University College Dublin | An Coláiste Ollscoile, Baile Átha Cliath

UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland | Director: Professor Liam Kennedy

Global Irish Civic Forum
June 2015

Prospective Students

    President Clinton addresses the Institute Sept 2010

Clinton Institute Summer School 2007

The UCD Clinton Institute Summer School will bring together scholars and graduate students from around the world to engage in wide-ranging discussion in the interdisciplinary field of American Studies.

The School is aimed at advanced graduate students and junior faculty in American Studies and its cognate fields (English, History, Cultural and Media Studies, Political Science). The programme will offer participants the opportunity to work with pre-eminent figures in these fields and to investigate current developments in various branches of American Studies.

In an intensive week of study, participants work with the Institute core faculty in one of four workshops. Each faculty member also offers a lecture attended by all participants. The programme also includes lectures by visiting faculty throughout the week.

University College Dublin traces its origins to the Catholic University of Ireland founded in 1854 by Cardinal John Henry Newman, author of the celebrated 'The Idea of a University'. Since then, the University has played a central role in Ireland's advancement as a dynamic and highly successful European state and has established a long and distinguished tradition of service to scholarship and the community. Today, UCD is a vibrant, modern university situated on a spacious and leafy campus some 3 miles to the south of Dublin city centre. UCD is a research-intensive university striving to advance knowledge through cutting-edge research and to communicate knowledge through excellence in teaching within a creative and collegial environment.

Report & Photos

The week of July 15th-21st saw the first annual Clinton Institute for American Studies Summer School held in the new Clinton Institute home of Belfield House in the campus of University College Dublin. The Summer School was attended by 45 participants from 29 different educational institutions and 9 different countries. Following a stimulating opening reading by poet Paul Muldoon, participants spent the week listening to plenary lectures by the School’s faculty and attending one of four week-long thematic workshops in which they discussed pre-set readings and shared their own work in progress.
Themed workshops were held on the subjects of ‘Trans-Atlantic Studies: A Critical Comparativist Analysis’, Prof. Donald E. Pease (Dartmouth College); ‘Fear & Security: American Culture since the Cold War’, Prof. Elaine Tyler May (University of Minnesota); ‘Literature of Migration & Ethnicity’, Prof. Werner Sollors (Harvard University); and ‘Image Wars: Media & US Foreign Policy’, Prof. Liam Kennedy (Clinton Institute, UCD).

Plenary lectures were given by scholars in American Studies from institutes around the world, with faculty coming form the United States, the United Kingdom, Italy, and Ireland. Plenary topics included papers on the westerns of John Ford, modern forms of justice and crime television, a cultural history of post-war Germany, and contemporary US foreign policy.

The Summer School also took advantage of the IASIL conference being held at UCD during the same week by hosting a roundtable on ‘Irish Studies and American Studies’ that was well attended by attendees at both events.

The week’s events concluded on Saturday with a one-day symposium on Transnational American Studies that was attended by Summer School participants and faculty who were joined by others working in the field. The event included a stimulating keynote address by Summer School faculty member Donald E. Pease (Dartmouth College).
The week’s scholarly activities were broken up by a very enjoyable musical event in Dublin on Wednesday night that was attended by almost all of the participants and faculty. This event set the tone for the final evening BBQ and gave participants from other countries a real taste of Irish culture and hospitality. All in all, the week was a resounding success and we have already begun planning next year’s events.

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Core Faculty

Donald PeaseDonald Pease
Dartmouth College
Trans-Atlantic studies: A Critical Comparativist Analysis

Elaine Tyler    May Elaine Tyler May
University of Minnesota
Fear & Security: American Culture Since the Cold War

Werner    SollorsWerner Sollors
Harvard University
Literature of Migration & Ethnicity

Liam KennedyLiam Kennedy
UCD Clinton Institute
Image Wars: Media & US Foreign Policy

Format and Programme

The School's format will consist of two principle components, daily workshop seminars and plenary lectures. Participants work with the School's core faculty of distinguished scholars in one of four week-long seminars:

All participants will be expected to present a sample of their research in the workshops. In addition to daily seminar meetings, all participants attend plenary lectures given by the School's faculty and other distinguished visitors/scholars. These will include:

Provisional Programme for the Summer School

(subject to changes)

Sunday 15th July

Venue: - William Jefferson Clinton Auditorium
7pm Opening of the Inaugural UCD Clinton Institute Summer School
Paul Muldoon (Poet, Princeton University)
Reception to follow

Monday 16th July

Venue: - Clinton Institute, Belfield House

This session will focus on confluences and differences in these area studies, in the context of debates on transnationalism and globalisation.
Venue: Health Sciences Building, B005
Discussants: Margaret Kelleher (NUI Maynooth),
David Lloyd (University Southern California),
Donald Pease (Dartmouth College),
Elaine Tyler May (University of Minnesota).
Chair: Liam Kennedy (UCD)

David Lloyd (University of Southern California) 'Time Passante: From Forensic to Interrogation Modernity'
Luke Gibbons (Notre Dame) title tbc

Tuesday 17th July

Donatella Izzo (University of Naples) "Crime Scene Do Not Cross": Stipulating the Limits of Justice in CSI"
Hamilton Carroll (University of Leeds) '"Their Tragedy is Universal": Brokeback Mountain and the Gendering of Queers"

Wednesday 18th July

Werner Sollors (Harvard University) 'Foreign Affairs: Notes toward a Cultural History of the American Occupation of Germany after World War II'

John Carlos Rowe (University of Southern California) "Disease, Culture, and Transnationalism in the Americas"

Thursday 19th July

Janet Davis (University of Texas) 'Animal Gospels: Missionaries, Radical Humanists, and the Transnational Politics of American Animal Welfare Activism, 1880-1960'
Liam Kennedy (UCD Clinton Institute) 'What Does America Want?'

Friday 20th July

Elaine Tyler May (University of Minnesota) 'Gimme Shelter: The Legacy of the Cold War at Home'
Scott Lucas (University of Birmingham)' Freedom's Dilemmas: Of 'America', Power, and the Collapse of the Unipolar Moment'

Saturday 21st July

Transnational American Studies Symposium - full program
Venue: - William Jefferson Clinton Auditorium

Application Procedure

Application Form - please print and return by post, email or fax

Completed applications should include:

If you wish to have a paper considered for the International Conference on the 21st July, include a paper abstract

Applications to the Summer School will be judged on a rolling basis until places are filled.

Completed applications should be returned to:
Catherine Carey
Clinton Institute for American Studies
Belfield House
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4
or email


Applications received after the 10th May cannot be guaranteed on campus accommodation, should their applications be successful.

Campus accommodation is limited and we would therefore advise early registration.


Applications are urged to seek funding from their home institutions.

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