Book of Abstracts

Brendan Behan at 100: Legacy and New Directions

Preliminary programme 23-24 June 2023

Hosted by the Centre for Irish Studies, Charles University, Prague


Charles University, Faculty of Arts
Department of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures
nám. Jana Palacha 1/2, 116 38 Prague 1, Czech Republic

Conference Programme

All times are CET

Friday, 23 June 2023

09:00 – 09:30

09:30 – 10:00
Conference Opening

Ondřej Pilný, Charles University
H.E. Cliona Manahan, Ambassador of Ireland
Nathalie Lamprecht, Charles University

10:00 – 11:15
Keynote: Deirdre McMahon
Chair: Nathalie Lamprecht

11:15 – 11:30
Coffee Break

11:30 – 12:30
Panel 1: Bilingual Behan
Chair: Daniela Theinová

Radvan Markus, Charles University “A linguistic rebellion: multilingualism and heteroglossia in Brendan Behan’s work”
Brian (Breen) Ó Conchubhair, University of Notre Dame “When Behan Met Irish?”

12:30 – 14:00

14:00 – 15:30
Panel 2: Brendan Behan in Other Media
Chair: Clare Wallace

David Livingstone, Palacký University “Brendan Behan Sings Irish Folk Songs and Ballads”
Marie Gemrichová, Charles University “Memory of Brendan Behan in 20th and 21st Century Popular Music”
Matthew Sweney, Palacký University “No Author Worse Served: Brendan Behan’s Book Covers in the UK”

15:30 – 15:45
Coffee Break

15:45 – 17:15
Panel 3: Brendan Behan: Man and Myth
Chair: Brian (Breen) Ó Conchubhair

James Little, University College Dublin “’The Most Cooperative of Writers:’ Brendan Behan’s Collaborations”
Fergus Whelan “Battlefields of the Poor: Brendan Behan and the Whelans of 69 Benburb Street Dublin”
Sarah Ritt, University of Vienna “The Chronotope of the Public House in Behan’s Confessions of an Irish Rebel

Brendan Behan in Concert
Featuring Conamara Chaos with special guests David Livingstone and Matthew Sweney

Kavárna Liberál
Heřmanova 6, 170 00 Praha 7-Holešovice

Saturday, 24 June 2023

09:30 – 10:45
Keynote: John Brannigan
Chair: Ondřej Pilný

10:45 – 11:00
Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:30
Panel 4: Behan’s Legacy at Home and Abroad
Chair: James Little

Virginie Roche-Tiengo, University d’Artois “Brendan Behan’s Legacy in France”
Ondřej Pilný, Charles University/Anglo-American University, Prague “On the Significance of Selected German and Czech Productions of The Hostage
Nathalie Lamprecht, Charles University “Hidden Irelands in the Short Fiction of Brendan Behan”

12:30 – 12:45
Closing Remarks