ACIS-West 2012 in Park City, Utah: Call for Papers

Call for Papers

 The 2012 Meeting of The American Conference for Irish Studies Western Regional

 Park City, Utah

 sponsored by

 Brigham Young University

 October 26-28, 2012

  Ireland and Adaptation

 Submissions due June 25, 2012 to

 The ACIS West conference organizers welcome you to join us at Park City, Utah (home of the Sundance Film Festival) for the twenty-eighth annual meeting of Irish studies scholars and artists.  This interdisciplinary conference features a range of lectures, readings, performances, and thematically related local festivities.  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, as well as the material and visual arts.  We particularly encourage papers that explore the broad theme of Ireland and Adaptation.  This may include (1) studies of how Irish history and literature have been adapted for film and theatre, (2) considerations of cultural adaptation in relation to diaspora, (3) explorations of how the concept of adaptation relates to ideas regarding appropriation, transformation, adoption, and memory, (4) aesthetic evaluations of how a particular social theme or cultural phenomenon has been adapted to suit differing contexts, and (5) discussions of how particular forms of adaptation mediate both continuity and change.

 The keynote speaker is Andrew Murphy, Professor of English and Head of the School of English at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. He has published extensively both in the field of Irish literature and culture and in Shakespeare Studies. His Irish work includes Seamus Heaney (2nd edition, 2000) and But the Irish Sea Betwixt Us: Ireland, Colonialism, and Renaissance Literature (1999). His work on Shakespeare includes Shakespeare in Print: A History and Chronology of Shakespeare Publishing (2003) and Shakespeare for the People: Working-class Readers, 1800-1900. He is currently working on a study of cultural nationalism in Ireland in the period 1880-1930.

Please submit your proposal by June 25, 2012 to  Individual paper and panel submissions (3-4 participants) are welcome, as are proposals for live performances, roundtables, dramatic readings, poster presentations, or exhibits.  Proposals 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.  Send questions to Prof. Brandie Siegfried, Brigham Young University at the conference email address:

The conference venue is the award-winning Stein Eriksen Lodge in Park City, Utah. The lodge is within driving distance of the Sundance resort, Salt Lake City, Bear Lake Park, Deer Creek Reservoir & Recreation Area, Zion’s National Park, Arches National Park, the Grand Canyon, and other landmarks of interest.  Park City’s restaurants, art shops, Olympic park, cycling and hiking trails, and casual atmosphere make it an ideal spot for an extended stay. The Lodge has agreed to offer rooms at the rate of $149.00/night during the conference.  Additionally, these rates will apply for up to two nights before and two nights after the conference.  Although October will be too early in the year to enjoy the local ski resorts, the chair lifts will be open for taking in the spectacular views.  For more information, click here: Website: | Follow Steinlodge on: Facebook & Twitter.

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