Speaker: Professor Ronan McDonald took up the Gerry Higgins Chair in Irish Studies at The University of Melbourne at the start of 2018. He previously held the Australian Ireland Fund Chair in Modern Irish Studies at The University of New South Wales, Sydney. He is widely published in Irish literary studies, with a particular interest in Irish modernism. He is also interested in approaches to literary value. His books include Tragedy and Irish Literature (2002), The Cambridge Introduction to Samuel Beckett (2007) and The Death of the Critic (2008). Recent edited collections include The Values of Literary Studies: Critical Institutions, Scholarly Agendas (Cambridge University Press, 2015) and Flann O’Brien and Modernism (2014). His next book is The Irish Revival and the Crisis of Value, which will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2019.