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Position: Lecturer

Office: G20

Telephone: +353-61-204345

E-mail:darach.sanfey@mic.ul.ie

 

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Darach SANFEY (page last updated on 20 June 2014)

Darach Sanfey studied and subsequently lectured at University College, Dublin and at the Université de Paris-IV (Sorbonne) before accepting a post at Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, in 1993. He has published on a variety of 18th-century topics; in 1994 he was awarded the Prix de l’Association internationale des études françaises (AIEF) for an article which emerged from his NUI Travelling Studentship dissertation on Montesquieu, and in 2001 was the recipient of a Government of Ireland Senior Research Scholarship. He has served as Irish delegate to the International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ISECS) and correspondent to the Association pour la diffusion de la recherche littéraire (ADIREL), and is the current webeditor and former treasurer of the Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society (ECIS).

His main research interests are in the field of French literature, particularly 18th and 20th century; special interests include Rousseau’s autobiographical writings, epistolary literature and correspondences, development of the French novel, critical theory and contemporary theories of narrative.

 

Academic Background

1991:  Dip. Trans., Institute of Linguists, London

1989:  MA in French, National University of Ireland (1989 NUI Travelling Studentship Examination)

1987:  H. Dip. in Education, University College Dublin

1986:  BA in French & Italian, University College Dublin

 

Professional Affiliations

Association pour la diffusion de la recherche littéraire (ADIREL); Irish correspondent 1997-2003.

Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society (ECIS); committee member and webeditor, former Treasurer (1996-2001) and Irish delegate to the International Society (ISECS) in 1997.

Association des études françaises et francophones d’Irlande (ADEFFI); Publicity Officer 2001-2003, Ordinary Member of the Executive Committee 2009-2010, Treasurer 2011-2016.

Société française d’étude du XVIIIe siècle (SFEDS)

Société Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Association interdisciplinaire de recherche sur l’épistolaire (AIRE)

Institute of Linguists (IoL)

Modern Languages Community of Practice, NDLR

 

Research

Research areas

Histoire des idées

Censorship, power and circulation of ideas in eighteenth-century France

Correspondences and autobiographical writing

Modern novel, contemporary theories of narrative

 

Publications

Book chapters/published conference proceedings

2007: ‘La « petite histoire » de Jean-Jacques Rousseau’. Narrating the Self in Early Modern    Europe, eds. R. Whelan & B. Tribout, Oxford, Peter Lang, p. 231-246.

2003: ‘« Le plaisir d’aller sans savoir où... ». Rousseau on Travel’. Cross-Cultural Travel: Papers from the Royal Irish Academy International Symposium on Literature and Travel, ed. J. Conroy, New York/Oxford, Peter Lang, p. 69-80.

2000   ‘Les études doctorales, ou la solitude du coureur de fond’, in L’Avenir des études françaises dans l’enseignement supérieur en Irlande, ed. Serge Rivière, Limerick, University of Limerick, p. 74-78.

 

Volume or journal issue editing

2013: Lise Andriès, Frédéric Ogéé, John Dunkley and Darach Sanfey (eds), Intellectual journeys: the translation of ideas in Enlightenment England, France and Ireland, Oxford, Voltaire Foundation, Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century, 2013, 374 pages.

 

Articles

2013: ‘« Un talent redoutable pour la dispute » : Montesquieu and the Irish’, in Lise Andriès, Frédéric Ogéé, John Dunkley and Darach Sanfey (eds), Intellectual journeys: the translation of ideas in Enlightenment England, France and Ireland, Oxford, Voltaire Foundation, Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century, 2013, p. 177-193 (+ co-authored introduction, p. 1-13).

1997: ‘Le Discours autobiographique dans la Lettre à d’Alembert’, Travaux de Littérature, t. X, 1997, p. 175-194.

1993: ‘L’Attribution de la lettre CXLIV des Lettres persanes’, Travaux de Littérature, t. VI,    1993, p. 173-92 (Prix de l’Association internationale des études françaises, 1994)

 

Book reviews

2011: John C. O’Neal (ed.), The Nature of Rousseau’s Rêveries : physical, human, aesthetic (Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century, 2008:03), Oxford, The Voltaire Foundation, 2008. Forthcoming in the Modern Language Review.

1999:  C. Wacjman, Les Jugements de la critique sur la ‘folie’ de J.-J. Rousseau: représentations et interprétations 1760-1990 (Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century, 337), Oxford, The Voltaire Foundation, 1996. Modern Language Review, 1, 1999, p. 202-203

 

Translations

1995:  G. Dukes, ‘Les transformations du récit dans Entre toutes les femmes’, la licorne, 32, 1995, p. 151-159.

1994: F. Bédarida, ‘De Gaulle and the Resistance, 1940-1944’

J.-P. Rioux, ‘De Gaulle in waiting, 1946-1958’

S. Bernstein, ‘De Gaulle and the Fifth Republic’

in J. Horne & H. Gough (eds.), De Gaulle and Twentieth-Century France , London, Arnold, 1994, pp. 19-34, 35-49, 109-123.

 

Conference papers / seminars / guest lectures

2013: ‘« Ecrire et me cacher » : Rousseau's unspeakable autobiography’, "Histoire(s)", 15th annual conference of the Association des Etudes Françaises et Francophones d'Irlande (ADEFFI), NUIM Maynooth, 20 October 2013.

2012: 'Rousseau et l'autobiographie "éclatée"', "Du bon usage de Rousseau" international conference, Trinity College Dublin, 13 September 2012.

2012: 'L'eau-de-vie en rose? Ireland and the Irish in the works of Michel Déon’, "La France et l'Irlande dans l'imaginaire collectif", 8th annual conference of the Association for Franco-Irish Studies (AFIS), Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, 26 May 2012.

2012:  ‘“Reckless, scandalous, impious” : un drôle de citoyen ? Rousseau and the prerogatives of citizenship', Rousseau 2012 commemorative public lecture hosted by the School of Politics and International Relations (Univeristy College Dublin) and the Swiss Embassy in Ireland, 8 March 2012.

2011: ‘« Cet amour fatal dont je m'efforçoit de guérir »: la passion solitaire de Jean-Jacques Rousseau’, "Transgression(s)", 13th annual conference of the Association des Etudes Françaises et Francophones d'Irlande (ADEFFI), Aix-en-Provence, 22 octobre 2011.

2010: ‘Jean-Jacques Rousseau, charlatan de Genève ?’, 13th annual conference of the Association des Etudes Françaises et Francophones d'Irlande (ADEFFI), Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, 29 October 2010.

2010: ‘« Un talent redoutable pour la dispute » : Montesquieu and the Irish’ (longer/revised version of paper originally presented at UL Cultural transfers conference in June 2010), Arts Faculty Seminar Series, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, 26 October 2010. 

2010: ‘“Un talent redoutable pour la dispute”: Montesquieu and the Irish’, International Colloquium on France, Great Britain, Ireland: Cultural transfers and the circulation of knowledge in the Age of Enlightenment, University of Limerick, 25-26 June 2010.A longer version of this paper was also presented at the MIC Arts Faculty Research Seminar in October.

2007: ‘Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Charlatan de Genève?’, Twelfth International Congress on the Enlightenment, University of Montpellier, July 2007. A version of this paper was also presented at the Twelfth Annual Conference of the ADEFFI, held at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick in October 2010.

2005: ‘La « petite histoire» de Jean-Jacques Rousseau’, Narrating the Self in Early Modern Europe: an International and Interdisciplinary Conference, NUI Maynooth, May 2005.

2002:  Round table participant at the Irish Universities’ Modern Languages Inaugural    Research Seminar: Prof. H. T. Mason, University of Bristol, ‘Two differing approaches to the Enlightenment: Hume and Voltaire’), videoconference involving faculty from UU/QUB/UL/UCC/NUIM, January 2002.

2001: ‘A Brief History of the French Letter-book’, MIC Faculty Research Seminar, Limerick, March 2001.

1999: ‘Acte épistolaire et autobiographie : le cas des Lettres à Malesherbes de Jean-Jacques Rousseau’, 10th International Congress on the Enlightenment, Dublin, July 1999.

1997: ‘Les études doctorales, ou la solitude du coureur de fond’, UL Conference in conjunction with the Service Culturel de l’Ambassade de France: L’Avenir des études françaises dans l’enseignement supérieur en Irlande, Limerick, December 1997.

1997: ‘Life, letters and the stage: Autobiographical discourse in the Lettre à d’Alembert sur les spectacles’, Conference of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, St. John’s College, Oxford, January 1997. 

1996: ‘Rousseau and Voltaire’, UL Annual Humanities Research Conference, Limerick, June 1996.

1996: ‘An impossible dialogue? Rousseau, Voltaire and the perils of philosophy’, invited paper, Limerick Philosophical Society, MIC Limerick, February 1996.

1997-2009: Guest lecturer for Prof. G. Sheridan’s and Prof. Serge-Marc Rivière’s seminars, Department of Languages and Cultural Studies, University of Limerick.

 

Conference chairing

2013: Chair of session 4b – ‘Autobiographies’, 15th annual conference of the ADEFFI, NUI Maynooth, 20 October 2013.

2013: Chair of session B, 'The Dark Side of Diderot' conference, University College Dublin, 7 June 2013.

2012: Chair of 'La contemplation du quotidien', 14th annual conference of the ADEFFI, Galway, 20 October 2012.

2011: Chair of session 3a 'Espaces transgressifs et limites trangressées', 13th annual conference of the ADEFFI, Aix-en-Provence, 22 October 2011.

2011: Chair of session 1 of the Eighteenth Century Research Group workshop, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, 6 May 2011. 

2010: Chair of session ‘Francophonie’, 12th annual conference of the ADEFFI, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, 29-30 October 2010.

2010: Chair of session ‘Transferts VII’ of France, Great Britain, Ireland: Cultural transfers and the circulation of knowledge in the Age of Enlightenment, University of Limerick, 25-26 June 2010.

2009: Chair of ‘Voltaire aujourd’hui: Candide à 250 ans’ session of the 11th annual conference of the ADEFFI, University of Ulster, Derry, 16-17 October 2009.

2005: Chair of ‘Huguenot Roundtable III’, parallel session of the 9th Annual Conference of the Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society in Association with Cumann Merriman, University of Limerick, 9-12 June 2005.

2003: Chair of the ‘Converts’ session of the 7th Annual Conference of the Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society, Trinity College Dublin (Ireland), 2-4 May 2003

2002: Chair of the opening session of Saol agus Saíocht na Gaeilge san Ochtú Céad Déag, Mary Immaculate College, 19 January 2002.

1999: Chair of “Ireland II” session DC83 of the Tenth International Congress on the Enlightenment, UCD, 25-31 July 1999.

 

Conference organisation

2010: Co-organiser of the 25th Annual Conference of the Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society, with responsibility for the Joint International Conference of the British, French and Irish Societies for eighteenth-century studies on the theme of France, Great Britain, Ireland: Cultural transfers and the circulation of knowledge in the Age of Enlightenment, University of Limerick, 25-26 June 2010.

2007: Co-organiser of Voyages, espaces, captivité/Voyages, Space and Captivity (1650-1850), an interdisciplinary international conference held at the University of Limerick, 25-26 October 2007, with the support and participation of the French Embassy; the Collège de France, the Université de Paris-Sorbonne, the University of Limerick and NUIG.

2004: Co-organiser of Saol agus Saíocht na Gaeilge san Ochtú Céad Déag, a second interdisciplinary conference on the fortunes of the Irish language in the long eighteenth century. Mary Immaculate College, 14 February 2004.

2002: Co-organiser of Saol agus Saíocht na Gaeilge san Ochtú Céad Déag, a joint interdisciplinary conference on the fortunes of the Irish language in the long eighteenth century. Mary Immaculate College, 19 January 2002.

1999: Member of the Organising Committee for the Tenth International Congress on the Enlightenment, UCD, 25-31 July 1999

1996: Co-organiser of the 10th Annual Conference of the Eighteenth-Century Ireland Society, University of Limerick, May 1996.

1992: Co-organiser of the Joint Conference of the British, French and Irish Societies for eighteenth-century studies (BSECS, SFEDS and ECIS), UCD, Dublin, June 1992.

 

 

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