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Comparisons, Conflicts, and Connections: Ireland and Latin America in the Past, Present, and Future


SILAS (Society for Irish and Latin American Studies) 2019 
April 23-26 2019

Following previous successful SILAS conferences in Havana, Cork, Morelia, Dublin, Galway and Santa Rosa de la Pampa, the Society of Irish Latin American Studies (SILAS) is pleased to announce that the conference “Comparisons, Conflicts, and Connections: Ireland and Latin America in the Past, Present, and Future” will take place April 23-26 in Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. In recent years, major political, societal, and religious changes have transformed Ireland and Latin America. From Brexit and the global rise of authoritarian populism to the recent presidential election in Mexico and the ongoing peace process in Colombia, sweeping changes have destabilized and undermined tenets of globalization and neoliberalism, bringing about unpredicted and unpredictable transformations in regions of Ireland and Latin America. In this regard, scholarship that examines transnational, translinguistic and transcultural processes and encounters can help us to understand better the present moment. At a time when the future seems uncertain, analyses of the past and present, as well as imaginations of the future, are imperative. We welcome the submission of papers from scholars across the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Topics for papers and posters can include but are not limited to:

  • Migration, Diaspora, and Transoceanic movements
  • Cross-Cultural Experiences
  • Citizenship, Identity, and Nationalism
  • Religion
  • Colonialism, Neo-Colonialism, Post-Colonialism, Anti-Colonialism
  • Gender, Sexuality, Reproductive rights, Families, Childhood
  • Environment, Ecology, Land
  • Labor, Capital, and Economics
  • Visual Culture, Language, and Literature
  • Journalism
  • International Relations, Humanitarianism, Human Rights
  • Violence, Conflicts, and Resolutions
  • Space and Place

Please submit an abstract of up to 250 words and a brief bio (no more than 150 words) for papers and posters to the organisers at by 15 JANUARY 2019. Abstracts must include the title of the presentation and any AV requirements for your presentation. Please put SILAS 2019 and your initials in the subject line. Panel proposals should be no more than 150 words and include the individual proposals as well. Proposals in English, Spanish and Irish will be considered.

Conference Committee: Steve Allen, Margaret Brehony, Mariela Eliggi, Nuala

Finnegan, Giselle Gonzalez, Laura Izzara, Cliona Murphy, and Sarah O’Brien.

Famines in Ireland before 1845 and after 1852

Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University invites you to their biennial Conference, 12-15 June 2019.

The Great Hunger of 1845 to 1852 has cast a long shadow over the subsequent history of Ireland and its diaspora. Since 1995, there has been a renewed interest in studying this event, by scholars, students, archeologists, artists, musicians, folklorists etc. This interest shows no sign of abating. New research, methodologies and approaches have greatly added to our understanding of the causes, impact and legacies of this tragedy. The focus on the Great Hunger has overshadowed other periods of famine and food shortages in Ireland and their influences on a society in which poverty, hunger, emigration and even death, were part of the life-cycle and not unique to the 1840s.

‘Famines before 1845 and after 1852’ will explore the impact of these intermittent crises on the people of Ireland. Scholars, students and researchers of all disciplines are welcome to submit a proposal.

Confirmed keynote speakers, Dr. Ciarán Reilly, of Maynooth University, will speak about the famine of 1831, and Dr. Gerard Moran, Social Science Research Centre, NUI Galway, will speak about 'The Forgotten Famine of 1879-1882'.

Please send abstracts of up to 350 words to by 15 January 2019. All other queries, direct to:

Quinnipiac University is located in Hamden, near to the beautiful Sleeping Giant Mountain, its name, like Quinnipiac, being derived from native American folklore. The programme will include visits to the exhibition, ‘James Hack Tuke: Quaker philanthropist and friend to Ireland's poor’, to Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum, the Knights of Columbus Museum, Yale University and downtown New Haven.

Convenors: Professor Christine Kinealy, Quinnipiac University and Dr Jason King, Irish Heritage Trust. In partnership with the Irish Heritage Trust and the National Famine Museum at Strokestown.


Summer School in Breton Language and Heritage Studies

When: June 17-29, 2019.
Where: Quimper campus, University of Western Brittany 

The University of Western Brittany is delighted to announce its fifth annual Summer School in Breton Language and Heritage. Until 2015, scholars with an interest in the Celtic languages and cultures had little opportunity to study the Breton language, literature and culture. Yet, it is sometimes forgotten that, along with Welsh, Breton is the most widely spoken Celtic language with roughly 200,000 native speakers. Given that the language classes are taught through the medium of English, the course provides an excellent opportunity to study the only Celtic language to have survived on the continent of Europe.

Please click here for more information.



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