Imagining Ireland Abroad, 1904–1945

Imagining Ireland Abroad, 1904–1945
The Department of English Studies at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest cordially invites you to attend a book launch and roundtable conversation for Imagining Ireland Abroad, 1904–1945: Conceiving the Nation, Identity, and Borders in Central Europe by Dr Lili Zách. 

Offering a unique account of identity formation in Ireland and Central Europe, this book explores and contextualises transfers and comparisons between Ireland and the successor states of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It reveals how Irish perceptions of borders and identities changed after the (re)birth of the small states of Austria, Hungary and Czechoslovakia and the creation of the Irish Free State. Adopting a transnational approach, the book documents the outward-looking attitude of Irish nationalists and provides original insights into the significance of personal encounters that transcended the borders of nation-states. Drawing on a wide range of official records, private papers, contemporary press accounts and journal articles, Imagining Ireland Abroad, 1904-1945 bridges the gap between historiographies of the East and West by opening up a new perspective on Irish national identity. 

The event will be held online. After the roundtable conversation, there will be a live Q&A with the audience. Time: 10 February 2022, Thursday, 18.30 CET/17.30 GMT 

Dr Lili Zách, Assistant Professor (Department of English Studies, Eötvös Loránd University) 

Dr John Paul Newman, Associate Professor (Department of History, Maynooth University) 


  • Dr Darragh Gannon,  Lecturer in Irish Studies (University College Dublin)/O'Malley Fellow (New York University) 
  • Dr Róisín Healy,Senior Lecturer (Department of History, National University of Ireland, Galway) 
  • Dr. habil. Michael McAteer, Associate Professor (Department of English Literatures and Cultures, Pázmány Péter Catholic University) 

Participation is open to anyone and no prior registration is needed. 

You can join the event using this link.