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Cosmopolitanism: Literature, Language, Pedagogy

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Cosmopolitanism: Literature, Language, Pedagogy


Bringing together scholars and teachers from Ireland, China and Hungary, with contributions from Irish poets who have frequently engaged with international contexts in their work, this symposium will explore the idea of ‘cosmopolitanism’ from several perspectives. While the main focus of the papers will be on literary engagements with cosmopolitanism, from medieval English poetry to contemporary Irish fiction, there will also be presentations on cosmopolitanism and language and the idea of cosmopolitanism in relation to patriotism in recent scholarship


9 am: Welcome and Opening Remarks by Dr Miles Link (Fudan University), Prof Jane Ohlmeyer (Director of the Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin) and Prof Darryl Jones, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (TCD).

Panel 1: 9:30-11 am
Chair: Prof Eve Patten (Trinity College Dublin)


Bao Huiyi (Fudan University): ‘The Medieval Cosmopolitan: “Elsewheres” in Middle English Lyrics’
Aileen Douglas (Trinity College Dublin): ‘Goldsmith's Citizen of the World and Cosmopolitanism’
Nan Zhang (Fudan University): ‘Howards End, New Liberalism, and the Spiritual Roots of Cosmopolitanism’


11-11:30 am: Refreshments

Panel 2: 11:30 am-1 pm
Chair: Dr Philip Coleman (Trinity College Dublin)


Stephen Matterson (Trinity College Dublin), ‘Mark Twain and Cosmopolitanism’
Miles Link (Fudan University): ‘“In His Text, the Writer Sets Up House”: Theodor Adorno’s Domestic Cosmopolitanism’
Emily Ridge (University of Hong Kong): ‘Bureaucracy Across Borders: Administering Cosmopolitan Hospitality at the English P.E.N., 1930-1945’

1-2 pm: Lunch

Panel 3: 2-3:30 pm
Chair: Dr Julie Bates (Trinity College Dublin)


Kate Smyth (Trinity College Dublin): ‘“The dark air of cities”: Urban Dislocation in the Short Fiction of Mavis Gallant’
Emily Johnson (Trinity College Dublin), ‘“A literature that belongs to all mankind”: Mapping Roberto Bolaño’s 2666’
Niamh NicGhabhann (University of Limerick): ‘Writing against local complacency: European Pain and Responsibility in Edna O’Brien’s The Little Red Chairs’

3:30-3:45 pm Break
Panel 4: 3:45-5:15 pm
Chair: Dr Miles Link (Fudan University)


Jerusha McCormack (Beijing Foreign Studies University), ‘Staging the Revolution: Terence MacSwiney and Guo Moruo’
Yaqoub Jemil Bouaynaya (Trinity College Dublin), ‘Cosmopolitan Patriotism in response to regressive nationalistic sentiment’
Borbála Faragó (Central European University, Budapest), ‘Slow Cosmopolitanism: Poetic Representations of Staying Still in Otherness’

5:15-5:30 pm: Break

Panel 5: 5-6:30 pm
Chair: Dr Benjamin Keatinge (Trinity College Dublin)


Qu Weiguo (Fudan University): ‘Cosmopolitanism, cultural identity and the role of a teacher’
Su Gengxin (Fudan University): ‘Does Teaching Foreign Literature Challenge or Reinforce Students’ Original Values and Perspectives?’
Lorna Carson (Trinity College Dublin): ‘Cosmopolitanism in the Multi-Lingual City’

6:30-7 pm: Break

7-9 pm: Poetry Reading,
Introductions by Dr Philip Coleman (Trinity College Dublin)


Bao Huiyi
Harry Clifton
Paula Meehan
Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin
Vincent Woods

This Symposium was organized and funded by the School of English and the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Trinity College Dublin, in collaboration with the College of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Fudan University, Shanghai, China. The organisers wish to thank Dr Emily Johnson of the Trinity Long Room Hub and Diane Sadler of the School of English for practical assistance.



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