Call For Papers: The Irish in Australia, 1788 to the present

Sunday 27th of February 2011 11:00pm

Call For Papers

Irish Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand & the National Museum of Australia

The Irish in Australia, 1788 to the present

National Museum of Australia 30 June – 3 July 2011

The 2011 ISAANZ conference will be a unique event held at the National Museum of Australia while the Museum is staging the first-ever exhibition in Australian showcasing the presence of the Irish in this country. The exhibition opens to the public on St Patrick’s Day 2011 and closes at the end of July.

Conference papers should address the themes explored in the exhibition. These are of a very broad nature but include convict and free immigration; rural and urban settlement; Irish administrators, governors and politicians; contact between Irish and Indigenous Australians; Irish nationalism in Australia; the influence of the Irish on Australian education, more especially Catholic education; the role of the Catholic Church; key individuals such as Sir Redmond Barry, Sir Charles Gavin Duffy, Peter Lalor, Ned Kelly, Sir Frederick McCoy etc; Irish Music, language and culture; and the significance of the Irish-born community since 1945. Indeed, the convenors are open to most proposals for papers.

As with previous ISAANZ conference, there will be a number of invited keynote speakers. This call for papers is for those interested in presenting for 30 minutes during parallel sessions to be held after keynote presentations.

The final day of the conference – Sunday 2 July – will be held at St Clement’s Retreat and Conference Centre, Galong, NSW. The Centre is built around the nineteenth century homestead of Tipperary emancipist Edward ‘Ned’ Ryan, transported to Sydney in 1816. He rose to be known as ‘The Patriarch of the Lachlan’.

Please send your proposals as attachments to by 28 February 2011.

More information will eventually be available on the conference website but for general information about the National Museum of Australia see