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14–19 June 2024
University of Glasgow

For James Joyce, as for many Irishmen and women, Glasgow was the first city he saw beyond his native shores. During the Summer of 1894, Joyce crossed to Scotland from Dublin on a Duke Line steamer with his father. It was also the city where his last book, Finnegans Wake, was printed by the firm of James MacLehose & Sons in Anniesland during the 1930s. One hundred and thirty years after Joyce’s visit, the University of Glasgow welcomes the International James Joyce Foundation to Scotland for the first time to hold the 29th biennial symposium.

The event’s title ‘Across the Waters’ spotlights the recent critical focus on the archipelagic in Irish and Modernist studies, which has inspired renewed scholarly attention to the historical, political, economic, cultural, and literary connections between Ireland and Scotland. Speakers are welcome to take their cue from the implications of migration, recirculation, diaspora, urbanisation, industry, and Celtic connections which our host city might suggest, as well as the ecocritical angle inherent to our theme. However, presentations and papers will not be restricted to such topics, and speakers at ‘Across the Waters’ are invited to explore further crossings, transitions, and new encounters within Joyce’s works and beyond. As well as being a scholarly occasion, we will be offering a programme of cultural events designed to show the city at its vibrant and diverse best.


12–18 June 2022
Trinity College Dublin
University College Dublin

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“Deshil Holles Eamus.” The delivery took place a hundred years ago, some 780 kilometers from Dublin. At 7 o’clock on the morning of February 2 1922, Sylvia Beach, playing publishing midwife to the last, stood at the head of a platform at the Gare de Lyon in Paris, ready to be handed by the conductor of the Dijon express train the first two copies of Ulysses with which Maurice Darantiere had entrusted him. It took her only a few minutes to jump into a taxi, deliver one copy to Joyce’s address, and rush to her bookstore, now bookstore-cum-publishing-house, to display the other copy in her window. All day long, people came to see the myth now made book. Now, after a hundred years of Ulysses, the book has turned back into a myth, and it has kept the professors busy for a full century.

On the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of the publication of Ulysses, Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin will host the 28th International James Joyce Symposium, and invite Joyceans to return once again to the city he situated so durably and resoundingly on the literary map.

The keynote academic speakers are Katherine O’Callaghan and Anne Marie D’Arcy.
The invited writers are Mark O’Connell and Eimear McBride.

For more information, and for Registration, please visit the conference site.