Preliminary Schedule for ACIS-West 2015

The preliminary schedule for ACIS-West is now available. Details are subject to change, but we do not anticipate any major revisions to the program. A full schedule, including panel information, is forthcoming.

To register for the conference and to learn more about travel and accommodations, return to https://aciswest.wordpress.com/ and scroll down. Please direct inquiries to Sarah L. Townsend at aciswest2015@gmail.com.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16

8:30-10 Panels 1A and 1B

Coffee

10:10-11:40 Panels 2A and 2B

Coffee

11:45-12:30 Featured Lecture, Myles Dungan, “Coercion and Conciliation on the Plains: The Life and Career of Thomas Fitzpatrick, Mountain Man and Indian Agent”

Lunch

2:00-3:30 Panels 3A and 3B

Coffee

3:40-5:10 Panels 4A and 4B

Coffee

5:15 Plenary Lecture, David C. Lloyd, “Grace Under Fire: On Being Human in Time of Extremity”

6:15 Reception, featuring Myles Dungan’s “A Dodgy History of Ireland”

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17

8:30-10 Panels 5A and 5B

Coffee

10:10-11:40 Panels 6A and 6B

Coffee

11:45-12:30 Featured Reading, Eamonn Wall

Lunch

(12:30-2:00 Graduate Students Only: Lunch Panel, “Irish Studies and Graduate Professionalization,” Organized by Julia Obert)

2:00-3:30 Panels 7A and 7B

3:30-4:30 ACIS-West Business Meeting

4:30-5:30 Plenary Performance, Donal O’Kelly, Ailliliú Fionnuala

5:30-6:45 Roundtable Discussion, “Indigenous Communities and Environmental Harm: A Conversation about Irish and Native American Responses to Big Oil,” Featuring Donal O’Kelly, Charmaine White Face (Founder, Defenders of the Black Hills), Chas Jewett (Lakota activist), and Brian J. Twenter (University of South Dakota)

6:45 Reception and Award Ceremony

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Travel information for ACIS-West 2015

We look forward to welcoming you to Rapid City, “The Gateway to the Black Hills,” in October. All conference events will take place at the historic Hotel Alex Johnson, located at 523 6th St., Rapid City, SD 57701. Phone: 888-729-0708. The hotel is located in the heart of downtown Rapid City amidst a variety of restaurants, shops, art and music venues, and nightlife. To register for the conference, return to https://aciswest.wordpress.com/ and scroll down.

Rapid City can be reached by car or the Rapid City Regional Airport (RAP) (http://www.rcgov.org/Airport/).

Several car rental companies operate out of the airport if you wish to rent a vehicle. However, due to the conference venue’s central location, you will be very comfortable navigating by foot. Taxis and shuttles can bring you the short six miles from the airport to downtown Rapid City. In addition, the Hotel Alex Johnson provides free transportation for its overnight guests to and from the airport; for details, call the hotel front desk.

The Hotel Alex Johnson (http://www.alexjohnson.com/) is offering ACIS-West conference participants a special group rate of $79/night for standard rooms plus taxes and fees (total price is closer to $97/night). The hotel has reserved a block of rooms for ACIS-West, so book early. Once the block of rooms has been reserved, the hotel will continue to honor the group rate, but availability is not guaranteed. To book a room at the group rate, call 888-729-0708. Unfortunately, you cannot book online if you wish to receive the special group rate. If you wish to stay elsewhere, many other hotels are located in or near downtown Rapid City.

We also invite you to take advantage of Rapid City’s many nearby attractions, including Mount Rushmore, the Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer State Park, the historic Black Hills 1880 Train, the city of Deadwood, the Badlands National Park, the Devil’s Tower, and more. Below are several links to help you begin exploring Rapid City and the greater Black Hills area. If you have further questions about travel and accommodations, please email Sarah Townsend at aciswest2015@gmail.com.

http://www.visitrapidcity.com/

https://www.travelsouthdakota.com/

http://www.blackhillsbadlands.com/

http://www.blackhillsbadlands.com/

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Registration for ACIS-W 2015 is Now Open!

Hello all,

Registration for October’s conference is now open. Rates are as follows. There is no additional charge for the banquet. As the banquet will be a buffet, featuring a range of options, you need not indicate your meal preferences.

Click on the appropriate button below to register via PayPal.

Faculty/Staff $150.00:

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Student $100.00:

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Guest (must accompany Faculty/Staff or Student registration) $50.00:

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(Note: after paying, you will receive a receipt from PayPal via e-mail. You can also print a receipt directly after registering.)

ACIS-Western Regional does not require a special membership fee; however, all conference participants must be members of the national ACIS organization.

If you have any questions about registration, or if you would like to register by sending a check, please contact Dr. Caleb Richardson at cwr@unm.edu.

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ACIS-W 2015: CFP Deadline Extended to 15 July!

Thanks for all the paper and panel submissions so far. We’ve extended the deadline for the conference this year to 15 July. A revised Call for Papers is below.

Call for Papers

The 31st Annual Meeting
 of the
 American Conference for Irish Studies Western Regional

Ireland: Memory and Monument”

Rapid City, South Dakota

October 16-18, 2015

Submissions due July 15, 2015 to aciswest2015@gmail.com

We invite you to join us in Rapid City, South Dakota for the 31st annual ACIS-West conference. This interdisciplinary conference features a range of scholarly panels, 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, the material and visual arts, and comparative studies. We particularly encourage papers and panels that explore the theme of “Ireland: Memory and Monument.” Topics may include, but are not limited to,

  • Official forms of commemoration, like statues, plaques, monuments, parades, ceremonies, holidays, as well as their reappropriation
  • Contested memorials and counter-memorials
  • Buried or erased memories; modes of forgetting
  • Private versus collective/public memory
  • Memorialization and the sacred
  • Geography and regional or local memory
  • Literary and artistic commemorations
  • Transnational memory (e.g. the Irish diaspora, immigrants to Ireland)
  • The business of commemoration: tourism, financing, the media

We welcome not only papers that consider the question of the memorialization within Ireland, but also comparative work that addresses Irish intersections with the global circulation and preservation of memory.

The conference features keynote speaker David C. Lloyd, Distinguished Professor of English at the University of California, Riverside, and keynote performer Donal O’Kelly, award-winning playwright and actor who will stage his play Fionnuala for conference participants.

Western South Dakota, home to some of the nation’s most famous and contested monuments and counter-monuments, provides a rich site in which to explore the preservation and politics of memory. Downtown Rapid City, founded during a gold rush in the 1870s, is steeped in history—statues of U.S. presidents grace every corner, and stories of the Lakota are told through commemorative plaques and statues—while also boasting a lively arts and music scene, restaurants, shopping, and nightlife. The conference will take place at the historic Hotel Alex Johnson, which appears on the National Register of Historic Places, has hosted six U.S. Presidents, and is also said to be haunted. The conference organizers invite you to explore Rapid City, “The Gateway to the Black Hills,” as well as its many nearby attractions, including Mount Rushmore, the Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer State Park, the historic Black Hills 1880 Train, the city of Deadwood, the Badlands National Park, and the Devil’s Tower.

Please submit your proposal by July 15, 2015 to aciswest2015@gmail.com. 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 in Irish Studies, we will also organize a special undergraduate panel at the conference, and we encourage exceptional undergraduate students to submit individual paper proposals.

For more information, visit https://aciswest.wordpress.com/

Please direct any questions to Sarah L. Townsend, Assistant Professor of English at the University of New Mexico, aciswest2015@gmail.com.

David Lloyd is a leading scholar of Irish literature and culture, colonialism, and nationalism. He is the author of Nationalism and Minor Literature (1987); Anomalous States (1993); Ireland After History (1999); Irish Times: Temporalities of Irish Modernity (2008); and Irish Culture and Colonial Modernity: The Transformation of Oral Space (Cambridge University Press, 2011). He has also co-published several other books, including The Nature and Context of Minority Discourse (1991), with Abdul JanMohamed; Culture and the State, co-authored with Paul Thomas (1997); The Politics of Culture in the Shadow of Capital (1997), with Lisa Lowe; and The Black and Green Atlantic: Cross-Currents of the African and Irish Diasporas (2008), edited with Peter D. O’Neill. Lloyd is also a poet and playwright, and he currently serves as Distinguished Professor of English at the University of California, Riverside.

Donal O’Kelly is a playwright and actor. His award-winning solo plays include CatalpaBat The Father Rabbit The SonJimmy Joyced!, and Ailliliú Fionnuala. He has performed throughout Ireland, the UK, and North America, including New York’s Lincoln Center, Toronto’s Winter Garden, the Abbey Theatreand the Peacock. His film roles include leading roles in Roddy Doyle’s The Van and in the acclaimed bilingual film Kings.  He was a founder and artistic director of Dublin’s Calypso Productions, and is an associate director of the peace and justice organization Afri.

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ACIS-West 2015 Flyer

Proposals due July 1, 2015 to aciswest2015@gmail.com. Join us in beautiful Rapid City in October!

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ACIS-West 2015 CFP: Submissions due July 1

Call for Papers

The 31st Annual Meeting
 of the
 American Conference for Irish Studies Western Regional

Ireland: Memory and Monument”

Rapid City, South Dakota

October 16-18, 2015

Submissions due July 1, 2015 to aciswest2015@gmail.com

We invite you to join us in Rapid City, South Dakota for the 31st annual ACIS-West conference. This interdisciplinary conference features a range of scholarly panels, 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, the material and visual arts, and comparative studies. We particularly encourage papers and panels that explore the theme of “Ireland: Memory and Monument.” Topics may include, but are not limited to,

  • Official forms of commemoration, like statues, plaques, monuments, parades, ceremonies, holidays, as well as their reappropriation
  • Contested memorials and counter-memorials
  • Buried or erased memories; modes of forgetting
  • Private versus collective/public memory
  • Memorialization and the sacred
  • Geography and regional or local memory
  • Literary and artistic commemorations
  • Transnational memory (e.g. the Irish diaspora, immigrants to Ireland)
  • The business of commemoration: tourism, financing, the media

We welcome not only papers that consider the question of the memorialization within Ireland, but also comparative work that addresses Irish intersections with the global circulation and preservation of memory.

The conference features keynote speaker David C. Lloyd, Distinguished Professor of English at the University of California, Riverside, and keynote performer Donal O’Kelly, award-winning playwright and actor who will stage his play Fionnuala for conference participants.

Western South Dakota, home to some of the nation’s most famous and contested monuments and counter-monuments, provides a rich site in which to explore the preservation and politics of memory. Downtown Rapid City, founded during a gold rush in the 1870s, is steeped in history—statues of U.S. presidents grace every corner, and stories of the Lakota are told through commemorative plaques and statues—while also boasting a lively arts and music scene, restaurants, shopping, and nightlife. The conference will take place at the historic Hotel Alex Johnson, which appears on the National Register of Historic Places, has hosted six U.S. Presidents, and is also said to be haunted. The conference organizers invite you to explore Rapid City, “The Gateway to the Black Hills,” as well as its many nearby attractions, including Mount Rushmore, the Crazy Horse Memorial, Custer State Park, the historic Black Hills 1880 Train, the city of Deadwood, the Badlands National Park, and the Devil’s Tower.

Please submit your proposal by July 1, 2015 to aciswest2015@gmail.com. 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 in Irish Studies, we will also organize a special undergraduate panel at the conference, and we encourage exceptional undergraduate students to submit individual paper proposals.

For more information, visit https://aciswest.wordpress.com/

Please direct any questions to Sarah L. Townsend, Assistant Professor of English at the University of New Mexico, aciswest2015@gmail.com.

David Lloyd is a leading scholar of Irish literature and culture, colonialism, and nationalism. He is the author of Nationalism and Minor Literature (1987); Anomalous States (1993); Ireland After History (1999); Irish Times: Temporalities of Irish Modernity (2008); and Irish Culture and Colonial Modernity: The Transformation of Oral Space (Cambridge University Press, 2011). He has also co-published several other books, including The Nature and Context of Minority Discourse (1991), with Abdul JanMohamed; Culture and the State, co-authored with Paul Thomas (1997); The Politics of Culture in the Shadow of Capital (1997), with Lisa Lowe; and The Black and Green Atlantic: Cross-Currents of the African and Irish Diasporas (2008), edited with Peter D. O’Neill. Lloyd is also a poet and playwright, and he currently serves as Distinguished Professor of English at the University of California, Riverside.

Donal O’Kelly is a playwright and actor. His award-winning solo plays include Catalpa, Bat The Father Rabbit The Son, Jimmy Joyced!, and Ailliliú Fionnuala. He has performed throughout Ireland, the UK, and North America, including New York’s Lincoln Center, Toronto’s Winter Garden, the Abbey Theatre, and the Peacock. His film roles include leading roles in Roddy Doyle’s The Van and in the acclaimed bilingual film Kings.  He was a founder and artistic director of Dublin’s Calypso Productions, and is an associate director of the peace and justice organization Afri.

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ACIS-W Conference Program

Hi all, here’s the final ACIS-W 2014 Program! See you soon in Santa Fe!

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