Transatlantic Connections Seminars

13 Jan 2014

University College Cork and the University of Maryland have in partnership developed an intensive graduate school on the theme of Transatlantic Connections.

Seminars and lectures will take place over the next two weeks in both UCC and the University of Maryland, and UCC is also pleased to be hosting a visit from Prof Bill Lawson of the University of Memphis. The school is part of the ongoing work of the Frederick Douglass Research Group, involving Dr Lee Jenkins of the School of English and colleagues from History, Geography and Sociology. For further details see



Transatlantic Connections

PG7018 Special Topics in the Humanities and Social Sciences Intensive School


Thursday 16th January

  • 2pm welcome from Máire Leane, Head of the Graduate School
  • 2.15-4pm seminar led by Dr. Lee Jenkins (English): ‘The Black and Green Atlantic: Irish and African American Cross-Currents’
  • 4.30-6pm keynote lecture, Professor Bill Lawson (University of Memphis): ‘Frederick Douglass and the Irish Famine: Music, Suffering, and the Sorrow Songs’

wine reception to follow

Friday 17th January

  • 2-3.30pm seminar led by Dr. Larry Geary (History): ‘The Great Famine in Ireland, 1845-52, and its Transatlantic Implications’
  • 5-6pm keynote lecture, Dr. Patrick Geoghegan (Trinity College Dublin): ‘Daniel O’Connell, Ireland, and the Anti-Slavery Movement’

Wednesday 22nd January

  • 4-6pm seminar led by Dr. Barra Ó Donnabháin (Archaeology) & Professor Stephen Brighton (University of Maryland): ‘Sites of Slavery and Imprisonment’

Friday 24th January

  • 2-4pm seminar led by Dr. Denis Linehan (Geography): ‘Africa in the Irish Imagination: Robert Madden and the Networked Narrative’
  • 4.30-6pm keynote lecture: writer and actor Sorcha Fox will discuss and perform extracts from Donal O’Kelly’s play The Cambria (about Frederick Douglass’s voyage to Ireland and its present-day implications), and the reception of the play in Ireland, the U.S., and Zimbabwe.


The venue for the seminars and keynote lectures is the CACSSS Seminar Room (ORB G27)


Reading material for the seminars, organised according to discipline (English, History, Archaeology, Geography), is available on the ‘Transatlantic Connections’ WordPress site, where you will also find an interactive blog, shared with students at the University of Maryland, on which to post comments and discuss the materials studied. Podcasts of keynote lectures delivered at UCC, and of lectures delivered at the University of Maryland by Robert Levine and Ira Berlin, will also be available via the WordPress site.

(Please note that while the seminars are listed according to the subject/discipline of the seminar leader, each seminar, like the Intensive School as a whole, is interdisciplinary in its remit and is not restricted to or designed for PhD students in that specific discipline)

English Department

Roinn an Bhéarla

O'Rahilly Building, University College Cork, Cork. Ireland