Christine Cusick is Associate Professor of English and Director of the Honors Program at Seton Hill University. Her research in Irish Studies focuses on the intersections of ecology and cultural memory. She has published ecocritical readings of contemporary Irish poetry, fiction, bogland photography and American nature writing as well as natinally recognized place based creative nonfiction. Her edited collection Out of the Earth: Ecocritical Readings of Irish Texts was published by Cork University Press and her most recent essay ""Mapping Placelore: Tim Robinson's Ambulation and Articulation of Connemara as Bioregion" appears in The Bioregional Imagination: New Perspectives on Literature, Ecology and Place. She has served on the American Conference for Irish Studies Durkan Prize Committee for the past three years and serves as the environmentalism advisory editor for New Hibernia Review. She was an invited speaker at The Connemara Symposium: Perspectives on Tim Robinson at the National University of Ireland Galway and is currently co-editing, with Derek Gladwin, a forthcoming collection titled Unfolding Irish Landscapes: The Spatial Identities of Tim Robinson.
"Delicate Discriminations": Irish Studies and (Re)Imagining Ecological Place
James H. Murphy, PhD, DLitt, FRHistS is Professor of English at DePaul University, Chicago. He was previously head of the English Department at All Hallows College, Dublin and has twice been president of the Society for the Study of Nineteenth-Century Ireland. He is a scholar of the long nineteenth century in Ireland, with two principal interests, political history and the history of fiction. His most recent books are, as author, Irish Novelists and the Victorian Age (Oxford, 2011), and, as editor, The Oxford History of the Irish Book: volume 4: the Irish Book in English, 1800-91 (2011). He has recently completed a book called Ireland’s Czar: Gladstonian Government and the Lord Lieutenancies of the Red Earl Spencer, 1868-74, 1882-5 that carries forward the work of his 2001 book, Abject Loyalty: Nationalism and Monarchy in Ireland during the Reign of Queen Victoria. He is presently at work on a history of Dublin. Earlier books, as author, include Catholic Fiction and Social Reality in Ireland, 1873-1922 (1997), and Ireland, a Social, Cultural and Literary History, 1791-1891 (2003), and, as (co-) editor, Gender Perspectives in Nineteenth-Century Ireland (1997), The Irish Revival Reappraised (2004) and Evangelicals and Catholics in Nineteenth-Century Ireland (2005).
"Meet the Ancestors: the present importance of the lost novelists of Ireland's past."
Dr. Ciaran O'Neill, Lecturer in History, Trinity College, Dublin
Appointed to TCD in 2011 after studying at NIU Galway, the University of Liverpool and Oxford, Ciaran O'Neill is an historian of nineteenth-century Ireland with particular interest in the connections shared between Ireland and Britain and how those links are played out in both imperial and European networks. He has published a number of chapters and articles on Irish and British elites and his first monograph, Catholics of Consequence: Transnational Educatio, Social Mobility and the Irish Catholic Elite, 1850-1900 is set to come out with Oxford University Press later this year (as is a second book, Irish Elites in the Nineteenth Century, with Four Courts Press).
"Education and Social Class in Ireland -- Past and Present"