We are delighted to announce that Professor Ian Duncan, holder of the Florence Green Bixby Chair at the Department of English (University of California, Berkeley) will deliver this year’s Giorgio Melchiori lecture.

The lecture will take place on Thursday 26 March at 4 p.m. in the Sala Ambrogio (Dipartimento di Lingue, Letterature, e Culture Straniere, Università Roma Tre).

The title of Professor Duncan’s talk will be

Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors: Enligduncanhtenment Anthropology and the Romantic Historical Novel“.

He will examine novels by Sir Walter Scott – Waverley, Rob Roy, Ivanhoe – in relation to debates about the constitution of human nature (and its relation to history) in late-Enlightenment philosophical anthropology: Rousseau, Adam Ferguson, Kant and Herder.

Duncan is the author of Scott’s Shadow: The Novel in Romantic Edinburgh, published by Princeton University Press and winner of the 2008 Saltire/National Library of Scotland Research Book of the Year Award.

shadowFor more information on Professor Duncan visit his page: http://english.berkeley.edu/profiles/21

John McCourt appointed Director of CRISIS

Professor John McCourt has been appointed as director of CRISIS by Professor Mario Panizza, rettore of Università Roma Tre. He takes over from Professor Richard Ambrosini.

John McCourt is Associate Professor of English literature at the Dipartimento di Lingue, Letterature, e Culture Straniere at Roma Tre. He is the author of James Joyce: A Passionate Exile (London: Orion Books, and New York: St Martin’s Press, 2000) and of The Years of Bloom: Joyce in Trieste 1904-1920. (Dublin: Lilliput Press and Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2000). An extended Italian version, James Joyce Gli Anni di Bloom was published by Mondadori in 2004 and won the Comisso Price. He has been guest editor of the James Joyce Quarterly and is a Trustee of the International James Joyce Foundation and a member of the academic board of the Yeats summer school. In 2009 his edited collection, James Joyce in Context, was published by Cambridge University Press. He published Questioni Biografiche: Le tante vite di Yeats and Joyce with Bulzoni in February 2010 and another edited collection, Roll Away the Reel World: James Joyce and the Cinema Volta appeared the same year with  Cork University Press. In 2007 McCourt was awarded the Cattedrali Europee Prize in Rome for his work in Joyce Studies.

His Writing the Frontier: Anthony Trollope between Britain and Ireland will be published by Oxford University Press in April 2015.s200_john.mccourt


DEFINITIVE PROGRAMME – JOYCE, YEATS AND THE REVIVAL – JJIF conference 2-3 February 2015 at Università ROMA TRE

Click here for the programme:  JoyceRome15

Celebrating the year of Yeats (http://yeats2015.com/) on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of his birth, this year’s annual James Joyce Italian Foundation conference in Rome on 2-3 February is entitled “Joyce, Yeats, and the Revival”. The conference explore the complex connections between these two great figures of Irish and of World literature within the context of the Irish Literary Revival going well beyond the well-known anecdote involving the two writers which recounts that Yeats was already a well-established literary figure when, in October 1902, he met Joyce for the first time at the National Library. When, at the end of their exchange Joyce asked Yeats how old he was, he replied that he was 38 (he was actually 39) only to have Joyce retort: “I thought as much. I have met you too late. You are too old.”

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Speakers from Italy, Ireland, Britain, Germany, Singapore, Turkey, Georgia, the United States, Brazil will gather in Rome.

Among the plenary speakers are Professor Matthew Campbell (University of York) and associate director of the Annual Yeats Summer School; Fritz Senn, Director of the Zurich James Joyce Foundation; Carla Marengo Vaglio (Università di Torino), as well as Erik Bindervoet and Robbert-Jan Henkes, the translators of Finnegans Wake into Dutch.

For further information: joyce.foundation@uniroma3.it or john.mccourt@uniroma3.it


Write here for further information: joyce.foundation@uniroma3.it or john.mccourt@uniroma3.it

GUEST LECTURE Professor Míchéal Mac Craith

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Míchéal Mac Craith (Emeritus Professor of Irish, National University of Ireland, Galway) will give a lecture entitled

“Máirtín Ó Direáin (1910-1988): Islandman, Man of Aran”

on Wednesday 17 December 2014 at 2 p.m. Sala conferenze “Ignazio Ambrogio” via del Valco di San Paolo, 19 – Roma L’iniziativa si svolge nell’ambito delle ricerche del CRISIS e del Corso Magistrale di Letteratura Inglese II del Prof. John McCourt

“Giorgio Melchiori Lecture” 2014

La seconda “Giorgio Melchiori Lecture” della Prof.ssa Enrica Villari (Università Ca’ Foscari, Venezia),
dal titolo 
Scott, la genesi del romanzo storico e l’eredità del romanticismo: l’emozione e il particolare nei  processi conoscitivi​​, 
si terrà venerdì 28 novembre alle ore 10:00 nell’aula 2 del DSU (ex Dipartimento di Italianistica).
La conferenza è organizzata da C R I S I S (Centro di Ricerca Interdipartimentale per gli Studi Irlandesi e Scozzesi​).

Giornate di studi irlandesi – 14-15 novembre 2012 – Roma

Giovedì 15 novembre presso la Sala Ignazio Ambrogio del Dipartimento di Letterature Comparate dell’Università Roma Tre si terrà l’inaugurazione della prima Giorgio Melchiori Lecture.

Le riunioni di CRISIS

  • 27 giugno 2012 – ore 15,00 – Sala Ignazio Ambrogio del Dipartimento di Letterature  Comparate, via del Valco di San Paolo, 19 , II piano (leggi verbale)

1. Approvazione del  verbale del 19 aprile 2012
2. Comunicazioni
3. Elezione suppletiva componente Giunta
4. Proposte per seminari e per “Giorgio Melchiori lecture”
5.  Iscrizione a EFACIS
6. Varie  ed Eventuali

‘The Seim Anew?’: Ireland in cycles – 24-26 May 2012 – Trieste – Italy

The second annual Italian Conference on Irish Studies ‘The Seim Anew?’: Ireland in cycles. Is the present a return to the past? Cyclical patterns in Contemporary Ireland: Cultural Memory, Literature and Society will be held in Trieste from 24th to 26th May 2012 at Auditorium Salone degli Incanti, Riva Nazario Sauro 1.

This interdisciplinary conference is organized by the Department of Humanities
of University of Trieste, and fucuses on cyclicality, recurrence and return in order to question perceptions of post-nationalist, post-Catholic and globalized Ireland as expressed in various cultural forms (literature, media, criticism).


Visita del Presidente d’Irlanda Mary McAleese

Il 3 giugno 2011 il Presidente d’Irlanda Mary McAleese è intervenuta al convegno European Perspectives in Irish Studies. In memoriam Garret Fitzgerald (1926-2011), a cura di John McCourt e promosso dal Dipartimento di Letterature Comparate dell’Università Roma Tre e dall’Ambasciata d’Irlanda in Italia.

Il convegno, dedicato a Garret Fitzgerald, si è tenuto presso la Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia di Roma Tre sotto gli auspici del Centro di Ricerca Interdipartimentale per gli Studi Irlandesi e Scozzesi (CRISIS).

Sono intervenuti al convegno Aidan O’Malley (Università di Zagabria),  Barry McCrea (Yale University), Laura Pelaschiar (Università di Trieste), John McCourt (Università Roma Tre), Antonio Bibbò (Università dell’Aquila), Ilaria Natali (Università di Firenze), Maria Domenica Mangialavori (Università Roma Tre), Enrico Terrinoni (Università di Perugia), Carla de Petris (Università Roma Tre), Marinella Rocca Longo (Università Roma Tre), Maria Anita Stefanelli (Università Roma Tre).

Hanno accolto il Presidente Mary McAleese Franca Ruggieri, Direttore del Centro di Ricerca Interdipartimentale per gli Studi Irlandesi e Scozzesi, Guido Fabiani, Rettore dell’Università Roma Tre e John McCourt, promotore del convegno.



  • Intervento del Presidente d’Irlanda Mary McAleese
  • I partecipanti al Convegno