Saturday, September 10th 2022

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

Georgetown University’s Global Irish Studies Initiative presents:

Ulysses in the World

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

This event, which is free and open to all, will take place on Saturday, September 10th, in-person in Copley Formal Lounge on Georgetown’s Main Campus. It will also be live-streamed via Zoom. Registration is required in order to attend this event, and registration details will be shared closer to the date of the symposium.


Ulysses in the World” brings together scholars, writers, and artists for a day-long symposium that will discuss the lasting global impact of Joyce’s work. Speakers will consider 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 will showcase 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” is generously supported by the Emigrant Support Programme of the Department of Foreign Affairs of Ireland, in association with the Embassy of Ireland.

For those who are in DC and will be attending in person, please know that our Arts partner Solas Nua will be presenting on September 9 and 10 a newly commissioned dance performance, influenced by Ulysses, and devised and choreographed by Liz Roche. More info and tickets.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Alice McDermott, National Book Award winning novelist and the Richard A. Macksey Professor of the Humanities at Johns Hopkins University
  • 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

If you plan to attend, but are not a GU affiliate, please follow these essential safety steps:

All visitors to campus (i.e. those who do not hold Georgetown ID cards) must upload proof of vaccination well in advance of arriving on campus. Instructions on how to upload vaccination proof will be available when registration opens.

When you have completed this step, you will receive a short health attestation form via email the morning of your visit to our campus. Please complete this form, attesting that you are symptom free at the beginning of the day you will be on campus. If you do not follow these steps you will not be able to enter the venue. Georgetown is a fully vaccinated campus, and masks must be worn at all times except when eating or drinking. Refreshments will be provided at this event.

This event will be 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