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Irish Society for Theatre Research: New Scholars Prize 2017

Call for Papers: ISTR runs an annual essay competition for New Scholars. There is no set theme for this competition; rather, candidates are encouraged to submit work drawing on their current research in the area of theatre, drama or performance. New research, or essays developed from papers presented at the preceding conference are welcome. The New Scholars Prize is awarded to the best essay, judged on originality, coherence and rigour.

Essays must be between 4 000 – 6 000 words (excluding bibliography) and should not be published or submitted for publication in advance of the award announcement. They will be judged anonymously; hence, the author’s name must not appear anywhere in the essay itself. All submissions must be accompanied by a cover sheet, must be presented with attention to correct spelling and stylistics and referenced according to a standard norm (i.e. MLA or Chicago style). Candidates should submit entries in English in MS Word format to the Convenor of the Prize Committee, Dr Ondřej Pilný at ondrej.pilny(at)volny.cz.

Eligibility: A New Scholar is defined as a graduate student, post-doctoral researcher whose PhD has been completed less than three years ago, or a researcher without a PhD who has been in an academic post for less than three years. Membership of ISTR is not necessary to enter the competition, but prize winners will need to join ISTR to attend the conference where the prize will be awarded. 

The judges for the New Scholars Prizes in 2017 are Dr Ondřej Pilný, Charles University, Prague; Dr Miriam Haughton, NUI Galway; and Dr Aoife McGrath, Queen’s University Belfast. The best three essays will be shortlisted for the Prize, and the final Guest Adjudicator will select the winner. The final adjudicator for 2017 will be Dr Cathy Leeney. Previous final adjudicators included Prof. Marvin Carlson, Prof. Helen Burke, Prof. Lionel Pilkington, Prof. Chris Morash, and Prof. Mária Kurdi. Results of the competition will be announced at the next ISTR conference at The University of Nottingham in April 2017. The prize-winners are expected to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements. 

Deadline: 20 January 2017.



The Center for Irish Programs at Boston College is seeking candidates for the position of Burns Visiting Scholar. This appointment in Irish studies is open to academics, writers, artists, journalists, librarians and notable public figures and may be held for one semester or for a whole academic year.  Applications are sought for the years 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20.

For further details and information on how to apply please contact James H Murphy, Interim Director of Irish Programs at james.h.murphy@bc.edu. Completed applications must be received by 31 October 2016.


Irish Itinerary: Interview with Mary Morrissy

Dr Loredana Salis, EFACIS Board Member and lecturer at the University of Sassari, interviewed Mary Morrissy last year when she was visiting Sardinia on the Irish Itinerary. You can read an edited version of the interview here. The full version of the interview is available in Studi Irlandesi.


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.

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