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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

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.

“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.

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