XVIII Symposium of Irish Studies in South America: “Consecration”

XVIII Symposium of Irish Studies in South America: “Consecration”

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Date: 8-11 October 2023.

Venue: Universidade de Ouro Preto (Minas Gerais, Brasil)

The year of 2023 marks the centenary of the Nobel prize in literature being awarded to W. B. Yeats, the first of four Irish writers that have been recognised by the Swedish Academy thus far, with George Bernard Shaw following Yeats closely in 1925 (received 1926), Samuel Beckett in 1969 and Seamus Heaney in 1995. That a nation as small as Ireland (in population terms) has produced so many Nobel prize-winning authors only surprises those who are unaware of the centrality of literature, and culture in general, in the country. In addition to the Nobel prizes in literature, the Republic of Ireland can boast a number of Man Booker prizes, with Roddy Doyle, John Banville, and Anne Enright being the most recent (in 1993, 2005 and 2007, respectively). 

In commemoration of this occasion, this year’s Symposium of Irish Studies in South America is concerned more widely with the processes that lead to the kind of recognition so many Irish writers and artists have achieved globally. More extensively theorised in the field of the sociology of literature, “consecration” is also linked to the concept of distinction, but changes the focus from consumption and the formation of taste within the social classes to the role of human and non-human agents in a transnational “republic of letters”. In her seminal study of the dynamics in the international literary space, Pascale Casanova conceptualises consecration more than just the recognition by autonomous critics, employing a metaphor that would be much appreciated by Yeats: “To cross this invisible line is to undergo a sort of transformation - one might almost say a transmutation in the alchemical sense.The consecration of a text is the almost magical metamorphosis of an ordinary material into ‘gold,’ into absolute literary value” (2004, p. 126). The Nobel prize, more than any other prize, literalises this gold in the form of the medal awarded to writers, to whom the recognition of “universality” becomes attached. In some cases, such as Rabindranath Tagore, this recognition comes after translation (and Yeats’s presence in the paratext cannot be ignored as further legitimation), whereas in the case of authors who write in more dominant languages, translations into other, non-European or less central languages, is certainly increased after an award is given. This dynamic only partially follows colonial or even politico-economical patterns, as the importance of Irish Studies in Brazil for the 50 years can certainly attest. Other local agents, such as institutions of higher education and even individual researchers can be seen to have played an important role.

International prizes are, thus, only one aspect of the consecration and more contemporary phenomena only expand this framework. The adaptation of Sally Rooney’s Normal People (2018) into a limited series produced by Element Pictures for BBC Three and Hulu in association with Screen Ireland and released globally in April 2020 catapulted her name as an Irish novelist and led to a once rare simultaneous publication of her third novel around the world and in translation to dozens of different languages (Hebrew excluded, for political reasons). While popularity and mass audience gained by the kind of best-selling status achieved by Rooney can be seen as placing her the pole of more institutionalised or market forms of consecration, it has nonetheless made Rooney a household name in a matter of a couple of years. In the particular case of Brazil, a survey conducted among participants of our Association of Irish Studies - Abei Bookclub has found that Rooney’s book was the one most people wanted to read and discuss.

The XVIII Symposium of Irish Studies in South America – organized by the Brazilian Association of Irish Studies in South America (ABEI), the W.B. Yeats Chair of Irish Studies and hosted at the Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto (UFOP) in Minas Gerais, Brazil invites scholars to consider the centenary of Yeats’s Nobel Prize and his speech on drama, language, politics, and the importance of collaboration as a point of departure for research in Irish Studies in South America and around the world. This event encourages transdisciplinary approaches to the complex dynamics of consecration and circulation of all forms of Irish cultural production and symbolic capital.

The 2022 Academic Committee welcomes papers, posters, and/or round tables about, but not exclusively, the following topics:

  • Reception of Irish works around the world, particularly in translation (from English or Irish);

  • Translation from Irish and the English spoken in different regions of Ireland into other minor/peripheral languages;

  • Transmedia phenomena related to Irish works, including adaptations of novels and short stories into audiovisual languages;

  • The role of different agents in (trans)forming the Irish canon(s);

  • How consecration is affected by intersectional aspects: gender, sexuality, race/ethnicity, class, disability, and others;

  • Aspects of (re)mediation in the circulation of Irish works, particularly as related to the editing practices;

  • Transnational links between Ireland and other countries/nations;

  • Collaboration between individual Irish writers/artists/scholars and counterparts across the world, historical or contemporary;

  • Performance of Irish plays in and outside Ireland;

  • The circulation of “an idea” of Ireland and of the Irish, particularly as related to folklore.

Keynote Speakers

Alexandra Poulain (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3, France)

Hedwig Schwall (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium)

Mario Murgia (UNAM, Mexico & co-coordinator of Eavan Boland-Anne Enright Chair of Irish Studies)

María Amor Barros (University of Burgos/AEDEI, Spain)

Maria Graciela Eliggi (Universidad Nacional de La Pampa, Argentina)

Mary O’Donnell (Writer, Ireland)

Guidelines for abstract submission

Abstracts should include a title, and should not exceed 300 words followed by 3-5 keywords.

Abstracts should be submitted as a Word Document, Times New Roman, 12 pts.

Abstracts can be written in English, Spanish or Portuguese.

Include a brief biographical note of up to 50 words, including academic title and affiliation.

Abstracts should be sent by email to abeisymposium2023@gmail.com

The deadline for submission is 31 August 2023 


Participants can register at https://www.even3.com.br/xviiisymposiumofirishstudies


All Brazilian presenters must be members of ABEI. International researchers affiliated with other Irish Studies Associations are not required to pay the ABEI fee. Attendants who are not presenting but wish to register in order to receive a certificate must pay a R$10 fee. 

- Brazilian full-time researchers delivering papers: R$ 200 (R$ 150 ABEI membership + R$ 50 registration fee)

- International researchers delivering papers: R$ 100 (registration fee)

- MA/PhD/Part-time researchers delivering papers: R$ 100 (R$ 75 ABEI membership + R$ 25 registration fee)

- Undergraduates presenting posters: R$ 20 (registration fee) 

- Registered attendants: R$ 10 (registration fee, attendance only)


The fees above are payable at registration until the 1st of September by PayPal (http://www.abeibrasil.org/2023-symposyum-ouro-preto.html). Brazilians can use PIX (Chave: CPNJ 61.368.742/0001-69). International delegates should direct inquiries to tesouraria.abei@gmail.com.

Payments after the 1st of September will be subject to a R$ 20 surcharge.

ABEI Committee

Munira Hamud Mutran (Honorary President)

Laura Izarra (W.B. Yeats Chair/USP)

Rosalie Rahal Haddad (ABEI)

Alessandra Cristina Rigonato (UFNT/ABEI)

Luci Collin (ABEI/UFPR)

Elisa Lima Abrantes (Vice-president of ABEI/UFRRJ)

Caroline Moreira Eufransino (ABEI)

Vitor Alevato do Amaral (ABEI/UFF)

Michelle Alvarenga (ABEI/UnB/USP)

Academic Committee

Adriana Carvalho Capuchinho (UFT)

Alinne B. P. Fernandes (UFSC)

Beatriz Kopschitz Bastos (PPGI/UFSC)

Bruce Stewart (UFRN)

Cecília Adolpho Martins (FATEC)

Dirce Waltrick do Amarante (UFSC)

Gisele Giandoni Wolkoff (UFF)

Maria Graciela Eliggi (UNLPam) 

Mario Murgia (UNAM, Mexico)

Noélia Borges (UFBA)

Rejane de Souza Ferreira (UFT)

Tarso do Amaral de Sousa Cruz (UERJ)

Full Programme and Book of Abstracts

The Link to the Final Programme (PDF version) is here:



Local do Evento



1) Hotel Nossa Senhora Aparecida - (31) 3551-1091

Quarto individual R$149

Quarto duplo (2 camas de solteiro) R$250

Quarto duplo (3 camas de solteiro) R$ 360

2) Pouso do Chico Rey - (31) 3551-1274

Quarto com 1 cama de solteiro e 1 cama de casal

Individual: R$321,00

Duplo: R$361,00

Triplo: R$401,00

3) Grande Hotel de Ouro Preto – (31) 3551-1488

Quarto individual: R$303

Quarto duplo (2 camas de solteiro ou 1 de casal) R$419

Suíte com Varanda:

Individual R$495

Duplo R$634

Triplo R$688

Quádruplo R$752

Quíntuplo R$817

4) Hotel Pousada Clássica – (31) 3551-3663

Quarto duplo (2 camas de solteiro) R$480,00

Quarto triplo (3 camas de solteiro) R$600,00

5) Hotel Solar do Rosário - (31) 3551-5200

Quarto duplo: R$ 677,00

Quarto triplo: R$982,00

6) Hotel Solar da Ópera - (31) 3551-6844

Incluso no pacote: café da manhã, estacionamento e internet Wifi.


Individual: R$ 540,00

Duplo: R$ 629,00


Individual: R$ 580,00

Duplo: R$ 677,00

Triplo: R$ 825,00


Individual: R$ 665,00

Duplo: R$ 753,00

Triplo: R$ 938,00

7) Teatro Hotel Boutique – (31) 3350-3920

Quarto duplo (cama de casal) R$377

8) Pousada Vila Catarina – (31) 97512-4364

Quarto duplo (2 camas de solteiro) R$390

Quarto duplo (cama de casal) R$490

9) Pousada Laços de Minas – (31) 3552-2597

Quarto duplo (2 camas de solteiro) R$491

10) Pousada Caminhos da Liberdade - (31) 3552-2825

(Enviará valores)


1) Brumas Albergue Hostel (31) 3551-2944

2) Ouro Preto Premium Hostel (31) 98503-7197

3) É Hostel (31) 99762-4683

4) La Musica Hostel Ouro Preto (31) 98736-1072

5) Casa Raiz Hostel (31) 99805-2042

6) Casa Pitanga (31) 99659-9990


(Shared homes and/or rooms)

Diárias no valor de R$ 50,00

Transportation options

The airport serving the city of Ouro Preto is Tancredo Neves International Airport in Confins (CNF). It is located at a 2.5h drive from Ouro Preto city center. There are regular buses from the airport into the capital city of Belo Horizonte (about 50 minutes to the central bus station). From Belo Horizonte to Ouro Preto it's another 2.5 hours by regular bus (from the main bus station to the central bus station).

CNF-BH: https://conexaoaeroporto.com.br/horario-cnf-bh/

BH-OP:  https://www.portaldepassagens.com.br/VendaWebGABrasil/consulta e https://www.buser.com.br/onibus/belo-horizonte-mg/ouro-preto-mg

On Sunday, October 8th we can arrange for vans to take those arriving at the CNF airport to go straight to Ouro Preto. The vans are scheduled to leave at 10 a.m. for morning arrivals and at 2 p.m. for afternoon arrivals. The conference starts at 5 pm and those on the 2 p.m. van will be taken directly to the venue, while those on the morning van are going to be taken to the city center hotels as required. Please let us know if you'd like a spot by October 1st. We can arrange more vans if those are full but please respond as soon as possible.

There are several car rental companies at the CNF airport but make sure to check that your accommodation has parking, since there aren't many long-term public parking spaces in the city of Ouro Preto.

Ouro Preto is known for its slippery, hilly streets so wear sensible shoes if you're going to talk to the conference. There is no Uber service in the city but in addition to taxis, cars can be requested using the following apps: 



The municipal bus schedule can also be found at https://consorciorotareal.com.br/horarios/

Please bear in mind that our venue is the Centro de Artes e Convenções da UFOP:

Parque Metalúrgico Augusto Barbosa, located at Rua Diogo Vasconcelos n° 328,  Pilar, Ouro Preto - MG | 35400-000