Ronan Crowley
Wed 3/10/2021 7:55 AM

Dear friends and colleagues,

We’ve had a great response to the call for papers for the rescheduled Trieste symposium.

This year presents some unique challenges for organizing and running the Joyce conference, not least because we hope to run events in Trieste as well as online.

Participants will be joining from twelve different time zones in June – with our two poles seventeen hours apart. Just over half of the conference is within an hour of ‘Trieste time’ (UTC+2 in June) with the other main cluster (~30%) within an hour of North American Central Daylight Time (UTC-5).

We want to ensure that everyone, no matter where they’re located, has a chance to participate. The conference day will therefore start at UTC09:00 with two parallel sessions in the evening for those in East Asia, Southeast Asia, and Australia; resume with a keynote in the European early evening (c. UTC16:00); and conclude with two parallel sessions starting at UTC18:00 or late morning/afternoon for those in the Americas. Our daily keynotes will be scheduled at a time that suits about 95% of participants.

Livestreamed talks will take place over Zoom. Participants can also prerecord their presentations and upload them to online video platforms (YouTube, for example), in which case we will circulate links ahead of schedule and shorter conference sessions will be devoted to Q&A only. If you want to avail of this option, please do get in touch.

In order to participate in the Joyce symposium, you need to join or renew membership of the International James Joyce Foundation. Full details are available on the IJJF website:

And stay tuned for an announcement about IJJF scholarships to aid students who plan to attend the symposium in person.

Clearly, the symposium has a lot of moving parts this year. The possibility of an in-person event in Trieste still depends on travel opening up by the summer and national vaccination programmes: we aim to make a final decision on the in-person event, one way or the other, by mid-May. We’ll be relying on the goodwill and patience of the Joyce community over the coming months, and we thank you for being a part of the conference.

Best wishes,
Ronan, John, Katherine, and Laura.

Ronan Crowley, John McCourt, Katherine O’Callaghan, and Laura Pelaschiar
Omniscientific Joyce Organizing Committee