We are proud to announce Dr. Shirley Wong as our keynote speaker

Dr. Shirley Wong has a variety of fascinating works regarding Ireland and the connections between Irish literature, art, and history.


Dr. Wong’s work has examined Ireland’s political and economic forces and how they affect the island’s cultural output. Intentionally or not, scholars sometimes treat Ireland as if its place in the late nineteenth and early twentieth history defines all aspects of Irish cultural reach. Dr. Wong transcends such a narrow focus and has lately been using a living, breathing, and modern Ireland in her analysis. Her work includes Ireland’s place as the only anglophone country remaining in Europe, the role major tech businesses have in modern Irish life, and Ireland’s dual role as the center of a diaspora and one of the most globalized countries on Earth.


The place where Ireland’s often contradictory roles exists is where Dr. Wong’s research lies. Never free from the past but always set firmly in current reality, she has recently done work regarding Dublin’s status as a UNESCO city of literature and how Ireland’s economy affects the interpretation of theater and poetry.


Dr. Wong bridges the gap between history and the arts; the past and the present, and the written and performed arts. We are fortunate to have her for our conference in these often contradictory times.

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Submission Deadline Extended to July 15

We are happy to report that the deadline for papers is July 15, 2022!

Everything is welcome including literary, historical, political, socio-economic, cultural, and visual arts. We also welcome creative presentations in dramatic or literary form, i.e. poetry readings, monologues, or group performances.

There will be announcements soon for the registration deadline.

We look forward to seeing everyone!

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Call for Papers: Re-EmergenceAmerican Conference for Irish StudiesWest Regional Meeting

As we enter a new era as a worldwide community learning to live with endemicity and global uncertainty, we are pleased to announce that the American Conference for Irish Studies (Western Region) will be held at The Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library October 13-15, 2022. This space in the heart of downtown Phoenix includes the McClelland Library patterned after a twelfth-century Norman Castle, and the Great Hall featuring a fireplace built from County Clare stones. 

The theme of the conference is Re-Emergence both in our current Irish Studies context and the numerous emergences throughout Irish history and literary history. As we re-emerge from lock-downs we celebrate 100 years since the Formation of the Free State and since the publication of Ulysses. Our global community is also experiencing a rising consciousness around race, identity, and colonization and it emerges in exciting new scholarship.  

The conference committee welcomes paper, panel and roundtable proposals that address any aspect of Irish Studies, including literary, historical, political, socio-economic, cultural, and visual arts. We also welcome creative presentations in dramatic or literary form, i.e. poetry readings, monologues, or group performances. Possible topics include:  

The post-pandemic world in Ireland

Ireland after the Emergency – becoming an international player

Irish emergence from colonial rule in 1922

Emergence of Northern Ireland 

Re-emerging from 1798 and/or the Act of Union

Post-crash / Post-Tiger emergences 

Irish immigrants in the American West

Ecocritical and Environmental issues in Irish Studies

Revolutionary Ireland 

Library and Archival collections

We look forward to exploring these topics and more in this multidisciplinary event. The deadline for submissions is June 25, 2022. All conference presenters and attendees must be current paid members of ACIS by the conference date. 

Submission Guidelines: Individual papers and panel submissions (3-4 participants) are welcomed, as are proposals for presentations in non-traditional formats such as poetry, monologues, roundtables, discussion groups, or seminars. Abstracts should be 250-300 words in length and should include a brief (100-word) bio of the presenter.  Proposals should be submitted via the website here  https://acisweb.org/conferences/acis-western-regional-2022/ and should be between 15-20 minutes long.

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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 https://history.news.chass.ncsu.edu/2019/10/21/acis-west-the-importance-of-community/.

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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