New Deadline and Date for ACIS West Conference

The new deadline to submit proposals is 15 April 2021. See updated CFP here.

The American Conference for Irish Studies (Western Region) will be held at the University of Colorado – Denver from September 23 – 26, 2021. This reflects hope of a better situation in Fall. Yet, if you are unable to travel, we are accepting proposals for virtual presentations as well.

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Irish language online

If you are interested in an Irish language course online, see here.

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CFP for ACIS West

Please join us for the ACIS West Regional Conference in Denver, Colorado April 15-18, 2021.  The conference will be hosted by the University of Colorado – Denver in the beautiful mile high city. The conference theme is Labor, Immigration, and Class and highlights will include a keynote address by Helen Thorpe and a pilgrimage to the pauper graves of Irish immigrants in Leadville.

The Call for papers is attached. Please consider proposing a paper or panel and circulate to your colleagues.

The conference will feature the Donald E. Jordan, Jr. – Willard C. Potts, Jr. Award, which recognizes exceptional work by emerging scholars in Irish Studies. It is awarded annually to an ACIS-West presenter (current graduate student or scholar within three years of having received their PhD) and is accompanied by a $500 honorarium.

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ACIS-West 2020 postponement

In order to address the uncertainty that our colleagues and friends are facing with Covid-19, our conference hosts have decided to postpone the October regional conference. We will plan to regroup and meet in Denver during Spring of 2021. In the interim, we hope that you are healthy and safe. Look for a CFP this summer!

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ACIS-West 2020

We are delighted to announce that ACIS-West 2020 will be held 1-4 October at the Springhill Suites by Marriott on Aurora campus in Denver, Colorado.  The CFP will be coming soon. We hope you will join us in the mile-high city!Falling-in-love-with-mile-high1600

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PhD student writes article about ACIS-West

Holly Smith, a PhD candidate in History at North Carolina State University, published a reflection on her time at ACIS-West 2019. Check it out at

Thanks for spreading the word about our organization, Holly!

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Farewell from Portland

That’s a wrap! Thank you to everyone who joined us in Portland, OR for a terrific ACIS-West 2019 conference. Huge thanks to NK Harrington, Aaron Thornburg, Lee Milligan, and Douglas Byrd for organizing the event and welcoming us to Portland, and to our wonderful sponsors: Eastern Oregon University College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Kells Irish Pub, and Cider Riot.

Congratulations to Zan Cammack (Utah Valley University), who received the 2019 Donald E. Jordan, Jr. – Willard C. Potts, Jr. Award for Emerging Scholar for her paper, “‘…imagine!…what position she was in!…’: Audience Complicity in Suppressing the Female Form in Samuel Beckett’s Not I“.


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Poetry reading in Portland


ACIS member Rob Carney (Utah Valley University), along with his colleague Scott Poole, will be giving a poetry reading titled “Myths, Sharks, Parrots, & Fables” at Mother Foucault’s Bookshop (523 SE Morrison Street) on Friday (10/11) beginning at 7:00pm! Along with Corrib Theatre’s performances of Eclipsed and theatrical and music-related events we have planned at ACIS-West meeting itself, it’s sure to be a fun and interesting weekend in the City of Roses!

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Keynote Address for ACIS-West 2019

ACIS-West is happy to announce that the Keynote address at the 2019 Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon, will be given by Northwest native and University College Cork Lecturer in History, Dr. John Borgonovo. His address is titled “Revolutionary Ireland and the Cork Vanguard: Considerations and Consequences.”

We look forward to seeing you all in Portland this October!

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Registration for ACIS-West 2019 in Portland is open!

The registration portal for the The 35th annual meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies-Western Regional (ACIS-West) to be held October 10-12, 2019 in Portland, Oregon is now open! Register to join us in the City of Roses for a celebration of Irish Studies and Culture.
As a unique collaboration between ACIS-West and The Corrib Theatre (, everyone who registers will be sent a discount code for $5 off The Corrib Theatre’s performances of Eclipsed the weekend of the meeting. Prior to the Sunday (10/13) 2:00 matinee, Emeritus Professor of Theatre and ACIS member Charlotte Headrick will give a “Lobby Talk” about Eclipsed.
We are planning other Irish cultural performances and events, so come join us for loads of learning and fun! You can register for the conference and/or submit a paper proposal at:
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