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Call for Participation - Second Annual Graduate Conference in Irish Studies

November 24, 2017
By Matina Skalkogiannis


Dates: March 2-3, 2018

Conference Email:

The Irish Studies department at Concordia University (Montréal) invites graduate students working on Irish topics to submit abstracts to be considered for its second annual North American Graduate Conference.

We   understand   the   paradigm   of   “Irish   Spaces”   to   include   here   the   various transformations and circulations of spatiality and materiality in a globalized, post-Celtic Tiger Ireland, as well as the cultural landscapes (both real and imagined) offered by texts and histories throughout the course of Irish modernity. We propose that attention to these shifting arrangements of space--in relation to the subjects, objects, and actors living within them--creates possibilities for an interdisciplinary reflection and critique of the various processes and powers affecting Ireland at present and across history.

Topics of Interest

The breadth of this theme includes literary, historical, political, and cultural concerns within Irish Studies, as well as presentations on society, culture, history, the arts and epistemologies. We offer these possible trajectories of investigation:

  • Space and place                                                                            
  • Liminality/boundaries                                                                      
  • Domestic/public spheres                                                              
  • Urban/rural environments                                                              
  • Virtual/embodied spaces                                                               
  • Cartography and geographies of culture                                      
  • Gendered and queer experiences                                                 
  • Infrastructure and development space                                         
  • Spatiality and materiality                                                                
  • Memory studies
  • Diasporic space
  • Colonial space
  • Financial space/non-spaces
  • Mediascapes
  • Landscapes
  • Soundscapes
  • Futures and foreclosed space
  • Built environments

Abstract Submission

Please  submit  an  abstract  of  approximately  250-300  words  outlining  the  crucial argument of your paper. Presentations will last between 15 and 20 minutes. A brief biography should also accompany your abstract.

Creative Works

Please submit a multimedia/creation ‘abstract’ consisting of 4-6 slides of artwork OR a short video clip to accompany your written abstract.

Should you wish to submit an alternative presentation, one that does not conform to these two proposed methods, please contact the organizing committee.

Please note that your abstract and biography might be included in the conference program.

Conference Structure

In addition to the presentations and our keynote lecture, we will host one open, mediated, roundtable discussion. We wish to create a forum for all participants to voice their thoughts about the future of Irish Studies and provide a platform for all to discuss an issue pertinent to modern-day Irish cultural, political, social, or economic life.

Important Date
Deadline for submission: January 5, 2018

Partial travel funding will be available for a limited number of conference participants.

For any enquiries regarding the conference, please contact:

We look forward to welcoming you at Concordia University’s School of Irish Studies!

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