- Centre of Irish Studies
The Center of Irish Studies in Cáceres is a research-based center established at the University of Extremadura whose members are scholars specializing in Irish linguistic, literary, and cultural subjects such as Irish English (socio)linguistics and pragmatics, perceptual dialectology, fiction and the portrayal of Irish English voice and identity, gender studies and gender representation in fiction, Irish English historical linguistics, and emigrant letters, among other areas.
In addition to interdisciplinary research, the Center of Irish Studies in Cáceres aims at bringing Irish culture closer to the city of Cáceres. Its inception lies not only in the members' research interests but also in the links that exist between the city and Ireland. For example, Cáceres has a strong tradition of Irish music, having hosted the international Cáceres Irish Fleadh since 2004 with the support of the Irish Embassy in Madrid.
More historical ties between Ireland and Cáceres date back to the times of the Spanish Civil War, when the Irish Brigade of Catholic volunteers spent time training in Cáceres. The documentary Even the Olives Are Bleeding (1976) produced by Cathal O'Shannon offers a fascinating insight into the Irish involvement on both sides of the Spanish Civil War.
The Center of Irish Studies in Cáceres organizes conferences, workshops and other academic and non-academic activities in order to spread Irish culture. The center is open to collaborations with other researchers, artists, and associations interested in Irish studies in Europe, (Latin) America, and beyond.
- Dr Nancy Ávila-Ledesma (head of centre)
- Dr Ana Ma Terrazas-Calero (secretary)
- Prof. Carolina P. Amador-Moreno
- Dr. Cassandra S. Tully de Lope
- Sara Díaz Sierra, M.A.
- David Sotoca Fernández, M.A.
- Jesús Candelario Menacho, M.A.