Open Call for Proposals for the Irish Humanities Alliance (IHA) Annual Conference, 2020

Call for Proposals

Since its launch in September 2013, the Irish Humanities Alliance (IHA) has championed humanities research and scholarship in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Each year, the Alliance demonstrates the breadth of Irish humanities expertise by hosting an annual conference that is open to the full range of humanities disciplines (classics; ethnomusicology; history; languages; philosophy etc.). Recent IHA conferences have addressed the themes of Migration and the Humanities, the intersection of medical & digital humanities and Border Heritage.

The IHA is currently inviting proposals for its 2020 annual conference. Applicants will propose an overall conference theme for the 2020 conference [200-250 words] that is inter- and trans-disciplinary and open to the broad spectrum of humanities fields. The successful applicant(s) will run a conference, under the auspices of the Alliance, and underwritten up to €3,500. Applicants will nominate individuals to join an IHA Steering Committee and this committee will take responsibility for organising the conference through issuing the Call for Papers, organising the programme and keynotes etc.

Application Process

Proposals should be submitted by 5pm Friday, 28 February 2020. Proposals will:Outline a conference theme that is open to the broad range of humanities disciplines (250 words);

Contain a draft Call for Papers (250 words) to be issued; and

Offer names and email addresses of (at least) three individuals to join the steering committee.

Applications should be submitted here at this jotform link.

Informal queries may be emailed to the Director of the IHA, Dr Mel Farrell, at:

The IHA Board of Management will make a final decision on the appropriate theme for the 2020 annual conference and the Director will then take the appropriate action to work with the successful applicant on arranging the conference.