities through the Prism of Immigration"

10h20 - Questions 10h30 -




11h00 - Sarah Fleming (University College Cork): "Transformation and Creativity from the Margins to the Centre: Homelessness and Liminality in Ireland and France"

11h20 - Christine O'Dowd-Smyth (Waterford Institute of Technology): "La France fracturée: From la marche des Beurs to les gilets jaunes"

11h40 - Questions


12h - 12h45 Plenary 1:   Michael Cronin (Trinity College Dublin): "From Vivid Faces to Frozen Masks? Remembering to Forget in Late Modern Europe" - Chair: Grace Neville (University College Cork) (Room F0.15)


13h - Lunch


14h - 14h45 Plenary 2: Interview, Tony Flannery (religious writer and Catholic priest) - Catherine Maignant (University of Lille) (Room F0.15)


15h - Panel 1 (Room F1.07) - Religion on the Margins - Chair: Alexandra Slaby (University of Caen Normandie)

15h - Tony Kiely (TU Dublin): "'Attending To The Margins': Reflections On The Potential For Regenerating A Wounded and Beleaguered Church in Ireland"

15h20 - Joseph Heininger (Dominican University, Illinois): "An Ethos of Representing the Marginalized in Micheal O’Siadhail’s The Five Quintets"  

15h40 - Marie Mianowski (Grenoble Alpes University): "Margins and Marginalities in Ireland : Being Jewish and Irish in Nine Folds Make a Paper Swan by Ruth Gilligan"  

16h – Questions 15h -


15h - Panel 2 (Room F0.15) - Literature, Poets and Bards, Ancient and Modern - Chair: Sylvie Mikowski (University of Reims-Champagne-Ardenne)

15h - Sarah Balen (Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire): "Re(p)laying Voices from the Margins: Peter Sirr and the Troubadours of Twelfth-Century France"

15h20 - Grace Neville (University College Cork): "'Ça mange comme des Irlandais des pommes de terre': The Great Irish Famine comes in from the Margins in French Literature"

15h40 - Eva Urban (Queen's University Belfast): "Wisdom on the Margins: Bards, Saints and Cosmopolitan Vagabonds in Breton and Irish literature"

16h00 - Joan Dargan (St. Lawrence University, New York): "Seeing and Surveillance: Periscope and Watchtower in Susan Howe and Paul Muldoon"

16h20 - Questions


16h40 - AFIS AGM (Room F0.15)

17h15 - Book launch and cocktail 20h -


20h - Dinner and concert by Adalta (Irish and folk music): Tír na nÓg, Place Philippe Lebon, Lille


Saturday 25th May


9h - 9h45 Plenary 3: Fabrice Mourlon (Paris 13 University) and David Torrans (No Alibis bookshop, Belfast): When Marginal Becomes Essential: The Case of No Alibis Bookshop in Belfast (Room F0.44)


9h45 - Break


10h - Panel 1 (Room F0.13) - Diaspora and Marginality Chair: Bill Mulligan (Murray State University, Kentucky) 10h - Bill Mulligan (Murray State University, Kentucky): "The Irish Diaspora in France from the monastic period thru Napoleon"

10h20 - Timothy White and Josette Smith (Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio): "The Role of the Diaspora in Redefining Irish identity: Brooklyn and the Recent Irish Migration"

10h40 - Julien Guillaumond (Clermont Auvergne University): "Out of the Margins: is France Following an Irish Model when Connecting with its Diaspora?"

11h – Questions


10h - Panel 2 (Room F0.44) - Female Identities on the Margins? - Chair: Marie Mianowski (Grenoble Alpes University)

10h - Brigitte Bastiat (University of La Rochelle): "Female Friendship and Marginalities in the Suburbs of Paris and Dublin in the Films Divines (Houda Benyamina, 2016) and Pyjama Girls (Maya Derrington, 2010)"

10h20 - Emily Smith (TU Dublin): "Like a Natural Woman: Constructions of Female Identity and the Natural World in McGahern and Mauriac"

10h40 - Sylvie Mikowski (University of Reims-Champagne-Ardenne): "Marginal Spaces in Sara Baume’s Spill Simmer Falter Wither (2015)”

11h - Questions


11h15 - 12h Plenary 4: Pilar Villar-Argáiz (University of Granada): "The Ethical Implications of Irish Transcultural Fiction: Representations of the Immigrant in Roisin O'Donnell's Wild Quiet and Donal Ryan's From the Low and Quiet Sea" -  Chair: Anne Goarzin (Rennes 2 University) (Room F0.44)


12h - Lunch


13h - 13h45 Plenary 5: Máirtín Mac Con Iomaire (TU Dublin): "From the Dark Margins to the Spotlight: The Evolution of Gastronomy and Food Studies in Ireland" - Chair: Eamon Maher (TU Dublin) (Room F0.44)


14h - Panel 1 (Room F0.13) - Food and drink on the margins Chair: Máirtín Mac Con Iomaire (TU Dublin)

14h - Patricia Medcalf (TU Dublin): "Calling Time on Alcohol Advertising"

14h20 - Susan Boyle (TU Dublin): "Brewing the Other Black Stuff: Irish Craft Stout Producers"

14h40 - Brian Murphy (TU Dublin): "From 'beating heart' to 'beaten down': Disruption and the Rural Irish Pub "

15h - John Mulcahy (independent researcher): "Food, Tourism and Education in Ireland - At the Margins or the Centre? An Auto-ethnographic Perspective"

15h20 - Questions


14h - Panel 2 (Room F0.44) - Margins as Spaces Chair: Pilar Villar- Argáiz (University of Granada)

14h - Mehdi Ghassemi (University of Lille): "The Margin as a Site of Transformation in Neil Jordan"

14h20 - Maguy Pernot-Deschamps (University of Burgundy): "'We were nothing', 'Je ne suis plus rien': Marginality in a Prison Cell in Two Plays, Sebastian Barry's On Blueberry Hill (2017) and Denise Chalem's Dis à ma fille que je pars en voyage (2004-2006)"

14h40 - Philippe Brillet (University of Tours): "The Irish Midlands as Central Void"

15h - Declan O'Keeffe (Clongowes Wood College): "Living in the Margins and on the Edge: How the Irish Conquered the Alps"

15h20 - John O'Brien (Waterford Institute of Technology): "The Monto, McDaids and Temple Bar: Dublin, Drinking Scenes, Marginality and Creativity"

15h40 - Questions 16h– Panel 3 (Room F0.44) Marginal Priests and Writers - Chair: Eamon Maher (TU Dublin)


16h - Panel 3 (Room F0 44) - Marginal Priests and Writers - Chair Eamon Maher

16h - Eamon Maher (TU Dublin): "Jean Sulivan: Prophetic Voice on the Margins"

16h20 - Terry Kendellen (independent researcher): "The presence and role of Irish priests in Vendée (Bas-Poitou) in the 16th and 17th Centuries"

16h50 - Ben Keatinge (Trinity College Dublin): "'Gnostic, heretic, Teilhard, I': Harry Clifton, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and Peking Man"

17h10 - Questions


17h30 - End of the conference