Conference Schedule

Detailed Schedule

May 9th 2012 (subject to revision)


Tuesday 29th May 2012

2.00pm – 4.00pm Registration in the Global Institute, UCD campus

5.00pm sharp Bus for Delegates to National Gallery leaving campus  

5.45 Opening reception in The National Gallery of Ireland attended by Uachtaráin Michael D. Higgins


Dr. Hugh Brady, President of UCD will introduce the President.

Speeches by Professor Leonard Conolly, President of International Shaw Society and Sean Rainbird, Director of the National Gallery

Professor Nicholas Grene keynote speech Dalkey Outlook: Shaw’s Scenic Sense chaired by Professor Leonard Conolly

Wine and canapé reception

Music by Rowsome Ensemble

Wednesday 30th 2012


The conference sessions will take place in the Global Institute UCD campus


8.00am – 9.00am         Registration in Global Institute

 Plenary Session

9.00am – 10.00am                   Nelson O’Ceallaigh Ritschel Shaw, The Poor Law,

                                                and 1910 Dublin: The Rocky Road to Connolly

                                                Chair: Peter Gahan


10.00am -10.30am                  Coffee Break

                                                Brief meeting for session chairs at 10.15

Concurrent Sessions

10.30am – 12.00pm   

Session A                                Bernard Shaw the Irishman

                                                Chair:- Dr Ian Walsh 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Kurt Bullock  (Grand Valley State University)

 “Preceding Pearse: Peter Keegan’s Nationalist Jeremiad in Shaw’s John Bull’s Other


                                                David Clare (UCD) “Viewing Henry Higgins as a Diasporic Irishman


                                                Lizzie Dunford (Shaw’s Corner) “Bernard Shaw's other  Island: the presence of Ireland at 'Shaw's Corner'

Session B                              Shaw the Virtuoso

                                               Chair:- Dr. Eamonn Jordan


                                              Rachel McArthur (University of Toronto)“Beyond ‘Frightful Irony’ Comic resolution in Major Barbara”

                                              Eva Urban (University of Rennes) Humanist Dialectics in G.B. Shaw's plays and International Drama

                                              Lawrence Switzky (University of Toronto)

                                              “No symbols where none intended ": Shaw, Beckett and Directorial


12.00am – 1.00am                   Vouchers supplied for campus restaurant in welcome packs                                                        


Single Session

1.00am – 2.00am                        

                                          Bernard Shaw: ‘A feminist in spite of himself

                                           (Sally Peters)

                                          Chair: - Dr. Cathy Leeney

                                           Rajni Singh (Indian School of Mines) "Bernard Shaw and Feminism"

                                           Katherine O’Keefe (UCD) “New Women in the 90's: Shaw and Wilde

 Coffee Break

2.00 pm – 2.30pm


Single Session

2.30pm – 3.30pm

                                               Bernard Shaw and the ‘Woman’ Question

                                               Chair:- Dr. Eva Urban

                                                Atalay Gunduz (Celal Bayer University Turkey)

                                                The late Victorian G.B. Shaw and the 'Woman' Question

                                                 Lori Comerford (UCD) Masculine Women! Feminine men! Gender Bending in Shaw’s

                                                  The Philanderer                                 Belfield House

5.00 pm                                   Book Launch            

                                                Nelson O’Ceallaigh Ritschel

                                                Shaw, Synge, Connolly, and the Socialist Provocation

                                                A Reading of O’Flaherty VC

                                                Directed by Mike Wilcock

Thursday 31st May


8.00am – 9.00am                     Registration in the Global Institute, UCD Campus


Plenary Session

9.00am – 10.00am                   Peter Gahan Bernard Shaw: Irish Nationalist

                                                Chair: Professor Anthony Roche


10.00am – 10.30am     Coffee Break

Single Session

10.30am – 12.00am                         Exploration of the ancient narrative in Shaw’s Plays

                                                 Chair:- Dr Katherine O’Keefe

                                                  Sanjit Mishra (Indian Institute of Technology) Quest for a comparative analysis Sri Aurobindo and G.B. Shaw

                                                  Audrey McNamara (UCD) Candida: an Oedial Crisis

                                                  Padraig O’Clerigh (University of Guelph)

                                                  The Superman as old as Prometheus                           


12.00pm -1.00pm                    Vouchers supplied for campus restaurant in welcome


Jay Tunney

1.00pm – 2.00pm                    ‘The Irish Wellspring’

                                                An interesting talk on the friendship that Jay’s father,

                                                Gene Tunney shared with Bernard Shaw. Jay has

                                                written a book on the subject titled The Playwright

                                                and The Prizefighter.

                                                Introduction by Professor Richard Dietrich

Concurrent Sessions

2.00pm -3.30pm

Session  A                               Bernard Shaw’s European Theatre

                                                Chair:- Dr.David Clare 


Anna Suwalska-Koleka (The State School of Higher Education, Plock)

George Bernard Shaw on the Polish Stage – a brief overview

                                                Barry Keane (Warsaw University)

Asking Awkward Questions: Polish Stage Productions of  G.B. Shaw's Mrs Warren's Profession (1907-1905)

 Raquel Merino University of the Basque Country) G.B. Shaw Plays: translations

                                                and adaptations staged and  published in 20th century


 Session B


                                               Bernard Shaw’s Nationalist Philosophy: The

                                                Wearing of the Green

                                                Chair:- Professor Michael O’ Hara


                                                Julie Sparks ( San Jose State University)

                                                Not Charity but Justice; Shaw's Socialist Alternative to 'Posionous' Philanthropy 

                                                Conor Morrissey (Trinity College Dublin)

George Bernard Shaw, Mabel Fitzgerald and the Irish Revolution

                                                Jim Ellison (University of London)

 G.B. Shaw: Utopian Nationalist


Delegates to meet again at 6.45pm  in the Stillorgan Park Hotel

Stillorgan Park Hotel

7.00pm sharp               Peter Gahan’s Celebration of Shaw 30: Shaw and

                                                The Irish Literary Tradition

7.45pm                                    Complimentary glass of wine

8.30pm                                    The Banquet Begins (please note that all drinks are

                                                at your own expense)                                  

Friday 1st June

Dalkey Castle


10am – 11.00am                      Professor Anthony Roche (UCD) Shaw and Yeats:

                                                Theatre and its anti-self

                                                Chair:- Professor Nicholas Grene

Coffee Break

11.00 – 11.30

A Reading

11.30am – 1.00pm                  The Tragedy of an Elderly Gentleman

                                                An adaption by David Clare and performed by professional actors


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