ACIS-West 2014: Santa Fe, NM October 24 -26

Hi all:

The CFP for ACIS-W 2014 is pasted below! Contact me at or with any questions.

For those interested in registering early, please contact the Hotel Santa Fe via one of the following:

Telephone: 877-259-3409
Fax: 505-955-7835

Simply inform them that you’re with ACIS-W to get the reduced rate of $146 for traditional rooms and $189 for suites. if you’d like to plan a longer visit to Santa Fe, the hotel has agreed to extend the conference rate for 2 days before and after the conference.

Looking forward to seeing you all in Santa Fe, during New Mexico’s most beautiful season!

Call for Papers

The 30th Annual Meeting
Of The
American Conference for Irish Studies
Western Regional

“Ireland and the Indigenous”

Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
October 24-26, 2014

Submissions due July 1, 2014 to

We invite you to join us in Santa Fe, New Mexico for the 30th annual meeting of the Western Branch of the American Conference on Irish Studies. This interdisciplinary conference features a range of lectures, readings, exhibits, and performances. We welcome papers on any aspect of Irish studies, including literature, theatre, film, dance, history, economics, sociology, music, religion, politics, language, culture, diaspora, conflict and border studies, as well as the material and visual arts. We particularly encourage papers and panels that explore the broad theme of “Ireland and the Indigenous.” In an era of globalization, the protection of the rights and cultures of indigenous peoples has become an international priority. At the same time, the question of just who, and what, qualifies as “indigenous,” is fraught with various intellectual, cultural, legal, economic and political complications. Ireland provides a particularly compelling case study here. Enterprise Ireland would define the term “indigenous” one way, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann another; it means something different to a Traveller in Tuam, a midfielder in Meath, and a Sir Knight in Scarva. We welcome not only papers that consider the question of the indigenous within Ireland, but also those that address issues of Irish contact, cooperation and conflict with indigenous peoples throughout the world.

Our keynote speakers for this conference are Dr. Myles Dungan and Dr. Margot Gayle Backus.

Dr. Dungan is one of Ireland’s best-known broadcasters and the presenter of “The History Show” on RTÉ. A Fulbright Scholar, he was educated at the University of California, Berkeley, University College, Dublin and Trinity College, Dublin. He is the author of 11 books, including Irish Voices From the Great War, The Captain and the King: William O’Shea, Parnell and late Victorian Ireland, and How the Irish Won the West.

Dr. Backus is Professor of English at the University of Houston. She recently completed her second book, Scandal Work: James Joyce, the New Journalism, and the Home Rule Newspaper Wars. Her first book, The Gothic Family Romance: Heterosexuality and Child Sacrifice in the Anglo-Irish Colonial Order, came out in 1999. With Joe Valente, she is completing work on “The Crux of the X”: Literary Dispatches from Ireland’s War on Children. In the spring of 2015, she will be a Fulbright Scholar at Queen’s University Belfast.

Santa Fe is the oldest capital city in the United States, and the area has been settled since at least the 10th century. Designated a UNESCO Creative City in Design, Crafts and Folk Art, Santa Fe is home to the world-famous Georgia O’Keefe Museum, the Santa Fe Opera and numerous private galleries and studios. One of North America’s most comprehensive examples of urban planning, Santa Fe’s Spanish Territorial and Pueblo Revival architecture is instantly recognizable. The conference organizers invite you to experience “The City Different”: one of the most historic, creative, and beautiful cities in the world. Our conference is hosted by the Hotel Santa Fe, the only Native American-owned hotel in Santa Fe, located steps from the Plaza amidst the galleries, breweries and restaurants of the cutting-edge Railyard District.

Please submit your proposal by July 1, 2014 to Individual paper and panel submissions (3-4 participants) are welcome, as are proposals for live performances, dramatic readings, poster presentations, or exhibits. Individual proposals should be 250-500 words in length, and include a brief biographical statement for the submitter (50 words). In the case of panel proposals, live performances, dramatic readings, posters, or exhibits, please submit a rationale (250-500 words), as well as biographical statements for each of the presenters.

To recognize undergraduate research being done in Irish Studies, we will also be organizing a special undergraduate panel at the conference. We encourage exceptional undergraduate students to submit individual paper proposals.

Please send any questions to Caleb Richardson, Assistant Professor of History at the University of New Mexico, at

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Update & ACIS-West 2013 in San Francisco!!!!

A busy year thus far, Tony and I have been working to get some things done for ACIS-West, and we’re been planning the ACIS-West 2013 conference, which will be held in San Francisco.

We have posted a Call for Papers, but I missed posting it here. Not to worry!  I’m posting an updated Call for Papers, forgive my oversight. San Francisco will be fantastic!  Right at the height of the season at an unheard of price at a four diamond hotel: the Union Square Parc 55 for $159 a night plus tax.

Currently, we’re working on obtaining additional sponsors. If have a lead we should follow, please let us know!

Other things we’ve been working on:

- networking at ACIS in Chicago

- putting together new edition of SIAR (there’ll be another CFP shortly as well); the edition will be available at
ACIS-West 2013

- putting in place electronic submissions manager or ACIS-West and SIAR

- created new central official website: see!


Please see the Attached 2013_ACIS-West Call for Papers!  and feel free to forward to anyone and everyone!

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New SIAR Website and Open Submissions

We have a website dedicated to SIAR, our online (peer-reviewed) scholarly journal. You’ll be able to find the links and basic information from the SIAR tab on this site.

The SIAR website is:

We will shortly have back issues of the journal posted on the website.

Submission Guidelines are posted and you can submit your papers through our new online submission manager. The deadline for our winter edition is December 1st. Polish your conference papers into full-length works and submit!

Please also be sure to Like the SIAR journal on Facebook:

And if you haven’t done so already, be sure to Like the ACIS-West site on Facebook:

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ACIS-West 2012: Park City, Utah Conference Was a Great Success!




The 28th Annual ACIS-West Conference held in Park City, Utah this last weekend was a great success. We had a great turnout, and there were many stellar presentations, including an insightful keynote by Dr. Andrew Murphy.

The location was unreal, as you can see in the picture above.

Please feel free to send me pictures ( so I can post some more of our great time here and on the Facebook page (, or post your own and make sure to tag us (ACIS West).

We’re in the process of putting together the old issues of SIAR, and are fine tuning our process to accept submissions for the revived, online, peer-reviewed journal of SIAR. You can see our Facebook page for SIAR here:

A Call for Papers for SIAR will be posted shortly on this ACIS-West WordPress site, and on the above sites as well. The deadline for papers is December 1st. Send papers to Jodi Chilson ( with SIAR somewhere in the subject line. The journal is peer-reviewed and will be published twice a year; once in the winter and once in the summer.

Dr. Robert Tracy and Rebecca Tracy were the first recipients of the ACIS-West Foundational Scholar Award! Dr. Helen Lojek gave a wonderful speech in their honor with words and praises from our colleagues who were unable to attend, including Anne and Trevor Weekes and Christopher Murray and his lovely wife.

Two Williard Potts and Don Jordan Memorial Emerging Scholar Awards were given. One to an outstanding master’s paper given by Sarah Kate Anderson, and the second to a year-old doctorate Dr. Justin Dolan Stover, my in-state colleague at ISU. Congrats! Well-earned.

Next year’s conference will in in San Francisco. Spread the word.

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ACIS-West 2012 – Park City, Utah – Conference Time Is Upon Us!!!

Dear ACIS-West 2012 Participants,

I look forward to seeing you all soon. Here are a few last reminders:
First and foremost, please check that your presentation is no more that 15-20 minutes long (8-10 pages of typed, double-spaced, 12 pt. font). ACIS tends toward lively and enjoyable discussion after the presentations, so please hew to the time format so that listeners can engage with the presenters before your session ends.
Be aware that the weather has turned wintery, here, so do dress for chilly environs. Although the current forecast suggests there will be snow all day Thursday (tomorrow), Friday and Saturday should be clear. Hopefully, we’ll have bright sunshine augmenting the brisk air of Park City.
If you are driving, you may want to add a little extra time to allow for possible weather complications. However, I expect the roads to be clear and safe when you arrive.
If you have not already done so, please remember to send your bio to your session chair.
Looking forward to greeting you,
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ACIS-West 2012: Park City, Utah — Conference Program

Ireland and Adaptation

 The American Conference for Irish Studies, West

 28th Annual Meeting

 October 26-28, 2012

 Park City, Utah

 Stein Eriksen Lodge at Deer Valley


The 28th Annual Conference for Irish Studies West is sponsored by:

  • American Conference for Irish Studies
  • The College of Humanities, Brigham Young University
  • The Department of English, Brigham Young University


ACIS-West Conference Organizing Committee: 

  • Chair, Brandie R. Siegfried, Nan Osmond Grass Professor of English Literature (Brigham Young University)        
  • Jodi Chilson (Boise State University)
  • Charlotte Headrick (Oregon State University)
  • Matthew Spangler (San José State University)

 Conference Assistants, Brigham Young University:

  •  Sari Carter
  • Lauren Fuller
  • Hillary Gamblin
  • Dan Giullian
  • RoseE Hadden
  • Laura Marostica
  • Rachel Payne
  • Patria Pusey
  • Kelsey Smith

 Officers, American Conference for Irish Studies, West

  •  President: Jodi Chilson (Boise State University)
  • Treasurer: Matthew Spangler (San José State University)



Friday, October 26, 2012


12:30-4:30  (Silver Alcove)


SESSION 1   Adaptations and Uses of Irish Identity

1-2:30 pm - Flagstaff

 Chair: Brandie R. Siegfried (Brigham Young University)

  • Peter Leman (Brigham Young University), “Impersonation and/as Adaptation: Irish Diasporic Identities in British Colonial Fiction”
  • Vincent Cheng (University of Utah), “The Memory of the Boyne: King Billy, National Memory, and Joyce”
  • Claudia Harris (Professor Emeritus, Brigham Young University), “F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Reluctant Irishman”


2:30-2:45 pm

Session 2   Irish Drama: Dissemination, Recognition, Transformation

2:45-4:15 pm - Flagstaff

 Chair:  Peter Leman (Brigham Young University)

  • Matthew Spangler  (San José State University), “Intercultural and Inward Migration in Irish Theatre: An Anthology of Plays”
  • Sarah Kate Anderson (San José State University), “Identity, Myth Bending, and Echoes of Sophocles in By the Bog of Cats
  • Melinda Marks (San José State University), “Found in Translation: Connecting through Otherness in Irish Theatre”


4:15-5:15pm - Flagstaff patio

Welcome:       Jodi Chilson, ACIS-West President
                      Brandie R. Siegfried, Program Chair

 Toast:            Matthew Spangler, ACIS-west Treasurer 



5:30-6:30 pm - Flagstaff

Professor Andrew Murphy (University of St. Andrews)

             “Adapting the Nation’s Taste: Ireland, Reading, and Cultural Nationalism



6:30-8:30pm - Flagstaff

Welcome and Introduction:

John Rosenberg, Dean of the College of Humanities, Brigham Young University


Distinguished Guest, Mr. Gerry Staunton, Consul General of Ireland

Awards Presentation:  

Jodi Chilson, ACIS-west President

                                   Foundational Scholar Award


Saturday, October 27, 2012


7:30-9:00am - Valhalla


Session 3   Genre, Adaptation, and Sociopolitical Critique

9-10:30am - Flagstaff and Viking Boardroom

Chair: Matthew Spangler (San José State University)

  • Jeanne Armstrong  (Western Washington University), “Garda (The Guard) as Contemporary Film Narrative: Gerry Boyle as Heroic Outlaw and Postcolonial Trickster”
  • Sandra L. Sprayberry  (Birmingham-Southern College), “The Quiet Man?  John Ford and W. B. Yeats”
  • Beulah Baker  (Taylor University), “Seeing Alfred Nobbs as a Mirror: Adaptations in Focus and Self Perception”
  •  James “JD” Patrick Jeans  (San José State University), “The Comic Critique of Irish Catholicism”





Session 4    Political Adaptations: Colonialism, Nationalism, Patriotism

10:45-12:15pm - Flagstaff and Viking Boardroom

Chair:  Mitch Harris (Clinical Psychologist, Valley Mental Health)

  • Raina G. Celnik-Hickey  (San Francisco State University), “Yeats and the Postcolonial Canon”
  • Bradford Green  (Salem State University), “‘Gaze in Your Omphalos’: Joyce’s Spiritual Inquisition and Protest against English Colonialism”
  • Justin Dolan Stover (Idaho State University), “Irish Political Prisoner Culture in Ireland and Britain, 1916-24″
  • Kelli Drimmel Magargal (San Diego State University), “Celebrating the Unlikely Patriot: Eavan Boland and the Voice of Valor”


LUNCH (on your own)



Session 5   Irishing Popular Monsters

1:45-2:45pm - Flagstaff and Viking Boardroom

 Chair:  Charlotte J. Headrick

  •  James E. Doan (Nova Southeastern University) and Barbara Brodman  (Nova Southeastern University), “Adapting Dracula to an Irish Context: Reconfiguring the Vampires”

[dramatic reading and discussion]



2:45-3:00 pm


Session 6   Questions of Silence, Legitimacy, Suspicion, and Adaptation

3-4:30pm - Flagstaff and Viking Boardroom

Chair: Claudia Harris  (Professor Emeritus, Brigham Young University)

  • Kathleen Heininge  (George Fox University), “Reading McGahern’s The Barracks”
  • Marguerite Quintelli-Neary (Winthrop University), “Illegitimate Conflicts: Brian Merriman and Denis Diderot on Bastardy”
  • Mary Power  (University of New Mexico), “Suspicion and Speculation: The Art of O’Brien’s Saints and Sinners
  • John L. Murphy  (DeVry University), “Kevin Barry’s Adaptations of an Unsettled Island”



4:30-5:00 pm



5:00-5:30 pm - Gold and Silver

                  Shelley School of Irish Dance

                  Director T. Shelley, A.D.C.R.G.


DINNER  (on your own) 6-8:00 pm

Various Irish-Themed Activities in Park City, 8:30-10:45 pm (see list)



Sunday, October 23, 2012



7:30-9:00am - Valhalla


Session 7       Staging Adaptation: Theatre and Local Culture

9-10:30am - Flagstaff and Viking Boardroom

Chair: Jodi Chilson (Boise State University)

  • Charlotte J. Headrick  (Oregon State University), “Adaptations: Irish Drama at Oregon State University”
  • Margaret McPeake  (University of San Francisco), “Portrayals of Irishness in Early San Francisco Theatre”
  • Maria Szasz  (University of New Mexico), “Romantic Irony: ‘The Way You Look Tonight’ in Faith Healer





Session 8       Across Time:  Ancient Texts, Language Quests, and Hypertext

10:45-12:15am - Flagstaff and Viking Boardroom

 Chair:  Brandie R. Siegfried  (Brigham Young University)

 Blaine Elliott  (Independent Researcher), “The Best of Kings: HrÓlfs Saga Kraka and the Arthurian Kingly Paradigm”

 Robert Tracy  (University of California, Berkeley), “Another Look at the Language Question: Sebastian Barry’s Andersen’s English

 Oliver Wallis  (New York University), “Hypertextual Adaptations of Finnegans Wake in Online Space”





BUSINESS MEETING 12:30-1:00 / Flagstaff and Viking Boardroom

Presentation of The Willard Potts and Don Jordan Memorial Emerging Scholar Award




Distinguished Guest: Mr. Gerry Staunton, Consul General of Ireland

Gerry Staunton assumed duty as Consul General of Ireland to the Western United States, based in San Francisco, on 18 August, 2008. Born in Westport, Co Mayo, Ireland, he has been a member of the Irish Foreign Service for almost thirty years. He is married to Mary (McDermott) and they have two adult children, Louise and David.

For the two years prior to this appointment as Consul General he served at his Department’s Headquarters in Dublin as Deputy Director of the Irish Abroad Unit. This policy unit was established by the Irish Government in 2004 to develop coherent policies on how best to reach out to Irish people, and people of Irish ancestry, throughout the world. The Unit currently provides funding support of in excess of $20 million to Irish Organisations and community groups in the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Mexico and Zimbabwe.

In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, Consul General Staunton was assigned to the Irish Consulate in New York City to assist members of the Irish Community who were affected by the attack on the World Trade Centre. Afterwards, he served as Deputy Consul General in New York from 2002 to 2006; his particular responsibilities included political, economic and cultural matters.  During the period 1999 to 2001 he served as Head of the Irish Passport Service and initiated the Automated Passport Project, which has resulted in Ireland having one of the most technically advanced and secure passports in the world. He had the great privilege, in the period 1996 to 1999, to be a member of the Irish Government Talks Team which negotiated the Good Friday Agreement. The Agreement has brought peace, prosperity and a power sharing government to Northern Ireland, after decades of conflict.

He served at the Irish Embassy in Washington DC in the period 1991 to 1994 during which time he visited San Francisco on a number of occasions. He has also served at a variety of posts at the headquarters of the Irish Foreign Service in Dublin.  Mr Staunton replaced Ms Émer Deane as Consul General. Ms Deane has returned to Dublin on the completion of her assignment.


Keynote Speaker: Professor Andrew Murphy, University of St. Andrews

Dr. Andrew Murphy is Professor of English and Head of the School of English at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. He has published extensively both in the field of Irish literature and culture and in Shakespeare Studies. His Irish work includes Seamus Heaney (2nd edition, 2000) and But the Irish Sea Betwixt Us: Ireland, Colonialism, and Renaissance Literature (1999). His work on Shakespeare includes Shakespeare in Print: A History and Chronology of Shakespeare Publishing (2003) and Shakespeare for the People: Working-class Readers, 1800-1900. He is currently working on a study of cultural nationalism in Ireland in the period 1880-1930.


Performers:  The Shelley Irish Dance Company

The Shelley Irish Dance Company is recognized by An Coimisiún le Rincí Gaelacha (The Irish Dance Commission), and is Utah’s premier Irish dance performing group. Directed by Tina Shelley and Johanna Lambert, the company has brought innovative, traditional, and contemporary Irish dance choreography to the stage, delighting audiences across the Intermountain West.  Comprised of the finest Championship Irish step dancers in the region, dancers from the Shelley Irish Dance Company have performed at numerous theatrical events here and abroad. 

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ACIS-West 2012: Registration Form

ACIS-West 2012 Registration Form

Registration Form


Ireland and Adaptation


Friday, October 26 (2:00 pm) through Sunday, October 28, 2012 (1:00 pm)


Stein Eriksen Lodge

Park City, Utah


Sponsored by Brigham Young University


The registration fee for the conference is $100. For students the fee is $50.  The registration form (see below) must be RECEIVED by September 15, 2012 in order to avoid the late registration fee of $120.

The registration fee includes a wine reception Friday afternoon, the Friday night banquet, the keynote address, paper presentations and film screenings, as well as juice, coffee, tea, and pastries on Saturday and Sunday.  Your banquet menu preference will be taken once we receive your registration.

The keynote speaker is Andrew Murphy, Professor of English and Head of the School of English at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. His keynote address is titled “Adapting the Nation’s Taste: Ireland, Reading and Cultural Nationalism.”  He has published extensively both in the field of Irish literature and culture and in Shakespeare Studies. His Irish work includes Seamus Heaney (2nd edition, 2000) and But the Irish Sea Betwixt Us: Ireland, Colonialism, and Renaissance Literature (1999). His work on Shakespeare includes Shakespeare in Print: A History and Chronology of Shakespeare Publishing (2003) and Shakespeare for the People: Working-class Readers, 1800-1900. He is currently working on a study of cultural nationalism in Ireland in the period 1880-1930.

The conference venue is the award-winning Stein Eriksen Lodge in Park City, Utah, home of the Sundance Film Festival. The Lodge has agreed to offer rooms at the rate of $149.00/night during the conference.  Additionally, these rates will apply for up to two nights before and two nights after the conference. Be sure to tell them that you are with ACIS-WEST.  For reservations, go to or call 1-800-453-1302.

Name: ______________________________________________________

(as you would like to have it on your badge)

Institutional Affiliation (or other): _________________________________

Phone:                 ______________________________________________________

e-mail address:  ________________________________________________

Please mark the following:

                Registration Fee ($100)

                Student Registration Fee ($50)

                  Late Registration Fee ($120)

                  Total enclosed


Please send the completed registration form and your check (made payable to ACIS-West) to Brandie Siegfried at the following address:

Brandie R. Siegfried

ACIS-West Program Chair, 2012

4036 JFSB

English Department

Brigham Young University

Provo, UT 84602

You may direct questions to Brandie Siegfried at .

Please remember: You must be an ACIS member to present at the conference. For ACIS membership information and website, go to

This conference is sponsored by the American Conference for Irish Studies, the BYU College of Humanities, and the BYU English Department.

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