4th International Postgraduate Conference in Irish Studies in Charles University, Prague


The Charles University

The Charles University


Influences, Intersections, Interactions

The 4th International Postgraduate Conference in Irish Studies

8 – 9 September 2017

Centre for Irish Studies, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

Website: www.http://ualk.ff.cuni.cz/centre-for-irish-studies

Contact e-mail: praguepostgraduate@gmail.com



Paper proposals are invited for an international conference which aims to bring together postgraduate projects in the area of Irish Studies. Following the success of “The Politics of Irish Writing” (2009), “Boundary Crossings” (2011) and “Tradition and Modernity” (2013),  we wish to continue offering discussion space for graduate students working in Irish literature and studies. We particularly welcome those working outside the Anglophone academic environment.


The recent rise of nationalist discourse worldwide creates a need for discussion and a re-evaluation of the concepts of influence, intersection, and interaction within, as well as  between cultures. Proposals for papers are welcome on any aspect of Irish writing, society, history or politics, with special attention to the inherent permeability of culture and society, and the role of personal, historical, literary and other influences in various areas of Irish Studies.


Participants are encouraged to address the subject in a wide range of ways, which may include:

  • Literary and artistic influences in Irish writing and the arts
  • Intersections of Irish culture with external influences
  • The role of social and literary institutions as a formative space
  • Intersections of gender, class, and ethnicity.


The conference is hosted by the Centre for Irish Studies at Charles University, Prague and takes place under the aegis of the European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies (EFACIS). The event is supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ireland.


The conference is free for all participants. Basic student accommodation will be provided for international participants upon request (please notify us when sending your paper abstract). Publication options will be discussed as part of the closing session of the conference; these include a refereed collection of essays.


In order to provide more detailed feedback for each paper, the conference format will consist of 15-minute summaries followed by responses from nominated participants, who are acquainted with the full-length paper, followed by a general discussion. Participants will be asked to submit the full-length paper in advance, and may be appointed respondents to other papers. For this reason, accepted papers are expected to be in the region of 3 000 words, with a submission date of 15 June.


The closing session, co-presented by Dr Tom Walker (TCD) and Dr Ondřej Pilný (Charles University), will focus on research and publication opportunities, career building, and funding in Irish Studies.


Paper abstracts of 250 words, in either English or Irish, should be submitted to the organisers at praguepostgraduate@gmail.com by 30 January 2017. Abstracts must include the title of the paper, name and e-mail address, institutional affiliation and any AV requirements for your presentation.


Do not hesitate to contact us for any further inquiry.


Conference Committee:

Einat Adar, Galina Kiryushina, Ondřej Pilný, and Markéta Pospíšilová.