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 26th Trieste Joyce School will be held from June 30 to July 5 2024

The 26th Trieste Joyce School will be held from June 30 to July 5 2024.

ORGANISERS and speakers:
Laura Pelaschiar (Associate Professor in English Literature at the University of Trieste),
John McCourt (Professor in English Litererature, University of Macerata),
Ronan Crowley (Postdoctoral Researcher, Goethe University Frankfurt).

Robert Baines (University of Evansville), Emily Bell (Loughborough University), Shinjini Chattopadhyay (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Cleo Hanaway-Oakley (University of Bristol), Terence Killeen (James Joyce Centre), Zachary Leader (University of Roehampton), Donal Manning (Liverpool), Annalisa Mastronardi (Dublin), Tekla Mecsnóber (University of Groningen), Georgina Nugent (University of Vienna), Erik Schneider (Trieste), Sam Slote (Trinity College Dublin).

Caroline Elbay (Champlain College Dublin)
Terence Killeen (James Joyce Centre)
Shinjini Chattopadhyay (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

Leeanne Quinn

"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:

Registration for the 26th Trieste Joyce School has opened. Rates are: €350 full fee; €175 student fee; €75 fee for recipients of a partial scholarship; €0 fee for recipients of a full scholarship.
Click here to register for the school.



To apply for a scholarship for the 2024 Trieste Joyce School, please send your cv and a letter of motivation to Ronan Crowley:, and cc Laura Pelaschiar: In addition, please arrange to have a reference letter sent to Ronan and Laura. The deadline for the submission of these materials is April 26 2024. 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

Ronan Crowley

Ronan Crowley


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.