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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


Expert meeting of the International Network of Irish Famine Studies (INIFS) on Famine Migration and Diaspora (Radboud University Nijmegen 23-24 April 2015).


Call for Papers

Famine migration and diaspora:inaugural meeting of the International Network of Irish Famine Studies (INIFS)

Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands, 23-24 April 2015


Confirmed keynote speakers:

Piaras MacÉinrí (University College Cork)

Jason King (NUI Galway)

Mark McGowan (University of Toronto)

William Smyth (University College Cork)

Laura Izarra (University of São Paolo)

Marguérite Corporaal (Radboud University Nijmegen)


The Great Irish Famine (1845–52) was one of the most influential periods in the history of Ireland and its diaspora. While emigration had already been a common feature in Irish life before the 1840s, the Famine catalysed the process, causing far greater numbers to leave the island and changing the nature of Irish emigration and Irish communities overseas, while also greatly influencing Irish society at home.

On 23–24 April 2015, Radboud University Nijmegen in collaboration with The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) will host the first meeting of the International Network of Irish Famine Studies (INIFS). This network brings together scholars conducting groundbreaking, ongoing research on the Great Irish Famine. As such, it intends to stimulate the development of interdisciplinary dialogues and methodologies necessary to face future challenges of the field of Irish Famine Studies.

Specifically, this inaugural meeting will have Famine migration and diaspora as its theme, focusing on not just the Irish-North-American diaspora, but also Irish migration across the globe, to Latin America and across the Pacific for example. Moreover, it will investigate both the immediate and long-term effects of Famine migration, and will view these processes of migration, settlement and the establishment of transnational overseas communities through an interdisciplinary and comparative lens.

We welcome scholars doing research in the fields of Famine studies and/or Irish migration and diaspora studies to contribute to the meeting, in the form of a paper. Topics may include but are not limited to:


·         The history and historiography of Irish Famine migration;

·         Politics and (trans)nationalism in diaspora;

·         Geographical aspects of Famine migration and diaspora;

·         New methods and methodologies to research Irish migration and diaspora;

·         Cultural memories and identities in diaspora;

·         The process of emigration as seen ‘from back home’;

·         Issues of integration, belonging, exclusion in receiving societies;

·         Literary and artistic representations of the processes of migration and of being in diaspora;

·         The various cultural encounters between the Irish diaspora and other ethnic communities in their new homelands;

·         The Irish diaspora in comparison to other diasporic communities;

·         The immediate and long-term effects of Famine migration for the Irish and the receiving countries.


If you would like to present a paper (in English, not exceeding 20 minutes), please send a 250-300 abstract and short bio to l.janssen@let.ru.nl.


INIFS also attaches great importance to emerging scholarship in the field, and therefore we would like to encourage PhD candidates doing research in the fields of Famine studies and/or Irish migration and diaspora studies to also contribute to the meeting, in the form of a paper.  If you are a PhD candidate and would like to participate in the form of a paper presentation (in English, not exceeding 20 minutes), please send a 250-300 abstract and short bio to l.janssen@let.ru.nl. We will select a maximum of 8 PhD candidates, who will be invited to present their papers and will receive feedback from a senior respondent from the field. Accommodation for 2 nights and conference participation will be arranged and paid for by the INIFS network. We will not cover travel expenses.

All abstracts should be sent in no later than 15 February 2015.

For further enquiries, please contact Lindsay Janssen at l.janssen@let.ru.nl. Additional information will be published on the INIFS website: www.ru.nl/irishfaminenetwork.



Best wishes,


The directors of INIFS:

Marguérite Corporaal (Radboud University Nijmegen)

Oona Frawley (NUI Maynooth)

Luke Gibbons (NUI Maynooth)

Peter Gray (Queen’s University Belfast)

Andrew Newby (University of Helsinki)


The management assistants of INIFS:

Christopher Cusack (Radboud University Nijmegen)

Lindsay Janssen (Radboud University Nijmegen)


"Joyce, Yeats, and the Revival", The VIII James Joyce Italian Foundaton Conference at Università di Roma Tre

Celebrating the year of Yeats (http://yeats2015.com/) on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of his birth, this year’s annual James Joyce Italian Foundation conference in Rome on 2-3 February is entitled “Joyce, Yeats, and the Revival”. The conference explore the complex connections between these two great figures of Irish and of World literature within the context of the Irish Literary Revival going well beyond the well-known anecdote involving the two writers which recounts that Yeats was already a well-established literary figure when, in October 1902, he met Joyce for the first time at the National Library. When, at the end of their exchange Joyce asked Yeats how old he was, he replied that he was 38 (he was actually 39) only to have Joyce retort: “I thought as much. I have met you too late. You are too old.”

Organized by Enrico Terrinoni, John McCourt, Franca Ruggieri.

For further information: joyce.foundation@uniroma3.it or john.mccourt@uniroma3.it


Full programme available at: https://thejamesjoyceitalianfoundation.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/joycerome151.pdf

Memory/Modernity: Where Gothic and Irish Studies Intersect


A Postgraduate Conference Day

The Centre for Irish Studies is hosting a postgraduate conference on ‘Memory and Modernity’ at St Mary’s University in Twickenham on Saturday 15th November, 9.45am to 6pm, Waldegrave Drawing Room. Door open 9.30am.

The conference is part of the MA programmes with the School of Arts and Humanities and its core module ‘Researching Modernities’, now in its second year. The conference is open to external postgraduate students, academic staff and interested members of the public, the programme features two visiting keynote lectures.

Dr Emilie Pine (University College Dublin) will discuss ‘Theatre as Memory’ and Dr Paul Hodkinson (University of Surrey) will consider harassment and identity among contemporary Goths. There will also be a paper from Shelley expert Professor Cian Duffy (St Mary’s University) on the poet’s relationship to Ireland’s revolutionary dead.

Graduates of the MA Gothic and MA Irish Studies will showcase their current research by discussing the commemoration of St Patrick’s Day parades in London and the 1916 Rising and Remembrance, while visiting PhD students are offering papers on trauma and memory in the Irish novel, memory in Joyce’s Hades and death in nineteenth century Ireland. There is also a featured presentation on specialist research from the National Archives (Kew) on Records of the Troubles 1969-93.

The conference will focus on Gothic and Irish Studies through the lens of modernity and memory and all welcome to attend. Full day fee (including lunch and refreshment) £25, with concessions £10

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