Dr Tina O’Toole recently gave a keynote address to the AHRC-funded ‘Marginal Irish Modernisms’ international conference, which took place 8th-9th September at Liverpool John Moores University. Organised by Dr Gerry Smyth and Dr Deaglán O’Donghaile, the conference was part of a series of interdisciplinary networking events featuring key international figures in the field, alongside emerging scholars and research students.

The project aims to re-examine Irish cultural and political experience during a key period of the country’s modern history, between 1879 (the commencement of the Land War) and 1939 (Eire’s adoption of neutrality in World War II, and the ‘end’ of Modernism with the publication of Joyce’s Finnegans Wake). It is anticipated that once established, the project will continue into new fora, including a monograph series and a dedicated journal.