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Threat to the Centre for Irish Studies at St. Mary's

We are appalled in EFACIS to hear that the future of the excellent Centre for Irish Studies at St. Mary's is under threat. We send our support to all involved with the centre, one of the leading centres of research and teaching in Irish Studies in Europe, at this challenging time. Further information on the centre's predicament is outlined in the attached letters from Professor Mary J. HickmanProfessor Roy Foster and Dr Tony Murray


Threat to the Centre for Irish Studies at St. Mary's

The attached letter has been sent to the Pro Vice Chancellor of St. Mary's University, Twickenham, London by the President of EFACIS Seán Crosson, on behalf of EFACIS members. The letter expresses deep concern regarding the future of the Centre for Irish Studies at St. Mary's following the decision not to enroll new students onto their MA in Irish Studies or include the Centre in the University's strategic development plans. This letter follows similar letters of support that have already been circulated, and can be found on this webpage. As indicated below, the centre has established itself internationally as a leading centre of research and teaching in Irish studies - it's closure would be a huge loss both to St. Mary's as well as to the larger Irish Studies community. Please circulate this letter widely to help build support for the centre and colleagues based there. 
NUI Galway Hosts Major International Conference on 1916, Cinema and Revolution


NUI Galway Hosts Major International Conference on 1916, Cinema and Revolution

How have the 1916 Rising and other revolutions – from France, to Greece, Romania, Russia and Cuba – being depicted in cinema? What impact did the Rising have on early Irish cinema? What role did women play in the emergence of this cinema? These are some of the questions to be examined as part of a major international conference on 1916, Cinema and Revolution to be held from 25-27 May at NUI Galway.

The full conference programme can be viewed here. All queries should be directed to sean.crosson@nuigalway.ie


Conference Announcement: XV International Conference of the Spanish Association for Irish Studies

XV AEDEI International Conference, “Revolution/Evolution/Involution in Twentieth- and Twenty-first-Century Ireland” 26-28 May 2016 University of Zaragoza

“Revolution/Evolution/Involution in Twentieth- and Twenty-first-Century Ireland” 26-28th May at the University of Zaragoza.

More inforamtion can be found here and the provisonal programme can be viewed here.


Proposals for a European Columbanus Way

For EFACIS Members,

Please find your invitation here to the event about Columbanus Way at the Embassy of Ireland in Paris on 19th May 2016. 

The Embassy have invited friends of Columbanus from all over Europe to join the event. A meeting of the Scientific Committee for the Columban Way chaired by John-Michel Picard will take place at 17.00 to discuss progress in developing the Way. This and the reception/media event at 19.00 will present an opportunity to speak of the broader programme on medieval Irish monasticism and the later role of Irish Colleges.

More information can be found here (in French).


Establishment of the Werner Huber Travel Bursary

This week EFACIS established the Werner Huber Travel Bursary, set up in memory of our recently departed esteemed colleague and friend.

Congratulations to the first two recipients of the award: Michael Lydon, NUI Galway, and Elizabeth DeYoung, University of Liverpool.




Conference Announcement: 2017

The next EFACIS Conference will be held in June 2017 at A Coruna, Spain.

Check back at this page for more details, or stay up-to-date through our Facebook page and Twitter.

CFP: Textile Visions: Irish Arts and Texts


CFP: Textile Visions: Irish Arts and Texts

The Leuven Centre for Irish Studies invites paper proposals for their upcoming conference 'Textile Visions: Irish Arts and Texts'. The conference will take place on 9-10th December 2016, at The Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe. Full details of the Call for Papers can viewed here.


Professor Werner Huber

We are deeply saddened to hear about the death of Honorary Board Member, Werner Huber. President Seàn Crosson shares his condolences, on behalf of EFACIS, here.


New films available on the Irish Itinerary

Dear EFACIS coordinators and participators,


As the Irish Itinerary in its fourth edition will tour some films we want to share the following reviews of the films with you.


I am Belfast: http://filmireland.net/2015/08/24/review-of-irish-film-at-galway-film-fleadh-i-am-belfast/



A Turning Tide in the Life of Man: http://filmireland.net/2015/07/30/review-of-irish-film-at-galway-film-fleadh-a-turning-tide-in-the-life-of-man/" 


Shem the Penman Sings again: http://filmireland.net/2015/07/23/review-of-irish-film-at-galway-film-fleadh-shem-the-penman-sings-again/"


Irish Times review of Glassland: http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/film/glassland-review-a-suitably-muddy-enigma-1.2178243" 


Irish Times on Song of the Sea: http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/film/song-of-the-sea-review-a-lot-of-pretty-ghosts-in-the-machine-1.2279188" 


Irish Times on Brooklyn: http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/film/brooklyn-review-a-most-unconventional-conventional-romance-1.2416914" 


If you want to show one of these films at your city, contact us at least 2 months in advance!



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