The purpose of the Association is to encourage and support the study of Ireland and the Irish Diaspora in Australia, New Zealand and internationally, by facilitating the exchange of information and ideas among its members. This exchange may be facilitated by the production of a scholarly journal and regular newsletters and the provision of scholarly conferences, fellowships, scholarships and prizes.

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE, rules of association (1998)



  • MISS: Seamus Heaney in Australia
    19 July 2022. What kind of relationship did the Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney have to Australia? How did his interactions with Australian poets shape his own work, and how has his poetry been received in the country? This paper will survey the relationship between Heaney and Australia: drawing on a range of archival material; exploring his friendships with writers including Vincent Buckley and Les Murray; and revisiting his 1994 appearance at the Melbourne Writers’ Festival, a significant moment in the poet’s career.
  • CFP: Colonising & Decolonising the Irish 19C
    CFP: SSNCI Conference 22-23 June 2023. Abstracts of 250 words for 20-minute papers can be sent to by 1 February 2023. Please also include a 50-word biographical note. We also welcome proposals for panels of no more than 3 papers.
  • Mary Lou McDonald in Australia
    July 2022. The Irish Australian Chamber of Commerce will host a series of events​ ​across Australia this July, featuring keynote speaker Mary Lou​ ​McDonald, President of Sinn Féin and Leader of the Opposition in the 33rd Dáil. Ms McDonald will share her thoughts on the impact of the global​ ​pandemic, on the implications​ ​of Brexit, and on the role of Ireland​ ​in both Europe and the wider world from a business and​ ​geopolitical perspective going forward.
  • O’Donnell Fellowship 2023
    Applications are open for the 2023 O’Donnell Fellowship in Irish Studies at St Mary’s Newman Academic Centre, University of Melbourne, Australia. The application deadline is Friday 15 July 2022.
  • Joyce Centenary Symposium
    16 June 2022. 9am-5:30pm. The Oratory, Newman College. Stephen Dedalus famously declared his intention to ‘fly by’ the nets of nationality, language and religion. One hundred years after the publication of UIysses (1922), this symposium asks where Joyce might be ‘caught’ in the widest senses of that word. All welcome.
  • Listening to Paddy Canny
    2 June 2022 at 6:00pm (AEST), Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, and online. The subject of Helen O’Shea’s new work, No Better Boy: Listening to Paddy Canny is an iconic fiddle player from the rural West of Ireland, whose life spanned the War of Independence, the new nation state’s slow emergence from poverty and isolation, and the rise of a national music culture. The book reveals how Paddy’s musical practice developed alongside critical developments in sound technology and consequent changes in listening practice and musical models. This lecture demonstrates the author’s adoption of creative non-fiction techniques to meet the twin challenges of writing a life story with virtually no written sources, and of producing musical analyses accessible to readers with and without formal music education.
  • Bloomsday Festival ’22
    4 -25 June 2022. Celebrating 100 Years of Ulysses on … film, stage, and at the dining table! World premiere of “Love’s Bitter Mystery”. A new play “Yes I Will Yes!”, and the Annual Bloomsday Dinner and Seminar. Don’t miss out. Book now!
  • CFP: Irish History Students
    The Irish History Students’ Association has launched a new podcast, to provide an informal platform for students of history to network with the wider academic community. The focus of each episode will be to disseminate new student research, which could take the form of a one-to-one conversation with an experienced scholar in your field, or a panel discussion bringing together students examining a similar research topic. Students and early-career researchers in Ireland studying any historical theme or period, along with those researching Irish history abroad, are invited to submit a proposal. The deadline for the first round of proposals is 12 May 2022.
  • Historic Irish Houses
    24 March – 19 May 2022. Burning the Big House. The theme of this lecture series fills a gap in the historiographical debate, by focusing on the experiences of the Irish landed gentry and aristocracy during the revolutionary period 1920- 23, as seen through the prism of the burning of their Big Houses. 9 – 11 May 2022. 20th Annual Historic Houses International Conference (Hybrid). Exploring the Mental World of the Country House.
  • CFP: Catching Joyce
    15 – 16 June 2022. We invite participants to reflect on the theme of ‘catching’ Joyce from any perspective. James Joyce has sometimes been caught – in the sense of confined – by a specialist Joyce industry. We are keen that this conference is inclusive and liberating in all senses, and we welcome those who don’t regard themselves as Joyceans. Traditional 15-20 minutes presentations are welcome. So too roundtables, seminars or themed group presentations amounting to 15-20 minutes per participant. Please abstracts by 1 April 2022.
  • MISS: An Irish Family in Trinidad
    10 May 2022. Ulsterman John Black left Belfast after the Seven Years War to establish a Caribbean node in his family’s Atlantic network. He became enmeshed in transatlantic slavery in Grenada and Trinidad as a slave trader, planter and colonial administrator. His daughter Adele was born in Spanish Trinidad and spent most of her childhood in Belfast, before returning to the Caribbean to raise a family with her Irish husband. Both yearned for a return to Ireland but lived out their lives in Trinidad. Father and daughter illuminate the ways of being Irish in a dysfunctional, crisis-ridden slave society, with the complexities and challenges that entailed.
  • MISS: Ireland Questions
    22 March 2022. The transnational history of the ‘Ireland Question’ in the imperial and ethico-political imaginary of radical and labour movements in (White) Australia during the ‘Irish revolutionary period’, broadly conceived, are explored in this paper by Dr. Jimmy Yan. It traces the contestation of ‘Ireland’ as a political signifier, with attention to its constitutive differences, transnational circuitries, utopian investments, relations of recognition and desire, and articulatory practices. Combining attention to settler-colonial difference with the discursive articulation of political forms, it situates the ‘Ireland Question’ firstly in relation to the political as a signifier of settler ambivalence, and secondly to politics as a social movement.

Members receive the following benefits:

  • Annual volume of the Australasian Journal of Irish Studies (optional subscription)
  • Generous discounts on back issues of AJIS and selected ISAANZ publications
  • Regular newsletters
  • Priority registration and discounts for ISAANZ Conferences
  • Information about Irish Studies events throughout Australasia
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