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IASIL 2012
"Weighing Words: Interdisciplinary Engagements with and within Irish Literatures"
Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
30 July - 3 August 2012



The 36th annual conference of the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures (IASIL) is headed to Montreal!

Hosted by the School of Canadian Irish Studies
and the Department of Design and Computation Arts
Co-organizers: Michael Kenneally, Rhona Richman Kenneally, and Susan Cahill




The conference website at will provide ongoing information as will a facebook page, the link to which is

Keynote Lectures: Joep Leerssen, Gerardine Meaney and David Lloyd.

Participating Writers: will include Claire Kilroy, Leontia Flynn, Kevin Barry
and distinguished Irish-Canadian novelist, Jane Urquhart.

We have been able to secure two categories of very reasonable accommodation
(from $44 to $118 plus tax) in two locations next to Concordia in downtown Montreal.

Grey Nuns Accommodation
Located in its own grounds as part of the downtown Concordia campus, this nineteenth-century former convent houses student dorms which are available to Concordia conference delegates. IASIL delegates should make their reservations separately by following the instructions below.

Single rooms, at $44 + tax/night (50.59) include a single bed with linen, towel, desk, wardrobe, sink, fridge, telephone with free local calling and wired internet access. Double rooms, at $64 + tax/night (73.58) include two of each above amenity (but only one sink). Common areas include cable TV, DVD, coffee maker, kettle, microwave and toaster. All rooms have been held at the discounted rate for the nights of Thursday, July 26 – Monday, August 6 (inclusive). To reserve, guests need simply to follow the link below and enter the code "IASIL2012" in the Company/Group/Promo Code field in order to take part in the room block.

Conference Hotel
Le Nouvel Hôtel & Spa

Located across the street from the Grey Nuns and two blocks from Concordia, this modern hotel has provided special conference rates to IASIL delegates. Reservations can be made by telephone (1.800.363.6063 or +1.514.931.8841) prior to June 15, 2012. Please use group code: 544089. After June 15, reservations will be accepted upon hotel availability. The rate for single or double is CDN$118/night before taxes (CDN $139.24/night taxes included) for a room with either two queen beds or one king bed. (There is an extra charge of $20 per person for the third and fourth person in a room. More information on the hotel location and facilities can be found at[.] Please note that guests will be charged the first night if cancellations are made less than 24 hours prior to arrival. Check-in is at 3:00 pm and check-out is at 12:00 pm.

For additional conference information, contact
or call +1 (514) 848-2424 ext. 8711




About IASIL Conferences  

IASIL conferences are private meetings of members of the Association. They are not intended to be open to the public or to non-members of the Association, though occasional arrangements may be made to facilitate such access, on an ad hoc basis, and subject to the approval of the Association and/or the individual conference organiser(s).

Conditions of access for non-members will vary from year to year; the conditions in force for one conference should not be seen as a precedent for future years' conferences.

All conference organisers reserve the right to deny access to the conference to non-members, or to cancel non-members' registration requests, without explanation.

The conferences are not held to provide opportunities for individuals or organisations to promote activities not directly related to the Association's activities (i.e. official Association business and the delivery of academic papers). Activities not included within the remit of IASIL conferences include but are not limited to the following examples: publishing, student recruitment, and the promotion of academic programmes.

IASIL conferences are not held for the purposes of conducting business on matters not directly relating to the Association's activities, such as job interviews, bookselling, or discussion of publication opportunities. No delegate should form the expectation of entitlement to conduct any such business.

Organisation of IASIL conferences is the responsibility of local organisers, working in conjunction with the Association's Executive. Arrangements for conferences may therefore change from year to year; no arrangement in place for one year's conference should be seen as a precedent for the organisation of future years' conferences.

Priority of access to the conference will always be given to IASIL members in good standing.

Non-members may be admitted from time-to-time, but as IASIL is a private organisation, conference organisers and the Association retain the right to refuse access to conferences to non-members, without explanation.



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