Joyce’s birthday is nearly here (you’ll need 131 candles this year) and there are two conferences taking place to help celebrate the event:
- The Difference of Joyce, from 6-7 February in Rome, which will be officially opened by the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins. Among the featured keynotes are Geert Lernout (on the Bible and the Wake), Fritz Senn (on “Avoiding the Obvious”), and Daniel Ferrer (whose enigmatic title is “I Beg to Differ.”)
- The 18th Irregular Miami J’yce Birthday Conference, from 31 January to 2 February in Coral Gables Florida. It’s always a pleasure to see this (indeed irregular) event return. This year it features over 60 presenters. I don’t believe any presidents will be attendance, though it’s hard to complain about a February conference that host its opening reception around a pool. (And maybe I’ll finally learn what they have against the letter “o.”)
Report from both events will appear in the next issue of JJQ.
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