The Trieste Joyce School

"I cannot begin to give you the flavour of the old Austrian Empire. It was a ramshackle affair but it was charming, gay, and I experienced more kindnesses in Trieste than ever before or since in my life."

The 25th Trieste Joyce School will be held from June 25 to June 30 2023

The 25th Trieste Joyce School will be held from June 25 to June 30 2023.

ORGANISERS and speakers:
Laura Pelaschiar (Associate Professor in English Literature at the University of Trieste),
John McCourt (Professor in English Litererature, University of Macerata),
Richard Barlow (Associate Professor, Nanyang Technological University).

Nicholas Allen (Willson Centre), Valérie Bénéjam (Nantes University), Sophie Corser (University College Cork), Matthew Fogarty (University College Dublin), Lloyd (Meadhbh) Houston (University of Alberta), Felix M. Larkin (Dublin), Josh Q. Newman (James Joyce Centre, Dublin / Trinity College Dublin), Annalisa Volpone (University of Perugia), Michelle Witen (Europa-Universität Flensburg).

Caroline Elbay (Champlain College Dublin)
Sam Slote (Trinity College Dublin)
Ronan Crowley (Aarhus University, Denmark)

Rob Doyle

"All in all, it was an incredible learning experience that allowed me to understand Joyce better, and in turn, enjoy his work more thoroughly. Trieste and the Joyce School added depth to my understanding of Joyce and motivated me to continue in my research. I am especially happy and grateful to have been part of this wonderful experience because it allowed me to meet other Joyceans and join the family. The whole event was a great big celebration of diversity and equality, and also a platform for people from different parts of the world to connect and learn about one another while having fun. All I can say is that I hope to bring back what I have learned, to cultivate the friendships and contacts I have made, and to one day go back as a lecturer!"
Dominic Richards, student at the 2017 school
His full report can be read here:
"I get asked about this a lot and couldn't be happier to see them extend their outreach. John and Laura have built up something really amazing over the last two decades or so. No better place to be in the summer if you're all about Joyce, all about what he was about, and want to be having the best time around people who think the same."
Arunava Banerjee, student at the 2018 school

With support and sponsorship of:

Comune di Trieste - Assessorato alla Cultura

Università degli Studi di Trieste

Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici

Culture Ireland

Galleria d'Arte Moderna Revoltella

Embassy of Ireland, Rome

Registrations and Scholarships

Payment and University registration page:



To apply for a scholarship for the 2023 Trieste Joyce School, please send your cv and a letter of motivation to Richard Barlow:, and cc Laura Pelaschiar: In addition, please arrange to have a reference letter sent to Richard and Laura. The deadline for the submission of these materials is April 14 2023. Full and partial scholarships are available.


Three credits are available to undergraduate students on completion of the course which offers over 30 hours of lectures and seminars. Students wishing to avail of this possibility should email John Mc Court in advance. In order to obtain credits students must attend all lectures and seminars as well as write an essay of 3,500 words.


Laura Pelaschiar

Laura Pelaschiar

John McCourt

John McCourt

Richard Barlow

Richard Barlow


Trieste Joyce School
DISU - Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici
Università di Trieste
Androna Campo Marzio, 10
34123 Trieste
DISU website
Università di Trieste website

Rules of conduct

As part of the University of Trieste and the Department of the Humanities, the Trieste Joyce School is governed by the University's rules and structures. The School is therefore bound to ensure that the University's Ethical Code, which was approved on 25 July 2011, and which sets out clear rules to govern against discrimination, power abuse, sexual harassment, nepotism, and corruption, be fully respected.

More specifically, Art. 8 of the Ethical Code defines and regulates issues concerning sexual harassment. A translation of Article 8 reads as follows:

Art. 8 - Harassment of a sexual nature

Sexual harassment is defined as any unwanted behaviour with a sexual connotation, or any other type of discrimination based on gender, which offends the dignity of men and women in the study and work environment, including physical behaviour or verbal expressions.

The University deplores harassment of a sexual nature and provides victims with prompt protection, free from prejudice.

If you become aware of any incidents of harassment, it is a moral obligation to report them (to the University authorities). The University is under obligation to offer protection in all cases including those involving job applications.

Any form of retaliation against a person who denounces the aforementioned behaviour is also considered harassment.

If there is a gap in terms of seniority between those who harass and the victim this is considered an aggravating factor.

Sexual harassment on the part of lecturers towards students is treated as a particularly serious violation.