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 and should be between 15-20 minutes long.

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