Across the Waters – 29th International James Joyce Symposium 14-19 June 2024 University of Glasgow

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For James Joyce, as for many Irishmen and women, Glasgow was the first city he saw beyond his native shores. During the Summer of 1894, Joyce crossed to Scotland from Dublin on a Duke Line steamer with his father. It was also the city where his last book, Finnegans Wake, was printed by the firm of James MacLehose & Sons in Anniesland during the 1930s. 130 years after Joyce’s visit, the University of Glasgow is welcoming the James Joyce Foundation to Scotland for the first time to hold the 29th International Joyce Symposium.


Speakers may take their cue from the implications of migration, recirculation, diaspora, urbanisation, industry, and Celtic connections which our host city might suggest, as well as the ecocritical angle inherent to our theme ‘Across the Waters’. However, presentations and papers will not be restricted to such topics, and attendees are invited to explore further crossings, transitions, and new encounters within Joyce’s works and beyond. As well as being a scholarly occasion, there will be a programme of cultural events designed to show the city at its vibrant and diverse best.

The Academic Programme (keynotes, panels, lunchtime events) is taking place at the Glasgow University Union Address: 32 University Ave, Glasgow G12 8LX

See the full programme and further information (PDF)


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