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 2011
10-16th July 2011


Summer School Video Prof. Scott Lucas lecture 'Power Failure: The Complications > of US Intervention in the 21st Century' Prof. Robert Brigham lecture 'Bill Clinton in the World'

The UCD Clinton Institute Summer School will bring together scholars and graduate students from around the world to engage in wide-ranging discussion on interdisciplinary study of the United States. The School is aimed at advanced graduate students and junior faculty in the fields of American Studies, History, Political Sciences and Literary and Cultural Studies. The programme will offer participants the opportunity to work with distinguished figures in these fields and to investigate current developments in study of the United States and its global relations. The School’s format will include daily workshop seminars and plenary lectures. Participants work with the School’s core faculty in one of four week-long seminars.

In 2011 the faculty will include Hamilton Carroll (University of Leeds), Melani McAlister (George Washington University), Liam Kennedy (University College Dublin), Scott Lucas (University of Birmingham), Diane Negra  ( University College Dublin), Yvonne Tasker (University of East Anglia),Werner Sollors (Harvard University)

"It gave me the unique opportunity of sharing time, ideas, many a laughter and a common passion with an incredible group of scholars and people, and to investigate, question, assess and collectively attempt to redefine the objectives, borders and the fluctuating nature of our shared field of study..... All of this contributed to making the School such a wonderfully rich and thought-provoking experience "

Corinna Baschirotto- University of Bergamo

Tuition Scholarship

There are a limited number of tuition only scholarships available.  To apply complete the application form and in addition to the documents requested you also need to submit one academic reference.  Closing date for the scholarship applications is the 11th March 2011.

Workshop Leaders & Workshop Titles

Professor Melani McAlister

Professor Melani McAlister

(George Washington University)

Title : - The US in a Global Context

This seminar will examine the history of late 20th- and 21st-century US involvements on the world stage, looking at politics, culture and religion. We will consider US foreign policy and the politics of race; the transnational flow of culture and people; and the significance of religious identities that both defend and transcend national borders.

We will work with case studies, including the politics of humanitarian intervention in the Nigerian/Biafran war (1967-70), the globalization of evangelical Christianity, and US and global responses to 9/11, A fundamental premise of the session will be that state policy, cultural productions, religious practices, and the politics of affect are intimately intertwined.

The historical explorations and case studies will be paired with theoretical readings on transnationalism and globalization, affect, and cultural practice/performance.

Professor Diane Negra 

Professor Vyonne Tasker

Professor Diane Negra

(University College Dublin)

Professor Yvonne Tasker

(University of East Anglia)

Title: - Gendering the Recession

This summer school session explores the ways that recessionary culture is inflecting, intensifying and altering postfeminism in complex ways that are still under formation.  It aims to assess some of the ways in which cultural forms are responding to the rapid economic and social changes brought on by the recession, asking students to consider the specifically gendered impact of the unraveling of seemingly-stable financial rubrics and institutions.  Seminars will explore a range of topics and texts including: the postfeminist female consumer as an icon of excess; the surge in traditionalist discourses of gender and labor evident in nostalgic evocations of, for example, maternal (but also fashionable) thrift; the development of new male types such as the metrosexual within the context of recession culture; gendered journalistic and political rhetoric framing the advocacy of toughness and austerity appeals premised on supposed masculine virtues.

Gendering the Recession will provide a space to explore how certain media forms and popular culture more generally are responding to the uncertain citizenship of post-boom culture.  It will allow us to examine both nationally specific representational repertoires and transnational developments.  In a moment characterized by widespread public anger at and lack of trust in corporations and governments, the seminars will explore whether political questions about equality are deservedly acquiring a new centrality.  In exploring some of the ways in which postfeminist popular culture acknowledges and evades these questions, these sessions will allow a feminist thinking through of a complex and contested economic crisis.

Professor Werner Sollors

Professor Werner Sollors

(Harvard University)

Title: - African American Literary Studies Today: New Texts, New Approaches, New Challenges

In recent years there has been much soul-searching in the field of African American literary studies. The novelist Charles Johnson wrote an essay on “The End of the African American Narrative,” and literary critics have launched similar challenges: Kenneth Warren published What Was African American Literature, Jeffrey Ferguson questioned the pervasive employment of the trope of “resistance” in criticism, George Hutchinson wondered about the limits of transnational approaches to race, and Gene Jarrett examined “anomalous” African American authors and texts and asked what it was about the canonization process that made them anomalous in the first place.

More than 40 years after the creation of Black Studies in American Universities there seems to be creative unrest in the field, and meanwhile texts are being rediscovered (e.g. Zora Neale Hurston’s Harlem short stories) and classic authors are being re-examined (e.g. Jean Toomer around the loaded issue of passing). Contemporary literary production appears to be equally restless, whether in poetic, dramatic, or prose form.

This seems to be a good moment then to review some current criticism and selected examples of contemporary writing, together with presentations of work by summer seminar fellows.

Professor Liam Kennedy

Professor Scott Lucas

Professor Liam Kennedy

(University College Dublin)

Professor Scott Lucas

(University of Birmingham )

Title: - New Media, Power, and Foreign Policy

This workshop will discuss how the technology and content of new media is reconfiguring international relations of power and knowledge, with a particular focus on US foreign policy and diplomacy. We will examine some of the underlying conditions of emergent mediascapes – which involve not only shifts from traditional to new media but tensions between these – and focus on particular issues, including:

  • the role of blogging in reporting international affairs;
  • the impact of Wikileaks on diplomatic relations;
  • the functions of social media in understanding local and international crises and conflicts;
  • the use of new media by US soldiers to comment on their experiences.

We will consider the impact of new mediscapes on ‘America’ formations of communication and geopolitical knowledge.

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 workshops, as listed above. All participants will be expected to present a sample of their research in the workshops and this will be circulated in advance. In addition to the daily seminar meetings, all participants attend plenary lectures given by the workshop leaders and other distinguished visitors/scholars. On the final day of the School there will be a symposium where all student present their final research paper.

Pleanry Lectures during the week

Sunday 10th July – William Jefferson Clinton Auditorium

6.30pm – Prof. Carlo Rotella (Boston College)

"A Local Tough Guy Goes Global:  The Fighter and the Cult of 'Irish' Micky Ward"

Monday 11th - Clinton Institute, Belfield House

7.00pm – 9pm- Lectures in Clinton Auditorium

Prof. Melani McAlister (George Washington University)

The Persecuted Body: US Evangelicals and the Politics of Suffering on a Global Stage

Prof. Scott Lucas (University of Birmingham)

"Turning the World Inside Out: Media, Foreign Policy, and "America" in the 21st Century"

Wednesday 13th  -     Clinton Auditorium

2.30pm -4.30pm –Prof.  Yvonne Tasker (University of East Anglia) and Prof. Diane Negra (UCD)

‘Gendering the Recession’

Thursday 14th   Clinton Auditorium

7pm – 9pm – Prof. Werner Sollors (Harvard University)

‘Obligations to Negroes who would be kin if they were not Negroes"

 Dr. Hamilton Carroll (University of Leeds)

'Second Acts: Masculinity in Crisis and the Recessionary Imaginary'

Friday 15th   Clinton Auditorium

2.30pm – 4.30pm – Prof. David Ryan (University College Cork)

‘US Foreign Policy after Vietnam’ 

Prof. Liam Kennedy (UCD)

‘The Situation Room’

Application Procedure

Application Form - please print and return by post or email.
Completed applications should include:

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
Dublin 4
or email
Applications received after the 9th May cannot be guaranteed on campus accommodation, should their applications be successful.


Applications received after the 9th May cannot be guaranteed on campus accommodation, should their applications be successful.
Campus accommodation is in a shared apartment. Each person will have their own single bedroom with shared living room and kitchen.

The bedroom includes a workshop desk, wardrobe/storage space, bed linen and hand towel. You should bring your own bath towel. Basic kitchen equipment is also provided.

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


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