Following on from the four-volume edition of the automatic script and other occult materials that were generated by W. B. Yeats and his wife George, née Hyde Lees, and the scholarly editions of both versions of Yeats’s philosophical book A Vision, a loose research network investigates aspects of the Yeatses’ collaborative esoteric work.
A Vision, the book Yeats sometimes felt was his most important work, was first published in 1925, then rewritten in the last decade of the poet’s life and published again in 1937. Both strange and difficult texts illuminate many of Yeats’s most famous and most powerful poems and plays. The ‘system’ outlined in both versions of the book is also unusually collaborative: it had its genesis in mediumistic experiments in automatic writing, which Yeats undertook with his wife George Hyde Lees beginning in late 1917.
The automatic script and other genetic materials (Yeats’s “Vision” Papers, Macmillan, 1991 and 2001) have now been joined by editions of both versions of A Vision in two volumes of the Collected Works of W. B. Yeats (Scribner, 2008 and 2015). I am co-editor of both editions of A Vision with Professor Catherine Paul of Clemson University, having also served as co-editor of two of the four volumes of Yeats’s “Vision” Papers.
The published books have been useful in making an important text more accessible to a range of scholars. In addition to feminist readings of their occult methods themselves, areas of study impacted by these published materials include the Yeatses’ relationships with Neoplatonism, Indian philosophy, Theosophy, spiritualism, Asian art, Idealist philosophy, anthropology, Italian philosophical and political thought, and modern theatre, in addition to world literature. Since 2015, panels and plenary addresses at conferences and symposia hosted by the International Yeats Society in Limerick, Barcelona, New York, Kyoto, and Paris (forthcoming) have focused on such topics. In 2019, the conference on Yeats and India co-hosted by UL and Nawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India, featured a plenary address and several panels devoted to the Yeatses’ occultism. A volume of essays documenting the research presented at this conference is planned.
Prof. Margaret Mills Harper (UL)
Prof Catherine Paul (Clemson University)
Prof Dhananjay Singh (JNU)
Clemson University (South Carolina, USA)
Nawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi, India)
Publications related to the project: A Vision (1937)
Other related outputs/outcomes: Articles and conference papers derived from the primary research; a planned collection of essays on Yeats and India; an MA thesis and two PhD dissertations by students who are helping on the project.
This project builds on the IRC-funded project: The Irish Catholic Church and the Transnational Politics of Migration (Phase 1)
Outputs to Date
Dr Sorcha de Brún’s research in gender builds on her seminal work on masculinities in Irish language prose writing. With a background in political theory, Sorcha’s current research is studying the intersectionality of masculinities and class in Irish language prose, using political philosophy as a primary tool of analysis.
Dr Sorcha de Brún
After a review by each committee member of the governance of cultural heritage in a chosen jurisdiction (region, country or international convention of choice), a first draft of comparative approaches, and eventually the translation of (domestic) experiences into international standard setting reform proposals will be attempted. Patricia Conlan will examine the European Union's approach, which is one where the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) provides for a supportive role for the EU - at its most simple. The reality is more complicated.
Principal Investigators; Co-Investigators
Collaborative approach - with each participant providing a review either of a region, national or specific international law convention - discussing 'governance of cultural heritage'. International membership of Committee (see http://www.ila-hq.org - Committee on Cultural Heritage) - Chair Dr A. Jakubowski (Poland); Rapporteur Dr L. Lixinski (Brazil/Australia). Dr Patricia Conlan (EU) and Dr Amy Strecker (Council of Europe) are the two Irish members of the Committee. Ca 34 members/alternates of the Committee. The international nature of the membership is particularly helpful.
First meeting August 2018 (Sydney) to discuss plan and agree division of work. Working meeting (Oxford) July 2019. Interim report August 2020; Working meeting August 2021; Final report August 2022 - with potential to extend.
This project aims to critically examine the experiences of transgender, or trans, youth in post-primary school settings in Ireland. It is being conducted in collaboration with Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) with the aim of furthering trans youth inclusion and equality in schooling. Data collection methods include arts-based workshops, interviews and participant-observation. The data gathered will be analysed using critical, queer and trans theory. A planned output of the project is a toolkit that will provide practice support for educators and schools to foster trans-affirmative school environments.
Breda Gray, Vanessa Lacey, Ruari-Santiago McBride
Transgender Equality Network Ireland
Irish Research Council and Marie Skłodowska-Curie CAROLINE: Collaborative Research Fellowships for a Responsive and Innovative Europe
01/06/2018 – 31/05/2020
A network of scholars and researchers engaging with the symbolic aspects of women and ageing in culture and society, and the power these constructions exert over old age.
The aim of this network is to foster critical discussions and research about intersections of the cultural, social and medical dimensions of women and ageing.
Our researchers engage with discourses on ageing in their various cultural manifestations through the ages but also across different cultures, genres and media.
Dr Margaret O’Neill, UL
Dr Michaela Schrage-Frueh, NUI Galway
Irish Research Council New Foundations (2015)
Irish Research Council New Foundations (2014)
Women and Ageing: Private Meanings, Social Lives (Life Writing, 2019)
Women and Ageing in Irish Writing and Film (Nordic Irish Studies Journal, 2018)
Ageing Women in Literature and Visual Culture: Reflections, Refractions, Reimaginings (Palgrave, 2017)
Conferences and Symposia
‘Women, Ageing and Life Narrative’, NUIG, 2018
‘Women and Ageing Writing Workshop’, UL, 2016
‘Women and Ageing: New Cultural and Critical Perspectives’, UL, 2015