ACIS-West 2011: Call for Papers

Call for Papers

The 2011 Meeting of The American Conference for Irish Studies

Western Regional

San José State University

October 21 – 23, 2011

Ireland and Globalization

Submissions due May 15, 2011 to

The ACIS West conference organizers welcome you to join us at San José State University in California for the twenty-seventh annual meeting of Irish studies scholars and artists. This interdisciplinary conference features a range of lectures, readings, exhibits, and performances. We welcome papers on any and all aspects 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 that explore the broad theme of Ireland and Globalization. We recognize globalization, as a phenomenon, is nothing new. As such, in addition to papers that explore contemporary globalization, we welcome those that explore Ireland and the global prior to the last decade. We also recognize that globalization comes in many forms. Papers that examine its cultural, political, or economic roots and effects are all welcome.

Keynote speaker is Dr. Patrick Lonergan of the National University of Ireland, Galway, author of Theatre and Globalization: Irish Drama in the Celtic Tiger Era, winner of the Theatre Book Prize 2008.

Please submit your proposal by May 15, 2011 to Individual paper and panel submissions (3-4 participants) are welcome, as are proposals for live performances, dramatic readings, poster presentations, or exhibits. The proposal should be 250-500 words in length, and include a brief bio of 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 bios for each of the presenters.

Please send any questions to Matthew Spangler, Associate Professor of Performance Studies, San José State University, at the conference email address, or

San José State University is California’s oldest institution of public higher education. The campus is located on the southern end of San Francisco Bay in downtown San José (Pop. 945,000), hub of the world-famous Silicon Valley high-technology research and development center. Many of California’s most popular national, recreational, and cultural attractions are conveniently close. San Francisco, Berkeley, Stanford, Santa Cruz, the Monterrey Peninsula, redwood forests, wineries, and the California coastline are all within an hour’s drive of downtown San José.

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