Keynote Speakers


Lucy Collins (University College Dublin, Ireland)

Lucy Collins is Associate Professor of English at University College Dublin. Her books include Poetry by Women in Ireland: A Critical Anthology 1870–1970 (2012) and a monograph, Contemporary Irish Women Poets: Memory and Estrangement (2015), both from Liverpool University Press. She has published widely on contemporary poets from Ireland, Britain and America, and is co-founder of the Irish Poetry Reading Archive, a national digital repository.


Paul Lauter (Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, USA)

Paul Lauter recently retired as Allan K. and Gwendolyn Miles Smith Professor of Literature at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.  He has served as President of the American Studies Association (of the United States), and he is General Editor of the groundbreaking Heath Anthology of American Literature, now in its seventh edition.

Lauter holds the B.A. from NYU, the M.A. from Indiana, and the Ph.D. from Yale.  In addition to Trinity, he has taught at SUNY/ Old Westbury, San Jose State, University of California/ Santa Cruz, Dartmouth, Smith, and Hobart, among other colleges, as well as serving terms as Fulbright lecturer at the Kennedy Institute of the Free University of Berlin, and at Karl-Franzens-University in Graz, Austria.

At the American Friends Service Committee, he worked as Director of Peace Studies and as Peace Education Secretary in the Chicago region.  He was also national director of Resist and of the U.S. Servicemen’s Fund—both activist peace organizations.  During 1964 and 1965 he worked in freedom schools and in workshops in Mississippi, then in Roosevelt University’s Upward Bound program.  In 1967 he became director of the first community-controlled school project in the nation, at Adams-Morgan in Washington, D.C.  He was also active in the faculty and staff union at the State University of New York, serving as statewide vice-president for academics, as chapter president, and as grievance officer, among other positions.  One of the founders of The Feminist Press, he was its treasurer and an editor for fourteen years.

Lauter’s new book, out in 2020, is titled “Our Sixties—An Activist’s History”; it focuses on the movements for social change of the 1960s, in most of which he participated.  Other recent books include From Walden Pond to Jurassic Park; an edited volume with Ann Fitzgerald titled Literature, Class, and Culture; an edition of Thoreau’s Walden and “Civil Disobedience”; and a Blackwell’s Companion to American Literature and Culture.  In 2017 he edited, with Nick Coles, a Cambridge History of American Working-Class Literature.

Lauter has spoken or consulted on American studies and American literature, multiculturalism and ethnic studies, literary canons and anthologies in some 25 countries and in most of the States.  He received the Jay Hubbell Award for Lifetime Achievement in American Literary Study of the American Literature Section, Modern Language Association, and in 2006 he was awarded the American Studies Association’s Bode-Pearson prize for lifetime achievement in American Studies.  Most recently, in 2018, he received the Modern Language Association’s Francis Andrew March Award, as well as the Working Class Studies Association’s lifetime achievement award.

At Trinity Lauter regularly taught the survey courses in American literature as well as courses on ante-bellum literature and culture, American modernism, and contemporary ethnic literatures.  He has also taught fiction and film, and developed courses on the literature of social protest, and on the literature and film of the 1960s.  He served as director of American Studies, as English department chair, and for many years as the director of the graduate program in American Studies.


Tim Armstrong (Royal Holloway, UK)

Tim Armstrong is Professor of Modern Literature at Royal Holloway, University of London.  His publications include Modernism, Technology and the Body (1998), Haunted Hardy: Poetry, History, Memory (2000), Modernism: A Cultural Study (2005), and most recently The Logic of Slavery: Debt, Technology and Pain in American Literature, which won the 2013 Hugh Holman Prize. He is currently completing a study of modernist localism and canonicity.