CFP for ACIS-West 2018 in Jackson Hole, WY!

Join us in beautiful Jackson Hole, Wyoming October 11-13th for ACIS-West 2018! The conference will be hosted by the University of Wyoming and organized by Julia Obert (University of Wyoming), Matthew Spangler (San José State University), and Matt Reznicek (Creighton University).

The theme is “The Human, the Non-Human, and the Posthuman in Irish Studies,” and the conference will feature plenary sessions by Kathryn Conrad (English, University of Kansas), Myles Dungan (History, RTÉ Dublin), Charlotte Headrick (Theater, Oregon State University), and a plenary panel with Noah Novogrodsky (College of Law, University of Wyoming).

Please see the attached Call for Papers. Proposals are due July 1.

As always, emerging scholars (graduate students and those who have received their PhD within the past three years) will be eligible for the Donald E. Jordan, Jr. – Willard C. Potts, Jr. Award, which comes with a $500 honorarium thanks to our generous donors.

Please share the CFP and spread the word! We look forward to seeing you there.

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In Memoriam: Jeanne Armstrong

We are sad to share news of the passing of longtime ACIS-West member Jeanne Armstrong. Dr. Armstrong was a specialist in Irish literature and culture, postcolonial and gender theory, genocide and human rights, and indigenous cultures in the American west. She received her MS in Library Science and her PhD in Comparative Cultural Studies from the University of Arizona, and she spent most of her career at Western Washington University, where she worked as a Librarian for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. She was author of the book Demythologizing the Romance of Conquest and translated Maisie Renault’s concentration camp memoir, Great Misery.

Dr. Armstrong began attending ACIS-West in the mid 1990s and presented many papers over the years on motherhood and fatherhood, the Famine, women’s poetry, war, and mythologies of the west. She will be missed. Her colleagues at Western Washington have honored her career on their website:

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Two upcoming Irish Studies conferences

Concordia University will host its annual graduate conference on “Irish Spaces,” March 2-3 (CFP courtesy of Camille Harrigan). Submissions due Jan. 5; see call for papers for details.

ACIS National will take place at University College Cork from June 18-22. We hope to see many ACIS-West members in attendance. Submissions due Jan. 15; see conference website for details.



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Farewell from ACIS-West 2017

Thank you to everyone who joined us for a wonderful conference weekend in Spokane! Special thanks go out to Donna Potts, who organized an excellent conference and who will also be taking over as the next ACIS-West Treasurer. Thanks also to the generosity of  the Consul General of Ireland Robert O’Driscoll and Vice Consul John Callaghan, to the volunteers from Washington State University who made this event possible, and to our wonderful keynote speakers, Moya Cannon, David Brundage, Erin Wecker, and Heather Corbally Bryant.

Congratulations to the 2017 Donald E. Jordan, Jr. – Williard C. Potts, Jr. prize winner, Patrick McGrath of Rutgers University.

We look forward to seeing you all in Wyoming next fall!

ACIS-West 2017

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Conference Program

We look forward to seeing familiar faces and welcoming new members at ACIS-West 2017 in Spokane, WA this weekend! The conference program can be downloaded here.

We will post photos and highlights throughout the weekend, including the winner of this year’s Donald E. Jordan, Jr. – Willard C. Potts, Jr. Award for excellence by an emerging scholar in Irish Studies. Stay tuned!

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Registration and Hotel for ACIS-West 2017

Registration for ACIS West at the Davenport Hotel in Spokane Oct. 19-22 is available at . For those of you who are presenting, please be sure to register ASAP so your name will appear on the program. Whether or not you’re presenting, we hope many of you will attend! If you plan to stay at the Davenport Hotel, please book by September 18 to get the group rate. Our program will begin at 6:00 pm on Thursday with a reception. All papers, panels and plenaries will be on Friday and Saturday. We will conclude with a film, 1916,  followed by a banquet at 7:00 pm on Saturday evening. Again, the Davenport is located at 10 S Post St, Spokane, WA 99201. Phone: 1-800-228-9290 or 509-455-8888.  To book, use the group name ACIS West, American Conference for Irish Studies. We look forward to seeing many of you, and please spread the word to anyone in the area who might be interested in attending.

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Deadline extended for ACIS-West 2017

The deadline to submit proposals for ACIS-West in Spokane has been extended to July 31. The theme is “Ireland, Irish America, and Work.” See the call for papers for details and submission instructions. Please help us spread the word to any interested parties. We hope to see you there!

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