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Sponsored by:

Sofia University Science and Research Fund
Academic Foundation for English and American Studies

Embassy of Ireland in Bulgaria


15th – 16th JUNE, 2015
New Conference Hall

Opening: 15th June, 9:30 a.m.


“Ireland and Europe: Cultural and Literary Encounters” is an international conference organised by the Department of English and American Studies.

The conference aims to spark debate within the Bulgarian academic community on a broad range of cultural and literary topics linking together Ireland and Europe. It joins the growing trend of research devoted to the impact that Irish culture and language makes in countries all across the European continent: East and West (for instance, with the recent publication of Bloomsbury’s 2013 ‘The Reception of British and Irish Authors in Europe’ series with its texts devoted to Oscar Wilde, Jonathan Swift, and W.B Yeats).


Our intention is to create a forum of discussion that puts no restrictions on academic approaches or methodologies. We have encouraged input from as broad an academic public as can be collected together, including postgraduate students, with a special interest in the broad research field of Irish cultural, literary and linguistic studies.


Our plenary speaker is Jack Harte: renowned Irish author and founder of the Irish Writer’s Union.


The conference will be conducted in English.




Conference Program


15th JUNE:

9:00- 9:30: REGISTRATION (New Conference Hall (‘Mirror’ Hall)
Prof. Tzvetan Theophanov, Dr Litt (Dean of the Faculty of Classical and Modern Philology)
Prof. Dr. Evgenia Pancheva (Head of the Department of English and American Studies)

10:00 – 11:00: PLENARY TALK: Jack Harte
Unravelling the Spiral, Rehabilitating the Serpent: An Irish Writer in Search of Lost Meaning
11:30 – 1:00: PANEL 1:

Multilingualism in the EU: The Case of Irish and Bulgarian
Boryana Bratanova
University of Veliko Turnovo

Dublin Bilinguals: Languages and Challenges
Marina Snesareva
Moscow State University

The Nature of Multilingualism and Code-switching in Finnegans Wake
Jonathan McCreedy
Sofia University

1:00 – 2:00: LUNCH.

2:00 – 3:30: PANEL 2:

Ireland in Late-Victorian Speculative Fiction
Vesselin Budakov
Sofia University

Distancing the Stereotype in Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon and Its Literary Source
Zelma Catalan
Sofia University

From Arms and the Man to John Bull’s Other Island: Towards an Analysis of Bernard Shaw’s Vision of Modernisation
Ludmilla Kostova
University of Veliko Turnovo

3:30 – 4:00: Coffee and tea:

3:30 – 4:00: PANEL 3:

Simultaneous Perceptions: Yeats, Joyce & Hermetic Historiography
Niko Pomakis
University of Nuremburg

Theatricalisation of the Political in Joyce’s “Circe”
Bozhana Filipova
Sofia University

“Topological” Vico, Hegel and Joyce
Boris Dimitrov
Sofia University

16th JUNE:

10:00 – 12:00: PANEL 4:

Translating Yeats in France, Russia, and Bulgaria
Vladimir Trendafilov
Sofia University

Translating Ulysses into Bulgarian
Iglika Vasileva

Through “A Multicoloured Pane” to James Joyce’s Literary World
Marina Dobrovolskaya
Russian State University for the Humanities: Moscow, Russia

The Macedonian Translation of James Joyce’s Ulysses
Marija Girevska

12:00 – 1:00: Lunch

1:00 – 2:30: PANEL 5:

Post-Romanticism in Europe: Day-reaming and Obsessive Imagery in the Poetry W.B. Yeats and P.K. Yavorov
Yarmila Daskalova
University of Veliko Turnovo

Petrarch of the Thatched Cottage: Irish Revivalist Translations of the European Literary Canon
Plamen Gaptov
Sofia University

W. B. Yeats’s Gyres as a Cosmological Symbol
Nikolai Todorov
Sofia University

2:30 – 3:00: Coffee and tea

3:00 – 4:30: PANEL 6:

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man: Implications of the Title
Teodora Tzankova
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Institute for Literature

From Pub to Periodical: McDaid’s, Envoy, and The Voice of a Movement
James Gallacher
University of Liverpool

Sketches of the Artist as an Aging Man: Joyce, Yeats and the Intersection of Gender and Age
Dominik Wallerius
University of Mainz: Germany

4:30: Closing remarks and reception