100 MYLES:

Vienna Centre for Irish Studies
July 24-27, 2011


Dear speakers, readers, artists, performers & attendees at 100 Myles,

We would like to thank you all sincerely for your generous contributions to 100 Myles: The International Flann O'Brien Centenary Conference. We had a wonderful time and were really invigorated and excited by the high standard of the papers and discussion, and we are indebted to you for making the conference such a successful event. We hope you had an enjoyable and rewarding time in Vienna. As suggested by some at the conference, we intend to keep going in the conference's aftermath by starting the International Flann O'Brien Society, and for the time being, this website will serve as its home. We hope you will all be part of its future.
We look forward to meeting you all again on the Flann circuit!

- Werner, Paul, and Ruben

Press for 100 Myles

To follow the Irish Times' coverage of 100 Myles Vienna please follow the links below:

An Irishman's Diary (Thursday July 21, 2011)
Vienna conference on Flann O'Brien (Monday July 25, 2011)
Flann on a Vienna roll as centenary celebrated (Wednesday July 27, 2011)
Brian, Myles and Flann - your only man in Vienna (Friday July 29, 2011)

Academic & Social Programme

"The most important was a body that met every Saturday night for the purpose of debate and disputation; its meeting, however, were availed of by many hundreds of students for shouting, horseplay, singing and the use of words, actions and gestures contrary to the usages of Christians" 
- At Swim-Two-Birds

Sunday, 24 July

17:00 - 20:00

Registration & Welcoming Programme



Ergo Phizmiz's neuropera The Third Policeman

We are delighted to announce that instrumental cuttings and remixes from Ergo Phizmiz's forthcoming neuropera adaptation of "The Third Policeman" will form the official incidental music of 100 Myles: The International Flann O'Brien Centenary Conference.

Ergo Phizmiz's “neuropera” of The Third Policeman opens at Tete-a-Tete: The Opera Festival, London, during August 2011, with a string of performances following in the UK and Europe between September – December.

The opera is a truly 21st century adaptation of Flann O'Brien's work, using a wide array of creative methods and approaches in handmade and digital art to bring Ergo Phizmiz's idiosyncratic take on O'Brien's already idiosyncratic world to life.

Created in collaboration with a host of artists and performed by a cast of non-trained singers and comedians, with visual influences from Eastern European animation and musical references ranging from British dance bands to intricate electronic music, it promises to be a unique sensory experience.

In co-operation with the 100 Myles Vienna Conference, Ergo Phizmiz and his collaborators have graciously provided instrumental backgrounds from the opera, mixed in with exclusive remixes of Ergo's music by a range of sound-artists and composers from across the globe, as the official incidental music of the conference.

Launch of the 'Fringe Flann' Art Exhibition
"Myles Away From Illustration: The Influence of Flann O'Brien on the Visual Arts"
curated by Kevin Atherton, with Opening Remarks at 19.00


An Exhibition of Work by Kevin Atherton, Jeff Edwards, Andrew Folan, Anthony Hobbs, Phelim McConigly, Margaret O’Brien, and Tim O’Riley, to be exhibited throughout 100 Myles: The International Flann O'Brien Centenary Conference as part of its 'Fringe Flann' programme.

Contributing Artists
This prestiguous and innovative group of artists have been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout Europe and North America. More detailed information on each artist's past exhibitions will be provided at the exhibition in Vienna.

Kevin Atherton graduated from Leeds Polytechnic Fine Art Dept. in 1972, since which he has  taught at Chelsea College of Art, London, and served as the inaugural Head of the Fine Art Media Dept. at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, where he coordinates the MA in Fine Art. Kevin's contribution, ‘Reading Table – For Myles’, consists of a table in which a constantly scanning pair of eyes offer to read your library books for you. This ‘book reading service’ echoes Myles na Gopaleen’s ‘book-handling service’ which was offered - with a ‘Five per cent discount for literary university students’ - to readers of his Irish Times column in the 1940s.

Jeffery Edwards - Formerly senior lecturer in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art, London, conducting practice-based research into alternative picture spaces definable by plane anamorphosis, involving the projection of still and moving computer generated anamorphs into real and virtual spaces.
Andrew Folan graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art, London, in 1981, since which he has practised in print, photography, and sculpture. His recent works combine digital processes and print in multi-layered composite photo-montage. Andrew's contribution, "De Selby Discovers Vienna 2011," offers a series of interventionist book works which chart how De Selby might cogitate on the prospect of a visit to the city of Vienna and what theories he might divine from such a visit.

Anthony Hobbs has been teaching photography and related media since 1976. His practice and research has largely revolved around the notion of representation of reality. His background in photography and interest in technology informs much of his work, and he has worked extensively in collaboration with other artists in exploring digital imaging and printing.

Phelim McConigly is currently studying fine arts at the Akademie of Fine Arts Vienna, painting (Daniel Richter / Expanded Pictorial Space). He also works with various aspects of digital media involving algorithm based image manipulation and generation. Phelim’s contribution involves a natural template for the generation of a percieved fictional state. For more info, see Phelim's homepage.

Margaret O’Brien is currently completing an MPhil in Irish Art History by research at Trinity College, Dublin and is a Lecturer in Fine Art in the National College of Art & Design, Dublin. Her contribution will explore if, or how, the occurrence of repetition in an artwork can render the meaning or interpretation of that work unstable or shifting.

Tim O’Riley is a London-based artist teaching at Chelsea College of Art and Design. He recently published Accidental Journey, a book on astronomy, space, and a small Irish flag that accompanied the astronauts on the Apollo 11 moon mission. His contributions are made from computer-generated models, and are driven by affection for the absurd, love of the science of phenomena beyond the realm of everyday experience, and an admission that comprehension has its limits.

"The Third (Police)Man":
The 100 Myles "Fringe Flann" Screening Room

Opened at 18:00 with a screening of David O'Kane's Babble (2008, 30 mins),
and a Q&A with the filmmaker.

Flann O'Brien (Myles Breen)
Franz Kafka (Sascha Tschorn)
Jorge Luis Borges (Oscar Hernandez Rodriguez)

"In an impressively well produced video, reminiscent of the work of Gerard Byrne, David O'Kane imagines a sombre wordy meeting between Franz Kafka, Jorge Luis Borges and Flann O'Brien. Since all speak in their native tongues, a dictionary or two might be handy."

(Aidan Dunne, March 19, 2008, The Irish Times)

In Babble -  the recipient of e v+a open award from the curator Hou Hanru - Flann O'Brien, Franz Kafka, and Jorge Luis Borges converse about infinity and the implications of logical order in language and society through quotations from their literature, spoken in their native tongues.

For more details see www.davidokane.com

Two-Man Show:
The Brother
(Gerry Smyth & David Llewellyn, Liverpool)
Charlie P's Irish Pub
Währingerstrasse 3, 1090 Wien

A new, two-man adaption from the works of Flann O'Brien by Gerry Smyth (Dept. of English, Liverpool John Moores University) and David Llewellyn (Head of Drama, LJMU), and directed by Andrew Sherlock (Consultant Dramatist and Senior Lecturer, LJMU), performed in Charlie P's Irish Pub as part of 'Fringe Flann'.

The Brother
takes place in a Dublin pub in 1952, and concerns the developing relationship between three men, one of whom - the eponymous 'brother' - is not about to let the fact that he is absent get in the way of having an opinion on everything from the danger of eggs to the French art tradition.


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Monday 25 July


Grand Opening

Keith Hopper
"A Thing of Triads": Reading and Re-Reading Flann O’Brien
Chair: Paul Fagan

Keith Hopper teaches Literature and Film Studies for Oxford University’s Department for Continuing Education and St Clare’s College, Oxford. He is the author of Flann O’Brien: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Post-Modernist (revised edition 2009), and general editor of the Ireland into Film series (2001–7). Keith is currently co-editing (with Neil Murphy) a special Flann O’Brien centenary issue of the Review of Contemporary Fiction (Dalkey Archive Press, Autumn 2011). He is a regular contributor to the Times Literary Supplement, and is currently completing a book on the writer and filmmaker Neil Jordan. (Pic used by permission)



Panel 1. Cruiskeen Lawn
Chair: Joseph Brooker

Ronan Crowley (University at Buffalo) — Standing Upn What Capital Extremity: Selling Cruiskeen Lawn in the Early Forties

Ute Mittermaier (Vienna) — In Search of Mr. Love, or: the Internationalist Credentials of Myles Before Myles

Jon Day (St. John’s, Oxford University) — The End Of Bookhandling?: Towards a Digital Cruiskeen Lawn

Panel 2. Inuence: Genre
Chair: Sandra Mayer

Neil Murphy (Nanyang Technical University) — Writ in Water: Self-Erasure and The Hard Life

Jack Fennell (University of Limerick) — Irelands Enough and Time: Flann O’Brien’s Science Fiction

Jacques Coulardeau (Nice) — Cosmic Obsessive Compulsive Disorder under the Fire of Derision: The Poor Mouth in Confrontation with Wilde, Wells, Eliot, and Other Becketts


Panel 3. Writing: Violence
Chair: Gerry Smyth

Catherine Flynn (Stanford University, California) — Irish at War: Cruiskeen Lawn and the Blitz

Ciaran McCloskey (Texas State University) — Brian O’Nolan’s Postcolonial Solution

Seth Alcorn (Catholic University of America) — The Irish Question: National Identity in Samuel Beckett and Flann O’Brien

Panel 4. Writing Processes

Chair: John McCourt

Erika Mihálycsa (University Cluj) — Four-Handed Chirping of Birds or, The Tale of Two Translators Caught in the Story-Teller’s Book-Web

Adrian Oţoiu (North University of Baia Mare) — Snowballing, Crash Tests and Reverse Engineering: The Mechanics of Flann O’Brien’s Narrative Constructions

Robert Baines (Le Moyne College, Syracuse) — "I put away childish things": The Dalkey  Archive and the Retirement of Flann O’Brien


Kurt Palm and Harry Rowohlt
Chairs: Ruben Borg, Paul Fagan, Werner Huber


Kurt Palm is a Vienna-based Austrian author and director for theatre and film. He has adapted Brian O'Nolan twice for the stage, in the first German language performances of In Schwimmen-zwei-Vögel (At Swim-Two-Birds) in the Sargfabrik, Vienna (1991), and of Hugh Leonard's stage adaptation of The Dalkey Archive, "When the Saints Go Cycling" in at the Alte Reithalle, also in Vienna. After his first film- an adaptation of In Schwimmen-zwei-Vögel for the screen (1997) - he went on to direct a number of acclaimed movies such as Der Schnitt durch die Kehle, Der Wadenmesser and the documentary Hermes Phettberg, Elender. He is also the author of critical works on Bertolt Brecht, Mozart, and James Joyce. Palm's most recent novel is the political crime grotesque Bad Fucking (2010). (Pic. Michaela Mandel, used with permission)

See more at www.palmfiction.net

Harry Rowohlt is a Hamburg-based German writer, translator, and columnist known for his insightful and humorous cult column “Pooh’s Corner” in Die Zeit, as well as for his acclaimed German translations of Philip Ardagh, Leonard Cohen, Robert Crumb, Frank McCourt, A.A. Milne, Kurt Vonegut, and Tom Wolfe. Rowohlt has translated all of Brian O'Nolan's major works into German, many of which he has performed as recorded live readings. Rowohlt is also an acclaimed actor, and played the roles of Finn Mac Cool and The Good Fairy in Kurt Palm's film adaptation of At Swim-Two-Birds.

Conference Reception
His Excellency James Brennan, Irish Ambassador to Austria
The Ambassador's Residence, Hartäckerstrasse 18, 1190 Vienna



21.30 - 22:30
Fringe Flann Reading Event

Julian Gough
(“The Orphan and the Mob”)
Roger Boylan
(The "Killoyle" Trilogy)
David Wheatley
(The Further Misadventures of Keats and Chapman)
We are proud to announce that Julian Gough will be reading from his short story "The Orphan and the Mob," Roger Boylan will be reading from his trilogy of "Killoyle" novels, and David Wheatley will be sharing his "Further Misadventures of Keats and Chapman" as part of the 100 Myles Fringe Flann event.

Julian Gough is the author of two novels, Juno & Juliet, and Jude: Level 1, which was shortlisted for the PG Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction. He won the BBC National Short Story Prize in 2007 for "The Orphan and the Mob", and was shortlisted for the Everyman Bollinger Wodehouse Prize in 2008. His poetry collection, Free Sex Chocolate, was published in 2010, and his third novel, Jude in London, will be published in September. Julian now lives in Berlin, where he blogs, tweets, and steals pigs.

Roger Boylan is the author of Killoyle and The Great Pint-Pulling Olympiad, which The Village Voice praised as “resembl[ing] Joyce at his comically prolix best.” Both novels have been translated into German by 100 Myles keynote Harry Rowohlt. Boylan is a regular contributor to Boston Review, and his work has appeared in The Economist, The New York Times Book Review, and The Literary Review. He currently lives near Austin, Texas, and is finishing a novel, provisionally titled Ohiowa Impromptu.

David Wheatley was born in Dublin in 1970 and is the author of four collections of poetry with Gallery Press: ThirstMisery HillMocker and A Nest on the Waves. His prizes include the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature and the Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize, and he appears in anthologies including Identity Parade: New British and Irish Poets and The Penguin Book of Irish Poetry. He lectures at the University of Hull.

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Tuesday, 26 July

Frank McNally
Myles’s Journalism: Stopped Clocks and Changing Times
Chair: Ruben Borg

Frank McNally is a columnist and journalist for the Irish Times, where his popular "An Irishman's Diary" column - Cruiskeen Lawn's learned and literary heir - is published daily. He is the author of The Xenophobe's Guide to the Irish, and has written and spoken widely on Brian O'Nolan and his works, including an article in the Irish Times' recent 'City of Words - Dublin and its writers' special publication and a contribution to the upcoming collection 'Is it about a bicycle?' Flann O'Brien in the twenty-first century, edited by Jennika Baines.

Check out Frank McNally's column "An Irishman's Diary" on the Irish Times website.


Panel 5. Scholars, Bookworms, Philosophers
Chair: Robert Baines

Adrian Naughton (University College Dublin) — “Do you ever open a book at all?”: Reassessing Flann O’Brien’s Nádúir-Fhilíocht na Gaedhilge

Jürgen Meyer (Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg/University of Konstanz) —         "Even a Dog has a Name": Bertrand Russell's Logical Atomism and The Third Policeman

Panel 6. Metafictional Strategies
Chair: Keith Hopper

Thierry Robin (Université de Brest / Université de Bretagne Occidentale) — Thirst and "The Martyr’s Crown": Flann O’Brien’s Tall Tales and Plays: An Analysis of Irishness, Language, and Void

Marion Quirici (University at Buffalo) — "Probably Posthumous": The Frame Device in Flann O’Brien’s Short Fiction

Nazim Capkin (Boğaziçi Üniversitesi) — Re-Thinking Metafiction Theory as Postmodern in Flann O’Brien’s At Swim-Two-Birds



Lunchtime Film Screening
In Schwimmen-Zwei-Vögel

Director: Kurt Palm, 1997, 93 mins German w/ English subtitles


Directed by 100 Myles keynote speaker Kurt Palm, this adaptation of At Swim-Two-Birds, re-set in Vienna, remains the only full-length film adaptation of Flann's novels to date.

Plenary Panel A: The Plain People of Ireland

Chair: Werner Huber

David Wheatley (University of Hull) — "An té atá Gaelach, beidh sé Gaelach feasta"/ "He who is Gaelic will be Gaelic evermore": Myles na gCopaleen and Politico-Linguistic Extremism in 1940s Ireland
Thomas Jackson Rice (University of South Carolina) — Flann O’Brien: Misogynist or "ould Mary Anne"
Carol Taaffe (Trinity College Dublin) — "A streptococcus-ridden gang of natural gobdaws": Culture Wars and the Plain People of Ireland



Plenary Panel B: Writing Under the Influence
Chair: Paul Fagan

Adam Lively (Birkbeck, University of London) — Narrative Automatism and Menippean Satire: Diderot, O'Brien, Bolano

John McCourt (University of Roma Tre) — Myles na gCopaleen: A Portrait of the Artist as a Joyce Scholar

Julian Gough (Berlin) — Flann O’Brien’s Influence on Contemporary Irish Fiction

Two-Man Show:
The Science of Flann O’Brien
(DCU Chemistry Professor Dermot Diamond and actor Fergus Cronin)


The Science of Flann O'Brien is a two-man show in which Dermot Diamond and Fergus Cronin prise open the comic world of Flann O’Brien - in which policemen become more bicycle than man, night is an accumulation of black sooty substances in the atmosphere, travel is an illusion, and a pint of plain is your only man - through the theories of fictional scientist De Selby.

The show was originally written in the mid-1990's for a one-off event organised by the Werner Society, Trinity College Dublin (1995). Since then it has been regularly presented in response to invitations, including the SAC Conference (1999), BAAS ‘Festival of Science’ (2005), Merriman Winter School (2002), Cork Arts Week (2001), Kilkenny Arts Festival (2006), Connemara Sea Week Conference (2008) and the Cúirt International Festival of Literature (2009).

Professor Dermot Diamond (DCU), a named inventor in 13 patents, has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers in international journals, and is co-author and editor of three books. He is currently director of the National Centre for Sensor Research at Dublin City University. Details of his research can be found here.

Fergus Cronin has performed in works by Beckett, Pinter, Friel, Stoppard, and Shakespeare. Most recently, he performed Krapp’s Last Tape at the 2009 Galway and Kilkenny Arts Festivals. He is a director of the Lisa Richards Agency and Kilkenny Arts Festival, and chairperson of Kilkenny Carlow Local Radio.

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Wednesday 27 July

Panel 9. Diglossia
Chair: David Wheatley

Maebh Long (Durham University) — "true Gaelic Gaels who speak in true Gaelic Gaelic": Repetition, Fragmentation, and Language in An Béal Bocht

Flore Coulouma (University of Paris Ouest-Nanterre) — Telling Tales, Spinning Yarns: Flann O’Brien’s Diglossic Games with Language

Siún Ní Dhuinn (University College Dublin) — Cultural Displacement in Brian O’Nolan’s Writings: A Study of Place and Belonging in his English and Irish Works

Panel 10. Peers : Heirs
Chair: Dieter Fuchs

Tamara Radak (University of Vienna) — "Where I end and you Begin": O’Brien’s Flanndings and Joyce’s Re-beginnings

Sonja Jankov (University of Novi Sad, Serbia/Charles University in Prague) — Inventing a Phono-Electric Cell: O’Brien’s Poetics of Intermediality after Synge and Joyce

Mark Corcoran (NUI Galway) — "The House is going to burst!": O'Brien's Influence on Patrick McCabe


Panel 11. Myth
Chair: Jennika Baines

Gülden Hatipoğlu (Ege University) — Allegories of the Bird-Man Figure in At  Swim-Two- Birds and The Baron in the Trees

Dieter Fuchs (Technical University of Koszalin) — "Oedipus Lex": The Return of the         Father and the Dispossessed Son in The Third Policeman and The Playboy of the Western  World

Scott Hamilton (University College Dublin) — Flann O’Brien, Samuel Beckett, and "Irish  Modernism"

Panel 12. Science
Chair: Thomas Jackson Rice

Alana Gillespie (Utrecht University) — "Banjaxed and bewildered": Cruiskeen Lawn, Dialogism, and Cultural Negotiations on the Role of Science in Independent Ireland

Adam Winstanley (University of York) — Those Elegant Minds Mangled with Madness:                 Flann O’Brien’s At Swim-Two-Birds

Maria-Ana Tupan (University of Bucharest) — Flann O'Brien: Narratives of the New Physics


Lunchtime Film Screening
Park Films'
John Duffy's Brother (2006) & The Martyr's Crown (2007)

Based on the short stories of Flann O'Brien


John Duffy's Brother
Director: Mikel Murfi, 2006. Runtime: 12 min

A Short Film, with a screenplay by Eoghan Nolan based on a 1941 short story by Flann O’Brien, John Duffy's Brother is the story of a man who thinks he’s a train. Starring Mark O’Halloran (Adam & Paul, Garage) and Michael Gambon (Dancing at Lughnasa, The King's Speech).

The Martyr's Crown
Director: Rory Bresnihan, 2007. Runtime 10 min

Based on Flann O'Brien's short story of the same name, starring David Kelly (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Into the West) and Brian Cox (Braveheart, Adaptation).

In an attempt to pass himself off as a man of distinction and prestige, the shabby but self-assured Mr.Toole has a habit of spinning a colourful tale to the more trusting of his compatriots.  The Martyr’s Crown is the exorbitant tall story of courage and virtue. Toole is himself the champion of his own inordinately garnished bud decoratively deliberate yarn.

Plenary Panel C: The Foul play of Modernism
Chair: Ruben Borg

Jennika Baines (University College Dublin) — The Murders of Flann O’Brien: Death and Creation in At Swim-Two-Birds, The Third Policeman, and The Poor Mouth

Joseph Brooker (Birkbeck, University of London) — "That carrousel inside and outside my head": Flann O'Brien, Vladimir Nabokov, and the Fortunes of Ludic Fiction

Tom Walker (Somerville College, Oxford) — "It's a true story": Brian O'Nolan, the Irish Bicycle, and Republican Life-Writing  


Eamonn Morrissey
Live from NYC 

Chair: Paul Fagan

We are delighted to host a Q&A session with renound Irish actor Eamon Morrissey, whose 1974 one-man show The Brother, adapted from the writings of Brian O'Nolan, continues to be an enduring hit with audiences throughout the world.

The Q&A will be held live via satellite link up from New York, where Eamon will be rehearsing for Druid Theatre's production of Sean O'Casey's The Silver Tassie, scheduled for the Lincoln Centre Festival.

For clips of Eamon as the Brother see here and there. Also, in his Myles-esque satire as The Minister for Hardship from Hall's Pictorial Weekly, as appropriate now as it was then...

Anthony Cronin
Flann O'Brien and Myles: Compartmentalised Modernism
Chair: Werner Huber

Anthony Cronin giving the closing address at 100 Myles in the Vienna Centre for Irish Studies
(Pic: David O'Kane, used by permission)

Now a senior and highly esteemed figure, Anthony Cronin was an integral part of the post-war Dublin literary scene of Brian O'Nolan, Patrick Kavanagh, & Brendan Behan - a scene he chronicled brilliantly  in Dead As Doornails (1976). Author of comic novels (The Life of Riley & Identity Papers), modernist, acerbic, and reflective collections of poetry (The End of the Modern World, Relationships, The Minotaur, and most recently The Fall, published in 2010), literary criticism (A Question of Modernity, Heritage Now), biography (of Brian O'Nolan in No Laughing Matter, and Samuel Beckett in The Last Modernist) and columns for the Irish Times, Anthony Cronin has been elected a Saoi of Aosdána, an honour reserved for exceptional artistic achievement.

Open Forum
The Flann Community: Where From Here?

Conference Dinner


End of Conference

Vienna University, founded in 1365 by Duke Rudolph IV, is itself the oldest university in the German-speaking world, and with 86,000 students one of Europe's largest universities. Its English Department has a strong tradition of Irish Studies. This has culminated in an agreement between the Irish Embassy and the Faculty of Philological and Cultural Studies to support the creation of an Irish Studies Centre and the instalment of two Visiting Professorships in Irish Studies between 2009-2011.

Call for Papers

"Descartes spent far too much time in bed subject to the persistent hallucination that he was thinking. You are not free from a similar disorder"                                       

- The Dalkey Archive

The Call for Papers for 100 Myles is now closed.


2011 marks the centenary year of Brian O'Nolan, whose comic masterpieces At Swim-Two-Birds and The Third Policeman (as Flann O'Brien) and bitingly satirical Cruiskeen Lawn newspaper column (as Myles na gCopaleen) remain among Ireland's, and the 20th century's, best kept secrets. A tireless documenter of the struggles of fictional characters against their oppressive creators, of the human attributes of bicycles (and vice versa), and of insufferable bores of all stripes, O'Nolan's writing remains a rich and underexplored body of comic invention and postmodern tropes. This conference will have the dual objective of celebrating and re-assessing O'Nolan's legacy and body of work -- in its various forms and genres -- as well as spearheading a more integrated international community dedicated to this 'cult' author.

Vienna provides a surprisingly fitting location for such an event. The Austrian capital might lay claim to being the European city that has engaged with O'Nolan's work most fully outside of his native Dublin, providing the home of numerous theatrical adaptations and of the only film adaptation of his novels to date (Kurt Palm's In Schwimmen-Zwei-Vogel).

As Palm's film demonstrates, the commonly held view of O'Nolan's influence as hardly reaching beyond Irish shores is in desperate need of updating, with traces of his influence increasingly evident in contemporary works of metafiction. The appearance of The Third Policeman in US primetime drama Lost likewise testifies to O'Nolan's growing cultural purchase. As such, the conference is especially interested in challenging and re-evaluating the view of O'Nolan as a purely local writer -- particularly in comparison with compatriots/expatriates Joyce and Beckett -- by considering his work in broader, more international contexts.

Since the conference aims to provide a forum for exploring the diversity of O'Nolan texts, the organisers welcome proposals on all aspects of his writings. However, as we are interested in a broadly representative programme which would explore O'Nolan's work beyond his two most famous and innovative novels, proposals on his Irish- language novel An Béal Bocht, his Irish Times column "Cruiskeen Lawn", the later novels (The Hard Life, The Dalkey Archive, and the unfinished Slattery's Sago Saga), and even on his rarely produced theatrical plays (such as Faustus Kelly) are particularly welcome.


Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following areas of interest:
• Reassessing O'Nolan's Legacy/Influence at 100

• Cultural/Textual Appropriations and Adaptations of O'Nolan's Work
• O'Nolan between Modernism and Post-Modernism
• O'Nolan and Theories of the Comic
• O'Nolan and Theories of Genre
• Self-Plagiarism as Style / Pseudonymy as Literary Technique
• O'Nolan and Science (Physics, Pataphysics, Human Biology, etc.)
• The Plain People of Ireland: O'Nolan, the Politics of Culture, and the Culture of Politics.


If you would like to propose a paper (in English, not exceeding 20 minutes), please submit your title and an abstract of 250 words accompanied by a short biographical sketch. In addition to the presentation of papers we invite proposals for alternative forms of discussion: e.g. debate motions (and debaters), themed panels, poster sessions (esp. for PhD students), etc.

All correspondence (preferably by e-mail) should be addressed to the organisers at:

Prof. Dr. Werner Huber, Paul Fagan, MA           Dr. Ruben Borg                           
Department of English Studies                      English Department
University of Vienna                                       The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Spitalgasse 2-4, Hof 8                                     Jerusalem 91905

A-1090 Vienna                                                 Israel


Deadline extended to 21 February 2011

To celebrate Flann O'Brien's centenary year, the Department of English Studies at the University of Vienna invites panel and paper proposals for 100 Myles: The International Flann O'Brien Centenary Conference (July 24-27, 2011) by the new deadline of February 21.

We are honoured to announce that keynote addresses will be given at the conference by esteemed Irish poet and author Anthony Cronin (author of the biography No Laughing Matter: The Life and Times of Flann O'Brien), Keith Hopper (author of Flann O'Brien: a Portrait of the Artist as a Young Post-Modernist), Frank McNally (Irish Times columnist of "An Irishman's Diary"), Austrian filmmaker Kurt Palm (director of In Schwimmen-zwei-Vögel, a film adaptation of At Swim-Two-Birds), and Harry Rowohlt (German performer and translator of O'Nolan's works).

Vienna provides a beautiful and fitting location for such a celebration of O'Brien's life and works – and not only through a de-Selbyesque understanding of geography. The Austrian capital has a rich tradition of adapting the work of Brian O'Nolan/Flann O'Brien, offering numerous theatrical renditions (such as “Der Pooka MacPhellimey, ein Angehöriger der teuflischen Zunft”), and, with Kurt Palm's In Schwimmen-Zwei-Vögel, the only film adaptation of O’Brien’s novels to date. In this picturesque setting, the conference also boasts a rich and varied social programme, with film screenings, performances, and much more in the offing.


Proposal topics may include, but are not limited to, the following areas of interest:

• Flann and his peers/heirs (Flann & Joyce, Flann & Beckett, Flann & Synge, etc.)
• Translating Flann
• Flann O'Brien & Popular Culture
• Flann O'Brien & Literary Tradition
• Reassessing Flann O'Brien's Legacy/Influence at 100
• Appropriations/Adaptations of Flann (Cultural, Textual, Theatrical, Film)
• Flann O'Brien between Modernism and Post-Modernism
• Flann O'Brien and Theories of the Comic / Theories of Genre
• Self-Plagiarism as Style / Pseudonymy as Literary Technique
• Flann O'Brien and Science (Physics, Pataphysics, Human Biology, etc.)
• The Plain People of Ireland: Flann, the Politics of Culture, & the Culture of Politics.


If you wish to propose a paper (in English, not exceeding 20 minutes), please submit your title and an abstract of 250 words accompanied by a short biographical sketch. In addition to the presentation of papers we invite proposals for alternative forms of discussion: e.g. debate motions (and debaters), themed panels, poster sessions (esp. for PhD students). 

Deadline for submission of proposals and abstracts: 21 February 2011.

Please address all correspondence to the organisers at:


Prof. Dr. Werner Huber, Paul Fagan, MA           Dr. Ruben Borg                           
Department of English Studies                           English Department
University of Vienna                                            The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Spitalgasse 2-4, Hof 8                                          Jerusalem 91905
A-1090 Vienna                                                      Israel