Saturday, September 10th 2022

Navy blue hardcover copy of an old edition of James Joyce's Ulysses

Georgetown University’s Global Irish Studies Initiative presented:

Ulysses in the World

A symposium marking the centenary of the publication of James Joyce’s Ulysses.

This event, which was free and open to all, took place on Saturday, September 10th.

Ulysses in the World” brought together scholars, writers, and artists for a day-long symposium to discuss the lasting global impact of Joyce’s work. Speakers considered how and where Ulysses has traveled in its first century, how it has mediated and built our world, and what its next century might look like. With papers on Joyce’s reception in Russia; Ulysses‘s environmental consciousness; the novel’s engagement with and impact on performing arts; and more, the symposium showcased the expanding boundaries of Joyce studies and the complex interactions of a novel and the worlds it makes and travels in.

Ulysses in the World” was generously supported by the Emigrant Support Programme of the Department of Foreign Affairs of Ireland, in association with the Embassy of Ireland, along with the Department of English, Georgetown College, and the Office of the Provost.

On September 9 and 10, our Arts partner Solas Nua also presented a newly commissioned dance performance, influenced by Ulysses, and devised and choreographed by Liz Roche. More info.


  • Alice McDermott, National Book Award winning novelist and the Richard A. Macksey Professor of the Humanities at Johns Hopkins University
  • Tope Folarin, novelist and winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing and a Whiting Award for Fiction
  • Amb. Daniel Mulhall, Ambassador of Ireland to the United States (2017-2022) and author of Ulysses: A Reader’s Odyssey
  • Liz Roche, choreographer, co-founder and Artistic Director of Dublin based dance company Liz Roche Company
  • Prof. John Francis McCourt, Professor of English, Head of the Department of Humanities, and incoming Rector at University of Macerata
  • Prof. Michelle Clayton, Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies and Comparative Literature at Brown University
  • Prof. José Vergara, Assistant Professor of Russian on the Myra T. Cooley Lectureship in Russian Studies at Bryn Mawr College
  • Prof. Shinjini Chattopadhyay, Assistant Professor of English at Berry College
  • Prof. Barry McCrea, Donald R. Keough Family Professor of Irish Studies, University of Notre Dame
  • Prof. Gregory Baker, Associate Professor of English and Director of Irish Studies at Catholic University of America
  • Dr. Deirdre Mulrooney, author, journalist, and filmmaker
  • Prof. Kasia Bartoszynska, Assistant Professor of English at Ithaca College
  • Dr. Kiron Ward, Lecturer in US literature at University of Essex
  • Prof. Malcolm Sen, Associate Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Prof. Katherine O’Callaghan, Assistant Professor of English at University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Dr. Joe Hassett, author of The Ulysses Trials: Beauty and Truth Meet the Law

This event was free and open to the public. If you wish to make a donation to support the Global Irish Studies series of free lectures and seminars, it will be gratefully received. Please go to our Giving page to make a tax-free donation or click on the button below