Calls for Papers

Bernard Shaw’s Ireland: An International Perspective

International Shaw Conference Dublin June 5th-7th 2024
Venue: MOLI, UCD Naughton Joyce Centre, 85 St Stephen’s Green, St Kevin’s Dublin

In the last fifteen years, Bernard Shaw’s Irish identity has been firmly re-established both in the field of Shaw Studies and Irish Revivalist Studies. Peter Gahan’s Bernard Shaw and the Irish Literary Tradition (2010), Nelson O’Ceallaigh Ritschel’s Shaw, Synge, Connolly and the Socialist Provocation (2011), and Audrey McNamara’s Bernard Shaw: Reimagining Women and Ireland 1892-1914 (2023) bookend more than a decade’s long campaign to restore Shaw to his rightful place within the Irish Dramatic Canon. Anthony Roche’s chapter “Shaw and the Revival: The Absent Presence” in his The Irish Dramatic Revival 1899-1939 (2015), David Clare’s Bernard Shaw’s Irish Outlook  (2016), Nelson O’Ceallaigh Ritschel and Audrey McNamara’s edited collection Bernard Shaw and the Making of Modern Ireland (2020), Nelson O’Ceallaigh Ritschel’s Bernard Shaw, Sean O’Casey, and the Dead James Connolly (2021), and numerous chapters and articles were written in response to and as a result of the highly successful 2012 International Shaw Conference in Dublin, opened by President Michael D. Higgins at the National Gallery, which celebrated the Hiberno-Shaw.

Marking the 100-year anniversary of the London premiere of Shaw’s Nobel prize winning drama, Saint Joan, which reflected Shaw’s response to the culmination of Irish Independence and the establishment of the Irish Free State, the 2024 Conference in Dublin will celebrate Shaw’s relationship to Ireland through his marked international perspective. We invite papers on any aspect of Shaw’s international perspective, especially those which speak to his interest in gender, feminism, socialism, nationalism and internationalism. Abstracts for papers (maximum of twenty minutes per talk) should be sent to shawconference2012@gmail.com for consideration, along with a brief letter of introduction. Deadline to submit abstracts is 1 March 2024