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The International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures

IASIL Irish Studies Conferences News

Welcome to the IASIL Conferences and Summer Schools Page. This page lists conferences/summer schools that deal with Irish Literature, Theatre, and Film. Conferences with broader themes that pay substantial attention to Irish writing will also be listed from time to time. If you wish to include a listing, email These pages are provided for information only - you should confirm dates, deadlines, and so on with conference organisers.

2006 Conferences

October 2006
15-16 September 2006
Queen's, Belfast
11-13 August 2006
Kansas, US
28-31 July 2006
Sydney Australia
20-23 July 2006
Southampton, UK
20-21 July 2006
Exeter, UK
17-19 July 2006
University of Ulster, Derry
16-17 June 2006
Ottowa, Canada
14-17 June 2006
8-10 June 2006
7-10 June 2006
2 June 2006
Vallodolid, Spain
25-27 May 2006
NUI Maynooth
5-7 May 2006
University College Dublin
28-29 April 2006
St Louis, USA
19-22 April 2006
Queen's, Belfast
7-9 April 2006
30 March - 2 April
University of Franche-Comté, Besançon
24-25 March 2006
University of Cambridge
17 March 2006
10-12 March 2006
Maynooth, Co Kildare
24-25 February 2006
University of South Carolina
23-26 February
Rathmines, Dublin
17-18 February
9-11 February 2006
Trinity College Dublin
13-14 January 2006

All details should be confirmed with conference organisers

2005 Conferences are listed here

This page lists conferences on Irish literature, Irish drama and theatre studies, and Irish film. If you think a conference should be listed here, please tell us.

 Detailed Listings


John Huston Centenary Conference
October 2006
National University of Ireland, Galway
Deadline for Proposals: 17 March 2006

In Ootober 2006, The Huston School of Film and Digital media, National University of Ireland, Galway will host a two day conference in recognition of the centenary of the birth of John Huston. Submissions are invited for papers (25mins in duration) dealing with the life and work of this most versatile and charismatic of American directors.

John Huston, the director of over films in a career lasting was much celebrated by his peers and associates but has been strangely neglected in the critical literature. This conference wishes to redress such neglect and provide a forum for as wide a consideration of his contribution to film as possible.

Topics for consideration might include: Huston as actor; as writer; as auteur; as personality; approaches to genre; considerations of the many adaptations in his oeuvre; Huston¹s life and film activities in Ireland; representations of gender in his work; Huston¹s relationship with Hollywood; thematic studies; Clint Eastwood¹s White Hunter, Black Heart; etc.

Please submit a 300 word proposal stating the topic, aims and scope of the paper along with a brief CV via email to Tony Tracy,. Email:

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Irish Murodch International Conference
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Kingston University, LONDON
15-16 September 2006
Deadline for Proposals: 30 May 2006

Provisional Call for Papers
Kingston University is pleased to announce the third Iris Murdoch Conference, to be held at Kingston University in 2006. The Conference will focus on Murdoch's relevance to contemporary debates on morality and literature, and will investigate the ways her moral philosophy manifests itself in her novels. The conference organisers also welcome philosophical and theological papers on any aspect of Murdoch's moral philosophy. In addition, they shall consider papers for panels on specific topics or aspects of individual novels.

Organizer: Dr Anne Rowe, Kingston University, Tel: +44 (0)208 547 2000 E-mail:

Abstracts of up to 300 words to be sent by 30th May 2006 to: Penny Tribe, Iris Murdoch Conference Administrator, Kingston University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Penrhyn Road, Kingston, Surrey, KT1 2 EE Tel =44(0) 208 547 2000 E-Mail:

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11th Annual Dickens Society Symposium
Queen's University Belfast , Northern Ireland
11-13 August 2006
Deadline for Proposals: 31 May 2006

Charles Dickens visited Belfast in 1858, 1867, and 1869, to deliver those public readings which so captivated audiences on both sides of the Atlantic. He gave renditions of such favourites as The Story of Little Dombey, Boots at the Holly-Tree Inn, Mrs Gamp, and Sikes and Nancy. He also developed close friendships with the Belfast-born politician and merchant James Emerson Tennent and with Francis Dalziel Finlay, owner and editor of The Northern Whig. He enjoyed his sojourns in Ulster, remarking on his 'delightful days' in Belfast, where he was widely recognised and warmly welcomed.

Belfast is the venue for the 11th annual symposium of the Dickens Society of America. This organisation, founded in 1970, aims to conduct, encourage, foster and further support research, publication, instruction and general interest in the life, times and literature of Charles Dickens.

Papers are welcomed on any aspect of Dickens and his works. Final papers must be readable in twenty minutes. Prospective panellists should send a one-page abstract, by post or email, to Dr Leon Litvack School of English Queen's University Belfast BT7 1NN Northern Ireland Tel. +44-28-90973266  

Conference participants will have the opportunity to sign up for excursions to local sites of interest including the Giant's Causeway and the North Antrim coast. The highlight of the conference is the will be the Dickens dinner, where delegates will experience traditional Irish singing and storytelling, provided by the famed local duo Len Graham and John Campbell, who have delighted audiences throughout Ireland, the U.K., Europe, Australia, Canada and the USA. Accommodation will be offered at the Elms Student Village, 78 Malone Road, Belfast

Further information on the Dickens Society, and its journal The Dickens Quarterly may be found at    

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The Eleventh International Conference on the Literature of Region and Nation
28-31 July 2006
Kansas State University Manhattan , KS
Deadline for Proposals: 14 February 2006

Because this is the first time the conference has been held in the United States, and we are meeting in Kansas, the heart of America’s farming frontier, we invite papers on topics relating to frontiers. Possible topics might include:
- Regional and National Boundaries
- Sexual Orientation and Identity ­­ the “last frontier” in the human rights discourse
- the Electronic Frontier
- Redefining nationalism
- Globalization, region and nation
- Diasporic identities Migration and shifting borders
- Life writing and a sense of place
- Cultural, ethnic, and religious frontiers  

Abstracts of 500 words (maximum) should be submitted by 14th February 2006 to   Donna Potts Department of English Kansas State University Manhattan KS 66506 (emails welcome)  

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Wild Irish Girls': A bicentenary conference to mark the publication of Sydney Owenson’s (Lady Morgan) The Wild Irish Girl and Maria Edgeworth’s Leonora
20 -21 July 2006
Chawton House Library and the English Department at the University of Southampton.
Deadline for Abstracts: 13 February 2006

Keynote speakers: James Chandler (University of Chicago) and Claire Connolly (Cardiff University)

To commemorate the publication of these texts in 1806, proposals are invited for papers for a conference to be held on the 20th and 21st of July 2006. The event will be take place at Chawton House Library, the centre for the study of early women’s writing, which holds first editions of both novels, as well as many other editions of works by Edgeworth and Owenson. It is jointly organised by Chawton House Library and the English Department at the University of Southampton.

In light of increasing interest in both these writers’ works, and in the rise of the national novel more generally, this timely conference seeks to unite scholars working on any aspect of Edgeworth or Owenson’s writing. Paper and panel proposals (for presentations of no more than 20 minutes) are therefore invited and should be sent for the attention of Emma Clery, Gillian Dow and Sandy White at the following email address – or by post to Sandy White: English Discipline, School of Humanities, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton, SO17 1BJ, UKPlease note deadline for abstracts: 13th of February 2006

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Trollope and Gender
17 – 19 July 2006  
Exeter University , U.K.  
Keynote Speakers:   Robert Polhemus, Stanford University; Deborah Denenholz Morse, The College of William and Mary; Mark Turner, King’s College, London  
Plenary Chair: Regenia Gagnier, Exeter University  
Deadline for Proposals: 1 February 2006 (200-300 words)

From the first gender-sensitive critique of Trollope’s women by Morse, through Polhemus’s erotically-charged account of Phineas Finn in love to Turner’s genderised reading of narrative technique differentiated according to audience, the last two decades have witnessed a diametric shift in how we read Trollope. Today John Stuart Mill’s articulation of liberalism sits well with Trollope’s open and frank approach to gender and sexuality.

the conference organisers invite papers drawn from re-readings of Anthony Trollope in the light of the most recent thinking in gender studies. How have perceptions of his presentation of women changed over the last twenty years? How have the latest reframings of Victorian masculinities shaped the reinterpretations of Trollope’s men, and how have ideas of queer theory shifted perceptions of those Trollope characters who operate at the margins? In suggesting these possibilities, we do not seek to circumscribe the field of study of the conference; we wish to welcome a wide and diverse view of the significance of Trollope studies in the twenty-first century.

Topics might include­but are not limited to­the following: Sex and the City: The Palliser Novels. Queer Trollope. Erotic Languages. Feminist Trollope? Money and Gender. Liberalism and Gender. Vulgar Women. Celibacy, or Renunciation and its Pains – and Delights. Foreignness and Gender. Sex and the Irish Question. Homosocial Bonds. Trollope’s Fallen Women. Oedipal Trollope. Trollope, Gender, and the Jewish Question. Unrequited Love. Family Bonds, – and Bondage. Trollopian Mothers. Child Erotics. Breeding and Heredity. Gendered Illustrations – Millais and Others.

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Society for the Study of Nineteenth-Century Ireland Annual Conference: Across the Water: Ireland and Scotland in the Nineteenth Century
Institute of Ulster Scots Studies, University of Ulster, Magee
June 16-17, 2006
Deadline for Abstracts: 28 February 2006

Scholars are invited to submit abstracts which examine nineteenth-century Ireland and Scotland in a comparative framework.

Abstracts of 200 words should be submitted by 28 February, 2006. Contact: Dr James McConnel Institute of Ulster Scots Studies, Aberfoyle House, University of Ulster, Londonderry. BT48 7JL  +00 44 (0)28 713 75569

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Urban Ireland: Canadian Association for Irish Studies /Association canadienne Etudes irlandaises Annual Conference, 2006
14-17 June 2006
University of Ottawa
Deadline for Proposals: 15 January 2006

The Canadian Association for Irish Studies (CAIS) invites proposals for presentations of twenty minutes in length as well as full panel discussions for its annual conference, to be held this year at the University of Ottawa from June 14-17, 2006. The theme of the CAIS conference this year is Urban Ireland. Possible topics, very broadly defined, include (but are not limited to):

-- literary and visual representations of Irish cities
-- representations of city life in mass media
-- the role of specifically urban concerns in shaping national policy or culture
-- Canadian comparisons: Dublin/Ottawa, Galway/Vancouver, Derry/Iqualuit, etc.
-- immigration and its impact on urban planning, or on urban culture
-- discussions of the rural/urban divide
-- historical accounts of the changing nature of Irish cities
-- cultural geographies of Irish cityscapes
-- discussion of architectural history, or of the future of Irish urban architecture

The deadline for paper proposals is 15 January 2006. Paper proposals should be 250-500 words in length, in English or French, and sent either electronically or by post to:

Jerry White, President, Canadian Association for Irish Studies, Department of English and Film Studies, 3-5 Humanities Centre, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2E5, Canada


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Money, Power and Prose: Interdisciplinary Studies of the Financial Revolution in the British Isles, 1688-1756
Armagh, Northern Ireland
8-10 June 2006
Contact: Proposals should be submitted to Chris Fauske (, Rick Kleer, ( or Ivar McGrath (
Deadline for proposals: 15 December 2005 (250 words). Accepted papers due 1 May 2006.

This colloquium will gather scholars from the disciplines of history, literature, economics, politics, sociology and law to study the intersections between public finance, politics and literature during Britain's so-called Financial Revolution.

Papers should address contemporary public responses to one or more of the following aspects of the Financial Revolution:

* Banking (Public or Private)
* Joint-Stock Companies
* Stock Markets
* Projecting
* Public Debt
* Paper Money

Papers should explore how these financial innovations affected politics and literature or vice versa. For the purposes of this colloquium, the term literature is broadly defined to include newspapers, pamphlets, treatises, novels, plays, and prints. Authors must write for a non-specialist audience, striving to make insights from their own discipline readily accessible to scholars from other disciplinary traditions. Graduate students and emerging scholars are particularly encouraged to contribute.

Papers addressing any of the following questions would be particularly welcome (though authors should feel free to suggest other questions of the same general kind):

* How did perceptions of public and private debt affect schemes for a Bank of Ireland and do these perceptions sufficiently account for the failure of those schemes?

* Why were so few of the new financial institutions and practices emerging in England adopted in Ireland? Did public perceptions of the problems with England's new system of public debt have any role to play here?

* Did the rise of the Bank of Scotland and the associated financial consequences have a noticeable impact on the country's politics and literature?

* How seriously should we take contemporary literature complaining of stock jobbing and various other forms of financial corruption in the London stock market?

* Did the South Sea Bubble and public reaction to it significantly alter the course of British discourse about public finance and politics?

* For whom was projecting literature written and to what purpose?

* Did literary, periodical, theatrical, or visual works have any significant effect on British politics and public finance?

* Is there any substance to the claim of Swift and other contemporary pamphleteers that the political influence of government financiers grew significantly during this period, at the expense of the landed interest?

* Did the emergence of a long-term public debt alter the day-to-day workings of British politics in any significant, verifiable way? And were any changes correctly understood at the time?

* How effectively did the British government capture the savings made possible by the growing use of paper money?

* In what context did Hume write his essay "Of Public Debt" and how influential was it with contemporaries?

* What was the impact of the War of the Austrian Succession (1740-48) upon England's public debt and how well was this influence understood in contemporary pamphlet literature?

* How did the revolution in Britain's public finances alter its plans for the colonies and how was this change of plans presented to the public?

The colloquium is an initiative of Money, Power and Prose, a loose association of scholars interested in an interdisciplinary approach to the Financial Revolution. The association hosted a similar colloquium at Regina, Saskatchewan in summer 2004. A selection of the papers presented there should be available in book form later this year. The goal is likewise to publish a selection of the papers presented at the 2006 Colloquium.

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‘Orality and Modern Irish Culture’
7-10 June 2006
NUI Galway Irish Studies Centre
Deadline for Proposals: 1 February 2006

The First Galway Conference of Irish Studies will be hosted by the Centre for Irish Studies at NUI, Galway in June 2006. The conference will provide a platform for both established and emerging scholars to engage with new ideas and approaches to interdisciplinary research in Irish Studies. In order to further discussion and dialogue, the conference programme will include a number of workshops with leading scholars who will speak on aspects of theory and method that have informed their work. A select number of presentations will be included in a publication derived from the conference proceedings. A feature of the Galway Conference will be the provision of a simultaneous translation facility for those who wish to present their work in Irish.

Given that so much of the material under consideration in the field of Irish Studies originates within, or is transmitted by, an oral mode, there has been a remarkable reluctance to engage with orality in the investigation of modern and contemporary Irish culture. This conference will attempt to get beyond the misleading dichotomies that equate orality with the traditional, the rural, and the communal, while literacy is associated with the urban, the written, and the individual. The persistence of these distinctions has tended to elide the extent to which oral and literate modes co-exist in various forms of cultural production. The conference will investigate the modes of performance and transmission of orality, and its formative role in the construction of modern Irish culture. Are there official and unofficial avenues of transmission of oral culture? What role does audience play in these processes? How is orality linked to folk culture and an idea of the authentic, and what are the implications for identity construction in Ireland? What methodologies are most effective for engaging orality?

Submissions are welcome from all relevant disciplines including literature, history, social studies, gender studies, ethnography, diaspora studies, music, and media studies. Proposals can be submitted in Irish or in English to the Conference Administrator Angela Rocheat before 1 February 2006.

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Post-Colonial Victorians? A Conversation across Borders
Linacre College, University of Oxford
2 June 2006
Deadline for Proposals: 31 January 2006


The shaping force of Empire on nineteenth-century British and colonial cultures, as well as on the developing cultures of post-colonial states, has been the subject of much of the most exciting recent work in both Victorian and Postcolonial studies. The heavy traffic in themes and motifs, and in genres, narratives and plots between the metropolis and the colonies that is evident across the nineteenth century, and which persists in residual and reactive ways in post-colonial cultures suggests that there are multiple points of overlap and interaction, of historical continuity and contrast. Despite much shared ground, however, the current constitution of the academic fields of the historicist and British-focused Victorian studies and the more theoretically self-conscious and globally oriented Postcolonial studies has meant that conversations between the two areas have sometimes been difficult or disrupted. In this one-day symposium on metropolitan, colonial and post-colonial cultures, the conference organisers wish to stage a conversation between Victorian and Postcolonial studies at the present time, to consider areas of overlap and indebtedness, as well as points of contest and disavowal.

What are the points of recognition and misrecognition? At its most obvious level then, the organisers want to address the question, how does Victorian culture look under the lens of Postcolonial theory? In what ways do critical concepts regarding, for instance, race, hybridity, marginality, cosmopolitanism, etc., add to our understanding of Victorian literature and culture? But we also want to reverse the question and interrogate the Victorian colonial legacy in Postcolonial studies: for instance, to what extent do the critical vocabulary and the political strategies of Postcolonial studies draw on concepts which originate in a nineteenth-century colonial context? How far is the analytical work of Postcolonial studies framed by nineteenth-century literary and scientific discourses? How useful has the notion of ‘writing back’ to the Empire been as either a political tactic or an analytical tool?

the conference organisers are looking for 250 word proposals for 20 minute papers on any topics relating to the interrelationships between Victorian and Postcolonial Studies. Specific topics might include, but are not restricted to

∑ Repression and resistance within nineteenth-century colonial discourse
∑ Post-colonial rewritings of nineteenth-century literary texts
∑ Body, sexuality and/or health in colonial and post-colonial contexts
∑ Race and/or class in colonial and post-colonial contexts
∑ Colonial/post-colonial cities / spaces / maps
∑ Decolonisation and the Victorian heritage
∑ Migration / mobility / diaspora / settlement / home
∑ Media / book circulation / networks / reception
∑ Colonial and post-colonial visual cultures
∑ Language/ translation

The event aims to bring together scholars from literary, cultural and historical studies, and other disciplines, at different stages of their career. the conference organisers welcome proposals from established academics as well as graduate students working in these fields. The conference programme will leave ample room for discussion and debate.

Please send proposals to, or

Deadline for submission: 31 January 2006.

Conference committee:
Stefano Evangelista, Stuti Khanna, Bianca Jackson, Josephine
McDonagh, Emma Reisz.

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Imaginary/Real Ireland - VI International Conference of The Spanish Association for Irish Studies (AEDEI)
University of Valladolid (Spain)
25-27 May 2006
Deadline for Abstracts:300-500 words by 10 February 2006

The theme of the 2006 AEDEI Conference is Imaginary/Real Ireland. Few places have been imagined and dreamed of as Ireland has. Ireland's multi-faceted, shifting reality down through history can be viewed from a variety of angles: the magical and visionary traditions, the nostalgic Ireland(s) of the diasporic memory, the sense of bilocation derived from imagined/real frontiers, the post-colonial reversal of stereotypical roles or the preference of story-telling to history. Where does the real Ireland lie hidden in the new hybrid, multicultural Irish society, both north and south of the Border? Is there a real Ireland at all? Contributions are invited to explore these two separate yet intermixed levels of the real and the imaginary in Ireland from an interdisciplinary point of view, involving the social sciences, the media, the visual arts, music, history or literary and film studies.

Official language: English is the official language of the Conference, but papers in Spanish will also be accepted.

Length: Papers should not exceed 2,500-3,000 words / 20 minutes’ delivery.

Publication: Complete texts must be submitted before the conference. Two hard copies of your contribution —which must conform to the AEDEI style sheet (— and a disk in Word format should be sent to the address below. A selection of papers will be considered for publication.

María José Carrera de la Red, VI International Conference of AEDEI, Departamento de Filología Inglesa, Fac. Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Valladolid, Plaza del Campus s/n, 47011 Valladolid, Spain

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New Voices 2006, 'Gender and Sexuality'.
5-7 May 2006
NUI Maynooth
Deadline for Proposals: 10 February 2006

Postgraduate students are invited to submit proposals on the theme of Gender and Sexuality for the 2006, 'New Voices' Conference, to be hosted by the Department of English, NUI, Maynooth, Ireland, 5-7th May 2006. Interested postgraduate researchers should submit a paper title with a 300 word abstract, as well as a brief biography stating departmental/school and institutional affiliation, to, before Feb 10th 2006.

The following list of suggested topics and themes is by no means exhaustive or prescriptive and the organisers welcome papers on topics not listed here: The Body, Queer Studies, Cyberspace, Theory and Theorists, Feminisms, Masculinities, Nationalisms, Philosophy, Science, Space, Ireland, Irish Studies, Transexualisms, Ecofeminism, Third Wave Feminism, Culture, History, Performance, Women's Studies, Men's Studies, Race, Ethnicity, Diaspora Studies, Globalisation, Comedy, Art, Politics, Genre, Transgender, Equality, Cyborgs, Violence, War

Read about previous New Voices Conference Proceedings (published by Four Courts Press) here.

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The Life and After–Life of P.H. Pearse/Pádraig Mac Piarais: Saol agus Oidhreacht
28-29 April 2006
University College Dublin
Deadline for Proposals: 16 January 2006
Contact:,, or,

‘Criticism is always a compliment; to one conscious of human imperfections, unmeasured praise is an insult’. (‘An Craoibhín Aoibhinn’, An Claidheamh Soluis, 18 April 1903)

P.H.Pearse is one of the most contested figures in Irish history. More than most, his reputation has been subject to the vagaries of politics on the island. Pearse, as an abstracted and abused icon, has become increasingly detached from the writings and actions of the man.

To commemorate the ninetieth anniversary of his death, University College Dublin will host a conference to re-examine the life and legacy of P. H. Pearse. It will look at the significance of Pearse as an educationalist, journalist, Irish language advocate, short story writer, radical thinker and militarist. Pearse might be said to have offered a map for the development of social, cultural and political ideas in Ireland for the twentieth century and this conference will aim to assess the co-ordinates of that map and the successes and failures of this vision for the island. Furthermore, it will consider the relevance of Pearse and his work in the twenty-first century and will question what is to be gained from a revised study of his work. Papers may be presented through the medium of Irish or English and keynote speakers will include Professor Declan Kiberd and Dr Angela Bourke.

The conference will take place on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th April 2006. It will be run jointly between the School of Irish, Celtic Studies, Irish Folklore and Linguistics and the Humanities Institute of Ireland, University College Dublin. Abstracts of 250 words are invited from scholars of varied disciplines.

It is intended that sessions will be organised around the themes of Language and Literature, History and Politics, Journalism and Society, and Education. Conference contributions will form the basis of a significant publication. Expressions of interest from research students should be accompanied by the attached form, outlining academic affiliation and giving the name of the supervisor of research. The deadline for proposals and expressions of interest is 16th January 2006. These should be emailed to:,, or, or sent by post to Dr Regina Uí Chollatáin, School of Irish, Celtic Studies, Irish Folklore and Linguistics, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, or Dr Roisín Higgins, Humanities Institute of Ireland, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, or Dr Angela Bourke, School of Irish, Celtic Studies, Irish Folklore and Linguistics, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4.


Tá Pádraig Mac Piarais ar na laochra is conspóidí i stair na hÉireann. Déantar clú an Phiarsaigh a mheas faoi scáth thionchair pholaitíochta ilchineálacha ar oileán na hÉireann trí chéile. Le himeacht aimsire, sonraítear deighilt mhór idir scríbhinní agus gníomhartha an fhir dhaonna agus Pádraig Mac Piarais, an laoch. Nócha bliain ó Cháisc na bliana 2006 a daoradh an Piarsach chun báis, agus chun comóradh a dhéanamh ar ócáid a bháis, tá An Coláiste Ollscoile Baile Átha Cliath chun Comhdháil a reachtáil chun athchuairt a thabhairt agus athbhreithniú a dhéanamh ar shaol agus ar oidhreacht Phádraig Mhic Phiarais.

Braitear oidhreacht an Phiarsaigh go fóill ar shochaí na hÉireann san aonú haois is fiche agus san athbhreithniú seo, féachfar ar thábhacht an Phiarsaigh mar oideachasóir, mar iriseoir, mar scríbhneoir nualitríocht na Gaeilge, mar dhuine a d’oibrigh go dian, díograiseach ar son na Gaeilge, mar fhealsúnaí raidiceach agus mar réabhlóidí. Is féidir a áiteamh gur sholáthair sé léarscáil d’fhorbairt tuairimíochta ar chúrsaí sóisialta, cultúrtha agus polaitíochta na hÉireann agus is é cuspóir na Comhdhála seo léirmheas a dhéanamh ar theorainneacha agus ar threoir na léarscáile sin i gcomhthéacs bhuanna agus laigí an oileáin. Maraon leis sin, déanfar saothar agus tuairimíocht an Phiarsaigh a mheas i gcomhthéacs an aonú haois is fiche, agus pléifear impleachtaí athbhreithnithe ar a chuid oibre trí chéile. Is féidir páipéir a thabhairt i nGaeilge nó i mBéarla. Beidh an tOllamh Declan Kiberd agus an Dr Aingeal de Búrca ina bpríomhchainteoirí ag an gComhdháil.

Reachtálfar an Chomhdháil ar an Aoine 28 agus ar an Satharn 29 Aibreán 2006 faoi chúrám Scoil na Gaeilge, an Léinn Cheiltigh, Bhéaloideas Éireann agus na Teangeolaíochta i gcomhar le hInstitiúid na hÉireann don Léann Daonna, An Coláiste Ollscoile Baile Átha Cliath. Tugtar cuireadh do scoláirí ó dhisciplíní éagsúla moltaí 250 focal a chur isteach. Eagrófar seisiúin ar théamaí éagsúla, Teanga agus Litríocht, Stair agus Polaitíocht, Iriseoireacht agus Forbairtí socheolaíocha, agus Cúrsaí Oideachais, ina measc, agus foilseofar imeachtaí na Comhdhála. Iarrtar ar mhic léinn iarchéime an fhoirm iniata a líonadh agus ainm a stiúrthóra a chur isteach. Is é 16 Eanáir 2006 an sprioclá do mholtaí. Seol ríomhphost chuig,, nó gnáthphost chuig an Dr Regina Uí Chollatáin, Scoil na Gaeilge, an Léinn Cheiltigh, Bhéaloideas Éireann agus na Teangeolaíochta, nó Dr Roisín Higgins, Institiúid na hÉireann don Léann Daonna, nó an Dr Aingeal de Búrca, Scoil na Gaeilge, an Léinn Cheiltigh, Bhéaloideas Éireann agus na Teangeolaíochta, An Coláiste Ollscoile Baile Átha Cliath, Belfield, Baile Átha Cliath 4.

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ACIS National Conference 2006: “Old Age Pipers to New Age Punters: Ireland Through the Ages”
University of Missouri, St Louis
19-22 April 2006
Abstracts: 200 words to Eamonn Wall, Center for International Studies, University of Missouri-St. Louis- Deadline November 15, 2005.

The University of Missouri-St. Louis will serve as host for the 2006 American Conference for Irish Studies national conference. The conference will begin with a plenary lecture and reception on the evening of Wednesday, April 19, and conclude with a banquet on the evening of Saturday, April 22. The conference site will be the Sheraton Hotel in Clayton, Missouri, convenient to St. Louis Airport and midtown and downtown St. Louis. A feature of the conference will be a “Blues Cruise & Dinner on the Mississippi” on April 21. Michael Coady will be the featured conference writer and plenary speakers will include Marianne Elliott (University of Liverpool), Ríonach Uí Ógáin (University College, Dublin), Joan FitzPatrick Dean (University of Missouri-Kansas City). St Louis Irish Arts will be the conference’s special guest performers. The conference’s unifying theme will be “Old Age Pipers to New Age Punters: Ireland Through the Ages.”

The organizers will be delighted to receive panel proposals, roundtable proposals, and individual paper abstracts on the conference theme or any other aspect of Irish Studies. Graduate students are encouraged to submit abstracts. To present a paper or participate on a panel, you must be a member of ACIS. See website for more information.

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Crosscurrents: Irish and Scottish Studies Postgraduate Conference
7-9 April, 2005.
Queen's University, Belfast
Abstracts: 250 words due Friday 20th January

The 5th Crosscurrents conference for postgraduate students and doctoral fellows takes place at Queen's University, Belfast from 7th-9th April, 2006.

The disciplines covered in this conference are Literature, Linguistics, History, Film Studies and the Visual Arts, and Celtic Studies. 20-minute papers and panels are welcome on a range of topics, including:

Identities - The Politics of the Diaspora - Spatial Tensions – The Literatures of Ireland and Scotland - Irish/Scottish Studies in the New Millennium - Ireland/Scotland in Theory - The Postmodern Construction of the Nation

There is no conference fee and delegates will have accommodation in Belfast
for the duration of the conference.

Proceedings of the first two conferences are available from Cló Ollscoil na
Banríona (Queen's University Press). The proceedings for the last two
conferences is also forthcoming from this press:


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The Hidden Ireland - ASSEC 2006
Montreal, Canada
30 March- 2 April
Deadline for Proposals: 25 September 2005
Contact: e-mail:

Daniel Corkery's study of the literature and society of Irish-speaking Munster in the eighteenth century (The Hidden Ireland, first published In 1924) is an acknowledged classic of Irish literary history. The Keough Institute for Irish Studies, University of Notre Dame, will sponsor a Panel at the 2006 ASECS conference at Montreal, March 30-April 2 entitled "The Hidden Ireland". This panel will examine Irish writing (in both languages)in the light of Corkery's analysis and recent reassessments of that analysis. the conference organisers welcome proposals for this panel. Please send electronic proposals (300-500 words) by September 25, 2005 to: Professor Brian Ó Conchubhai, Department of Irish Language and Literature, 422 Flanner Hall, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556

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SOFEIR 2006 Conference: the Festive and the Tragic in Ireland
24-25 March 2006
University of Franche-Comté, Besançon
Deadline for Proposals: 15 June 2005
Organisers - Proposal for papers are to be addressed to Marie-Claire Considère-Charon and Michel Savaric ( Or to M.C. Considère-Charon, 8 rue Marguerite Perey, 67000 Strasbourg, France.

The 2006 international Conference of the French Society of Irish Studies (SOFEIR) is to be held at the University of Franche-Comté, Besançon, on March 24-25 2006, under the auspices of the "Littérature et Histoire des Pays de langue européenne (EA3224)" research team. The theme of the conference will be: The Festive and the Tragic in Ireland. Papers and panel contributions of 20 minutes' duration are welcome on a broad range of subjects including the literatures of Ireland, history, sociology, community relations and international relations etc?

Ireland: the festive and the tragic... The contrasting terms "festive" and "tragic" are meant to evoke a variety of historical, cultural and literary landmarks. The festive element, whether described as "ordered chaos" by Durkheim or "duty to transgress" by Freud, involves excess and drunkenness as well as ceremony and liturgy. Festivals and celebrations may help a community to experience self-discovery, whereas the tragic element reveals a world beyond, a non-human or inhuman order. Tragedy implies a painful awareness of both societal and individual predicaments. Our focus will be on ceremony in Ireland: the amalgamation of Christian and Celtic festivals, Irish and British national days, the marching season, wakes and American wakes and so on? A number of questions may be raised: How much original meaning is left in such ceremonies? What is their relationship with history and the past? How significant are they in contemporary Ireland where euphoria often confines to confusion? In literature as well as in cinema, the festive and tragic elements also occur in the very essence of carnival under the form of masquerade and subversion. Tragedy and carnival can be opposed in the guise of high and low culture, lay and religious. A mediation between them can be found in the theme of 'myth'. Myth indeed has been a powerful element in Irish culture and history. The 100th anniversary of Samuel Beckett's birth will take place in 2006. His writings can be said to have a range that touches both the festive (carnival) and the tragic. Such anniversaries of the births or deaths of significant Irish writers serve to remind us of their contributions to national and to world literature, sometimes in the face of extremely difficult circumstances.


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17 March 2006
University of Cambridge
Deadline for Proposals: 1 January 2006

'To speak plainly [colonialism] turns [the native] into an animal' (Frantz Fanon)

Postcolonial Creatures, a one-day colloquium at the Faculty of English, University of Cambridge, on the 17th March 2006, seeks to interrogate the dynamics of dehumanization and re-humanization in the colonies, the post-colonies and the (so-called) developing world through the lenses of postcolonial literature and postcolonial theory. Our three keynote speakers, Graham Huggan (University of Leeds, English), Gerry Kearns (University of Cambridge, Geography) and Wendy Woodward (University of the Western Cape, English) will respectively open three sessions on Asia and the Americas, Europe and the Russian Federation, and, Africa and the Middle East.

That slavery, colonialism, concentration camps, apartheid, terrorist detention centres and war dehumanise (and continue to dehumanise) their victims and their beneficiaries has become a cliché, a generally accepted mode of explanation passed over on the way to other issues. There is more
to be said. What are the implications, positive or negative, of animalising others? How are we to respond to the reality of dehumanisation in the modern world and, how have writers and thinkers prepared or hindered the way for our responses? Why do we persist in naming war, brutality and murder as 'inhuman'? Might we not want to recognise such activities as characteristically human? Have institutions and bodies, such as South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, contributed to re-humanisation in countries afflicted by violence? Where does the violence associated with animal rights and, indeed, the animals themselves, stand within these debates?

Papers are invited on the following subjects but are by no means limited to these: the colonized as 'neither man nor animal' (Sartre); animals and animalisation in literature; "race", "racial humanism" and racism; humanization, dehumanization and rehumanization post-human(ism); the TRC, human dignity and personhood; torture in literature and outside of it; social justice and "human rights"; dehumanising topographies eg. concentration camps, segregation; histories of dehumanisation eg. slavery, apartheid, the Third Reich, colonialism from Ireland to the present day, Abu-Ghraib prison and Guantánamo Bay; possible practical approaches for re-humanisation: drama therapy,
empowerment, affirmative action, land reform and reparations

Graduate students will be welcomed. The scale, scope and length of the conference will depend on interest. Abstracts of no more than 500 words are invited. Please send these to Laura Pechey Deadline for abstracts: 8th January 2006

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France-Ireland: Interlinks, Interference, Intertextuality
10-12 March 2006
University College Cork
Deadline for Proposals: 30 September 2005

Following on the success of the first Franco-Irish studies conference held at IT Tallaght in March 2003 and the subsequent publication of the proceedings, France-Ireland: Anatomy of a Relationship (Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2004), a second conference has been organised for 10th-12th March 2006, in University College Cork. Abstracts (200 words maximum) dealing with any appropriate aspect of the theme above should be addressed by Friday September 30th 2005 to one or both of the conference organisers below:

Dr Grace Neville, Department of French, University College, Cork.
Tel.: 00 353 21 4902581

Dr Eamon Maher,Director, National Centre for Franco-Irish Studies,IT Tallaght, Dublin 24.
Tel: 00 353 1 4042871

Papers will be of 25 minutes duration and may be given in French, English or Irish. Those wishing to submit longer versions of their papers (maximum 5000 words) with a view to publication in the proceedings must input their chapters on the Lang template that will be forwarded to participants before the conference. Panels will be particularly welcome on French links with Samuel Beckett (whose centenary is being celebrated in 2006), Joyce, Behan and Robert Emmet.

For registration details and other information, please consult website:

Confirmed plenary speakers include:

o Professor Michael Cronin, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, DCU
o Professor Dermot Keogh, Department of History, UCC
o Dr Brigitte Le Juez, SALIS, DCU
o Professor Serge Rivière, School of Humanities, University of Limerick

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Shakespeare and the Irish Writer
24-25 February 2006
National University of Ireland, Maynooth
Deadline for Call for Papers: 2 December 2005 (300 words in body of email)
Contact: Dr Stephen O'Neill, Department of English, NUI Maynooth, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland. Email

Shakespeare has been a significant imaginative force and also a figure of contestation for the Irish writer. In light of recent work on ideological appropriations and rewritings of Shakespeare, this conference proposes to explore how Irish writers such as Yeats, Joyce, Shaw, Wilde, Beckett, and, more recently, Frank McGuinness, have both drawn upon and reacted against Shakespeare the playwright and poet, industry, and cultural icon. To what extent, for instance, does the playful iconoclasm of Joyce and Shaw involve an "Irish appropriation" of Shakespeare? By exploring such issues, the aim of the conference will be to think critically and historically about the multiple meanings of "Shakespeare in Ireland".

Proposals for papers of 25 minutes duration are invited on the following or related topics: The Irish writer (in English and in Gaelic) and Shakespeare; Shakespeare, Intertextuality, and the Irish Writer; The Reception of Shakespeare in Ireland; Comparative analysis of Irish rewritings / Postcolonial rewritings of Shakespeare; Shakespeare and/in Irish Studies; Reading Shakespeare in Ireland.

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IRISH STUDIES: GEOGRAPHIES AND GENDERS - American Conference for Irish Studies 2006 Southern Regional Conference
University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
23-26 February , 2006
Deadline for Proposals: 15 November 2005
Contact: or

The University of South Carolina will host the 2006 Southern Regional Conference of the American Conference for Irish Studies in Columbia, SC, February 23-26, 2006. Special guests will include poets Eavan Boland and Vona Groarke. Some sessions will be held in conjunction with the USC Women's Studies conference on "Transnational Feminisms."

The organizers welcome proposals by November 15, 2005 for papers and panels that explore any dimension of Irish Studies (multi-genre, multi-disciplinary, and multi-media presentations encouraged), but particularly on topics addressing the conference theme "Geographies and Genders." How does geography inform our perceptions of Irish identity in politics, literature, and popular culture? How does gender inform our perceptions of Irish identity in politics, literature, and popular culture? How do geography and gender intersect in Irish culture and history?

Possible topics may include:
. geographical and/or gendered representations of identity and nation
. borders, separation, border crossings: north/south, rural/urban, Protestant/Catholic,public private, modernity/post-modernity, male/female
. maps, cartography, topography, borders, surveys, passports, rites of passage
. portrayals of gender in popular culture, media, and/or literature; Ireland as mother or lover, land as female; Acts of Union and acts of union, marriage, divorce; partition and parturition, reproduction, laws governing sexual expression or reproduction
. geographies of gender and sexual identity, gender and space; hedge schools, laundries, camps, train stations, cottages, confessionals, bogs, wells, noises from the woodshed
. geographies of cultural and identity, diasporas, immigration, emigration, Gaeltachts; landscapes of famine, memorials, graveyards, memory and social space

Please send queries and abstracts (no more than 250 words) by email or

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Beckett at 100: New Perspectives
Winthrop-King Institute for Contemporary French and Francophone Studies
Florida State University
9-11 February 2006
Deadline for Proposals: 1 April 2005

The centenary of Samuel Beckett's birth is a timely moment in which to take stock of new directions in research on a writer of truly global stature. What are the most significant aspects of Beckett's work attracting recent and current research? What new insights are these affording? In what ways do current critical approaches and methodologies vary across time and space? In what respects are productions of Beckett's plays and audience responses to them open to innovative approaches? How significant are linguistic, cultural and political boundaries in opening or closing new avenues of inquiry? In what ways do Beckett's writings engage with the discourses of Modernism and Postmodernism and issues we might broadly call Postcolonial? These are among the key questions which speakers at this international conference are invited to address.

Standard panels will normally consist of three papers. Proposals are welcomed for individual papers, whole panels or non-standard types of session on any topic relevant to the overall conference theme. Papers may be given in either English or French. The conference will result in a volume of essays drawn from the proceedings. Abstracts of 250-500 words are due by 1 April 2005.

Information updates will be posted regularly on the conference web-site.

Conference Directors: William J. Cloonan, S.E. Gontarski, Alec G. Hargreaves.

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Irish Society For The Study Of Children’s Literature Annual Conference: Irish Children’s Literature: National and International Contexts
17 and 18 February 2006
Church of Ireland College of Education, Rathmines, Dublin 6
Deadline for Proposals: 3 December 2005

Proposals are welcome relating to the above and associated topics: Irish Children’s literature, its history, the children’s literature of the Irish diaspora, the function and reception of Irish children’s texts abroad, globalisation and Irish children’s literature, the translation of Irish children’s literature, the translation into Irish of literature from other countries. Proposals relating to poetry will be particularly welcome.


Keynote speaker of the conference is Emer O’Sullivan, Professor of English Literature at the University of Lüneburg, Germany and author of the award-winning Kinderlitarische Komparatistik (2000) and Comparative Children’s Literature (2005)


Proposals of 250 words should be sent to: Secretary Pádraic Whyte, Children’s Research Centre, Trinity College, Dublin 2. Email : (Subject line should clearly indicate ‘ISSCL Proposal’) to arrive no later than 3 December 2005 --

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Affecting "Irishness": Mutability, Nationality & Discourses of "Greening"
Trinity College Dublin, 13 and 14 January .
Deadline for Paper Proposals: 31 August 2005.

The aim of this interdisciplinary conference in the Humanities is to interrogate notions of Irishness. This examination will question Irishness as it is expressed within contemporary literary, cultural and academic contexts. Those contexts will include national and international discursive arenas, particularly the Irish and American academies.

Recent postcolonial re-imaginings of Ireland have initiated the consideration of images of Irish nationality that were formed beyond the parameters of the island itself. In these discursive spaces, representations of Irish identity are often discussed as being liminal, hybrid and neutral. The focus of this conference is to interrogate and question these representations, as well as the discourses to which they give rise. As a means to do so, the conference will investigate contemporary notions of Irishness, asking whether the indeterminacy that currently surrounds Irish national and cultural identity is limiting and/or limited. Affecting ‘Irishness’ intends to re-imagine the possibilities surrounding Irishness by re-appraising the many attributions accorded to Irish distinctiveness, by re-assessing international conversations concerning Irish cultural presences, and by re-asserting indigenous presence within the contemporary context.

the conference organisers welcome papers and/or panel proposals that examine all aspects of identity, culture and Diaspora as they inform the dialogue surrounding Irishness. The following areas of study, or any related areas, shall be considered:

- Twenty-first century Irishness
- Irish-American Identities
- Pandemic Irishness
- Cultural constructions of race and nationality
- Images of the Diaspora
- Representations of Irishness: Past/Present/Future
- Irish notions of Place and Identity in a New World Order
- Post-colonial Theory and Irishness
- Irishness and the Body

Papers should be of 20 minutes duration. Abstracts should not be of more than 200 words to reach us by August 31, 2005. Please include full postal and email addresses. The conference will take place January 13 & 14 2006 in University of Dublin, Trinity College. Proposals should be addressed to:

Dr Jim Byrne, Dr Padraig Kirwan, Dr Michael O’Sullivan, c/o School of English,John Henry Newman Building, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland

Electronic Submissions:,,

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