IASIL History and Aims

IASIL was founded in 1969, with the chartered aims of:

  • Promoting the teaching and study of Irish literature in third-level education throughout the world.
  • Facilitating international contact between scholars researching in the field of Irish Literary Studies.
  • Serving as a vehicle for bringing Irish writing to a wider audience throughout the world.

Formerly called the International Association for the Study of Anglo-Irish Literature (IASAIL), IASIL altered its name in 1998 to the International Association for the Study of Irish Literatures to reflect the diversity of its members’ interest in all traditions of writing on the island in Irish and English, as well as in Irish literary culture and its impact and reception internationally.