2020 American Conference for Irish Studies – UST Houston

Borders, Borderlands and Bridges
April 1-4, 2020
The UST William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies is proud to host the 2020 American Conference for Irish Studies international conference from April 1-4, 2020, in Houston, Texas, at the JW Marriott at the Galleria. Suggested travel dates are March 31 and April 5, 2020.

We are pleased to announce that Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland, will be our Keynote Speaker. Sarah Townsend of the University of New Mexico Irish Studies Program will present What’s New about the New Irish? Race, Whiteness, and Immigration in Ireland and Irish America.

The final deadline for conference proposals is Friday, November 15, 2019.

Please book your room at the JW Marriott at the Galleria, the conference hotel, for your convenience and to help us fill our special conference reduced rate room block. All keynote, plenary and panel sessions will be held in the conference hotel. The deadline for booking at the conference reduced rate is March 10, 2020.

The theme of this conference is Borders, Borderlands and Bridges, pertinent 100 years after the 1920 Government of Ireland Act, which set forth legislation for partitioning the island of Ireland. Contemporary global discourse on borders and bridges adds further significance to the theme.

The conference committee welcomes paper, panel and roundtable proposals that address any aspect of Irish Studies, including literary, historical, political, socio-economic, cultural and visual arts. Possible topics include: