Registration 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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Extended deadline for ACIS-West 2019

The deadline for submitting proposals for ACIS-West in Portland, OR (October 10-12) has been extended to July 26 — please see the revised CFP and spread the word!


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Hotel info for ACIS-West 2019

The conference hotel for ACIS-West 2019 is the Embassy Suites Hotel Portland – Downtown, 319 SW Pine Street, Portland, Oregon, 97204-2726.

Our organization has negotiated a block of standard two-room suites at the group rate of $195/night plus occupancy taxes, fees and assessments (does not include parking). The conference begins the evening of October 10 and concludes at the end of the day on October 12. The hotel is blocking off three nights (October 10, 11, and 12) but will honor this rate for three days before and after the conference dates if you wish to arrive early or stay later. The rate includes complimentary wifi, a free cooked-to-order breakfast, and complimentary appetizers and beverages at the hotel’s nightly evening reception.

Rooms in this block are limited. Please book early — these rates will be honored until the block sells out or the cutoff date of September 10, 2019, whichever comes first.

You can book one of two ways:

  • Online using our group’s Hilton-Link
  • Call the main hotel line (503-279-9000) and ask for the American Conference for Irish Studies group rate, special group code ACI.

Please contact Aaron Thornburg ( or Nick Harrington ( with questions.


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CFP for ACIS-West in Portland

Please join us for ACIS-West 2019 in Portland, Oregon. The conference will take place October 10-12 at the Embassy Suites Portland Downtown. The theme, “The Rose: Beauty, Blossoming, and Transition in Irish Studies,” recognizes the host city, which is widely known as “The City of Roses.”

The Call for Papers is attached. Please circulate widely and consider submitting a paper or panel proposal.

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 2019

We are happy to report that plans are underway for ACIS-West 2019 in Portland, Oregon this October! The organizing committee is finalizing the date with the hotel, and we will post the CFP in the next week or so. Stay tuned!


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Farewell from Jackson Hole

Hearty thanks to Julia Obert and Matthew Spangler for organizing a stellar conference, and thanks to our keynotes (Katie Conrad, Catriona Crowe, Myles Dungan, Charlotte Headrick, and Noah Novogrodsky) and participants who made ACIS-West 2018 a success!

Congratulations to Molly-Claire Gillett of Concordia University, winner of the 2018 Donald E. Jordan, Jr. – Willard C. Potts, Jr. Award for her presentation, “Home Charms: Unpacking the Irish Immigrant Woman’s Home Through Speculative Design.”

Kudos to official conference photographer, Brian McCabe.


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Conference Program

We look forward to seeing everyone in Jackson Hole soon! The final conference program can be found here.

If you have not registered for the conference yet, please do so ASAP and email Matt Spangler ( so he can keep track of banquet numbers.

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