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“Nótaí/Notes: Music and Ireland” Research Symposium

NUI Galway is delighted to announce the forthcoming research symposium "Nótaí/Notes: Music and Ireland," which will take place on Saturday, 23 September 2017 in Boston College’s Gasson Hall. This full-day symposium will gather together international scholars from a variety of academic disciplines, united in their interest in the topic of Music and Ireland. The symposium theme is tied to the forthcoming 2019 special issue of Éire-Ireland: an Interdisciplinary Journal of Irish Studies. Keynote speakers will include Dr Helen O’Shea (University of Melbourne) and Dr Méabh Ní Fhuartháin (National University of Ireland, Galway). Participants will also have an opportunity to acquaint themselves with Boston College’s extensive Irish Music Archives.

The symposium will be free and open to all interested parties. A full programme will be published in due course. For planning purposes, we invite you to register your interest in attending by 31 May 2017 with onsite coordinator Elizabeth Sweeney, Irish Music Librarian, John J. Burns Library, Boston College: elizabeth.sweeney@bc.edu. General enquiries should also be directed to the onsite coordinator.

Any other enquiries may be directed to symposium coordinators Dr Verena Commins and Dr Méabh Ní Fhuartháin, NUI Galway: meabh.nifhuarthain@nuigalway.ie

This event is cosponsored by Comhrá Ceoil, Centre for Irish Studies at NUI Galway, together with the Boston College Libraries and Boston College Center for Irish Programs, with additional funding provided by the Irish Research Council New Foundations scheme.

The 4th International Postgraduate Conference in Irish Studies 8 - 9 September 2017: Influences, Intersections, Interactions

Influences, Intersections, Interactions

The 4th International Postgraduate Conference in Irish Studies

8 - 9 September 2017

Centre for Irish Studies, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

Website: www. http://ualk.ff.cuni.cz/centre-for-irish-studies

Contact e-mail: praguepostgraduate@gmail.com


Paper proposals are invited for an international conference which aims to bring together postgraduate projects in the area of Irish Studies. Following the success of “The Politics of Irish Writing” (2009), “Boundary Crossings” (2011) and “Tradition and Modernity” (2013),  we wish to continue offering discussion space for graduate students working in Irish literature and studies. We particularly welcome those working outside the Anglophone academic environment.

The recent rise of nationalist discourse worldwide creates a need for discussion and a re-evaluation of the concepts of influence, intersection, and interaction within, as well as  between cultures. Proposals for papers are welcome on any aspect of Irish writing, society, history or politics, with special attention to the inherent permeability of culture and society, and the role of personal, historical, literary and other influences in various areas of Irish Studies.

Participants are encouraged to address the subject in a wide range of ways, which may include:

  • Literary and artistic influences in Irish writing and the arts
  • Intersections of Irish culture with external influences
  • The role of social and literary institutions as a formative space
  • Intersections of gender, class, and ethnicity.

The conference is hosted by the Centre for Irish Studies at Charles University, Prague and takes place under the aegis of the European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies (EFACIS). The event is supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ireland.

The conference is free for all participants. Basic student accommodation will be provided for international participants upon request (please notify us when sending your paper abstract). Publication options will be discussed as part of the closing session of the conference; these include a refereed collection of essays.

In order to provide more detailed feedback for each paper, the conference format will consist of 15-minute summaries followed by responses from nominated participants, who are acquainted with the full-length paper, followed by a general discussion. Participants will be asked to submit the full-length paper in advance, and may be appointed respondents to other papers. For this reason, accepted papers are expected to be in the region of 3 000 words, with a submission date of 15 June.


The closing session, co-presented by Dr Tom Walker (TCD) and Dr Ondřej Pilný (Charles University), will focus on research and publication opportunities, career building, and funding in Irish Studies.


Paper abstracts of 250 words, in either English or Irish, should be submitted to the organisers at praguepostgraduate@gmail.com by 30 January 2017. Abstracts must include the title of the paper, name and e-mail address, institutional affiliation and any AV requirements for your presentation.

Do not hesitate to contact us for any further inquiry.

Conference Committee:

Einat Adar, Galina Kiryushina, Ondřej Pilný, and Markéta Pospíšilová.

EFACIS Conference 2017: A CORUÑA

Translocation: Pathways in Irish Studies   31st Aug - 3rd Sept 2017

First Call for Papers

Whither Irish studies? Where are we and where are we going? With scholars from every continent in universities all over the world, Irish studies is a multidisciplinary field which has expanded well beyond its initial home, geographically in Irish, British and American universities, and academically, in historical and literary studies. Irish studies flourishes in academic institutions from Beijing to Buenos Aires, from Mumbai to Moscow, and in a varied and expanding range of disciplines, including politics and sociology, musical studies, film and media studies, the visual and plastic arts, and sports studies, to name but a few. Translocation, defined as the act, process, or an instance of changing location or position, seems a fitting umbrella title to embrace the multiple themes which will be under discussion at the EFACIS Conference 2017, to be held in the beautiful Galician coastal city of A Coruña. This conference aims to be a celebration of all these different pathways in the vast field of Irish Studies and to debate the present and future of the field, with academics, experts and administrators from a variety of different academic and geographical background, while attempting to showcase the wealth and breadth of research being undertaken throughout the world.

Registration is open here.

See the full CFP and bursary options here

Acting Out: The IV International Flann O'Brien Conference

Call For Papers
Acting Out: The IV International Flann O'Brien Conference
Salzburg University, 17-21 July 2017 

Keynote Speakers
Anne Fogarty (University College Dublin)
Stanley E. Gontarski (Florida State University)
Maebh Long (The University of the South Pacific)

Guest Writers & Performers (more to be announced...)
Arthur Riordan (Improbable Frequency, Slattery’s Sago Saga, The Train
The Liverpool-Irish Literary Theatre (The Glittering Gate, The Dead Spit of Kelly, Thirst)

The International Flann O’Brien Society is proud to announce Acting Out: The IV International Flann O’Brien Conference, an international conference on the theme of performance, theatricality, and illusion in Flann O’Brien’s writing, hosted by the Department of English Studies at Salzburg University, 17-21 July 2017.

        In recent years O’Brien’s writing has been foregrounded as an integral site for testing the rise of new modernist studies, as it troubles critical commonplaces about modernism itself by virtue of its ephemerality and parochial energies. Recent publications of out-of-print English and Irish-language columns, short stories, non-fiction, dramatic works for the stage, and teleplays for Raidió Teilifís Éireann have not only made O’Brien’s broader canon accessible to a new generation of scholars, but have also highlighted its importance to an understanding of modernism which ‘has grown more capacious, turning its attention to previously neglected forms’ (Rónán McDonald and Julian Murphet). 

  •         Germane to these critical projects is the recurring concern with performance, theatricality, and illusion in O’Brien’s prose, columns, plays, and TV scripts. In establishing his (highly ironised) aesthetic manifesto in At Swim-Two-Birds, the student narrator notes that ‘the novel was inferior to the play inasmuch as it lacked the outward accidents of illusion, frequently inducing the reader to be outwitted in a shabby fashion and caused to experience a real concern for the fortunes of illusory characters.’ If, as Richard Schechner claims, ‘performances mark identities, bend time, reshape and adorn the body, and tell stories’, then few writers better demonstrate this shaping influence and potential of the performative and the fake. 

            This dynamic of O’Brien’s work has become all the more visible with the marked rise of creative adaptations of his writing for the stage and beyond. Building on the precedent of pioneering O’Brien performers such as Jimmy O’Dea, David Kelly, and Eamon Morrissey, recent years have seen numerous creative engagements with O’Brien’s work for the stage (Blue Raincoat’s adaptations of O’Brien’s major novels, Arthur Riordan’s Improbable Frequency and Slattery’s Sago Saga, Ergo Phizmiz’s electronic-1920s-Vaudeville adaptation of The Third Policeman, Stephen Rea’s musical dramatic reading of same), film (Kurt Palm’s In Schwimmen-Zwei-Vögel, Park Films’ John Duffy’s Brother and The Martyr’s Crown) and the visual arts (John McCloskeys graphic novel of An Béal Bocht, David O’Kane’s stunning O’Brien artworks). As well as demonstrating the significant weight O’Brien’s writing continues to carry in the present cultural moment, these adaptations emphasise its sustained creative dimensions and dramatic energies.

            With these issues in mind, the conference aims to address the contours and concealments of performance in Flann O’Brien’s work as it relates to issues of identity, genre, pseudonymity, adaptation, and creative reception. Salzburg is the home of numerous internationally renowned and prestigious theatrical institutions and events, providing the perfect setting to this symposium, which will take place at the outset of the 2017 Salzburger Festspiele (Salzburg Music and Drama Festival).

    * * *

    The organisers invite proposals on any aspect of O’Nolan’s writing, but are especially interested in papers that explore questions of performance, theatricality, and illusion in O’Brien’s prose, columns, plays, and TV scripts, including, but not limited to:

    • Becoming Other: Masks, Pseudonyms, Role-Playing in O’Brien
    • (Mis)Leading Men: Gender Performativity in O’Brien
    • Props/Performing Objects: The life of objects / Object as metaphor
    • The outward accidents of illusion: Sartorial style, costumes, & uniforms in O’Brien
    • Transmedialisation: Music, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Illustration, Animation, Film
    • Come to your Senses: Sight, Sound, Smell, Touch, Taste in O’Brien
    • Comic & Tragic Passions: O’Brien & Genre
    • Puppets and Puppet-Masters: Agency, Post-Humanism; Author vs. The Authored
    • Creativity: Improvisation vs. learning by heart
    • Culture’s Scripts: Secular and Sacred Rituals
    • Dumb play: Playing dumb
    • O’Brien and the Theatre in Irish, European, & Modernist contexts (The Abbey, The Čapeks, Pirandello, modernist anti-theatricality, William Sayoran, etc.)
    • Creative Receptions / Adaptations of O’Brien’s work

    Abstracts and Submissions

    If you would like to propose a paper (not exceeding 20 minutes), or panel (maximum 3 speakers) please submit your title and an abstract of 250 words accompanied by a short biographical sketch to flannsalzburg2017@gmail.com or paul.fagan@sbg.ac.at by 1 February 2017


    Given the conference’s theme, the organisers also welcome alternative forms of presentation and dialogue, such as roundtables, workshops, debate motions (and debaters), performances, creative responses to Flann O’Brien’s writing, etc.


    For more details as they emerge, including social programmes and accommodation & travel details, we invite you to visit


    Organising Committee

    Sabine Coelsch-Foisner (Salzburg University)

    Paul Fagan (Salzburg University  University of Vienna)

    Dieter Fuchs (University of Vienna)

    Ruben Borg (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

CFP 'Archival Afterlives: Postwar Poetry in English', University of Manchester, 27-29 June 2017

'Archival Afterlives: Postwar Poetry in English', The John Rylands Research Institute, University of Manchester, 27-29 June 2017.

Confirmed Speakers: Lucy Collins (UCD), Stephen Enniss (University of Texas, Austin), Rachel Foss (British Library), Peter Jay (Anvil Press), Robyn Marsack (Royal Literary Fund/University of Glasgow), Deryn Rees-Jones (Pavilion Press/University of Liverpool), Michael Schmidt (Carcanet Press), David Sutton (University of Reading), Kevin Young (Emory University), 

with Poetry Readings by Elaine Feinstein and Tara Bergin.

Reflecting the strengths of the Special Collections at the John Rylands Library (University of Manchester), ‘Archival Afterlives’, the 2017 John Rylands Research Institute conference will focus on modern literary archives, and in particular on archives related to postwar poetry in English.

‘Archival Afterlives’ is intended as a forum for researchers, postgraduate students, curators, archivists, as well as poets to discuss their relationship with archival material, whether it be through creating, collecting or donating archives, or through using archival and material culture for inspiration, learning or research.

Topics for discussion will include: genetic histories of poetic texts; poetic communities and networks; poetry in translation; life writing; the publishing of poetry; the relationship of poet and editor; the materiality of poetic texts; collecting the archives of modern poetry; archives, objects with associational value and the material culture of writers and writing.

We also welcome presentations on any of the poets, translators, editors, publishers and poetic movements represented in the Library’s outstanding collection of Modern Literary Archives. These comprise the archives of poetry publishers Carcanet and Anvil, the literary journals PN Review and Critical Quarterly, as well as papers of and related to a diverse range of poets and translators. Many Irish poets are represented in the archives, and we encourage scholars of Irish poetry to submit paper proposals.

For more information about the conference, and for a detailed call for papers with submission guidelines, please visit the conference website at http://www.jrri.manchester.ac.uk/connect/events/conferences/institute-conference-2017/.

Deadline for paper and panel proposals: 15 January 2017.

Conference Steering Committee: Florence Impens (UoM), Fran Baker (UoM Library), Douglas Field (UoM), Vona Groarke (UoM), Stella Halyard (UoM Library), John McAuliffe (UoM).


2nd CALL FOR PAPERS: 'Archival Afterlives: Postwar Poetry in English', University of Manchester, 27-29 June 2017


Confirmed Speakers: Lucy Collins (UCD), Stephen Enniss (University of Texas, Austin), Rachel Foss (British Library), Peter Jay (Anvil Press), Robyn Marsack (Royal Literary Fund/University of Glasgow), Deryn Rees-Jones (Pavilion Press/University of Liverpool), Michael Schmidt (Carcanet Press), David Sutton (University of Reading), Kevin Young (New York Public Library),

with Poetry Readings by Elaine Feinstein and Tara Bergin. 

The John Rylands Research Institute invites proposals for its 2017 conference on modern literary archives. Reflecting the strengths of the Special Collections at the John Rylands Library, the conference will focus in particular on archives related to postwar poetry in English.

‘Archival Afterlives’ will provide a forum for academic researchers, postgraduate students, curators, archivists, as well as poets to discuss their relationship with archival material, whether it be through creating, collecting or donating archives, or through using archival and material culture for inspiration, learning or research. The conference also takes place as part of a wider programme of activities at the John Rylands Research Institute and Library to facilitate the study of the holdings in modern and contemporary literature.

Topics for presentation might include:

·      Genetic histories of poetic texts; the role and place of genetic criticism in literary studies; the role and place of archival material in the study of contemporary poetry;

·      Poetic communities and networks; correspondence and its role in cementing literary networks and movements; collaborations; network mapping;

·      Poetry in translation; the process of translation; the relationship between the poet and the translator;

·      Life writing; archives and biographies;

·      The publishing of poetry; journals, publishing houses, and literary magazines;

·      The relationship of poet and editor;

·      The materiality of poetic texts; creating, documenting, managing and using literary drafts, manuscripts and proofs in physical and digital form;

·      Collecting the archives of modern poetry; ‘being archived’; the relationship of poets with their archives, and the poet with the archivist; collecting policies and strategies; the global diaspora of modern literary archives;

·      Archives and life-objects.

We also welcome presentations on any of the poets, translators, editors, publishers and poetic movements represented in the Library’s outstanding collection of Modern Literary Archives. These comprise the archives of poetry publishers Carcanet and Anvil, the literary journals PN Review and Critical Quarterly, as well as papers of and related to a diverse range of poets and translators. Poets represented in the archives include Elaine Feinstein, Grevel Lindop, Elizabeth Jennings, John Heath-Stubbs, Michael Schmidt, Brian Cox, Jeff Nuttall, John Ashbery, Eavan Boland, Gillian Clarke, Carol Ann Duffy, Louise Glück, Jorie Graham, Seamus Heaney, Ted Hughes, Paula Meehan, Edwin Morgan, Sinéad Morrissey, Les Murray, Dennis O’Driscoll, Sylvia Plath and many more.

Submissions from researchers at any stage of their career, as well as from curators and archivists are welcome. Due to significant interest, the deadline for paper and panel proposals has been extended to Monday, 20th February 2017.

Please visit the conference website for further information and guidelines on how to submit proposals.

Email address: jrri.conference2017@manchester.ac.uk

Conference Convenor: Florence Impens, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, John Rylands Research Institute, University of Manchester.

Steering Committee: Fran Baker (University of Manchester Library), Douglas Field (University of Manchester), Vona Groarke (University of Manchester), Stella Halkyard (University of Manchester Library), John McAuliffe (University of Manchester).

Joyce’s Fiction and the New Rise of the Novel

The X James Joyce Italian Foundation Conference in Rome

Conference Date: February 1-2-3, 2017. DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS: November 25, 2016

The James Joyce Italian Foundation invites proposals for the Tenth Annual Conference in Rome. It will be hosted by the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the Università Roma Tre, to celebrate Joyce’s 135th birthday.

Joyce famously described Ulysses as a “damned-monster novel”, a definition that could as well be applied also to his final anti-novel, Finnegans Wake. To a certain extent, it can be argued that all of his prose fiction, from the novellas of Dubliners onwards, is an attempt to stylistically and philosophically challenge the history and the tradition of realism and anti-realism in the novel in any of its multifarious forms.

Confirmed key note speaker: Finn Fordham, Royal Holloway University of London

We invite scholars to send proposals for a 20-minute contribution. The conference will be the occasion to present unpublished papers and works in progress on Joyce to an international audience.

Related topics include, but are not limited to:

- Joyce and/vs the tradition of the English novel

- Joyce and/vs the tradition of the Irish novel

- Joyce and/vs the tradition of the European novel

- Joyce and/vs the tradition of the Italian novel

- The novel as autobiography: writing the self

- Joyce and the theory of the novel

- Joyce and the end of the novel

- Joyce’s anti-novels

- Joyce and the novels of the Revival

- Joyce and history

- Joyce, genetic studies and the novel

- Joyce’s novels in translation

- Joyce between realism, surrealism and hyperrealism

- Joyce: word and world

- Joyce between fiction and the real

Selected papers will be published. Please send abstracts, 250-500 words in length, along with a short bio-sketch to joyceconference@gmail.com

The Conference includes a Joycean birthday party.

Accepted speakers will be notified by December 15, 2016.

On arrival, participants will be expected to sign up for membership of The James Joyce Italian Foundation (Students: 25 Euro; Faculty: 35 Euro; supporting members : 70 euro).

Please visit the James Joyce Italian Foundation website for information about the “Giorgio Melchiori Grants”.



Irish Modernisms: Gaps, Conjectures, Possibilities

Call for Papers
Irish Modernisms: Gaps, Conjectures, Possibilities

University ofVienna, 29 September1 October 2016

Keynote Speakers

Patricia Couglan (University College Cork)

Barry Sheils (University College Dublin)

We are proud to open a call for papers for Irish Modernisms: Gaps, Conjectures, Possibilities, an international conference dedicated to testing the borders of Irish Modernism to be hosted by the Dept. of English and American Studies, University of Vienna, 29 Sept1 Oct 2016.

        Over the course of the past two decades, the coordinates of Irish studies and modernist studies have shifted dramatically. Where once the critic may have nodded in agreement with Ezra Pound’s estimation that Joyce ‘writes as a European, not as a provincial’ and approved of Pound’s implication of an oxymoronic quality to the notion of an Irish Modernism, the ongoing historicising turn has irrevocably problematised these critical commonplaces. Significant studies re-positioning Yeats, Joyce, and Beckett’s modernist impulses in their Irish contexts have traced their sustained, if often contentious engagements with overlapping debates regarding Irish aesthetics, politics, and identities. At the same time, the previously assured binaries of Revivalist and Modernist creative modes have been profoundly complicated and disrupted. The rise of New Modernist studies, with its insistence upon a plurality of modernisms, has also refocused the critical lens to look to marginal modernisms and previously neglected genres, forms, and sites of publication or expression. Casting a critical eye across this transformed landscape, Edwina Keown and Carol Taaffe observe that if ‘the incompatability of modernism and Ireland gradually became a critical staple, juxtaposing an enlightened internationalism with an insular and conservative nationalist culture,’ recent critical work has revealed ‘not only the importance of modernism to Ireland, but also of Ireland to modernism’.

        The Cambridge Companion to Irish Modernism, published in 2014, presents an ideal occasion to take stock of this critical turn, to evaluate its past and future influence in the field and investigate it for gaps, oversights, and unfulfilled potential. Boasting contributions by leading figures in the field, the volume aims both to stabilise and push the ground upon which Irish Modernism can be conceived. A note by the editor Joe Cleary impresses that this volume ‘serves as an incisive and accessible overview of that brilliant period in which Irish artists not only helped create a distinctive national literature but also changed the face of European and Anglophone culture’. This vantage encourages us to complicate and nuance our historical view in a dual direction, noting the anti-realist experimentation of the Revivalist turn away from the modern alongside Jean-Michel Rabaté’s insistence that ‘in most recently produced histories of the concept of modernity, the return of the past is too often overlooked because the declaration of the “new’” is taken at face value.’ A vista of new critical considerations thus comes into view, incorporating Irish modernism’s roots in, and debts to, the 19th century as well as residual or belated modernisms in mid-century and (post-)Celtic Tiger Ireland; the too often marginalised importance of women’s writing to the Irish avant-garde; the interventions of Irish-language, bilingual, and diglossic modes; the exchanges and clashes of mass culture and rural modernisms.

        The conference invites critical, scholarly, and creative responses to the question of Irish Modernism as characterised in this Cambridge Companion. Rather than restating past gains, we propose to initiate a conversation that treats the field’s borders, coordinates, and key texts as fluid and open to further investigation. As we mean to foster dialogue, debate and exchange on this focused topic, in addition to the submission of papers (1520 minutes in length) and themed panels (maximum 3 speakers), the organisers particularly welcome alternative forms of presentation and dialogue, such as roundtables, workshops, debate motions (and debaters), creative responses, etc. which tackle the question of Irish Modernism and engage with the parameters of the Cambridge Companion project.


If you wish to propose a paper, panel, roundtable, workshop, debate motion (and debaters), creative response, etc. please submit a 250-word abstract, together with a short biographical note, to irishmodernismvienna@gmail.com by 1 August 2016.

For more details see

Tamara Radak (University of Vienna)

John Greaney (University College Dublin)

Paul Fagan (Salzburg University/University of Vienna)

event organisers

10th EFACIS Conference 'Beyond Ireland: Boundaries, Passages, Transitions'

University of Palermo, Italy

Confirmed plenary speakers: Prof. Declan Kiberd, Prof. John Mc Court

The deadline has been extended. Deadline for papers is now February 1st, 2015!

You can find more information on the conference website .

Call for Papers: click here

XIV INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE of AEDEI (Spanish Association for Irish Studies) "Discourses of inclusion and marginalisation: Minority, Dissident and Mainstream Irish Identities"

Ireland has entered what Bryan Fanning (2009: 179) calls an “uncertain phase

of cultural-economic nation building”. Many social scientists and cultural

commentators argue that key aspects of Irish national identity – the National

Question (national reunification), Catholicism and anti-Britishness – have been

eroded since the 1970s. Assumptions about politics based on the Civil War have

been undermined by the rise of new parties with no roots in this period.

Assumptions about a homogeneous nation have been eroded by the rapid

growth of immigration. And assumptions about the unassailable position of the

Catholic Church have been undermined by declining levels of piety, public

scandals and the moral claims made by minorities or survivor groups previously

silenced (e.g. Justice for Magdalenes, Adoption Alliance Group). The visit in

May 2011 of Queen Elizabeth II and President Barack Obama has had a

significant impact on the Irish national psyche. President Michael D. Higgins’s

follow-up state visit to Buckingham Palace earlier this year (along with Sinn

Féin’s Martin McGuinness) has also been relevant in normalizing Anglo-Irish

relations. At the same time that some old certainties have been displaced,

others have resurrected. The scourge of mass emigration, which many thought

had been consigned to history books, has returned. Yeats’s declaration in The

Second Coming that “Things fall apart, the centre cannot hold” seems, once

more, prescient.


This year’s AEDEI Conference aims to meet the challenges faced by

Ireland now, by including the theme of “Discourses of Inclusion and

Marginalisation: Minority, Dissident and Mainstream Irish Identities”. In the

present context of social and economic turbulence, definitions must be

broadened and scholarly boundaries pushed. The way in which we define

notions such as “Irishness”, “native” vs. “foreigner”, “centre” vs. “periphery”,

“marginal” vs. “mainstream”, and “normative” vs. “nonstandard” needs to be

thoroughly reexamined so as to better accommodate the current

polymorphous setting. Strategies of inclusion and marginalisation are inherent to

all forms of cultural expression, which leads one to question the following: to

what extent are deviant narratives informed by mainstream notions? And

alternatively, how are canonicity and the mainstream informed by otherness? Is

Irish identity being reformulated through the endless play of difference? Or is

flux the new normal? All these recategorisations also reveal the need to reflect

on the present state of research in Irish studies. Has the diverse nature of Irish

society affected the ways we look at history and cultural productions? How are

the structures of power and subordination expressed in social, political, literary

and artistic discourses?


The conference theme is not limited to a contemporary framework, as it

aims to explore the presence of minorities, dissident voices and mainstream

identities historically as well. Indeed, there is a growing interest in past-present

relationships, as evident in the recent combination between Memory Studies

and Migration Studies. Remembering the past can exert a (positive, healing)

effect when establishing a (healthful) relationship with current forms of

Otherness in present-day Ireland. As recently expressed by Fintan O’Toole, “If

we’re to grow up, we need to cure our delusions of grandeur that produce lies

and exclusion” (The Irish Times, 17 June 2014). Indeed, revisiting the canon

might reveal new insights into how tradition interacts with questions of power,

voice and representations of dissident identities.


This theme of inclusion and marginalisation ties in with a variety of

disciplines ranging from literary and cultural studies, to media and film studies,

critical theory, history, linguistics, anthropology, political science and sociology,

among others. We welcome contributions on topics including, but not limited

to, the following:

Irish minorities. Race, ethnicity, religion, class, gender, sexuality and

‘Otherness’ in Ireland. Women, LGBT, migrants, Travellers, dissenting groups

in politics, etc.;

Alternative cultures; marginalised histories and narratives; strategies of


Minority voices in art, cinema, theatre, and popular and traditional music;

Revisiting the canon. Reinterpretations, adaptations and rewritings of

mainstream works;

Artistic mediation. The role of the artist in fostering social links.


Convergences between Memory Studies, Migration Studies and other


Multiculturalism and Interculturalism: theoretical approaches and

applications. Ongoing research related to multicultural issues in Ireland;

Reconfigurations of space and time in Post-Celtic Tiger Ireland. New sociogeographical

and temporal configurations;

The discursive representation of minorities in public discourse;

Othering the language, languaging the Other;

Ireland and Spain.


Confirmed Writers:

Theo Dorgan

Paula Meehan

Confirmed Keynote Speakers:

Andrew Carpenter

Bryan Fanning


Venue: The conference takes place in Granada, an enchanting Andalusian

city whose architectural and archaeological heritage displays the richness of

intercultural connections between Arabic, Jewish and Christian influences.


Social Programme:

A stage adaptation of Sappho’s Daughter by Theo Dorgan;

Two conference tours: 1) A guided tour of Granada on Thursday 28th

May and; 2) a visit to the Alhambra on Saturday 30th May. Both must be

booked in advance;

Concert by the University of Granada Orchestra;

Gala dinner.


Scientific Committee:

Asier Altuna García de Salazar (Universidad de Deusto)

Rui Carvalho Homem (Universidade do Porto)

Seán Crosson (National University of Ireland, Galway)

José Francisco Fernández (Universidad de Almería)

Chris Gilligan (University of the West of Scotland)

Rosa González Casademont (Universidad de Barcelona)

María Elena Jaime de Pablos (Universidad de Almería)

Jason King (National University of Ireland, Galway)

Beatriz Kopschitz Bastos (Universidade do São Paulo)

Marisol Morales Ladrón (Universidad de Alcalá)

Marie Moran (University College Dublin)

Munira Mutran (Universidade do São Paulo)

Katherine O’Donnell (University College Dublin)

Juan Ignacio Oliva Cruz (Universidad de La Laguna)

Mª Auxiliadora Pérez Vides (Universidad de Huelva)

Inés Praga Terente (Universidad de Burgos)

Hedwig Schwall (KU Leuven)

Stephanie Schwerter (Université de Valenciennes)

Eibhear Walshe (University College Cork)


Organising Committee: Encarnación Hidalgo Tenorio, Miriam Fernández

Santiago, Óscar García Luengo, Carmen Aguilera Carnerero, Leanne Bartley,

María Martínez Lirola, Burcu Gülüm Tekin and Miguel Ángel Benitez Castro


Conference Organiser: Pilar Villar Argáiz (pvillar@ugr.es)


Submission Deadline:

We invite proposals for twenty-minute papers. We also welcome panels,

roundtables, workshops, posters and project presentations of postgraduate and

doctoral students. Please send proposals of 350 words and a short biographical

note by 15 December 2014 to pvillar@ugr.es Inquiries can also be sent to this


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