ECHO Seminar: Passion Play

•April 7, 2014 • Leave a Comment


For the final ECHO seminar of the semester you are cordially, from the heart, invited to a play of passion. Peter Kelly from Classics in his study of Ovid’s Metamorphoses may reduce us to tears, while Lindsay Ann Reid from English will emotively dissect the playing of passions in Shakespeare. All join me in heartily welcoming you to the customary impassioned discussion and fitting liquid refreshment.


Reduced to Tears: Liquefaction & the Permeable Body in Ovid’s Metamorphoses

Medieval Emotion Scripts & Renaissance Playscripts: ‘Passioning’ like Ariadne in The Two Gentlemen of Verona

5pm Tuesday 8th April
NB timeMoore Institute
GO11 Room Hardiman Building
All welcome. Wine served.


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ECHO Seminar: Manly Pursuits

•March 27, 2014 • Leave a Comment

You are jovially invited to an ECHO symposium of chaps, rakes, bachelors, and coxcombs as we probe the mysterious world of male culture and masculinities with two incisive and invigorating speakers from the College of Arts. We meet at the slightly later time of 5pm on Tuesday 1st April, not without fitting tomfoolery and the usual vintnerish frolics alongside what promises to be brave and penetrating social and cultural criticism.



Desire, Disgust, and Indigestion in John Cleland’s Memoirs of a Coxcomb


The Fictionalization of Hilton Edwards and Micheál MacLiammóir in Paul Smith’s Novel Stravaganza!

5pm Tuesday 1st April

NB later time – Moore Institute

GO11 Seminar Room Hardiman Building

All welcome. Wine comradely served

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ECHO Seminar: Whodunnit?

•March 24, 2014 • Leave a Comment

You are cordially invited to a special ECHO seminar featuring Dr Brett D. Hirsch, Moore Institute Visiting Fellow from the University of Western Australia. As well as digital expertise, Brett has a keen interest in the vagaries of print culture, and lends editorial rigour to the matter of authorial attribution in early modern drama, a particularly thorny question for a period when plays, players, and playwrights collaborated and scrambled for the attention of audience and readership. Chairing will be Dr Marie-Louise Coolahan and asking the questions will be all of us, suitably doused, dazed, and delighted with wine and scholarship. Do come along and pass on an invitation to all who might be interested.


Brett D. Hirsch

(University of Western Australia and Moore Institute Visiting Fellow)

‘Our Author he hath found’: Early Modern Drama and the Mysteries of Authorship Attribution

4pm 27th March 2014

Moore Institute

GO11 Hardiman Research Building

All welcome. Wine served.



ECHO Seminar: London Irish

•March 3, 2014 • Leave a Comment

You are cordially invited to another exciting ECHO episode this Tuesday at 4pm. This one concerns mentality and mental health, plays and playing dead, sectarianism and sectioning, involving two Irishmen in London separated by much when it comes to centuries and temperament, but connected by exile and self-exile: George Farquhar and Samuel Beckett. As ever connecting papers from our stimulating visiting and home speakers will be followed by wine and discussion. Do please further invitations to all who might be interested.



Why did George Farquhar’s work turn sectarian after The Constant Couple?


‘When Dying in London’: Beckett as exiled Paddy

4pm Tuesday 4th March

New Moore Institute Venue:

GO11 Hardiman Research Building

All welcome. Wine to follow.


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•February 10, 2014 • Leave a Comment

A new semester and a new venue for ECHO!

The venue is GO11, on the ground floor of the new Hardiman Building next to the library (THB, formerly AHSSRB). This Tuesday from 4pm ECHO presents two exciting speakers considering drama and history in a European context. Please come along and join the fun: as ever there will be wine and discussion.

Oscar Wilde, Merrion Square, Dublin

Oscar Wilde, Merrion Square, Dublin

                                              HIS        STORY

                                                                      SANDRA MAYER

The (not so) Secret Fall of Oscar

Wilde: Literary Celebrity and its

Afterlives in Contemporary

Biofiction and Popular Culture

                                                                                                                                                        IRINA RUPPO MALONE

Ibsen’s Boring Historian:

Historiography in Hedda Gabler

4pm Tuesday 11th February

New Moore Institute venue!

GO11 Seminar Room

Hardiman Building

All welcome. Wine served

Sandra Mayer, from the University of Vienna, is currently Visiting Fellow at the Moore Institute researching literary celebrity and reception. Irina Ruppo Malone runs the NUI Galway Academic Writing Centre and is author of Ibsen and the Irish Revival (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010).

ECHO brings together researchers of all disciplines to discuss research questions in a friendly environment.


ECHO Seminar: Love & Happiness

•November 25, 2013 • Leave a Comment

You are cordially invited to the final ECHO seminar of the semester, a Christmas circus cracker. We have two fine speakers, fine wine, and fine themes to gladden the heart and deepen the soul. The Reverend Al Green put it on record: ‘happiness is when you’re really feeling good about somebody’. No doubt he had something particular in mind. What he thought about circuses is not recorded. But just by attending, participating, and partaking, our understanding of all these noble, philosophical, fine things, the very pith and marrow of life, will surely be immeasurably deepened.

ECHO presents a seminar:



Beauty, Love and Emotion


Measuring Happiness: Eudemonia and Youth Circus

5pm Thursday 28th November

Moore Institute Seminar Room

All welcome. Wine served

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•November 14, 2013 • Leave a Comment

ECHO presents two thought provoking talks in one easy-to-open seminar:


Inspired By Place: Traditional Music Composition in East Galway


‘Listening to this rude and beautiful poetry’: John Millington Synge as song collector in the Aran Islands



4pm Thursday 14th November

Applied Optics Seminar Room

All welcome

Come and discover the fields and wilds of traditional music in Galway. These papers explore how new music gets written within a tradition, and what J.M.Synge did with the music of the Aran islands. Both papers explore what it is to collect, to perform, to translate and to rewrite traditions: and both papers feature music live and recorded. What better way to spend a Thursday?

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ECHO talk: Culture and Colonialism: Hamish Henderson

•October 8, 2013 • Leave a Comment


Dr Fred Freeman

11am Wednesday 9th October

Arts Millennium Building AM203

by invitation of the MA in Culture and Colonialism. All welcome.


  Drawing musical and poetical examples from Dr Fred Freeman’s CD tribute album, the talk considers in context one of the outstanding figures of the twentieth century: a man who accepted the surrender of Italy during World War II; won the Somerset Maugham Prize for his war elegies (which bear comparison with Siegfried Sassoon or Wilfred Owen); was a prime mover for the founding the School of Scottish Studies; and influenced, quite directly, the course of twentieth-century history.  His songs (like BALLAD OF THE D-DAY DODGERS, BANKS OF SICILY, RIVONIA & THE FREEDOM COME ALL YE) were sung by British soldiers and Italian partisans in the field of battle during WW II and by the freedom fighters of S. Africa throughout the 1960s.  His achievement has been fully acknowledged by Nelson Mandela, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, E. P. Thomson and others.

  Hamish Henderson worked for some years for Workers Education in Northern Ireland, after WW II, and his songs like THE FREEDOM COME ALL YE have been recorded by several groups like The Dubliners.

Dr. Fred Freeman (Fellow, English, University of Edinburgh)

Dr. Fred Freeman is an internationally acclaimed scholar and researcher on the song traditions of Scotland. He has published over 100 articles, together with books and comprehensive CD collections, documenting the rich history of Scotland’s song poets and their work.


ECHO seminar: The Irish in Scotland: Robert Tannahill

•October 8, 2013 • Leave a Comment



5pm Tuesday 8 October

Applied Optics Seminar Room. All welcome: wine served.


After releasing THE COMPLETE SONGS OF ROBERT BURNS (12 vols, Linn Records 1996-2003) Dr Fred Freeman turned his attention to a sadly neglected artist: Robert Tannahill of Paisley (1774-1810).  Tannahill was a weaver, a song-writer and poet who wrote over 100 songs of a quality comparable to Burns. 

  This illustrated lecture, drawing musical examples from Freeman’s COMPLETE SONGS OF ROBERT TANNAHILL, concentrates on a unique collection of songs – with their Irish melodies and subject matter written in defence of the early nineteenth-century Irish emigrants to Scotland. A total non-sectarian, Tannahill, in his own way, contributed a great deal to changing perceptions of the downtrodden Irish as they settled into their new country; and, at the same time, he left us with a lovely body of Irish song. 

  Moreover, as an early Romantic artist, he was far ahead of his time.  His unique, urban Paisley songs movingly provide a critical insight into both the despair and the dynamism of early industrialisation. And his use of the comic and the grotesque certainly does look forward to Blake with its mixed message in relation to the working classes: figures both corrupted and enervated by urban life and, simultaneously, morally and socially liberated from the constraints of their ‘betters’.  

  The McPeake family of Northern Ireland based their famous folk song, ‘The Wild Mountain Thyme’, directly upon the Paisley poet’s ‘The Braes o Balquhidder’; and, over the past 200 years, his works have been published in various Irish and Northern Irish editions.

Dr Fred Freeman (Fellow, English, University of Edinburgh)

Sometime Fellow in English at University of Edinburgh, Dr Fred Freeman is a graduate of Aberdeen and Edinburgh universities. He taught Scottish literature at The School of Scottish Studies and in the English Department of Edinburgh; held postdoctoral posts (several times over) at The Advanced Studies Institute, The School of Scottish Studies, the English Department, University of Edinburgh. He held a postdoctoral appointment at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford for two years in the late ‘80s, concentrating on ethnic minority writers in Scotland.

Freeman is the author of a book on the 18th-century Edinburgh poet, Robert Fergusson (Edinburgh UP 1984) and a children’s book on the Paisley poet, Robert Tannahill (2009); and has published over 100 articles on Scottish literature, folk music and history. He is on the official Live Literature Scotland authors’ list for grants.

Over the past decade Freeman has drawn upon his extensive musical background, producing over 42 (internationally acclaimed) CDs – amongst them: “THE COMPLETE SONGS OF ROBERT BURNS” (13 Cds, 12 vols, Linn Records 1996-2003); (for Scottish Borders Region) “BORDERS FIDDLES”, “BORDERS SANGSTERS”, “BORDERS BOXES”, “BORDERS PIPES”; “BORDERS YOUNG PIPERS” (1999-2012); “A’THE BAIRNS O’ ADAM – A TRIBUTE TO HAMISH HENDERSON” (Greentrax 2004); “A’ ADAM’S BAIRNS” National Library of Scotland, 2008); numerous solo CDs – “YONT THE TAY” (Jim Reid) which won BBC’s ‘Best Singer of the Year 2005′; “THE COMPLETE SONGS OF ROBERT TANNAHILL” – Vols I, II & III (with 2 vols still to come).



•March 14, 2013 • Leave a Comment

ECHO SEMINAR: 4pm Friday 15th March
Dramatic Licenses

with David Clare and Siobhan O’Gorman

ECHO is delighted to welcome you to another stimulating seminar this Friday, featuring two of our own scholars working on drama, and aimed at researchers across the arts and humanities. Do come along to drink in both wine and knowledge, and pass the information on to whomever might be interested!


Diasporic Irish Characters in the work of George Bernard Shaw

Gender, Costume and Gesture in Marina Carr’s Theatre

4pm Friday 15th March
Moore Institute Seminar Room

All welcome. Wine served.

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