Registration for ACIS-West 2018

Registration is now live!

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you run into any issues with the platform or if you have questions about which category of registration is appropriate for you. We look forward to seeing you all in October!

Julia ( & Matt (

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Overflow hotel for ACIS-West 2018

The block of rooms we reserved at the Wort Hotel (our conference site) under the reduced ACIS-W rate has booked up. Thanks to those of you who reserved early!

Fortunately, we’ve managed to secure a bank of rooms at the nearby Snow King Resort (, which is also a lovely property. The Snow King is 0.7 miles away; according to Google Maps, that’s either a 4-minute drive or a 13-minute walk. The ACIS-W rate of $135 + taxes & resort fees/night (which comes out to $192/night) can be obtained by clicking here:

And, of course, there are other hotels and VRBO properties in town if you wish to make your own arrangements. We can also put folks in touch who may wish to share rooms — just contact Julia Obert ( or Matthew Spangler (

We will have registration up and running shortly. Can’t wait to see you all in Jackson Hole!

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Hotel and travel info for ACIS-West

Thank you to all who submitted paper and panel proposals for ACIS-West in Jackson Hole, WY! We will respond to your submissions shortly. If you have not done so yet, we are still considering late submissions; see the CFP for details.

The conference begins the evening of Thursday, October 11 (registration and opening reception/event) and concludes Saturday evening, October 13. Panels, roundtables, and plenaries will take place Friday and Saturday.


The conference hotel is the historic Wort Hotel.

50 North Glenwood Street
Jackson, WY 83001


To secure the conference rate of $189/night plus taxes and fees, please call the hotel at (307) 733-2190 or toll-free at (800) 322-2727 and ask for the American Conference for Irish Studies West group rate.

There are also many affordable hotels and Airbnb rentals within easy walking distance to the Wort.

Getting There & Away:

  • Jackson Hole Airport (JAC) + taxi or shuttle via Jackson Hole Shuttle
  • Idaho Falls Airport (IDA) + beautiful 1 hr 45 min. drive to Jackson Hole OR shuttle via Salt Lake Express (please note shuttle route times before booking your flights)
  • Salt Lake City Airport (SLC) + beautiful 4.5 hour drive to Jackson Hole OR bus/shuttle from SLC via Mountain States Express, Salt Lake Express, or Greyhound. Please budget time appropriately if you decide to take a shuttle or bus from SLC as there may be a limited number of routes each day or a number of stops along the route.
  • Denver Airport (DIA) + short flight to Jackson Hole (a number of carriers run these local flights; Frontier is usually the cheapest) OR a 2.5-hour GreenRide shuttle to Laramie and then sorting out a shared ride from Laramie to Jackson via the conference organizers; do get in touch if you’re looking to pursue the latter option.

*Please note: it is well worth booking a rental car for this trip, especially if you want to visit the parks. If you would like to share a rental car, please post on the ACIS Facebook page or contact the conference organizers to be put in touch with others who are hoping to do the same.


Yellowstone National Park


Grand Teton National Park



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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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