CFP. 2017: Pasts, Presents, and Futures. NUI Galway, 19-20 May 2017

2017: Pasts, Presents, and Futures

National University of Ireland, Galway

19th-20th May 2017


After a year of intense upheaval, loss, and change, as well as seeing multiple commemorations and an emphasis on looking towards this country’s past, in 2017 we invite you to look towards its future – or futures. In a political environment which has witnessed the rise of the far-right, in a cultural environment which saw the positive growth and progression of the #WakingTheFeminists movement in the Irish theatre sector (and seeing its ripples beyond), in a social environment where the purpose and function of the arts and humanities, and expertise in general, is constantly questioned: where next? As new researchers emerging during this time, it is now more important than ever for us to examine our pasts, our presents, and our futures. How do we, as new researchers, play a role? In which direction are the arts headed during this time? How do we – as academics, as writers, as makers, as doers – respond to our current moment and look towards what is ahead of us?


Proposals for 20 minute papers are now welcome from postgraduate researchers on topics responding to this prompt, which can include (but are not limited to):


➢       Print, propaganda, and public opinion

➢       Gender and society

➢       Poetry, literature, and song

➢       Theatre and performance studies

➢       Irish life on screen

➢       Ireland in a comparative/European context

➢       Political and economic history

➢       Material culture and the arts

➢       Religious/ecclesiastical history

➢       Writing (and rewriting) the past

➢       Public engagement, heritage, and modern Ireland

➢       Ethnicity and identity

➢       Innovation and change

➢       Mobility, migration

➢       Digital media and Irish life


Postgraduate researchers from the disciplines of English; Irish Studies; Drama, Theatre, and Performance; Film Studies; and Visual Culture are particularly welcome to submit proposals for consideration, however, we also encourage proposals from beyond these disciplines, throughout the humanities. Proposals that include an interdisciplinary element are strongly encouraged.


Abstracts of 250 words can be submitted to  The call for papers will close on Friday 24th March 2017.


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