KEYNOTE SPEAKER

 
Clair Wills, MRIA

Clair Wills, MRIA

Leonard L. Milberg Professor of Irish Letters at Princeton University

Professor Wills is a 2016 inductee to the Royal Irish Academy, the highest academic honor in Ireland. Her work addresses the issues of historical and political representation in modern Ireland. Books in this area include Improprieties: Politics and Sexuality in Northern Irish Poetry (1993) and Reading Paul Muldoon (1998). She did significant work on the monumental Field Day Anthology of Irish Women's Writing (2002). Since then her focus has shifted towards cultural and social history, in studies such as the prize-winning That Neutral Island: A History of Ireland during the Second World War (2007) and Dublin 1916: The Siege of the GPO (2009). Her most recent book is a study of the cultures of Irish migration to post-war Britain, The Best Are Leaving: Emigration and Post-War Irish Culture (2015). She is currently working on a comparative history of post-war immigration to Britain

FEATURED SPEAKER

 
Clair Wills, MRIA

Waïl S. Hassan

Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Hassan is an associate with the University's Centers for African Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, French and Italian, and Global Studies. His work includes Tayeb Salih: Ideology and the Craft of Fiction (2003), and Immigrant Narratives: Orientalism and Cultural Translation in Arab American and Arab British Literature (2011), He is the co-editor of Approaches to Teaching the Works of Naguib Mahfouz (2012) and has translated Abdelfattah Kilito’s Thou Shalt Not Speak My Language (2008) and Alberto Musso’s O Enigma de Qaf  (2015).