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Yeats in Europe Symposium at University of Utrecht

June 19, 2015 - June 20, 2015


Yeats in Europe, is a two-day symposium on W.B Yeats at Utrecht University from 19th-20th June 2015.

June 2015 sees the 150th anniversary of Yeats birth, and, by way of celebration, and in recognition of his towering achievements, Universiteit Utrecht, with the generous support of the
Irish Embassy, and Yeats 2015, is hosting a two day symposium, entitled ‘Yeats in Europe’.

Lectures will look at Yeats from a cultural biographical perspective and in particular his relationship with Europe.

The symposium will also include a Yeats poetry translation competition (English – Dutch) and a theatrical performance of one of Yeats’ works.


Friday 19th June

1200-1300: Lunch

1300-1330: Welcome & Preambles

Ambassador John Neary (Ambassador of Ireland to the Kingdom of the Netherlands)

1330-1515: Paper Session 1

Professor Joep Leerssen (Universiteit van Amsterdam),

‘Yeats, Paudeen and the indomitable Irishry: National Vacillations’


Dr Lucy Collins (University College, Dublin),

‘W.B. Yeats and the Printing of Irish Poetry’


Professor David Pascoe (Universiteit Utrecht),

‘The Wrong Side of the Road’: Yeats’s Declarations of the Great War

1515-1530: Tea Interval

1530-1615:Keynote Lecture

Professor Matt Campbell (University of York)

‘Yeats and the Epiphanists’

1630-1730: Drinks & Refreshments

1730-1830: TheatreSession

Cathleen Ni Houlihan by SUDS [Students of Utrecht Drama Society]


Saturday 20 June

1300-14.30:Paper Session 2

Professor Peter Liebregts (Universiteit Leiden)

‘”Measurement began our might”: W.B. Yeats on Ireland and the Arts in hiLast Poems’


Dr David Wheatley (University of Aberdeen)

“Let us now make sure we have got it right”: The Returnto Yeats in Later Beckett’


Senator Susan O’Keeffe (Chair, Yeats 2015)

‘Reconnecting Yeats in the,Twenty-First Century’

1430-1500:Tea Interval

1500-1600: Round Table Session:’Yeats in Translation’ Prize

1600-1700:Keynote Lecture 2

Professor Meg Harper (University of Limerick)

‘Yeats and the Rhythm of A Vision’

1700: Closing Words

1715: Book Launch and Farewell Drinks

Utrecht Dichtersgilde@ Het Literatuurhuis

More from the Yeats in Europe Symposium website.

Image Caption: University of Utrecht


June 19, 2015
June 20, 2015
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