Vincent  J. Cheng

Shirley Sutton Thomas Professor of English at the University of Utah. His most recent book Amnesia and the Nation: History, Forgetting, and James Joyce (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2018) explores  the relationships between memory, history, and the nation in modern literature and culture. He is also the author of Inauthentic: The Anxiety over Culture and Identity (Rutgers UP, 2004) a study of the ways in which contemporary cultures construct “authenticity” in order to replace seemingly vacated identities. In 1995 he published Joyce, Race, and Empire (Cambridge UP) acclaimed as the first full-length study of race and colonialism in the works of James Joyce.   

Writer and multimedia journalist from Ireland who has reported across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. She has written for National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, Al Jazeera English, Harper’s, The Guardian, VICE Magazine, The Dublin Review and The Irish Times. She has reported internationally on issues of conflict, migration, health and marginalization  and has covered the conflict in Syria. Her book Republic of Shame: Stories from Ireland’s Institutions for“Fallen Women”(Penguin, 2019) was shortlisted for the 2019 An Post Irish Book Awards: Bookselling Ireland Non Fiction Book of the Year.


Caelainn Hogan




Mary O'Malley taught at Universidade Nova of Lisbon (Portugal) for an extended period, before returning to Ireland in the late 1980s. She began her poetry career in 1990 with the collection A Consideration of Silk (Salmon). She has taught on the MA Programmes for Writing at NUI Galway, held the Chair of Irish Studies at Villanova University in 2013, and has held Residencies in Paris, Tarragona, New York, NUI Galway, as well as Derry and Belfast. She is a member of Aosdána and has won a number of awards for her poetry, including the 2016 Arts Council University of Limerick Writer’s Fellowship. She is the Trinity Writer Fellow at the Oscar Wilde Centre for 2019. Her latest book is Gaudent Angeli (Carcanet Press, 2019). 

Film director and lecturer educated in Trinity College Dublin, Maurice Fitzpatrick is the Heimbold Chair of Irish Studies at Villanova University, Philadelphia. He lived in Japan for seven years. Author of two documentary films for the BBC: The Boys of St. Columb's  and Translations, an examination of Brian Friel’s play Translations. In 2017, he wrote, directed and produced the documentary feature film, In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America, which includes interviews with Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter as well as Irish leaders and British Prime Ministers Tony Blair and John Major. He is also the author of a book entitled John Hume in America launched by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

Maurice Fitzpatrick