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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.

In recognition of developments in Irish Studies, the Association's Members voted in 1998 to rename the organisation from The International Association for the Study of Anglo-Irish Literature (IASAIL) to IASIL - the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures.

Please view IASIL's most recently approved Constitution.

History, Remit, Conferences, and more:

IASIL is an international association of students, teachers, scholars, and enthusiasts of Irish literature in English and in Irish. Information on how to join may be found HERE.

Formerly called the International Association for the Study of Anglo-Irish Literature (IASAIL), IASIL altered its name in 1998 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 literature in Britain, America and elsewhere.

IASIL counts many distinguished literary critics among its members and keenly supports interdisciplinary studies. The Association shares fully in the current enthusiasm for Irish work in the performing arts and regularly includes readings by living authors as well as Irish music and theatre events in its calendar. IASIL especially welcomes the growth in Irish studies worldwide. IASIL currently has almost 1,000 members internationally. IASIL maintains fraternal links with other Irish-studies associations such as ACIS, CAIS, SOFEIR, EFACIS and with Irish-studies centres everywhere.

Membership of IASIL is by annual subscription. Find out how to join IASIL HERE.

Central to the activities of IASIL are the annual conferences. These are held in Ireland once every three years and hosted in other years throughout the world. The inaugural conference of the Association was held at Trinity College, Dublin in 1970. Subsequent conferences have been held throughout Ireland, in University College, Galway; St. Patrick's College, Maynooth; University College, Dublin; Queen's College, Belfast; University of Ulster, Coleraine; University College, Cork, Limerick University and Dublin City University/St Patrick’s College Drumcondra. Conferences have also been held throughout the world, in such countries as Germany, Austria, Sweden, France, Japan, Egypt, Brazil, Spain, Hungary and the United States. Furtherinformation on IASIL Conferences is listed HERE.

IASIL Members elect an Executive and Regional Representatives. IASIL is a voluntary organisation. Elections to elect an Executive and Representatives take place every three years. The current Executive sits from 2010 -2014. A list of past IASIL Chairpersons may be viewed here.

Find out more about the IASIL website HERE.

Our logo is taken from the work of Louis Le Brocquy. More information is listed HERE.

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