ACIS-W Conference Program

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

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Registration for ACIS-West Santa Fe is Now Open!

Hello all,

Registration for October’s conference is now open.

Rates are as follows. There is no additional charge for the reception on Friday night or the banquet on Saturday night. As the banquet will be a buffet, featuring a range of Native American and New Mexican options, you do not need to indicate your meal preferences.

Faculty/Staff $150.00:

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Student $100.00:

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Group (please contact me for more information about this rate) $500.00:

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Guest (please contact me for more information about this rate) $50.00:

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Click on the appropriate button above to register via PayPal. Please register by September 26th: after that date late registration charges will apply.

ACIS-Western Regional does not require a special membership fee; however, all conference participants must be members of the national ACIS organization. For more information about joining ACIS, please follow this link.

If you have any questions or problems, or if you would like to register by sending a check, please contact me at

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ACIS-W 2014: CFP Deadline Changed To July 14th!


We’ve changed the deadline for proposals: they’re now due July 14th.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to spend (tax-exempt) time with Irish Studies scholars in what is, in the autumn, the most beautiful place in the US (you wish, New England.)

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ACIS West 2014: Getting to Santa Fe


I’ve had a few e-mails from people with questions about getting to Santa Fe, and thought I’d address them generally here:

To fly to Santa Fe you don’t actually have to fly to Santa Fe: and in fact hardly anyone going to Santa Fe does. Santa Fe does have its own airport, but it’s fairly small and expensive to get to. (And largely used by people with only one name: Oprah, Cher, etc.) Most people fly into the Albuquerque International Sunport, which is only about 55 miles south and much more widely and inexpensively accessible.

From there, you can either take the train, which drops you off right across the street from the Hotel Santa Fe, the shuttle, or rent a car. Once you’re in downtown Santa Fe, everything you’ll need is within walking distance, so a car is not necessary, although if you plan to explore the wider environs it’s highly recommended.

Hope this helps. Contact me with any questions.


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ACIS West 2014 Update: Alice McDermott

Hi again,

I just had the news that Alice McDermott is going to be in Santa Fe on the Wednesday before our conference (October 22nd.) She’s speaking as part of the Lannan Foundation‘s Readings & Conversations series. So consider coming into Santa Fe a couple of days early to hear from one of our greatest Irish-American writers!

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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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