Conference update: Preliminary schedule and hotel information

The preliminary ACIS-West 2016 conference schedule is now available! We are very excited about the lineup that Traolach and the crew in Missoula have assembled for us. Please note that the conference officially starts on Friday morning and ends on Saturday evening, but a very exciting optional trip to Butte and the Butte Archives will take place on Thursday (transportation provided).

The conference hotel for ACIS-West will be the Holiday Inn Missoula Downtown (200 South Pattee, Missoula, Montana 59802).

A block of rooms has been set aside for conference participants for Friday and Saturday nights at the group rate of $95/night. In addition, the hotel will honor the group rate on Thursday and Sunday nights as well. Space is limited, so please book as soon as possible. The cutoff date to secure these rates is 9/21/16.

The group name is UM Irish Studies Conference. You may reserve directly at this link if you only require Friday and Saturday accommodations (note that the link is not mobile compatible). If you wish to secure a room at the group rate for Thursday and/or Sunday, or if you prefer to book by phone,  please contact the front desk at 406-721-8550, or toll free 1-800-HOLIDAY.

In the coming days, we will be responding to those who submitted paper and panel proposals, and the registration system will be up and running shortly. We look forward to welcoming you all to Missoula for what will be a terrific weekend.


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ACIS-West 2016: CFP Deadline Extended to August 25th

Hi all,

Thanks for everyone who’s already submitted their proposals. For any of you still on the fence, we’ve decided to extend the deadline to August 25th.

You can submit your proposal here.

Hope to see you all in Montana in October!

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ACIS-W 2016 Call for Papers


Hi all, the Call for Papers for ACIS-W 2016 is below.

Traolach has a great program planned for Missoula, and we hope to see you there.

Call for Papers

The 32nd Annual Meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies Western Regional

 “Her Exiled Children: Ireland and Irish America”

 Missoula, Montana

 October 20 – 22, 2016

 Submissions due July 29 at

The proclamation of the Irish Republic from the steps of the General Post Office (GPO) in Dublin, on the afternoon of Monday, April 24, 1916, was the opening act of the Easter Rising. Delivered by Patrick Pearse on behalf of the rebels, the proclamation claimed that Ireland, “through us, summons her children to her flag and strikes for her freedom.” The document made specific reference to the support of Ireland’s “exiled children in America” and “gallant allies in Europe,” and in so doing highlighted the global dimensions of the Irish nation and Irish nationalism. It also highlighted the need to locate the study of Irish culture and identity from the post Famine period to the present day within a broader and more inclusive international paradigm.

Her Exiled Children: Ireland and Irish America is the theme of the 32nd annual meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies-Western Regional [ACIS-West] for 2016 in Missoula, Montana. The main objective of the conference is to examine different aspects of the multifaceted relationship that evolved between Ireland and the global Irish community with specific reference to the Irish of America. This is an interdisciplinary conference that welcomes papers from all disciplines, including literature, theatre, film, dance, history, economics, sociology, music, religion, politics, language, culture, diaspora, conflict and border studies, the material and visual arts, and comparative studies. Particularly welcome are papers that deal with:

  1. The Role of Irish America in the Evolution of Irish Nationalism
  2. Irish America and the Making of 1916
  3. Contemporary Literary Assessments of the post-Independence Republic
  4. Evolving Concepts of Ireland, the Irish and Irish identity in film and theatre
  5. Irish America and Irish Music
  6. Irish America and the Revival of the Irish Language
  7. Americanism, Catholicism and the Irish clergy
  8. American Capitalism and the Irish Economy

The annual meeting of ACIS-West will also 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 the ACIS-West member judged the most meritorious emerging scholar (current graduate students and scholars within three years of having received a PhD). The recipient is chosen by a committee of ACIS-West members appointed by the President, and the award will be presented at the conference’s closing banquet. The award is accompanied by a $500 honorarium. For more information about the award and the generous donors who have made it possible, see

Please submit your proposal by July 29 at Individual paper and panel submissions (3-4 participants) are welcome, as are proposals for live performances, dramatic readings, poster presentations, or exhibits. Individual proposals should be 250-500 words in length and include a brief biographical statement for 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 biographical statements for each of the presenters. To recognize undergraduate research in Irish Studies, we will also organize a special undergraduate panel at the conference, and we encourage exceptional undergraduate students to submit individual paper proposals.

Montana is a mineral-rich state and it was one of those minerals in particular, copper, that lured the Irish west in their thousands. They came and built two great cities that became known as bastions of Irish culture and nationalism. The conference will take place in Missoula, but a tour of Butte and Anaconda has been arranged so our guests get to experience the history of the Irish in the state. Missoula has a host of other attractions one associates with a college, so the weekend should be an exciting mix of the old and the new. The Holiday Inn Parkside (406-721-8550) at 200 S. Pattee St, Missoula 59802 will host the conference and offers special rates for attendees.

Please contact conference host Traolach O’Riordain at with conference queries.

Our thanks to all our sponsors and donors, particularly to those who have made possible the Donald E. Jordan, Jr. – Willard C. Potts, Jr. Award.

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Remembering the Rising at the Irish Cultural Center in Phoenix

Hi all,

One of our own–Joyce East–sent along a link to the exhibit she’s organized at the Irish Cultural Center/McLelland Irish Library: “Remembering the Easter Rising: Historical Context and Cultural Legacy.”

Take a look at this great exhibit, and, if you’re in Phoenix anytime soon, please stop by!

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ACIS-West 2015 photos

Thanks to all participants for a fantastic ACIS-West conference in Rapid City, SD! Special thanks to Eamonn Wall, David Lloyd, Donal O’Kelly, and Myles Dungan for superb keynote events. Congratulations to Brian McCabe, the 2015 Donald E. Jordan – Willard C. Potts Award winner for best paper delivered by an emerging scholar. Until next year!

ACIS-West 2015

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Final Conference Program

The final program is available here: 2015 ACIS-West Final Program

See you all soon in Rapid City! Safe travels.

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Fionnuala: an Irish Theatrical Production – Free Public Event

Award-winning Irish playwright and actor Donal O’Kelly will perform his play, Fionnuala, at the Hotel Alex Johnson in Rapid City, SD on October 17 as the keynote event of the American Conference for Irish Studies annual meeting. The play explores the consequences of the Shell Corrib drilling project in Ireland. It follows the character of Ambrose Keogh, a Shell employee who is magically confronted by the Irish mythical deity Fionnuala, who puts a spell on him. Bound to tell the truth about Shell’s operations, Ambrose meets his primary school classmate, Malachy Downes, an anti-pipeline activist, and echoes from the past resound. Approximately 1 hour in length.

The play will be followed by a roundtable discussion about Irish and American energy production and the preservation of indigenous lands and communities. Artists, scholars, and activists from South Dakota’s Native American communities will participate in the dialogue. The discussion will begin at 5:30 and will last approximately 1.5 hours.

Both events are free and open to the public. They are made possible by the generous support of the Allied Arts Fund, the Stanford Adelstein Grant, and the American Conference for Irish Studies. For more information, email

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