IASIL was founded in 1969, with the chartered aims of:
- Promoting the teaching and study of Irish literature in third-level education throughout the world.
- Facilitating international contact between scholars researching in the field of Irish literary studies.
- Serving as a vehicle for bringing Irish writing to a wider audience throughout the world.
Formerly called the International Association for the Study of Anglo-Irish Literature (IASAIL), IASIL altered its name in 1997 to the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures to reflect the diversity of its members’ interest in all traditions of writing on the island in Irish and English, as well as in Irish literary culture and its impact and reception internationally.
Our members, working in both the academic and arts-related professions, are located in 35 countries worldwide, making Irish Studies truly a global endeavour.
Members receive free online access to the Irish University Review, as well as hard copies of each issue. All members are eligible also to present a paper at our annual international conference, where both internationally-acclaimed scholars and writers are plenary speakers.