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Metaphoric Stammers and Embodied Speakers: Expanding the Borders of Dysfluency Studies (Humanities Institute, University College Dublin, 12 October, 2018)

Keynote speaker: Chris Eagle, Emory University, Centre for the Study of Human Health (Dysfluencies: On Speech Disorders in Modern Literature, 2014; Talking Normal: Literature, Speech Disorders, and Disability, ed. 2013)

The conference will explore the embodied experience and cultural construction of stammering from the collaborative perspectives of literary/cultural analysis, speech therapy and neurological research. The aim of the conference is to develop an interface between literary, cultural and clinical practice in the area of speech ‘disorders’, generating new forms of communication and exchange across these fields.

Despite the centrality of literary/cultural studies to the emergence of Dysfluency Studies (Marc Shell, Stutter 2005; Chris Eagle Dysfluencies 2014), the 2017 Oxford Dysfluency Conference had no humanities-based papers. This conference addresses this imbalance, bringing cultural analysis into genuine exchange with scientific and therapeutic practice, and necessarily negotiating the tension between a medically-inflected model of ‘recovery’ and an emergent challenge to cultural constructions of ‘normal’ speech. Dysfluency is explored less as a ‘disorder’ to be treated, than a form of communication that highlights the intricate relationship between speaking and being heard, vocal agency and cultural reception.

Literary culture has provided a rich and complex store of information about how stammering has been represented and interpreted at different historical junctures, within diverse cultural contexts and in relation to the variables of gender, class and ethnicity. The stammer has also been harnessed as a metaphor for how literary language works, how it operates at the limits of its expressive resources, occupying a territory that circles the paradoxical power of the ineffable. Recent work in the humanities, however, has signalled the need to balance such metaphorical readings with a sense of the corporeal experience of dysfluency, what Jay Dolmage has called ‘the embodied struggle for expression’ (Disability Rhetoric 2014). This renewed focus on embodiment invites diverse, interdisciplinary approaches that serve to accentuate the embodied experience of stammering in its neurological, therapeutic and cultural forms.

For further information, please visit the conference website (https// or email

Organiser: Dr Maria Stuart, School of English, Drama, Film and Creative Writing, UCD.


Conference programme

FRIDAY 12 October 2018

 8:45-9:15am REGISTRATION Humanities Institute, UCD.

 9.15 Welcome

Maria Stuart (School of English, Drama, Film, and Creative Writing, UCD)

Danielle Clarke (Head of the School of English, Drama, Film and Creative Writing/Vice Principal for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion).

PANEL A                                                 9:30-11AM

Clinical Narratives

Chair: Margaret Leahy, (European Clinical Specialization Fluency Disorders).

Mary O’ Dwyer (Speech and Language Therapist, Cork/Kerry Community Healthcare) and Alex Warren:

‘Rethinking “Recovery”: The therapeutic exchange between the person who stutters and the therapist/person who does not stutter’.

Fiona Ryan (Speech and Language Therapist, HSE):

‘Women’s Voices: the silent side of stuttering’.

11-11:30 COFFEE BREAK (Humanities Institute)

PANEL B                                                11:30-1.15 PM

Hearing Voices

Chair: Ashley Taggart, (School of English, Drama and Film, UCD).

Maria Stuart (UCD):

‘“Easy Listening”: Landscapes of Reception, Altered Auditory Feedback and Revisiting The King’s Speech’.

Roshaya Rodness (McMaster University):

‘Hearing-Oneself-Stutter: The Phenomenology and Deconstruction of Delayed Auditory Feedback’.

Katherine Bischoping (York University, Toronto):

‘Making Sense of a Mayor’s Pause: A Comparison of Discourse, Conversation and Narrative Strategies’.

Yvon Bonenfant (UCC):

‘Hearing Resonant Tails: Disability, Agency and Peformative Voicing’.

 1.15-1.45PM LUNCH (Humanities Institute)

PANEL C                                                  1.45-3:15PM

Reading Voices

Chair: Fionnuala Dillane, (Associate Dean of Arts and Humanities, UCD).

Riley McGuire (University of Pennsylvania):

Our American Cousin, Our Dysfluent Nation: Transatlantic Stammering on the Victorian Stage’.

Daniel Martin (MacEwan University, Alberta):

‘Dysfluency and Embodied Mediation in Robert Browning’s “Mr Sludge, the Medium”’.

Susan Anderson (Sheffield Hallam University):

‘Dysfluency on the Shakespearean Stage’.

3:15- 3.30PM COFFEE BREAK (Humanities Institute)

PANEL D                                                 3.30- 5:00 AM

Vocal Authenticity

Chair: Kate Fama (School of English, Drama and Film, UCD).

Joshua St. Pierre (University of Alberta):

‘The Challenges of Stuttering Activism: Fluency, Dysfluency and the Production of Human Capital’.

Jonathon Linklater (Speech and Language Therapist, Speech Matters, Dublin):

‘On Becoming A Stutterer: Avoidance Reduction Therapy’.

Conor Foran (Artist and Graphic Designer):

‘Visualising Sound: Stammering Through Typography’.

 5.00-5.30 Wine Reception



Chris Eagle (Emory University):

Repetition or Insistence: The Aphasic Poetics of Stein and Joyce’.

Chair: Anne Fogarty, (Professor of James Joyce Studies, UCD).


8.30 Dinner at The Little Kitchen (Optional)*


*If you wish to attend the dinner, please register for this on the registration link.


Online registration

Online registration for ‘Metaphoric Stammers and Embodied Speakers’ is available at: (
1. The registration fee (includes lunch and coffee breaks) is 25 euros.
    The discount rate (for students/limited budget) is 15 euros.
    When entering payment, please write ‘Registration Fee’ in the Reference box.
2. There is also a conference dinner (optional) at 35 euros (including wine).
    If interested in attending, please make a separate payment (using the same link) writing
    ‘Conference dinner’ in the Reference box.
    To those making a payment for the conference dinner, please also email to confirm your place (advising also of any dietary

Travel information for delegates (& other useful information)

Conference Information

The conference will be held at the UCD Humanities Institute. Please come first to the UCD Humanities Institute to let us know you’ve arrived, get a nametag, and pick up a conference program. If you have internet access on your phone, this campus map is very handy: Just enter Humanities Institute in the search line, and follow away. The HI also has detailed driving and parking directions here:

To Dublin From the Airport

Dublin is served by Dublin International Airport, which is located north of Dublin City Centre. There are frequent connecting buses from the airport to the city centre, including a special shuttle service, Airlink which brings passengers directly to Busáras (Central Bus Station, Dublin).

Aircoach operates a service from Dublin Airport to Leopardstown / Sandyford / Stillorgan which passes UCD.

From Dublin to UCD

Most of you will be arriving from Dublin city centre, and the easiest way to get to UCD’s Belfield campus is to take a city bus. The 46A, 145, and 39A buses go through the centre of town and come directly to campus. Timetables are more suggestions than schedules, and buses can be quite busy around rush hour times. From the city centre, leave yourself at least 45 minutes to catch a bus and find your way across the UCD campus.
NB: All Dublin Bus buses have wifi.

Catching a bus

Have loose change, as the bus doesn’t accept bills, and you’ll need to pay with exact change. Just tell the driver you are going to UCD, and she or he will tell you the fare. From city centre, the cash fare is €2.85. You can plan your journey on

Arriving at UCD

The 39A bus terminates at UCD, so no need to worry about getting off at the right stop. If you catch the 46A or 145, just press one of the red stop buttons when the electronic sign on the bus says UCD, or ask the driver to point out the campus. Many people get off at campus; you won’t miss it.

Both the 46A and the 145 set down on Stillorgan road. With your back to the bus, walk toward the overpass you’ve just passed. You’ll turn left at the light, cross the overpass/bridge over the motorway and be on campus. You will be able to follow the crowd.


Taxis are very easy to hail in town or from one of many taxi stands on main streets or in front of hotels. If you need to pay by card, be sure to ask the driver before you get in whether she or he accepts cards.

If you like pay-by-phone apps, MyTaxi is the most prominent one in Dublin. You can download it, add a credit card, and call a taxi anywhere that your phone is internet connected.


Avoid driving to campus if at all possible. Parking is extremely tight, though there are a few spots available for 3 Euro per day. For driving and parking directions, see here:


Conference Registration

Conference Registration and the brief morning welcome will be in the Humanities Institute. Conference signs with arrows will guide you from the two campus bus stops to the HI. If you’ve internet on your phone, this interactive campus map is really helpful:

At The Conference

Conference WiFi
Eduroam is in operation in University College Dublin. Visitors must have their wireless clients configured to use WPA2 with AES encryption and have tested their authentication before arriving on-site. Our IT Services do not provide technical support for connecting to Eduroam so you should direct any queries to your home institution and check your settings before arriving. Open guest campus Wifi access is also available.

Conference Dinner (optional)

  • The Conference Dinner will be held on Friday 12 October in The Little Kitchen, Leeson Street. If you have any dietary requirements, please specify this when booking your place. All those intending to come to dinner must register and pay in advance. The cost is €35 (includes wine) which can be paid when registering for the conference.



Accommodation information for delegates

Below is information about the conference and suggestions regarding accommodation in the area and in the city. We are not in a position to book accommodation for you.


Conference Venue

The conference will be held on the University College Dublin campus.

It is just south of the city centre. If the map link above doesn’t work, the address is UCD, Stillorgan Road, Belfield, Dublin 4.

Hotel nearby

The Mespil Hotel  is near UCD. You can book a room online here:

Or call the hotel direct: +353 1 488 4600.

Other nearby hotels

If the Mespil doesn’t suit your needs, please consult, airbnb or your favorite travel site to find accommodation. The list below is for your information only and doesn’t constitute an endorsement or suggestion for any of these accommodations.

 Guesthouses and Hotels—Southside and City Centre

Donnybrook Hall

Morehampton Townhouse

Waterloo Lodge Townhouse

The Fitzwilliam Townhouse

Latchfords Townhouse – Baggot Street

Baggot Court Townhouse

Ariel House

Kildare St. Hotel

Harcourt Hotel

Camden Hotel

Maldron Hotel Pearse St

Clayton Hotel, Ballsbridge

Mespil Hotel

Hampton Hotel

Ballsbridge Hotel

Blooms Hotel